Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Hazy Memory...

The photo was taken by my Grandfather; probably spring or summer of 1951 or 52; the re-location of the chicken coop was the activity. I was too little to ride on the trailor on the public road, but my cousin was big enough. (I was likely miffed about that) My Mom was vamping a bit--probably the photo was sent to Dad in Korea. The older gent and his son helped that day.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fast-paced, entertaining crime thrillers by John Sandford.

John Sandford is a pen name for journalist John Camp; he has compiled a long list of police and adventure thrillers, like the two that I recently read (while in early stages of recovery from surgery): "Easy Prey" and "Storm Front".

The first is one of a long series of "...prey" novels starring experienced lawman, Lucas Davenport of Minneapolis, MN, and an ensemble cast of girlfriends, friends who are women, colleagues, peers, superiors who can be counted on to spice the pages with glib and funny dialogue that softens the brutal crime scenes and actions that make up the plots. Lucas, somewhat of a sociopath himself, is very adept at figuring out who the criminal is by using gaming techniques he's also used to start a successful electronic game design company that made him wealthy. You can read these novels in sequence or pick them up at random: fun and easy to read. My favorite character from several of the books is a chirpy and cute red-headed young woman from OK or KS who plagues and flirts with Lucas as she cuts a swath of contract hits through his territory: the redoubtable Clara Rinker.

"Storm Front" is from another series of novels, featuring a younger investigator for the state of MN, headquartered in Mankato, MN, Virgil Flowers. His character makes me think of Timothy Oliphant in "Justified". The plot centers on an ancient artifact stolen from a dig in Israel and smuggled to Minnesota for sale to the highest bidder. International bad guys converge; Virgil must prevent the artifact from falling into the wrong hands. A variation on the Clara Rinker character shows up in story: the adorable, young-Dolly Parton-like con-woman, Ma Nobles. Virgil doesn't know whether to arrest her or kiss her. This book was written in collaboration with Sandford's wife, Michele Cook.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

From the winter of 2006

10 years ago, we visited an elderly (now deceased) cousin of my Grandmother in Rockport, IN; the town is nestled in a bend of the Ohio River. Lincoln once lived near this village, where some of my ancestors settled after arriving from Germany about 1860. Just in time for our Civil War.

No, this double size log cabin in not a family home. I wish. The town has a "pioneer park" where derelict cabins were moved and preserved. This design is a classic Kentucky settlers' cabin complete with the open-air "dog trot" feature.

Saturday, March 5, 2016


The past few weeks I received a relatively large number of visits from viewers in Brazil. Thank you, Brazil.

Though I haven't hinted or mentioned my thoughts of South America, I have indeed been fascinated with the idea of visiting. Cartegena?

Other Evocative Photo-finds from the Past...

Like the 19th Century, found at a rail museum in Pennsylvania a few years ago...
Along the bicycle trail in Missouri...
Found in my own backyard...

The Butterfly Hotel is open for business--and packed!

We started, several years ago, to assist the butterfly population by nurturing the young specimens indoors. It was slow going. But this...