Sunday, December 24, 2006

Holiday Reading: To Die in Chiapas

I love this book. Couldn't put it down. There's some breathless reading in To Die in Chiapas especially close to the end, and then I was sorry it was all over. Jack Davis has created wel rounded and believable characters, who move in a clearly painted landscape. Whether Davis takes you to New Orleans, Austin, TX or Chiapas, you're there with the characters. The author never comes in the way of the story. Local politics, international spies, a drug lord gone ape, relationships, love and friendship. It's all there. The thing I don't understand is why I haven't heard anything about this writer before. I sure hope to learn more about Sheriff Jason Lee Whitaker and his compadres in Jack Davis' next book.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

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Starting in February of 2007 you'll find the new and larger FareStart Restaurant at Seventh & Virginia.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

New Life for Piet Blom Cubic Houses

Photo Credit Wilma Kwan 2003

Always forward, never square? Dreamed of living in a tree, or sitting on a pole? The Cubes by architect Piet Blom (1934-1999) may be the answer to your family's travel needs. Starting in 2007 the famous Cubes, sometimes referred to as "Blaakse Bos" (Blaak Forest) for their proximity to train station Blaak, will be available for sleep-overs, offering 54 rooms with 257 beds. Have a lay-over at Schiphol airport with your posse? Consider the Cubes, the official name for the hostel has not been decided on, keep on checking back here at Hope Filled Jars.

For an excellent overview of Piet Blom's Cubic Houses (kubuswoning) by Wilma Kwan visit Galinsky, the site for people enjoying buildings worldwide

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Studio Job's answer to Frank Gehry

The Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam, always innovating, always ahead of fashion or fads, once again is the forerunner. Check out Studio Job's answer to Frank Gehry's card board furniture: serene, white furniture and objects made of paper. Studio Moooi (one letter removed from "beautiful", or one extra "o" to emphasize the exquisite beauty of their products, has put Studio Job's designs into production. The products are constructed around a light wooden frame, with honeycomb cardboard, covered in 2.5 mm MDF. The paper strips are molded and glued around this skeleton. No less than three layers of polyurethane ensure a perfect finish. Ready to use. Kudos to Moooi and to the Frozen Fountain, for once again carrying the torch for Dutch design of the highest level.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ann Richards i.m.

Molly Ivens, one of our favorite columnists wrote a eulogy for Ann Richards that's right on the mark.
The closest I ever got to the former Governor of Texas, was in 1987, during my first visit to Texas, at U.T.'s girls' basketball game. "Who's that with the pastel power suit and the white hair?" I asked my host, pointing at a commending presence at the sideline. "Oh, that's our Governor, Ann Richards!" He said. I was impressed. No special box for Ms. Richards. She was right there, "on the floor" so to speak, cheering the winning girls on her feet. She wouldn't take things sitting down, not in the basketball court, not in the Capitol either. She'll be missed.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Lunardelli's Vinegar

Tasteless, nazi related advertising can't just be claimed by a Mumbai restaurant owner only. In 1995 winemaker Alessandro Lunardelli in Coloredo di Prato in Friuli Venezia Giuliastarted a "historical series" of quality wine. The labels "will remind us of the lives of famous figures in Italian and world history". The series "Führerwein" is a collection of 20 images related to the Third Reich. The Mussolini series only has 18 labels, "il communismo" six. Hitler can be found in other collections as well.

Bottles with these labels have become cult collector's items.

May Lundarelli's wine turn to vinegar on the drinker's tongue, may the grapes in the vineyard turn into raisins in the early summer sun.

European activists demand ban on the labels.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Tasteless Eatery Punit Shablok

Feigning ignorance, Punit Shablok, the owner of a new restaurant in Mumbai, India, named his establishment "Hitler's Cross".
Bollywood actor Murli Sharma was "amused" to see a poster of Hitler at the eatery.
Tasteless search for publicity in my opinion.
Imagine some entrepreneurs opening a restaurant on Rodeo Drive, naming it "Hindu Kush" or "Taimurlane", claiming: "We had no idea." Yeah, right.

