Monday, June 29

Saturday, June 20

Very impressive

for a guy with tan lines. Although, it would be a part of the daily routine for much of the world.

I wonder if he learned how to do all of this by watching YouTube videos.

Wednesday, June 17

The role of government

One question seems to run in the background of every public conversation -- What exactly should be the role of government? Most people answer with some form of "more for me, less for others." Frankly, I don't have a very definitive answer of my own, but the Old Testament psalmist of Psalm 72 seems to have some pretty definite and authoritative ideas. (And I'd suggest that they apply not just to government but to anyone who has power.)
Please help the king
   to be honest and fair
   just like you, our God.
Let him be honest and fair
   with all your people,
   especially the poor.
Let peace and justice rule
   every mountain and hill.
Let the king defend the poor,
   rescue the homeless,
   and crush
   everyone who hurts them.
           ~ Psalm 72:1-4 (CEV)

Monday, June 15


The faster I move, the longer it takes to get to any place of significance.

The less I say, the more I communicate.

Sunday, June 14


Helio & Betsy
Clara concert uke
Cheryl and I returned this afternoon from a week in California. It's good to be back in the desert -- even if it's crazy hot right now. But you don't really appreciate the desert fragrances and the dryness until you leave it all for a few days and then return.

Sam & Kent
Cheryl & Larry
Most of our time in California was spent with family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

High points:
Seeing our son-in-law Helio Costa graduate with his PhD in genetics from Stanford. Our daughter Betsy is nearing the completion of a PhD in genetics from UC San Francisco. Both started their programs at the same time but as things in science work, his research came together faster.

Kent flew in from Washington, D.C. His girlfriend, Samantha Morrow, teaches in La Paz, Bolivia. But she is in the Bay Area this summer and so we all got to meet her. She is wonderful!

On Friday Kirk took us on a tour of his office at Glassdoor in Mill Valley. What an amazing place to work!

Cheryl's brother Larry Bickerton flew down from British Columbia to attend the graduation and hang-out with us. We always enjoy spending time with him.

Great visit with the Hallstens in Roseville. We feel so comfortable with that side of our extended family.

On Tuesday, Cheryl and I visited the Blackbird Guitar (& Ukulele) factory in San Francisco. We met with Joe Luttwak, the founder and designer. Joe let me play a "Clara" ukulele that had just minutes before been finished downstairs in the shop. I could not believe how well it held tune for being so fresh from the womb. It was the most amazing ukulele I've ever played -- so rich, so comfortable, so beautiful, such gentle action. It's definitely out of my league. But I'm saving my pennies to get one, anyway. After I handed it back to Joe, he handed it off to be shipped to her new lucky owner in England.


Wednesday, June 3

Squash buen gusto de horno

We harvested the first squash buen gusto de horno today. It made a very savory and delicious supper this evening.

After I cut it up, removing pulp and seeds, I baked it on a cookie sheet at 375° for 1 hour. Then we smothered our pieces with butter, table seasoning, pepper, and garlic. I baked less than half of a fruit (it was huge) -- so there will be more for tomorrow! And there are a couple more squash still developing on the vine.

This squash is probably the gnarliest thing I've ever had a hand in growing. But it's now clear that it is more than a novelty garden crop.

In most places squash buen gusto de horno is a winter crop. I bought the over-size seeds from the fine folks at Baker Creek. I'm sure they'd be happy to get you started.

Monday, June 1


BIG AIR has a wonderful new collection of Guam aerial video. I'm eager to return and expect to be on island for 10 days sometime in September to connect with students and get the fall semester rolling.