Tweet It was not smooth abseiling (meaning “to rappel“) for trekkers Jonathan Griffith (U.K.), Ueli Steck (Switzerland) and Simone Moro (Italy) as they neared the summit of Mt. Everest over the past weekend. They were attacked by an “out of control mob” of nearly 100 Sherpa guides. It reportedly took the bravery of another group of […]
Archives for April 2013
- 29 - Mountaineers’ Ascent Goes Pell-mell in Nepal
23 - Shakespeare: “All the World’s a Stage…”
Tweet All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances And one man in his time plays many parts… This quote from As You Like It serves to remind us that April 23rd commemorates the birth date as well as the date of death […]
16 - (P)salt of the Earth
Tweet While in L.A. (Lower Alabama) recently for a funeral, during which psalms are often read from a book called a psalter, I met an in-law of the deceased. This talented man, Johnny, is in his late 70s, walks with a cane, is most comfortable sporting a military ball cap while in a pair of coveralls and, […]
09 - A Real Wake-up Call
Tweet I couldn’t believe my ears this morning when someone in a house from a nearby subdivision started blaring an alarmingly loud trumpet version of “Reveille,” the song played by the U.S. military each morning, generally near sunrise. On U.S. Army posts, the national flag is raised while reveille is played; on board U.S. Navy, […]
04 - When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie, That’s Amore!
Tweet Dean Martin made his mark as a crooner with this iconic song from the 1953 movie, The Caddy, in which he co-starred with Jerry Lewis. Watch him purr this catchy melody here. If you listen to all of the verses carefully, you’ll hear a somewhat lesser-known refrain: “When the stars make you drool like-a […]
03 - Got An Itch to Run Away with the Circus?
Tweet For one of her presents on her eight birthday recently, our granddaughter, who loves gymnastics and rock wall climbing, requested and got a one-time trapeze lesson. Fortunately, participants wear a double harness and can safely land in a strong net below. Fine, I said, as long as she doesn’t someday flee her home and […]