What really ticks me off, is that these sick puppies get the publicity, the attention, even from me, But how can one Not react?

The answer to ignorence is education. Perhaps the Indian Jewish Federation and others will realize it's time for a for a Holocaust Museum in Mumbai which will give equal attention to all genocide.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Dutch Drivers License

The end of the Dutch drivers license as we know it, is in sight. New license holders will receive the credit card shape which has been common in the US for the longest time. Those who already hold a license will have to wait until theirs has expirec before they will receive the new version.
I only wonder whether it shouldn't have been impossible for me to download the image of the new version?

Monday, August 21, 2006

Dirk Hakze Paints the Colors of Music on the Beach of Hollum at Ameland

I want to be on the beach right now. I want to be on the beach and do the same thing Dirk Hakze is doing on the beach of Hollum at the isle of Ameland only I wouldn't plane anything, I'd plan it. I'm sorry a typo isn't the end of the world. Although the isles to the north of the Dutch main land can at times give you the feeling your Are at the end of the world.
Hakze is creating 72 paintings while listening to Symfonie nr. 1 e-moll opus 39 by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1885-1957). Visitors may put on head phones themselves to listen to Sibelius and watch what Hakze makes of the music combined with braking of waves, sea gulls yelling, people talking. True "plein air" action painting.
Wishing I was there. Wishing I was anywhere, on a beach, with 72 canvasses and all the blues on my brushes and in my ears.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Noorderzon, the Theater Festival of the city of Groningen, in the north of The Netherlands, takes place August 17-27, 2006. As always, and once again Groningen is a happening place.

A special sub-secton is focussed on theater arts from America. A great way to counter balance the news.

Noorderzon Director Mark Yeaman writes on the site:
"I am happy to say that our American programming this year is not of a particularly political nature, but is rather socio-political in focus. It lays no claim to being definitive of anything at all, but is offered rather in the sense of an invitation to reflection, a personal choice consisting principally of younger American artists at present little known here in Europe.
"Someone famously once said 'In a country as big as America, you can find fifty examples of anything.' Here are 8 examples of something, but as to what they are examples of, well, they must tell that themselves."

American artists trodding their stuff at the Noorderzon Theater Festival: Haitian-American violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, DJ Spooky (aka That Subliminal Kid), the Great Nature Theater of Oklahoma(putting the w in mellowdrama since 1995), performance artist Sara Juli, theater team (aka the A-team) Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental one woman powerhouse Hazelle Goodman, the interdisciplinary Miro Dance Theatre, and satirical performance artist Andrew Dickson.

Yeah! Go see, meet and experience a snippet of the "other America" in Groningen.

John Lennon

Every night after dinner my mother and I would do the dishes. While washing and drying, we'd listen to the English Course, and the news on television, stepping back to sneak peeks of cartoons and pop programs. My mother equally loved the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. But John Lennon and Yoko Ono were where it was at with their Bed-in at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam in 1969. Born during the First World War, a survivor of the Second, she was all for peace. And Lennon's remark, "All we are saying is give peace a chance", made her a life long devotee.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Give Peace a Chance

David Grossman wrote among other booksThe Yellow Wind. Bill Moyers interviewed the author in 2002 about language, choices, moral.

Uri Grossman in Memoriam

Staff Sgt. Uri Grossman, the twenty-year-old son of author and peace activist David Grossman was killed two days after his father's call for cease-fire. Just last Thursday David Grossman, and fellow authors Amos Oz and A.B.Yehoshua proclaimed their opposition to continue the war in Lebanon. Today the truce is a fact. For so many too late. So sad.

Friday, August 04, 2006


The city of Groningen is HOT! The place to be, now, and in the future. On Tuesday August 15 you'll have a chance to check out a different level of urban life, as roof top possibilities are exposed by The City On A Roof foundation (COAR).

