Aaron Neville

Posted in Music, Photography, Richmond with tags , on August 11, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Aaron Neville (b.1941) of the Neville Brothers at the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA – August 10, 2018.

Singing ballads from Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Sam Cooke and original material. Even a rendition of “Love Potion No. 9”

Neville was contemplative and took his audience on a private trip down memory lane, mentioning his recently deceased brother, Linda Ronstdat, and growing up as a child singing for free admission to the movie theater.

An intimate setting with only piano accompaniment, Neville mesmerized the mostly white and over 50 crowd.


Eastern Hercules Beetle

Posted in Environment, Photography, Richmond with tags , , on July 14, 2018 by kozmicdogz

The first Eastern Hercules beetle I have ever seen in person. He was dead but is now a part of this growing menagerie.

This type of rhinoceros beetle will live as an adult only 3 to 6 months in the summer.

Large Oak

Posted in Environment with tags , , on July 11, 2018 by kozmicdogz

This may be the largest, or at the least a very grand tree that grows in my neighborhood.

Once some power workers from Houston who were here helping to restore power after one of our hurricanes marveled at this tree and said it was the biggest tree they had ever seen.

We are fortunate to have so many large tree friends here that watch over us.

We should be more aware and do all we can to help them.

72 Years Ago Today.

Posted in family, Photography with tags , on June 2, 2018 by kozmicdogz

June 2, 1946 Carmen & Jane


Posted in Dreams on May 7, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Walking along the beach
there is a fire
all I want to do is save the baritone sax.

Freshly cut grass…

Posted in Writers & Writing with tags , on March 28, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Freshly cut grass
The first of the season
Sends me back to 10 year old me
Playing with soldiers outside
Immersed in battle.

March 11

Posted in Richmond on March 11, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Library overlooking a lake.

Twenty-seven years ago I sat in front of this building waiting for it to open. My first day of work at a new job. Benefits, health insurance, nice surroundings, a retirement plan, and free parking.

Promptly at 8:30 a middle aged woman with glasses, dark shorts and stockings, unlocked the door and as I approached she asked if I needed help. I told her this was my first day at work here and I needed directions to the area in the building where I was assigned. She said someone should have told me about the staff entrance behind the building, but she gladly directed me upstairs and to the right.

I had never worked in a place like this before. Grand but run down looking in 1991. I walked down a long hallway which needed paint and carpeting, kind of like entering a cave. Could I really work here? What have I gotten myself into?
Well this was much better than where I was and I didn’t have to stay here forever. Five or ten years max.

Twenty-seven years later I am looking at an ending but no final chapter yet.

We’ll just have to see.

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