Shown here is a group photo (minus Mark, the photographer) along with a certain canine/polar bear mixed-breed named Nanuk. Nanuk is a large, imposing animal weighing in at over 100 pounds, but he's the biggest teddy bear I've ever met!
I'll post photos from my trip in the very near future.
Shown here is an undated photo of Phil and Ariel standing in front of their newly purchased home at 50 Catherine Street in Roslindale, circa 1981.
Judging by the photo, Ariel and I were similar in size--we could wear each other's blue jeans. Wow, were we really that young once?
Shown here, a photo of my better half, Ariel. At the time this was taken, she was a high school freshman. She's wearing her official Copley High School "Indians" varsity jacket while visiting the top of the Empire State Building in New York City on April 13, 1972.
My sister, Joyce called me Monday with the happy news--she is once again a grandmother. Her son, D.J. and daughter-in-law, Lydia became the proud parents of Dannie J. Chandler, weighing in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Little Dannie arrived naturally and trouble-free, according to Joyce. Mom and dad are also doing well.
(More photos of little D.J. can be found at growing family.com.)
It looks like my mother, Mary Temples, has been keeping busy of late. Some of her handiwork won a blue ribbon award at the recent Monroe County Fair in Bloomington, Indiana. Some staff at the assisted living home where she lives took her crafts to the fairgrounds, where they were recognized with the winning ribbon, pictured left. My mother is 85 years old.
Photo by Lydia Chandler
She writes, "Yesterday I spent the afternoon looking through some of the old albums I ran across this picture, thought just maybe you would like to have it. It brings back a lot of memories, doesn't it?"
It sure does. I'm guessing it was taken around 1971 which would place me at around 15 years old. I'm operating my Yaesu FTDX-560 transceiver. The transmitter was capable of 500 watts peak envelope output, a pretty substantial amount of power! I used to operate for hours on end.
Buried near the bottom of a bin of miscellany I discovered a little gem: a game which (I believe) belonged to my father called "The Game of Spot." The game is simplicity itself: the players take turns dropping wafer-thin metal discs onto a postcard-sized piece of paper with a red circle in the middle. The one who can cover up the red circle with the discs wins. The game bills itself as "The Scientific Game."
Unfortunately, the small package contained no clues as to the manufacturer or date of origin. And, various googling for this game failed to turn up any results. My guess is, "Spot" is circa early 1920's.
The roof now has brown shingles instead of green, the dormers need a new paint job, and a glass enclosure has been added to the back porch, but otherwise the house looks remarkably the way we left it in 1994. Before our extensive renovations, the attic was unfinished. It now contains two bedrooms. In the early twentieth century, we were told that the house was actually a candy store with a flat roof.
Every few years Ariel and I drive by and see if the place is still standing.
[See also "House inspection"]