"…explore this headroom for urban development. Is it worthwhile to disclose this domain? In the context of local (Groningen NL) and global cultural trends and economic developments, one may wonder how this extra space could be used to add special new dimensions to the city as a living and working organism. Don't expect this publication to answer these questions or to provide blueprints for development of this area. The primary purpose of the foundation is to spread a virus of inspiration. We hope it will inspire you with new ideas and concepts, too."

The founders of COAR are: Chris Moller (S333 Architecture & Urbanism), Thuur Caris (Pavlov Medialab), Christophe de Jongh (Vlasblom Project Development) and David Inden (Silverroom Foundation).

Uit je dak gaan in Groningen

Op dinsdag 15 augustus zijn de daken in de stad Groningen het domein van een internationaal gezelschap kunstenaars, architecten, vormgevers en muzikanten. Do The RoofTopHop! speelt zich op vier locaties in de stad af: de Puddingfabriek, het Cascadecomplex, de daken boven de Vismarkt en op de Pathé Bioscoop.

Op het dak van de Puddingfabriek is een dorp gebouwd, dat laat zien hoe het leven op de daken eruit zou kunnen zien. Via boekhandel Scholtens-Wristers kunnen bezoekers over de daken van de Vismarkt lopen. Van zonsondergang tot middernacht is er werk van Mo Stoebe en Sophie Clements te zien en te horen. Bovenop de daken rondom de Pathé bioscoop worden concerten door Gerard Ammerlaan en Stephane Leonard gegeven.

Do the Roof Top Hop!

On Tuesday August 15, roof tops in the city of Groningen will be the domain of an international community of artistst, architects, designers and musicians. Do the RoofTopHop! takes place in four locations. At the Puddingfabriek (pudding factory), the Cascade Complex, on rooftops of buildings along the Vismarkt and at the Grote Markt on and around the roof of movie theater Pathé.

You can visit a village on top of the Pudding factory, and enter the Vismarkt higher level From sun down till midnight Mo Stoebe and Sophie Clements will present their work on the higher level of the Vismarkt. Access through Scholtens-Wristers bookstore.
From Pathé's roof top you can enjoy live concerts by Gerard Ammerlaan and Stephane Leonard.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

13 Coins

It's not a matter of flipping a coin at the height of summer to decide whether we'll celebrate Thanksgiving at 13 Coins this year. We've been wanting to do that for years, but now the new management may be throwing a wrench in our plans. We can't patronize a restaurant that's letting it's workers take the fall. It's the workers that make the restaurant great. They have been working without a contract for months. We won't dine there until those workers have a fair contract.

Meanwhile we'll go to one of the Seattle unionized Restaurants that do have decent contracts for their employees.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mitzi's Abortion

Mitzi's Abortion, originally uploaded by Luna Type.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Mercy Room by Gilles Rozier

In the press I read that Gilles Rozier, author of "Un amour sans résistance", doesn't disclose the gender of the narrator.
While reading in the American translation by Anthea Bell that the narrator's mother likes his "young friend", I start wondering about the original French. Wait a minute, sa jeune amie, son jeun ami, sa copine, son copain, what did Rozier write? I look at the cover of the book.
Mario J. Pulice's design for Little, Brown and Company shows the back of a nicely bound book titled The Mercy Room (the American translation of Rozier's title) which hides the mid section of two embracing naked people. Ahum. These folks are clearly a man and a woman. Or am I anatomically biased?
From an interview with Russell A. Trunk I learn Rozier bent himself backward to leave out any gender specifications. So why, oh why, for goodness sake are we presented with the image of a male and female?

The English translation "Love without Resistance" shows a cover with two roses on a background that's not clear from the small image online, good enough to evade the gender issue altogether.
The cover of the French and French Canadian publication shows a half dressed man in khaki, putting on a tee-shirt, how suggestive!
"Eine Liebe ohne Widerstand, as the German translation is called, comes with a jolly scene of a woman and a man with an accordion. Excusez moi?!
Irony wants that customers who consider buying this title at are suggested to buy a copy of Broke Back Mountain at the same time.
For a review in which I find my own thoughts reflected, check out what Stedman Mays writes at

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Codex Tsachos - Judas' Kiss Re-interpreted

Judas, or Jehuda, the thirteenth disciple of Jesus, aka the Star, has been exonerated. Readers of the Codex Tsachos are sure, Judas set Jesus free enabling him to leave his worldly body behind and move on to the realm of light.

