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Day 670 - Catching Up
Friday, September 30, 2016      20 comments

It has been a month since my last blog post. Last month was all about the Clayton Fire (now contained and over, except for the rebuilding that will take years) and the start of the fall semester at our campus (which began a week late). At this p... Read more
Day 638 - Sunday Gratitude for the end of August 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016      18 comments

Wow - what a day and weekend this has been. Our friend Diane stopped by yesterday morning with her sister Donna. They've been caring for their other sister Susan, who has Stage 4 breast cancer and is currently going through chemo. Susan is ... Read more
Day 630 - Memorial Service
Saturday, August 20, 2016      19 comments

Today is a sad-happy day. We're going to Santa Rosa to celebrate the life of our friend Robert Espindola, who passed away in May. He and his husband Robert Seeley were one of the most beautiful couples, they adored each other and had thousands o... Read more
Day 629 - Clayton Fire Update 6/19/16
Friday, August 19, 2016      7 comments

I'm waiting for an update from CalFire on the containment numbers for the Clayton Fire. As of last night, there were 300 structures destroyed, including 190 homes, 8 commercial buildings, and 102 outbuildings. Downtown Lower Lake looks like a wa... Read more
Day 627 - Clayton Fire Update 8/17/16
Wednesday, August 17, 2016      10 comments

The size of the fire has actually been downgraded, slightly, from 4000 acres to just 3929. Containment is now at 40%. The town of Lower Lake is still evacuated, including one of our two feeder high schools. The schools may not be able to re... Read more
Day 625 - Clayton Fire Update 8/15/16
Monday, August 15, 2016      8 comments

The Clayton Fire that started Saturday 8/13 has remained at 3000 acres since 8pm last night, which is a good sign that it isn't growing. The entire area that includes the local hospital, Walmart, county offices, and our campus, has been evacuate... Read more
Day 624 - Another Fire
Sunday, August 14, 2016      9 comments

It saddens me to have to post a new blog about a new fire in our county. The Clayton fire started last night right in the middle of the spot that wasn't burned last year during the Rocky, Jerusalem, and Valley fires. There is a lot of fuel in th... Read more
Day 612 - Letter to Grandpa
Tuesday, August 02, 2016      9 comments

Here's a scan of the letter sent to my grandfather (a Presbyterian minister) back in 1933. I hope the image is readable. ... Read more
Day 608 - Whew
Saturday, July 30, 2016      6 comments

It has been quite a while since my last blog post. With all that's going on in the world and with my life, there hasn't been enough time in the day to get everything done, but I do miss checking in with you all. A few morsels... The tr... Read more
Day 596 - Sunday Gratitude for 59 years
Sunday, July 17, 2016      15 comments

This is the last week of my 59th year on the planet. I was born on July 23, 1957, at 7:55am Eastern time in a little town outside Kalamazoo, Michigan. When I was young, my grandparents had a cottage on a little lake north of Muskegon called Silv... Read more
Day 590 - Ken's Update
Monday, July 11, 2016      10 comments

Here's the latest from my friend Ken, via Facebook: "Good evening everyone... "I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on where things stand since my post regarding my experience late Friday night/early Saturday morning. "As ... Read more
Day 589 - Racism
Sunday, July 10, 2016      16 comments

Steve and I have been watching the remake of Roots. With the situations that have occurred over the past week, it's been chilling to see how racism penetrated this nation over 200 years ago, and still has a very strong hold on many of our citize... Read more
Day 587 - Black Lives Matter
Friday, July 08, 2016      19 comments

On a recent visit to my parents, one of their dinner companions remarked that she couldn't understand why there was such a fuss over Black Lives Matter. "Shouldn't white lives matter too?" she asked. "Yes, but white lives don't end just by being... Read more
Day 582 - Accountability
Sunday, July 03, 2016      16 comments

I've been reading some blogs from people who seem to have missed an important point in this journey. They write about missteps, binge days, being laz... Read more
Day 577 - Heatwave
Tuesday, June 28, 2016      15 comments

We are in the triple digits, finally, for our summer temperatures. I don't mind the heat, although I'm grateful that I don't have to work out in it.... Read more

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