Prince Philip, Pilot

Prince Philip 1954

My web browser's default page is BBC.com. Every day when I surf news sites, I start with the BBC. This morning the BBC's front page shared the news that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth, had passed away. He was ninety-nine. I admit to a life-long fascination with the royal family.… Continue reading Prince Philip, Pilot

Debris Fields

If you’re a news junkie, as I am, in the past 24 hours you’ve probably heard or read about the dangers of airplane debris falling from the sky. On February 20, 2021, NPR reported that a United Airlines Boeing 777 departing Denver for Hawaii suffered an engine explosion and fire shortly after takeoff. The captain radioed… Continue reading Debris Fields

The Bottom and Breaking Wind

Back in May I wrote about a book I had just purchased, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. It’s a tome of interesting and curious words and definitions, and, as the title implies, phrases and fables that have been retained in or incorporated into the English language over millennia. It’s a really fun reference. Recently… Continue reading The Bottom and Breaking Wind

Red-winged Blackbirds – “Nature’s Assholes”

Red-winged blackbirds aren’t very big. They’re smaller than robins, about 8” head to tail. But they’re easily spotted, at least the males: jet black feathers with bright red and yellow shoulders that are even more visible when they’re flying. Here in the central mountains of Idaho, they’re one of the first migrating song birds to… Continue reading Red-winged Blackbirds – “Nature’s Assholes”

When Life’s Stresses Haunt Your Dreams

I honestly didn’t anticipate writing about dreams again, so soon after my recent Dreamscape post. But like many of you, recent events – COVID-19, stock market plunge, politics – have amped my stress levels up significantly. My subconscious is struggling to handle the input. My usual antidote for stress – time in the forest with… Continue reading When Life’s Stresses Haunt Your Dreams

Sauntering

I think of myself as a runner. Always have, since I first started “jogging” in 1975. Running is a key part of my lifestyle and sense of well-being. I say “I went for a run this morning.” I keep a running log which details how far and where I run, how I felt. I look… Continue reading Sauntering