In the earliest versions of the New Testament, the Greek verb "paradidonai" was long translated as "to succumb, hand over", in context with Judas however the translation became known as "to betray". Imagine what the proper translation will mean to the publishers of bibles!

On a more personal level, the Judiths of this world won't need to get flustered anymore when those who can't pronounce "th" at the end of their name call them Judas. No more negative associations with "The Kiss". Judas has been vindicated, absolved, his name has been cleared. Hallelujah!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

No Ivy League

Thinking about creating a privacy fence with Hedera helix 'Baltica', Hedera helix 'Pittsburgh',Hedera helix 'Star' or Hedera hibernica 'Hibernica' in Washington State?
Forget it.
All of these are of the English Ivy family and considered Class C noxious weeds.

If you don't know yet was English Ivy does to your local turf and flora (and therefore in the long run fauna as well) read about it in the Northwest Environmental News and discover names of Flora Non Grata The good folks at Ivy Out are a league of their own.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Kinky Friedman for Governor

Keep Willie's ad on the air and Kinky's message moving!

This is the latest from the Kinkster's Headquarters:

There's only one candidate in this race who wants to bring Texas teacher salaries up to the national average and stop schools from teaching to the TAKS test. There's only one candidate in this race calling for Texas to get off foreign oil and become an energy leader again, and only one calling for comprehensive political reform and the total funding of children's healthcare. Kinky's out there taking his message to Texans seven days a week, and he has been doing it for over a year.
A big part of getting the word out is the radio ad Willie Nelson made supporting Kinky. We don't have the $25 million Rick Perry does, or the $8 million Carole Strayhorn raised as a Republican candidate before deciding to go "independent." But we do have a radio ad from a Texas legend calling for something simple and sweeping: "clean energy and clean government." We need your help to keep Willie's ad on the air across Texas through the end of the petition drive on May 11th. Click on the link below to donate to the campaign and add your voice to those demanding "clean energy and clean government" in Texas.
This is your chance to contribute!
Make no mistake about it: the momentum is building. At headquarters, in cities and towns, and out on the street gathering petition signatures, we can feel it every day. Even those outside of Texas are taking notice—this week, no less an authority than the Wall Street Journal called him "the strongest independent candidate" in the race.
Why donate? Think one person's dollars can't possibly make a difference in a race where the other candidates blow millions? Think again. This campaign would barely be possible without the internet. We've raised the vast majority of our money from people just like you, and it's through the internet and things like Willie's radio commercial that we're able to get the most bang for your bucks.
Please contribute today.
And as always, may the God of your choice bless you.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Ik houd niet van reizen in oorlogstijd

"I don't like to travel in times of war".

Werner Löwenhardt was born in 1919, in Dortmund-Lindenhorst, Germany. He was the youngest of nine sons. In 1935 the family fled their town, hoping to escape the increasingly hostile attitude in Germany toward Jews. They had relatives in Enschede, a Dutch border town, so that's where they settled. During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands Werner was taken to a labor camp in Ede, before being transported to transit camp Westerbork.
Every Tuesday a train filled with Jewish prisoners left for what was called "the east". But Werner, who was a talented artist, and who was allowed to "document" the camp life, managed to remain in Westerbork until the liberation in May of 1945. He was the only one of a family of 43 people who survived the Holocaust.
The book Ik houd niet van reizen in oorlogstijd, is a family album, a beautiful memorial, illustrated with Werner's sketches and photographs.

