On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

In keeping with tradition, I did try to load Bill’s old submission from a while back (seems like years, tbh) for today’s post, but it crapped out…which was something I recall, now. And so I tried another  old submission from and it also failed. I think I remember this too.

So I went back through submissions and found this. Now I know some of you have made some great submissions in the past few days, and I’ll run them – next week! I’ve still got some housecleaning to complete; regardless of these errors, I’ve got a few to work through and so I hope to start with Bill’s old post next Monday (if the issue can be solved), and then begin working with some of these great new submissions after that. This week is working through some old submissions and some personal pics as well.

In light of losing my mom, I’m also planning a post sharing the detailed obit we passed out at the funeral and associated events. This will entail losing my semi-anonymity, and will be later this week. Given the academic bent of so much of the site’s readership, I expect a few readers will know of her, which would be amazing. I’ve always gotten such energy and love from folks she’s affected, around the country and especially around the world.

But first – as so many of us are dealing with cold and remnants of snow – let’s turn our gaze to the Big Island of Hawaii. Having spent almost 10 years living in rural, sunny, dry Southern Colorado, this looks very, extremely inviting, especially knowing there’s tons of fresh seafood available since you’re not land-locked but smack-dab in the middle of the Pacific. If that’s not heaven on Earth, I’m not sure what is.

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

It’s good to be back, though I’m still overwhelmed with duties and to-do’s. I’m glad to end the week with the return of…. otmar!

Have a great weekend, everybody! I hope to get some home repairs, etc. done and (finally) do some cooking, one activity that dropped off 100% since my mom died. The funeral/reception food leftovers are finally frozen, done, or disposed of, and I’m looking forward to having some produce and ingredients in the fridge instead of cooked/manufactured food.

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

 

Is…..this…thing….on?

Yes, good. So let’s return to something we all miss. I’m so thankful for the support and love you’ve all shown me in my time of need; as an only child losing my widowed mom, I’m destroyed.  I’ll be sharing more about her soon because she was just amazing, a great mom but also a great woman and influencer and a model for many women around the world. Remarkable, truly, and my heart breaks every minute without her.

But first, let me try to get back into the groove – before my joyous world ended. Let’s see what wonderful folks submitted previously, continuing into next week before new stuff:

 

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Folks, this will be the last feature for a while.


  

I’m destroyed.



On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

Sorry I’ve not been more involved recently, but the chemo, state-of-the-art that it is, is kicking my mom’s ass hard, and I’m the primary caregiver. Thankfully she asked to be hospitalized when my visiting aunt and I agreed contemporaneously (spelled correctly WITHOUT spellcheck, FYI).

I am so drained that I’m doing nothing for Halloween, my and my wife’s favorite holiday – I’m not even going to be with her, so we’re going to speakerphone-watch Stranger Things S2 for an episode or two. I call it a date! For the first time I can remember, neither of us will hand out candy; we’re hiding in our respective houses to spend some (virtual?cerebral?) time together!

I’m prepping my mom’s house (family home) for her incoming hospital bed and stuff on the middle floor so she’s not stuck on the top floor. That way she can be in kitchen and not just her bedroom. It’s truly shocking how she’s degraded the past few weeks, from needing some assistance to full-time care. She can’t walk without a rolling walker, and just a few feet at that!

She’s getting a lot of good treatment, and her oncologist and primary care docs, as well as patient and family, have pointed out that she’s on meds that were in trial just a few months ago, so we tell all hospital folk that this is NOT hospice, the regimen is working, kicking  cancer’s ass something fierce. They are checking her blood weekly for unique markers of that tumor, and they’re down more than 50%.

But she was massively dehydrated and as it turns out, way, way, way low on Potassium. Now she’s in hospital, she’s being stabilized, strengthened, and plans for home health care and bed, potty, rolling walker, etc. are being drawn up. She will come home when stronger, get a bit stronger more, then the regimen will recommence, with a lower concentration so it doesn’t hit her so bad, and with a lot more hydration and attention to nutritional balance.

Should you know someone who’s undergoing treatment with these wonder drugs and the oncologist is given primary health care responsibility, try to see the primary care physician/family doctor to ensure that all is OK every month or so during chemo protocols. Oncologists are so busy and specialized that they may miss subtle infections or imbalances that your normal doctor may see.  More eyes, the power of local expertise, and all. My mom’s blessed to live in DC and have access to great care, but we didn’t do that and it took a great ER doctor and then admitting doctor to help get her on a better path.

Today we have some amazing pictures from Alaska, then onto New Jersey. God I love this country!

As an aside, rewrite your understanding of totem poles. Many years ago I learned that, for many native people, the BOTTOM of the totem pole is the supreme position. Turns out it’s more complicated:

Those from cultures that do not carve totem poles often assume that the linear representation of the figures places the most importance on the highest figure, an idea that became pervasive in the dominant culture after it entered into mainstream parlance by the 1930s with the phrase “low man on the totem pole”[24] (and as the title of a bestselling 1941 humor book by H. Allen Smith). However, Native sources either reject the linear component altogether, or reverse the hierarchy, with the most important representations on the bottom, bearing the weight of all the other figures, or at eye level with the viewer to heighten their significance.[25] Many poles have no vertical arrangement at all, consisting of a lone figure atop an undecorated column.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totem_pole

Thus endeth the lesson.

(I could go on about Orthodox Churches and Cathedrals in the US, eagles, etc., but I’ll shuddup right now)

Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

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