December 2, 2014
Daily Reflection: 12/2/2014
Daily reflection: hot coffee is delicious, iced coffee is delicious; Luke warm coffee is plain gross!
Reminded of my dad :)
This classic Peanuts comic makes me think of my dad, who used to work as a barber ...
October 27, 2013
Poem of the day...
What lies beyond
this land was here long before
and will be here long after
we ever explored it's rolling hills and mountains
before we crossed its vast glowing deserts and dark tumultuous seas
time has passed, and we have laughed together
the majesty of of the world, a twinkling in our eyes
together our lives are connected
with everything and everyone
just as we owe our existence to the land
and our land to the earth
and our earth to the sun
and our sun to the galaxy
and our galaxy to the universe
and our universe to what lies beyond …
Wow, it been a while since I blogged ...
I have done some serious neglecting of this blog :( I will try to fix that from now on. It's been a busy period of change in my life, with job changes, school, etc. it's hard to believe it's already Fall, October no less ... one of my favorite months with Halloween, scary movies and shows, baseball, cooler weather, changing colors of leaves ...
Labels: Where have I been?
May 29, 2013
Nationals Game and DC Trip - Memorial Weekend 2013
Here are photos from my trip to see my parents over the Memorial Day Weekend. We visited Washington DC for a Nationals game, and while there we checked out the Natural History Museum, the Navy Memorial, the National Art Gallery (to find the painting 'The Sacrament of the Last Supper' by Dali, which I had seen there many years earlier).
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Here is my parents standing by Dali's 'The Sacrament of the Last Supper'
We had pretty great seats in the stadium
Photo of me in the sculpture garden
The result of nearly 49 years of marriage
My dad and I taking a break on the park bench where we usually take a break during our walk
December 24, 2012
Recent Events Part 2: Thanksgiving Trip Home
Here are some photos of a visit home at Thanksgiving.
My Dad and I almost always walk together in a park in my hometown named after my mother's grandfather who gave land to create the park. We usually always sit at the same bench half way threw the walk. Nearly every time we walk in the park my Dad complains of his hips hurting and I explain that the more he walks the less his hips will hurt, and he always thanks me when we are finished.
Here is a photo of my mom playing Angry Birds,
and one of some herbs she was drying on the counter
Trip To Reddish Knob
One afternoon my Dad and I decided to drive to the top of Reddish Knob, a very tall mountain top just to the west of my hometown. Reddish Knob is one of the tallest mountain peaks in Virginia. Rising 4,397 feet from sea level, it is also the highest point south of the Adirondacks in New York. And it happens to have a road that goes all the way to the top leading to a parking lot that feels like it is floating in the sky with amazing 360 degree views into Virginia and West Virginia.
We left with only a couple hours of daylight left in the day so by the time we got to the top of Reddish Knob it was nearly dusk and the mountain cast a deep shadow on the rolling hills below. Here is a photo of my dad using my binoculars to look east towards our town.
On the way there we passed threw the little town named Briary Branch where my Dad grew up. Here is a photo of him standing in front of the house where he grew up.
Along the way my Dad told me stories about every house or building we passed: where friends he'd known grew up, or girlfriends he once dated lived, or places where he went fishing, or where there used to be a store where he sold walnuts he'd go gathering from the woods, or where his friend lived who's parents wouldn't let him join the Navy when my dad joined the Navy, etc.
On the way home we got very lost driving taking a different way on on mountain access roads. My dad suggested the route saying “it's been a few years since I've been this way, and by a few years I mean over 50 years ago”. As we were lost I realized too that my cell phone's GPS function was useless in areas where there was no cell service, which was everywhere in the mountains. I was never worried though because we could see periodically hunters camping for the night.
This is the view looking east from Reddish Knob (below this image is a closeup with distinctive landmarks outlined - scroll down)
From Reddish Knob, looking east, you can see the entire span of earth where I spend most of my life growing up. Looking to the east you can see a couple distinctive landmarks including Mole Hill (outlined in green in the closeup below), an inactive volcano that rises just to the west of town, and just to the east of town is Massanetten Mountain's peak which can just be made out from the Blue Ridge Mountains further to the east. Massanutten Mountain bisects the Shenandoah Valley (see Google map below). In between lies the city of Harrisonburg where I am from (outlined in red).
