God must love common people…

18 November, 2018        God must love common people…

…because he made so many of them. Or so I’m told. You could say the same thing about common birds – like this robin I saw Friday at Deep Run Park: 

It is always cheerful to see a robin


Speaking of common animals, here’s one we see most days in most places. Or I do anyway:

It’s not as cheerful (for many of us) to see a squirrel. But they’re handsome little creatures


It’s been a tame week. It’s good to get some rest before Thanksgiving! But I didn’t get much in the way of pictures. So, of course, here’s a pair of Red-tails from Monday:

Red-tails are pairing up again now that the youngsters have moved on


I got a pair of pictures of the moon yesterday. Here it is at 3:40 PM, with information from an app called “World Clock”:

Moon 3:40 PM yesterday:


TMI #1





















So here’s the “TMI” (Too Much Information) part. See up there where it says “Altitude 15.01º”? If you’re at the beach looking straight at the horizon, that’s 0.00º. Directly overhead is 90.00º. So that moon was about 15º above the horizon and 70.9% full. It was also “waxing” which means it was growing. I took the next image about seven hours later at 10:30 PM. Here it is, followed by the data:

Moon 10:30 PM yesterday



TMI #2




















My brother Shane is reading E. B. White’s classic Stuart Little to my nephew Wesson; it’s Wesson’s first experience – Shane pointed out – with a book that actually has a protagonist. I guess as opposed to much younger books with contents like “A is for ‘Apple,’ B is for ‘Banana,’ C is for ‘Cat’ and so forth. So I reread Stuart Little this week too so I can have an informed conversation with Wesson about it. I recommend spending a little time reading Stuart Little; you can only feel happy when you do it.

Sorry about the thin content this week! Hopefully I’ll be more productive between now and next Sunday. I know I’ll eat a lot! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and an excellent week,


About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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