Untold Memories

Max Meunier

the world could only end
without you here

where mountains slow surrender
to the ceaseless seas’ entreaty

beneath the spired redwoods
breaching lucent skies alluring

through arid valleys of toiling sun

stretching long onto the virid shores
where first i held you

this land will hold our untold memories

as time permits their essence

in a distant realm of consciousness
we manifest as things once precious

i know that there could be no other way

despite the days adrift
inside abysses of solemnity

the twilight of your kiss cerise
still faults the earthen sheath

[image credit: Rockwell Kent]

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Incline Gears

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Please forgive the Friday intrusion, but I can’t resist a chance to bring back a few photos from the Duquesne Incline.

I don’t participate in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge very often, but I follow a lot of people who do. The challenges are a great source of interesting photos. Anyway, I’m going to make this very short, and since I don’t normally post on Fridays, feel free to take a look and slip away. Also, I’m also limiting the photo count in the gallery.

So, the challenge this week is Gears and Engines – Seriously Cee, you couldn’t have set me up better. How’s this for a gear and engine?

The inner workings of the Duquesne Incline The inner workings of the Duquesne Incline

The gears have wooden teeth that can be easily replaced. The few (really, limited) photos in the gallery show what the engine and gears are moving.

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Thursday Doors – Georgetown MA

These little towns can be interestng

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Front door of the library

Earlier this week, I was staying in Burlington, Massachusetts. On my way to Burlington, my GPS stopped working. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, I’ve been to Burlington often enough that I don’t really need directions. However, the day after I arrived in Burlington, I had to drive to a specific address in Georgetown, MA. I needed my GPS for that. I decided to use my phone.

I checked with my daughter to see which map-app she liked best. She pointed me in the right direction and I decided to test the app in my hotel room. I entered my destination address, I pushed start – virtual whir whir whir – I got my first voice command and an estimated time of arrival 57 minutes later.

That’s what I needed.

I don’t like to be late. I wanted the time estimate so I knew when…

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One-Liner Wednesday – How Many Es in Eeew?

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Let me start with a great big disclaimer: I don’t normally take my cell phone into the Men’s room at work and I have never taken a picture in there. OK, that’s not true, I took a picture of a disgusting scene (near the trash can) once, with the thought of sending an email to the company across the hall from us. I never sent the email and I deleted the photo.

Don’t ask – just don’t

I’ve been carrying my phone with me these past few days, after falling in my own bathroom, like a security blanket. Of course, I know that if I fell, the phone would break or slide to a point where I couldn’t reach it, but this is what you do to convince yourself that you are once again in control of your surroundings. Replace ‘you/your’ with ‘I/mine’ and you get the picture I don’t…

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Current News – Battle of Leyte Remembered

Pacific Paratrooper

Remembering the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Surigao Strait.

On 3 July, 2017, the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) commemorated those that fought in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

“Today we sail the same waters as those sailors did 73 years ago,” said Cmdr. J.W. David Kurtz, the ship’s executive officer, according to the statement.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf, which took place in late October 1944, included several naval engagements involving ships from the 7th and 3rd fleets. The battle crippled the Japanese Imperial Navy, which lost four aircraft carriers, three battleships, six heavy and four light cruisers, 11 destroyers, several hundred aircraft and more than 10,500 sailors, according to U.S. and Allied forces lost one light carrier, two escort carriers, two destroyers and one destroyer-escort.

Japan’s losses allowed the U.S. to conduct a ground invasion of the Philippines. Roughly 3,000 sailors and Marines were killed in the battle…

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Escape to Sears

You are supposed to forget Sears and other great stores. ORDER FROM AMAZON. Get your product delivered by a DRONE. GET WITH IT!!!

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I would have rather been labeled a flight risk.

I wanted to talk about Sears (yes, again) because the closing of our local Sears store has hit me hard. The prospect of Sears not surviving hit me even harder. Still, I wasn’t going to tell the story, because I’ve talked about Sears before and I don’t remember what all I’ve said. Then Greg at Almost Iowa jogged my memory. I was about to make a snarky comment about that probably being the only jogging he does, but I don’t know him that well, so…oops. Anyway, I added a comment to that post that Ikea, his post was about Ikea, doesn’t have a tool department so you can’t hide there like you ustacould at Sears…before they closed.

I used to wait in Sears when we shopped as a family and my wife and daughter needed to go somewhere and try stuff…

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Thursday Doors – St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church

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St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church

Back in April, I began an exploration of the Anne Street Historic District with some buildings along the southern end of the district, a.k.a. Pearl Street. There are many stories doors in this western edge of downtown Hartford, but today’s will all come from one building. That building is St. Patrick and St. Anthony Church, a Cathedral-style Church located at the north end of Church Street, well, the north end before Interstate 84 cuts Hartford into two land masses.

St. Patrick’s is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the state of Connecticut. Located in downtown Hartford, the church serves an urban mission. According to the website:

“as a community of faith in service to the Archdiocese of Hartford and responding to the priorities of Holy Name Province, we welcome and extend hospitality to all people, especially the alienated and the poor.”

While St…

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