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Gold And The Green Flash #WritePhoto

March 30, 2017 12 Comments

gold

gold

Golden reflections of sunset over the ocean took over my senses and transported me back to the first time I saw this place.  My memories of this place stretch for miles and pleasant miles along the Pacific Coast Highway.  I started to visit these beaches when I worked as an illegal alien in Tecate, BC, Mexico. I crossed the border to party and go to the beach in San Diego on a regular basis while I was teaching at a spa for Americans in the beer border town known as TKT in local lingo.  As a wetback gringa I enjoyed easy free passage through the border.  My employers bribed the Mexican aduana, and the US side was much different before 2001.  We had an ideal way of life that included being paid to live at a destination spa.  I made the most of it while it lasted, and am always happy that I did.  Those days will never return. I kept crossing into Mexico to work until 2003, when I decided it had become too violent and scary to continue.  The good old days were gone forever.  Mexico lingo y querido had vanished forever.

Standing on a cliff in Encinitas I watch the surfers below me catch a few waves at the end of the day.  I stop to watch the horizon for a green flash when the sun meets the water.  A pelican glides in front of the light, fishing.  The natural beauty of this stunning place in nature has endured through many political upheavals.  I thought about the pelican and his flock needing no visa to cross the border.  I wonder if man is conquering nature or nature has conquered man. FLASH!!! There is a moment of bright green that marks the end of this day.  Most of us consider the green flash to be a sign of good luck. I am optimistic.

This is a story inspired by Sue Vincent’s photo prompt.  Please visit Sue at the Daily Echo to read, write, or just enjoy posts from around the world interpreting this image.  Every  Thursday we take on a new image.

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Winter Traditions Unplugged

December 10, 2013


The ancient world was more highly aware of the seasons than we are today because they had to make fire to stay warm or see at night. Religion, tradition, and regional provincialism are woven together at the winter solstice time.  We have a food and drink festival that imitates Saturnalia and a birthday the resembles the birth of Mithra.  I believe I have inherited some feelings for Christmas from the way my ancestors behaved.  I have had the good fortune to be in other countries to celebrate the season, which opened my eyes to the wide variety and regional roots of the holiday practices.  I choose the part I like and feel no pressure to perform now that my ancestors are all dead.  I see the end of the year as a fun break before tax organization season, and a good excuse to party with friends.  We give few gifts, but like to share extra food and drink with friends.  I like to embrace it as an upside down time, a season for preparation and clearing.  Spring will be right around the corner, when the harvest cycle can begin once more.  For now, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; it is time to party.

Sir Thomas, Customer, Smith, 13th Great Grandfather

January 6, 2013 3 Comments

Sir THOMAS

Sir THOMAS

My 13th great grandfather pissed off the Tudors several times. It appears that the customs office of the queen was privately held somehow, like outsourcing.  Elizabeth I gave him the job of collecting customs fees, but he was taken to court for shortages more than once.  His son, Sir Thomas Smith was instrumental in colonizing the world from the British Isles.  Just like my mother’s  Taylors, these Smiths marry some other Smiths down the line, just to keep everyone guessing.

Sir Thomas SMITH was born 1522 in Weston Hanger, Kent Co, England. He died 7 Jun 1597 in Kent, England. Sir married Alice JUDDE on 1554 in Weston Hanger, Kent Co, England
The Harris and Smith families were interested in the discovery and development of Virginia. He is referred to as “Customer” Smith and rose from obscurity in Queen Elizabeth’s time by marrying the daughter of Sir Andrew Judd, the Lord Mayor, of humble origins himself. THOMAS SMYTHE of Corsham, Wiltsbire, England was born in 1522 and died 7 June 1591 leaving a will. He married ALICE JUDDE, daughter of Sir ANDREW and MARY Mirfyn/Mervyn JUDDE. “Item. I give and bequeath to the children of my sonne in law, WILLIAM HARRIS, Esquire,BR> which he hath or shall beget uppon the bodie of my daughter ALICE, his wife, the like somme of five hundred and fiftie pounds to be equally divided between them. And if any of them shall fortune to decease, then the parts and portion of such as shall decease to remayne and be paid and divided indifferently between the Survivors of them.”
27. Alice JUDDE was born 1535 in Weston Hanger, Kent, England. She died 1593 in England.
ALICE (Judde) SMYTHE, widow of THOMAS, dau of ANDREW and MARY JUDDE, left a will dated 10 July 1592 London, proved 1598 in Prerogative Court of Canterbury. “Item. I bequeath to my daughter HARRIS my Jewell Ringe, an of Diamonds, A table cloth of Damask of the Story of Samyell conteyn inge five yeards in length, A doble Lowell and two dozen of napkins and two chayres of crymson silk taffeta. “Item. I give to her sonne THOMAS HARRIS twentie pounds, and to Arthur, her sonne, tenne pounds to be paid at theire ages of twentie and one yeres. “item. To her daughter Al ice, twentie pounds, And to her daughter Dorathie tenne pounds to be payde to the same daughters at their marriages or ages of twentie and one yeres, whichsoever of the same time shall first happen.”

SIR THOMAS “CUSTOMER” SMITH 2 (1530 – 1591)
is my 13th great grandfather
Sir Thomas Smith (1558 – 1625)
Son of SIR THOMAS “CUSTOMER”
Christopher Lawrence Smith, I (1591 – 1638)
Son of Sir Thomas
Col John Speaker Burgess Smith (1624 – 1689)
Son of Christopher Lawrence
Capt John Smith (1662 – 1698)
Son of Col John Speaker Burgess
Augustine Warner Smith (1689 – 1756)
Son of Capt John
Martha Cary (1682 – 1738)
Daughter of Augustine Warner
Mary Jacquelin (1768 – 1843)
Daughter of Martha
Johannes John SCHMIDT SMITH (1742 – 1814)
Son of Mary
Henry Smith (1780 – 1859)
Son of Johannes John
Swain Smith (1805 – )
Son of Henry
Jerimiah Smith (1845 – )
Son of Swain
Minnie M Smith (1872 – 1893)
Daughter of Jerimiah
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
Son of Minnie M
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
Son of Ernest Abner
Pamela Morse
I am  the daughter of Richard Arden
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