Thursday, November 15, 2018

At The Haggin: The History Of The Stockton Fire Department

"History, Stephen said,
 is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."

~James Joyce

My heart continues to go out to the town of Paradise, California, as they continue to battle the raging inferno consuming the community. Almost, if not all, has been lost. It is a distinct possibility that the town of Paradise will never recover. Just cease to be a destination in Butte County, California, and that thought truly breaks my heart, because that area has a special place in my heart, especially this time of year! It is simply breathtaking in autumn, and I have been at the edge of the county many times, while traveling into Plumas, County, where I have done most of my autumn landscapes in recent years.

I don't think about fire much. It just happens to be one of my top three phobias, so avoid it as much as possible. Spiders are phobias number one and two, but fire, well, ever since I was about three years old, has been the thing I fear most. It all started one night in the middle of the summer, in 1965, when my three year old self, watched my father, and his carpool friends, save our neighbors two doors down. When he and his coworkers turned the corner onto our street, the house was already fully engulfed. Dad was the first one to run into the house. 

My sister, who was a good bit older than me, held me in her arms as we watched our dad, save a whole house full of people, a whole family, one by one. I was terrified that he wouldn't come out. Or worse, would my father come out on fire? Thankfully, I never had to see that, and there was no loss of life, but I can imagine all those children who lived in the town of Paradise, and how hard this experience was and will be for them, the rest of their lives. I am praying that the community can heal, and rebuild.

 I wish life didn't have to include times like this, I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but I am so glad that I can visit museums, like the Haggin, here in Stockton, and begin to learn not just about my new hometown, but it's rich history, and especially about it's early disaster response. Alan and I had a fascinating look, during our recent visit to the Haggin, and I will be sharing the amazing bits of other historical interests we learned about, but where else could I start this series, but with a little bit about the Stockton Fire Department's early history!

Can you believe that was the way fires were telegraphed in Stockton until 1979?! 

That was the one piece of history I could have lived without seeing, but it seems the town of Stockton, did pretty good with keeping the town and surrounding rural area safe! 

 #55 Leaf Of The Day
November 15th, 2018
Photographed October 14th, 2018
Sacramento, California

~Mood: Okay


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Autumn Adventures

"Plunge boldly into the thick of life,
 and seize it where you will, it is always interesting."

~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I moved to Stockton, California, in 2015. It wasn't by choice. I have never been a fan of the Central Valley, with it's miles and miles of farm land, and heat, but thrust into the valley I was nonetheless!  The Bay Area has Karl the Fog to cool things down, but the Central Valley has nothing but dust, cows and heat. So moving here made me a little depressed to say the least. I am coming out of it, and beginning to feel the roots take hold, but God I miss my former home! The Bay Area has everything you want, within a 20 minute drive. Stockton has plenty right here in town, but it's not... well... terribly exciting! It's definitely come a long way since I moved here in 2015, and especially since Mayor Michael Tubbs was elected in 2016, but it's the Central Valley, and at the end of the day, it is what it is. Farmland. Miles and miles of farmland.

Farmland all the way to Sacramento.


But Stockton does have a couple other unique things going for it. It is not only home to the wonderful Bob Hope Theater, but it has a lot of California history to it, and it is also the hometown of Stan Lee's The Fantastic Four! But what's even cooler than that, it's the home of Indiana Jones! Now, the Fantastic Four being residents of Stockton is non-disputed history, and with the passing of Stan Lee a couple days ago, I thought it would be fitting to do an upcoming post about his tribute to my city, but lets keep things a little more lighthearted in the mean time, shall we?

While the Wiki for Raider's Of The Lost Ark  states Dr. Jones, works as a professor of Archeology at Marshall College, the exterior of the college shown in the movies was shot at the University of the Pacific, right here in Stockton! And in the very first movie of the Indiana Jones franchise, Dr. Jones is seen leaving for his quest to find the ark, from an airport that takes him on his flight path, directly under the Golden Gate Bridge. Therefore, there is only one conclusion that can be arrived at, Marshall College, is a cute nickname for the University of the Pacific, that just never caught on!

Dr. Henry (Indy) Jones jr, hails from Stockton, California!

Now, I ask you, how fucking cool is that?

It's the one exciting thing the Bay Area can't claim

Indiana Jones!

And there you have it!


I admit, I posted a similar musing about this a couple years ago, but still, it's worth repeating every once in a while, especially since we seem to be fighting Nazi's again! By the way, has PUNCH A NAZI DAY come around yet? God, I love that holiday! Just kidding!

