Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What I Saw Today (April 30, 2008)

Tracks down at the tracks near the bridge

Dyslexic letters (31 Locust Street)

Lost feather on the sidewalk outside the Lazy K

The following five photos were taken at Flowers, Herbs & Art at 411 Locust Street. My thanks go to Emily, the proprietor, for allowing me to shoot inside the shop. Check it out . . .

Another one of those sidewalk markers (500 block of Locust Street)

Sidewalk on 600 block of Locust

Yet another sidewalk marker (8th Street)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


So I defied my reservations. Wearing a light jacket, I walked out into the day and was instantly broadsided by the wind, as shadows played on the ground like passing thoughts. A few people were out and about, shrouded by the vortex, isolated within their thoughts, since there was too much wind to carry on a conversation. It simply whisked away their voices, but there was still the occasional wave or acknowledging nod from passers by. Columbia folks are friendly.

Yesterday, I heard robins in the rain, but today even they were mute in the face of the gusts.

I heard a train in the distance, wailing through the wind. For me, the past is borne aloft on that cry, sailing down through the years, stirring memories of childhood.

On Mill Street, PPL workers in bucket trucks reconnected lines as fire police directed traffic.

I returned home, with the endless whine and growl of lawn mowers distracting me as I typed this.

April is the Cruelest Month

T.S. Eliot was right: “April is the cruelest month.” But not necessarily for the reasons he cites: “breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” Rather, I find the month to be cruel in the fickleness of its weather, not to mention tiresome in its inability for nuance. It just clobbers you over the head with its moods. No subtlety or consistency.

A few times this month, temps were in the 60s and 70s, but over the last few days, conditions have adopted a less friendly demeanor--cloudy, rainy, and cold. Yesterday was just miserable, with a veritable deluge soaking us for hours. And even though the sun is poking through as I write this at midday, the temperature, according to, is 49 degrees but feels like 42 with the wind chill. With an eye towards saving on utility bills, I turned off my heat a few weeks ago. It seemed like a good idea at the time, when the days were growing warmer, and the promise of spring was in the air. Today, however, it’s 58 degrees in the house, and my fingers are stiff as I type this. I’ve opened the blinds to let in the sunlight for some passive solar heating, but I almost can’t wait until things warm up. After all, I can put on only so many sweaters and drink only so much coffee.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

What I Saw Today (April 26, 2008)

Columbia Park Ranger Mark Zeamer takes a well-deserved break from cleaning up the Columbia Park.

Watching and waiting

Watching and working. Two volunteers at the Columbia River Park.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Around Town . . . (Slide Show)

What I Saw Today (April 25, 2008)

Stone seats (Columbia River Park)

Tree face (Columbia River Park)


Comma abuse


Why bother with security cameras if you're going to leave the keys in the lock? (Click on the pic for a larger view.)

Umbrellas - Columbia Market House)

I-105 visited Musser's Market.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What I Saw Today (April 23, 2008)

Heart of nature



Wall at Saint Peter's Apartments

This section of wall at Saint Peter's Apartments was once part of a market house which, after that, served as Joe Weisser's warehouse in the 1960s when he owned the IGA store at the "Five Points" (Fourth and Union, and Perry Street). I always remember Joe being slightly hefty until he was shot by two robbers at his store. After being released from the hospital a while later, he was quite a bit thinner.

Three of Hearts

What I Saw Today (April 22, 2008)

Deconstruction (at Second Street and 462)

D.K. Lockard installed many of the sidewalks in Columbia back in the day, as evidenced by the numerous plaques around town. The one seen here is near Rotary Park by the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

What I Saw Today (April 21, 2008)

Tendrils . . . . .

What I Saw Today (April 20, 2008)


Time to mulch

Impending storm

I guess this one didn't make it to the bike auction either.

What I Saw Today (April 18, 2008)

God and Jesus (Holy Trinity Cemetery)


Fashion statement

Wrapping it up on Walnut Street, finally.

What I Saw Today (April 14, 2008)

Water main access cover

The following several pics were taken at and around Glatfelter's Field.

Light post



Old Glory


Forgotten leftovers

Empty seats


Built 1936

Shadows on the scoreboard

Shadows on the track

Open door policy

All in a row

More empty seats

Jungle gym

Need a drink?

From water tower to cell phone tower in just a few years

Antique phone

Built 1849

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