Monthly Archives: January 2013

Kindness.

Kernville

 

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Grandma Kay was always so incredibly kind to me. More so than any member of my own family. She was like an older angel who took a keen interest in members of her family. She was actually my ex’s step-grandmother although I had never heard of that before I moved to southern California.

Kay was 70 years old and lived in Kernville, which was tucked into the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She was born in a tiny town called Randsburg, near Ridgecrest, CA. Kay used to tell me that her father’s grocery store didn’t fall down there on the main street of Randsburg; it just got tired and lay down.

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Randsburg 1

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Grandma Kay was an artist and painted pretty landscapes of the many nature places in California. Kernville has quite a few art galleries as well as antique shops I used to explore. A landscape Kay painted a few times was Lake Isabella which was near Kernville. My ex and I flew into the tiny airport at the edge of Lake Isabella a few times.

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Kernville 2

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There was one long weekend when my sister and her husband flew out to California to visit from PA, and the four of us drove up to see Grandma Kay. We drove all around the area and stopped several times to explore. Took lots of photographs including several of a ranch with mules that were friendly.

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Lake Isabella

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Grandma Kay had a big porch with several hummingbird feeders and many plants. Her home was always so welcoming and comfortable. It always made me feel a little sad to leave after spending a weekend visiting. Grandma Kay’s kindness was always so appreciated and I miss her.

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Isn’t it time.

 

 

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“Isn’t It Time” by The Babies, 1977

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“….finally found the answers to the questions that keep going through my mind…”

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Dream.

“When you wake up from a dream you have only a few precious moments before the details of the dream begin to dissipate and the memory fades.

Not all dreams are significant or worth remembering.

But the ones that are . . . happen again.

So, wait for the dream to return. And never be afraid. Instead, consider it an opportunity to learn something profound and possibly wondrous about yourself.” – Vera Nazarian

 

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Views from the Top of Waucoba Mountain

Views from the Top of Waucoba Mountain

http://www.petesthousandpeaks.com/Captions/Archival08/NelPptW/waucv.html

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Thoroughbred.

Thoroughbred

 

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There were two managers I once worked for who I remember and think of with considerable admiration and respect. One of them once gave me a work reference that at the time didn’t make sense to me at all. He gave the reference to a gentleman who tried to get me to come and work for him at a few different companies over the years. I never did go to work for this person despite the hard-selling on his part.  In the past, I always thought it was because I did not want to live in Florida. (who wants to live in a place where the humidity is like breathing liquid Jello”?)

It was 1983 and I was twenty-eight years old. And I felt very confused at the what the recommendation meant, “she is a pure thoroughbred and you need to know how to handle a thoroughbred…”

I understand today how that job recommendation so accurately hits the mark in describing me. And I am grateful to have known and worked with that kind, thoughtful manager so long ago. Thanks so much, Bob!

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C.B.& S.R. 1972

Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, “Too Late to Turn Back Now”, 1972

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Flip side to the 45: “Never Gonna be Alone Anymore”, 1972

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Cave of the Crystals.

 Giant Crystal Cave, Naica

Giant Crystal Cave, Naica

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Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 metres (980 ft) below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals (gypsum, CaSO4·2 H2O), some of the largest natural crystals ever found. The cave’s largest crystal found to date is 12 m (39 ft) in length, 4 m (13 ft) in diameter and 55 tons in weight. The cave is extremely hot with air temperatures reaching up to 58 °C (136 °F)with 90 to 99 percent humidity. The cave is relatively unexplored due to these factors.Without proper protection people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time.

A group of scientists known as the Naica Project have been heavily involved in researching these caverns.

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Giant crystals at the Naica Cave

Giant crystals at the Naica Cave

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Naica lies on an ancient fault and there is an underground magma chamber below the cave. The magma heated the ground water and it became saturated with minerals, including large quantities of gypsum. The hollow space of the cave was filled with this mineral-rich hot water and remained filled for about 500,000 years. During this time, the temperature of the water remained very stable at over 50 °C. This allowed crystals to form and grow to immense sizes.

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Crystal Cave of Giants

Crystal Cave of Giants

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In 1910 miners discovered a cavern beneath the Naica mine workings, the Cave of Swords (Cueva de las Espadas). It is located at a depth of 120 m, above the Cave of Crystals, and contains spectacular, smaller (1 m long) crystals. It is speculated that at this level, transition temperatures may have fallen much more rapidly, leading to an end in the growth of the crystals.

The Giant Crystal cave was discovered in 2000 by miners excavating a new tunnel for the Industrias Penoles mining company located in Naica, Mexico, while drilling through the Naica fault, which they were concerned would flood the mine.The mining complex in Naica contains substantial deposits of silver, zinc and lead.

The Cave of Crystals is a horseshoe-shaped cavity in limestone rock. Its floor is covered with perfectly-faceted crystalline blocks. Huge crystal beams jut out from both the blocks and the floor. The caves are accessible today because the mining company’s pumping operations keep them clear of water. If the pumping were stopped, the caves would again be submerged. The crystals deteriorate in air, so the Naica Project is attempting to visually document the crystals before they deteriorate further.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_of_the_Crystals

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/photogalleries/giant-crystals-cave/

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1972.

Elton John, Honky Chateau album, 1972

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It seems there has always been teenage angst and current music that communicates these feelings of not feeling a part of.  This little ditty came out while I was a junior in high school.  I really liked the middle of song when it sounds like someone is tap dancing.  But then of course I’d like that part. :^)

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