Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunday's Psalm--31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

I will extol you, O my God and King,

and I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day will I bless you,

and I will praise your name forever and ever.

 I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

The LORD is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and of great kindness.

The LORD is good to all

and compassionate toward all his works.

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.

 I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

from Psalm 145
photos are all from Yosemite National Park

Sky Reflected

I didn't want to miss both SkyWatch and Weekend Reflections, so I remembered one evening when my hubby said, "Come here and bring your camera." It was a glorious sunset, and a fun foto as reflected in the windows of our cars parked in front of the house.

Find SkyWatch here  and Weekend Reflections here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

good fortune

I went to lunch for Chinese with my friend Mary this afternoon. This was her fortune. She is 85.

I had a dream

Boy it was a busy dream. I have waken up exhausted from all the stuff I was doing in my sleep. Too bad none of it actually got done. Or maybe not, as I don't really remember what all I did.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ABC Wednesday--O is for Old

O is for OLD.

When we saw these signs in Edinburgh, it gave us a smile. We are exercising regularly to hopefully avoid being that bent when we are old. Hey wait, depending on your perspective, we ARE already old.

O is for OLDER.

The cathedral at Lincoln is considerably older than we are--well--by several hundred years, though the current amazing structure is not as old as its beginnings shortly after the Norman Invasion.

I have to think really hard about what we have in North America that is that old.
O is for OLDEST. This is the probably the oldest thing we saw while we were in the UK. This is one of the small gateways on Hadrian's Wall, built across the north of England in 122 AD.
ABC Wednesday--now on O for the seventh time. See it here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

An idea just needs the right people to put it into effect.

giving a cheer for a new joint venture
I would like to think that an idea brought home from a conference almost twenty years ago is coming to fruition in my world today. I had joined the library director at a conference for small and rural libraries. The best part of the conference, as often happens, was the ideas shared at lunch. We heard of all sorts of cooperative arrangements that were taking place in all sorts of places. We returned with a suggestion. An empty building near the new community college satellite campus, a campus without a library, and a city library bursting at the seams--why not a cooperative venture between the two entities?

The response was underwhelming.

It must have had to be the right person to have the idea, and thus twenty years later, here stands our state legislator (after all, it's election season) with a shovel in his hand.

And the cheer and the shovel are all a part of the ceremonial ground-breaking for the Grandview City--Yakima Community College cooperative library.

That's what's new in My World.

What's happening in other parts of the world? See My World Tuesday here.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sunday's Psalm--30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.

Let my soul glory in the LORD;

the lowly will hear me and be glad.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,

to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.


When the just cry out, the Lord hears them,

and from all their distress he rescues them.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.


The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.

The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. 

 The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

from Psalm 34

photos: church steeple in England, transporting goods in India, sapling breaking through the snow, penguin at San Francisco Zoo, beach scene on the Washington coast, boat moored on Lake Couer d'Alene

Friday, October 22, 2010


Look at all those lines and

Look at all those lines and angles reflected. I could have saved this shot for Monday's Geometry. I took this last week while walking along the Columbia River in Richland. Lots of moorages along this part of the river. I walked eight miles on the river pathway--part of the Sacajawea Trail.

When James started sponsoring Weekend Reflections at Newtown Daily Photo, amazing reflections started being everywhere. Do memes make us more observant? See what everyone is reflecting on at his site.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Look! Up in the SkyWatch

It's a bird!

It's a plane!

    It's an ultralite against a clear blue sky!

Looking like a kite. Sounding like a lawnmower. Ready to land on the river with those pontoons.

Why is it you LAND on the WATER?
This adventurer flew past me while I was on a training walk last week from Howard Amon Park in Richland to Columbia Park in Kennewick. The pathway travels alongside the Columbia River between the two cities. My walk was about eight miles.

Check out what can be found in the skies around the world today at SkyWatch

Working--Shadows of the Past

 Last month we attended a workshop in historic interpretation. (I haven't mentioned it because it was where we were the weekend our house was robbed and it kind of faded into the inventory lists for a while.)

Our presenter, (whose name eludes me because it was in the files on my stolen computer) was a consummate actress, storyteller, historian, teacher, seamstress in combination. She did a shortened version for us of her presentation of four women of Pacific Northwest history which was fascination.

Historical interpreters might dress and act in a presentation as a character, or they might go about the day in the life of a person of a time period in a living history museum. (Colonial Williamsburg is an example of that.) They might also simply explain events or styles or daily life of the past.

