Sunday, October 15, 2017


Dave & Rose in Gondola to Moose "Mountain" Lutsen Lodge Northern Minnesota

Above is loving wife Rose's wonderful Anniversary Poem to Humble Blogger "Tireless Travelers". It is based on Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" (1855) set on the southern shore of Lake Superior where we celebrated our 23rd.    Click on the JPG images to read the verses more easily.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hurricane IRMA

Irma angered her
ocean but now it is calm
welcoming her back!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

45th Anniversary

On Thursday July 13th through Sunday July 16th 2017,  Humble Blogger attended his 45th consecutive silent Retreat at the Jesuit Retreat House called Demontreville.  It was quite a privilege not only to still be alive but to have been able to find time off from 3M Company and other doings to "make the retreats"  I took a lot of photos this year of the grounds and walking trails.  Weather was beautiful, food was wonderful as usual and spiritual retreat from the mad world was greatly appreciated.  There was no room left on my wooden plaque to put a 45th medal so I received this special aerial photo of the Demontreville complex of houses and central meeting area.  I am Captain of the "Campion" house which is at the 10 o'clock position in the photo.  It quite clearly stands out from the rest of the structures.

Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House 
complex in North St. Paul, MN

See also Posts: "40th Anniversary" and  "Jesuit Retreat House at Demontreville"

Monday, July 3, 2017

Heat Wave

failing to feel warmth
she moved to Florida some
four decades later

Daughter Julie with Humble Blogger dad (including frozen beard) cross country skiing  at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, MN  on January 1, 1979.  Julie  "froze" this outing and was never comfortable in the cold.  She's always wanted to move to a warmer climate and finally did so June 30, 2017.  She sees the Atlantic ocean from her new place.  We will miss her!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Just Things

during his last year(s)
he shed those prized things time had

Late 1880's Ansonia Wall Clock

Early 1900's (refinished) Edison Cylinder Phonograph

Thursday, June 1, 2017


after a year's wait
lilacs dominated spring
for fifteen minutes

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

An Awakening

music flowed last night
once she roused her mandolin
from its deep slumber