50 Years Ago Today – July 20th

Posted in Photography, Science with tags , , , on July 20, 2019 by kozmicdogz

July 20, 1969 the first humans stepped foot on the moon, the smaller rotating ball of rock, dust, and craters that revolves around the earth every 28 days. It effects our oceans, our moods, and has inspired generations to think of someplace else, to think what could be.

Neil Armstrong famously said when stepping from the lunar landing module onto the moon, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Apollo 11 brought man to the moon, now let’s see if we can make another great leap and keep our planet from becoming as barren a place as the moon is today.

The above photo of the moon is from the Project Apollo Archive on Flickr. Thousands of photos that can be used for free.

Happy Moon Walk Day!


Happy Father’s Day

Posted in family, Music with tags , , on June 16, 2019 by kozmicdogz

This is a photo of my father probably taken in 1963 in front of the stereo with his tenor saxophone hanging around his neck.

This is how I remember him from my childhood, with his saxophone, in his tuxedo and smiling. My father was probably not quite 50 years old in this photo.

I remember my father saying that he needed to buy a good stereo before my little brother was born because once he was born (Nov. 64) my father would not have the money.

In the photo you can see a reel to reel tape recorder, probably a wollensack with boxed tapes on the shelf below. A sculpture of a twin engine airplane made from used artillery shells by a friend of my father’s while in Australia during WWII. A bowling trophy that my mother earned during the brief two years that she bowled. Bongos, LP’s and the Fisher amp my son-in-law has repaired and is using now in his new house. The viking ship on the top shelf was an Aurora model that I believe me and my brother collaborated on and was one of our favorites.

My father left this life in June 2003.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there and to all those who father the ones who have none.

Wedding Anniversary – June 2, 1946

Posted in family with tags , , , on June 3, 2019 by kozmicdogz

St. Joseph’s Church in Washington, D.C. – 73 years ago.

After the end of WWII just like many returning soldiers, my father married and fortunately found his soulmate in my mother. Both had been engaged to other people before they found each other.

They were to spend the next 57 years together and have 5 children, my father passing at the age of 85 and my mother at the age of 97. She spent almost 15 years living mostly alone.

Often my mother would search the clouds for images of my father and now I do the same, searching for them both.

Grace Street Seven

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by kozmicdogz


Last Thursday we spent a delightful evening at the VMFA listening to the Grace Street Seven. A seven piece band playing songs from the 1920s and 30s. Led by crooner Jay Brown, the band brought back memories and visions from the past.

They played 3 sets and opened with a ragtime song by Scott Joplin. Brown sang and alternately played banjo, slide kazoo, and tenor sax. The other members were: piano, drums, bass, trumpet, clarinet and an amazing alto sax player who occasionally would bring out his soprano sax. All great musicians.

What a wonderful surprise to find this band that appears to have been around for quite a while. I am glad we finally got a chance to travel with them to another era.

More photos from May 2nd.

Over the River!

Posted in Art with tags , , , on April 22, 2019 by kozmicdogz

Referring to over the James River here in Richmond, VA.

The spring event for makers to sell their wares sponsered by Perk Coffee shop in Bon Air Virginia.

See you there with Amy’s Accessories, April 28th from 10am to 3pm.

Indigenous Gourd Orchestra

Posted in Art, Music, Richmond with tags , , , on March 3, 2019 by kozmicdogz

The Indigenous Gourd Orchestra plays for a benefit to raise money to eradicate invasive species from the James River Park System.

March 1, 2019 – Westower Station on Forest Hill Avenue in Southside Richmond.

For more photos go HERE!


Posted in Photography, Science with tags , , on January 30, 2019 by kozmicdogz

Driving home from work there was more traffic than usual.

Inching along, bumper to bumper,

Looking for an accident, a reason for the backup.

As I got closer to the bridge I saw the reason for the slow down.

It was one in a series of January sunsets that were magnificent.

Feeling good for the first time all day.

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