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Labor Day Thanks / You Guys Are Great

Labor Day weekend is here! Or nearly here. It appears to me that the workers who are building our porch have started early because I don’t hear them outside. And probably there are many others who are making a four day weekend happen. Good for them! And I would like to take time on this bright Friday morning to remember some of the people who do such good work and will, hopefully, have a great holiday!

The first one who comes to mind is my wife, Betsy! I wrote recently that she had a small blemish removed from her chrome dome and I was very worried but, thankfully, the report came back yesterday and guess what! It was a wisdom spot! So I am on the moon with happiness and dancing around with joy. If you get a chance this evening, take your telescope out in the backyard and witness what you already knew! That’s right. I can’t dance!
betsy and marvin
But, nevertheless, it should be entertaining. Next on my list is Robin Easton, publisher of Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest. Robin has been off the grid for awhile but she recently surfaced and wrote me an email suggesting she is doing well although she is tired from all her activities! Once again, I am jumping with joy and feeling the warm sunshine bathe my bod on the lunar surface! Robin, you inspire me to work hard while celebrating life and growing closer to the earth and your mystical embrace.
Thanks to Robin Easton

And right in the middle of all this is Zachary, my son, who recently was commended for the work he is doing with the US Coast Guard and enjoyed, as a result, the opportunity to sit down for a meal with the Washington Redskins up in DC and perform in a ceremony as well. Nice going, Zach! Zachary is also getting married in September and we look forward to a ceremony of a different kind as he joins the lovely Amanda in wedded bliss. As I look down on the earth I can make out his 6′ 4″ frame shaking with anticipation.
zach and mia2

Jena, my oldest child, is returning to her duties as a special ed teacher this week. She is never far from my thoughts as she does an amazing job with the kiddies at school and her own young ones. So patient and kind she is and still full of laughter and good cheer!

And Jeremy, my son, is also a positive force in the world. He recently started a new job in North Carolina purifying water and he always blows me away with his performance as a husband and father. All my children are babies still in my heart and remind me that it is they who speak.

me and jeremy


There are so many more I remember on this august weekend. My father who always did such a great job at work and home and is still the rock upon which we all stand in this family. My sisters who still love their brother after so many decades of abuse. My father-in-law, Joe Jack, who regales us with entertaining stories and my seriously funny step-daughter, Stephanie, and her family. Kellan!, Steph and Marvin’s son, who is such a joy to have around! My hiking buddies (especially Dewey, a hard working, extremely intelligent prof at VCU who reminds me fairly often, without ever saying it, that I am an idiot, in a way that seems funny, even to me). The construction guys I mentioned earlier who planted a porta john on our front lawn not too long ago and help my understand why Snow White was so happy out in the woods with her little friends. My FB friends who tolerate my daily posting of walk/run times and often give encouraging feedback when I post photos and blog entries. You guys rock!

me and dad
Me and Dad 1952

Well, I could go on all day with Labor Day thanks but I hear the guys outside firing up the circular saw, so apparently they have not the day off as we remember that there are many great workers who do not get paid if they stretch the weekend. As I also remember that there are many great workers who hope and pray they will have some work to do in the days ahead.

As I give thanks for our good fortune, all of us, and pray for good things in the future for all who work, struggle, sweat, swear, shrug off pain, deal with the demands of their bosses, go without sleep, respond to their alarm buzzers at ungrateful hours, make difficult decisions and bring home the bacon. You guys are great.

Family and friends. Workers everywhere. Thank you.


4th Of July Celebration At The Pool / Raise My Soul / Rumi

I want your sun to reach my raindrops, so your heat can raise my soul upward like a cloud. ~Rumi




We are enduring a pretty brutal heatwave here in the US that is absolutely killing people and creating misery from coast to coast. So we were especially grateful yesterday to be able to enjoy the 4th of July festivities at the pool. There were egg toss, limbo and hula hoop contests for the kids and beer dives for the grownups. The kids also dived for some soft drinks (although lately it has been pointed out that there is alcohol content in some of these!).  It’s all very confusing, especially when the sun is beating down on your chrome domium.


So hopefully things will cool off soon!!

Morning At Virginia Beach / PhotoSunday /

The theme this week at PhotoSunday.com is Morning. And I took this photo on an early morning walk last week. I really like the colors and the way the three volleyball nets are nestled one within the other. Early morning light can often be a gift as well.


I was fortunate to see my son, Jeremy, and his lovely wife, Sarah, while down at the beach. Here’s a photo of them that is pretty good actually. It deserves a place somewhere outside the thousand of photos in storage somewhere.



And finally, here is a photo of a very suspicious crab. Jeremy and I invaded his space one evening when we went out to view the tall ships anchored in the Chesapeake Bay.

Photo Of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda / Meter Reader / Phasing Out Nuclear Power

Betsy and I were up in Washington DC today to see Zachary and watch him take part in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, is in town this week. And the Honor Guards will be busy.  Here is some information about the ceremony.

I have lots of photos taken at several locations:

1. Arlington Cemetery
2. The Iwo Jima Memorial
3. The Lincoln Memorial
4. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
6. The Jefferson Memorial

Starting from our hotel we visited all of these locations yesterday and traveled on foot. It was an eight or nine mile trek but the weather was not too warm and we enjoyed it. Betsy did it without complaint because, let’s face it, she’s tough and I did it because I’ve trained by walking almost every day since last August.

I’m working on the photos now. Here’s one of Prime Minister Noda and one of our generals walking up the steps at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I never did locate Zachary because everybody with a shaved head looks the same from a distance.


Prime Minister Noda is an interesting guy. In his first speech as Prime Minister last September he confirmed that Japan will phase out nuclear power by not building any more nuclear power plants or extending the life span of outdated ones. As we all know, nuclear power plants in some parts of Japan did not hold up well following a recent earthquake.

When he was in training to become a leader in Japan he had a part-time job reading electric meters for the residents of his district.   I don’t think our members of Congress have ever read anybody’s meter.

But I may be wrong.  What do you think?

Photo Friday / Portraiture / Permalink Changes For Better Performance

I’ve really done a lot of photo meme posts this past week. They are fairly easy to do. I also found a new theme, Weaver II, which allows someone who doesn’t play with CSS to make many theme adjustments and alterations. You can also give your blog different looks and styles, with predominantly dark colors to white to turquoise with a couple of clicks. The pro version is only 30 dollars and it includes many more options. I’m a happy camper.

I also changed the permalink structure without too much of a problem. WordPress recently added a Postname setting option (dashboard/settings/ permalinks) which makes things a whole lot easier. It automatically does redirects too, so I was able to ditch the dates (day, month, year) in the URL and, hopefully, make older posts more accessible in the search engines. Let’s face it, my posts are timeless! Or, at least, it doesn’t matter much if they are three or four years old. Especially photos like the one posted here for Photo Friday, Portraiture. This is my granddaughter, Joy, who I rarely see, unfortunately.

Here’s an excellent conversation about permalinks for anybody who wants to get down in the weeds. Thanks to WordPress for addressing some of the issues discussed here in their recent updates. http://digwp.com/2011/06/dont-use-postname/.

I miss this little girl. We don’t see her or her brother and sister very much. And they grow up so quickly.

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