I'VE SEEN IT RAINING FIRE IN THE SKY
Rocky Mountain High
BEAUTY IS THERE IF YOU JUST LOOK
"Once in a while you get shown the light in
the strangest of places if you look at it right"
From Scarlet Begonias
The Grateful Dead
ODDS AND ENDS
Shots that don't fit elsewhere
There were clowns and elephants and dancing bears
And a beautiful lady in pink tights flew high above our heads
Peggy Lee...Is that all there is?
Come on the risin' wind,
We're goin' up around the bend
Credence Clearwater Revival...Up around the bend.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul
Brokedown Palace...The Grateful Dead
Autumn in the mountains
TO HONOR FATHER THOMAS MERTON
The Mentor I Never Met But Grew To Know And Love
THE RAIN, THOMAS MERTON AND MY SOUL
It's been a lifetime tryin'
to outrun the rain
and now I'm tired,
my feet hurt,
and I'm soaking wet.
Time it is now to sit in the downpour
and feel its essence
to hear its sound among trees
to nod and smile to the rooftop tapping of simple gifts...
a code spelling loving graces.
Time to take refuge and rest
in the rain, Thomas Merton and my soul.
Gethsemani Monastery where Father Merton lived and wrote
Talk only occurs when necessary. They are called Trappists.
The view from the old part of the monastery. I joined the monks for early prayer and chanting at 3:15 AM
for Vigils. Monks assemble eight times during the day for prayer and chanting Psalms. The final
event is Compline at 7:30, leaving us time for prayer and meditation before welcomed sleep.
The monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani leaves time for hard work and prayer.
Father Merton's grave. He's buried next to his Zen Garden.
THE GOOD AND BAD OF LIVING ON THE COAST
The Gulf Coast is rich in beautiful views and wildlife
The beaches bring crowds but the crowds bring money and jobs
Sometimes the visitors are unwanted. Dennis and Ivan were such visitors.
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
A PAPER AND PHOTO CHASE
orHow One Child Went Bad
I have backpacked, hiked and camped in 48 states and Canada.
At 75 (almost) they say you have the face you've earned!
Serpent Mound in Ohio...a powerful place
OCEAN REFLECTION...DIGITAL PHOTO
Artist and Spiritual Guide
Jerry Garcia in New York 1992
Glenna & Bill in the Bay Area
My three favorite places in the world are: Machu Pichu, San Francisco and anywhere Glenna is.
From Sun Prairie Wisconsin To The World...This is a colorful tribute to Georgia O'Keeffe.
|ANOTHER VIEW OF
A look at America's favorite game!
WITH LARGE BASEBALL PHOTO COLLECTION
THE BLUE ANGELS
The sight and sound of freedom
40's and 50's Style
There are many fine educational institutions in the Florida Panhandle.
Unfortunately this isn't one of them. You can't spell Escambia without scam
CONFESSIONS OF A BACKYARD NATURALIST
This is a study of the natural features in one suburban yard.
ARCHAEOLOGY 101 Time is running out to solve the mysteries of prehistory.
Gay or Straight
The vote by the Supreme Court to allow
same sex marriage was 5-4.
FOR THE LOVE OF HOLLY
A Young Girl Discovers Who She Is
THE JOY OF WOODWORKING
My life as a carpenter and custom furniture maker.
GREAT BIRD WATCHING
The Pensacola area is a wonderful place for bird watchers
All scripture is inspired if it works
In Political Science we learned about the Gerrymander—a creature that eats democratic principles
CLAIR BEE AND CHIP HILTON
Chip Hilton is the only thing Bobby Knight and I ever agreed on.
SEARS...WHERE AMERICA SHOPPED
Sears was more than just a store...it was a cultural influence.
This area has a fabulous zoo.
UWF SWAMP & NATURE TRAIL
Part of a beautiful campus
Dear me...I had a brief encounter
TO BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY
THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
How you can lose an election while getting 71% of the votes,
REMEMBERING YANCY SPENCER
Surfers honor one of their own
MISSING MY FRIEND FARLEY COLLINS
The streams of the mountains please me more than the sea.
BUDDHA IN THE RAIN
More About Buddhism
Great Smoky Mountains
One of our most popular parks!
SOME WORDS TO LIVE BY
“There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to
snuff out the light of one little candle.”
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
...Eleanor Roosevelt, (and others)
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of
throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
"...rest in reason and move in passion."
...Kahlil Gibran, the World
"I have things in my head that are not like what
anyonehas taught me - shapes and ideas so near
to me—so natural to my way of being and thinking
that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down."
