Happy Birthday, Sylvia


I remember this fellow, who we met in Cartago, Costa Rica.  He grew the very best oranges and always had a smile and a warm greeting for us.  This is one of my favorite pictures of Sylvia.

Today is her birthday.  For that reason I invite you to join me in wishing her a very Happy Birthday.

The Season Has Ended

Yesterday, January 6, was the 12th day of Christmas.  It is also known as Epiphany or Three Kings Day.  In this house, we observe that day, not with the giving of gifts as some do, but by making it the final day to display our Christmas decorations.

Even a look out the window left me feeling a bit sad.  Light snow on the greenery spoke of very cold weather as winter deepens.


This year has been more like living in the freezer.  At times like this, I tend to remember living in a place where palm trees grew and green plants flourished.  Ahhh.

Eight Years and Counting

Today is the eight-year blogaversary of Secondary Roads.  Out of curiosity, I looked for the first post.  It is no longer in the archive.  Out of good taste, I suspect the author deleted it.

sorryBy custom, I’d post an image with a number 8 to mark this occasion, but I think the above image above provides the better message.  Otherwise you might see something like this:


Somehow this image seems out of place in this space.  Secondary Roads is about living a plain and simple life.  Shortly after Christmas, I found this in a daily devotional guide: “It was a simple [story] from an old friend living a simple life, reminding me that simple isn’t naive or stupid; it’s direct and unpretentious.”

Sounds like a good way to live.  Hey look!  A squirrel.