The highlites for me was meeting Malcolm, the notorious owner of COD ranch, beautiful Leah (not my daughter) that I had met but hardly knew, seeing Seline from Rancho Linda Vista, seeing Joann in a barn dress yellow dress, Nora and more.
Joann and her daughter Alexi Smith
from a morning walk with Joann around the ranch
the rock and gem show around COD ranch
the next day breakfast with Malcom, Charlotte and Joann
Leah (not my daughter) daughter of Steve and enjoying a birthday also
There were those that were my age (70's) and those that were Leah's age (33)
father daughter spy team
Imo and others over cheese and quackers
the morning light at C.O.D ranch
Katherine and Bob during cheese and crackers
Andy Rush, Imo Baird and Tim Fuller
Robin Hiller defends herself ...against herself
Robin puts me and her husband out of focus (in perspective)
Bob Campbell in his `love' tie speaks, Jim Reed listens
Romaniello takes no prisoners
Leah has SO much personality in her face I think of her as a movie star like Claudette Cardinale
Rory clears his throat to tell the tale of San Francisco bay, him and Romaniello in a kayak and their near death experience
and more embellishmentout hop
Leah birthday coming the next day, toasts her dad (I was envious)
Nora begins her remarks about H O P E
Karen and Steve long time partners
Tim Fuller toasts his good friend Steve
growing up together and toasting Steve
Charlotte, Margo, Katherine
not a prayer but a thoughtful moment, connected loosely to the horror of Trump, closed borders and thoughtless behavior by our President.
When I was a junior at Scarborough high School north of Ossining, New York, the small private school decided we should recite the Lord's Prayer at lunch time. I was choosen to recite but refused, The angry math teacher raced over to me screaming that I must learn the prayer. I told him I knew the prayer but I was refusing to say it in my secular school. Civil disobedience at a young age (1962). I remember poet Alan Ginsberg carrying symbolic sacks of dirt at the 1972 Democratic Convention, Russell Means of A.I.M. joining the drum in Washington D.C. , Shirley Chisholm, NY state congressional member, retiring in 1983 after a lifetime of fighting the good fight.
There is no such thing as peace in the world today.
We must all fight the good fight for human dignity, integrity, and honesty.
I miss Obama
Steve opening his presents as emperor (Brother Chuck to far right)
a worthy mesquite on the C.O.D ranch
kind, big Mr. D prepares the ribs