Monthly Archives: January 2017


Universal Sign

NO PLACE IN AMERICA HAS THE VIEW YOU WILL SEE FROM THE TOP… At first reading, this sign on Colorado’s Monarch Pass, seems to claim the most outstanding view in the U.S.  The view is wonderful, but not the best, even in the West. Then I realized that almost any fast food parking lot can make the same claim, or better.  You won’t see exactly the same view anywhere in the world, the universe, or even whatever’s bigger than that.


Distressing Detector

Most of my elderly relatives lost their hearing, but I never heard of any of my predecessors getting burned.  So when our camp trailer’s smoke detector shrieked without reason once again, I was more concerned with preventing further cochlear damage than preserving the detector.  Steve entertained our friends, who were camped next door, with a dramatic rendition of that incident, and Linda asked him to send me over to fix their detector too. Some years later, that infamous detector still seems to be working, it just doesn’t attach to the ceiling anymore.  Steve noticed today that it is 10 years old, and the ones in our house are […]


Unfair Warning

At the port of St Anthony, Newfoundland, another odd sign caught my attention: WARNING!  WARNING! Foghorn sounds without warning. Um, so, beware of sudden warnings?


Dream Catching 2

In Old Town Albuquerque, my cruise friend, Sally and I learned about Dream Catchers, artistic webs to hang above children’s pillows.  The beads fastened into the web are said to catch dreams before they reach the children.  They filter out nightmares, and pass the good dreams to feathers dangling beneath the web.  The feathers then transmit sweet dreams to the sleeping children.  This was news to me.  I’d always assumed that Dream Catchers were intended to snare waking dreams and help them come true. Later we came across a box of unfinished dream catchers in a going-out-of business store.  I liked that the Dream Catchers were […]