John McCain, Zonian

John McCain’s Wikipedia entry is already updated to reflect his passing. He was born August, 29, 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone (Coco Solo, on the Atlantic side). So in addition to being an Arizonan, he was a Zonian by birth. What I appreciated the most about him in recent years was his courageous pushback… Continue reading John McCain, Zonian

Preponderance of Good

Hellen Keller on optimism: I know what evil is…For the very reason that I have come into contact with it, I am more truly an optimist. I can say with conviction that the struggle which evil necessitates is one of the greatest blessings. It makes us strong, patient, helpful men and women. It lets us… Continue reading Preponderance of Good

Space Shuttle Over Tallahassee

This is from over 25 years ago in Tallahassee. The space shuttle flies low over the phallus of the State of Florida Capitol, hitching a ride home to Cape Canaveral. Some call it “spring cleaning”. I call it “purging”. I kept the card, but I certainly didn’t need printouts of old COBOL code anymore! Or… Continue reading Space Shuttle Over Tallahassee

Learning from Dogs

Awwww...remembering Ronin, our beloved Great Dane. It’s been about 5 years since we said goodbye to him. But we remember him frequently, through stories told, and random reminders of him and his gentle spirit. Being a dog-lover is a double-edged sword. By definition, their lifespans are shorter than humans so experiencing the pain of their… Continue reading Learning from Dogs

Happy National Coming Out Day – 2017

Today is National Coming Out Day. Culturally, “coming out” experiences are distinct rites of passage that are a shared experience for most rainbow people - we all have our coming out stories. It’s one of the things that unite us as a “tribe.” Coming out can be scary as hell, even life threatening. And also… Continue reading Happy National Coming Out Day – 2017

Eclipse Magic

"To be more childlike, you don't have to give up being an adult. The fully integrated person is capable of being both an adult and a child simultaneously. Recapture the childlike feelings of wide-eyed excitement, spontaneous appreciation, cutting loose, and being full of awe and wonder at this magnificent universe." ~ Wayne Dyer Before and… Continue reading Eclipse Magic

Brigida’s Love Story

My grandmother, Brigida Adamas Rosas de Quintero, with Mom and Uncle Lucho. In mid-1930s Panama City, República de Panamá. The family lived for awhile on Avenida Central. Brigida was a matriarch, a strong-willed woman from Tolé - in Panama's highland province of Chiriquí (i.e., the boonies). She was from a poor peasant family. Her biological… Continue reading Brigida’s Love Story

Self-Reminders for Optimism in the Face of US Political Drama

A historical perspective helps me feel optimistic. I remind myself that the US government is not a monarchy and not dependent on a single person or a single branch of government. Plus there are state and local jurisdictions that do incredible and innovative jobs serving their citizens with the resources they have. I remind myself… Continue reading Self-Reminders for Optimism in the Face of US Political Drama