Category Archives: Personal

Commissioning Cristóbal Colón, aka Cristoforo Colombo, aka Christopher Columbus

April 17, 1492: Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella give Christopher Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia. Though he was also interested in wealth, Columbus saw himself as a “Christ-bearer” who would carry Christ across the ocean to people who had never heard the gospel.


A beautiful pic, a beautiful scene. From the Skagit Valley, north of Seattle.

What a great shot with lovely, vibrant colors. I am so glad spring is here. The Skagit Valley is good, fertile land for farming. My great uncle came through there in 1939, riding with friends from South Dakota. Their destination was Anacortes. His was Seattle.


A pic from happier days, when life wasn’t as complicated.


I can’t remember where or when this was taken. It’s one of the few pics of myself that I don’t mind. I discovered a copy on my MySpace page, which I resurrected a few years back.

Yes, MySpace, now branded as Myspace, still exists, though for how long one can only guess. However, years of material, though minimal on my part, had been annoyingly erased during a reboot and rebranding of the site. I am surprised whoever is behind it continues to trudge along.


PS Remember Friendster? I was on there, too.

Whether or not this is legit, I don’t know. But I sure as hell am hoping it is. Kim Jong on Twitter?!

Mutant pigs.
The Japanese countryside.
dumbfounded peasants.

My favorite tweet of the day comes from North Korea, the DPRK News Service, the “official” news feed of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Please don’t be a parody account. Please, be real. Please tell me that Kim Jong-un loves to tweet as much as Donald Trump.

Doesn’t get much better than this. Gonna have to pay more attention to this Twitter account.


Leprechaun Lore

Storyteller and ‘leprechaun expert’ Hal Pratt entertains the audience with tales of little people during the Leprechaun Lore event Saturday, March 18 at the Dietrich Theater.

TUNKHANNOCK — An indistinguishable flash of green from behind a tree.

The mysterious “tap, tap, tap” of a hammer off in the distance.

A tiny tobacco pipe left behind under a thorn bush.

These are all signs that leprechauns may be nearby, according to Storyteller Hal Pratt, who shared his expertise with a captive audience of young and old alike Saturday, March 18 at the Dietrich Theater. During the presentation, titled “Leprechaun Lore,” Pratt used stories, music and more to reveal what the little people look like, how and where to find them, how to catch them and how to keep from being outsmarted by one.

He left the question of leprechauns’ existence up to the audience members, but pointed out those who do not believe will certainly never catch one or get his gold.

And speaking of gold, there was a piece of chocolate shaped like a golden coin for each audience member at the close of the event.

One youngster, in anticipation of the candy, exclaimed, “Now, this is true treasure.”