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I'm a person who likes to travel, read, cook, and eat

Tualatin Wildlife Refuge

April 21, 2018 A couple of buddies and I went out to the local wildlife refuge today. Even though trains don’t roll through it – like the Ridgefield Refuge – there was plenty to see. Jay is updating his plant … Continue reading

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Wood Ducks 2018

It’s that time of year again: wood ducks are pairing up and looking for nesting spots.  Thanks to our neighbor Jon we have a great wood duck box (is it a duck box that is made of wood or a … Continue reading

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Black Beans in Pressure Cooker

I’ve cooked black beans and rice a couple of times using an America’s Test Kitchen [this used to be free – now maybe not.] recipe: in January 2017 and originally in May 2013. In that dish the rice takes a … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon in Chicago

After naps and lunch on Saturday the six of headed into Chicago for a quick excursion. We drove up to Oak Park to board the ‘El’ Green Line. The skyline is visible through the haze from the platform. After about … Continue reading

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Riverside Trains

When we travel to Riverside, Illinois, you know I will spend some time trackside at the Metra station. We found a Metra train with a new paint scheme. Then a Chicago bound grain train showed up.     We were … Continue reading

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Garfield Park Conseravtory – Chicago

On our Chicago trip today we went with our son (our daughter-in-law had performances all day) and grandsons to the Garfield Park Conservatory in west Chicago. It’s a huge building with lots of different temperature and humidity controlled rooms for … Continue reading

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Reading: The Final Days of Jesus by Mark D. Smith

SubTitle: The Thrill of Defeat, The Agony of Victory: A Classical Historian Explores Jesus’s Arrest, Trial, and Execution   Rating:★★★★ Finished: March 21, 2018         [Image from Amazon] As the subtitle explains, this book is an historical … Continue reading

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