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July, 2007 - Issue #74
In which the nation celebrates their independence, the biodiesel crowd celebrates renewable fuel in Colorado and we celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary,
13 YEARS AGO - COLORADO 1994
Three beautiful girls, Amy, Molly and Emily in the the dresses we had made for our wedding, July 31, 1994.
GETTING PRETTIER EVERY DAY
Molly, Emily and Amy, still enjoying each other's company on a night out with the old folks. For more pictures of this evening out, co to Visiting Family in Colorado.
LOVE OF TREES
We are always struck by the beauty of trees and how wonderful it feels to stand beneath their shade.
NORTH LAKE PARK
On July 8, we went for a long walk in a new park.
FINDING OUR MUSE
There is nothing like walking and talking to start our creative juices flowing. The blue sky kept begging us to snap pictures of unlikely subjects such as this great-tailed grackle on a cobra light and our shadows on the sidewalk.
Quite a few acres of the park were dedicated to a nice Frisbee Gold course, which made Bob so excited, he ordered a few Frisbees for the next time we come here. We weren't sure what the sticker on this trash can was about but we doubt he park managers put it there.
When we got home, we saw this two inch bug hanging out beside the back door.
A TRIP TO COLORADO
Bob and Camille, who celebrated their thirteenth wedding anniversary on July 31, take pause to imagine the next thirteen years while in Golden, Colorado for a Biodiesel Conference,
NETWORKING CAN BE FUN
This is Graydon Blair, a great guy who knows how to get things done. For more photos of the conference, check out Local Biodiesel 2007.
CAMILLE'S LITTLE BROTHER
While Bob was working the conference, Camille took the opportunity to go for a walk with her brother, Mike. More photos here: Visiting Family in Colorado
TWO VERY HAPPY FRIENDS
On Monday, Camille went for a long walk and talk with her good friend, Sharon. Five miles later, they were nearly all caught up.
OUR WEDDING RINGS
Later on, we went to get our rings cleaned. Jill laughed when we asked to take her photo with our rings, but she was a good sport about it. After Jill's son, John was finished with them, our wedding rings looked brand new.
While at the gallery, Bob bought Camille a nice pair of tourmaline earrings for their anniversary. Stay tuned for a picture of them. This is definitely not the first or last piece of jewelry we'll get from the Custom Goldworks.
Camille takes advantage of the late afternoon sun on July 20.
Bob brought a big bag of lovely chard home from the work garden and this leaf begged to have its picture taken. A few hours later, we ate the chard in a soup with lentils, lemon juice and sour cream.
As soon as we woke up this four foot Elaphe obsoleta (Texas Rat Snake) outside the carport, it headed for the wood pile. This has been a big cicada year. The trees throb with their calls and remind us of our childhoods. We were hoping to see one up close and were rewarded when Bob spotted this newly emerged Tibicen canicularis (Dog Day Cicada.)
Our latest passion, Disc Golf, is a great excuse to get outside for a long walk and some upper body work. We hop in the car right after coffee and drive over to the park for some fun.
LOTS OF DRIVE
As with most things, Bob gives this first drive everything he has.
THE GOOD STUDENT
Eight pitches and a few putts is what it takes for Camille to get her Frisbee from tee to pin. Bob is doing a good job of teaching Camille how to bring this number down closer to par.
A NEW APPROACH TO SAVING THE WORLD
These tiny oyster mushrooms are only the beginning of our plan to learn about mushroom cultivation.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE TWO DAYS MAKE
Two days later, the mushrooms are quite a bit larger. Bob bought the golden oyster kit and two of Paul Stamets books, "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms" and "Mycelium Running - How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World" from Fungi Perfecti. The rest will be up to us.
THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:
"Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first." - Charles de Gaulle
"Our true nationality is mankind." - H. G. Wells
"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception." - George Orwell
"Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism." - George Orwell
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." - Albert Einstein
"On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed. " - Howard Zinn
"Christianity has not conquered nationalism; the opposite has been the case nationalism has made Christianity its footstool." - Arthur Keith
"Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery." - Pope John Paul II
"There is a higher form of patriotism than nationalism, and that higher form is not limited by the boundaries of one's country; but by a duty to mankind to safeguard the trust of civilization." - Oscar S. Strauss
"It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars." - Arthur C. Clarke
[We thought about trimming down this long list of quotes, but at the end of the day could not find any we were willing to omit]
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