Sunday, December 15, 2019

And the winner is.....

Butte business uptown have ice sculptors outside their doors around christmas. They last, depending on weather, local vandalism, general inebriation for a week to over a month. This year's winner:

Yoda came to Butte. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


This is a link to yesterday's USA Today, written by my wife's brother and sister, about their father, my father in law, the founder of the SEALs.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Been a bit, but it's Thanksgiving.

I'm over at the youngest's place in Seattle. Brined a turkey this morning, make the neck and giblet broth for her gravy. Her place has a fireplace, watching a fire burn this evening.

Been thinking of times past, other thanksgiving's, other places. Way back, before the oldest, Kate, was born, when we had venison, one time elk. Before we married, I think in '66, she and I spent thanksgiving in the Pocono's, skiing. Or trying to, it was mainly ice. Thanksgiving morning I woke in the motel to her saying 'Open mouth" and shoved in a slice of cold, previous evening's pizza.

A year after the infamous pizza incident. Our honeymoon, 1968.

Many years later, in Rome, thanksgiving with the youngest daughter.

Skipping around in years, near thanksgiving, Marble mountain, 1967. Later in the day they choppered in turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin. It just seem weird to me. 

A few years ago, instead of turkey, duck. 

Many thanksgivings, many people. I've been privileged to have a good, exploring life. I look forward to tomorrow, another with my kids and grands. I hope you, my friends, have a good one too. 


Friday, October 4, 2019

October 4, 1968

Manila, off on honeymoon on her dad's converted Navy minesweeper, the Commander, Naval Forces private boat.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hogwarts train

And here you thought the Harry Potter books and movies were fiction.....

Thursday, September 5, 2019

After a smoke-free summer.......

First week of September, and our first nearby fire. About 10 miles from town, grew from 100 acres to 900 acres in a day. It's been unseasonably hot, upper 80's instead of the normal 70's at this time of year. Fortunately, it's supposed to rain tomorrow, that should help.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


I have an odd memory.....all my life it's taken me ages to remember some one's name, if I've recently met them. But I remember passages of book, first lines, last lines of books I haven't picked up in years.

I'm moving soon out of Montana, back to Seattle. A variety of reasons, but it's something I have to do. Frankly, I'm not looking forward to it, except for seeing my kids and grands more often. I'll miss small town life, with all it's warts. I'll miss the ability to 'get away from it all' by driving 10 minutes, of having moose wander into town, the stubborn, uninformed friendliness of the people.

In this mood, some of the last lines of the "Streets of Laredo" came to mind. Charles Goodnight and a cowboy in his employ had just visited Woodrow Call, now old, minus a leg, making his living by sharpening farm implements, when once he was a famous Texas Ranger. Riding away, the cowboy looked troubled, and remarked on Call's life now versus what he had been.

“Woodrow Call had his time,” he said, finally. “It was a long time, too. Life’s but a knife edge, anyway. Sooner or later people slip and get cut.”
“Well, you ain’t slipped,” J. D. Brown said.
“How would you know, son?” Goodnight said.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"Sittin' on the boat of the bay, wastin' time........"

Apologies to Otis, it's been 52 years he's been gone. Fiona, aka The Adorable One, on the ferry from SF to Tiburon.

Friday, August 16, 2019

And you thought I lived in the boonies....

Two earthquakes hit Manhattan, are felt in Butte

And yes, there is a Manhattan, Montana. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

How to cool down a 'hot' summer day

It was 78 when it started, dropped to 62 in a few minutes. Maybe a half inch of rain in 20 minutes. The street outside could have supported trout. Wonderful cooling effect, for folk who think anything above 70 is out of line. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Hoard Comes to Montana

They left Tuesday after being here 4 days. Having all your kids and a grandkid around, talking, laughing, was a complete and total joy.

This last includes me on one end, and my best buddy of 48 years, David, on the other. House is very quiet since they left. I would hear them faintly at night, out on the porch talking, every once in awhile I'd hear the word 'dad', but I'd ignore it. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Huckleberry pie

Huckleberries from the Farmer's Market, the Hmong group have secret locations they find these; they don't grow domestically.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

A reminder from the distant past

 Once upon a time there lived in Sardinia a royalist named Joseph-Marie de Maistre.
.. After the French Revolution, he strongly advocated for a "social hierarchy" and "monarchy" as the best form of government.
.. In 1811, as ambassador to Russia, he opined that:
Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle mérite.
.. This quote is often mistakenly attributed to Abraham Lincoln or Alexis de Tocqueville. It has a couple of renditions in translation to English:
>> "Every country has the government it deserves" 
>>  "In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve." 
.. He was, of course, speaking sarcastically about the chaos that was erupting in Russia at that time.
.. The attitude expressed has, however presciently, become wonderfully predictive as our country moves through a contemporary nexus of political miasma.
.. Another observation from Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre:
 Les fausses opinions ressemblent à la fausse monnaie qui est frappée d'abord par de grands coupables et dépensée ensuite par d'honnêtes gens qui perpétuent le crime sans savoir ce qu'ils font.
.. This is also significant for our times and is translated as: 
>> False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.

