Thursday, August 31, 2017


Once Upon a Time . . .

Forty years ago when I was 27, I took pictures with my 35 mm Nikomat. 
Selfies per se were yet to be popularized with the advent of digital and mobile phone photography, 
so this was taken by my then husband. 
I had it framed, and it still hangs in my home today.

For more September theme day photos of the photographers, follow this link: 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Regional Champion Little League Team Returns Home

Led in the homecoming parade by local police and firefighters, Walla Walla's Little League team returned home to a rousing celebration.

The Walla Walla Valley Little League team returned from Williamsport, PA where they played as one of only 16 teams worldwide--8 from the USA-- in the Little League World Series. They earned this first-ever berth by previously capturing district, state and regional championships. 

Such a celebration is always a perfect opportunity to roll out the local law enforcement and firefighting vehicles and show their support. 
A piece of small town America that's still alive and well in Walla Walla.

Here comes the team!

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Signs of the Times

Since June 19, North Clinton has been closed to thru traffic from Melrose St. to Isaacs due to major infrastructure work along Isaacs. As a result traffic has been detoured--to the east down Melrose, and to the west down Sumach. 

But in the last day or two, a new sign has appeared directing Whitman students who will be living in the dorm that was once Walla Walla's original General Hospital to go straight ahead.

Rather confounding, no?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


The Apoplectic Apostrophe 

Yes, seeing the misuse of the apostrophe has been know to cause rage in me. 
Or is this just a teacher thing?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


97% Coverage in Walla Walla

Despite all the pre-eclipse hoopla, I was unprepared with special glasses and had long ago decided not to join the throngs to drive to Eastern Oregon to witness totality. I was also too lazy to make a cereal box viewer but did find my colander as a last ditch effort.

The colander was a marginal viewing success as was the pinhole in a piece of cardboard. But while trying both of these devices, I noticed the array of shadows forming on my sidewalk and street. Apparently the leaves of the giant sycamore trees that line my street acted like pinhole cameras with the crescent shadows projected right in front of me. 

Here are a few shots of those magical minutes.

And last but not least, a shadow selfie.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


24th Annual 3-on-3 Basketball

Keeping with tradition, the YMCA's 2017 Peach Basket Classic was held during the first full weekend in August in downtown Walla Walla.

Despite the sweltering triple digit heat and smoke-hazed skies, 231 teams from all around the Pacific Northwest bounced, jostled, and shot basketballs at hoops in order to move up in their bracket. By Sunday afternoon, 31 teams had earned the title of Champion in their respective divisions.

An early morning look down Main Street shows an empty lineup of basketball hoops waiting for players to begin warming up. 
Hoops were set up for three blocks along Main Street south of Second, and also along the side streets.

Teams were at liberty to design their own uniforms.
Some were more creative than others.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


I Want To Hold Your Hand

Oh yeah, I tell you somethin'
I think you'll understand
When I say that somethin'
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand

Oh please, say to me,
You'll let me be your man
And please say to me
You'll let me hold your hand
Now, let me hold your hand
I want to hold your hand

And when I touch you 
I feel happy inside
It's such a feelin' that my love
I can't hide
I can't hide
I can't hide

Yeah, you got that somethin'
I think you'll understand
When I say that somethin'
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand
I want to hold your hand

-John Lennon & Paul McCartney, 1963