Monday, January 3, 2022
12.16.2021: My buddy Brad tipped me off to where I might see a few deer. (Like I have that problem.) So here are a couple shots. If you look closely at the first photo, you can see tons of those pesky gnats flying around her face. And if you look closely at the second photo you might see a reflection of me in her eye as I was pretty close. Or, it could be the reflection of a tree ... or a bush ... or an alien from a distant planet ... 350/365
Posted by Spiff at 12:07 PM
12.12.2021: Quick question. When did you spend your first Christmas away from home, and where were you? For me, it was 1971 in the beautiful building on the far right in this photo. No, it is not a prison. Although, there was no escaping Shemya Island. A tiny 2-mile by 4-mile rock in the Aleutian Island chain. Shemya was about 200 miles from Russia and 1500 miles from Anchorage, Alaska. If I remember correctly, I worked the overnight shift on Christmas eve. Eavesdropping on the Red Menace was a 24-7 job.
Posted by Spiff at 11:29 AM
12.07.2021: Magically, Corgi Christmas decorations are popping up in our home. This one suddenly appeared on my framed piece of artwork used as the cover of one of the "Best of Randy & Spiff" CDs. Artwork by two time Pulitzer Prize winner (and great guy) Mike Luckovich.
Posted by Spiff at 10:43 AM
Sunday, January 2, 2022
11.24.2021: Janet is a real stickler when it comes to Thanksgiving traditions … like using her grandparent’s stove to prepare the mouthwatering meal … and wearing the special dress her grandma donned when family and friends arrived. Janet even believes in starting the cooking at 5 in the morning, just like back in the day. Okay, okay … this may not be completely true, but I know one thing that is true … we have many, many reasons to give thanks again this year. I hope the same is for you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by Spiff at 11:59 PM
11.23.2021: I was commissioned by a friend in (insert the state you would like to make fun of) to create a piece of art for his small gallery. He wanted something that would draw a crowd, spark conversation and leave the patrons confused about exactly what the work portrayed. Hopefully, this will do the trick.
Posted by Spiff at 11:52 PM
11.20.2021: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”
Posted by Spiff at 11:07 PM
11.14.2021: When hiking on Sundays I often find myself at the site of New Salem Church in #kennesawmountainnbp. It's so very peaceful there, and as I lean against a tree soaking in the beauty that surrounds me, I can almost imagine the worshipers gathering at their small church. From NPHistory: Standing on top of a wooded hill on the south side of Burnt Hickory Road, the log-built New Salem Baptist Church was the center of community worship and social activity. Each Sunday, area residents walked, rode their horses, and steered their carriages up the narrow, steep lane leading to the church house. Taking their pews, they listened to the Reverend Springer deliver his sermons. But weekly services stopped abruptly in June 1864 when a Confederate division entrenched in the churchyard. For two weeks, New Salem Church was used as a Confederate field hospital. Troops needing logs to construct their earthworks tore down the church, displacing its congregation.
Posted by Spiff at 5:22 PM