We have now the leader and his administration that we deserve. We, 59 million of us, voted him into office. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

A great day to be an american, if you're white and male

Apropo of our racist, woman-hating 'president' telling Congresswomen to 'go back to where they come from'....

Monday, July 8, 2019

The 2pm thunderstorm

The usual, loud claps, no visible (from my window) lightning, half inch of rain, drop of 20 degrees in minutes.  Just another afternoon at 6,000 ft in Montana.

Friday, July 5, 2019

tarn devium

E.g, erratic, or as in having no sequence.

I didn't want to leave my downer of a previous post up longer than necessary, so here's a selection of fairly random pictures from my archives.

Summer time residents, this is next to I90, in the middle of town.

The youngest, doing her rabble-rousing best. Note she's one of the few not wearing a mask.

The lilac bush in full bloom, a week ago.

Summer afternoon guests in Butte.  

That's it for the time being. All the kids and some of the grands are coming for a visit in a couple weeks. Sure that'll give some content for the blog. 

Stay well, all you out there in the ether....

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Pride in Seattle

Yesterday my youngest, Emily, took her goddaughter to the Pride festivities in Seattle. Looks like a good time was had by all. Today the Oldest, Kate, will take The Adorable One, aka Fiona, to the Pride Parade in Downtown.

In a few weeks the lot of them, including my son Henry will be coming for a visit. 

More pics

Fiona, aka "The Adorable One", at the Pride Parade in Seattle

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Gastronomical Signs of Spring/Early Summer

Sorry for the blurry picture, old phone and all. Morels, fresh. Wonderful in a variety of ways. It helps to know people who hunt for these. 

Also, how we bbq in Butte:

Monday, June 17, 2019

110 Years ago

When Butte's population was over 3 times what it is now, labor/management issues were not settled by negotiations often, the IWW was very active, the mine owners had hired Pinkerton goons to act as their personal police.

And today:

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Lilacs, it's really June now.

Even though it was 31 yesterday morning, and will barely hit 60 today, Wednesday is supposed to be in the high 70's. We'll see. However,  the Lilacs of Butte have decided it's time. Pretty predictable, never happens before June. This one is half mile from my house, and faces south so it gets lots of sun.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Eh, it's still only June

Weather forecast for today and tonight:

Cloudy early, then off and on rain showers for the afternoon. High 46F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%..
Rain and snow showers this evening transitioning to snow showers overnight. Low 32F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Like I said, it's still early June. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Fiona Redux

Just got this from her mom this morning, couldn't resist. 9 years old.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Fiona update

She continues to be a mischievous girl, AKA The adorable one.  A couple recent pics. Hard to believe she's 9, or nearly. She's recently started gaining weight, thank goodness. 5 pounds in the past two months. This is a huge deal for a kid with her medical history.

An award by her school.

A costume at school, not clear what it is, but she seems to be having fun.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day

Bill Koho, one helluva baseball player. KIA March 1967. Forward observer, killed by a mine.
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
14 May 1947 - 14 March 1967
Bend, OR
Panel 16E Line 079 

I went to HS with Bill, he had a couple pro teams invite him for a tryout. Instead, he joined the Marines. I was in DaNang when I heard of his death. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


I just got back to Butte Monday after 2 weeks in Seattle and environs. A long drive, I now break it up into two days, usually staying near or in Idaho.

It's quite a contrast, Seattle and  Butte at this time of year.  Seattle is in the beginning of Summer,  there was a day of 84f while I was there. The high yesterday in Butte was 40, with showers of rain mixed with snow.  The grass is green, no flowers are up yet, and only  some of the trees are starting to show leaves. My big lilac bush  out back is starting to show green leaves. The flower groups  will bloom mid-June.

Kids and Grands are fine, Fiona finally started putting on weight, in the last couple months she's gained 5 lbs, more than she's gained in two years. Will post pics of her later.

Hope this finds all of you well and prospering.