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Places 03-24-2015 Snowy Shores of Lake Tahoe

I’m about the furthest thing from a ski bum. I’ve spent most of my life within two hours’ drive of some of the country’s best ski slopes such as like Aspen, Vail, and Lake Tahoe. And somehow I’ve never strapped a single foot to ski or snowboard. The closest thing to snow that I experience is …

Places Things 03-23-2015 The Plotting Sheep of Skye

The population of Scotland hovers somewhere around six million people. The sheep population is estimated to be eight million. Which is why the Scots live in constant fear of a violent sheep uprising. Just look at these two; the careless hay hanging out of the mouth cannot disguise the bloodthirsty scheming inside.

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Places 03-19-2015 The Sunlit Spire of Old Tron Kirk

Cathedrals like this are few and far between where I live. Not only do I live in the United States, where the fine art of century-in-the-making-type churches has been lost, but I also live on the West Coast. This is the land of churches that are planted with zeal in humble concrete walled warehouses. Heck, I’ve …

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Places Things 03-18-2015 Squashed at the Farmers Market

My family has several Saturday morning traditions, one of which is entirely indulgent and one of which is totally organic: visiting the farmers market. The wife and I began shopping the local farmers market some years ago. We had hoped to enjoy a morning walk and find some unique and inexpensive veggies along the way. What we …

Places 03-16-2015 Sunset and The Wrap Around Porch

They say that the best natural lighting for photography occurs as the sun is rising and when it is setting. I say that these are the best times of day, regardless of whether or not you have a camera in hand. The sun was setting on the day I took this photograph, capturing the feeling …

Places 03-14-2015 Smart Phone Saturday: Leaning Towers of Sacramento

I take a break from my posting routines on smart phone Saturdays, leaving you not with a story but an unedited photo from my phone. Perhaps it will give you a peek into my life. Perhaps it will give you a smile. Here’s a crooked panorama of downtown Sacramento that makes the Leaning Tower of …

Places Things 03-13-2015 The Stillness of the Sixth Street Train

There’s something unsettling to me about empty spaces with all the lights left on. It is almost more strange than happening upon a space with all the lights out. Was there some emergency that caused everyone to leave in haste? Or did I get left behind? While I don’t think that either of these two …

People Places 03-11-2015 Through Muck and Mire to Kauai’s Secret Falls

Thai restaurants usually offer several levels of spiciness for their dishes. The first three or four options are not really spicy so as to satisfy those who can’t handle the heat, while making them think they are eating something spicy. But the last option is “Thai spicy” — code for plenty hot. So when the …

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