April 23, 2014
Tonight, Grant and I finished a six week multimedia class at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. The focus of the course was to produce a compelling story using audio and photos, a story lasting about three minutes (the limited attention span of our attention-deficit society).
Geoff Forester, photo editor at the Concord Monitor (seated), and Don Himsel, chief photographer, videographer, and columnist at The Nashua Telegraph (standing next to me) coached and guided us.
Geoff and Don are two approachable, down-to-earth guys with decades of photojournalism experience. What a pleasure to learn from them and just share life perspectives.
The other members of the class were equally fascinating, each with interesting stories to tell. I wish the class could go on and on and on.

Tonight, Grant and I finished a six week multimedia class at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. The focus of the course was to produce a compelling story using audio and photos, a story lasting about three minutes (the limited attention span of our attention-deficit society).

Geoff Forester, photo editor at the Concord Monitor (seated), and Don Himsel, chief photographer, videographer, and columnist at The Nashua Telegraph (standing next to me) coached and guided us.

Geoff and Don are two approachable, down-to-earth guys with decades of photojournalism experience. What a pleasure to learn from them and just share life perspectives.

The other members of the class were equally fascinating, each with interesting stories to tell. I wish the class could go on and on and on.

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April 5, 2014
Oriel College at Oxford University on Flickr.
I attended a wireless conference in Oxford, England, this week, spending most of my time in a hotel conference center. However, we did get an amazing taste of history and architecture one evening, when we dined at Oriel College at Oxford University. You’ll find a few more photos here.
Just wish I had more time to explore the university and city.

Oriel College at Oxford University on Flickr.

I attended a wireless conference in Oxford, England, this week, spending most of my time in a hotel conference center. However, we did get an amazing taste of history and architecture one evening, when we dined at Oriel College at Oxford University. You’ll find a few more photos here.

Just wish I had more time to explore the university and city.

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Talk about it only enough to do it. Dream about it only enough to feel it. Think about it only enough to understand it. Contemplate it only enough to be it.
Written by Jean Toomer, 1894 – 1967. Hat tip to Galen Guengerich for sharing.
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March 30, 2014
Nice walk around Boston yesterday. Great for clearing the mind. 

Nice walk around Boston yesterday. Great for clearing the mind. 

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March 28, 2014

This past week I made a quick trip to Texas, down on Monday and back Tuesday. It’s the time of the year for performance reviews, and my boss wanted to have our discussion in person.

As I often do, I took my portable recorder along. It seems to be a compulsion, although I rarely do any recording. This trip, though, I did record some as I departed my hotel room early Tuesday.

The background sounds are pretty interesting, so I’m posting it.

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March 22, 2014
Andrea on Flickr.
What a surprise, when the doorbell rang, to see Andrea standing there, home to visit for a few hours.

Andrea on Flickr.

What a surprise, when the doorbell rang, to see Andrea standing there, home to visit for a few hours.

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March 17, 2014

Last week, I was in San Francisco at the OFC (Optical Fiber Communication) conference. Fortunately, calendars aligned, and I had a wonderful visit and dinner with my niece Leslie and her husband Dan. The last time I saw them was at their wedding at Lake Tahoe, in October of 2005.

Leslie and Dan took me to dinner at the Beach Chalet Brewery, which is at the western edge of Golden Gate Park and adjacent to the ocean. It’s a beautiful location, where we watched the sun sink into the Pacific as we chatted about each other’s lives.

Dan suggested that I try the sampling of beers brewed there. Little did I know I would have eight — fortunately small — beers to drink.

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March 10, 2014
Andrea is spending her spring break on a service learning trip in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Yesterday her group toured the "peace walls" or "peace lines" — barricades built to help stop the violence between the unionists and the loyalists.
Listening to each side’s view of the issues and the long history of the injustice perpetrated each upon the other, you can begin to feel the deep enmity between the two groups.
On the one hand, it’s remarkable that a wall can help to secure peace, which is why people like Andrea stop to write encouraging and inspiring words on the wall.
Yet it’s tragic that the human condition makes that necessary.
Andrea’s group is studying how to work with young children to change the culture of hatred that breeds such violence. It’s noble and hopeful work, in a world that so desperately needs peace and love.

Andrea is spending her spring break on a service learning trip in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Yesterday her group toured the "peace walls" or "peace lines" — barricades built to help stop the violence between the unionists and the loyalists.

Listening to each side’s view of the issues and the long history of the injustice perpetrated each upon the other, you can begin to feel the deep enmity between the two groups.

On the one hand, it’s remarkable that a wall can help to secure peace, which is why people like Andrea stop to write encouraging and inspiring words on the wall.

Yet it’s tragic that the human condition makes that necessary.

Andrea’s group is studying how to work with young children to change the culture of hatred that breeds such violence. It’s noble and hopeful work, in a world that so desperately needs peace and love.

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February 19, 2014

The winter that won’t quit

Sunshine this morning after a daylong snowstorm yesterday. I’ve lost track of the number of storms we’ve had this season, particularly when the frequency moves to several per week. Yikes!

The plowed snow from the driveway is now as tall as the fence, and the accumulated total on the table on the deck is just under two feet.

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December 31, 2013
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