Thursday, December 2, 2010

Smart Birds

Hmmm - What can I learn from them?

A lot!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sometimes I wish I could ask God to 'STOP' time for just a while. But then again, what would 'a while' mean if time was stopped.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Just a quiet walk in the park.

Tonight Millie invited me to join her for her evening walk around Lake Murray. I thought she meant that it would be a great time for us to be alone and talk (as married couples need every so often). I should have known, when she got her headphones out and flipped her iPod to the sound track of Top Gun, that I might be in trouble.

We walked together for about twenty yards and then she was gone.

Maybe that is how she has lost so much weight lately? I didn't even have a chance to say 'good-bye'.

And then, I finally caught up
to her ... wait a minute! She's already heading back - in a full jog.

So much for me thinking I'm in shape. I need to take a lesson from Millie.

I'm proud of you Mil!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Move Over Gerber Baby

Here is the latest picture of my grandson, Beckham Bear Bearchell.

Some say he looks like Bear, others say he looks like Jen. I say he just looks cool - with a personality to match.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Good Day

Millie, Megan and I spent the first part of the day watching Zach play in the flag football championship, and the second half of the day with Bear and his family. Life is good, and God gave it to us. Thank you God!!!

Imperial Beach, CA

I just spent 3 days at 6th Grade Camp with 66 kids from our school. It was a lot of walking and a lot of watching (camp staff did all the teaching and training). the camp is right on the beach, so it made all the negative stuff melt away into a positive experience for the kids and our staff.

Here area a few sketches for my experience. (Notice anything missing from the pictures? Kids.)

Friday, April 23, 2010

From One Week to the Next

I spent the other day on the cliffs of La Jolla sketching and painting with a friend. It was an amazing day at the ocean. And then ...

I spent this last week proctoring the CA STAR test for a group of 8th graders. Basically that means I read them the instructions and then let them do the work. My job was to make sure no one cheated and no part of the test (including scratch paper) left the testing room.

Funny - I can't even remember taking the STAR test when I was in school. I just remember running to get in line with the schoolmarm rang the bell, then get in trouble for running. Were there such tests in the olden days.

I love what I do for my job and I love what I do on my own time. Life is good!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


There isn't much in this world better than spending time with my grandson Beckham. We walked through the park, along the bay, ate lunch at Panera Cafe and napped. He is a true blessing from God. Thanks Bear and Jenn for doing your part, too.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Ever have one of those days when you just want to sail away? Not far - just away? It's not that i don't like where I am, it's just that I want to experience the freedom and the solitude that sailing in the Puget Sound, and anchoring in it's many coves can bring.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Just Thinking

I can't believe that at 16 year old girl is sailing around the world - by herself - non stop - never getting off her boat - no one helping her - parents letting her (though if one of my kids was to do that, I suppose I would be excited for them). Well she is. Abby Sunderland. What the heck, why not? Her brother did it last year at the age of 17 years. They are the first 2 of 7 kids.

What are the other 5 kids going to look forward to. What if the other kids get seasick, or are afraid of the dark, the ocean, being alone? Will everyone think of them as wimps? I'm just thinking ...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A grandfather's thought...

I'm told that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

San Diego is what it is - a beautiful place (even on a cloudy day).