What am I seeing – Part 2?

August 29, 2015

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This is the Japanese garden stream at the University of Hawaii Manoa.


What am I seeing?

August 27, 2015

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These lovely clouds were spotted outside my (airplane) window over Hawai’i.  On my way to a meeting, so spotty blogging will ensue.  Mahalo.


Why am I impressed?

August 24, 2015


When in school, artist and penman Jake Weidmann watched as his classmates typed their notes in laptops. Weidmann instead took the old-fashioned approach and wrote everything longhand with pen and paper, using every opportunity to practice and perfect his exquisite penmanship. The hard work quickly paid off he’s now one of only a dozen people designated as a master penman—not to mention the youngest by three decades.







What am I sappy eagle blogging?

August 21, 2015

I heard a story on NPR recently about how observation drones employed to observe wildlife raise the heart rates of the animals they are observing.

In the case of the story, black bears in the wild.  The take-home message was that the drones interfere with the health and well-being of the critters.

The bears that the drones were being tested on had previously been caught, anesthetized, radio-tagged, and had heart rate monitors surgically implanted.

I wonder how those interventions affected their heart rate.  Hmmm?

Anyway, this is what an eagle thinks of the drones.


What am I practicing?

August 20, 2015

katie-1How cool is this look at yoga practice as a time lapse sculpture by Katie Grinnan.


Then there is Megan Currie’s routine – yeah, my yoga practice looks just like that.

Watch for the cat.


from Colossal


What am I reading?

August 19, 2015

dion-1This amazing work is by Myriam Dion, a Canadian artist.  Using  X-Acto knives and newspapers,  she has created works of art that resemble intricate, handmade lace.  I would love to see the process.

More at Colossal.com







Whose birthday am I noting on tattoo Tuesday?

August 18, 2015

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Oliver Hazard Perry, the Hero of Lake Erie, was born August 23, 1785 in Rhode Island.  His family, on both sides,  included a long line of accomplished naval men.

During the War of 1812 against Britain, Perry supervised the building of a fleet at Erie, Pennsylvania, at the age of 27. He lead American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, receiving a Congressional Gold Medal and the Thanks of Congress. His leadership materially aided the successful outcomes of all nine Lake Erie military campaign victories, and the fleet victory was a turning point in the battle for the west in the War of 1812. He is remembered for the words on his battle flag, “Don’t Give Up the Ship” and his message to General William Henry Harrison which reads in part, “We have met the enemy and they are ours; …” (Wikipedia)



Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument at

Put-in-Bay, Ohio on South Bass Island.

Perry’s career began when he was 12 when he sailed to the West Indies with his father, who was a ship’s captain.  He was appointed a midshipman in the US Navy when he was 13 years old.  He first experienced combat at age 15 off the coast of Haiti.

Perry’s life was cut short at age 34 when he died on his birthday after contracting yellow fever while on a trip to South America.  In spite of that, Perry was a popular figure with many ships named in his honor, many memorials and monuments – particularly in Rhode Island and around Lake Erie – named for him, and many places across the country bearing his name.

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Battle of Lake Erie



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