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Life Magazine Photo Gallery of Hiroshima and Nakasaki

Boston Globe Photo Essay

I forget to be grateful most of the time, and I hardly ever recognize that fact…I’m spoiled. Today, I turned on HBO and caught most of the new documentary WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN: THE DESTRUCTION OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI.

Today, I can truly say from the depths of my soul, I am grateful for the life I have. And, even though I’ll get criticized I also feel I must apologize to the people of Japan for the horror my country reaped during that awful week of war. May we never forget, may we never repeat…

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I’m a visual learner, teach a visual medium, am bombarded by visual memories…

aspen_roadWe’re going back to the scene of the crime, 5 years ago we moved back to Austin after spending a tough but wonderful time in Aspen growing and learning who we needed to become in the next phase of our lives. We wouldn’t trade our experiences there for anything in the world, it has helped shape us into our present.

Every summer the kids beg us to go back, to see and experience what they can only vaguely remember. We tell the stories, they love the memories they don’t always possess…

So, this summer we’re going back. We’ll meander our way through the west Texas desert, up through the caverns, UFO’s, and adobe of New Mexico into…

the beauty of the San Juans‘s and our first love affair with Colorado in Telluride (I remember the cool evening of a July 4th watching the bombs burst over the canyon against the backdrop of Bridal Veil Falls) into…

Aspen to visit old friends and places including the ‘teacher’s ranch’ we lived on and the Woody Creek Tavern. The sprinklers downtown and the trails across the mountains will spring forth the memories and the stories and it’ll be good to remember who we were and what we learned in that place and from those people.

Then, we shall return home to resume our daily practices and for that I am grateful because we are where we need to be and not everybody is so fortunate…

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img_6345I wonder sometimes about the “information overload” I feel…bombarded by email, phones, tweets, etc. Am I really getting more done? Or, am I just causing myself unnecessary stress? Even more troubling, is the author’s assertion that our creativity is suffering when we don’t exercise our powers of concentration, we lose our ability to think deeply about our existence and our creativity suffers. Check out this interview with Maggie Jackson at

“Dark ages are times of forgetting, when the advancements of the past are underutilized. If we forget how to use our powers of deep focus, we’ll depend more on black-and-white thinking, on surface ideas, on surface relationships. That breeds a tremendous potential for tyranny and misunderstanding. The possibility of an attention-deficient future society is very sobering. ” Maggie Jackson

[clearspring_widget title=”” wid=”46928cc51133af17″ pid=”492030c291da3319″ width=”432″ height=”260″ domain=””] Took these pics in early spring 2008. It’s fun to remember days like these when the kids are still young enough to show immense joy in the simple discoveries of a day in the park.

I took these photos on the last day of baseball at Concordia before they tore it all down. And took a little piece of my heart with it.

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Please join Barack Obama at a Stand for Change Rally in Austin, where he’ll talk about his vision for bringing America together and bringing about the kind of change we can believe in.

Stand for Change Rally with Barack Obama 

Friday, February 22, 2008 
Gates Open: 6:00 p.m. 
Program Begins: 9:00 p.m.

Congress Avenue at 11th Street 
Austin, TX 78701 
Public Entrance: Located at 10th Street

Click below to RSVP

The event is free and open to the public; however an RSVP is required. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.  For security reasons, do not bring bags. Please limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted.

If you have any questions, please contact the campaign at (512) 476-2008or  Thanks for your support! 

I voted today, very easy, no problems. To avoid the long lines find your polling place here, then go vote before early voting ends in Texas on February 29, 2008

As the Larry the Cable Guy says, “I don’t care who you are, that’s just funny!” See the Ben Sargeant editorial cartoon in today’s Austin American Statesman. Once again, he captures many levels of what people are experiencing and feeling with his drawings and commentary.  

They will debate at LBJ on UT campus…kinda cool to have Texas in the mix. FYI… Video from Fox News in Austin… 

Check this out…nice to see the conversation change from confrontation to common ground on ideas.