Author Archives: swabby429

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.

Thinking About Home Safety

One of the best things in life is home sweet home. We think of our house or apartment as the place where we’re safe and sound. One problem with this attitude is that we become lax and complacent about potential … Continue reading

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Message In A Bottle

There used to be a lot of newspaper cartoons about stranded castaways on tiny islands tossing bottles containing messages into the sea. These cartoons are less common these days. The message in a bottle theme is both amusing and puzzling … Continue reading

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Dignity is a virtue that shows externally and felt internally. It’s not pomposity nor a fa├žade. We recognize a person with dignity right away. One of the most dignified persons I’ve ever had the privilege to meet was my former … Continue reading

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The Perfect Life

The question came out of the blue from Jorge during a quiet spell last week. “I’m not asking this as a mere conversation starter: If you could choose the perfect life, would you choose the life you have now?” That’s … Continue reading

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Clusters …Floral Friday

It was time to rummage through the “extras” bin of supplies this week to see what my imagination could come up with. Sometimes it’s fun to put arrangements together without a precise plan for design. Here are today’s results. A … Continue reading

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My Little Corner Of The World

Photography has returned as a personal interest once more in my life. The bug hit while going through carousels full of long forgotten slides and converting them to digital files. Semi-consciously, I’ve been capturing sights that touch wordless places in … Continue reading

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Thinking About Roller Coasters

A few years ago I visited my friend Gregg in Port Clinton, about halfway between Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie. The main thing to remember about Gregg, is his obsession with roller coasters. This is … Continue reading

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