Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Mini Vacation to the Oregon Coast

I was working out of Coburg, Oregon for CPC (for the second time in three weeks) when Dori let me know she could use a mini-vacation. She flew into Eugene at midnight Friday and explored around Springfield on her own as I finished up on Saturday. Sunday morning we headed straight west to Florence where we walked on the beach, then up to Newport where we had lunch at one of our all time favorite places - Gino's. After lunch we drove up to Lincoln City then through Portland to The Dalles where we stayed the night. The next day was Labor Day. I am sure Dori enjoyed my on-going critique of Western Oregon Drivers as we made our way home. One sad note: we discovered the Gino (whom we met on our first trip to Gino's) had passed away in 2007. Although the Fish and Popcorn shrimp was still delicious - it just wasn't the same.

***You can click on the slideshow to see individual pictures****

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bub's Birthday

When you can't get Bubs to the cake....

Sunday, February 05, 2012


 As I age, I tend to get up earlier and earlier in the mornings. I do not have trouble sleeping and, in fact,  usually fall asleep within minutes of my head hitting the pillow. Five hours currently seems to be the optimum amount for me.

 Besides being fully recharged after just a couple hours - I savor the early morning (anywhere from about 2:30AM till about 7:45) . It's almost as if I have the world to myself and can do some mental housekeeping without the anxiety of distraction. I can safely assume I will not be assaulted by texts or phone calls; no one really expects me to respond to social network messages or e-mail; my kids and friends don't require my attention. It's peaceful.

 This morning as I was waiting for my ritual americano to brew - I was struck by the abundance of food in our kitchen. My wife likes to keep our fruit tray full with ripe colorful fruit and it was that tray and it's vibrant colors that first caught my attention. I felt compelled to grab my camera a snap a couple pics and once I did; I began to notice, for instance, our convenience store display case refrigerator. It is huge and usually packed with everything from condiments (like 7 different flavors of salad dressing) to left overs from the preceding days, to gallons (usually three or more) of milk: no fat, low fat and skim.

 I began to realize that I had not remembered to feel grateful in a week or more. At first I felt a flash of shame but soon realized that rather than waste too much time focused on shame it would be better to re-focus on what I had just re-membered: gratitude. Within minutes I was nearly overwhelmed (nearly to tears) with the fact that I am blessed with bounty and abundance.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Just finished "The Camel Club" by David Baldacci

Finally was able to put this book down after 3 days. It is an action packed, espionage thriller by author David Baldacci.  Although it has a copyright date of 2005, it is a story that could just as well happen today.

What I really like about the story is it's plausibility. The scenario that Baldacci sets up is complex and yet simple at the same time.

I love spy novels and this one will rank as one of my favorites. I am hoping there is or will be a movie made of the story. My casting prediction for "Oliver Stone" (one of the main character's nickname) would be Morgan Freeman. I could see him and hear his voice in my head as I was reading,

You can see excerpts from this wonderful novel (and buy it at a huge discount by using my link below to I think I would earn about $0,25 if you bought it - but hey! 25 cents is better than no cents at all!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Luc Turns 12!

My Son, Luc, turns 12 today and it's amazing and a little disturbing thinking back and realizing that time is flying by. He's a really unique kid and he is really an inspiration when it comes to being in the moment and being yourself.

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