Note to my readers

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I plan to travel to Spain, actually to southwest France, and there begin to walk El Camino, an old pilgrimage path that reaches to northwest Spain. From this pre-trip point of view I do not know whether I will write during the 500-mile walk, whether I will take photos and how much I will be in communication in general. Presently I think I might continue my practice of posting one (1) photo on Facebook each day, but that is no promise. My return plane ticket indicates that I’ll be home by October 20.

Thus, for now adios.

Walking (42)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

It is in Massachusetts where I have reached my goal of walking 500 miles for the year. To my delight, there are four more additional months for adding to the tally.  Here I will publicly announce that I plan to begin walking El Camino on Saturday, September 9. It is an old pilgrimage trail from St Jean in southwestern France to Santiago in northwestern Spain, a stretch of 500 miles. At this time I do not have plans to continue my blog while on the trip, but I hope to post occasional photos and captions on both Facebook and Instagram.

But back to Massachusetts. I’m with my daughter who teaches at UMass in Lowell. During these days I have walked in historic Lowell with its extensive canal system,


around Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond near Concord,


de Cordova, an architecture museum and lovely grounds in Lincoln,


and the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Chelmsford.


It is good to be alive and able to walk.


Lowell, Massachusetts

Friday, August 18, 2017

A camera’s intro to the northern Massachusetts city, home of UMassLowell where daughter Ingrid lives and works.

Extant fabric mill buildings from the Industrial Revolution.


A spiral staircase in one of those buildings.

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Museums that tell the story of millwork and workers.


An elaborate canal system to provide water for powering those mills


A large portion of the city now a national park


In my opinion, an excellent family vacation site.




What if …

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What if the known universe — all the millions of galaxies and all the billions of stars — in fact constitute an “atom” that makes up a minute part of a much, much larger “world” undetectable at this point by science or imagination?


Corn Day

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Corn Day is an annual fest at The Juniper Spoon. Sixty dozen ears of sweet corn and Jared, Michal, Hunter, Carl, Libby and Jim.


With a closer-up of the process. That’s Jim.


Brendan begins the parboil process..



Next the polar plunge. That’s Karen.


Jared, cutting. Lali plays boss. Jared intentionally cuts lightly, because he will boil the cobs to make stock. Karen and Miss Kitty do the regular cutting.



Kind of like this.


Several cobs are donated to Charity and her sisters.


Lucas fills bags.


And more bags.


That are stacked in the cooler … en route to the freezer.


Meanwhile someone trucks to town and buys pizza.


The Corn Part resumes outside.


Tickets are now on sale for next year’s Corn Party.