Monthly Archives: July 2019


July 29, 2019

Enchiladas Plus My Go to Mexican Dish     Knowing food on the road can be more of a miss than a hit, when Kate came home from an extended trip, as I headed to the kitchen to make lunch, our primary meal of the day, I asked her if she would like steak?...
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July 27, 2019

From Life Magazine For Phil Originally, I had planned to share copies of the pictures which Life Magazine published of the moon landing.     But the originals are readily available and certainly of finer quality than what I might scan for you.  However, in looking through the various issues of Life, published in...
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July 25, 2019

A Lunar Lander At the Roadside     Not all roadside rest stops are created equal; you pull over to use the facilities and to stretch your legs, usually, though not always, in a park like atmosphere.     In Westonia, Mississippi, however, the beautiful magnolias come with an added attraction; the actual trainer...
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Public Square

July 20, 2019

The Saturn V Rocket NASA Johnson Space Center     The rocket which allowed man to go to the moon!  It is enormous and you can see and even touch it, in Houston! I must say that this stop was quite a thrill for us; we have been fortunate to visit the Air and...
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The Dialogue

July 17, 2019

A Just Because Note     “Your roses may have thorns but don’t forget, your thorns may have some roses too, the God of great compassion loves you yet, and he will never fail to see you through.” ~ Stella L. Mosqueda ~ This note so epitomizes my Mother. I have no idea what...
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In the Wild!

July 15, 2019

The Space Deer   He is not really a deer from space; rather he is the deer I saw while I was trying to take this picture:     Of all of the places in the world, one might expect to encounter wildlife, I cannot say the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, even remotely...
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A View from the Road

July 12, 2019

The Hollywood Walk of Fame   I will never forget the first time my Father took us to Hollywood, shortly after we had moved to California, in the 1970’s.  Always the perfect tour guide, even without funds, he knew exactly what would wow us; and Hollywood did not disappoint, in any way! We did...
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July 7, 2019

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. ~ Andre Malraux ~ Place des Batignolles by Albert André One of the things that I most enjoy about my work is the pleasure I receive, from researching my post. I remember my freshman year in college,...
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July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July


The Star Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key

“Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”


A very Happy of 4th of July! I hope you are able to step away from life’s demands today, and take a moment to reflect on our Independence, something hard fought to achieve, through the sacrifice of many, in the past, and insured by those holding the line today.


Sand sculpture at the Waldorf Astoria in Key West, Florida


July 1, 2019

“You can’t be what you can’t see” ~ Sally Ride ~   I wonder when Sally Ride wrote her letter to NASA, if she knew she would be breaking the ultimate glass ceiling? In 1977, while a PhD student in astrophysics at Stanford, she responded to an article that was in the Stanford Daily...
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