Memories are memories of memories.
Seán Haldane, Canadian psychotherapist turned novelist with the recent publication of his crime novel The Devil’s Making.
Handwriting is like making love; typing, like having sex. It’s essentially the same enjoyable activity, but the approach is slightly different.
Random blog quotation.
To be sure, “millennials are on the radar,” said Robyn Motley, senior vice president and general manager of AARP Media, “but we make a strong argument” to marketers “that you need to focus on the boomers because that’s where the money is.”
It’s a beautiful day here in Tacoma, so hubby and I ventured into the outskirts of downtown for lunch.
After eating, we visited Fireman’s Park, which we entered at the corner of Pacific Avenue and S. 7th Street. From Pacific Avenue, this park looks about the size of a postage stamp, but in fact the park extends along the bluff behind the buildings on Pacific Avenue.
Fireman’s Park offers expansive views of the working area of the Port of Tacoma, including the entrance of the greenish-gray water of the Puyallup River into the bluer water of Commencement Bay.
A statue called “Clearing the Way” commemorates logging as the foundation of the Pacific Northwest:
And logs are still ubiquitous around here:
A vertical drawbridge provides an unusual frame for Mount Rainier:
Just across Pacific Avenue from where we entered Fireman’s Park stands Tacoma’s Old City Hall:
We live next to Tacoma’s big Point Defiance Park, and we get a lot of deer who come into our neighborhood to eat. They’ve become very tame. I had heard that one of the females had a fawn, but we hadn’t seen the little guy—until today. His mom parked him next to someone’s house while she was off grazing.
Most people here don’t like the deer because they eat their plants, but I think they’re cute. And who wouldn’t love this little guy. Hubby got this great photo:
Then at dusk the mother and fawn walked across our back yard. This is the best shot I could get with my phone in the low light, but you can clearly see what’s happening:
Charges for some of the most common inpatient procedures surged at hospitals across the country in 2012 from a year earlier, some at more than four times the national rate of inflation, according to data released by Medicare officials on Monday.
While it has long been known that hospitals bill Medicare widely varying amounts — sometimes many multiples of what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, an analysis of the data by The New York Times shows how much the price of some procedures rose in just one year’s time.
It’s razor clam season!
The Pacific razor clam (Siliqua patula) grows along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to California. They are big and meaty, nicely chewy when lightly breaded and pan seared.
According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, razor clams along the Washington coast generally grow to a maximum of 6 inches, although on the coast of Alaska, where the water is colder and the growing season is longer, razor clams can grow up to 11 inches long. Here’s what the clam in the shell looks like:
Digging razor clams is a popular family activity that requires a state license and is confined to certain times of the year.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife page linked above contains a huge amount of information about this huge clam, including how to obtain a license, what to look for if you go clamming, and how to clean and prepare razor clams, including recipes.
Here’s what the Washington State website has to say about the official state flower:
In 1892, before they had the right to vote, Washington women selected the coast rhododendron as the state flower. They wanted an official flower to enter in a floral exhibit at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Six flowers were considered, but the final decision was narrowed to clover and the “rhodie,” and voting booths were set up for ladies throughout the state. When the ballots were counted, the rhododendron had been chosen as the Washington state flower. In 1959, the Legislature designated the native species, Rhododendron macrophyllum, as the official flower of the state of Washington.
These flowers are gorgeous, with their huge blooms. Colors include pale pink, magenta, red, salmon, and violet, with different varieties blooming at slightly different times.
Rhododendron bushes are nearly ubiquitous in landscaping around here—so much so that lots of people say they’re sick of seeing them. But I’m still enough of a newcomer that I love to see these bursts of color all over during the spring.
Much of the research on grandparents and grandchildren has focused on young children and on the safety-net function that grandparents can provide in troubled families. But lengthening lifespans mean that more people will have adult relationships with their grandparents, too, sometimes for many years.
“We know relatively little about what grandparents and grandchildren do for each other on a daily basis during the grandchildren’s adulthood,” said Sara Moorman, a Boston College sociologist who set out to learn more. She presented the results of her research at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in New York this week.
I don’t have any grandchildren, so this is a topic I had not thought about: the relationship between grandparents and adult grandchildren.