Misc Mississippi Fall 2008

Here is the final batch of photos from our recent trip to St. Louis by way of Quincy, Illinois and Hannibal Missouri. Additional images available at flickr. Also worth noting, Sheryl took all but the 4th photo on this page; between the two of us, we do generate a few photos when traveling. These first … Read more

Colors from the Past

Most folks, when they think about World War I, tend to recall images of black and white battlefields. It’s natural, as old b&w photos and movies are all any of us have seen of WW1. Until now. Der Spiegel has published an online article and photo gallery of heretofore unseen color images from the Great … Read more

In Appreciation

This is for my dad, Sheryl’s dad, Uncle Bernard, my brother Steven and his daughter, my cousin Jerry, my nephew Josh, my friend (and best man!) George, plus all of the other veterans I know (or don’t know for that matter). From one vet to another, Thank You. Your service and sacrifice for our country … Read more

Now is the Time

Walt Whitman, 1884, A Poem for Election Day (excerpt): If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show, Twould not be you, Niagara – nor you, ye limitless prairies – nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado, Nor you, Yosemite – nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyserloops ascending to … Read more

Butterscotch Telecaster

I picked up a Fender Squier Affinity Series Special Edition guitar today. It’s a beautiful butterscotch blonde color; the wood grain shows through very nicely. It’s my first telecaster and so far I’m really happy. My initial reaction is that this guitar has more clarity and presence than either my MIM strat or Gretsch 5120 … Read more

Lily Ponds, Tower Grove Park

I’d long been interested in seeing the giant water lilies in St. Louis, and on Tuesday I had my chance. The following photos were taken at the Lily Ponds at Tower Grove Park. It’s fascinating how the individual lily pads are connected to one central “root.” The flowers, the lilies in question, are simply gorgeous. … Read more