Sunday, July 30, 2006

May I introduce----

ANGELA extraordinary woman of intellect and social grace, a poet, translator, wife and mother, and our good friend.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Fill a bag for $1

Linn found some good picture frames and mats at this sale today, a lucky find on Broadway.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Early Morning Downtown Eugene

Eugene's downtown is quite dead. There are lots of empty buildings. The redeeming element on the streets are the flowers in hanging baskets and planters.

Linn is sitting by Ken Kesey's statue at Broadway and Willamette. Ken in bronze is reading a book to children.

In the pool at the club this morning Linn and I were remembering the songs we learned as children. I remember 'Count your Blessings' and come back to thinking about how good it was for a young child to learn that.

Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

Another one I remember is 'Little Purple Pansies.'

Little purple pansies, touched with yellow gold, growing in one corner of the garden old.
We are very tiny but must try, try, try, just one heart to gladden, you and I.

Though I am no longer a church goer I recognize the value of teaching little children important values.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

My sweet new succulent

I haven't many plants, just four. The succulents will do OK if I am away and they are not watered often. My fushia is suffering from the heat. The basil is improving since I put it in a larger pot. I regret not having a place to grow a tomato but such is life. We don't always have what we want. We can want what we have.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Nature's restorative power

In the mountains beside a clear fast-moving stream of clear water the troubles of the world recede.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Old Growth along French Pete Creek

The hike along French Pete Creek begins from Highway 19 after Cougar Reservoir. After hiking about a mile along the creek, eating lunch and coming back to the car we drove over the Box Canyon Summit and came out in West Fir, then came home on Highway 58. It is hot in the valley.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Tom set up the HDTV

Today is going to be a hot one. We can turn on the A/C and veg out with a film or something else on the big tube.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

This president's behavior is very disturbing.

Groping the German leader's shoulders was not a good thing to do. This photo is not the president but it shows how Merkel's shoulders were grabbed when she was in a conversation with an Italian leader. For shame!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The new playground with children

Yesterday I rode my bike to the river in the evening and this time saw the children using the Skinner Butte new playground. The shower was enjoyed by many on a hot day.

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Peaceful Countryside

King Estates Winery on a Sunday afternoon is a place to have a view of well-groomed slopes of grape vines and an expansive horizon.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A hot yahtzee game

Tom seems to have some kind
of mental power over the dice.
When he whispers over them
he gets what he wants.

Linn plays like his life
depends on it.
I can't remember who won
but nobody got hurt.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Jane and Tom are coming today

Happy day! I'm going to get some lunch together for us. Tom will be surprised that we have a new TV to be hooked up. I hope he will be pleasantly surprised.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Huge Sadness

The news from the Middle East is grim. The violence is very wrong. What a waste of life and resources! The setback is terrible. A time of cessation of all agression on both sides is called for---a cooling off period. Too bad there are not any good channels of diplomacy established and our country has lost credibility in the world. Woe! Woe!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

New Playground in Alton Baker Park

This was a long time in being built and has now just opened. I want to see it when some children are using it. It looked to me early in the morning when I saw it that the big sand pit was a popular spot.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Linn's Run

Four down just two miles to go

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Early Morning on the bike path

From the Greenway Bridge, can you see the heron?

View from the Owosso Bridge

Can you see the heron here?

Monday, July 10, 2006

B Minor Mass

We went to the 'Sounds of Eternity' at the Hult Center where images were projected on a screen to the music of Bach.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The River

Deep, slow and silent, moving us beyond ourselves.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The clear truth

The latest New Yorker has an article, 'The Agent', by Lawrence Wright about how we missed intercepting 9/11 by not having the right communication channels between the FBI and the CIA. The information that was needed was there but not available to the right people, perhaps from professional jealosy. It breaks my heart to read this. This is a griping article. I think that good people make a difference and there are good people in the world.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Have you ever noticed

how many TV television anchors and announcers are blond women with long hair? What does this mean?

Monday, July 03, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

We saw this film yesterday. I grieve that Gore is not our president. How could our country have fallen into such a decline, taken over by unscrupulous power grabbers, not moral men? Somehow, this must all be straightened out. There are good people who are aware and who can have influence. I find evidence of them in various places, like c-span, some blogs, and where I might not expect.

Perhaps George Bush is 'the healthiest' president as announced on the news yesterday because he isn't bothered by what he has done----or what because of him, Cheney has directed.