Safe Space! Not!

Yesterday was a productive day for me. I must have had five items on my to-do list that involved being out and about! I was on my own, as my wife was on the East Coast embracing her three precious granddaughters! To a majority of people that venture into the cauldron of chaos characteristic of…

Determined Thomas

For over five decades I’ve prayed religiously— I’ve prayed for the restoration of the atrophied muscles in my right leg, injured in a skill saw injury at the age of eighteen. The nerve was severed, and despite a surgical and rehabilitative process, I currently contend with the consternation of a foot-drop condition. My preference for…

Goat Busters!

For several hot summer seasons, I’ve noticed that the very dry green belt foliage invites some unlikely visitors! Goats! Apparently, they are less expensive than mowing the potentially flammable foliage.

Marina Magic

The Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor offered another colorful version in this shot.

West Cliff Drive

A well-worn path cuts through the ice plant on this West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz scene, showcasing its classic ebb, flow, and occasional spray, as the surf collides with the cliff bank.

Dining Delight!

My wife and I have nearly completed the eleven seasons of the Netflix offered “Frasier” sitcom that spanned from 1993 to 2004. I never tire of viewing the series! Despite Frasier’s penchant for high society dining venues, I caught this rare scene of his depressed eating behavior in one episode. This triggered the realization that…

“Death, Where is Your Sting?”

Today I noticed a Facebook post inquiry from a niece asking how long my parents had been married. I remembered and confirmed their marriage of 72 years when Mom passed in 2011, at the age of 91. Dad navigated a daunting year of loneliness and confusion, and then joined her in 2012 at the age…

Guarding the Nest

This killdeer bird is loudly protecting her ground-based nest of three eggs. Her nearby partner feigned a broken wing to draw attention away from the scene.

Dock Walk

The Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, home to a marina clustered with various watercraft, offered this perspective.

Santa Cruz Harbor Two

The Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, home to a marina clustered with various watercraft, was rendered into this scintillating, artsy scene.

Walton Lighthouse

Walton Lighthouse marks the entrance to the Santa Cruz Harbor. This is the view looking from the marina perspective outward to the lighthouse.

Grandad’s Training

I was in the midst of scanning childhood photos my mom had compiled into an album for me some time ago. The resulting sketch personalized and lent realism to the picture of my granddad, sister and me. I sat on grandad’s lap to play,       Engrossed in “Birdy fly away.” And when I heard his…