I was in the Army in 1971 when I wrote this poem about those who made sacrifices during the Vietnam War. I was standing by ” Sgt. Rooney’s” when this event occurred–his legs were gone. I was the lucky one. Never forget. Sergeant Rooney In a hospital bed Sergeant Rooney’s face Explains war To theContinue reading “Veteran’s Day Poem”
Even though we’re 279 miles from the most destructive forest fire in California history, the smoke and its smells are here in the Monterey area, cloaking the sunrise with an eerie haze. So far 23 people have died in “The Camp Fire” which has torched 105,000 acres, destroyed some 6,400 structures and leveled the cityContinue reading “Forest Fire Sun Rise”
Here I am at sunset taking a selfie of sorts at the base of a seaside cliff at low tide. I’m not the kind of person who slows down easily; i.e., as the blog site says, “wandering mind.” But today is a time to assess what yesterday’s election said about our country. My gut checkContinue reading “Post Election Assessment”
Today is the national election where parts of this great plan of democracy for 50 states will be rearranged. No one knows the outcome yet, only the symptoms of divisiveness. We are not whole and won’t be after today. But we will either begin turning back the hate that has gripped us and otherContinue reading “Election Day…”
White-crowned sparrows were running rampant this week in the neighborhood. Not exaggerating. These birds are a little like quails in that they like to walk and hop in and out of thickets. Our front yard is one big thicket. I would have thought of a different name to describe this bird. The yellowContinue reading “White-crowned Sparrow”
This shot speaks for itself. For me, what’s important about a sunset is that I took the time to see and that I was thankful to be able to view its splendor. There is a reason why pelicans to perch on ocean boulders for the last minutes of a sunset–they get it.
Took this photo a few years ago but didn’t pay attention to the low light areas around California’s state capitol building. Translated: I appreciate this shot more now than when I first took it. I worked in this place for over 20 years, often leaving in the dark hours, something I don’t miss.
In this photo of the Carmel Mission Trail, the high road offers better views in trade for more exposure to poison oak while the low road is much easier to walk with a limited panorama. In US politics those in national power have taken the low road to new depths, spreading hate wherever and wheneverContinue reading “High Road, or Low Road?”
Be honest. Do you think this scrub jay is going to share its find, or is it taunting its companion? Our belief system has taken a hit in this country as politics has served to divide us. Where we once enjoyed positive expectations, we now leave room for gloom. I’m fed up with the lies,Continue reading “An Act of Sharing?”