One afternoon I walked out to the back yard after coming home from work to find a large tree limb on the ground, fallen from a dead tree in the back yard: The tree was well within distance to hit the house if it fell in the right/wrong direction. Knowing that and the fact that […]
Today I wandered around the property and took some representative pictures The view from the entrance: Off to the Right Side: Toward the Back Yard: A Dead Tree…removed a few days later…Check out Looking Down the Hill to the “Back 40”: In the “Back 40”: This is a wonderful peaceful place with squirrels, deer, hawk, […]
In celebration of her 16th Birthday, Laura came to Virginia for a visit. Arrives at the airport: A little R & R: Downtown to the museums with Grandpa. The Hope Diamond, Butterflies and a little History: Dinner at our favorite Mexican Restaurant An evening at Cirque du Soleil A Family Afternoon for visits and tractor […]
We returned to New Mexico for our Summer vacation, something I have wanted to do for a number of years. High-Lights were seeing the Candy Lady, a train ride, the Bisti Wilderness and the Perseid’s Meteor shower. Day one in Albuquerque Then on to Santa Fe, the Plaza, a visit to my favorite Book Store […]
Every year for quite a long time, we have made a visit to Connecticut to celebrate her brother Joey’s birthday. Think it was year 74…
Alex, Laura and Logan flew in for a weekend visit that was entirely tooooo short. A Day Downtown at the Mall & Museums Family Bar-B-Q The Grandkids wanted to see the monuments downtown at night so we drove thru DC and found a parking spot close to the Lincoln Memorial. Extra kewl night. […]
A trip to the Outer Banks…best beach on the plane First day in Buxton Over to Okracoke Island for the day Sunset on the trip back from Okracoke Island Days…Walks on the beach, diving pelicans…
Melanie, Matt, Oliver and Nora came to visit to celebrate Easter.
Pictures from our annual tradition of wandering around the antiques with my Brother and his wife. Also stopped at the Natural Bridge on the way back.
Some thoughts on a lifetime in the business of computing. 1963-1964-1966: Case Institute of Technology, Univac 1107 1967-1968: U.S. Army, Univac 1005 1969-1971: Ryder Systems, Burroughs 3500 1972-1975: American Automobile Association, Honeywell 1200 (?) 1975-1989: American Automobile Association, Univac 1100 1985-1987: Department of Treasury (Institute of Modern Procedures?), IBM 370
“Positively 4th Street” – Bob Dylan You got a lotta nerve To say you are my friend When I was down you just stood there grinning You got a lotta nerve To say you gotta helping hand to lend You just want to be on the side that’s winning You say I let you […]
“Small Town Southern Man” – Alan Jackson Born the middle son of a farmer And a small town Southern man Like his daddy’s daddy before him Brought up workin’ on the land Fell in love with a small town woman And they married up and settled down Natural way of life if you’re lucky […]
We celebrated Christmas at Home with Melanie and her family and then in New Mexico with Alex and his family. Outstanding fun times.
On a rather cold day we went to Mount Vernon with Oliver
The family gathers for Thanksgiving Dinner at Matt & Melanie’s home…and a great time was had by all…excepting that loss to the Cowboys.
I Won’t Back Down [Verse 1] Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won’t back down [Verse 2] Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down Gonna stand my ground […]
Got on a plane in Fresco and got off in Vietnam. I walked into a different world, the past forever gone. I could have gone to Canada or I could have stayed in school. But I was brought up differently. I couldn’t break the rules. Thirteen months and fifteen days, the last ones […]
Had a very fine evening with friends from work at a BBQ hosted by Paul & Oscar…. Great company and great food and a good time was had by all.
Grandson Oliver spent the weekend with use while his parents have a romantic weekend. We went to Great Falls park for a picnic and walk. The next day we went to 3 bike shops and found him a larger and more useful bike. He had a bit of a hard time getting used to […]
This is one of those wonderful books that I have only as a consequence of my friendship with Jim and his wife who run the Alla Book Store in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is really quite a treasure as it was printed in a limited edition of only 100 copies. There are several […]
We set out to take a 6 day vacation in North Carolina as we frequently do around Memorial day. We like to leave a few days early and stay past the holiday so that the drive there and back is not so terrible….little did we know…. This trip I’ve broken the pictures up onto a […]
There is no better introduction to this book than the words on the dustcover: “My first trip to Washington had been to protest the Vietnam War. But now I was part of the decision-making apparatus of the Federal Government – the tiniest possible part, to be sure. But a part all the same. […]
Some pictures taken after the Mass and Ceremony (none were allowed during it) and from the party at the Gorman’s that followed
Pictures taken on the Deck….after an absence of several years, those beautiful Yellow Finches have returned.
I have not a clue where I found this book but it’s just the kind of book I love to read – real life by a real person with all the real details, unpalatable as that might be, associated with life. No ugly detail left out….and this one has a lot of ugly details. That book […]
A speech by Ronald Reagan The Shining City Upon A Hill On January 25, 1974 There are three men here tonight I am very proud to introduce. It was a year ago this coming February when this country had its spirits lifted as they have never been lifted in many years. This happened when […]
There is a bit of background to this book that is needed to place it properly into perspective: In the works of Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, there is a quotation from the first volumn that has had great meaning to me: “sila ersinarsinivdlugo – Be Not Afraid of the Universe” When […]
Lyrics: These are the thoughts of a father On the wedding day of his daughter As his mind wanders back to the first time he held her He looks at her now, the same pride in his eyes As onto the dance floor they glide This is the dance of the bride and her […]
This was a relatively short volumn, less than 200 pages but jammed full of details related to the state of England before the invasion by the Romans (first by Julius Caesar) and then the impacts of that invasion before the Romans finally evacuated the island 300+ years later. I had a bit of difficulty following […]
The Lyrics: She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati On a snow white Christmas Eve Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline It’d been a long hard year She […]