Summertime…The Ray Bradbury Magic

Of course, Ray Bradbury’s magical science fiction is what he will be remembered for.  But, I love his sweet little book—Dandelion Wine.

I read it many many years ago when my 12 year old summers were fresh in my mind. Long, lazy summers walking  in the woods looking for ladyslippers, swimming in the forbidden mine hole and catching fireflies.

Dandelion Wine is about 12 year old Douglas Spaulding and the summers of days gone by.

Read Dandelion Wine and be enchanted.

Unrequited Love…

“KP” Kerry Pippin Guard LLama

I spent a week tending my uncle’s farm animals.  Geese, goslings, doves, chickens, chicks, a herd of Icelandic sheep, 11 lambs and two very sweet Aussies (Australian Sheepdogs)—Bonnie and Alex.

Then there was, Kerry Pippin, “KP” the guard llama—his job was to take care of the sheep.  I fell in love with KP.  He would eat his “sweet feed” out of my hand, but other than that he had no interest in me at all.  UNTIL, I decided to bring Alex and Bonnie into the barnyard (on a lead) on our way to the river.  KP stood at absolute ATTENTION! a foot in front of me when he saw the dogs—no way was I going to get by.  I tried another entrance, but KP ran over and took his pose once again—this time he pawed the ground—he meant business. Get those dogs out of  my pasture!

LLamas are calm, sweet, curious, dignified, intelligent and very easy to take care of—they are social with other llamas or livestock. But, they are not interested people—feed me but don’t touch me!

KP listening and watching…protecting his flock of sheep,

Fine Motor Control

Ky Valentine’s Musings

Ky Valentine’s Musings

Ky Valentine’s Musings

Real Character

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House

“As a photographer, you know when you have a unique moment. But I didn’t realize the extent to which this one would take on a life of its own,” Mr. Souza said. “That one became an instant favorite of the staff. I think people are struck by the fact that the president of the United States was willing to bend down and let a little boy feel his head.”   NYT


They’re out there.

“No Worries”

An expression I’ve been hearing a lot lately…originating in Australia.  There doesn’t seem to be a consensus on how or when it migrated to the US—my 22 year old daughter remembers hearing it in Santa Cruz about 6 years ago.  My 31 year old daughter say it’s “sorta Urbanish” and means “no worries for the rest of your days”.  My 37 year old daughter remembers hearing it on LBI (Long Beach Island, NJ) in the 90’s from the Australian life guards. “No Worries, Mon.”

No Worries—No Problem—Be Cool—Hakuna Matada!

This Week…Hiking Down The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Facts
Did You Know?
No one has ever found a fossilized reptile skeleton or bone within the Grand Canyon. Fossil footprints were left by more than 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, but no teeth or bones!

Did You Know?
The Grand Canyon is a chasm 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide.

Did You Know?
The Grand Canyon below Yavapai point is 2,400 feet above sea level, about 4,500 feet below the South Rim and 5,400 feet below the North Rim for an average depth of about one mile.

Did You Know?
The Grand Canyon took 3-6 million years to form; erosion continues to alter its contours.


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