Select Page
Dad

Dad

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

Al Noble

1920-2014

Noble Emigrant Trail

Noble Emigrant Trail

All of the glory, none of the explanation.  The plaque says:
 
"This route was first used in 1852 by emigrants to Northern California seeking to avoid the hard-ships of the Lassen trail.  It crossed the desert from the Humboldt River in Nevada, passed this point, and proceeded over the mountains to the town of Shasta.  later, 1859-1861, it was known as the Ft. Kearny South Pass and Honey Lake Wagon Road.  From this point Peter Lassen and J.C Bruff on October 4, 1850, saw Honey Lake while on expedition hunting for Gold Lake.  California Registered Historical Landmark No 677.. Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Lassedn COunty Historical Society.  August 15, 1959."
 
 
This photo was taken during a driving trip on the way back from Southern California.  Lilly and I happened to pull over to stretch our legs and found this.  We had passed scores of these historical markers and this was the first at which we had stopped.  There is no mention of "Noble" on the plaque which I find hilarious.  Why not call it the MacElHammerschmidt Emigrant Trail?
 
[I later found that there is at least one other marker commemorating the Noble Emigrant Trail which was pioneered by William H. Nobles.  No known relation, but I am sure that I can find a connection if I shake the family tree hard enough.  There are always a few nuts that fall. (http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=10269 and http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=10268)]
Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Poem by Lilly’s grandson, Riley, written to his mother for Mother’s day:

You are a rose

standing in a large field

that has not been plowed in a long time.

You are head and shoulders above the rest

(not the shampoo).

You are remarkable