Category: Technology

Trying Out My New Camera

I have just bought an Olympus E-M10 and today I tried it out in my local neighbourhood and at the nearby Japanese Friendship Gardens. I still have a lot to learn about the camera’s capabilities, but so far I’m very happy with the basics. Here are some of […]

No Resting Place

Last year when I walked downtown I frequently stopped to rest on some benches that were placed in a large courtyard between the light rail and the theater.  It is a nice sunny spot and it is enhanced by a lovely display of flowers in planters and some funny […]

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Not Enough Lovelies

Most of the people who go to a film festival are cheerful and friendly.  They are excited to be seeing new and adventurous films, and they have a camaraderie with other film fans. Some of them have an encyclopedic knowledge of actors, films, and directors and they love […]

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Any Second Now…

My brain is buzzing. I haven’t had enough sleep. My brother-in-law is in the hospital and I’m waiting to hear how he is doing. I am also trying to reclaim my car that was damaged in a fender-bender I spent an inordinate amount of time on hold with […]

Volunteer Cats

If you think that by putting yourself forward as a community volunteer you will be received with warm appreciation, you are wrong. At the beginning of the process, you are more likely to be confronted with bureaucratic bewilderment. Recently, I have tried to volunteer at three different events […]

Signature Brand

Signatures used to be very important. When I was a secretary, letters would sit on my boss’s desk waiting for his signature. They could not go out of the office without it. The signature meant the document was official, approved, vouched for. Companies with a wide range of […]

Care For The Aged

There is a building in San Jose that conjures up warm memories for those who grew up around here. It reminds them of childhood, family togetherness, and the friendly man who ran the store. It was a bicycle shop called Faber’s Cyclery, and it caught fire in 2013. […]

Culling Photographs

I’m coming to terms with my slightly obsessive collections of things, and have been forced to make hard choices about what to keep since I moved from a four-bedroom house to a two-bedroom apartment. Right now, the focus is on my collection of photographs. From the early 1970’s […]

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Yelp for Funerals

In Janet Evanovich’s series  of Stephanie Plum novels there is a character who loves going to funerals. She’s a granny who enjoys the ceremonials, the socializing, the luncheons, and the opportunity to criticize.  I think I’m turning into her.  I go to celebrations of lives a bit too […]