Monday, November 29, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021
I enjoyed reading Ben Olson's chronology of Sandpoint and how its various historical stages have changed and/or defined the community.
He notes that we are currently undergoing a transitional phase, due in part to the Pandemic and the influx of transplants.
As a golden oldie, I would add Farragut Naval Base and Coldwater Creek Catalog Co. as influencers of our Sandpoint personality.
After reading the piece and thinking of my own experiences through a lifetime in Sandpoint, I couldn't help but think of a beautiful ballad I heard in Ireland twice in one day on our recent trip.
First, we listened to its entirety while strolling through a gift shop in Donegal.
Later in the day, a live band was playing Irish classics at a 50th birthday party where we were staying.
The singer honored my request, and, as he sang it again, many of the partygoers happily joined in.
The song is about Derry, Northern Ireland, not far from where we were staying. Derry's history includes its share of nostalgia and turbulence.
Like Ben's story above, every town endures, embraces or even laments its outside influences as history unfolds.
Regardless of the nature of new developments, those who grow up in any community and spend their lives there, always cling to the wonderful memories of youth.
Hope you enjoy it, and if you're a Sandpoint native, enjoy your own nostalgic trip back to the good ol' days of the "town you love so well."
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021
". . . a fan of a post-Thanksgiving quasi hibernation in slippers and sweats, orbiting the kitchen, where leftovers beckon."
---Melissa Kirch, NYT
Like most everyone who gathered for Thanksgiving, we (Barbara, Laurie, Bill and I) felt really thankful to be able to get together at Willie and Debbie's home last night.
We enjoyed a lovely dinner, some fun with an active little kitty named Pepper, great visiting and even some exercise for Bill on their Nordic track bike. He rode for a while at Venice Beach.
So great to be able to do this again.
I saw the story below in today's Daily Bee and wanted to share it for local bread bakers who might want to participate in this wonderful project benefitting the local food bank.
And, finally the first of many Bridie albums to come. Her big brothers, Liam and Foster, are bonding with her more each day.
Hope you enjoy.
She's a keeper!