September 3, 2016
Paul Groves

Giant Eraser–City Art

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I am always impressed with cities that take some time and effort to provide art throughout the city. Seattle seems like a really cool city anyway (Starbucks, for one thing). This giant eraser is part of MY past when we did all of our typing on typewriters. Most of my students would use white-out tape nowadays. It was fun to see this giant sculpture.

September 3, 2016
Paul Groves

Seattle Space Needle and the EMP

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We are in Seattle to board a cruise ship to Alaska and Canada. Of course, we had to explore early in the morning… for exercise, for sightseeing, and especially to catch some Pokemons. This is a great picture of the Space Needle seen behind the EMP Museum (the Experience Music Project Museum). It is a cool museum in a cool building.

September 2, 2016
Paul Groves

Great Views in the Oregon Mountains

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Just passing through the mountains gives glimpses of mountains set off by clouds. The sights are wonderful.

September 2, 2016
Paul Groves

Beautiful Sky in Chemult, OR

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Looking out my train compartment window, the blue sky and the white clouds made a very interesting combination of shapes and color. Sitting on the train for hours really gives me a chance to practice being quiet and being in the moment. I am so used to doing things constantly and being bombarded by information. Quiet is nice.

September 2, 2016
Paul Groves

Amtrak to Seattle

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Ron and I are off on an adventure to Seattle as our first leg of an Alaskan Cruise. The train is a great way to travel… very relaxing. School has started for most, so there are very few children on the train.
PokéNote: the train travels too quickly to hatch eggs and for some of the trip the Internet is poor. Oh well.

July 26, 2016
Paul Groves

Scary, but no evacuations

Looking at the hill behind our home.
Looking at the hill behind our home.
The flames of the Sand Fire light up the smoke coming over the hill behind our home. It looks really close, but is actually a large hill away. Bags are packed and we are waiting for an evacuation order. None so far.

July 24, 2016
Paul Groves

Threatened by Fire…again

The Sand Fire as viewed behind our home in the Oakridge mobile home park.
The Sand Fire as viewed behind our home in the Oakridge mobile home park.
When we woke up today, the sunlight was an eerie orange. At Oakridge Mobile Home Park, we had all seen this before when the park burned down in 2008. By the afternoon, the residents were getting pretty edgy. Many of us packed bags and prepared for an evacuation order. Luckily, by the evening, the sky did not look nearly so ominous and the Sun no longer looked like a red ball. Whew.

July 20, 2016
Paul Groves

Visiting Gravesites

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There is a rather large and beautiful cemetery tucked away in the San Fernando Valley, not too far from where we live. We have always heard that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are buried there along with several other stars. With the help of the Internet and the built in GPS on our phones, we were able to locate their gravestones. They are not fancy, but fun to find. They were both such wonderful entertainers. We still watch their movies. We also found Stephen Boyd from Ben-Hur (and Fantastic Voyage) and Montie Montana who we used to see every year in the Rose Parade. This is all at the Oakwood Memorial Park.

July 19, 2016
Paul Groves

The Mission Inn

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Being home for a week between APSI’s, Ron and I went on a little adventure. We visited the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. While it is a fun place to see, we really went to have dinner with old friends, Mary Ellen and Skip.

July 19, 2016
Paul Groves

AP TIP IN

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My third summer workshop was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Yet again, a wonderful group of teachers. Some were brand new teachers and some were “seasoned” veterans. I picked up some new ideas. These workshops are exhausting, but fun to teach.