Friday, July 19, 2013

The Book of Micah

I just published The Book of Micah (by Catherine Hall) on Kindle this week.  It is an account of the life of our son, Micah, born with Down syndrome and almost no center wall in his heart and how we experienced the help of the Lord with all the issues we faced.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, NY

Happy Fourth of July!   On this day, we celebrate the anniversary of birth of our United States of America.  I heard a commentator on TV state that we Americans are privileged to live in this United States of America.  In my opinion, that is true.  While the past 237 years have fluctuated from hard times to good times and back, through wars (political or not), we have sustained.  I believe that this is because we have preserved our Constitution, despite the actions of our elected politicians.  In my opinion, we Americans are not a perfect people.  As a whole, we have to remind ourselves to be thankful for what we have as we celebrate with parades, picnics and fireworks.  However, we Americans are a generous people as evidenced by our rush to help our fellow man in disasters at home or, in fact, anywhere in the world.

I'd like to take the time to thank our Military (active, including my eldest grandson, a new United States Marine, and our Veterans) for the protections they afford us.  We would not be able to freely celebrate this day without their sacrifice. 

World Trade Center, New York, NY
Happy Independence Day!

Hudson River at Hyde Park, NY

Balboa Park, San Diego CA

Times Square, New York, NY

Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, NY

Coastline at La Jolla, CA

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Birds at Famosa Slough

On Saturday, while walking around the Famosa Slough,  I happened upon this Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron.  I wonder if it is the same bird I saw in January of this year or in July of last year.

If so, its plumage seems to be changing, as evidenced by less spots and the more solid dark bill and red eyes. Its back will go from being spotty to a svelte black.  It takes two years for this bird to mature, but it seems well on its way.   See the Black-crowned Night Heron in a previous blog.

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