Tuesday Coffee Muses

Good morning all.

Blogger Beta actually let me post a photo yesterday. Will it let me today? Sadly, I haven’t been able to post from Picasa yet which is my method of choice. Oh well, this too will come to those who persevere. If you get down to the bottom of this post and see a picture be happy for me, life is blessed by the little things.

Leave it to a poet to really put Fred First’s book into perspective. Tom Montag, The Middlewsterner posted an “Appreciation” of Slow Road Home over the weekend that has me chomping at the bit to dive back in and reread Fred’s book…




The question is raised

in some quarters: all these bloggers scribbling, like all the monkeys in the zoo pounding typewriters, can anything ever come of it? Well, if the blogger is Fred First and the blog is Fragments from Floyd, the answer is yes, yes. Out of his blogging, which arises from his life and his place, Goose Hollow in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fred has created Slow Road Home: A Blue Ridge Book of Days.* A second edition is already in the works for this collection of short essays, many of them blog-post length, about 750 words, all gathered around a theme: this man finding his way in his place.

The Middlewesterner.

If you haven’t visited Tom’s Blog you should, I discovered it a whileback on Fred’s and Patry’s link lists (and probably others also). When ever I see the same link on sites of folks whose writings I admire I have to check them out, ’cause usually I find a common interest.

And for the Photo…

Well as you see Beta worked again…Not.

Third times the charm…

This is Fulton Harbour, Fulton, Texas

I am a map nut and this just caught my eye on Lifehacker…

See the world as history’s cartographers once saw it. A new batch of Google Earth overlays covers the globe with richly detailed historical maps.

The Rumsey collection includes 16 maps. Among them you’ll find a 1790 world globe, a 1680 map of Tokyo, and an 1814 map spanning the Pacific Ocean to the Mississippi–courtesy of Lewis and Clark.

To view these new old maps, you’ll need the latest version of Google Earth (use the program’s check-for-updates feature if you’re not sure you have it). In the layers section, select All Layers, then look for Featured Content > Rumsey Historical Maps.

Pardon me while I scoop my jaw off the floor. This may just be the coolest Google Earth feature ever. I absolutely love historical maps, and there’s never been a better way to view and interact with them. Thanks, Jatin!— Rick Broida

Google Earth goes back in time – Lifehacker -…

Monday Morning – Back to the grind…

After spending a couple of days on Padre Island, it’s time to earn a living again, so it’s back to the salt mines…Before I go though let me tell you a little story.

Last week Blogger invited me to move my blogs to BloggerBeta. I did. Don’t, if you haven’t already. There are still way too many holes in the system. For a supposed upgrade, it is a step backward in a lot of ways on the publishing side. As a matter of fact for me it’s a pain to even log-in. With no Blog-it posting, not much third party publishing support at all you are better off waiting for the full rollout, which from what I am seeing will be a while. The only thing that seems to work (not that I’m using it yet other than to make posting work at all) is tagging, and that is evidently the bull in the china shop here. A lot of bloggers wanted tagging…now blogger is trying to put the pieces back together after they broke it themselves. Oh well, I will overcome these problems but for a while it will be tough to post pictures with any control so you probably wont be seeing many, sorry.

But just for grins here is a little one from the weekend.

I give up…picture would not load. I’ll try later…

It’s much later and the photo upload worked…

Sunday Morning at the Beach

The neighbors were noisey and nosey this morning around sunup. Coffee on the balcony with a crowd of onlookers proved interesting. We’ll be heading home in a bit so I’ll be catching up later. More photos in the works…See ya down the road

Friday morning meandering through the back roads of my mind

Friday morning meandering through the back roads of my mind

For those of you who may read this through rss, let me apologize for the dump of old posts you probably got yesterday. I just migrated this and my other blogs to Blogger Beta and it would seem that in the process it republishes everything; sorry if anyone was put off by the mass. I made the move out of frustration with the problems of publishing to the old Blogger. I am not completely happy yet. For some reason the “Blog This” button on my toolbar just gets fried with the new login procedures. Sadly, the Google Team hasn’t yet put together any real documentation (that I can find) on settings and changes you need to make with this changeover. Oh well, work arounds are a thing of life when it comes to computers, hopefully someone at Blogger will begin to flesh out the Beta Help Files.

