There You Are

Icebreakers: Be they steel hulled ships, hand held picks, or cutesy words to nearby strangers; they have always been incredibly difficult for me to command. I made a new friend here in Carolina after being introduced. She was never married, but incredibly charismatic and social. Her charm filled a room and some spilled out. She … Continue reading There You Are

Hurricane: Duck & Run .

To my many friends: Thank You for you heartfelt worries. YES, I'm watching the weather and our unexpected visitor: Hurricane Matthew. I'm in Charlotte, NC. Visiting a "town square" example of New Urbanism and riding the rails on their transit system. (Red Star on Map) I was supposed to go to Charleston and onto Savannah … Continue reading Hurricane: Duck & Run .

New Urbanism: Give the People What They Want

We know that food photographers have a stable of tricks to fool the viewer. That appealing ice cream is really mashed potatoes sprayed with olive oil. Those cheerios are lying in thinned out glue or yogurt, certainly not milk. And that stack of pancakes is probably swimming in photogenic but inedible motor oil, because it … Continue reading New Urbanism: Give the People What They Want

Two hour diversion to OBX .

I had a weird day. I checked off a thing from someone else's bucket list. In Chincoteague, my surprise cohort had come directly from the Outer Banks of NC, checking off a long time desire to visit there. Hearing that, it struck me how I've never been to famous Kitty Hawk; one of the few places … Continue reading Two hour diversion to OBX .

NJ and Baltimore .

I've had a great couple days. After leaving Toms River seeing Bill's new house, I drove down US-9 to Cape May. I learned the term South Shore. I had scallops at sunset overlooking a marina, after touring the kitschy motel resorts of adjoining  Westwood NJ. Too cool. Zoning requires new construction (walgreens, wawa) to adopt 50's … Continue reading NJ and Baltimore .

Breaking the Ice (Schrödinger’s Stalker) .

I was told, earlier this summer, that I'm the kind of person that “never met a stranger”. That was very insightful, but there is one caveat to that insight. The cold call. I can address a group of 100, I can do a public Q&A session without being fully prepared. I can confidently introduce somebody … Continue reading Breaking the Ice (Schrödinger’s Stalker) .

UU Monmouth: Cool RE Ceremony .

I witnessed a really cool RE ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth today, to honor the first week of the new RE semester. It was all based on surprise, and required that they have a rectangular sanctuary. When you make a toast at a wedding or say "ready, set, go" at a race, its … Continue reading UU Monmouth: Cool RE Ceremony .