See Death Valley, CA, this way. The floor was 109 degrees during my summer visit, but winter is comfy. Click on the link for more. The SF video is for speed perception.
“…Honestly, the number of atheists and agnostics I talk to who deny the remotest possibility of a relationship with God and then ask, in a somewhat timid, casual tone, ‘Can people who aren’t Catholic go to confession?’ is both ridiculous and wonderful…Yes, just become Catholic beforehand.”
I am watching a Twilight Zone marathon. How many episodes of the 1960s warned of mind control? Turn on, tune in, and drop out. Let us take apart the second part of the hippie slogan - tune in. What does tune in mean? High school was six blocks from the Haight. My biological father was president of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council in 1970, and that was the year my informal education on tuning in to the dangers of mind control began.
Video from 1968 https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/218469
The mayor’s son was in my class. His father authorized the formation of a tactical squad in late 1967 after the advertised “Summer of Love” had drawn people from everywhere. The mayor was forced to quell violent protests that were occurring at the same time that the drug culture was emerging in the Haight Ashbury and protests were erupting at San Francisco State University. It all seemed like an ordinary day to a high schooler. Haight St https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/218468
In the 60s, my siblings and I were sequestered, silent observers in Catholic schools. One of the schools was directly across the street from the action. My sisters wore school uniforms, and my brother and I had a dress code to follow, so the people in the street video violated norms set at school and at home. Both my sisters were beautiful girls in their uniforms. Photo courtesy of Frank Dunnigan, friend/author from high school.
My priest said that success as an author is possible if it is conducive to my salvation. Mary Kaye had moderate success. She had a lovely contralto voice, perfect for this moderately melancholic song. Ignore the background. It is not San Fran, but she does pronounce San Francisco correctly.
Following a snowfall, people will flock outdoors as soon as the sun’s out. Whether it’s going for a walk or having a snowball fight, the “apricity”, or warmth from the sun, is not to be missed.
When you visit Grass Valley on a normal day, it is as if you are stepping back into gold mining history. I vote it the prettiest little town in California. Only 2,000 feet above sea level and about one hour from Sacramento.
Everywhere in California but a few counties is conservative country. There is a roadside sign on Hwy 49 to Grass Valley, that says, The State of Jefferson. Ha-ha!
All traffic is stopped on I-80 at Colfax, CA, which is 20 miles from me. No cars or trucks are permitted to move forward to Donner, Tahoe, and Reno. Trucks are parked at my exit and in hotel parking lots. It is like a fire boat hose or train rotary blower is pointed at you. Where do I hibernate? Lower elevation, Placer County.
Hi Van Tieu.
photo of I-80 at Applegate, CA, from Placer County Sheriff in this morning's alert over Nextdoor
The three above the main altar are Peter, Stephen, our namesake, and John, from left to right, and the rosary plaques on the wall behind the nativity are 400 years old and came from Europe. The 10 plaques were carved out of a log sliced into six-inch-thick pieces. Gregory, 8, served today without need of the cheat sheet laid next to the bells. It is there for a forgetful boy.
The priest we had today says Mass very fast, his Latin is that good. I saw my 27-year-old engineer friend struggling to keep up. It takes time to learn how to use the Missal - it did for me. He told me about his stiff penance after confession, and I started laughing. I said, “What have you done?” Another friend who is my reader said, “Did he commit murder?”
BNSF and Amtrak chugging over Donner, 7,000 feet, an hour away on a summer day. Videographer posted disclaimer on bad language. As a patrol officer, my language was worse. One of my students has a friend named D. Axle-something. I joked that I will use axle in place of you-know-what @ #home, but if I met this teen, I would say, “Watup axle.”
I filmed the video on my I-Phone 7. Enlarge the videos to get a better view. The first video is the wooden dam at one end of the pond next to my house. The second video is the overflow from the first pond into the second pond, where the dam is. The creek runs through my neighborhood all year and is a combination of natural spring water and runoff. We are having heavy rain in California this week. The horse was grazing above the little dam. The ponds were created after the granite quarry closed. The last picture is taken from my deck, and the dam is located on the far side. Update 8:40pm - Zeus bellows.
There are live cams all over the world that can be viewed on YouTube. One need not travel anymore. My favorite are the train cams in the US. I just watched a freight train crossing the Cajon Pass in Southern California. Five engines, two in the front, two in the middle, and one at the end moved at least 100 double-stacked flat beds over the 3,776-foot pass.
At 11:18am I watched another Cajon Pass train. The moderator of the cam gave us a close-up view of the oil tanks, lumber, and steel. He said the train had insulated steel coil cars. The train stopped because of congestion ahead, and while it was stopped, another long train for Santa Claus passed on the second track. Over one hundred people were viewing. Then, a third long train with UPS and FedEx aboard passed, all in the space of 15 minutes.
