The artwork here is a plate made by my friend the painter, photographer, and potter Peter Pettus. I have taken the picture from Peter's 2006 book Continental Drift, where the plate is described as "glazed with matte white and iron, 'Temmoku' glazes, 14.5 inches diameter."
In 2017 we are empty nesters, Nellie living independently and Danny coming to the end of his four-year enlistment in the U.S. Army. I have cut back my workload to a weekly podcast and a monthly diary at VDARE.com, supplemented by occasional articles and book reviews for print outlets. Rosie is gainfully employed as a Medical Billing specialist.
Here are some photographs from these years. Clicking on a picture brings up a bigger version.
|———— 2017 ————|
|• March 4th 2017: After all the anti-Trump negativity of the President's first weeks, his supporters nationwide thought we should make some demonstrations of support. Here I am participating in the local "March 4 Trump" demo at Hauppauge, NY. It was a bitterly cold day, but spirits were high.|
|• April 12th: Springtime! The peach blossoms are out in the back garden, and so is Rosie.|
|• Peter and Sally Pettus put on a joint exhibition of their work in Manhattan. Here's Rosie with one of Peter's plates, similar to the one at the head of this page. The picture on the wall is one of Sally's.|
|• Man and dog, on or about my 72nd birthday.
The secret of life is knowing how to relax.
|• Yet another 9,000-piecer, this one of Hieronymous Bosch's
Earthly Delights. A worthy challenge: many thanks to the friend who gifted me this puzzle.
(For higher resolution, click on the little picture at left. For really high resolution, click here. And as always, there is one last piece I just can't place. It'll have to wait until Danny comes home.)
|• At the end of July I addressed the American Renaissance annual conference in Tennessee. Here I am in full rhetorical flight.|
|• We (Dad, Mom, and Toby) spent a week driving down to the conference in a rented RV. We drove through the Great Smoky Mountains; which, on a rainy humid day in midsummer, lived up to their name.|
|• In accordance with the Chinese idiom 上山下海 ("[going] up the mountain and down to the sea" = putting a lot of effort into something), we spent the last day of our trip in Seaside Heights, on the Jersey Shore, where we had fun in the surf.|
|• There was a brief heatwave in late September 2017. We took the last chance for some beach time at Sunken Meadow Park.|
|• The family Christmas picture, with Nellie's guy Mike at left.|
|———— 2018 ————|
|• January 2018: The ceremonial completing of the puzzle.|
|• My home-improvement project
last October was to fix up the downstairs of my stand-alone garage. I finished
this just before Danny came home from the Army. When he saw that big clear space all neat and fresh-painted, he said: "Let's make a
So we did. Here's the gym, photographed April 2018.
|• A closer look. Yes, I need a new bench.|
|• Mid-June 2018 Mr and Mrs spent a weekend in the Poconos.|
|• Dad, aged 73 and one week.|
|• July 1st 2018 I was invited to lunch by a group of Bruce Lee fans at Angela Mao's Chinese restaurant in Queens. We
took photographs, including this one in which we tried to re-stage
a scene from the movie.
I am the only original cast member here; the other two guys from the movie could not attend the lunch. Standing in for them: at left, Hector Martinez; at right, Thierry Drean. Thierry is visiting from France, and it was he who organized the event.
|• Same event. Left to right: Matthew Polly, whose biography of Lee just came out, Hector again, Thierry again, me again, and "Spider" Rodriguez, who teaches both martial arts and dance in Washington Heights.|
|• At the end of August 2018 we lost Toby, our faithful companion for ten years. We laid the little fellow to rest in the shade of the trees in our back yard, next to Boris.|
|• At the beginning of December 2018 we took a five-day winter break in Cancún, Mexico. There was much lounging on the beach and by the hotel pool, but one day we took a tour to the ruins of Chichen Itza, a Mayan city. Here am I with the Kukulcán pyramid.|
|• The wet T-shirt picture! Same trip, another day. We had fun at
the Xplor adventure park just south of Playa del Carmen, 35 miles from Cancún on
the road to Tulum. A lot of the park is in a natural cave system underground, so here we are among the stalactites.
(The caves have water running through them with associated activities you can engage in — rafting, hammock splash, etc. Hence the wet T-shirt.)
|• The family Christmas picture, 2018. The dog belongs to Mike, Nellie's boyfriend. This was actually the first Christmas ever in Huntington — i.e. since we moved here in 1992 — that we had no family dog.|
|———— 2019 ————|
|• Spring 2019: Our dear friend Elizabeth Cockey, an accomplished artist, painted portraits of Rosie …|
|• … and myself.|
|• To start off the summer of 2019 we took a road trip to the frozen north: Toronto …|
|• … and Montreal, seen here from up on Mount Royal.|
|• Our beautiful children. This was at a restaurant dinner for Danny's 24th birthday.|