Category Archives: Weekly Travel Theme

Travel Theme: Toys

Circa 1964

Taken circa 1965 in Bucktown, Chicago. Me on the left. I’m not that much taller today : )

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Travel Theme: Connection

Tide Pool Bowl

Tide Pool Symphony

by Greg Packard

Creatures of the tide pool

live together in harmony.

Starfish, limpets and cowries

co-exist in a musical symphony.

Conducted by the sea magnificent

a starfish spends the mornings lazing,

while cowrie passes afternoons gazing

at those surfers who ride the waves . . .

Wondering if they are that brave.

Wanting to taste the freedom

of an endless summer curl.

The idea comes collectively

that if they’d band together,

the starfish, limpets and cowries

could ride their perfect wave,

and feel the freedom of

an ocean breeze

with a golden touch of sun.

We humans in society could also work as one.

To stop hunger and homelessness

we can give selflessly to those in need,

and share the peace of love and light with all

in life’s beautiful tide pool symphony.

Artist  and poet, Greg Packard wrote “Tide Pool Symphony” to accompany the bowl (pictured above) which he created for World Hunger Bowl.

World Hunger Bowl, as many of you may know, is the annual benefit dinner and silent auction of donated artisan bowls to fund programs for the poor and homeless of the Laguna Beach community.

This year’s highly successful event took place on November 6 as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. You can read more about it at World Hunger Bowl.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Packard, 53 is a marine biologist and original LA punk rocker. This weekend he happily attended a long-awaited concert by Nine Inch Nails at Staples Center.

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Travel Theme: Deep


Photo credit: William Lesko

Taken at The Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (before the government shutdown of National Park Service monuments).

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves–Abraham  Lincoln

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