Senior Prom

Senior Prom, 2018

As a proud grandfather, I watched my oldest grandson get mugged by the school’s paparazzi before they left for the school’s senior prom.  Actually, I think they were after a picture of his date.

Like most everything, he took it all in stride — never getting too high or to low, but keeping an even keel through the storms of new experiences.  No one knew at the time this photo was taken that he would be crowned Prom King.

I wish I could have seen his reaction to that!

Thought for the Day:  Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.                                         Vincent van Gogh

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April Showers

Ava, 5


One week left in April and we finally got a rain.  Only .17 inches, but it’s sure better than snow.  Things are finally starting to pop up and show signs of life.

Thought for the DayApril Showers bring May Flowers … hopefully.

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Snake River Falls

Snake River Falls

Snake River Falls is in the top ten list of scenic sights in Nebraska.  It’s located on private land southwest of Valentine, NE, but the landowner allows the public to visit the sight for $1.00.  Just put your dollar in the mailbox.

This photo was taken in early spring during maximum flow of snow melt.  In the fall, there is barely a trickle.

Thought for the DayCharacter is higher than intellect.          Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Furnace Creek Inn

Furnace Creek Inn – 2009

Beautiful setting.  This is the luxury resort lodging in Death Valley National Park.  Not exactly a campground.  Originally built in 1927, it still looked pretty swanky in 2009.  I stayed in a more modest section of the park, resembling an upscale trailer court.

This Four Diamond rated resort will be renovated in late 2018.  So, obviously an upgraded name was required; it is now called The Inn.  Ahem!   Everybody knows “The Inn”, no further description is needed.

Looks like a nice place to spend the winter.

Thought for the Day:  Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.                                                                                                                F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

This 4-5 year old is proudly wearing the uniform of the Uduru Parish preschool; hat and jersey/sweater using colors of the Tanzanian  flag, with a patch of the flag shown on the hat.  The jersey is several sizes too big for him, probably a hand-me-down from an older sibling, but in very good condition.

By mid-morning the air temperature is in the mid 80’s.  He was dressed for the early morning “chill” during his long walk to school.

It is time for a snack; all the children are paying close attention to the teacher as they learn how to say grace.

Thought for the DayDear God,  Did you mean for the giraffe to look that way or was it an accident?                                                                                                                 Jimmy–Prayers of five year olds


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Literacy Test

Sheep’s Rest Stop


Some signs just tickle my funny bone.  I found this road sign near Taos, NM.

Bighorn Sheep must be smarter than I thought.


Thought for the Day:   All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.                                                                                                                     George Orwell

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Flash in the Pan

Rhyolite, Nevada

Now a ghost town, Rhyolite, Nevada was once a boom town teeming with get-rich-fast gold prospectors.  Gold was discovered nearby in 1905.  By 1908 there were 5,000 residents of Rhyolite, many employed by the Montgomery Shoshone Mining Company that invested heavily in Rhyolite’s infrastructure … and future.

The richest ore ran out quickly, production slowed dramatically and the mine closed in 1911.  The unemployed miners moved on and by 1920 the population had shrunk to zero.

That’s what I call a flash in the pan.

Thought for the Day:  Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.                                                                       Adlai Stevenson


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