Reading is

What is reading to you? A high school English teach once described “escapist literature” and my righteous teenage self railed against the insult to Nobel Wonderful Books. This mini library, on Holgate Boulevard in Portland, Oregon, states “Reading is a magic key to take you where you want to be.”

Where is your next book taking you?

Magic Key mini library
Magic Key mini library

First Loaf

Many people obsess on their 401(k) and IRA balances when preparing for retirement. They would do well to obsess on activities. This was central to my planning. The finances were on auto-pilot. The what to do and when to do it took a lot more thought. It’s more personal than financial planning. We each have a fairly unique set of interests.

One of the activities I’ve planned is more cooking. Lots more cooking. This loaf, Irish Soda Bread, is a start. I’ve not baked bread in years, may be even decades.

First loaf of Irish Soda Bread, December 27, 2017.
First loaf of Irish Soda Bread, December 27, 2017.

Doggie in the Window

A bit of photo geekery here. This is an unmodified photo from a Pixel 2XL phone. The tonal range is jaw dropping. The dog is pretty cute too.  This post was created to share the image with some photo friends.

Fritzi in Window
Fritzi looking out the window. Demonstrating tonal range captured by Pixel phone