21 February 2011

The Trance Called Yosemite, a Week Later

The original The Trance Called Yosemite
photos appear in the post prior to this one.
But, it snowed last week. So, eight days following
the lovely photos Kris captured which I shared in
the original post, he had to return to the place which
inspired John Muir to record the thought:
This Grand Show is Eternal...
just to prove him right.

El Capitan With Snow

Noble mountains rise close about me,
and far southward are the highest of the
range with glaciers on their sides.
A stream sings lonley.
~John Muir~

Merced River...
Which eight days ago was snow-free.
(See below.)

How deeply with beauty
is beauty overlaid!
~John Muir~

18 February 2011

The Trance Called Yosemite

Photos taken by Kris,
February 11, 2011

Leaning Tower Peak

Located directly south of Bridal Veil Falls.
Bridal Veil is right in between Leaning
Tower Peak and Cathedral Rocks.

...All things denote their is a God; yea, even
the earth, and all things that
are upon the face of it...
~Alma 30:44~

...Small lakes abound in all sorts of situations, --on
ridges, along mountain sides, and in piles of
moraine boulders, most of them mere pools...
How pure their waters are, clear as crystal
in polished stone basins!
~John Muir~

Moraine: ridge, or mass of rocks...carried
and deposited directly by a glacier.

Merced River

There is simply something so colorful
about black and white.
~Dale Boman~

Bridal Veil Falls

The snow is melting into music.
~John Muir~

These beautiful days must enrich all my life. They
do not exist as mere pictures...but they saturate
themselves into every part of the body
and live always.
~John Muir~

Merced River

Glacial lakes...strung together like beads on the
bright ribbons of their feeding. Streams pour, white
and gray with foam and spray, from one to the
other, their perfect mirror stillness making
impressive contrasts with the grand blare
and glare of the connecting cataracts.
~John Muir~

For my part, I should like to stay here
all winter or all my life
or even all eternity.
~John Muir~

14 February 2011

Love and Loyalty Taken to the Extreme

My parents. Bob and Donna.

Recently, mom had rotator cuff surgery. Dad
had the same surgery three weeks later.
I sent this photo to my siblings
and to the grandchildren inviting them to
respond with "captions" to this funny, but not funny,
but no-getting-around-it...funny photo.

In order for the captions to be better understood and
appreciated by any 'outsiders' let me tell you a
Readers Digest version of a well known family love story.
Mom and dad have been married for 61 years.
However, they have been sweethearts since the second
grade. They have in their possession, childhood gifts they
exchanged, a few gradeschool love notes...and lots more
than a few love letters written in adulthood while
separated during dad's time spent in the mission field.

One paragraph from my father's journal:

In Ririe elementary school in year 1935, the
second-grade classroom was on the school building's
west side. The room had two doors: on its east side,
a double door connecting to the eighth grade classroom,
and on the north side an entrance door to and from the
school playground. The teacher was Mrs. Velda Lovell.

I shall never forget Mrs. Lovell or the second-grade
class. The 1935-36 school year was under way and
class for the day started when, through the outside
entrance door, Donna's mother brought in Donna
and introduced her to Mrs. Lovell and to us students.
Donna's father had come to Ririe to become its new
high school principal.

Why I recall the event in such detail I cannot
explain, except that seeing Donna that first day
ignited within me something wonderful
and unquenchable.

While Donna's mother and Mrs. Lovell talked,
arranging for Donna to join the class, the rest
of us watched and listened intently,
I more than anyone else.
From first sight, my feelings for her have
been different than ever they have been
for anyone else.

Following, are the captions submitted
by various family members for this
Valentine's Day post:

Matt (son)
1. We've made up now. But that was one
heck of a fight!

2. We should be ready for the start of the season
in April. But with the injuries and all,
The Giants are playing hardball
with our contracts.

3. We've been together 60+ years, we may
as well do this together also.

Michael (grandson)
Two love birds with wounded wings.

Rachael (granddaughter)
Once you've been together so long you really
do start to feel each other's pain.

Spencer (grandson)
I heard Chuck Norris could throw a fastball
100 mph. I THREW Chuck Norris 100 mph...
and tore my rotator cuff in the process.

Anne Marie (granddaughter)
Oh my gosh. Do they have to do
EVERYTHING together? Priceless.

Kris (son-in-law)
So I see they got the two-for-one senior
citizen's rotator cuff special. His and hers!

Ganon (grandson)
He's been following her every move
since the 2nd grade.

Ty (grandson)
GrandmandGrandpa Ali!

Chase (grandson)
Maybe paying the extra money for lessons
on HOW to snowboard wouldn't have
been such a bad idea after all...

Mark (grandson)
"Birds of a feather..."

Ellen (daughter-in-law)
Comrades in arms. Isn't this taking the
unity in marriage thing one step (arm)
too far???