The satellite image below is taken from Google Maps and shows the location of Reddish Knob (yellow “x”), Mole Hill (green outline), approximate city limits of Harrisonburg (red outline), and Massanutten Peak (dashed orange line represents area of mountain, solid orange line represents visible mountain line from Reddish Knob)
This is a picture of Massanutten Mountain taken from my brother's backyard (who lives just outside the city limits to the east of town, between Harrisonburg and the base of the mountain)
Recent Events - Family Trip to the Beach, and Visiting My Niece in NYC
It's been a LONG time since I've blogged about anything. My excuse is that I’ve been pretty busy with work and also school. I started taking classes last summer get certifications in web design and to learn a thing or two about making websites, which I certainly have in the process. In the past year I've built over 10 websites for various Habitat for Humanity affiliates and organizations.
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I also went on several trips recently. Here are some photos from my trip to the beach with my family and photos of a trip to visit my niece who now lives in New York City attending NYU; she is a brainy creative kid.
The roof of her apartment has an awesome view of the city in all directions.
My Nieces' Apartment wall (you can see some of her creative influences)
My Dad using his metal detector
My whole family at the beach (wow there were a lot of us, the white shirts were a good idea)
My brother recently remarried and his new wife has 4 kids of her own so there were a lot of us this year. It was a lot of fun even if pretty noisy. Next year I'll bring some ear plugs ;-)
April 29, 2012
I just got home from a really fun weekend trip up to a cabin near Glade Valley NC (with Amy, Jeannie, Matty, Emily, and Andy). The cabin belongs to a friend of ours and she loans it out to friends on a regular basis. Its a wonderful place to get away and enjoy the outdoors. Her cabin and the surrounding area is so beautiful.
Today we decided to hike in Stone Mountain State Park. We climbed up what seemed like a million steps to the top of a mountain where suddenly there was a large open area made of rock, and when I say large I mean humongous. Its like the mountain has a bald spot of stone. There were several areas where you could walk out and see a spectacular view from on top of these interesting stone landscapes. All of these stone areas curve downward towards the valley below (I almost lost my Nalgene water bottle as it started to roll!)
I walked around some trees and to the west and I saw an even larger stone mountain that looked nearly twice as tall, in the direction we were heading.
The trail zig-zaged several times and I thought “thank goodness this will be over soon” (oh but I was wrong). When we got to the top of this mountain the view was truly amazing (I wish I would have taken a picture). After resting for a while we started the decent on what seemed like an infinite series of steps (I stopped counting after 50 steps) and my legs became rubber.
At the base of the series of steps and around the corner was a interesting serious of farm buildings where once a family had farmed this area. Behind these buildings looked strait up at the giant stone mountain we had just looked down from.
Then after walking through a shady cool ravine we started walking next to a fairly fast-moving creek ultimately leading up another enormous set of stairs and down another to the base of what looked like a giant stone water slide. A sign said it was 200 feet from the top to the bottom. Then we walked up even more stairs, and finally back to the visitor parking lot.
Last weekend I went to visit my friends Robert and Carla in Richmond. They asked me to be the God Father of their daughter Amy. It was a very wonderful experience! I got to see Robert and Carla's family who I haven't seen in a while. Amy did so well during the baptism ceremony. (The next day Robert and I went out to get some things and we stumbled onto a Blockbuster Video that was actually in business, it was a shock because I haven't seen one in quite a long time.) The day before they had a birthday party for Amy's big brother Mark who was about to turn three. I brought him the first two Hardy Boys books because I have fond memories of my dad reading those to me.
Carla told me that now I'm “part of the family”, and that's a family I couldn't be happier to be part of!
(in this photo you can see Amy has found my ear.)
April 10, 2012
I just got home from a very fun trip home for Easter. I saw my whole family including all my nieces and my nephew (including my oldest niece Hannah who I haven't seen in almost five years, and her serious boyfriend Brain, and her rescue pit Bentley). It was lots of fun visiting home. See below for photos.Click here for all photos
My dad walking up ahead of me on the path at the park.
The baseball field where I played Little League.
Visiting a family friend's golden retriever farm/kennel.
The view from my brother's new home (you can see iconic Massanutten Mountain in the background).
My nephew throwing me a football.