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A Holiday Novella

5 Dec


My Holiday Novella is a contemporary story stretching from the south side of Chicago out to Wyoming and back. Brandon is a young man who has lost his parents and almost his will after a tour in the army overseas. Working for his uncle in the barber shop and wanting to escape the noise & crime of the city he reads about an opportunity out west in Wyoming. After he gets there he meets a young girl, Leia, like himself she is just getting by. Just in time for winter, and maybe some cheer, find out what happens when Brandon takes a chance on a new life. Purchase and read from Amazon via kindle. It’s 2.99 or FREE if you participate in their program.

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#romance #holiday #family #servicemen

Classical Music – Andrea Bocelli – by William Price King

27 Nov

Read, Watch n Listen to Andrea Bocelli. Thank you William Price King and Sally Cronin from WordPress!

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Welcome to the first part in the Andrea Bocelli story. The multi-award winning cross over tenor has won not just critical acclaim for his beautiful voice, but the hearts of millions around the world. He is the perfect choice to take us into the festive season as his Christmas Album is packed with wonderful music to bring a sparkle to the occasion.  I will now hand you over to William Price King to take us through the early life and career of this wonderful artist.

51wcyjeld4l-_ss135_sl160_Andrea Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli who lived on a farm in the village of La Sterza, a suburb of the town of Lajatico, 50 kilometres from Florence the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy. His parents made their living by selling farm machinery and making wine and his family continue to live there today.

Andrea was born in September…

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Marblehead Lighthouse

7 Nov


The Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the U.S. still in operation around the Great Lakes. It is almost 50′ tall (though another figure states 65′) and opened in 1820. It is made of limestone, likely from the nearby quarry which is between the rocky ledge on the lake and the cemetery.

Alexander Clemons bought 130 acres and settled here in 1875. Nearby is a recovery center replica that just opened in May 2016 showcasing the history of the area. Click link below for full history and beginnings.

My family and I visited the Marblehead Lighthouse last month and unfortunately for us the Keeper’s building was closed. It is open to the public and served by volunteers. My father was looking forward to seeing a picture of his grandfather in there. His grandfather’s name was Myron Clemons. He was told they have one on the wall. The Keeper’s Museum preserves the history of the lighthouse and it became a state park in 1998.

You can purchase a brick to assist in the preservation here: Marblehead Lighthouse


The Keeper’s House was built in 1880, with 16 keeper’s and families having lived here. The U.S. Coast Guard used it for a residence hall back in 1947, but in 1968 support began to rise to preserve the old place and it was saved right before they burned it down. By June of 1998 a state park had evolved. Volunteers operate the building as info for tourists and as a museum.


From 13 whale oil lamps, which burned and were tended to back in 1821, to kerosene, incandescent electricity, and now to the present 20 watt green LED, it has always been about reassuring  mariners on Lake Erie. A New Zealand Company is replacing the lighthouse lights with this update of LED lighting. The time period went like this: 1921-1858 used whale oil and lard, 1858-1923 used coal oil & kerosene, 1923-2013 had incandescent electricity and 2013 to present uses LED, light emitting diode.


I like to think this window gave a personal eye view of the lake and a small portal to look out for ships passing by. I know this job was of high importance at the time as supplies and wares were transported and traded on the seas.


Thanks for stopping by. Sea you next time.

Photography by me





Migrants Drown in Mediterranean Off Libya Coast — TIME

3 Nov

More than 200 additional migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The United Nations said Thursday that at least 239 migrants died in two separate shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, according to the Associated Press. Survivors said their boats capsized in rough waters, leaving them stranded in the Mediterranean for hours. The…

via More Than 200 Migrants Drown in Mediterranean Off Libya Coast Trying to Reach Europe — TIME

I don’t have the answers; does anyone? Forty tw0 hundred people drowned over the course of the summer seems to require imminent need of help. Caroline


Line in the Sand

30 Oct


Captured on the dated photo with my Samsung 21x in the Gulf of Mexico. I like threes as I’ve stated before. Working on the printed signature, not sure what I like as yet. I do like changing colors with each photo so as not to overtake the picture itself. There’s a line in the sand.


28 Oct


Posting a grave-site from Marblehead cemetery in northern Ohio, which just happens to be my father’s grandfather (my great grandfather) and also a Captain. How about that? In case you were wondering why on earth do I love the sea? Well now, it’s in my blood. And since this is the month of blood, ghosts and dead people what better than the site of granite stones to keep them there.

I’m participating in the challenge from photographer Cee. Find her below; click on the link.


My family and I visited this cemetery and other sites in this northern coastal region recently while I was in Ohio. There are many stories to be told from the past which give us a sense of who we are and maybe why we love what we do. Follow me here on for more posts about this region and the fabulous lighthouse that rests on the rocky point.

Photography by  Caroline Clemens


21 Oct

Traveling again. This time Miami, Florida.

Morning picture taken out my hotel window. I’ll add more to this post as I navigate this city with Latin flavors over the next few days. 

#music #cuisine #people #beaches


Marblehead Lighthouse

16 Oct

I visited this historical monument yesterday with my family. What a day! I thought I’d make this a three part post from the shores of Lake Erie. It holds a special place in the heart of my father who is likewise very special to me. More of that later.

Though the actual Lighthouse and museum were not open, they’re run by volunteers with summer the popular season, we had a lovely visit imagining the history since inception. From the War of 1812 (prior to the Lighthouse on the point) to the first steamships operating in the mid 1800’s, and every other vessel using this waterway since, there’s so much history on this Great Lake. 

Lighthouses have been an important factor or beacon to those captains and their ships sailing the rough waters when the Lighthouse was fully operational.

The Lighthouse was built in 1821 over eleven weeks and is about 65′ high. 

I’ll bring more facts to you about this fascinating era and place in history.

Photography by Kim Troike

Part One of Three


1 Oct


In search of a photo with my new camera, I wandered about waiting to be delighted. Would I capture another wave, one more sunset, or kids playing in the surf with their boundless energy and enthusiasm for the shore? I found unknown footprints in the sand.


Many things caught my eye as I walked barefoot grinding the tiny particles with each step on this mini adventure. What would it be as I took the time to look ahead, up, below and to my sides? I found much to photograph as I listened to the waves hit the sand while birds or gulls sang a tune.


Here is the sandpiper, or sanderling: wading in the water at the ocean’s edge, searching for something after each shoreline wave, and the morning feast it consumes of tiny mollusks exposed or kicked up after each wave.

Photography/Samsung Camera by Kim Troike

Google Credit/Sandpipers



Home From Home

30 Sep

Enjoy this short story by Richard Ankers. No photo needed as he describes the place.

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