Ik houd niet van reizen in oorlogstijd : familiealbum 1919-1945 / Werner Lowenhardt
Uitgave: Alkmaar : René de Milliano, 2004
Collatie: 107 p : ill ; 23x25 cm
Inhoud: Tekeningen, foto's en herinneringen aan de jaren 1942-1945 die de schrijver als gevangene in doorgangskamp Westerbork doorbracht.
Werner Löwenhardt werd in 1919 in Dortmund-Lindenhorst geboren als jongste zoon van een traditioneel joods gezin. Werner vluchtte met zijn ouders en acht broers in 1935 naar familie in Enschede. Tijdens de joodse bezetting werd hij in een werkkamp in Ede geplaatst en vandaar overgebracht naar Westerbork. Elke dinsdag vertrok er een trein vol joodse gevangenen uit Westerbork naar 'het Oosten'. Dankzij zijn tekentalent wist Werner uit die trein te blijven en overleefde hij de holocaust. Dit deels getekende familiealbum geeft een beeld van het leven in oorlogstijd.
ISBN: 9072810414

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Werner Löwenhardt (1919-2006)

My dear old friend Werner Löwenhardt died on January 18, 2006.

The last time I saw him was in 2002. I had stepped onto the #24 tram in Amsterdam-Zuid, found a seat where I entered in the back, and recognized Werner, way in the front, by his dapper shape. Small of posture, he was always well dressed, clad in a smart overcoat with square shoulders, a nice scarf, his white manes a beacon of light amidst the crowd. Hardly surprised when I tapped him on the shoulder, then kissed him on the cheek —we hadn't seen each other for eight years— he invited me for tea at his office. He wanted to show me his latest project, a book on the Holocaust.

I've known Werner and his wife Lilo for 27 years. My friend Anita introduced me to her parents in 1979. On Sundays, the four of us would often share a meal, or meet at the theater, or an exhibition. Around that time, Werner invited me to his office at the Koningsplein, to show me, bit by bit, parts of his amazing collection of advertising posters and antique world maps. That's how our friendship started. I was a fledgling designer and interested in his art and craft, and the way that he had managed to survive as a freelancer.

There was more however. What possibly was the most intriguing, was the fact that although Werner said he had never met my father, Jaap van Praag (1898-1969) I knew that both men had been imprisoned until the end of the war, at Nazi transit camp Westerbork, in the province of Drenthe. Stranger yet, Anita and I had a friend in common, whose father as well had been at Westerbork at that same time. All three men had survived. They were not acquainted, and yet their daughters found each other more than three decades after the liberation.

I enjoyed visiting Werner at his downtown office at Koningsplein, which overlooked the hustle and bustle below. At some point he hired me to write letters and manage the office, while he was on vacation or away on business trips. He acknowledged my strong points, my talents. and strongly encouraged me to seek my future in the United States. He offered to photograph my theater designs, and helped me put together a travel port-folio. When I packed my bags, he wished me well. When I returned he welcomed me.

When I visited him in 2002, his office was situated elsewhere, he had given up the prime Koningsplein location after his retirement. I knew the place well however, it was there that we pinned my drawings on the wall, working in unison to shoot as many pictures as needed. And we managed to shoot one picture of ourselves as well. We were quite the team.

The manuscript Werner showed me was illustrated with sketches he made at camp Westerbork, and photos of the relatives he lost to the Holocaust. With tears in his eyes he related how his parents were killed after the war had already been lost by the Nazis. After having worked on the stories of other people all of his life, he finally took the time to create a personal memorial Ik houd niet van reizen in oorlogstijd in memory of his lost loved ones.

I'm sad that I won't get to see my old friend when I visit Amsterdam again, but he sure lives on in my memories.

©2006 Judith van Praag

Tragedy of the Emigrant

This morning I read in the March issue of Ons Amsterdam, that a dear old friend died on January 18. I'm sad, but not stunned by his death, after all he had reached what is called a ripe old age, and I shouldn't even be surprised by the fact that I didn't know. It's happened before. Every once in a while I receive news of someone's death, when it's too late to attend the funeral. I've come to accept this as the tragedy of the emigrant. Not only do you have to rush across continents and oceans to get to someone's deathbed, you often arrive too late. Most of the time you don't even hear that someone you cared about died, until much later. That's what makes me double sad though. As an emigrant you're deprived of mourning together with the others, deprived of sharing your sorrow. Sometimes I think you might as well be dead yourself when you leave your country of origin.

