2 October 2013
Card Pond, near my house, taken the other day.
28 April 2013
Sunset in Alford, from my yard, looking west (of course!).
29 December 2012
A view in my horse paddock, looking west from my house.
9 December 2012
At a holiday party on a sunny day in Massachusetts, I asked a friend to take this picture. Elizabeth looked at me and said, “You want to have a picture of me standing next to a man in a barn jacket?!” I laughed and told her I would take it off. “No,” she said, “I can prove I can stand next to a man in a barn jacket!” I thought about the color coordination and decided to shed the brown jacket, which didn’t really fit in with the color scheme.
23 November 2012 memories of a successful Election…
5 November 2012 in anticipation of tomorrow’s big day…
9 October 2012 time to change the profile pic. This is me, 3 days ago, atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the highest peak in the Northeast @ 6,288 feet. I hiked up (and down!) with a bunch of friends. We were on the mountain for over 9 hours and endured heavy fog, driving rain, occasional sleet, and winds of 70 MPH with higher gusts. So, this picture is not ho-hum; I worked hard to be there!
26 June 2012 new profile picture. A distant relative of mine, Marshall Spring Bidwell. Distant in time, not in space, since we were born in the same town. I am descended from his father.
27 May update:
Past 7 days: $3,284,229.97
Past 30 days: $13,081,412.50
This year: $357,400,916.31
17 May 2012 Update:
Past 7 days: $2,614,287.42
Past 30 days: $20,477,021.16
This year: $328,297,289.80
11 May 2012
Another good day!
Past 7 days: $9,760,973.54
Past 30 days: $22,698,775.33
This year: $301,386,965.12
7 May 2012
Past 7 days: $8,936,636.55
Past 30 days: $16,932,874.10
This year: $270,795,678.11
3 May 2012
For the record, my dashboard today tells me:
Past 7 days: $5,850,578.28
Past 30 days: $12,970,631.83
This year: $254,834,431.44
2 January 2012
Refreshed my profile pic with a shot taken on the trail near Race Brook, a place near my house where a hike up a steep wooded trail produces glorious views of multiple waterfalls.
8 October 2011
Photo from the WNPR website, on the occasion of my appearance on “Where We Live”…
21 October 2011
In honor of Steve Jobs. For the text of the famous ad as well as a copy of it as a video:
July 5, 2011
My two boy katz. They love to be outside this time of year (seen here on my deck), but don’t much like the extreme heat — they are most active at night — as in my being awakened at 4 o’clock this morning by Tigger (you can see his white legs on the left), who jumped up on my bed crying loudly. As I began to turn over, a little furry thing crawled over my neck on its way to freedom. He (too) often brings mice and other things in as presents for me. Since I was already awake, I got up to make coffee; fortunately I turned the light on before getting out of bed, since there was a dead chipmunk on the rug beside the bed. I don’t approve, but he’s very proud of his hunting prowess!
The other one is black & white, so I named him Barack. He’s also very sweet.
They came to me when I lost a friend to suicide. She had rescued them from a barn, so the first part of their life was feral. When they first came to my house, I didn’t see hide nor hair of them for six months. They hid under the bed in the guest room by day and came out to eat at night. Now, nearly three years later, they stick close to me (when not out prowling), sleeping near me in my office, or in my bed. They are a joy to have around.
June 21, 2011
Another new picture to share. Mountain Laurel near my home is at its peak.
June 15, 2011
Time for an avatar change. This is my cat, Topaz. She is about 13 years old, but acts like a kitten. I got her from a rescue shelter. She was abandoned in a house when people moved out. Because she never acclimated to humans, she didn’t like living with me. So, she ran away and lived on her own for many years.
One day, about 7 years ago, a neighbor told me she was hanging around his house, going through the garbage, so maybe I should come and capture her. I did.
I held her prisoner for a while (she didn’t want to be here!), but gradually, she became (almost) domesticated. She is now part of the family (I have 3 other cats), and is very happy to be warm and fed. Still, she doesn’t like to be touched (she will run from me if I pet her).
She likes people, and will hang about when I have company, as long as no one touches her.
As you can see, she’s quite beautiful, and I’m very happy she is part of my household!
March 25, 2011
April is Autism Awareness Month, so I thought I’d get a jump on that by changing my avatar to an appropriate symbol.
Autism is a neurological difference that is fairly rare (about 1% of the population). Because the autistic brain operates so very differently, in some respects, from the neurotypical brain, it takes effort and understanding on both sides to achieve a successful degree of integration by the autistic into what seems like an alien culture.
There are some very funny pieces that have been written about what the world would be like if autistics got to make the rules; but we don’t!
I was sworn in on December 20, 2010 as a Commissioner on the Special Commission Relative to Autism in my state. Our report is due to the legislature in September. I’m very excited at having this opportunity to review services now offered and to recommend improvements in the way things are done.