The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas ...

Thanksgiving Eve

It’s so easy to dream of the days gone by, so hard to think of the times to come. The Grace to accept every moment as a gift is a gift that is given to ...

the Good Samaritan

It is in vogue for Presidential contenders to out-do each other with more extreme ways of saying “no” to Syrian refugees.  When making sure the vetting process was not enough, Trump simply said we should ...

Fear itself.

All the world’s a stage.  We are  all merely players.  In our time, we play many parts.  Right now, the city of Raqqa is playing the part of whipping boy for the world’s most powerful ...

The Woman at the Well

I’ve had a lot to think about since listening to our President sing “Amazing Grace.” I normally would not reflect on the leader of a secular nation in a religious context, but after President Obama ...

Colors from home.

It should be fairly evident looking at my tag cloud to the right that I am fascinated with color.  One of the things I do love is the changing of the seasons.  I wold like ...

Filtered light

The Sun is the source of essentially all color on our planet. Sunlight is full-spectrum, and when you see something that has color, what you see is the reflected color that is not absorbed.  When ...

So much for dreaming…

I have come to a  fantastic realization; I have finally stopped following my dreams.  I am now following my happiness instead. I have not given up on my dreams.  If a leprechaun were to grant ...

Time

I probably owe some of you an apology.   I went back through my blog, and I made public much of my old poetry.  Some of it is good, some is not, but although all of ...

Spring

Sometimes I wonder if the astrologers have a point.  It’s hard to conceive of a planet 50 million miles away having an effect on the goings on in life, but something seems to bundle events.  ...

No answer.

I will get back to writing down my original thoughts soon.  For now, I will redirect you to another blog, and ask that you go read in tribute to a friend who died last week. ...

A backlight modern shrine.

As we approached the Summer Solstice, I noted that my house was Negrange in reverse, with the morning solstice shining through a passage made my kitchen window and refrigerator, and lighting my television.  Now, as ...

Small Wonders

There are times when creation absolutely shouts its wonder.  Standing on the Llogara Pass, listening to the storm surge crash against the shore a thousand feet below; drifting through a pod of whales as they ...

First Candle

The inn was full, but the Innkeeper was not happy. This was not the usual crowd, these were dangerous, angry men. The Emperor, for reasons he kept to himself, had decreed that every male in ...

In color…

One of the benefits of my job is that I work on the 9th floor, overlooking Cook Inlet and the mountains beyond.  This morning, I came to work to see them in pre-dawn shadows.  Just ...

The day after…

I’ve decided how I am going to celebrate the end of the campaign season.  While I have commented that this year’s fliers do not burn, with the right tinder anything will catch light.  The night ...

Enough!

So, this is what a $50 Million election looks like.  With the control of the Senate at stake, everyone is throwing in to the point where this race could well cost $200 per vote.  There ...

Aurora

I have determined, and I am certain that science will someday confirm this, that the aurora have a direct impact on the meteorological conditions of the Anchorage bowl.  If the ADN tells us a Massive ...

Seasonal work…

I started reading the following, and had several moments of “this is great, I need to quote it….”  Well… it’s just better to send you over to read it.  Some “bad job” stories are therapeutic, ...

A better Constitution, again.

In 1998, the State of Alaska made a horrible mistake.  We adapted into our State Constitution an amendment that restricted the rights of others.  Nothing else in the document singles out a group of people ...

The art of memorial.

My father is home from a recent trip Back East.  He’s posted pictures of the New York area, and his posts are worth looking at.  There is one series in particular that I keep going ...

More darkness, more light.

The stars were out as I went to work this morning.  The moon was bright and low on the horizon, throwing enough light to read by. The moon itself provides no light.  It has about ...

Darkness and Light

We are coming into the dark part of the year.  The equinox behind us, there is more hours of darkness than hours of light, but light still reigns.  There is no measure for darkness.  We ...

Perspective

Yesterday’s earthquake was perhaps the strongest I have ever felt.  Being on the 9th floor certainly enhanced the experience. The 1964 earthquake was 32,000 times as powerful.

A carbon tax is coming.

From a cynical point of view, political change comes about when a new group of people find a way to change the rules in such a way that they gain an advantage over previous champions. ...

Words.

So, we’re going to war again. Congress is full of people who claim concern over which countries will have “boots on the ground.” It’s an interesting linguistic trick. I suppose it’s safer to talk about the ...

One Warm Line!

NPR had an excellent interview about finding one of the Franklin ships,  and not just excellent because Stan Rogers sang the coda. This find really makes me redicioulously happy. The search for the Northwest Passage ...

7 years.

Today is 7 years that my beloved and I have been married.  They have been quite simply the best years of my life… to date.  I am a very lucky man. Among other things, she ...

A new artist to watch.

My mother shared with me an amazing video on translating the wooden art of the Tlingit to glass.  This has lead me to add a new artist to my watch-list.  When you have the time, ...

On carbon

I underwent surgery yesterday.  All went well, but the anesthesia knocked me on my ass.  Today was a day of recovering, with a mind that was ready to work, and a body that was completely unwilling. ...

A new season.

Nature generally acts on its own schedule.  Season follows season, each in its own time.  That’s why it is so completely startling when the timing so closely follows what “should” happen.  Yesterday was Labor Day, the ...

A new beginning.

Thank you for stopping by.  I know it is an indulgence to drop off of Facebook and expect hope that some of you will follow me, but it is an indulgence I need to take.  ...

Things a camera can’t see.

There are magic things my camera cannot get.  This morning, the sun was behind the mountains, lighting the higher clouds.  Wisps of fire were floating over a slate blue/grey morning.  Then, one of the clouds ...

Shannon

A better poet might have the words to describe my love for you, A better painter might paint his canvass just the perfect hue. A dancer might set in motion the perfect scene to view ...

North Wind

This came from a writing prompt, it holds no indicators as to my present state of mind.   The cold wind blows. That cold north wind, That wicked wind. The damp that cuts you to ...