RJ's Corner

Galena IL

Galena Illinois is one of my all time favorite towns. These pictures were taken in October 2009 which was our third visit to the city.  Beside having an absolutely beautiful downtown area it was also the home of… Read More

Yard and Garden (and Tomatoes)…

I seem to spend quite a bit of my retirement time tending my yard and garden. At least in the warm weather months that is. Don’t get me wrong; I am by no means a perfectionist who manicures… Read More

A Life Without Pets??

I know some people go through life without any pets. We had some neighbors across the street from us once who I deemed as “neat freaks” . Their house was always so immaculate. They would never have considered pets… Read More

The Pets of my Life…

My wife and I have always had pets around our homes.  I can’t imagine life without them.  So, I have put together this collage of some of our furry, and not so furry, friends. No, we don’t actually… Read More

Don’t Do as I Do…But

As I mentioned before my wife and I were not fortunate enough to have had any children. But maybe the post will accidentally fall into the hands of some of you who can learn from one of my… Read More

Des Moines Botanical Center – Des Moines, IA

The Des Moines Botanical Center is not one of the largest we have visited but it probably one of the best maintained (both inside and out). Date Visited June 2010

Text Messaging is the Way For Me…..

When I went deaf in 1988 there was no way for me to communicate with my wife or others once I left the house. Even at home calling others was almost impossible. I had a device called a… Read More

Iowa Historical Museum – Des Moines, IA

These pictures of the Iowa Historical Museum, that is in front of the Capital Building, were also taken during our June 2010 trip. Besides the Iowa political primaries section of the museum one of my favorite things was… Read More

Personal Adversity Makes Us Stronger or…

OK, first let me start out by completing the title message. Personal adversity makes us stronger or breaks us. As I mentioned a few posts ago I went deaf about twenty years ago and have consequently faced my… Read More

Inside the Capital Building – Des Moines, IA

Here are some pictures from inside the Des Moines Capital building.  I particularly like the library with the spiral staircase.  As usual click on any photo below to see a larger image.


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