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The Best Boss Ever   Leave a comment

My Chancellor, Dr. Joe Airola (09/13/10) 

What made Joe the best boss ever, he didn’t insist on you always agreeing with him.
He once said to me, “Kenne, you know what your problem is, you’re too damn argumentative.”
A characteristic that may have created some enemies, but not with Joe.
He was one of the most self-assured, understanding people I’ve ever known.
We both continued to work together after retirement —
a true friend.

 

Catalina Margritte   Leave a comment

Reblogged from September 19, 2015. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Clouds over the Catalinas (1 of 1) Magritte blogCatalina Margritte — Image by kenne

“Only thought can resemble.
It resembles by being what it sees, hears, or knows;
it becomes what the world offers it.”

— René Magritte
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Released silhouettes

flow incessantly like water,

flow between mountains

swiftly like a kaleidoscope.

The solitude of  the North Pole

bustles with human silhouettes.

Endless transmission of  ABC.

On the shredded shore

a silk hat burns

like a mirror trick,

like a human echo

burns a silk hat endlessly.

Then the flames

were received like ABC.

On the night of a beautiful lunar eclipse

the silhouettes smiled.

— René Magritte by Shuzo Takiguchi

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Posted September 29, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

Gila Monster Close-up   1 comment

Gila Monster Close-up — Image by kenneturner.com

“Gila monsters have beaded scales in colorful patterns. Gila monsters are
the largest lizards native to the United States. They get their name from
Arizona’s Gila River basin, where they were first discovered. 
Gila monsters are also one of only two venomous lizards in the world.”

Turkey Vultures Take Flight   Leave a comment

Turkey Vultures Take Flight (09/28/20) — Images by kenne

After a brief stay overnight along the Tanque Verde Wash,
turkey vultures continue the migration south into Mexico.

Some see these birds as ugly, which is in the eye of the beholder, to some,
the bald head of a vulture is just another reason to admire them.

– kenne

Toulouse & Royale   1 comment

Toulouse & Royale-72

Toulouse & Royale-2-72New Orleans Street Band at Toulouse & Royale (03/10/04) — Photos by kenne

Springtime in the

French Quarter

Royale lined with

shops and galleries

closed to vehicles,

opened to walkers

bring on the music.

— kenne

Balsa Wood Raft   Leave a comment

Bolivia

One Of Our Balsa Wood Rafts On The Tuichi River In The Madidi National Forest, Bolivian Amazon (08/20/19)– Image by kenne

“The first virtue of those who seek

the spiritual path is courage.”

— from The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

I Know What Time It Is — Beep!   Leave a comment

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Ken Nordine Album Cover: “How Are Things In Your Town?” 1972

Growing up in the Chicago area as a teen and young adult, I often would listen to a late night jazz on the radio. One of the shows was that of Ken Nordine reading his poetry while playing jazz. He has one of the best radio voices anywhere. You may have heard his voice and didn’t know who it was, since, over the years, he has done a lot of voice-over TV commercials. Since his radio show in the sixties, he has done several Word Jazz albums. One of his albums is “How Are Things In Your Town,” which includes “What Time Is It?”

I have always been preoccupied with time even though I know the concept of time is something created by humans. Time does not exist. Let, without it what would we do.

kenne

Posted September 27, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

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Climate Change Computer Painting   Leave a comment

Becoming is Superior to Being

Sunset - The Cell Block (1 of 1)Climate Change Art blogClimate Change — Computer Painting by kenne

“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.
In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”

“The environment is a common patrimony of all humanity and is everyone’s responsibility. Whoever possesses a part of it should merely administer it for the common good. If we do not do this, our conscience is burdened with the weight of denying the existence of others.”

— Pope Francis

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Posted September 27, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

A Morning Visitor Checks Out My Lemons   Leave a comment

Becoming is Superior to Being

A two-tailed swallowtail butterfly seemed to be intrigued with my lemon tree long enough for me to get my camera (September 26, 2014)
— In flight images by kenne (f/5.3, S 1/2000, ISO 1100-1600)

CLICK ON ANY OF THE IMAGES TO SEE LARGER VIEW IN A SLIDESHOW FORMAT.

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Posted September 27, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

I Shall Search My Soul   Leave a comment

VAN MORRISON, 1972 – Another outtake from the Saint Dominic’s Preview
album cover session. Source: http://www.michaelmagic.com/

Van Morrison’s “Listen to the Lion” captures his unique style taking you
from a smooth, soulful sound to suddenly lifting you above the moment,
then softly bringing you back down.

