David Johnson

🏖 Beach day.

Strangers on the Road in Portugal

I am ready to share this story now. I have cooled down. Actually I cooled down once we were back at our B&B, but it has just taken me a while to get this story written down. My wife and I were in the small town of Alcácer do Sal in Portugal a couple of months ago (more on the reason behind that …

And while I am speaking of what we watched last night, a week or so ago we also watched Sydney, about the life of Sydney Poitier. I knew next to nothing about him and found the documentary fascinating. Filmed before Poitier died earlier this year, one is treated to his lovely voice narrating his own …

We watched Official Competition last night. An art house film and comedy. Very well acted by the small cast. I just wish that I spoke Spanish so that I didn’t have to rely on the subtitles. 🍿

Well the high surf warning from the last couple of days has now been extended through to Sunday morning. Not much surfing will be happening as these large waves are causing the ocean to be a frothy wash.

I am not a surfer but I am find myself in awe of the big winter swells that come to these islands. This swell was meant to have waves peaking at 20 to 30 feet. The photo and video below do no justice to the power of the ocean and the visual experience, but hopefully they will give you a taste.

I sit quietly while waiting for the final guests to arrive. We are eating soon.

The Hawaiian inmates of Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona celebrate the Makahiki festival. The Makahiki season began at sunrise on November 16th and runs for four months. This particular celebration lasted through the day. As someone who has worked with the inmates at the Correctional Centre …

📺 Watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

A walk to the mailbox revealed the arrival of November’s collection from Field Notes.

I love waking up on holiday mornings. It is so quiet. None of the traffic with people on their way to work. Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating today.

All is still and calm outside tonight. There is a high surf warning in effect until Friday night and tomorrow strong winds forecast, along with a drop in temperature. So tonight feels like the calm before the storm.

That’s the kitchen knives sharpened in readiness for tomorrow.

Ready for tomorrow’s gathering.

Currently re-reading: Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron. I come back to this book from time to time. I need to. 📚

I just ate a lot of ice cream. Analysts do your work…

Sometimes life feels like a grind, as if there is always something waiting in the wings to jump out and floor me.

🌧️ I'm surprised that we haven't floated away following the rain last night, and this morning for that matter.

Today was a day of unexpected necessity. We are looking after my stepdaughter’s dog, Bronx, while she is away for work. Last night he threw up on a rug in our house while we were watching White Lotus. So this morning I went to rent a carpet cleaner. The rug is looking better and is now drying. …

🥗 A day of sharing food with good friends. What more is needed?

The Accompanying Letter

Since February this year I have been sending out a monthly newsletter, via Micro.blog’s newsletter feature - that is except for March where growing pains with the new system caused a hiccup in output. With each newsletter, along with the selected blog posts from the past month that I share, I …

🎧Saturday afternoon listening to the latest version of @hemisphericviews

✍️ Am writing. It feels good.

Well despite the good weather yesterday, last night carried on the stormy weather from the previous night. As dusk fell constant the lightening flashes lit up the clouds over Haleakala. The light display continued through the night. Quite spectacular, though interestingly there was no thunder. While …

☹️ I keep thinking that it is Friday...