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Yearly Archives: 2017

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Sat, 4 Nov 2017, 02:41 AM (-06:00)

1. An Unplanned Stop Our long last day had just begun, and I was already proposing a detour in what would be a day filled with detours and unplanned stops. There had been signs along highway 28 as we drove east — wildlife refuge signs hanging from the fence. There had been tantalizing roads with […]

Opening Day

Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 08:51 PM (-06:00)

Thousands of people showed up for opening day. Bert, Trudy and I took the bus to get there. A new building looking out on the river under blue skies and a shining sun. A line winding slowly up the stairs. Kids with smiles dashing here and there. Groups gathering in conference rooms behind tall glass […]


Sun, 29 Oct 2017, 05:11 PM (-06:00)

On the way out, we passed our street address hanging against the house. Bert turned and pointed and said, “Nice.” “Yeah,” Trudy said. “Isn’t it? David made it.” “Who!?” Bert said. My reputation precedes me.

Harvey 3

Wed, 25 Oct 2017, 07:33 PM (-06:00)

It was late in the day. We were standing in the driveway leaning against the dumpster that was filling up fast because it was closer to the house than the piles along the street. A pickup drove slowly by, the driver leaning out of his window looking for cast-off things to scrounge. He looked up and waved. […]

Harvey 2

Tue, 24 Oct 2017, 08:54 PM (-06:00)

1. Supplies Sometime in the morning… “Do you need anything?” a woman asked as she got out of a van that had stopped in front of the house. They gave us a roll of heavy duty garbage bags and a bucket and a mop and a broom and sponges and gloves and breathing masks and […]


Sun, 22 Oct 2017, 09:29 PM (-06:00)

1. There’s No Getting Out Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard. It hit Dickinson harder. Whereas hurricane rain usually comes in waves, raining hard when the arms of the storm pass overhead and letting up in between, in Dickinson there was no let up. It just kept raining. It started Friday. It was coming down hard […]

Long Road Home

Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 09:37 PM (-06:00)

This is a very long story about my return trip from Lexington to Austin. I like the story. It was kind of an adventure. But I’ll acknowledge up front, that it’s not action-packed, and so your return on investment in reading this might be limited. I will not be offended if you take a pass.  […]

In Front of the Classes

Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 08:44 PM (-06:00)

1. Getting to School On Time Jenny and Mark had left along with the kids a while ago. They had to be at school on time — the kids in their classes, Jenny and Mark in charge of theirs. I got to hang out at their house a bit longer, sit with Zeus in the […]

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 08:48 PM (-06:00)

1. The Plan I’ll be honest. My real interest in going to see my cousin and her family was not the eclipse. It was spending time with them. And when I realized that Somerset was in 98% totality, I was starting to tell myself, “That’s pretty darned close. Do you really want to drive two […]

We Would Love to Have You Stay

Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 08:36 AM (-06:00)

“Please know,” Jenny said, “that we would love to have you stay here for the eclipse.” It didn’t sink in at first that this was my cousin, because I had been texting about lightning bugs with her kids. (You can never be quite sure who is on the other end of texts to her.) “Not […]