May 25th – The Day in Review

May 25, 1970 – the birth of our 2nd son, Andrew, in Mt. Carmel Hospital, Churchtown, Dublin, Ireland

May 25, 1970 -In hospital waiting for labor to begin, I received the very welcome news that I had finally been awarded my PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.. Andrew was born 3 hours later.

May 25, 2023 – here I am in an “old folks home” in Seattle Washington!

Time flies when you are having fun!

Harbor Seals, Tidewater Glaciers and Climate Change

Climate change reading.

Wickersham's Conscience

This post is dedicated to the late Dr. Vera Alexander, marine scientist, equestrian, musician, philanthropist and much more. It was WC’s privilege to serve as a marine technician on the R/V Acona in 1967 on a cruise where Dr. Alexander, a newly minted PhD, did some of the original research on the relationship between Harbor Seals and tidewater glaciers. Vera Alexander taught WC about the importance of curiosity in life and science, a lesson WC still cherishes today.

Harbor Seals hauled out on an iceberg, Meares Inlet, Alaska

If you’ve been on a ship in a glacial fjord, up near the snout of a tidewater glacier, you know that they seem to be as sterile as the moon. It’s not just the freezing cold air flowing down the glacier, or the barren rock walls framing the seawater. There’s no sign of life in the water, either.

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What’s Going On?

Photo taken in Milford New Hampshire, approx. 1980. One of my nieces had a herd of sheep, including “Julia”. whom I purchased from a farmer in Peterborough. I had a grand idea of using Julia’s lovely fleece in my knitting and weaving projects. This photo shows Carla examining the fleeces from her bounteous herd. I might add that the herd had a habit of escaping and wandering down the road to visit numerous neighbors. And Carla’s dad (my brother-in-law) had “words” to say about THAT.


Los Perdidos

This came to me through my first cousin, Spencer Turner, It was posted by a person named, Donna Apter, who I do not even know, but it points out what kind of a person our next president, Joe Biden is, and it is well worth reading. No Joe may not have a silver tongue, but we all know he has a heart of gold, showing Love instead of hate for ALL Americans. He is well known all over the world and is able to be friends with all persons in Congress, not making enemies with all; this is what America needs right now to undo the harm done to our great country over almost four years.


”The story I’m about to share with you about Joe Biden is special — in fact, I’m fairly certain I’m the only living person left who actually witnessed it…

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Japanese-Americans | the Nisei in WWII, part one (1)

Pacific Paratrooper

Nisei soldiers

Smitty held the Nisei in very high regard and I would be remiss in neglecting to tell their story. Beside, one of these men might have been directly responsible for the safe return of my father. In reality, it would be near impossible to relate a story of the Pacific War without mentioning their service. Some of this unique intelligence force worked ‘behind the scene’ stateside U.S.A. or Australia, but many were up front and fighting at and behind enemy lines.

Smitty always had extreme appreciation for the courage, resilience and down-right crazy stunts they pulled off. They were capable of going behind the lines to acquire information or cut into the radio lines and all the while they remained quite aware that their own units might mistake them for the enemy when they returned. This did happen more than once.

Most everyone is aware of whom the…

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Return of Bird of the Week: Townsend’s Warbler

Wickersham's Conscience

Female Townsend’s Warbler, Fairbanks, Alaska

This species has a special place in WC’s heart: not only is it beautiful; it was the logo bird for the late, lamented Alaska Bird Observatory, appearing on everything from coffee mugs to stickers to t-shirts. In Interior and Southcentral Alaska, it is associated with stands of mature white spruce. That preference seems more closely associated with nest site selection than foraging, but the species is poorly known for a North American wood warbler, so the conclusion is uncertain.

The remaining white spruce forests of the White Mountains in central Interior Alaska are its northernmost breeding area; in migration to it returns to the central mountains of Mexico and as far south as Costa Rica. It’s probably most common in the forest plateaus of British Columbia and into western Alberta, but is a distinctly western species.

Female Townsend’s Warbler, Fairbanks, Alaska

In its breeding range…

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