...Georgia O'Keeffe, Sun Prairie Wisconsin
"Da Patchy is not what Patchy was,
Da Patchy is as Patchy does."
...Patricia "Patchy" Brown, Los Angeles
"What, me worry?"
...Alfred E. Neuman, beloved philosopher
“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”
"The situation is the boss."
...The Grateful Dead
"Hang in there Bro, it's always early."
Rebel, Author, Counselor
"I have long known that it is part of God's plan for me to spend
a little time with each of the most stupid people on earth,"
A Walk In The Woods
"Mama Mama, many worlds I've come since I first left home."
...Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia
"When you ain't got nothing you got nothing to lose..."
"Lord and I stay blue all the time. Yeah but
that's all right, I will overcome some day."
...Big Bill Broonzy
"This city desert makes you feel so cold
It's got so many people, but it's got no soul
And it's taken you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it held everything"
"Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me, larger voices calling"
"And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to
touch the sunAnd he lost a friend but kept his memory"
“My whole wretched life swam before my weary eyes, and I realized no matter what
you do it's bound to be a waste of time in the end so you might as well go mad.”
"But now old friends they're acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I've changed
Well something's lost, but something's gained
In living every day."
"Well it's all right, even if they say you're wrong
Well it's all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well it's all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
Well it's all right, everyday is judgment day"
...The Traveling Wilburys
"Take me for a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship
All my senses have been stripped
And my hands can't feel to grip
And my toes too numb to step
Wait only for my boot heels to be wanderin'"
One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
Awaitin' for the train that goes home, sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
...Brewer & Shipley
"Be careful out there among them English."
...Amish man in Witness
"There's a crack in everything—that's how the light comes in."
“I got in trouble my whole life for having a big mouth.”
"Want to hear God laugh? Tell him you have plans."
“You are loved just for being who you are, just
existing. You don’t have to do anything to
earn it. Your short comings, your lack of
self-esteem, physical perfection, or social
and economic success – none of that matters. No
one can take this love away from you, and it will
always be here.”
"If the people are buying tears I'll be a rich girl someday."
(From "Look what they've done to my song Ma.")
"Life is constantly offering us jewels. It is whether we notice or not that is equally awesome."
...Personal note from Holly Near
(Holly Near singer with HARP: Holly Near,
Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger)
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
BASEBALL, THE WORLD AND I MOURN THE PASSING OF
Sometimes heroes make just a brief flash before our eyes. Chuck Harmon was a hero to a nine year old boy in 1955. I was attending my first ever Major League baseball game at old Crosley Field in Cincinnati. We had recently relocated from Chicago to an enclave of German Americans. Harmon had recently been signed to a contract. He became the first black player on the Redlegs. The name was briefly changed from "Reds" to "Redlegs" because local civic fathers were concerned about the "Red Menace" as Soviet, Chinese and North Korean entities were called in an era that would feature bomb raid drills and accusations of treason against anyone labeled as being "Red." The Korean War was still smoldering. The Iron Curtain was a reality.
At the time I didn't know that great athletes such as Harmon (who was also a championship level basketball player) and Jackie Robinson (A four sport letter winner in college) had been forbidden to play in the Majors because of their race. White nine year old baseball fans hadn't heard about the Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs, Pittsburgh Crawfords and other Negro League teams that were staffed by great athletes like Willie Mays, Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige. Even the city in which we lived had varioius Negro League teams we were never told about. Military service and prejudice kept many players from joining Major League sports until they were older. Brooklyn Dodger (soon to be LA Dodger) owner Branch Rickey signed super athlete Jackie Robinson to a professional contract in 1947. I don't know if he was trying to right a serious wrong or simply trying to get a leg up on his competition. Maybe it was both. An ever declining few have missed the irrefutable truth you build a great culture and great economy the same way you win a championship or a war. You assemble the best and the brightest and get prejudice and other limitations out of their way. The lesson from the American sports scene could not be more obvious. Winners LOOK like all of America.
It was the summer of 1955. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Redlegs were battling into the 9th inning. St. Louis was ahead by one run when the Redlegs tied the score. Then chaos broke out. The two managers got into an argument between the mound and home. Cincinnati manager Birdie Tebbetts lunged at St. Louis manager Harry "The Hat" Walker. A bench clearing fight ensued and nine year old boys in the stands decided they wanted to be crazy baseball players too. We were hooked for life. When order was restored Chuck Harmon was sent in as a pinch runner to 2nd base. A ground ball through the infield sent Harmon flying around third base. He ran so fast he had to take an unbelievably wide turn but he beat the throw to score the winning run. Thanks Mr. Harmon.
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