Tracks In The Snow   Leave a comment

Tracks In The Snow — Image by Katie Turner Bailey

Delicate frigid flakes layer and repeat
As tracks trace a path of adventurous feet
Soon to be melted by warming rays…
Fading away with winter’s dreary days

— Theresa Ann Moore

Tumacácori National Historical Park   1 comment

Tumacácori National Historical Park — Images by kenne (Click On Any Image To See Slide Show.)

“Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal,
for the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone,
and yet it exists forever….” 

– Alan Watts

MLK Day, 2012   Leave a comment

“If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Becoming is Superior to Being

Image by kenne

On this day of remembrance for a very special American, I share with you a piece written by a former journalist and posted on his blog, Kiko’s House —

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Posted January 18, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Peloncillo Mountains   1 comment

Doubtful Pass In The Peloncillo Mountains — Image by kenne

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.

— Susan Sontag


Mockingbird In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Mockingbird--72.jpgMockingbird In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Good morning talking bird
On this winter blue-sky day

Thanks for being there 
To greet another day

To welcome visitors
In our beauty canyon.

— kenne

Posted January 18, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

A Bridal Feather, Egret   1 comment

Another sign of spring is coming in certain regions of our country. — kenne

Up north the sight of a Robin meant spring was coming. Here it’s the ‘bridal feathers’ of the Great Egret.

This guy is really getting himself ready a bit early, but I’ll take it.

A Bridal Feather, Egret A Bridal Feather, Egret

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Posted January 17, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Checker White Butterfly   1 comment

Checker White Butterfly — Image by kenne

One Day Butterfly

Aren’t we all one-day butterflies,
not aware of time.
Searching for partners or honey
until Death kisses us.
Then in his arms, tenderly rocked,
waiting for a new chance
to fly away again
and join the dance
of the one-day butterfly

— Mary Emily Bradley

Homeless   4 comments

Hut In Southern Arizona — Image by kenne

– Down by the muddy Mississippi
Skinny as a rail,
Sleeping under the old Eads bridge
Feeling low, dirty, and frail –
– With less than two coins
In both pockets,
Empty eyes
Look through sunken sockets –
– So many people walk right on by
I wonder how many care,
They all keep moving
Even though they stare –
– Lost a job
Lost a home,
Lost a family
Lost all hope –
– Where will I go from here
What should I do,
I’m so thankful when the weather’s fair
And the skies are blue –
– Don’t know the day nor season
And, yea, it sure gets cold at night,
I’ve got an old sleeping bag
I’ll be alright –
– There’s so many of us out here
Without a home,
Even so
I feel so very alone –
– It’s a tough situation
Not pretty, just true,
And at any time
It could happen to you –
– Hey buddy…
Could you spare a dime,
And say a prayer for us
… sometime –
– I’m just homeless, not less human…

— Smoky Hoss

A very brief essay on American government: what is a “democratic republic” and what is “freedom”?   2 comments

Blogging allows one to cross paths with other bloggers. I learned about Conrad Theodor Seitz this morning while reading Dan Wall’s posting, “Religious Freedom.” — kenne

Conrad Theodore Seitz

photo by Wynn Pointaux courtesy of

The US is a “democratic republic” in theory. A “republic” is a country ruled by written laws, not run by personal leaders like kings or dictators. A “democratic” country is one that elects its leaders through periodic, ideally secret, voting; the leaders who receive a majority of votes are chosen to represent the people in governing bodies.

What is “freedom” under the law?

Certain written rules make a “democratic republic” a free country. The rules that limit the power of the government are set out in the Constitution or bodies of law. Such rules include, in our Constitution, freedom of speech, freedom of association, the right to petition peaceably for redress of grievances, and the right to worship (or not) in the religion of one’s choice (with the prohibition of government from favoring or restricting any particular religion.) One unwritten rule is that…

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Posted January 16, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail   2 comments

De Anza Trail In Southern Arizona Near Tubac, Arizona — Image by kenne

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible.
To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple,
obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”

— Thomas Moore

Whitewater Drew — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

Whitewater Drew — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“How, then, in an hour of anxiety about the future of the country,
at a time when a president of the United States appears
determined to undermine the rule of law, a free press,
and the sense of hope essential to American life,
can those with deep concerns about the nation’s future
enlist on the side the angels?”

— from The Soul of America — The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham 

Posted January 16, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Kate’s Photo Collage   6 comments

Katerbug77 is my daughter Kate’s Instagram account name.
She posted this on her account this morning.
, we will be able to get together later this year — Hopefully!

Posted January 15, 2021 by kenneturner in Information, Photography

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A Republican perspective   1 comment

Most of us may have quoted parts of Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation on January 17, 1961. In our current times, it seems appropriate to share the complete address. — kenne

So Far From Heaven

Jack posted this in August, 2005:

President, Former Commander in Chief, Allied Expeditionary Forces, Europe, WWII:

Dwight David Eisenhower

Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation
January 17, 1961

Good evening, my fellow Americans: First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunity they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing you this evening.
Three days from now, after a half century of service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and…

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Posted January 15, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Kemah On Galveston Bay   2 comments

Kemah On Galveston Bay — Image by kenne

“The only safe principle upon which Americans can act
is that of “all men up, not that of some men down.” ….
I have an abiding faith in the generosity, the courage,
the resolution, and the common sense of all my countrymen.”

— Teddy Roosevelt 

The Little Sandpiper And I   3 comments

A Sandpiper Near San Diego On My Birthday, January 15, 2013 — Image by kenne

The Sandpiper.

Across the lonely beach we flit,
⁠One little sandpiper and I,
And fast I gather, bit by bit,
⁠The scattered driftwood, bleached and dry
The wild waves reach their hands for it,
⁠The wild wind raves, the tide runs high,
As up and down the beach we flit,
⁠One little sandpiper and I.

Above our heads the sullen clouds
⁠Scud, black and swift, across the sky;
Like silent ghosts in misty shrouds
⁠Stand out the white lighthouses high.
Almost as far as eye can reach
⁠I see the close-reefed vessels fly,
As fast we flit along the beach,
⁠One little sandpiper and I.

I watch him as he skims along,
⁠Uttering his sweet and mournful cry;
He starts not at my fitful song,
⁠Nor flash of fluttering drapery.
He has no thought of any wrong,
⁠He scans me with a fearless eye;
Stanch friends are we, well tried and strong,
⁠The little sandpiper and I.

Comrade, where wilt thou be to-night,
⁠When the loosed storm breaks furiously?
My driftwood fire will burn so bright!
⁠To what warm shelter canst thou fly?
I do not fear for thee, though wroth
⁠The tempest rushes through the sky;
For are we not God’s children both,
⁠Thou, little sandpiper, and I?

— Celia Thaxter.

Posted January 15, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

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