Brad (grandson)
Years ago in North Carolina Grandpa took us to
Pinehurst to golf. I was probably 10 years old
at the time. Of course he let me drive him around
in the golf cart the whole round, even though he
was probably terrified. We were going down a
big hill and went around a sharp turn...I looked
over and Grandpa was hanging out of the golf cart
with one hand. Luckily, he was able to pull himself
back inside. I remember thinking he would
be mad, but he just laughed and said "you better
start driving a little slower, Brad." I just hope
that sharp turn didn't have anything to do
with Grandpa's recent surgery!

Second part of story: Matt (cousin) was driving
Uncle Rick in the other cart and they ran into a tree
and had to pay for a new golf cart. Haha.
Those were the days. Thanks, Grandpa
for the memories!!

What a great example this family has been
blessed with of what real love truly is.
~Happy Valentine's Day~

09 February 2011

It's Been An Eventful Week. Or Two. Or Three.

Chase arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil last Saturday. He
graduated from the U of U last summer in English,
and will be teaching English in Brazil for about a
year. He lives about five blocks from this
street, Avenida Paulista, where the Sau Paulo Museum
of Art (building in red) is located.

Checking in at the S.F. airport...
with his Giants hat on.
Of course.
He was really excited for the opportunity, and
we are looking forward to hearing about
his experiences. He's been wanting to do this,
or something like it for some time.
Happy for him.

Ty...feeling fairly confident having just passed
his behind the wheel driving test.
Our fourth licensed driver.

We had a couple of bales of hay in our truck for a
few weeks, left over from the Young Men snow
camp out. Here's a photo of Ty and a friend having
just "hayed" another friends truck. (Just left the
bale of hay on the truck.) Of course, the next day
at school, it had been transferred to yet another
truck. A new form of toilet papering a yard?

A few months ago I posted a photo of a desk that
Call was in the beginning stages of making. Here
is his finished product. Pretty nice I'd say, having
just made it "from his head!"

Whitney and Call last week in Park City.

Anne Marie in a giant bubble with
one of "her" autistic babes.

Great news! Anne Marie was accepted yesterday
to George Washington University,
in Washington D.C. for graduate school in
Speech and Language Pathology. She applied to a
few other schools, too, so it is not definite where
she will be headed. However, this was her
first response...and what a happy one!

Currently she is employed through the Wasatch
Mental Health District and is an aid in a
classroom of autistic children. For her most
current, and very sweet post of her at work
go here.

Tied together by stuff too difficult to
explain to someone new.
~Brian Andreas~

(Kris and I last Sunday. And, not that we were thinking
of untying ourselves...but all of the stuff that ties
us together are all of those kids talked about
before this photo of the two of us. We
look kind of tired, huh?)

Kris serves in the Young Men's
organization in our ward.
Hunter, Jerry, Ty, and Chad during their
snow camp out two weeks ago.


It always takes him a little while to get used to
his body after he's been sleeping.
~Brian Andreas~

Uh, yeah. Especially if it was sleeping in the snow.

Was it the warm drink or the cold air that fogged
the glasses? Those who really know Kris,
know how he just loves the cold.

This was craziness. THE Chris Botti, came to
Turlock and performed at our Community
Theatre. An absolute thrilling evening.

Yes...he signed two CD's for me that night.

His sound is indescribable. I didn't know that
the trumpet could be as warm and hypnotic
as a well played violin, a well trained
voice, a perfectly played cello, or a piano that
has a true artist touching its keys.
But, brilliance and finesse is just that...
no matter the instrument.

The gal singing this song has sung with
the Rolling Stones for the last 18 years. Here, she is
singing a song from Chris Botti's latest CD...Italia.
Andrea Bocelli actually sings it on the CD. This
gals range was phenomenal. I enjoyed her higher
voice much more than I did her lower range show cased
here, however, you can hear the entire ensemble
in this clip...and the warmth of Chris Botti
on display. (He re-enters again,
midway through.)

Haha! Trumpet Tricks.
Playing off each other here...

The drummer was amazing. The pianist was
wonderful, the violinist, bass, and guitarist
were fabulous. Because my mother had just
had shoulder surgery...my folks were unable to join us
as planned. I immediately came home from this concert and
bought tickets for his July concert at Davies Symphony
Hall in San Francisco. Guess I'm a 'groupie' now.
Wanted my folks to be able to hear him.
Can't WAIT to hear who he
will bring as his guest artists. When he performed
and recorded his Live in Boston CD,
Yo Yo Ma and Sting were two of his
guests...to name a few. I'm banking on S.F.
bringing in a few big names to be with him!
It was a ridiculously amazing concert :) :)

For his official website, go here.
If you are a lover of music...you really should
visit the site. Maybe he's coming YOUR way...
and the quality of sound on the website is
much better than from my little camera.