Monday, July 31, 2017


Janet Hougham

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Tug is on the armoire again.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


It's the time of year when the gas meter disappears behind the crocosmia.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Portals of the Past


Portals of the Past is a monument at Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. 
It is the portico--the last remnant-- of railroad tycoon A.N. Towne's  mansion on Nob Hill, which was destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906.  

 Photographer Arnold Genthe captured the ruins of the city through this portal.  The photograph  became a symbol of the loss of an era.

As Abdu'l-Bahá walked along the shore during his visit in 1912--six years after the earthquake and fire--he remarked: 

"The world and its condition will change to such a degree and the Bahá’í Cause will prevail to such an extent that nothing but a remnant — like these pillars — will remain of the previous order".

Sunday, July 16, 2017

City of Rocks


I met this old man painting the parking lot in front of a store near the entrance to the City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho.

The reserve was down the road a few miles.

My photos don't do justice to the beauty and uniqueness of the place.

Graffiti from western-bound travelers  carved and written in axle-grease from their wagons.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Quando Quando Quando


This is my favorite version.

Monday, July 10, 2017


To kill time while he's absorbing afternoon rays, Tug chews the cardboard box he's relaxing in and spits out the pieces.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Crossing Sderot Hatsiyonut was Challenging

Sderot Hatsiyonut, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel

I was one of the pilgrims who had to run across the street to visit the Archives building and Seat of the Universal House of Justice in late January of 1990. Dodging traffic was a real concern, as the locals enjoyed a speedy drive down Mount Carmel. I thought to myself: 'Wouldn't it be wonderful if a bridge were built over Hatsiyonut?"

In fact, the road was lowered and a bridge, or terrace, was built.  Here is an image showing the relationship between the Shrine of the Báb, Terrace 9 and Sderot Hatsiyonut on Mount Carmel, Israel.

Terrace 9

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Living Room

The sun rising in the northeast this time of year casts the living room in a warm light.

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Prayer I Say for Ella Rae

I try to recite this prayer every day for my granddaughter..

O Thou most glorious Lord!  Make this little maidservant of Thine blessed and happy; cause her to be cherished at the threshold of Thy oneness, and let her drink deep from the cup of Thy love so that she may be filled with rapture and ecstasy and diffuse sweet-scented fragrance.  Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful, and Thou art the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Trailer Parks

"In the future, the prince will have his palace, and the pauper his humble abode".

Monday, July 3, 2017


Sunbather :Thea Graver

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Beniamino Bufano

Beniamino Bufano

Beniamino Bufano (October 15, 1890? – August 18, 1970) was a California-based Italian American sculptor, best known for his large-scale monuments representing peace. His modernist work often featured smoothly rounded animals and relatively simple shapes. He worked in ceramics, stone, stainless steel, and mosaic, and sometimes combined two or more of these media. WIKI