The images in the video are very impressive.

— kenne

Bee On Yellow Flower   1 comment

“Bee On Yellow Flower” — Image by kenne

“Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers.
The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused,
the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels
that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who is that ‘we’? —
and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ —
then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.”

― from Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Standing At The Altar of Nature — Part II: Nature Attitude   3 comments

First posted September 13, 2011. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

A short time after posting “Standing at the Altar of Nature,” I received an email from Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) member, Walt Tornow, saying that my poem  “. . . captures my feelings about being in the mountains beautifully.” Walt and I understand how really rich we are, being able to embrace the great American treasure possessed by every citizen of our country. Walt represents people who love nature, want to experience as much of it as possible, and want to preserve and  share it. His feelings are expressed in the following, which he shared in his email and gave permission to post. 

GOD, GRACE, AND GRATITUDE

Finding God in the wilderness …

  • The majesty of our mountains, the magnificence of views/ vistas they afford, and the splendor and munificence of the many gifts that nature has to offer
  • The awe and…

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Posted September 26, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

An Open Letter To Rotary   Leave a comment

For 16 years, I was a member of the Rotary Club of Conroe. Rotary is one of the best international service organization. Before joining in 1993, I had been asked several times to become a member. I had a lot of respect for Rotary International; especially it’s 4-Way Test:

1.    Is it the TRUTH?
2.    Is it FAIR to All Concerned?
3.    Will it Build GOODWILL and Better Friendships?
4.    Will it Be BENEFICIAL to All Concerned?

However, I declined each invitation because I was not interested in belonging to an organization that did not allow women to become members. That all changed in 1989, so the next time I was asked, I became a Rotarian.

Even though I’m no longer a member, I continue to live each day following the 4-Way Test. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

ConroeRotaryBannerxxxIn the fall of 1993, PDG John Germany sponsored me into the Rotary Club of Conroe, and what an experience these last sixteen years have been. Today,  I am an immensely better person because of Rotary.

But like all experiences, events offer occasions to move on. Sometimes we recognize them, but choose to ignore them. For some time now, I have been trying to look the other way as I move into another phase of life. However, the reality is I must move on without Rotary. I do so with regret, knowing that I have not given Rotary as much as I have received.

To those in the Rotary Club of Conroe, the district and Rotarians I have met around the globe, especially those with which I have worked closely, I resign from Rotary knowing I have helped transition people into the tasks in which I have participated over the…

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Posted September 26, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

Status, In Transit   Leave a comment

This post from ten years ago tracked online purchase. The package took 7 days. To give you an idea of how delivery speed has changed in ten years, yesterday I place an order around noon, and it was delivered at about 7:00 am. Obviously, a lot has changed in ten years. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Status, In Transit

Tracking online purchase, September 2, 2010
Billing information received 12:08 p.m. on the 2nd
Status, In Transit

Origin scan by UPS 8:55 p.m. Tampa, FL on the 3rd
Departure scan 10:30 p.m. Tampa, FL on the 3rd
Status, In Transit

Arrival scan 11:19 p.m. Jacksonville, FL on the 6th
Departure scan 4:48 a.m. Jacksonville, FL on the 7th
Status, In Transit

Arrival scan 2:49  p.m. Jackson, MS on the 7th
Departure scan 4:23 p.m. Jackson, MS on the 7th
Status, In Transit

Arrival scan 8:03 p.m. Phoenix, AZ on the 9th
(Must have skipped over Houston)
Departure scan 2:29 a.m. Phoenix, AZ on the 10th
Status, In Transit

Out for delivery 5:52 a.m. Tucson, AZ on the 10th
Status, In Transit

Arrival 11:28 a.m. package at door on the 10th
Status, 1.4 pounds package received

So…

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Posted September 26, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

Sabino Creek — Ash From The Bighorn Fire   1 comment

Sabino Creek — Ash From The Bighorn Fire — Image by kenne

It happens that I get tired
of revolutionary cafes
and peacock poets
of narcissistic reflexives
and the songs of the deaf.

It happens that I am terrified
by this hardened generation
that rushes out in search of absolutes
fashions names and blasphemies,
doctrinizes on the pros and cons
of armed struggle,
and meditates, with a beer in its hand
and a sour cry on its lips
on the cadavers of others

Who are  we?
Those same parishioners perhaps
who come and go indifferent
along the streets
on the Day of the Dead
with our hands full
of death’s-head cakes
and our hearts in ashes.

— from Day of the Dead In June by Lucha Corpi

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