Canadian Rockies

a few seasons ago a friend and I traveled to canmore, alberta west of calgary, at the foot of the majestic canadian rockies, and in the bow valley where, due to glacial runoff, rivers and lakes run in turquoise.  canmore, a coal mining town for 80 plus years suffered decline in the 1970’s but with…… Continue reading Canadian Rockies

“Get me Jokinen!” Chief of national security barks to his aide, Thomas. “Yes sir, right away! Ah, sir would that be Jarmo, Jukka, Jussi, Jaakko, or Matti?”

Changing careers is daunting mountains of paperwork, benefit packages, employee handbooks, training, training, training and, of course, the voluntary drug test that if declined your employment most likely is in decline. The following actually occurred so help me, me:       Hhhhmmmm, slowing the Ford Galaxy I find the address correct however, the business… Continue reading Filth Test

During a break at work today I ponder the seasonal change And could not help but sense Not just the quarterly alteration of the land No Something more, something deeper The proverbial illumination brightens For seems like yesterday   The dark in the morning that winter was before us Summer's household lamp comes on And… Continue reading Pacific Northwest Temperament

Summer Journeys Cars/vans packed to the gill with luggage and family RVs lumber down the road bicycles on back hanging on for dear life Vast oceans are crossed tiny island are invaded by swarms of tourists Envious? Yes, sometimes wishing I can join Financial burden is my delay But when I stop to ponder and… Continue reading I’ve been everywhere man, well almost

Breathe taking, awesome

Banff, Banff Hot Springs, Sulphur Mountain aerial lift to Sulphur Mountain peak and walkway, Lake Louise all of these are within a few minutes of each in the Canadian Rockies in the near Calgary, Alberta,  Canada the latter most spectacular.  As my traveling companion and I walked from the parking lot of the Fairmont Chateau…… Continue reading Breathe taking, awesome

Juhannus

  Wow, summer already that means today that yearly Finnish tradition of Midsummer or Juhannus celebration marking the beginning of summer, commences.  In Finland, this is a public holiday starting on Friday as people pack the car and hit the road for that country cottage and sauna on the lake leaving vacate cities behind.  How…… Continue reading Juhannus

What I like or Love, a many splendored thing

Here we go:   Writing The shine and feel of native copper nuggets passing over and between my fingers. Wind rustling leaves The warmth of the sun as it emerges from behind clouds Geography, particular desert. Space exploration Breathing the freshest most vitalizing air on earth The Erie Canal The psychological affect of gardening Physical…… Continue reading What I like or Love, a many splendored thing

Something Tall in Munising

The earliest recollection was at the age of seven, circa 1965, sitting in the back seat of the Pykonen family station wagon our destination the Copper Country in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the Keweenaw Peninsula. To get there we pass Munising, Michigan on the southern shore of Lac Superior and a…… Continue reading Something Tall in Munising