Last night, I viewed a live cam in the Namib Desert. Groundwater from a man-made watering hole draws oryx, jackals, feral horses, cheetah, giraffe, and birds, and I saw them all, way better than a zoo.
From Tom Schulenburg, Quora contributor, 12-16-21
Why is the shape of an elephant related to Fibonacci numbers?
Starting with 1, 2, etcetera, the Fibonacci sequence is derived from adding the two previous terms to create the next term - (1+2) = 3, (2+3) = 5, (3+5) = 8, and so on.
As the sequence progresses, the ratio of two terms (term2/term1) becomes consistent at about 1.618034. This is known as the golden ratio. As nature would have it, this is a ratio that appears frequently in many forms - the spiral of a snail shell, the petals on a flower, the shape of a hurricane, to name a few.
The same ratio can be seen in the elephant’s trunk when curled up.
Monrovia butts up against the San Gabriel Mountains. I encountered a gold black bear in Kings Canyon National Park. It was 10 feet away. We eyed each other and went on our merry way.
photograph taken today by my sister from her home
Near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island stands the Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), seen on the left. Altitude 13,793 feet. The tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 states is Mt. Whitney in California at 14,505 feet. Family and I have camped on Whitney at about 8,000 feet. In the middle of a hot summer, the campsite turned cold cold at night. There is snow on Whitney year-round, but not on Mauna Kea! Pele, or Pelehonuamea, is the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes, rumbling, shaking, and spewing, both destroying and creating land.
I'd rank Hawaiian as the third-most beautiful sounding language. Two grandnephews are named Lalamaika'i and Kuikamaoli. Pronounce every vowel and say them the way you would with Romance languages, yet mai is a diphthong. The accent is on the penultimate syllable. Keep trying to speak it, as I did, and you will get it right.
Historical pictures of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Daughters of Charity nursing on the field. The vimeo video is narrated. My cousin entered the DC in 1961 wearing a habit with cornette like the picture opposite. She recently celebrated 60 years after serving as chairman of the board for two Bay Area hospitals.
Oil on canvas titled Elegy circa 1900, owned by National Museum in Warsaw, in the public domain, artist Karol Tichy 1871-1939. The Daughters of Charity habit also appears in Paris street scenes.
Thomas G. Dunn, d. 2017, photo taken 1973 when he was 27 and in SFFD, here holding first nephew
For more about my brother, visit https://www.dpllp.com/about-us/thomas-g-dunn-in-memoriam/
STEPFATHER AND SON
Courtesy of piercedhands.com
STEPFATHER AND MOTHER SON
Joseph and Barbara me, theirs forever
Here is a 1/2 hour video on the Flood Mansion that was converted into Convent of the Sacred Heart at 2222 Broadway, which, when combined with Stuart Hall School for Boys next door and Stuart Hall High School a few blocks away, is both a single-sex and coed school, K-12. One of my students is applying. Two boys I knew in high school lived right below the school, and my sister-in-law attended. Mary Mardel, RSCJ, retired teacher/mistress general and interviewee, turned 103 this year.
See robopooch at 1:20, a robot from SpaceX. Exploration began at the dawn of mankind. Space exploration has resulted in many applications for life on earth and advances our knowledge of the universe. We do it, or the enemy will and use what is uncovered against us and future generations of free people.
According to Wikipedia, the Mountain Quarries Bridge is a concrete arch railroad bridge across the North Fork American River near Auburn, CA, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Also known as the No Hands Bridge, it joins El Dorado and Placer counties and was built in 1912 to transport quarried rock. On 8-19 I posted a photograph of the pond next to my house. The pond is an abandoned granite quarry and was created by damming a creek that runs all year. Doug White snapped this beautiful photograph of the No Hands Bridge.
The American River originates in the high Sierra Nevada just west of Lake Tahoe, in the Tahoe and El Dorado National Forests. Its three main forks—the South, Middle, and North—flow through the Sierra foothills and converge east of Sacramento. My family and I have white water rafted the river two or three times, with a guide. The only time we all fell out was on the Trinity River. The reason we went under was there had been a dam release that morning, and the water level was extremely high. When the American River is flowing at its peak, water can top the No Hands Bridge.
When you forgive someone, you might suggest it’s water under the bridge. This bucolic aphorism has ties to an ancient Greek phrase, “You cannot step twice in the same river.” In other words, as the river flows on, so does life. Using this aphorism means you’re ready to let the water continue on its way or let bygones be bygones (another aphorism). [source - wordgenius]
In the back of the raft are, left to right, my brother, the guide, and me, the sane ones adding ballast. All the rest of the people are a bunch of nuts.