Seattle For a Few Days

Visited Seattle for a long anniversary weekend. We experienced in that December trip heat, cold, rain and snow over just three days.

We were struck by the aromas of wonderful baked goods and quality coffee that wafted through Pike Place Market. Our time in the market in some ways was like a visit to the turn of the 19th/20th Century. We breakfasted twice in the Athenian Seafood Restaurant, a cafe that opened the year of my late father’s birth, 1909. We watched cheese being made at Beecher’s. We joined in the laughter as large fish were flung to others in the market. I guess they have been flinging for a host of decades. Don’t miss Pike Place in the course of your travels.

H. Robert Rubin, best-selling, Amazon memoirist and author of Look  Backward  Angel, How Did I Get Through This? and Please Save the Third Dance for Me, all available on Amazon.

Our Loss of a Great American Hero

It was December 8th, 2016, when we lost Senator John Glenn. He was an Ohioan as were the Wright brothers and Neil Armstrong of flight fame.

John Glenn was well known for attracting the fire of antiaircraft guns as a fighter pilot. He also guided a spacecraft into our atmosphere so as to avoid becoming a great ball of fire. Later evidence indicated the maneuvers weren’t needed because the instrument signal re the heat shield was inaccurate. Nevertheless, NOBODY knew that at the time.

On top of everything else, despite being a human guinea pig/test pilot, he lived to the ripe old age of 95. The late Tom Wolfe was right, he had The Right Stuff.

Now that’s protoplasm! But even more importantly, that extraordinary fortune was the hand of God.