Must have been a Tough Year

Had to do a little maintenance to WordPress this morning and notice that I hadn’t blogged for about a year. Oops! We have been busy with family, friends, financial planning, a little travel and plenty of good old hard work at the office. We decided to tackle the storage problem this year; she did most of the heavy lifting, of course, while I was bread winning. She took about forty years of stuff and squeezed it down to about half its original size! The old obsolete stuff has either been shredded, given away or tossed out. Not quite done yet, but hope to be by year’s end.

We had a visit from our friends Linda and Rick recently and wound up watching the new Christopher Nolan film. The sound track was just a bit too loud for my aging ears, but the story was pretty good. Time magazine gave it a long review which I found worth reading.


We had another (off year) election. Not a very good outcome for FDR Democrats this time. Fortunately we have Netflix, so we avoided about 95% of the political ads.

Paul LePage

Lots of folks retiring this year; saw two of my colleagues and a handful of customers walk away. I am still working (and working on my own retirement plan). Investigated a few possible segues to my aging career. Still learning new things (and relearning new things) at every opportunity.


Terrific animated film by talented Korean animators


My day job still holds my interest but not like it did in the good old days. Waiting patiently to see how things turn out. Meanwhile, the financial picture is coming into focus. It looks like we won’t be rich after all. Good thing I never yearned to own a yacht!

Shout out to the California, Ohio, New Hampshire and Massachusetts folks. Highly recommend The Nut Job!


Fall is Here!


We celebrated another year together in Camden; dinner at Josephine’s and breakfast at Marriner’s on the Falls (every bit as good as their reputation): good blueberry pancakes. It was still Indian summer this day, but colder days lay not much farther ahead.

You’ll have to visit my web site for the movie!

Snow Birds Get Ready to Take Flight


After a rendezvous at Walden Pond (and brief goodbyes from the Shishovs), we all headed off caravan style to a local pizza parlor only to find that they only had room for half of us. Julie used her magic smartphone and found us a place that could accommodate eleven hungry relatives. I will spare you the pictures as we packed into a lovely suburban pizzeria [check out my Facebook page if you really care] near the spot where the shot was heard ’round the world. I managed to get a few portrait shots in with my iPhone. And a shot of my nearly perfect parallel parking job (on the first try, in traffic, in the rain).


To many of you this may seem unremarkable, but after living outside of civilization for a decade, I think I did quite well to remember how to park this way (plus I had a bit of practice with Aren over the summer).

Go Tell It On the Mountain


Photo of the whole crew by Gale Davison

It took Cadillac Mountain to get us there, but the Jerry-Joe-Don reunion was accomplished on a nearly perfect day for it. It has literally been years since we all got together (and much water has passed under the bridge). Gale took this great picture and even managed to be in it!

It’s hard to beat the location (despite the hectic pace and even with rain for several days during the week, we all had a great time). We even had Maximum Meat with Jalapeno Corn Bread at the brewery just before heading back. We got a private guitar concert and I nearly got wiped out on the chessboard. Whew! And now summer is over.

I’ll leave you with one last parting shot taken just before the skies opened up on our last day on the island.


“Foggy Sunset at Seawall” by Don Smallidge (gently cropped)

Don’t Quit Your Day Job


I know what you’re thinking. But after several hours of trying this is the best I could do! Perhaps after I retire I can spend a bit more time fiddling with these tools. I needed to use Pixelmator, Acorn and Photoshop Elements to get this far, but clearly there is a lot more to it than I have been able to grasp so far. I think the graphic artist community can breathe a sigh of relief. There will be no challenge from this quarter in the near future. But I hope it tickles the intended audience all the same.

Home Again, Home Again

Three Generations Latest Attempt

Getting closer to home with this one. Learned a few good tricks with Pixelmator for this version. Particularly like the Stamp tool and looking forward to more time to use it. I am doing this while juggling a cup of Angel’s Dream tea (and haven’t had time to attempt it with Photoshop Elements yet). Ran out of time again as usual. I guess jQuery will have to wait until next week. Looking forward to meeting the progenitor in the flesh soon.

Personal message to family: have a great 4th of July and I’ll see you soon!