Monday, November 26, 2018


There's a school yard at the end of the street.
Sometimes you'll find a kid, heels towards the sky,
in this tire swing, attached to a magnificent tree.

John Anderson
one fan said: 
"there's only one thing to do with this song, 

post inspired by Tom The Backroads Traveller
linked to "foto tunes"

Monday, November 19, 2018


(from the museum of Transportation - Kirkwood, MO)
James Taylor

Friday, November 09, 2018


This first photo was part of an ad
looking for young Irish actors to cast this story.

The Feature Film
Based on a True Story
and released this year
didn't get much box office attention
I notice the film was "crowd-funded."
I sure like that idea.
So, It's about some young people
in 1941
in Belfast during the Blitz
(Belfast was bombed twice)
These kids saved an elephant from the Belfast Zoo 
Kept it safe
and returned it

At the end of the film
there are photos of the actual people
and the elephant

The movie:


a little "stressy"
but, good stories do that

I liked it.
maybe you will, too.

love & love,


(wonder if this is welcome @ Willy Nilly)

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Doctor My Eyes . . .

Yes, these are mine - 
from some photo shoot - maybe mid-eighties.

Yesterday - Super Early - I got to visit the newest part of our medical complex
(it's Beautiful!)
Keeping an appointment with the rock star ophthalmologist.
(If you need one - I recommend her, Humeyra Karacal MD,)

Anyway, My eyes - 20-20,
 marvelously the same as two years ago

Jackson Browne
"Doctor My Eyes"
a gift from Warner Music Group
(color me grateful)
It's a beautiful day
time to rake leaves
love & love, 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Resistance Banker

The Resistance Banker - In the occupied Netherlands during World War II, banker Walraven van Hall (Barry Atsma) is asked to use his financial contacts to help the Dutch resistance.
(review from
A true WWII story.
(foreign feature film - with, subtitles)
No, I don't suggest you watch.
It's gritty, tense, stands up for what is Right
at high personal cost.

At credit roll there are photos and home movie footage of the actual people
with some extra information
and a picture of the monument created years later
when it was somewhat easier to face these difficult times.

Friday, October 19, 2018


My dad was colorful, charismatic, and expressive
or quiet.
(so, balanced - a creative-type)
On rare occasions, if we seemed to display 'gicky' symptoms,
he would say we had the epizootic.

I'm from 20th Century California.
(City of the Angeles, Mountains, Deserts,  Fertile Farm Land,
Family Farmer Pride, Truckers Code, Redwood Forests,
San Francisco, Vineyards . . . oh yeah, a place where word usage was accepted.)

I once used the word 'epizootic' in conversation
while walking a hallway
with a speech instructor
and several award winning speakers.
The reaction was stunning.

The word, evidently, is no longer in common usage
and causes immediate waves of fear based expression.

Even after calmly explaining the word and proper usage.
SO, I WON'T use the word, even though i like it.
I'll simply explain, while attending to the everyday
there has been plenty of facial sloppiness and coughing going on all around.

That being said.
I spent part of the week watching:
which is a foreign feature film
questioning life in ways I can understand
I'm almost finished
have enjoyed it
I know, I know some of you do not read films.
I sure am grateful for your company in the world.
I hope you are Super Duper Healthy.
love & love,

ps - I don't know WHY there is a type change in the center of the post.
I tried to correct - but, it didn't feel like rearranging itself.
might be my choice of words.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

George Marshall & The American Century

Time for me to learn.
The first part of this documentary I kept stopping and looking things up.
(Oh, the things i do not know.)

Did you realize we have video 
(moving pictures) 
of the First World War?
(if we'd seen - how could we ever do it again?
I can't bare to give you a link . . sorry)

George Marshall was a truly Great Man.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Imagine that.
He was inspired to develop a plan 
to assist nations to rebuild
after the Second World War
Nations that were friends
and those that were enemies during the conflict.

I'm humbled.
He considered himself 
to a higher cause
(my words, I'm simply/truly impressed)

Hope you can read this.
(not my photo)

Just Wanted to Share.
love & love,

Monday, October 08, 2018

Firehouse Five (video)

wasn't prepared for Backroads
Fortunately, The Firehouse is Always Available!

love & love,