©2006 Judith van Praag

Monday, March 20, 2006

"Tegenlicht" door Job Creyghton

Op de laatste bladzijde van zijn roman 'Tegenlicht' bedankt auteur Job Creyghton de fotograven en rapporteurs Maurice Boyer, Arno Haytema en Rogier Vogelenzang voor hun gedegen en vakkundig commentaar op zijn manuscript. Fotografie en 'investigative reporting' speelt dan ook een grote rol in Creyghton's laatste boek.

In 'Tegenlicht' volgt de lezer de jonge oorlogsfotografe Anna Landman op de voet. Er wordt wel eens gezegd dat de camera een werkelijk engagement met dat wat men ziet ondermijnt. De camera beschermt de fotograaf van het recht in de ogen kijken van de ander. Misschien dat het onder ogen zien van het gevaar wel onderdrukt wordt door het aanbrengen van dat 'tussen oog'. Dat op zich is waarschijnlijk de enige manier waarop oorlogsfotograven hun doelwit kunnen benaderen.

Aan de ene kant is Anna Landman een echte 'news hound' ze vindt het maar saai in Amsterdam, voelt zich meer op haar plaats in het door oorlog geteisterde Charcuz. Aan de andere kant ontvlucht ze daarmee de —voor haar angstige— werkelijkheid van het onderhouden van relaties met haar familieleden en vriend in Amsterdam. Het is nu eenmaal niet mogelijk je dierbaren constant door het oog van de camera op een afstand te houden.
Niet dat Anna een tobberige indruk maakt, ze is meer bezig met compositie van beelden, sluitersnelheid, haar voorkeur voor de Leica of in andere gevallen weer haar digital camera. Het is niet voor niets dat blogger Jan Edward in zijn PHOTOGRAPHY WEBLOG: 10/09/2005 - 10/15/2005 'Tegenlicht' als boekentip aangeeft.

Tegelijkertijd maakt deze afstand dat Anna Landman als personage wat magertjes uit de verf komt. Of eigenlijk zou ik moeten schrijven opzettelijk 'under exposed', wat op zich heel goed is gedaan. Pas wanneer het onderwerp van haar genegenheid, een jongetje in Charchuz, voor haar ogen wordt doodgeschoten —een moment dat ze evenwel vastlegt èn waar ze uiteindelijk de World Press Photo prijs mee zal verdienen— verandert er iets in Anna's benadering en houding ten op zichte van relaties, zowel als haar vak. Het duurt daarna niet lang voordat liefde voor een collega, zowel als eigenbehoud, haar verder op de proef zal stellen.

Creyghton heeft een vlotte trant van schrijven, en je komt in Tegenlicht een aantal zeer spannende scenes tegen. Uit het verhaal spreekt de schrijver's interesse in engagement, hoe het ontstaat en voortduurt voor sommigen, terwijl het vervlakt voor anderen. Een interessant gegeven, dat een literaire wending geeft aan wat eigenlijk heel sec een politieke thriller is, of zou kunnen zijn.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Priced by the Kilogram

You've got to give it to Jürgen Heckrodt, a real East Frisian from the small town of Norden in Northwest Germany: he knows how to make the news.
In 2003 Mr. Heckrodt promised to introduce visitors to Hotel Wilden Mann in Lucern to the secrets of East Frisian tea culture. The article at the Teaclub Site mentioned that East Frisia was the ONLY teadrinking region on the European mainland.
"Nonsense", is my response to that. But nonsense often makes the news. Ain't that the truth?

However, I can't argue with the people of Norden-Norddeich when they claim that tea is the East-Frisian national drink. After all, their motto is: “Dree Koppie sind Ostfreesenrecht” (East Frisians have the right to three cups), and that three times a day.
At the East Frisian Tea Museum you can take it all in, the site, the smell and the taste.

