Three-Quarters of a Century On

What we’re looking at above is 525 years’s of earthly experience.  No small thing. This year I attended a fund-raiser for an organization arranging for WWII veterans to visit the Washington DC memorials and to tell their stories while they are still here to share them with us. It occurred to me that the story sharing would be a fitting goal for the somewhat…

Patriarchs and Aspens

I’m beguiled by nature, and the more colorful, the better.  Southern California does have seasons, all be they more subtle than other regions of this country.  Autumnal light annually speaks to Cathy and me, and again this year we acceded to it its siren call.  Our plan was to drive north some 330 miles, up the Owens Valley to Big Pine, thence turn northeast and…

Bretagne’s Cote du Granit Rose

Jutting into the North Atlantic like a proper Gallic nose from the west of France, due south of the Cornwall/Devon peninsula of England, Bretagne or Brittany, has been under the sway of both the Gauls and the Celts over the centuries, depending on what political, ecclesiastical or marauder ascendancies were extant in either location.  Now, decidedly French, one nonetheless sees both French and Bretagne languages,…

An Early Spring in the UK

Spring Break for Cathy at SDSU.  Torrey at Middlesex University,  didn’t really have an official break, but had a week without going-to-class requirements, just projects to keep moving toward fruition in her Master’s studies in Digital Marketing.  Sufficient planetary alignment to jump across the pond for a rendezvous in England.  We arrived the day after the vernal equinox, equally early enough and late enough…

A Glorious Morning

From my vantage point God has made me a quirky sort, and as per the proverbial expression that He clearly has a sense of humor, must find whimsical pleasure in the sort of things that float my boat. This morning my pump was primed when I ambled upstairs, sleepy-headed, and gazed out at the Pacific, with the 3/4 moon high in the western firmament…

Miramar MCAS Airshow

Very little to say here.  Images mostly in the order taken.  The Patriots team and the Blue Angels.  A few shots of the Bone (B-1 supersonic bomber) a fixture of North Korean tension news stories, and one of the tilt-rotor Osprey.

August 21, 2017 Solar Total Eclipse

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have ordained, what is mankind that you are mindful of him?                                               Psalm 8 C2 Totality As you surely know, the U.S. enjoyed a cosmic…

Biking the Italian Dolomites

The beginning of Summer and the end of Cathy’s Spring semester.  What to do?  How about a biking vacation in the Italian Dolomites, part of the Südtirol, or southern tyrollean mountain region which includes parts of Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy?  Intriguingly, while the biking was in Italy, the tyrol its largely a German language region, so we didn’t really start interfacing in Italian…

A new moon sets, a new home rises

Memorial Day weekend, and a staple of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church is the annual Come Build Hope mission over that Friday to Sunday to build homes and plant seeds of hope for deserving families in northern Baja California.   This year, a return visit for Cathy, Torrey and I, perhaps the best ever. As a once Army grunt, I liken Come Build Hope to…

Peak Color

Over those many decades of commercial flying I developed a strong affinity for the stark beauty of the Four Corners region.  Over the PA I’d point out that it was the only place in the U.S. where four states come together at right angles—Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Minnesota.  Mind you this was back in the day when people actually looked out of the windows,…