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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ahoy there! Cultural accomplishment off the starboard bow!

There are some cultural exposures every adequately-educated person in our society needs, so references to the Mona Lisa, for instance, or League of Nations or "...but I never inhaled" don't leave a blank stare of uncomprehension on one's face. This past 3 weeks, I have filled in one of the numerous gaps in my own cultural exposure: I read all 11 volumes of the Horatio Hornblower saga. That boast established, I wonder, what other reading suggestions do you have for one to be sure of a properly... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bags are packed... seats confirmed...

Tomorrow it's off to the airport at 11AM and over the course of the day, over the continent to home. I can never make this trip by plane or car without thinking of the time it took only a century ago to make this same journey, and the tribulations, anguish, losses and deprivations of those who made it anyway. And I think of how, maybe a century from now, this same trip will be made in yet a further fraction of the time--by beaming technology or some other preposterous technology we have not yet... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

proper respect and treatment of the Customer

I ordered some music last summer, and got this order sent confirmation notice. Thanks for your order with CD Baby! USPS (2) Nyr Lif: Two Legs Broken Your CDs have been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow. A team of 50 employees inspected your CDs and polished them to make sure they were in the best possible condition before mailing. Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over the crowd as he put... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Poetry in the air...

I took a slow stroll today, through the Maryland autumn. It's a gusty day, and everyone in the house is out at work, at school... It's a moody day... Walking in the woods of autumn fire in my own autumn, wistful heart to the colors lifts: All the triumph of a spring advanced victory of a summer lived the flowers gone to fruit and fruit to seed dispersing on the errant winds that blow... All finished now, and so green departs the leaf and reed, the wind whips over flaring brights to muted shades,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wedding is over, honeymoon is returned from...

Grandma no longer has to jump up at 6 am to rouse kiddies for school... I had thought to rent a car and drive up into the New England autumn, but a bit of a cranky ligament situation in my right knee has brought me to the decision that the next 5 days before I fly home I had best keep to the local trees, which are, after all, turning lovely fairly quickly now. Next year in New England...! Meantime, here I am in the DC area, off to the west, in Maryland, with 5 days to spend anywhere I like...... Sign in to see full entry.

still experimenting Here is a link to a fish... I am checking out whether it takes the clicker to just the one photo, or the whole set of fish pictures, or the entire photostream... Yes, of course I have fishes in my photostream~ what is a stream without nice fisshes, Precious? Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Maybe this will work... I have finally loaded a few shots onto flickr-- you might be able to get there from here... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pictures, pictures, pictures...

two broken are now one whole family The wedding party the youngest member in flight... All right, all right... you've seen the dad... here is the Bride with dad and mom--yeah, me! Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Ceremony

This, I think, needs little commentary... the younger son of the groom daughter of the bride The vows are saved in a 6-minute movie which photobucket deems too large to load. If I can figure out a way around the limitation, it will find its way here later. LIkewise, there is a photo of the bride and groom standing before the officiant that leads off the movie that would be a great still shot if I can figure out how to liberated it from movieness. Sign in to see full entry.

The reception location

A lodge in the hills between Frederick and Gettysburg The wedding party arrived and decorated... The lodge staff prepared the tables for the dinner with the flowers Annie chose for centerpieces. Below left is the bride and groom table. The dulcimer lives at the lodge, a nice rustic touch Ready Sign in to see full entry.

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