It has been two months since I have written an entry. There are a few reasons for this. I've been sick for the last month. I have been hospitalized in Hershey Medical Center for the last three weeks. I'm doing better now. I am going home tomorrow. I'm really excited about it. I will write another entry in a day or two upon returning home. I hope you continue to read my blog when I begin writing more regularly. Take care.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I want to thank Jude of My Way for choosing me as a Guest Editor's Pick in Magic Smoke on August 8. It was an honor to be chosen among those she selected. If you haven't checked out her blog, please visit; it's an interesting read.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I wanted to write an entry tonight because this is the 5th Anniversary of AOL Blogs. I couldn't let this day go by without saying what JLand means to me.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Here are more of "My Cool Things." This entry is the last in this series.
Tags: My Cool Things, Battling Tops, children's games, Jonny Quest, cartoons, television, the 1960s, blogplugs
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Here are more of "My Cool Things." I'll finish this series in the next entry.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Here are three more of "My Cool Things." I'll finish the last of "My Cool Things" in the next two entries.
The Apollo 11 mission gripped the world as one of the most compelling nine days in history. The mission boasted the first manned Moon landing on July 20, 1969. That day at 10:56 PM EDT, when Neil Armstrong became the first human to stand on the Moon's surface, my eyes were glued to our television screen. I was seven years old, but my parents let me stay up late to watch an event which would fascinate me for the rest of my life. Despite being absorbed in the NASA images of Moon rocks and dust being collected for analysis on Earth, I felt sad for astronaut Michael Collins. He had to remain orbiting the Moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin explored the lunar surface and got all the glory.
Scientifically accurate details from the Moon's surface captivated me. The astronauts appeared to bounce across the surface in one-sixth of Earth's gravity. Lunar dust which was kicked up fell directly back to the surface, leaving no floating cloud in the moon's airlessness. And when the astronauts left the Moon, the previously motionless American flag, which had been planted at the landing site, whipped as in a furious wind. This effect was caused by powerful rocket exhaust as the Lunar Module rose from the lunar surface. The astronauts' return to Earth on July 24 left me with a profound sense of wonder that the mission had been a complete success. Knowing that humans have walked on another world is astronomically cool.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Here are some more of "My Cool Things."
What challenges me is to capture in words the unique beauty that my wife brings to my world. My words won't adequiately describe her, but I'll try anyway. Krissy loves me; when she first confessed her deep feelings nine years ago, the revelation stunned me. No other woman had ever loved me, and I had lost hope that any woman ever would. That her commitment to our relationship hasn't wavered for almost a decade is still a source of wonder to me. What she sees in me that other women dismissed as insignificant baffles my mind. But whatever she sees has been compelling enough to keep her with me through two cancers and a bone marrow transplant. And my first cancer was diagnosed just four months after we met! That and her willingness to marry me is amazing. I haven't even mentioned her intelligence, her sense of humor, our mutual interests and values, her imagination and playfulness, her patience, and a long list of other qualities that she has. I could write volumes about what has made our relationship precious and still not cover all the details of why I love her. My wife Krissy is completely cool.
I've heard Jethro Tull called the original Alternative Rock band. Musically and lyrically, they are superior to, and far more artistic than, most popular musicians; frequent use of diverse instruments lends their tracks a unique but pleasing sound. Jethro Tull writes largely about the profound social and political issues of our time. A fondness for descriptive detail breathes life into their viewpoints, which are thought-provoking and persuasive. I've enjoyed many of their albums, with the exception of Aqualung, which has a strong atheistic theme. It saddens me to know that they reject religion, but you don't have to agree with everything artists believe to benefit from their work. Jethro Tull's tracks are thoroughly enjoyable; artists who both inform and entertain are doubly cool.
Are you familiar with baroque music? If all of you were, my job in this paragraph would be unnecessary. I have to assume, though, that some of you are drawing a blank. Baroque was a period in European music between 1600 and 1750, marked by an elaborate and ornamental style, which preceded the Classical music era. Now before your eyes glaze over, let me assure you that this won't become a lecture in music history. Elaborate and ornamental -- what does that mean, right? Trying to understand any kind of music by a textbook definition without actually hearing some of it performed is an almost hopeless task. What I would like to do, if you've never heard baroque played, is urge you to give it a chance. Maybe you've heard classical music and didn't like it. You still might find that you like baroque. Let me give you a popular example to listen to and let you judge for yourself: Vivaldi's Spring Concerto If you liked this, I hope you seek out more baroque. If you didn't, that's all right too. Liking baroque music or disliking it are both naturally cool.
This is the second entry of a five part series.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
In the sidebar of this journal I will be adding several pictures from time to time. I have chosen things that I think are cool. I'm calling them "My Cool Things." I've decided to tell you about them in a few entries.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
our baby rabbits eating pink clover
Here's the conclusion to the story I began in my last entry.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Here's my entry for JLand Photo Shoot #124. The subject is 'a close up'. If you want to be part of this, you can find it in my wife's journal Sometimes I Think.
This is the first time I've participated in a photo shoot. I've enjoyed the experience. I've never taken close ups before; it was challenging and fun.
Here are some shots of my wife's and my Christmas ornaments.