Author Archives: Rod Weston

Columbia Gorge Hotel

Never stayed there – a bit out of my price range – but have enjoyed dinner a few times and once enjoyed an amazing brunch. I would recommend checking on the brunch thought – it was many years ago and I’m not seeing much information about it on the web.

Books for bibliophiles

From various sources including the King County Library, MentalFloss and BookWitty. Most if not all the copy is copied directly from them. The books with the ‘thumbs up’ image are my personal favorites. This post will continue to be updated, so check back regularly. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Liesel Meminger is a nine-year-old… Read More »

Handguns Save Lives

Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2 million times every year — or about 5,479 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Of the 2 million times citizens… Read More »

Recommended Websites

Here are a few of my favorite websites concerning reading and books. Good Reads provides a place to discuss the books you’ve read and are reading and to get recommendations from other people. I use this site a lot. Be aware that Amazon owns the site; all books link to Amazon’s site. Personally, I prefer… Read More »

Okra 2018

I’m doing some container gardening this year and am going to start playing with okra. I love okra. But it’s difficult to grow in the Northwest. It originated in Africa and likes lots of heat and humidity – so not a good fit for the Great Pacific Northwet. But, as an experiment I’m going to… Read More »

Just call me Tiger: My week aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz

Just call me Tiger: My week aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz February 02, 2018 By Dr. Cam Jayson My grandson Zach is a nuclear machinist’s mate on the United States nuclear powered aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Nimitz. In October of 2017, while he was on the Nimitz and returning from an Arabian Gulf deployment, he emailed me… Read More »

Hard to Port

One of the exciting things about being a part of the commissioning crew was the shakedown cruise in the North Atlantic in February! Whooee! The Nimitz was a bucking bronc! Stuff sliding around all over the place, walking all over the deck and the lower part of the bulkheads and a good portion of the… Read More »

The Book Thief

A truly gripping novel. I have the audio book, masterfully narrated by Allan Corduner. Almost immediately after I finished listening to it, I started it again. It’s that good. It’s sad and tragic – it’s hard to drive when you’re crying – but it’s also sweet and poignant. And it feels so real. I’ve been… Read More »