Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Memories of July 4

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Yesterday Jennifer and a few friends went to see some July 4th fireworks. I haven’t been to July 4th fireworks for a long time, and I really enjoyed it. Here are a few photos from the event. The last one is of some kids playing with sparklers. It is blurry because I had to put the shutter speed on a slow setting, but for some reason the sparkler came out very crisp, creating a nice looking photo.

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Sparklers on July 4

New Format

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I am playing around with a few new formats. We’ll see how they go.

Summer!

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I used to be a “fall guy,” i.e. holding the fall season in the highest regard. I still regard the autumn highly…I mean, who wouldn’t? The fall has Halloween, Thanksgiving, All Saints, All Souls, Apple cider, changing leaves, football season, etc. However, I think the reason I liked it a lot was because the long and arduous high school football season was finally over. Once I got in high school, I never really had a full summer because of football two-a-days, football camp, weight lifting, etc, so for me, the time after the season ended was when I had a high degree of freedom. Now, I am becoming much more of a “summer guy,” enjoying running, golf, hiking, cook-outs, etc. I think it is most accurate to say I love all four seasons, which is why I like the Midwest so much, but I am coming to finally enjoy the summer in the same way the Beach Boys sung about.

Summer Hill

For Those Who Gave All for Freedom

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I wish everyone a happy Memorial Day. May we never forget those who gave their lives for freedom. Last week some students and I had the privilege of placing flags by veteran’s graves at the local cemetery. We had some go as far back as the Civil War. It reminded me of the sacrifices many good folks have made for our country.

Eternal Rest grant unto them,
O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

Memorial Day

An Update

Friday, April 13th, 2007

I hope everyone is having a great Easter! I have been on Easter Break for about a week now, and let me tell you, I have needed the break. Even though I love my job, a break is always nice! Of course, nature hasn’t been too cooperative, and the weather has been unseasonably cold. Last year at this time, Jennifer, Jonathan, and I were out taking photos on 60 degree days. This year I am cooped up inside with the flu. I had a fever of 100 for the last few days. I have been monitoring it carefully, but not treating it necessarily. Our cells can withstand temperatures this high, but pathogens and cancer cells have a hard time surviving in such high temperatures (one theory is that tumors have such complex blood vessel networks that they just can’t cool themselves off quickly enough).

Jennifer and I’s marriage plans are moving along, not as quickly as she would like I suspect.

On the Yahoo Music Engine, I am listening to a lot of Townes Van Zandt. He is a folk/country singer from the 1970s-1990s, who is probably most well-known for writing “Pancho and Lefty,” a country hit for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. The ones I have been listening to now include some of the lesser known ones, like “The Velvet Voices” and “Like a Summer Thursday.”

Here is a photo from last spring, certainly not from this cold spring. When I see photos like this, knowing the background behind the photo, I can almost “feel” the heat and sunshine.

Green Hill in Spring

The End of Holy Week

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Just as a note for new readers, I have been posting most of my theological reflections over at Per Christum, our group blog. Please check it out for more theological posts!

Spring is Here

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Spring is officially here in Ohio. I am getting out and walking, running, and gearing up for some tennis (and golf…for the first time in ages!). I am excited about the warm weather and getting a little sun. Here are photos of last year’s spring.

Gregory asked about cameras in an earlier post. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. It is hard for me to choose a good camera. I spent a lot of time on it. The camera I use is the Kodak Z7590. I like it because it has a 10x optical zoom, and loads of settings (like shutter speed, aperture, light, ISO, etc). To get all of these settings, which gives you the most control, it will probably cost at least 200 dollars, or perhaps more. Jonathan has a Konica-Minolta camera with similar specs, although I can’t recall the model right now. Of course, as you get in the 1000s of dollars, you REALLY get control, so I suppose it depends on what you need and can afford!

The photo on top is some pink spring blooms. The bottom photos is an interesting scene. You can see a forest of some type of white blossoming trees, maybe Dogwoods. You can see Dandelions in the foreground. I have rarely seen a forest that looks like this. However, in this particular area the hillsides look like they are covered with cotton in the spring.

Spring Blooms

Spring Scene (Dogwood Forest)

Snowed In

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

I am currently snowed in, since we are on a Level 3 Snow Emergency, meaning only emergency vehicles are supposed to be on the road. Here are a few snow photos I took recently. The first is at a local state park, and the second is a photo of a major river near where I live.

Trees and Snow

River in Winter

Christmas 2006

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

White Lights on Christmas Tree

This year I had a nice Christmas. I proposed to Jennifer and got her an engagement ring a few weekends ago. I proposed to her at the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, and she said “yes!” This has been the most exciting part of the holiday season this year. Because of the personal nature of the proposal (and I have been very busy), I haven’t had a chance to blog about it.

I bought quite a few presents this year, thanks in part to a generous bonus from an alumnist of our school. A few folks will be receiving copies of Dave Hartline’s new book as a gift, but they must be patient. By the time I get them out they may be Epiphany or Lent gifts! I enjoyed Midnight Mass, but I was extremely tired this year, and I admit it was hard to stay awake. The service was beautiful as usual.

I never know what to request for Christmas. I often get some clothes and some money, and a few side gifts.

Over Christmas break, my dad, Jonathan, and I went to a friend’s property and shot at cans and targets. I haven’t shot a gun in ages, but it was fun. I have never hunted an animal and doubt I ever will, but I do like shooting all kinds of guns. Growing up, my dad always emphasized safety and the proper use of firearms. Over break, I managed to take out two cans of diet generic pop in two shots, and a crystal light plastic bottle as well, at a distance of about 15 yards, with a handgun. I was pretty excited! Plus, it was a chance for us male family members to hang out together and get off our butts after Christmas lunch. Jennifer, mom, and grandma stayed home and hung out. It was a pretty gloomy day, and it was raining, so we had to shoot from a cabin’s porch, but this made it easy to pick up the spent cartridges.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a blessed Christmas season! We Catholics have more Christmas days ahead, as the Christmas season has just begun. The photo above is of one of our family trees. I used a filter for my camera that Jennifer got me for Christmas. The bottom photo is of the cup of coffee I had on Christmas Day. It was the “Wild Ass Blend” from Uncommon Grounds Cafe. One of my dad’s employees gets him coffee from Uncommon Grounds every year, and we always look forward to it.

Christmas Cup of Coffee

Firefox Spell Checker rocks!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

The newest edition of Firefox is out, and the spell check feature is great. Whenever you are editing a blog entry, commenting on a forum, or whenever you are typing in a field period, it will underline misspelled words in red. It has saved me a lot of time. Yet one more reason to try Firefox (link below)