Actually... NO, NOT KIDDING! ;)

 #54 Leaf Of The Day
November 14th 2018
Photographed October 21st
Cull Canyon California

~Mood: Happy

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

My Hair And Alan And An Autumn Leaf

Autumn has come
and reason has gone.
Yesterday, I sold the sun for you
and tonight the stars are running away from me.
When you spoke
you slowly annihilated my world.
Your mouth was like the sea
in your kisses I sank.
Your hands were like the ocean
in your caresses I sank.
I ask for no salvation on this moonless night.
I only ask for more autumn.

~Kamand Kojouri

Vacation is officially over. Time to resume real life for another year! No all day movie-a-thons. No more late night, disgusting snack runs for nachos and ice cream. No more just jumping in the car and going where it tells us to go. No, it's back to real life. Responsibilities. Fear of Trump. Fear of paying the mortgage and utilities. Real life. But thank goodness that in that real life, there also exists the love of my life, Alan. Oh, and there is still some autumn to be discovered, so the vacation might be over, but the adventure continues... with Alan, autumn, and my hair apparently. But gosh, when the alarm clock sounds in the morning, I will feel just a little sad, that he won't just be down the hall. I love that man! 

#53 Leaf Of The Day
November 13th 2018
Phtotgraphed November 12th 2018
Stockton, California

~Mood: Happy/Sad
~Me :)


Monday, November 12, 2018

Fire In The Sky

Fire wants to burn
Water wants to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos want to devour
Cal wants to live.

~Cassandra Clare
 The Iron Trial

The light you see, is the reflection of the sun, bouncing off the tower of Preston Castle, in Ione, California. The sun has changed into an eerie red color, that I have photographed only a handful of times, mostly when there have been out of control wildfires, like we are experiencing right now in California, but honestly, this is the absolute worst I have ever seen it!

Alan and I live in Stockton, which is about 180 miles from the biggest fire, the Camp Fire, in Paradise, California. It has already been determined that this fire is the deadliest fire in California history! And the smoke has turned the air quality in the state into an unhealthy mess. But that isn't what hurts me. The loss of life does.  The lost of dreams. And all that's coming from is disparagement from out JACKASS of a president. 

History will record his words.
 I won't darken my blog quoting him!

November 11th 2018
Communities of Galt

The Moon, turned blood red, by the smoke!
From 180 miles away!
Stockton, California
Ione, California

Ione, California

 Stockton, California

 #52 Leaf Of The Day
November 12th 2018
Photographed October 14th 2018
Cull Canyon, California

~Mood: Sad

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tears In Autumn

Saturday, November 10th 2018
4:30 pm.

"Tears are words that need to be written."

~Paulo Coelho

California is on fire. From the community of Paradise, to the fire in Malibu and Thousand Oaks, it is one big tragedy. Where is President Trump, well, he's in France insulting everyone who fought in WWII and pouting in his hotel room, because he doesn't want to get his hair wet!

Forget it. I don't want to deal with his useless ass. I am so sorry that my fellow Californians are going through these wildfires.We have been very lucky in the Central Valley, but one has to wonder how long that luck will last. 

We are clearing brush. We are going to keep paperwork handy in case we need to get out quickly, and beyond that I thank GOD for homeowners insurance. TVs, Clocks, and computers can be replaced, Alan and the boys can't.

Pray for California please.

 #51 Leaf Of The Day
November 11th 2018
Photographed November 10th 2018
Stockton, California

~Mood: Sad

Saturday, November 10, 2018


"Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are falling, and they're falling like they are falling in love with the ground."

~Andrea Gibson

Depression. Unhappiness. Restlessness. Despair. Whatever you want to call it, I am feeling it. The past week feels like it has been six months long. An Election less than a week ago, should have me walking on cloud nine, instead I am barely able to catch my breath from the overwhelmingly sad events that occurred around it. Shootings, wildfires, devastation, and I am running on empty in my okay world. It feels selfish to feel as sad and tired as I do, when I know so many have lost their homes, and loved ones. But I do. I feel bad for feeling bad. Sometimes I don't know where my depression begins and ends, but I am learning to hide it when I can. I let it out here, because it feels safe to. I assume no one comes by, so it feels okay to just be honest. But it gets harder to admit that I feel like I am sinking more and more every day. Thank God I have my leaves, but after that, I am not so sure where my creativity will take me, or even if it will take me anywhere at all.


My prayers go out to those affected by the Camp Fire and the firestorm in Los Angeles. I pray for my friends and strangers, who are watching their lives change forever. I pray for all the families who lost loved ones in the Borderline massacre. I wouldn't wish the pain they are being forced to endure on anyone.

#50 Leaf Of The Day
November 10th 2018
Photographed October 21st 2018
Ione, California

~Mood: Sad/Tired

Friday, November 09, 2018

Little Birds Of Cannery Row In Monterey

"And that afternoon, as the sun slanted low through the changing autumn leaves, I remembered to savor the moment, soak in the beauty, breathe deeply and feel the immensity of God."