On another note, I have been noticing an increase in traffic on this site. In looking over the metrics I find most of the new traffic coming from two sites. Loose Leaf Notes was the first to link and start traffic coming this way, thanks Colleen. The newest traffic driver is Blue Ridge Blog. This is the site of Marie Freeman who is a photographer at the Watauga Democrat in Boone, NC. It was by stumbling upon Marie’s site last year that eventually led to Colleen’s so the circle closes. Again, thanks ladies.

And on another note…Yesterday was the 28th anniversary of my marriage to Sherry. So this weekend will be our annual run away from the kids weekend. So…blogging will probably not be happening till we return.

Ya’ll have a great weekend.

Thursday Blog Rolling

As usual Patry Francis puts together a knockdown post today.

The truth is we write it every day. Not the one that appears in the newspaper, but the real one. The one we write with our words and with our gestures, with every step we take to every place we go, the one we think and breathe and read on the faces of those who love
us. And yes, on the faces of those who don’t.

The obituary that changes every day.

The one we write every time we say yes, and perhaps even more clearly with our stubborn refusals. The one that is wide enough and long enough to encompass what we see–and also what we turn our faces from. The one that records all that we know and also takes note of what we never allow ourselves to imagine.

Then she poses a question that I find very thought provoking. “So here is your existential question of the week. If you were only allowed a one line obituary, what would you want it to say?” Think about it. How would you answer?


Democrats Take Majority in House

The American People have spoken. The question is…Has President Bush heard?
Democrats Take Majority in House; Pelosi Poised to Become Speaker – washingtonpost.com:

“‘The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history,’ Pelosi said. “

Let’s hope Nancy and the rest of the Democrats now running Congress believe what she is saying. If they can’t make a change in the way Congress has done business under the Republican Party of Tom Delay, they wont have much hope of a long run.

Democrats Promise Broad New Agenda – washingtonpost.com:

“The American people have sent a resounding and unmistakable message of change and new direction for America,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.). “It’s time for the endless campaign to stop and the hard work of governing to begin.”

Do me a favor Rahm, lose the Bush speak, we all know it is hard work…Stop telling us and just do it. If you want to guarantee a long run with a Democrat majority, do the job you are elected to do, protect the rights and lives of the American People. Forget about the corporate boards and the campaign donors with their deep pockets. Do something about the screwed up way with define our voting districts. Do Your Jobs…

First Light

This is the sight that greeted me as I left the house this morning…I hope your election day started as well. May the returns be gentle to the people.
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What plant colored a rebellion? – Plants that Changed History

In light of the Scottish history and traditions that fill the valleys and coves of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I thought the following was interesting. To learn more about the history of tartans follow the link…What plant colored a rebellion? – Plants that Changed History: “Six colors used in the dyeing of thread came from a single plant, the elder (Sambucus nigra Linnaeus). Of the elder dyes, Mrs. Grieve wrote ‘The bark of the older branches has been used in the Scotch Highlands as an ingredient in dyeing black, also the root. The leaves yield, with alum, a green dye and the berries dye blue and purple, the juice yielding with alum, violet; with alum and salt, a lilac colour.’ (A Modern Herbal, Mrs. Grieve, 1931, reprinted 1996 Barnes & Noble Books)”

Just Vote!

I think anyone who has read my post would know my political leaning, but that’s beside the point. Today’s lesson in democracy is Go Vote. This really is one of those things where if you don’t use it, you lose it.

What were the virtues of borage? – Herbal Folklore

I started reading KillerPlants a long tme ago, and still I find the daily emails informative. I discovered Borage quite a while ago also, and the flavoe of the flowers is still a delight ever time I taste one…
What were the virtues of borage? – Herbal Folklore: “Cool-tankard is now commonly known as borage (Borago officinalis Linnaeus). In A Modern Herbal (1931), Mrs. Grieve explains the use, ‘When steeped in water, it imparts a coolness to it and a faint cucumber flavour, and compounded with lemon and sugar in wine,…it makes a refreshing and restorative summer drink. It was formerly always an ingredient in cool tankards of wine and cider.'”