Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

Vista #writephoto


Photo by Sue Vincent

Looking down, all I can see are the chalk lines of my life.  There is a path of memory behind, and I can make out that there might be a path cut into the Earth ahead, but what does it mean?  An ant on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel will have more idea of the design than I.

But then, perhaps, I am more like Michelangelo, flat on his back, quickly applying the pigment to the chalk-white plaster as it dries all too quick.  Each stroke of the brush took into account all of the others, even if they were impossible to see.

But then, he knew where he was going, didn’t he?  Do I?

Perhaps it isn’t important to see this chalk drawing of life in its entirety.  Perhaps it is better to look out and search for the distant sea.  Perhaps it is best to understand the setting.  Perhaps it is better to drink in the fragrant summer air and enjoy the view.

Perhaps it is about the vista, not the ground below my feet.

Perhaps I need to look up, not down.



Written for Sue Vincent’s writephoto challenge.  The photo at the top is her photo-prompt.  She also provided the key word “Vista”.

If We Were Having Coffee on the Fourth of July, Twenty-Twenty

Coffee Share new Hampshire in the Summer

Hello and Welcome!  Pull up a chair here and enjoy the view of the hillside.  It is all green and beautiful.  Yes, not all green – there are plenty of flowers!  It is a gorgeous morning after a very wet week.  So let’s sit here, relax, and just enjoy the moment.  Ah….  Oh, where are we?  Some of you may be able to guess by the photo at the top that we are in New Hampshire this morning.

First, You might not have missed me, but I did not post a coffee share last week.  I took a week off of work and pretty much dropped out of blog-land over the week.  I spent the week on Cape Cod (surprise, surprise ;) ).  It was great!  I took long walks on the beach, kayaked, swam, walked in the woods, relaxed, had fires in the back yard (OK,  in the firepit in the back yard) did work around the house, hired someone to paint the house and someone else came by to look at the barn roof, bought a refrigerator, walked and played with dogs and, well, it was summer vacation!

This week was return to reality ;) Continue reading

Masks Part 2 – They’re not Political!


(See Part One)

(Quick edit – Most of the Republicans I know wear a mask and most of the Democrats I know wear a mask for the right reason, but there are so many out there…)

A couple of weeks ago I was in a team meeting.  My manager was talking about new policy for reopening facilities and ended by saying (paraphrased), “I still want you all to telecommute full time unless there is an emergency that demands your on-site attention.  Your health, and your families’ health, are more import than a job.  And I don’t care about your personal politics, wear a mask!” It was a very nice statement, but a little strange that he had to say anything about politics.

A couple of days later I had to go into a gas station.  Even though I was the only customer in there, I put on my mask before entering.  A minute later a few other people came in, and by the time I left there were maybe six others.  Not a one had a mask.  Several gave me dirty looks.  One stared at me with complete hatred.  I tried to ignore him, but prepared myself for violence.  He followed me around with clenched fists and gritted teeth. This person wasn’t just refusing to wear a mask for political reasons, he was taking me wearing a mask as a personal attack.

This is just such odd behavior, like nothing I have experienced in my life.

Why is a safety device a political statement? Continue reading

Eggs in a Row



Gramp nodded at the assorted tools and materials.

“Looks good, Timmy, but go over the list and directions one more time, just to be sure.”

“But Grandpa, I’ve done it a million times.”

Grandpa smiled. Nothing is as impatient as a 10-year-old boy.

“I know, but remember, measure twice, cut once – we need to be sure you have all your eggs in a row.”

“Don’t you mean ducks?”

Grandpa frowned.

“Nope, eggs.  The project is in the embryo stage.”

Timmy just stared.

Grandpa laughed.

“In other words, don’t go counting your ducks before they hatch.” Grandpa winked.  “Let’s get started.”


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Todd Foltz. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

If We Were Havign Coffee on the First of Summer, 2020 ;)

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome! Let’s go out and sit down in the shade in the back yard.  There is a nice breeze.  I think it is fragrant, but you may get a bit too much of the saltwater marsh smell there ;)  It is warm and sunny, a beautiful start to summer!  And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the scene in the photo at the top as being on Cape Cod.

