Pale Blue Dot

“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.” Carl Sagan __________________________________________________ Watching the short three and a half minute video above with astronomer Carl Sagan’s narration has […]

Chris in Sonoma

Sometimes, the best trips are the spontaneous ones undertaken at the spur of the moment with no real plan. Like the short trip my son Chris and I took on a hot August in Sonoma County. We first stopped at the award-winning Wilson Winery on Dry Creek Road just west of Healdsburg, California. First photos […]

The Legendary Al Di Meola

The legendary Al Dimeola who I first heard with Weather Report. This was recorded at Butler University in Indianapolis on 9/8/22. The great table player Amit Kavthekar is on the right and drummer Richie Morales on the left. (I wish I had my external Sennheiser mic on my Sony Rx 100 VII and also used […]

Martin Lewis

The Forgotten Master Martin Lewis died in obscurity in 1962; a retired art teacher who had found some success in his early career, but was largely forgotten after the Great Depression took away the demand for his craft, leaving Lewis to spend his last three decades teaching other people how to etch. History chose Edward […]

Early Morning at O’Hare

We had traveled all night from LA on our way back from Sonoma and arrived at O’Hare at 5:00 am for a final layover before the final leg of our flight to Columbus. I had not gotten any sleep and could hardly hold my eyes open. Sitting at a table by a window looking out […]

Boots McKenzie

A FEW NOTES A little background on the following short story might be in orderl. Although I hate stepping into intros like this to short stories. They seem like apologies in some way. The story was written around 2013 when I was living in Palm Desert, California and was a member of the Palm Desert […]

Imports by State

An interesting chart from one of my favorite sites … Visual Capitalist. Showing imports by state in America. This is certainly not something to be proud of. In fact, it is a good indicator of weakness under the general theory that the more a county or state has to import products to sustain it the weaker […]

Return to Santa Rosa

John Fraim A return to Santa Rosa, California. Where I lived for a number of years. You live in many places in life but just one of them truly feels like home when all is said and done.  It’s a hot August all over the nation. I’ve rented a home for a week for the […]

Before the Big Bang

The Origin of the Universe and What Lies Beyond (2022) Laura Mersini-Houghton John Fraim / Review 8/9/22 at 9:17 pm est __________________________________________________ Part One I was a funny kid in my reading habits. When my other sixth grade classmates were dutifully following the assigned reading topics. And I was reading a little paperback magazine called […]