A Real Travel Ban – Day Four

The Sawtooths from Goat Creek. The Lubeck cabin is situated in the trees center-right.

Saturday February 11th, 2017 – Stanley, Idaho

The Travel Ban continues into its 4th day. Avalanches and the threat thereof, keeps all roads out of Stanley closed and subsequently unable to reach the next towns – Challis to the east, […]

A Real Ban on Travel – Hopefully Only Temporary

It is February 2017. I live in a Federal Republic in a country called The United States of America. At present the various branches of government are getting [sic., at whole new levels] to prove/disprove, test, validate/re-validate, and educate themselves and others as to their roles and authority in how we operate as a […]

A Sunny Day in January

The view from the top of Lubeck Ridge.

Lubeck Ridge (as the sun starts to set) from the driveway of our house.




















It is 2:45 PM on January 28th – the day before the […]

Skinning Up in Skis to Take In America’s Alps

The Sawtooth Mountain Range was first characterized as America’s Alps in the early 1900’s. With 52 named peaks over 10,000 feet in a range that spans 45 miles in length and 20 miles in width. The designation is a fair one. I have reached the summit of many of the named peaks. I […]

A Real SNOWMAGEDDON and the Beauty of It All

The prospect of a natural disaster is something of which the media feasts. A weather related event that can be predicted, anticipated, tracked and analyzed – can fill an entire programming period for days on end. Hurricanes and Typhoons used to be the only weather events named. In the 21st century […]

Thought Provoking & Somber With Grace – Literally: The Light Between Oceans

The film The Light Between Oceans could quickly and easily be classified as a tear-jerker Chick Flick sponsored by Kleenex brand tissues. This characterization would be selling the film, its source novel, and its potential audience short, very short. This is a story about making very… no.., extremely tough choices so as to benefit […]

Saluting The Cohen Brothers Return to Comedy: Hail Caesar

Mentioning the Cohen Brothers (Blood Simple, Fargo, No Country for Old Men) and their film work usually generates one of three responses; I hate it/them, I do not understand it/them. I love it/them.

My opinion of the Cohen Brothers is the last of the three with occasional consideration for including the second statement. However, […]

The Look – You know What I Mean

Oh the look… the look… Oscar Isaac gets the chance to display The Look in A Most Violent Year and by any measure he nails it.

You know The Look; Al Pacino in The Godfather, Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver… that look… The Look.

A Most Violent Year pays it respects to the best […]

There is Still Time to Enjoy – The Colors

Stop what you are doing. Record the game…empty the dishwasher later… get outside and enjoy the colors while they last.


Mud Is Gold. ****

Mud, the film Written and Directed by Johnathan Nichols (Take Shelter, Shotgun Series) is a treasure. The story is engrossing. It rivals what I believe are the standard bearers of this genre – Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Apt Pupil. Ironically all of these films were adapted from the same book […]