Today The Seattle Times reports that Mr. Heckrodt charges guests to his hotel by the kilogram (2.2 Lb); their own weight times half a Euro ($0.61) that is. He had been getting too many super heavy lodgers and who knows, perhaps his beds were zagging, or he maybe he feels the need to install extra wide showers or potties.

Let's look how this might affect your hotel bill.
If I go by the weight I had as an eighteen-year-old: 65 Kg. the price of a one night stay wouldn't be too bad: € 32.50
And let's be honest, today I would be out a few more Euros, but the average weighing Joe or Jane won't be paying more than €40.00 per night. If you weigh in over 200 pounds however, you may have to dip into your wallet a bit deeper.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

When Democrats and Republicans Work Together as ONE to Beat AIDS and Poverty…

Did you know that right now, four Senators are reaching across political divides to save lives? These Democrats and Republicans are coming together and agreeing on one thing—that America can do even more to fight AIDS and poverty.

Join them: Please call 1-800-786-2663 TODAY and ask YOUR Senators to support the Santorum-Durbin and DeWine-Leahy Amendments to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty.

As ONE, we’ve made over 10,000 calls to the Senate and we have ONE MORE DAY to let Capitol Hill know that we want America to do even more to save lives. With your voice, these efforts will make a real difference for the world's poorest people by providing prevention, care and treatment for millions of children, women and families.

If you haven't called yet, please call 1-800-786-2663 today to be connected directly to your Senators. If you’ve already called, please call again and ask them to support the DeWine-Leahy Amendment.

What these leaders are doing is in the best American tradition of working together and helping others help themselves—let’s show them that as ONE, we’re ready to help them get it done.

Learn how to talk to your senators and how these effective efforts help save lives

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Rio Grande

Little Dog dips her feet in Rio Grande mud where many a river crossing took place in the past.

Rio Grande, originally uploaded by Luna Type.

Rio Grande at Lajitas, TX, picture shot by Gary M. Davis with his SLR 35 mm

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

No better movie to watch after our return from "Little Dog's trip to Galveston, and back", then Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada". Seeing the immense horizon, the big sky, we elbowed each other, "We were there, we were there!"
Prolific (oh, my)Tony G., heads an entry on Milk River Blog with "Three Burials in my West Texas". I can't claim any propriety that way (or elsewhere) but whole heartedly understand his claim, for even I, pulled from the clay Dutchess, want to say, "That's my West Texas".

Saturday, February 25, 2006

2/24 Seattle

And if it wasn't for the missed exit (it's hard to stop after 6500 miles on the road) we would have been home already.

Now there's a stick I'll follow all the way home!

2/24 Early morning, Little Dog @ Motel 6 in Eugene-Springfield, Oregon

2/23 Little Dog sees Snow and Mount Shasta

Shasta and Trinity National Recreation Center a wonderful area.

2/22 Little Dog @ Super 8 Motel, Susanville, CA

A few miles before Susanville the headlights dimmed, soon they went out all together. The vehicle came to a halt on the off ramp for Super 8 Motel. A good Samaritan, his sedan equipped with a push bar, helped us off the road, to a safe place. AAA tow truck showed within 10 minutes, the garage was next door to the motel. The trouble was taken care of by noon the next day, but we had to cancel our appointments for Friday 2/24 in Seattle nevertheless.

2/22 Pit stop in Hawthorne, CA

Bunkers hidden for onlookers from above.

2/22 LIttle Dog in Death Valley and @ Scotty's Castle

2/22 Little Dog @ Exchange Club Motel in Beatte, CA

Motel 6 in former golddiggers' town Beatte, gateway to Death Valley, had no vacancies. We got the last room at the Exchange Club Motel. Across the street, the Hostel provides a good alternative, a room, with bathroom in the hallway for only $19.95. Still, probably ten times more than the price in the old days.
Exchange as in money for your gold.

2/21 Little Dog @ the Grand Canyon

Diminished by awesome nature, yes there are people up there, not just the boy in the foreground.

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