Category Archives: Other Places

Is It Too Early To Start Talking About Reparations?

I’ve seen many suggestions for praying Psalm 31 for those suffering in Ukraine. Verses not to lose in our age of fake news, lies, and detraction: Do not let me be put to shame, for I have called to you, … Continue reading

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Things I Knew Before Today And Things I Did Not

I did know that in geographic area Ukraine is the largest European country aside from Russia. I did not know that it is the most impoverished European nation. One of my best friends in high school had a Ukrainian ethnic … Continue reading

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A Season of Hope

I had heard the election results reported on NPR on my drive home this afternoon. I was curious to see what my friend John had to say, and it’s here. Once I had a plan for a cultural exchange, suggested … Continue reading

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Mary and Mercy

Liam sent me this image he captured at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston. From his message to me: ‚ÄčThese are enameled (painted) glass windows are from the Thomas & John Morgan Studio of New York, which often worked with Patrick … Continue reading

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Organ First

The Notre Dame Cathedral is stabilized enough for restoration work to begin. Work on the organ is first to begin, but over a hundred other contractors will be engaged, according to the AP.¬† Hopefully, the organ job won’t be completed … Continue reading

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New Map

So my news feed seems to know I like geography. This 2020 census map appeared with an article noting population declines across US rural areas. I was noticing modest growth in a few places that surprised me. Oregon and Washington, … Continue reading

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Gray Montana

Early morning in Missoula. By the afternoon, we had driven about a hundred miles east and skies were sunny and clear. Still, being surrounded by mountains has a nice feeling for me.

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Almost Packed

Internet down my last day in the old apartment. But I did save a picture of floor-to-roof loading in the van. Thank goodness I’m not driving it. I spent today on the journey to Missoula, a bit over 500 miles. … Continue reading

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The Arm Of Light Blogging

Is it the virus? Reaction to my flu shot? This has been a bruising few days, but the van is largely packed. How I miss one aspect of my life as a single man fresh out of grad school: most … Continue reading

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Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Who was it who sang, “Fifty-seven channels and nothing’s on”? This tune is outdated in the era of streaming tv. We have literally tens of thousands of channels today. How to find something interesting and worthwhile? I recently stumbled onto … Continue reading

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Through The Trees, Clear

Three weeks ago, we had such a clear day approaching Washington’s highest mountain.

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Christine Falls

Just a fraction of a mile off the road, this was a prime stop on our visit the other day. My wife especially enjoys the waterfalls, though the brief hike to get to a view was a bit strenuous for … Continue reading

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Mountain In View

For five years, we’ve put off the #1 visit on my bucket list, Mount Rainier National Park. It’s the kind of thing I thought would always be available, barring the catastrophic explosion of a stratovolcano. My family and I live … Continue reading

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Real Versus Virtual

The family and I enjoyed a nice day trip to Mount Rainier today. We didn’t get home too late, and I was hoping to download some of my images to share here and on another social media platform. It’s really … Continue reading

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Garden

Last week, the young miss and I journeyed across the Puget Sound for a day in Everett. The single highlight for me was a visit to the Nishiyama Japanese Garden adjacent to the community college. I found it a peaceful … Continue reading

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