Monthly Archives: December 2017

way up.


michigan from way up there

the waxing moon enabled this unique VIIRS view of the great lakes last night.

note the moon glint below lake-effect clouds over lake superior.

“a sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.”

~antoine de saint-exupery



image credit: cimss – Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, university of wisconsin-madison,




you’re probably familiar with the postal credo of not letting rain or snow or sleet interfere with duties. in the south pacific ocean nation of vanuatu, that guarantee extends to being totally submerged underwater. welcome to the world’s only underwater post office.

island postal officials debuted a deep-sea post office adjunct in 2003. tourists to the collection of more than 80 islands can dive roughly 10 feet (about 3 meters) down near hideaway island to discover a staffed aquatic postal station.

waterproof postcards and stamps purchased on dry land can be mailed via the sea, with visitors alerted to the window being occupied by a flagged bob in the water. (if not, they can drop mail off in a separate slot.)

vanuatu clerks can even postmark the correspondence, substituting ink for an embossing device that proves it’s in transit. the cards can then be sent internationally.

if the idea of conducting mail transactions while snorkeling isn’t extreme enough for you, vanuatu also offers a drop-off box situated on an active volcano on mt. yasur.

“i get mail; therefore I am.”

– scott adams



credits: mental floss, lonely planet, j. rossen

quick and easy.



when in doubt

which to choose

just mix your dessert and your veggies together

easy as pie

what could be better than lemon jello and succotash

all beautifully arranged and sliced on a plate?


“it’s as if we spend our entire lives avoiding Jell-O

but it is always there at the end, waiting.”

 – john grisham, ford county


image credit: the larsen company (vintage)





family watches with pride and awe

as mom/wife/my youngest daughter

crosses the stage to get her master’s degree

she worked so hard for this

all while

caring for them

teaching full time

learning at night


showing them what is possible.

“do something wonderful, people may imitate it. “

-albert schweitzer



proud of you baby girl, go blue!



as our temps take a dip into the zero-ish range,

it is good to remember the importance of connection,

the joy of giving to others, and the comfort of the sun.

“it is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake,

the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.

this crisp winter air is full of it.”

~john burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”


painting by: francesca rizzato – ‘Winter’s Tale’






they told santa that they would

make sure to send some cookies along for mrs. claus,

because he usually gets to all of them

and she doesn’t get any treats.

the note is to make sure that he doesn’t forget to share.

 – happy christmas to all –

“sharing the same meal reaffirms kinship.”

– deng ming-dao




photo credit: neel