Just Ducky

July 20, 2014 by

I’ve been thinking a lot about family these past few weeks, months even. There are rocks in the stream of our brood. But lately, thankfully, there are increasing stretches of smooth paddling. My older brother, Peter, moved away to Lake Las Vegas a couple of years ago and is newly married there. My younger brother, […]

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Frenzy At Sports Chalet

July 13, 2014 by

I’ve been reading two books simultaneously, which is not unusual for me. Often, I have three or four going at the same time, dipping into one and out of the another. I seldom finish books I read in this manner, getting bored or distracted along the way, which is not surprising I guess, but the […]

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E Pluribus Unum

July 6, 2014 by

What did you do on the Fourth of July? Go to a BBQ? Go to the beach? Go to a fireworks show? All of the above? Nettie and I went to friend’s house for a roasted pig feast, featuring the La Caja roasting box. The roasted pig was just one item in a veritable cornucopia […]

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The Life Of A Boat

June 29, 2014 by

Kelly, a very dear friend of mine, asked a favor of me last week. His father died nearly two years ago, a man I respected and knew from get-togethers at Kelly’s house over the years of our friendship, and whose life as a seaman and marine game warden for the State of California was legendary […]

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Nettie and I bid on and won a pickle making class for eight in a silent auction a few months back and were delighted as the Master Pickler, a friend of ours named Richard, welcomed us into his kitchen this weekend and regaled us with a brief history of the little cucumber’s journey from lowly […]

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I’m watching the U.S. Open this Saturday morning, which is a first for me and I don’t know how much longer I can sit here and concentrate on someone’s approach shot or “up and down” on the green. A thought keeps intruding. Actually, it’s more than a thought, it’s a memory, a deep memory of […]

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…but it does age. I’ve had two weeks of it recently and I know. Now, I don’t want this blog to be depressing. I’ll say it again, it will not be depressing. It’s perspective and retrospective we’re talking about here, not decrepitude, that’s not for another, oh I don’t know, twenty or thirty years. Right? […]

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Capturing The Image

June 1, 2014 by

I bought a new camera last week, a Panasonic Lumix FZ200. Before you google it, or are you already googling it?, let me tell you that the camera was recommended by a photographer in Costa Rica when my point-and-shoot Lumix broke. This FZ200 is known as a bridge camera, i.e., the bridge between a point-and-shoot […]

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We’ve been back a week or so from Costa Rica and Panama’. It’s a time for reflecting on the trip, of course, and meeting up with friends and family at some point and giving them the highlights and maybe even showing them some pictures…depending on their interest or attention span. I want to do these […]

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