Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


With nothing else to talk about, should I talk about the weather? By chance this morning we were watching Canadian television, the one channel that we receive down here in the states. The weather news from the Maritime Provinces was pretty bad. Cape Breton and the eastern side of Nova Scotia were especially hard hit, with much rain, flooding and high tidal surges. Beaches are getting ripped away, a boardwalk through a wildlife refuge swamped. I am particularly interested in these things because I've been to many of the places the newsperson talked about.

And then my friend, Andy Porter, of jolly old Brooklyn, sent me a message about photos of the snow in Devon, England. Devon is one of my favorite places in England and I know it pretty well from a dozen trips there. The website can be found by googling "BBC E-mail Snow Across Devon" I found the photos very interesting. The Exe River is frozen. I've hiked along the Exe. The shingle beaches are covered with snow. I hope the people weather it well. The photos seem to indicate that they are taking it in stride.

We've had our bit of snow here in Seattle a week ago. We don't deal with it very well and it brings the city and environs to a crawl. We hope that it is finished for the year.


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