My brother (David Crook) and I took a few hours off this afternoon and drove out to the White Tank Regional Park. I'd never been all the way up the Waterfall Trail, and that was my goal. However, I chickened out at about the half-way point. I am just restarting my fitness program and plan to be in better shape each day. Although there weren't many blossoms, there was so much to enjoy: amazing rock formations, petroglyphs, an ever-changing sky that opened up just for us, birds, bird nests, lizards, cactus, and many, many people hiking up and down. Here's a shot (redigitized by me) of a curved-billed thrasher's nest: And here's a petroglyph collection: And here's a cactus wren: And finally, just a lovely scenic:
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Both “ordinance” and “ordnance” are tied in to authority, but very differently. What a difference an "i" makes! Ordinance is an authoritative degree, a municipal regulation (a law created by a governmental authority), or something decreed by fate or a deity. Think “ceremony,” “practice,” “law,” or “prescribed usage.” Ordnance is a military term. It means military supplies, including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and maintenance tools and equipment. Ordnance is also a service of an army charged with the procuring, distributing, and safekeeping of ordnance. Think “cannon,” “artillery.”
Following is a poem written by my nephew, Jonathan Burton, of Mossyrock, Washington. In the picture above, left to right: Sisters Emily and Keisha, Mother, Cheryl, Jonathan, and Brother Donovan. Jonathan's other siblings are Jeremiah Williams, Jenna Simek, Michelle Burton, and Andie Burton. A number of relatives in Jonathan's generation are very creative, some writing poetry, others performing music, while others choose photography, modeling, acting, sports, arts & crafts, and it goes on... The Biggest Part of Me I have a special family They are the biggest part of me Living up upon the mount, Making every moment count I have a special family Our family shares and cares together I know I will be loved forever How do we differ from other places Keeping secrets, hiding faces Our family shares and cares together I Have a simple life you see Living with my family All our lives, like mirrors, shatter My family helps , whatever the matter They are, the biggest part of me One line speaks especially to me, because it's the bedrock of a healthy life, no matter who or what or when or why..."I know that I will be loved forever." Powerful words.