Thursday, December 22, 2011

National Flashlight Day

How on earth did I miss this one?

As anyone on my team will tell you -- I have a little flashlight obsession.*

They mock me, but when the lights go out, or we're paged to the back of beyond at 2 AM, who is the only one NOT flogging through the dark?

That'd be me.

*and you thought it was only pencils.

Monday, December 05, 2011

By The Way

"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."

Sylvia Plath

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Tis the Season

Update on Fenton the Free Spirit


Merry Go Round

Is it creepy or fun?

This picture made me thing of Something Wicked This Way Comes, so I vote creepy.

Monday, November 28, 2011


Latest viral video.

And for Fenton, I quote: 

"To be nobody but yourself
 in a world which is doing its best, 

night and day to make you everybody else,
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being could fight;

and keep fighting."
~ E. E. Cummings

Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Day

This year's turkey was beautiful! We drank a toast to our absent loved ones and ate ourselves into a tryptophan coma.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Don't you hate it when something goes viral and you're the last one on earth to know?

In case you missed it.

Where have you been!?

May we present - ta-daa -

Honey Badger.

The viral video.

The Facts.

Must of been my early flu shot.

Monday, November 07, 2011


When you're talking to your friend about your new wrinkle cream and she says,

"Does it work?"

It doesn't.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

This One's Just 4 The kiddo

Why Everyone Is Looking At Uranus.

You know they are.

And a picture for no good reason.

Stillness in a turbulent world.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pencil Test

I was looking at my pencil collection, and it occurred to me -- one day my heirs will be sorting through this stuff, and I bet one of them asks, "Why'd she wrap pencils in bubble wrap?"

And someone else will say, "Wasn't Gran a weird old thing?"

Wait 'til they get to the notebooks.

Winter approaches . . .

like a cold breath on the back of your neck.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011


Could this be any more Montana?*

*technically, this was Wyoming.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Geekier than thou. A little less geekier than those.

My computer started to overheat on a regular basis.

Even though Macs are notorious for running hot, this was something different. Processes would s l o w way down while the brain tried to keep the heart from exploding.

Or, while the software tried to prevent the hardware from melting. Take your pick.

I googled. And downloaded.

Lots of directions.

Took the plunge. Bought a new hard drive.

While I waited for that to arrive, jury rigged a laptop cooling device.

Then, like Christmas, the night finally arrived. Change the hard drive time. Note, three sets of directions.

Almost there.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Voila. I did it.

This morning, we're running 60 degrees cooler on the CPU.

How changing the hard drive accomplished that, I do not know.

I'm only slightly geeky.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Home Again, Home Again

 Back from the writer's conference.

Amazed there still exists, folks cowed by computer.

'course, I was writing with pencil bemoaning the fact, apparently classrooms no longer sport pencil sharpeners on at least one wall.

What is this world coming to?

Don't know, Ethel.

Saturday, October 01, 2011


1st day of the writer's conference. Lots freaked about media changes because of new technology.

Those who get over that quickly will be leaps ahead of those who resist.

They're just computers, my dears.

Resistance is futile.

One speaker got me teary-eyed. Laura Munson. The story of how she was published after persisting through years and years of rejection is worth a read.

Laura Munson

In between I played with the camera.

One more day and it's home for me.

Post title comes from Laura's topic today -- how we stand in the way of our success.

- - Posted from my iPad - -

- - edited at home - -

Friday, September 30, 2011

Road Trip

I'm off to a writer's conference. Long drive today.

No pictures, yet.

Stay tuned.

-- Posted from the iPad --

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Freedom's Just Another Word For

Finishing the Fire Department's FEMA grant for this year.

Written and submitted.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's Magic

Here one minute.

Gone the next. 

Monday, September 12, 2011


You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
Fools stand on their island of opportunities
and look toward another land.
There is no other land;
there is no other life but this.

— Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Oh Baby

Further adventures with the Lens Baby.

Occasionally, we get along quite nicely.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Our Epoch

Last one to bed, please turn out the lights.

Anthropocene Mapping from Globaïa on Vimeo.

The Anthropocene on National Geographic.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Tillamook Lighthouse

Shot from far, far away with this little Canon.

Not a bad little camera when a person gets tired of carrying this one around.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Alas Redux

Summer's still over.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Lens Baby WTF?

I don't know. Seems like the learning curve on this thing is over the hill and around the bend from me.

Fun though.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Lens Baby Fail

Still looking for the sweet spot and almost getting there.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shine On

Captured through the car window 70 MPH.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thar She Blows!

Gray whale off the coast of Oregon 8/11/11

Friday, August 26, 2011

Nostalgia, Part 2

My 1st camera.

I'm participating in The August Break.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Those were the days.

I'm participating in The August Break.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Traveling Paws

We took the little dog with us on vacation.

What? No seat belt?
He rode in his crate between the front seats.

He didn't like this at first, but wised up pretty fast.

He found he liked to look at stuff.

Let's go down there.

Let's go down there.
There was a lot to look at. He was up for anything we were up for.

And usually faster too.

Now, I'm not saying my dog is smarter than yours,

Yeah, you are.
but he learned the time to start fussing to get out of the car was when the GPS Lady said, "Recalculating."

That would be because we were ignoring her instructions, had changed directions and were about to stop.

Let's go down there.