Overlook Park

That night Dan and I went to overlook park. We got there at 1:00 am and the scenery was amazing. It was a (nearly) full moon and the clouds seemed to zip across the sky as if we were watching the sky through a time-lapse camera.

Though it was dark, we could still catch glimpses of the shimmering river below. The wind howled over the bluffs in a way that could make a person think that they are the only living person for miles around.

This is what is looks like during the day. I didn’t take that picture, and I can’t remember where I snagged it from, but it showed well the amazingness of the view.


The trip to New Mexico

The trip was smooth, and eventful.  We had a great time, and my appreciation of New Mexico grew by leaps and bounds.

The New Mexican sky is amazing, the storms are awesome in the truest sense of the word.  The thunder in the mountains is like nothing I’ve ever heard before.

The nieces and nephews are sweet, and we realized how much we miss Sam and Heather (Dan’s sister and brother in law).

We came back relaxed, and rejuvenated, and ready for more of life.

The pictures will be eked out slowly and added to the blog a few at a time.

Miss Manners: Hat Tips


Does a gentleman’s “tipping”  his hat look too much like a military salute? Since I seldom see any male wearing a real hat, I’d almost  forgotten this gesture. I think it had been at least twenty years since this has meant grasping the hat brim and ether lifting the hat an inch or two, or just grasping and releasing the brim.


You have obviously not met a polite cowboy in twenty years. The rule is the same as it always was: A gentleman removes his hat when speaking to a lady or sharing an elevator with one, and lifts his hat as a gesture to a stranger from whom he receives a courtesy or thanks for a courtesy of his. As you have noticed, however, it does require a hat and is therefore seldom performed. The military salute is much more energetic, but it also comes with PX privileges.

Miss Manners~

A letter from John Adams

To the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts

While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned to us by Providence.  But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practicing iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Let the guardian spirit of the hearth be not its evil genius, but its muse….   she can produce much by helping her husband to produce, compelling him to keep a watch on himself, to give his best, helping him to recover after the inevitable lapses, buoying him up when he loses courage, consoling him for his disappointments without accentuating them through undue insistence, soothing his sorrows, being his sweet reward after his labors.

After the efforts of work, a man is like a wounded soldier.  He needs to be surrounded with care and quite.  Do not force him, let him relax and encourage him, take an interest in what he is doing; add your strength to his at the moment that he is, as it were, depleted by a perhaps excessive expenditure of himself; in short, be a mother to him, and this strong man, who is all weakness, will feel himself braced up and fresh for new struggles.

Children complicate life, but so sweetly that they should serve to give the worker fresh courage rather than to lessen his resources.  The little ones take much of you, and what good would they be if they did not now and then tease and tax you?

But they hearten you just as much, and perhaps more;they can heighten your inspiration by mingling joy with it; they give a love-lit reflection of nature and of man and thus defend you against the abstract; they bring you back to the real, about which their questioning eyes are waiting for an exact commentary from you.  Their pure faces preach integrity, that sister of knowledge; and does not their readiness to believe, to hope, to have great dreams, and to expect everything from the fatherhood that guides them – does not this uplift you also, you man of thought, and give you motive for hope?  You can see an image of God and a sign of our immortal destiny on this image of the future .

A. G. Sertillanges in, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods