Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mukilteo, WA

Beautiful Mukilteo, my hometown. What I didn't photograph is the unhampered growth and the traffic. Let's just focus on the positive...

The 1905 Mukilteo Lighthouse (with the Vashon in the background).

Couldn't resist the photos of the official Mukilteo city bird. If you haven't been hit from above by one of these fine seagulls, you really haven't lived.

I met a couple of the ladies who volunteer their time making the lighthouse grounds just gorgeous, even in late October. Nice job, ladies!

Here's Lady, enamoured with my guitar case. She's my little sweetie, and was kind enough to give me my kitty fix during my stay at her house. I am convinced that my dad is just a visitor, and it's really the cats that are in charge.

Friday, October 12, 2007

On this Day: the Death of Robert E Lee

Robert E. Lee, one of my favorite people in history, died on this day in 1870, at the age of 63. The son of a governor, he was a complex man who loved his country deeply. Here are some quotes which illustrate my regard for the man:

  • On his faith: My chief concern is to try to be an humble, earnest Christian.

  • On learning: The education of a man is never completed until he dies.

  • On Bill Clinton (okay, I made that part up): I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.

  • On temptation: Whiskey - I like it, I always did, and that is the reason I never use it.

  • On the loss of the Civil War: We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Quotes of the Day

The years teach much which the days never knew. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunflowers that are young and lush are pleasing to the eye while they blossom in the fields...but in reality, they are virtually until they are dried up, almost dead flowers. That is when they really hit their stride.
We miss out on a lot by our societal neglect of the oldest generation.
The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed,
Lets in new light through chinks that time hath made. ~Edmund Waller