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Blog Entries from Darkhorse

  1. No Stress, No Worries...no Clothes

    This last weekend, my family and I headed out to a resort for a weekend of relaxation and recreation. Three days of swimming, talking with friends, and playing volleyball. Three nights of dances with...whomever. No stress, no worries, and...no clothes. That's right, no clothes. The people at this resort don't wear them, at least not to the extent that people generally do. When the air gets cold, shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants are popular. But when it's warm, they all come off. The...
  2. Goodbye Kava

    Today at 5pm I washed out my coffee mug, filled it, and drank my last mug of Kava. What's Kava? That's the big question. Kava was an instant coffee with all the caffeine, but with most of its acid neutralized, giving it a very smooth non-sour taste. Borden made it since 1962, but I didn't learn about it until 1976. Since then, it's been my preferred coffee, which is quite an honor, considering how much I drink. Borden recently stopped production of Kava, citing persistently low sales. So...
  3. Give Him Back To The Earth

    Some people liken their dad to John Wayne; mine was more like Walt Disney. Very energetic, creative, and curious. He loved parades and fireworks and exploring. He never saw a road without wondering where it led and what it was like. He loved plants and knew all about them, especially unusual primitive plants. He raised roses and cultivated bonsais. He loved astronomy and knew all the constellations and major stars. One day a chest x-ray showed a dark spot in one lung. It was cancer. They...
  4. The Dark Side Of The Moon Ended A Dark Year: 1968

    Fifty years ago, our nation was closing out a turbulent year filled with discord and chaos. The Tet offensive accelerated the pace of the Vietnam war and gave protesters the platform to turn American support for the war into opposition. North Korea captured the Pueblo, a US intelligence ship they claim was within their territorial waters. They held the ship and crew for almost a year. In April, the nonviolent civil-rights campaign of Dr. Martin Luther King ended with his assassination....
  5. Summer

    Contrary to popular opinion, this is the middle of summer (Aug. 4-7). Summer begins with the summer solstice on June 21, give or take a day. It ends with the autumnal equinox on September 21, give or take a day. But the real magic of summer is not a collection of facts, it's a love story: Wow. It's the solstice. Look at all the fireflies! Beer and corn-on-the-cob Days without wearing clothes Creeks, lakes and oceans Bright moons and warm nights It was fun, Summer. I'll walk you to the...
  6. Does Anyone Speak English Anymore?

    I'm going to sound like an old-maid schoolteacher here. (I have been a schoolteacher, but never an old maid!) Hopefully the axes I grind will prove helpful to some... Our use of American English has deteriorated, and continues to do so. You may say "Who cares?", but you should care. When our language becomes imprecise, our thoughts become imprecise. This last point is somewhat academic, since kids are increasingly taught what to think, rather than how to think. Here are a few common but...
  7. Privacy, Modesty, & Reality

    Sometimes we encounter an odd situation in our lives, and never realize how odd it is until later. One such case involved my sister's family (husband, 4 kids, and herself) who moved into an old house. At the time, the kids (ages 13, 11, 9, and 7) occupied 3 bedrooms in the upper floor. The 2 boys shared one room, and the two girls had separate bedrooms. The upper floor also had a small bathroom near the center, which was originally a closet (the house was built without indoor plumbing). It...
  8. Guns, Genders, And Imagination

    One Christmas, when I was 6 years old, I got a toy gun, a Mattel "Fanner 50". Before we go further and you berate my parents for getting me a toy gun, consider that this was 1960, westerns were very much a staple of prime-time TV, and most families in the USA owned at least one gun. Like it or not, that's how it was. This toy gun was made of plastic and some light metal, but it all looked like shiny chrome. Each time it was cocked, the cylinder rotated, just like a real gun. It also had...
  9. Protection From Perverts, Or Paradise Lost?

    Back in the early 1960s, a now-famous billboard & print ad featured a playful dog pulling down the swimsuit of a surprised girl, revealing how her dark tan contrasted with her white untanned butt. This iconic Coppertone ad initially got people's attention for being cute, with little or no concern about the semi-nudity it portrayed. Children were considered to be sexless, and therefore innocent. This Coppertone ad also had only a swimsuit bottom, with no top covering the girl's nipples. Of...
  10. A Word To Married Women - And Everyone Else

    I'm sure you remember the day you met your husband. You remember where you were, and what you were doing. You probably remember the first thing he said to you, the first things you did together, and your first date. You remember the first time you kissed, and the first time you made love. So does he. You remember your wedding. Do you remember vowing to love and cherish him for the rest of your lives? If so, why has making love with him become such a low priority? You know he...
  11. Trina

    I met her one evening when I stopped by my sister's house. She was a friend of one of my sister's daughters, a quiet, inconspicuous young lady. My niece said "This is Trina" "Trina?" I repeated, making sure I heard correctly. "Yes, but sometimes people call me Kat. My full name is Katrina". She seemed like a typical fun-loving 12-year-old, but also mature and reserved. She had an engaging personality, and carried on a good conversation. Her mom rode a motorcycle with a group of friends, and...
  12. We Gather Together

    We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing He chastens and hastens His will to make known The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing Sing praises to His name, He forgets not His own Beside us to guide us our God with us joining Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine So from the beginning the fight we were winning Our Lord was at our side, all glory be thine We all do extoll thee our leader triumphant And pray that thou still our defender will be Let thy congregation escape...
  13. My First Visit To A Nude Beach

    That day in 1978 was a warm day in San Francisco - a rare event - and I was checking out the neighborhood after a medical appointment. A tabloid newsrack carried papers with the headline: "The Great Guardian Nude Beach Guide". I was intrigued, and bought one. The publication was the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and (as it turned out) this issue featured their annual map and directory of nude beaches throughout California. Nude beaches? Could beaches actually exist in California where people...
  14. The (nude) Way We Were #2

    We often think of earlier times as being prudish and modern times as being free and tolerant, but...this is not necessarily true. What we are prudish about and what we accept varies greatly at different times and places. In "The (nude) Way We Were #1", I described the once-common practice of male high-school students swimming nude at school, and several other situations of group nudity which were common in American society in the early and mid-20th century. These have seemingly been...
  15. The (nude) Way We Were #1

    A few years ago, my sons and I visited a public pool, swam for a few hours, then filed into the Mens changing room to shower off, dry off, and put our regular clothes back on. We pulled off our wet swimsuits and headed for the showers. When we entered the shower area, we were surprised to see three male teenagers showering in their swimsuits; they were surprised to see an old fat guy (me) and two teenage boys (my sons) stark naked and expecting to shower that way. They shrieked and ran out...
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