Corned Beef and Cabbage

A traditional Irish dinner. Corned beef and cabbage and Saldo. (Well maybe not that last bit…)

Yes, it’s a cheat during Great Lent. But it’s also a long established family tradition. And St. Patrick is a special patron of ours.

For dessert, s’mores over the stove, as we missed our chance for brownies today, and I neglected to hoard ice cream during the quarantine. No matter, they were delicious.

Happy St. Pat’s. How about celebrating with a Stinger tonight?

Make a Wish

Go ahead, now’s your chance.

It’s the season.


Time does take its toll on the body.

What do you see when you look into a funhouse mirror? Another “you” staring out at you beneath the surface of the glass? Maybe you are really just one of a whole army of such “you"s, none knowing for sure what side of the glass he falls on. Maybe the “you” you are now is just another picture frozen in time; something separate and distinct from all your past and future selves. Always dying, always being born; every thought and action carving its mark forever into the lines of your face and body.

Now imagine an app on your phone that would let you peer into that funhouse — would let you see those possibilities, those infinite “you"s that could have been. That will be?

Well, particularly those possibilities that involve you growing a beard, dying your hair, looking like a douchebag, or getting really old.

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Crow at the Grand Canyon

Who’s ready for fall?

You can count me in, though I’m not sure “ready” is the best word for it. Summer seemed to pass by so fast this year. Barely had time to really enjoy it, it seems, before it’s practically gone. They say this happens as you get older, but I suspect in my case it has more to do with a dearth of time spent outside this year, soaking up sun and heat. That kind of thing has a way of slowing down clock and calendar. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

Nevertheless we did get out to see some fairly amazing things in the past few weeks, which I’m very keen to show you. I took an awful lot of pics during our three days at the Grand Canyon, which was our next stop after Red Rock, and I’m quite satisified with them overall. We booked both the sunset and sunrise bus tours, and although that was a mixed bag for me due to an amateurish camera setting screwup, I still managed to get some impressive photos of the canyon, far better than last year’s set.

What made me happiest, though, was the opportunity to photograph some of the canyon ravens and crows up close this time, thanks to my P1000 and its powerful zoom lens. I edited this one especially to hang up on our wall during the Halloween season.

Here’s hoping for a better one this year.