Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I Know Him So Well - Whitney Houston

There is absolutely no reason for me to publish this video other than that I'm fascinated with it.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

This the Season.....

Christmas is slowly creeping into my home.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pilgrim Poem

Many years ago the Pilgrims came.
They sailed on a ship - the Mayflower was its name.

They sailed across the Atlantic blue,
So they could worship the way they wanted to.

Many people died along the way,
And the first winter was hard they say.

The Native Americans were already here.
They helped the Pilgrims plant corn and hunt deer.

They all got together to share food and pray,
And that's why we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Achievement in Space

   Rosetta comet landing: 'We can do amazing things, if we dream big'

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Remebrance Day - The Last Post

Veteran's Day of  November 11, 2014.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 2001

Thirteen years after the tragedy one has to ask the question: is the killing and maiming of innocent people still exists?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My birthday present

My new solar Street Number sign - so people can find me even in the dark !

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Before the heat returned....

We are having a very unusually hot summer. The temperature on most of the days of June and July was up in the 90's with clear sky and burning sun. Few days ago we had a break and something was brewing - as illustrated  above in the pictures of the beautiful Oregon sky. After a huge thunderstorm we're roasting again.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Earliest Dickens film - The Death of Poor Joe (1901)

The Death of Poor Joe is a 1901 British short silent drama film directed by George Albert Smith, which features the director's wife Laura Bayley as Joe, a child street-sweeper who dies of disease on the street in the arms of a policeman. The film, which went on release in March 1901, takes its name from a famous photograph posed by Oscar Rejlander after an episode in Charles Dickens BleakHouse and is the oldest known surviving film featuring a Dickens character. The film was discovered in 2012 by British Film Institute curator Bryony Dixon, after it was believed to have been lost since 1954.Until the discovery, the previous oldest known Dickens film was Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost, released in November 1901.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dolphins at play...

Video was taken from a boat when my son and family with a close friend were whalewatching  in the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kertem legszebb rózsaszálja...

                                                   For my Dee-Dee

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Traditional Hungarian shepherds walk in front of their Racka sheep during celebrations of the start of the new grazing season in the Great Hungarian Plain in Hortobagy, east of Budapest.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My flowers

Have you ever seen huge peonies like these? Yes, they're from my garden and they're extremely beautiful this year.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day

The ceremonies and Memorial Day address at Gettysburg National Park became nationally well known, starting in 1868.  In July 1913 veterans of the United States and Confederate armies gathered in Gettysburg to commenmorate the fifty-year anniversary of the Civil War's bloodiest and most famous battle.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother's day.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Oh, Wow!  This Easter Bunny doesn't hesitate to eat up the remnants of the Winter!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

So much like our Spring weather this year.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


The 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony has ended in Sochi, Russia. Tchaikovsky and fireworks marked the final moments of the proceedings Sunday.

The Olympic flag was handed over by Sochi's mayor to the mayor of Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the next Winter Olympics, and a huge animatronic bear, one of the mascots to these Games, blew out the flame in a version of the Olympic cauldron.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach spoke to the crowd, commending Russia and President Vladimir Putin for their hosting of the Games, praising "a new Russia ... efficient and friendly, open to a new world."

Sunday's closing spectacle included a clever reference to the opening-ceremony snag in which one of the Olympic rings did not open.

Dancers created the rings, with one closed. Would it open? After a long pause, it did. As they did at the opening of the Games, each nation's athletes paraded in. Despite a devastating loss to Canada, the U.S. women's hockey team remained in Sochi to take part in the ceremony. Julie Chu, a four-time Olympian who was part of the silver-medal-winning team, was chosen to carry the U.S. flag.

Medals were bestowed and clean sweeps celebrated, including Norway's dominance of women's cross-country skiing, in which Marit Bjoergen won gold, and Russia's medal sweep in men's cross-country. Alexander Legkov won gold in the men's 50-kilometer race to give the host nation its first cross-country gold at the Sochi Games.

The proceedings took a turn for the surreal with a Marc Chagall painting shown on stage and masked dancers cavorting on stilts to violin and viola. Then a grand piano arose from below stage for a stunning performance of Rachmaninoff. Russian ballet and literature also got their turn in the spotlight.

A big top was erected onstage as performers including unicyclists and gymnasts tumbled in for a celebration of circuses.

The host country had much to celebrate as the Games wrapped. Russia ended as the overall champ, with 33 medals. The U.S. was second with 28. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Here we are again, all snowed in...


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Janus is the God of beginnings and transitions, hence also of gates, doors, passages, endings and time. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The Romans named the month of January in his honor.

Janus presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence war and peace. The doors of his temple were open in time of war, and closed to mark the peace. As a God of transitions, he had functions pertaining to birth and to journeys and exchange, and in his association with Portunus a similar harbor and gateway god, he was concerned with travelling, trading and shipping.

The ancientGreeeks had no equivalent to Janus, whom the Romans claimed as distinctively their own. Modern scholars, however, have identified analogous figures in the pantheons of the Near East. His name in Greek is 'Ιανός (Ianós).