Sycamore Tree

I wrote this one c.1993 somewhat inspired by a tree in my front yard. Think of all that trees see of human activity. What would they say if they could comment? “I know you wouldn’t wave even if you could have …”

No One Can Fathom How Much Technology is Available

ifttt.pngSometimes I sit back and marvel at the advances humankind has made. I think of the internet and how it has evolved in my lifetime. From a dialup network that enabled searching of a university library to Evernote, an amazing personal notebook service that revolutionizes productivity and memory. There are too many more to mention. I will however type the word WordPress which is the software that makes my blogs possible. Would you care to list one or more in the comments? I think you’ll agree all the services we have today are mesmerizing in their useful complexity. It’s important to reflect on all the technology we have today. We aren’t much more humane as a race. We still see hate crimes at an all high and women and children are still being abused. Of course, we still have war. But we are a much more sophisticated people that share content with one another at a breakneck pace. It is munites before we know what is happening in the world.

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Words vs Pictures

The family in Vegas on a 3 day getaway.Photos are so great. I look at my family photos and get chills recalling the things we have done. I am so fortunate as to have been able to collect and keep thousands of them through the years. My dad was a real shutterbug. He had an enlarger and developing chemicals in our garage when I was a kid. I would later use them for myself. As a kid, you never saw something cooler than something they call a “black light.” I guess I picked up some of those shutterbug traits because I now have a DSLR I use for photos along with my iphone. I have to say I am guilty of not using the DSLR enough. The iphone takes darned good photos. Still, the DSLR takes markedly better ones so I need to discipline myself to use it more. The kids won’t be kids forever. Continue reading “Words vs Pictures”

Nowhere Man (Beatles Cover)

A garage song today. This is me strumming out my rendition of the Beatles’ legendary tune. Such a great song. It’s really about the individual and self analysis, not judgment of others. I use as my support for that the line that reads “Isn’t he a bit like you and me.” We point fingers and it’s really we who are the nowhere man. We are “here” he is “there” but in the truth of this song we are both here and there, as is he. When we think of the nowhere man, we are imagining the “other.”
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Heap Big Camping Trip at Silverwood Lake

IMG_2325Actually, the title is irony: there wasn’t anything heap big about it. Twas quaint. It was close to home and we did very high impact camping, in other words the kind with a restroom and a firepit. For 3 days we’ve been on a family camping trip. The first day, the campsite looked like paradise. My wife is great about packing us food and necessities but they were late in coming since she was set to meet us there later. This brings up an interesting point: How well do my wife and I work together. We’ve grown through the years and we are a very productive team. We’re still working out the kinks though. Continue reading “Heap Big Camping Trip at Silverwood Lake”

I Want to Be Somebody’s Shaman When I Grow Up

IMG_2283My kid Julie is 7. Sometimes she clams up but other times the has the most side splitting things to say. Tonight she said: “When I grow up I want to be a singer, a teacher, and work at Sonic.” I told her she would be all those things and then some.

It’s funny how they tell you as a child how you will one day choose your job. In my life it’s usually been the other way around. They ought to be asking how will you deal with the job you get? I’m going back to my classroom/job in a few days. As I sit here in this nice jacuzzi I think about the job that chose me and how I can be the best that I can be. “You’re in the Army now kid. Your fun is over now back to front.”

When I grow up I want to be relaxed, confident, somebody’s Shaman, maybe just my own. Oh yeah, and maybe work at Sonic. It sounds fun when Julie says it.

Hardest Job First, The Rest is Downhill

A few days ago I started the arduous task of getting algae from my pool. It is a common and difficult thing as any pool cleaner and/or owner will tell you. It sounds like an innocuous task but I have learned year after year that it takes hard work, time, and patience to do it. The filter is the biggest weapon. You can put all the chemicals you can buy into your pool and the algae may wane. Eventually however it will come back and usually when you are away on vacation or otherwise unable to offer a retaliatory strike. When you have algae, the filter needs to be cleaned or backwashed. This is the “fish gill” through which the water must pass. It can take 48-72 hours for all the water in a pool to pass through a filter but when it’s clean, boy howdy it really cleans the water. There are other tips I may get into at another time but the universal takeaway is this: Do the big jobs first when they pay the biggest dividend. You can see the top of my filter tank behind me in the photo. That is my biggest wrestling job when getting algae out of my pool.