Cat’s Paw…

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This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cat’s Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint. The nebula is a star-forming region in the Milky Way galaxy, located in the constellation Scorpius. Estimates of its distance from Earth range from about 4,200 to about 5,500 light-years. Framed by green clouds, the bright red bubbles are the dominant feature in the image, which was created using data from two of Spitzer’s instruments. After gas and dust inside the nebula collapse to form stars, the stars may in turn heat up the pressurized gas surrounding them, causing it to expand into space and create bubbles. The green areas show places where radiation from hot stars collided with large molecules called “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,” causing them to fluoresce. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Autumn Windy Night

Like any picturesque town, we have a library. Outside the library, along the road, are a number of street trees. They’re fully grown. Tall. Spreading. Chock full of leaves.

We have a fairly small number of streetlights. Which is great! But some of them are placed just right to really highlight some cool things.

And the wind, o! the wind!

We Have a Place

It’s not our private place, but it is a place we claim as a particular place in our lives.

It’s a restaurant, a cafe, a little bar. We are fortunate to have it, and our town is fortunate to have it. It has grown from a place where they made bread and scones to include locally sourced dairy products at retail, a three-meal restaurant, and full-service bar.

Breakfast coffee at the place.
Breakfast coffee at the place.

It is quirky in the way of any profoundly local place, and peculiar in the way of a place which is constantly looking for ways to grow. Sometimes the effort to accommodate the new jostles uncomfortably with expectations. But rough experiences are smoothed out by good will, good food, and the opportunity to experience the experience of the particularity embodied by this place.

Coffee, muffins of many types, sweet desserts, savory entrees, local beers, delightful wines. Staff with knowledge, willingness to accommodate, and the autonomy of a confident visionary at the helm. This is not a place where sameness predominates. It is wild in the way of a vital forest, where the new jostles with the expected. Each visit, and each meal is distinct from the others, but recognizably the successor to the previous. Quality is the goal, not replication.

This is a good place, and we visit often.

Misty Morning

I have been meaning to get this picture for about ten years.


These others came along while I was walking through the humid, drizzly morning, along the puddle-flecked pathway from the parking area to the middle of the drawbridge over the river.

Some Parenting

Our children are exploring music. Through school. Our district has a pretty good program for the youngest students to explore performance basics, and then encourage the ones who enjoy it to really dig into band and vocal performance. So here are some audio-only clips from recent years of him and our middle child doin’ the performing arts thing.

Eighth grade choir October 7, 2018. 

Seventh grade band May 16, 2018.

K2 Alphabop March 20, 2018.

Seventh grade band February 27, 2018.

Seventh grade band, Christmas concert. 2017

Seventh grade band, Christmas concert clip. 2017

Sixth grade end of year. 2017

Kindergarten Alphabop. 2017

Fundjam band extravaganza, sixth grade. 2017

What is this? December 24, 2016.

Sixth grade band, Christmas concert. December 4, 2016.

Bedtime. December 4, 2016.

Middle singing. November 16, 2016

Blossom Sweet. October 9, 2016.

Fifth grade band, end of year. 2016

Fifth grade choir. February 2016

Fifth grand band. Autumn 2015

That’s quite a list. Some of those aren’t school related.