 Mt. Rainier National Park has presented an annual evening program Shadows of the Past where guests are guided along the Trail of the Shadows in the historic Longmire area of the park and encounter characters from the area's history as they step out of the forest to tell their story. We had the surprise of gathering outside after lunch and seeing James Longmire (as played by one of the workshop attendees) step out of the forest for a visit.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hey, everyone! he's back!!!

One of our favorite bloggers closed down his blog just over a year ago to use his time for  other obligations.

If you were not a follower of David McMahon's Authorblog before, then you should start now, because David is back and has been since last week.

So stop on over and bid David a welcome back. I'm on my way back to give him a great big G'Day hug now myself--I just had to run over here to tell you the news.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ABC Wednesday N is for Newcastle

When I posted about our visit to Newcastle upon Tyne after our trip to the UK, I concentrated on the historic and religious sites and sights. Newcastle has a new side, too.
quiet daytime appearance belies the nightime's liveliness

view of the train station from our hotel window

We arrived in Newcastle by train on Saturday night, and found, as we had been told by Sean back in the Highlands, that Newcastle has a very lively weekend night life. Looks pretty tame by day, though. The Center for Life, below, is not only an outstanding interactive science museum with exhibits of interest to all ages, but also a first line research center in the field of life sciences.

Center for Life
ABC Wednesday now half way through the seventh round.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sunday's Psalm--29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

I lift up my eyes toward the mountains;
whence shall help come to me?

Mt. Rainier with lenticular cloud

My help is from the LORD,

who made heaven and earth.

Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

May he not suffer your foot to slip;
may he slumber not who guards you:

sleeping grizzlies in Alaska

indeed he neither slumbers nor sleeps,
the guardian of Israel.

lowland forest trail, Mt. Rainier

Our help is from the Lord,
 who made heaven and earth.

The LORD is your guardian;
 the LORD is your shade;

he is beside you at your right hand.

The sun shall not harm you by day,
nor the moon bynight. 

skies over Yosemite Valley

Our help is from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

The LORD will guard you from all evil;

he will guard your life.

The LORD will guard your coming and your going,
both now and forever.

Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

from Psalm 121

returning for the evening reflection

 When the light was sweet, we found our way to the ideal spot for viewing Half Dome. It is a bridge whose name I disremember. Perhaps Martha will tell us.
James hosts Weekend Reflections at Newtown Daily Photo. I have found that reflection images are amazingly satisfying and sometimes tricky to catch. See what others have found at his site.

Friday, October 15, 2010

It's Blog Action Day 2010

Blog Action Day 2010 is focusing on water.

Access to clean water is a serious international issue. Bloggers all over the world are blogging about water today. To see what they are saying, visit Blog Action Day's real time stream of blog posts.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

An American Icon

viewed from the west
Half Dome may be one of the most photographed sights in America. What happened to the other half? Geologists say that there never was another half--that this is the whole thing, though other dome shaped peaks in Yosemite are "whole". My mother climbed Half Dome--not something that I could ever have imagined of her. Maybe that hike was the cause of her later fear of heights.

You can see that the skies over Yosemite when we visited last month were clear and blue. You can also see hundreds of skies from around the world at SkyWatch.

viewed from the east

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

37 Days

My apologies if you have come to this post from the November 14 Weekend Reflections link. I don't know what happened and Linky won't let me correct it. Here is the correct post.

Okay, so I am way behind. Suddenly, the Virtual Trainer guides I get in my e-mail say Six Weeks, then Five Weeks till 3-Day Walk. My Pariticipant Center tells me it's time to get my final check in started. Yikes.

This is my begging post. I am pledged to raise $2300 for Breast Cancer research, education, and patient services in order to participate in the 3-Day November 19-21. I am currently 1/3 of the way there.

I had intended to offer some gifties to entice donors to part with $5, $10, or $20 in support. Circumstances in the last month or so have kept me from making any gifties. Thanks a lot, burglars!

I will have this year's quilt, shown here just after it was pieced and hopefully quilted by walk day--to present to one of my sponsors. So if you would like to have a chance to win it, or if you just want to remember someone you have known who has experienced the trauma of breast cancer, please consider clicking my 3-Day badge on the sidebar and donating through my walk.

ABC Wednesday--M

Many marvelous monuments mark the metropolitan London scene.

Victoria Memorial

remembering the Queen Mother

Samuel johnson's cat

Cleopatra's Needle

honoring the contribution of women

lions are good for climbing

Admiral Horatio Nelson
The many memorials of London make for a trip through history, and a great stop for M in the seventh round of Wednesday's ABCs. What other wonders have been found this week? You can see here.