Monthly Archives: June 2010

Homage To Rogers and Hammerstein

Yesterday, after we gave Abbie her last injection of cartilage-building supplement, I carefully removed the needle from the hypodermic apparatus, then prevailed upon the ever-patient Nelson to pose for a picture which I titled… …scroll down… Furry, With A Syringe … Continue reading

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Professional Writer At Work, Professional Editor Asleep

Spotlight on author Morgan Bramlet Avis Thomas-Lester Washington Post, June 30, 2010 Morgan Bramlet, 48, of McLean, senior director of branding and video for the American College of Cardiology, is author of “Virtual Death: A Cyber Thriller.” I admire anyone … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 30

Big news at Devils! Devils Island Light Station, June 30, 1955 Through (sic) out numerous articles of old furniture and burned in presence of Group Commander. Removed all steel kitchen cabinets from dwelling that is not in use and transferred … Continue reading

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Damn, This Guy Looks Familiar

(NY Times, June 29, 2010) A news item that was never printed: Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich erupted into violence when approached by  reporters outside a Federal courtroom this morning. Asked for comment on damaging testimony in his corruption trial, … Continue reading

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Life Imitates Hanna-Barbera

How differently would American baby-boomers look at life without the cartoons that  kept us enthralled while we were (allegedly) growing up? Seems like there’s always something reminding us of Bugs Bunny, Rocket J. Squirrel, or in this case, Quickdraw McGraw. … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 29

Sand Island Light Station, Friday, June 29, 1900 North North West gale. clear. Devils Island Light visible. About 7:00 the morning a tug towing two rafts nearly had her rafts ashore in front of the Station. The current was so … Continue reading

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Just For Gene

A Springer Spaniel with a finely developed aesthetic sense. Duluth Air Show, 2002.

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Keeper’s Log, June 28

An Ella Luick entry: Sand Island Light Station, Wednesday, June 28, 1899 NE hurricane clear and cold. The worst blow of the season. After 1:00 P.M. the wind decreased in violence till at 5:00 P. M. it was only an … Continue reading

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I’m Back

Yes, the Retread Ranger Station is open for business again after more than a year’s hiatus. Why? “Because we like you!” says Mickey. Well, that’s certainly part of it. But mostly it’s just because the mood struck me. There’s simply … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 27

Outer Island Light Station, June 27, 1878 Government boat “Warrenton” arrived at 6 AM; left material for a dublicate (sic) Fog Signal, lumber for building, and all the machinery; unloaded by means of a scow. Left about 2 PM. Mr. … Continue reading

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Pup Update (“Pupdate?”)

It’s been more than a year since I took a break from blogging, so perhaps it’s time for an update on Abbie and her offspring. The biggest news right now is that  several weeks ago, Abbie had surgery to repair … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 26

Or in this case, the personal diary of keeper Francis Jacker. Raspberry Island Light Station, June 26, 1886 Yesterday passed my birthday – the 46th.  On the 9th wife and two children (Edward and Joe) surprised me with a visit.  … Continue reading

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