~Cindee Snider Re
Discovering Hope:
 Beginning The Journey Toward Hope
 In Chronic Illness 

Today's post is a brief one. I have been fighting my Fibromyalgia for a few days now, and it usually wins if I try to fight too hard, and if I don't fight hard enough! That leaves me with a rather narrow road. So, okay, chronic illness, I will play along. I will post a brief post about the lovely birds I saw recently in Monterey, along Cannery Row.

I am not sure what type of bird they are, but there was about a million of them, and they were definitely perching birds. I think maybe they are Finches, but again I am not sure. I did a little searching on Google, unfortunately I couldn't come up an exact match, but House Finches came pretty close! If you know what they are, please, sing out in the comment thread, or look me up on Twitter! I look forward to your feedback!

#49 Leaf Of The Day
November 9th 2018
Photographed October 11th 2018
Tilden Park
Little Farm
Berkeley, California

~Mood: Creative

Thursday, November 08, 2018

October Roses/ November Assholes

"The softened light, the veiling haze
The calm repose of autumn days
Steal gently o'er the troubled breast
Soothing life's weary cares to rest."

~Phoebe A. Holder 
A Song Of October
The Queriers Magazine
October 1890

The last 24 hours should have been somewhat relaxing. We, my fellow democrats and I, should have been able to rest, because of the wonderful news of the Congress being won back by the Democratic party, but as I compose this post, Alan and I are planning on possibly attending a peaceful protest over the sudden, but not unexpected firing of Jeff Sessions! I never thought I would protest that in a milli on years, but with Tuesday's loss to the Democrats, Trump has further fallen, or jumped, down a rabbit hole and further into insanity! Dangerous times. Truly scary, and these times are doing nothing for the agoraphobia I have been fighting. I know, I know, why would I put myself at a protest, if I am afraid to leave the house, well, it feels a little like zip-lining, when you are scared to death of heights. Sometimes you just have to hang on tight and pray, to face your fears! And besides... it's about doing the right thing,whether it scares me or not! Fuck ME!

But for right now, before any decisions are made,
 I just want to enjoy the beauty of these October roses I found last week. Aren't they absolutely beautiful? 

October is such and agreeable month.
November only brings assholes.

And Now...

#48 Leaf Of The Day
November 8th 2018
Photographed October 29th 2018
Stockton, California

~Mood: Quiet

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Leaf-Ward We Wander

Leaf-ward we wander...

Wind through these trees
Sunlight through breeze
Bird songs around
We wander the leaves.

~Leland Lewis
Random Molecular Mirroring

It's a good day. We won back the House of Representatives last night, and it feels like a million pounds have been lifted off my chest! We Democrats didn't win everything, but we won the control of the Congress, and right now, I have more hope that I have in years! I don't need to troll broken hearted Republicans on social media, and I plan to be patient with them, because I have been there. I just want to enjoy the feeling of peace of mind. There is a lot to be done, and it won't be easy, but I will sleep tonight knowing that the world just got a little bit safer!

#47 Leaf Of The Day
November 7th 2018
Photographed September 27th 2018
Stockton, California

~Mood: Happy

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Autumn Haiku

November the seventh
The last
Faint cricket 

Jack Kerouac
Book Of Haikus

On a pretty day last month, Alan and I drove up to Sacramento to see if autumn had arrived yet. Sacramento is known as the City of Trees, and trust me, it is. I have never seen another major city in California, that has as many trees as Sacramento does! Every kind of tree you can imagine, can be found there, which makes Sacramento just plain stunning in autumn! The series of photos in this post were taken in the middle of October, which means the colors had not kicked in yet, and the sun and air was still hot. So, while the color in the leaves may have been lacking, I can't complain, because all was not lost, I was instead treated to the silly little bugs of summer!

 Ordinarily, for me, it's all about the leaves, but on this day it was about the beautiful art piece, that sat on the lawn in front of historic Crocker Mansion, and the little ladybug, that was playing on the gorgeous wrought iron fence surrounding the property. And okay, it was a little bit about the leaves, and this beautiful one in particular, but it just felt like the best of everything, coming together, in a beautiful early autumn season memory! There are very few bugs I miss, when the chill of autumn sets in, but ladybugs aren't one of them! They, in my opinion, do such wonderful work, by consuming destructive aphids, and without aphids, there are no ants. Give me a garden of ladybugs every summer, and I'll be a very happy gardener!

 This is a beautiful sculpture, but unfortunately I was unable to locate the name of it, or the artist. I will continue to try to discover it's information, and if I do, I will update this post!

 #46 Leaf Of The Day
November 6th 2018
Photographed October 11th 2018
Tilden Park, Little Farm
Berkeley, California