Every year San Diego enjoys a inspiringly violent blue purple assault on our skyline.  Throughout the city, these grey barked, normally demure Jacaranda trees explode into the most vivid color canopies that can magically change one’s perspective if you look into the skies below their boughs.  Try it and maybe you will see things a bit differently.  I did.

Lately, I find myself doing a lot of different stuff and wanted to have a place where I could share it with others without having to be too specific about it.  I thought that if I put it all up here it would be easier to avoid causing any real damage.  I will try to make each visit to the site fun. I hope somehow it might inspire us all to try, succeed or fail, share, repeat and improve.

I also thought it might be nice to be able to take a cyber look back over time and see the tracks we have left on this strange virtual beach we call a life and time. 

Anyway, thats the deal….Look around, get comfortable, pull up a smile and set a spell. I am so glad that you came! Please enjoy the Shade of the Jacaranda Tree as long as you like..,, James. 

There is No Global Warming!! … There is No Global Warming !! …

Mother Nature’s storms are still kicking our collective asses!!! 

This week Hurricane Michael created am estimated 8 billion dollars in privately ensured damages in the south east corner of the US(Florida, Georgia, That estimate does not include National Flood Insurance losses. Eleven people have died at last count. The photos of Mexico Beach and Panama City, FL are horrendous. Over a million Americans without power. There is terrible flash flooding from Florida to Virginia. Michael’s flooding just compounded the damages folks in the Carolina’s suffered when Hurricane Florence hit from the east. We can help those hurt by Hurricane Michael by donating to the Red Cross,  HERE.

A super typhoon has hit the Philippines causing massive death and destruction, Mangkhut has moved on the the South China Sea. HERE  is a NY Times article that provides ways for you to help.  Closer to home we have Hurricane Florence who slowly dumped more water on the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia than any other storm in recorded history of the area. Go HERE to help the Humans and HERE to help the Critters.

And all the competent scientific data says that this is just the beginning of effects we will feel due to man made climate change.


The Great American Read is HERE!!!

You have an opportunity to share your love of reading and promote recognition for the books that have made a difference in your life. Please join me and vote for your favorite books every day. In the fall, all of our votes will be tallied up and America’s favorite novel will be revealed.

You can learn more about the The Great American Read  here and vote for your favorite novel  here.


The Count Down of Shame

(Time till the End of Trump’ s Term in Office)


Here is some New Stuff in the land of the BluePurple Shade !!