TSP Screed

Designed obsolescence or in-built incompetence? Which is it?   (TSP and Bigger Government) Our chosen form of Government is a beautiful thing. It can harness an impressive array of powers and abilities to address the most challenging and precarious of scenarios. It can put a man on the moon or mobilizeRead More →

Surviving the Valcano

Trial by Fire Enduring relationships and the volcano gods: There’s an ancient and honored legend of ‘Trial by Fire’ to validate serious relationship of two decades. The mythos is that once in twenty years, couples must circle the brim of a volcanic caldera, as a testament, demonstrating the virtuousness ofRead More →

Alaska Dying Light

It’s dark again. Not so for the past two months. One would fall to sleep in sunlight, wake at mid-morning lightness for the ‘man-walk’ to drain the bladder; no night light needed. At ‘daybreak,’ when the cats meowed, pleading for food (or attention), it was light. When the second, orRead More →

wood turning mallet

Another Cottage project, another Cottage production!  –  DIY Wood Turned Mallet This time the discipline was woodworking, specifically turning a ‘spindle on a wood lathe.  The final result, a turned chisel mallet. This vid captures a novices attempt to turn a chisel mallet on his new lathe. If your intoRead More →

Fishing the Kvichak Bristol Alaska

Fishing the Kvichak, Bristol Alaska   Fishing season explodes onto the inlets and rivers in Alaska every Spring and Summer.  True to form, a small group of us flew out to Igiugig (a Bristol Bay native village) and then boated down to Blueberry Island for a few days of Sockeye, SalmonRead More →

America the Great

Is America a Great Nation? The Make America Great Again (MAGA) political slogan triggers acrimonious debate about      America’s current place in the world and its past. Was America a great country? It’s common rhetoric on news broadcasts, movies, TV shows, and even political rallies to bedevil the character andRead More →

Notre Dame Fire

Notre Dame, the iconoclastic symbology of Paris and the steadfast traditional western values of 25 generations Notre Dame of Parisians, is on fire. While not her first, it is yet to be seen if it will be her last. The glorious spire that overlooked human evolution since 1260 has fallen.Read More →

DIY Davenport Desk

Captain Davenport DIY Desk Build Captain Davenport’s desk is the latest inspiration for my new project.  I designed this project  to discover if the retirement investment in woodworking tools and hours in front of Youtube’s expert’s could produce something other than idle imagination.  With homemade plans on the whiteboard IRead More →

Zimmer Christmas

From the Cottage at Zimmer’s Landing 19 December ’18 Merry Christmas from snowy, cheerful and quaking Alaska – home of the aftershock! Our recent ‘stirred and shaken’ experiences brought a riveting conclusion to our engaging, exciting and far flung year; a year we hope was equally exciting and memorable forRead More →

Ice cracks in lake earthquake

The anatomy of an earthquake. I know what your thinking….and you could be wrong! Earthquakes overpower their victims into violent spasms of fear, horror and brief moments of heroism (or cowardice). OK, so if you think this, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong, just halfway. Earthquakes, violent ones, don’t do this,Read More →

Open doors vs security

Open Doors Vs Security Short Op/Ed from the ‘Cottage at Zimmer’s Landing’, for your reading indulgence.  Drafted back in Nov 2015 during the current ‘crises’ concerning ‘Trump’s Travel Ban.’ ( Open doors vs security) Op/Ed We often decry the lack of critical thinking or reasoning,,,,just before posting the meme thatRead More →

Gun Ownership

‘To own or not to own’?   A review on gun ownership. In an acrimonious environment where aggrieved emotions and pent-up  frustrations influence our legislative processes and (un)civil discourse  over one of our more basic rights, attached is a self exploration on gun ownership for your examination.  This exploration considersRead More →

Christmas Letter

Zimmer’s Christmas Letter – December 2017 Dear Friends, It’s been several years since we’ve penned Christmas cards or one of the ever dreaded (but much appreciated) seasonal form letters. While undergoing our transition from the military there never seemed much to say. However, with much time for reflection, we realizeRead More →

Scorched Earth

From Utopia to Dystopia? Our dystopian future has already arrived.  Movie and Sci-Fi fans may be familiar with the dismal and decayed and depressed prognostications of the likes of Blade Runner or Mad Max, or Logan’s Run.  After experiencing such movies people may be grateful their bucolic village or scenicRead More →

Poverty Insanity

The craziness congruity of insanity and poverty   Insanity, much like poverty is a self fulfilling cycle. Breaking from the cycle is illusory, without divine intervention manifest of aid either deeply internal to the soul, or competent and caring from without. Poverty One who lives without any means of support developsRead More →

Torro, Salamanca

Toro!  A Salamanca Travel Blog (Originally Posted to the Camino Blog on 27 May 2017. )  Toro! Tonight I’m in Salamanca, it was a beautiful and ancient university city even before the Roman’s decided to visit, and stay. The Romans are long gone, but the tourists remain, and the cityRead More →

Winters Epic Battle

Mother Nature’s Conflicts  Perched from on top, in front row seats from our little cottage, we were mesmerized with Mother Nature’s epic seasonal battle between freedom and enslavement. In Winter’s epic battle – enslavement won. This year the unfolding conflict struggled back and forth as it played out in theRead More →

We want our Country Back T-Shirt

Raging at the Wind Screed! – Misguided Protests Enough already about the sensationalism surrounding those taking a ‘gutsy- principled’ stand by kneeling during the National Anthem or sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance. The most suitable response to those seeking self-aggrandizement by acting out in public is not acclaim orRead More →