Saturday, December 31, 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

The White Stone

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

Revelation 2:17

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Meeting Roosevelt

Roosevelt came into our room one year and took a nap on our bed for a few hours. Rested, he left, and when I saw him in the lobby that evening, he acted as if he didn't know me.

He adopted the Lodge, and accommodations were provided. 

He was named by the staff after a President, who visited the Lodge in 1937

Before departing the Lake Quinault Lodge, the president met with a large crowd of onlookers in the spacious lobby – including Native American children in traditional dress displaying some of their crafts. The Roosevelts, Governor Martin and the rest of the party were later treated to a presentation by children of the nearby Taholah Indian School as well as a traditional Indian warrior display of strength…dozens of costumed tribesmen in dual war canoes paddling at great speeds as the motorcade passed. LINK

A sketch of the fireplace in the lobby.

Framing detail.

It was calm, clear and cold at Lake Quinault this year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sign Support Frame Elevation

I've been looking at this drawing and I realized that I need to change the title to "Sign Support Frame Elevation".    There's always something..

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Анна и Виктория

моя учительница русского языка с дочерью Виктория.

My Russian tutor Anna with her daughter Victoria.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Двенадцать разбойников(Twelve Thieves)

Regarding the crash of the Russian Tu-154 into the Black Sea on its flight from Sochi to Syria, one person commented: "With the famous Alexandrov Ensemble on Board. A sad cultural loss".

Twelve Thieves 

Once upon a time the twelve robbers lived,
Was ruling them a Koodiar-chief.
Much blood of the Christians simple had been spilled
Those criminals, they robbed, than they killed.

Lots of wealth the robbers had plundered,
They lived in the forest very dense.
Once Chief Koodiyar went to Kiev-town,
And a beauty-girl he kidnapped for offence.

In daytime, when with a’girl, he was having fun,
Koodiar-chief mostly raided at nights,
Suddenly, our Lord had awakened
Conscience in the fierce soul, Oh Might!

He left his criminal comrades, and,
Gave up the raiding, at all.
After went to the monks Chief Koodiyar,
For serving the people and God.

Let us pray to God, the Almighty Lord,
Let's serve him, and so we pray,
But for sake of Koodyar-robber soul's,
Let's pray Almighty as well.

Двенадцать разбойников

Жили двенадцать разбойников,
Жил Кудияр-атаман,
Много разбойники пролили
Крови честных крестьян.

Много богатства награбили,
Жили в дремучем лесу,
Вождь Кудияр из-под Киева
Выкрал девицу-красу.

Днём он с любовницей тешился,
Ночью набеги творил,
Вдруг у разбойника лютого
Совесть Господь пробудил.

Бросил своих он товарищей,
Бросил набеги творить,
Сам Кудияр в монастырь ушёл
Богу и людям служить.

Господу Богу помолимся,
Будем ему мы служить,
За Кудияра-разбойника
Господа Бога молить.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day


Christmas 2016, Lake Quinault, Washington.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Two of my favorite seasons. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

There's More Work to be Done

I sent a Christmas greeting to the structural engineer I work for thanking him for providing me with a steady volume of clear and thorough design sketches 95% of the time (nobody's perfetc). I mentioned that growing up I had no career ambition other than to be productive, and that he's been a big help in that regard for over 38 years. Here's his response, and I swear I wasn't fishing for compliments.

'You’re welcome (although my rating may go down to 90% after you receive today’s package).  You have definitely achieved your ambition of being productive.  DCU has been able to provide a superior product all these years due much to your efforts'.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016


I would have bought this little house on the Oregon coast a few years ago had it not needed a new foundation. I pictured myself growing old in this place situated a few blocks from the beach. I named it Diogenes.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016


Tug on a sorry old sofa..

Thursday, December 8, 2016