I drove down here Thursday night.  I had to work yesterday, but went kayaking after I was done.  I went running by the beach this morning.  It was already warm and humid.  I have a million things I want to do today, and am not sure where I will start.  OK, I will start with this post ;) Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of June, 2020

Coffee Share new Hampshire in the Summer

Hello and Welcome!  Let’s sit down here at the table on the patio and I’ll get you a nice super strong mug of dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is still a little cool, though comfortable, but I can get you something cool instead of warm, if you’d like.  We can sit here and look off into the woods and pretend we are a million miles from anyone instead of in the middle of a village.  And were is this village?  Some may recognize that van Gogh mug as being in New Hampshire.

This was a busy week.  I had a busier than usual work week.  Partially because of this, I didn’t blog as much as usual. I also had a dentist appointment on Thursday – I had a filling :( There was the typical playing with dogs in the woods behind the house and walking.  For some reason, they preferred playing this week and we didn’t walk as much as usual.  I ran and did my strength exercises.  I read.  Typical stuff. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the Sixth of June, 2020

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome!  Come on over and sit down!  Actually, it is pretty wet out, but there is a sheltered area – it’s like a wall-less room off of the side of the back barn just to the right of the photo at the top.  I think the rain has stopped and it will be a nice day.  Where are we?  Some may recognize that photo as being from Cape Cod.

I’m not sure what to talk about this week.  The same=old, same-old, of course – work, walking the dogs, exercise, etc.  Weather – after being so hot, the temperatures crashed, but they have come back up to normal now.  Lack of hair cuts – I tell people I am going after the Franz Liszt look… (google it ;) )  I haven’t been blogging much the last few days.

Then there is the wider world.  Yeah.  Perhaps I will do a longer post on that later.  It is very complex, but people simplify it so much. Sigh.  OK, real quick: Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 30th of May

Coffee Share new Hampshire in the Summer

Hello and Welcome!  Let’s go over here and sit down outside.  It is a gorgeous morning.  It is still in the low 70s (about 21 C) and the humidity is beginning to break, so it is comfortable. More than comfortable, it is perfect! We have had hot and humid all week.  Wednesday was well over 90 (around 33 C). Remember, we had snow two weeks ago…  I am glad it is cooling down and the humidity is breaking – I guess my roots are from places like the Isle of Skye, not Cairo ;) Were are we that is warmer than northern Scotland, more humid than Egypt, though, luckily, cooler than Yemen?  Some may recognize that photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

As I said, it went from a cold, wet spring, still more like early April than mid May to July-like weather overnight.  It is summer out.  This week will be cool, but it is still early summer New England weather.  Warm, but with cool nights (I could stand 90 F/30 C weather if it was down to 55F/13C at night so I could sleep! Anyway, with early summer, so comes some of the summer beauty of NH.  I talk about running with dogs on the wood hillside in my backyard. I’ve posted quite a few photos of that hill over the years, but here is one from Wednesday morning. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of May, 2020

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome!  Lets go sit down here and look out over the back yard.  You can see the small cove/salt water marsh through the trees and an occasional osprey will fly over, though the sound of birds is ever present.  It is warmish, but damp.  Every so often there are some sprinkles, but overall it is nice.  Were are we?  Some of you may recognize that photo at the top from Cape Cod.

It was a busy week, as usual.  There was work, of course.  Running and exercise and such. For the most part the weather was great.  Chilly in the morning, but warm in the afternoon – perfect!

I have had a hard time with social media his last week and most likely it will continue for while – I just have zero desire to sit at a computer!

I drove down here Thursday evening.  I took two hours off of work yesterday (Friday) to get out in the warm sunshine.  I spent most of that time mowing (the yard here was awful!!), but did a short, windy kayak paddle.  Nice :) Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th of May, 2020


Hello and Welcome!  Sit down over here and look up into the woods.  Isn’t it pretty?  It is cloudy, but warm.  The week started far below average temps, even snow in places last weekend!  But it warmed up and we are back to normal.  We even hit 80 (27 C) the other day – it was super humid, so it felt like summer.  Oh, were are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as begin from New Hampshire, though it is now green!

Yeah, it is great that the weather is so much nicer.  We had nasty storms come through Friday – there was even a tornado watch!  But now it is just mid-to-late-May.  Nice, comfortable.

No matter what people say, spring is always late here, late and short.  Yes, we had a colder and wetter than usual spring so far, but it just feels as bad as it does because of the warmer and drier than usual winter.  Oh well, glad we are closer to normal and warm! Continue reading