Things

Spider On The Night Shift

11 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

Spiders get no love at my house. Not normally. If my wife wakes up screaming in the middle of the night you can bet that the gigantic spider haunting her dreams is the one to blame. Things aren’t much better in the daylight. When an actual...

Seashells (Not) By the Seashore

30 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

I'm no beach bum. I can handle approximately 10.3 minutes in the sun before I start to sunburn. At the start of summer I told my doctor about our plans to visit the Big Island of Hawaii in the coming weeks. "Buy a rash guard. Long sleeves,"...

Green Sea Turtles, Attack!

09 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

I've never really thought of turtles as being bloodthirsty. Not until one viciously attacked my son at Kiholo Bay. Well, maybe "attacked" isn't the right word. And "viciously" is probably an overstatement. But not as far as my son was concerned! My father-in-law's Hawaii guidebook had been our...

Irrepressible

07 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

Since the advent of the camera, the world has been graced with some incredible images of irrepressible spirit. Think back to that iconic photo of the man in the path of the tank at Tiananmen Square. Or the photo of the Buddhist monk who set...

Ferry Crossing to Iona

03 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places, Things

We Americans are used to notion of driving anywhere we want to go. We're accustomed to land, lots of land, stretching out over the contours of a gigantic continent. No wilderness will stop us from laying railroad track and pouring new highways to take us where we need to...