In 2017, some UK family members and I enjoyed a ride on the Bluebell Railway. We were on one of several steam locomotives on a railway line that was closed by British Railways in 1955 but preserved by enthusiasts and still running today. We took the train from […]
Snowbird of Paradise
An Albertan who spends winters in California.
When you hear someone say “Let’s unpack this” you hope they are going to take a complicated issue, separate it into its parts, identify the common thread, and prioritize essential elements. They will see the big picture, discard the extraneous, and focus on productivity. When someone looks at […]
The youngest member of our party is a bright 14-year-old who is very good at chess. He drew our attention to what is probably the most beautiful chess set I have ever seen. The pieces represent Mayans and Conquistadors, and the details are quite exquisite. The chess set […]
This morning was the perfect day to visit the archeological site at Tulum where there are the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. It was walled to the west and faced the Caribbean Sea to the east. The site was inhabited as early as 564 A.D. and remained […]
Humans started making tools about 90,000 years ago and it took all that time for us to realize we could put our luggage on wheels. Whoever first came up with that idea is brilliant and we should all bow down in obeisance to that genius. Here’s another simple […]
This is my first day in Playa del Carmen in Mexico and I am exhausted, delighted, and overwhelmed. I arrived here with my son Ken and his family, Julie and Hayden, at 7:15 AM local time which was 4:15 in our heads. We took a shuttle to our […]
Here are some pictures of me taken in my glory days. I was somewhere between 19 and 22 or 23 and going through a somewhat rebellious period. Not very rebellious. Just a little.
I am spending most of February with my Canadian family and flew today from San Jose California to Edmonton Alberta via Seattle. Here are some of the views I had from the planes I took.
Yesterday I was early for my appointment with my tax accountant so I decided to get in a few extra steps by walking a couple of blocks down the road. As I did so, it occurred to me that the sky looked a little like the transgender flag […]
As I work on a jigsaw puzzle, I have the TV on and I am listening to the Senate impeachment trial. It occurred to me that the House members representing the prosecution are organizing the presentation of the evidence in much the same way that I tackle a […]
Here are a few more murals that I was able to photograph this week. It was a cloudy day but the colorful images actually stand out nicely against the gray background.
After walking for about an hour today, I decided to take a break by sitting in the outdoor seating area of a downtown San Jose coffee shop that is on a pedestrian walkway. As I turned into Paseo de San Antonio, two people with clipboards beckoned me to […]
A little while ago I was visiting with some family members and my nephew noticed my phone. It was an iPhone 5S and it worked just fine for me. My nephew commented on it and made me take a second look. I can’t remember what he said, exactly, […]
While I was out walking today, I went past the former Camera 12 cinema in downtown San Jose. It has been closed since September 2016 and was to be redeveloped. The plans have apparently stalled but someone somewhere is trying to make the best of it. The last […]
The ways in which some reporters get their material and write it up has sometimes bothered me. I’m not talking about the steady, evidence-based, well-researched articles in reliable media. I’m talking about the information-distortion that goes on mostly in the tabloids. You all know what I mean. The […]
I have been an avid user of Twitter for a couple of years. You might say I’ve been enamored or addicted. Today, though, I decided our love affair is over. It’s been good, Twitter, but you became abusive. Now I have chosen to leave. For a few months […]