Photo of Jupiter through an 8" Meade LX200

Lights in the Night

2 months 2 weeks ago

I've been an amateur astronomer since childhood when, as a young man, I was fortunate to have a kind man come to my home once a week to tutor me. He always brought his large Celestron 8 telescope and I developed a love of astrophotography. This went on for years. Like I said, I was very fortunate.

Today, 35 years later, I am still as passionate about it as ever.

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Kiwanis - Making a difference in the lives of school kids

2 months 3 weeks ago

When shopping at the local Port Orchard, Washington Albertsons store this morning, someone called out "Good morning!"

I turned to look and saw a lady I didn't recognize. She was stocking bread items but had stopped to wave and greet me.

"Good morning!" I said back, then turned away to start filling my cart.

"I remember you!" she said cheerfully.

I turned back and took a second look, but still didn't recognize her.

"You used to read stories to my daughter," she said. "Back when she was in Kindergarten. At the elementary school."

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Photo of The Mystery of Skeleton Island
Photo of The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints

Jupiter Jones and the Three Investigators

4 months 1 week ago

I have been a fan of The Three Investigators book series since I was very young. As a youngster in Glendale, Arizona, I would often walk several blocks to visit the downtown Velma Teague Library, often staying for hours. My appetite for books was as healthy then as it is today, and I was particularly interested in the book seriesĀ about a junior detective firm in Rocky Beach, California - one headed by Jupiter Jones and calling itself The Three Investigators.

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