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Cape Carteret, NC
A writer/photograher/fisherman hooked on technology
Interests: fishing, photography, biking, kayaking, swimming, boating, and writing
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There are lots of other pictures that I might have chosen to honor my mother on what would have been her 110th birthday. This particular picture reminds me that even as her journey on earth neared its end, her eyes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at View from the Mountain
My history with sourdough goes back to my almost-hippy days in 1973. I say almost because real hippies in Nova Scotia did not drive big John Deere diesel tractors. I was living on the land and growing much of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2020 at View from the Mountain
I am not sure why, but breakfast seems more and more important during the current crisis. I cannot remember when I did not cook my own breakfast, but there could have been a period when we lived on our farm,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at View from the Mountain
I bought a 13-inch MacBook Pro in early July of 2020. It is actually the first Apple laptop that I have purchased in the fourteen years since I bought a white plastic MacBook with one of Apple's first Intel processors.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at Applepeels
Fixating on and focusing on a phrase or a few words is the province of those with very small minds. I recently got a full dose of this. However, it wasn't as bad as the two and one half hour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at View from the Mountain
Why you might ask would you write about the perfect breakfast on the day before the Fourth of July? It's not quite hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement and surely there must be something more interesting. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at View from the Mountain
Well, it turns out that the answer depends on a series of intertwined by-laws, covenants, precedents, and enforcement. While it looks simple, it is not. We will work our way towards an answer by looking at some history. Navigating what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at View from the Mountain
These are not normal times for any of us. If you are older, you possibly feel isolated. Issues that are minor during normal times sometimes seem impossible to solve during this crisis. Our lives almost feel like they are on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at View from the Mountain
Many of you do not remember the days before the Internet was always on and always with us. However, people did communicate electronically before the Internet but it was done with proprietary systems that had limited access. I worked for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at View from the Mountain
Raymond's Gut, Crystal Coast, NC We live in one of the most beautiful corners of the US, North Carolina's Crystal Coast and if you look at the numbers, so far we have done very well during this pandemic. Our county... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at View from the Mountain
Raymond's Gut behind our NC home When an event sears your soul and strips away a layer of your innocence, you never forget. Early on I remember standing in line for polio vaccinations but somehow we knew the scientists would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at View from the Mountain
The picture to the left is the view from my home office. There are backsteps from my office to our dock where I can drop a boat into the water from the lift that is about twenty-five feet behind the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at View from the Mountain
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is already in Onslow County, just across the river from our home in Carteret County and in Craven County, another adjoining county so we know it is coming. For just a while longer life here still revolves around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at View from the Mountain
I have been working from home for most of my adult life. Lots of people joke about how you can goof off while working from home. Fortunately, I have worked in enough offices to know that the biggest goof-offs usually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at View from the Mountain
Great Egrets seem to spend all their time focused on catching a meal, grooming, or enjoying a sunny or perhaps at least a sheltered perch. They don't seem to mind wading around in cold water. They typically avoid confrontation but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at View from the Mountain
I was five years old before there was a television in our neighborhood. I was in grade school before we had a black and white set in our home in Lewisville, North Carolina, just west of Winston-Salem. It was a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at View from the Mountain
Having friends is one of the great pleasures in life, but I am not one of those people who will bend over backward to make certain that everyone loves me. I long ago learned that is impossible. Some people just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at View from the Mountain
Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by MacObserver's John Martellaro for his Background Mode series. The podcast is available at this link. John worked on one of the teams that reported to me when I was Apple's director... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Applepeels
Taking pictures is a big part of my life. I have been doing it for as long as I can remember. There is a picture of me as a college student over fifty years ago with a Nikon F1 camera... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at View from the Mountain
The Point, Emerald Isle, NC The Point, located on the far western end of Bogue Banks in the town of Emerald Isle, has great significance to me. For over a decade it has been the local place where I feel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2019 at View from the Mountain
Those who know me well likely know that computers in education are a particular passion of mine. Much of my nearly twenty years at Apple was spent successfully selling computers to schools and universities. In 1986, I sold one Apple... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Applepeels
Bogue Sound - Looking East Finding your spot on the water is not as simple as it might first appear. Our journey to a home by the water involved a lot of learning and more than a few surprises. After... Continue reading
Back in 2008, I wrote a post about what was our recent decision to move to Carteret County, North Carolina. I likened moving to finding your mate. I said something to the effect that dating your mate is a little... Continue reading
Does how you keep your backyard matter? Can you draw conclusions about someone from how their backyard looks and what they do there? If you live in a neighborhood like ours where backyards are open and generally visible, you do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at View from the Mountain
As you grow up, you will find yourself in a situation where you are the only person likely to extricate yourself from your problem. If you grew up with some good life-skills training, likely you will not have a problem.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at View from the Mountain