Photos by mark justice hinton.

Jul 162014

My brother, Dan, and sister-in-law, Sharon, have lived in San Francisco for about 40 years. In May, Merri and I flew to visit them for the first time in ages. As befits the City, we walked a lot. In fact, we used many forms of transportation but didn’t once get in a car.

We saw many fantastic murals and great architecture.

very Hawaiianarchitecture

We toured the waterfront.

MR with Golden Gate Bridge in backgroundAlcatraz

We lunched in Golden Gate Park.

Sharon, Merri, brother Dan, and mjh
Sharon, Merri, Dan, and Mark

Dan & Sharon point to their house.
Dan & Sharon point to their house.

MR with giant California poppy mural along a seedy alley.
Mer with the giant poppy mural.

mjh not far from the Golden Fire Hydrant he never saw.
MJH on a hill in a park near Dan & Sharon’s apartment. [photo by Merri Rudd]

We had a great time. And I heard that although people say San Francisco occupies 49 square miles, it is actually 47. More photos.

 Posted by at 10:53 am on Wed 07/16/14
May 282014

After posting our wedding day photos, I scoured the archives for photos from other anniversaries, but came up with only a few of us. Some years, my birthday over-shadowed our anniversary (particularly 47 and 50). Other years, there were trips to Florida, Tennessee, or camping.

Below: from our 17th anniversary, as you can see Merri is indicating, from a NM camping trip.

MR indicates our 17th anniversary on a camping tripIn Pietown for our 17th anniversary trip (with Lucky Dog)

Below: from our 19th & 23rd anniversaries with the Greenbergs.

19th anniversary dinner with Ken and Benita Greenberg23rd anniversary dinner at Yanni's with Ken & Benita Greenberg

Below: from our 20th anniversary trip to Taos, NM

yurt in Bull of the Woodsthe happy couple, photo by our table neighbor, Walter von Dallas

 Posted by at 3:47 pm on Wed 05/28/14
May 282014

Twenty-three years ago today, Merri Rudd and I wed in our backyard. In six months, we’ll be halfway to 47 years of marriage. These are scans of the photos — yup, we’re older than digital photography — most of which were taken by Steve O’Neill (thanks, Droogie). See the wedding album.

groom and bridethe proposalin the Albuquerque Journalour vowsour ringscake cuttingAdrienne EdwardsJudge Bill Bivens, Merri Rudd, Mark Justice Hintongroom and bridebride and groom in our native wildflower gardenthe bride dinesMaid of Honor Ann Prince with Merri RuddSteve O'Neill, who took many of these photosDroogsDonavon RobertsDonavon Roberts, Mark Justice Hinton, Merri Rudd, Ann PrinceDonavon Roberts and mjhmAry SmithmAry Smith, Ann Prince, Merri RuddKris Osnesthe wedding party

 Posted by at 7:47 am on Wed 05/28/14
May 172014

Autumn's theater

Is the reindeer helping the cow look out the window? Are they going for help or escaping? Do they even know if Dora is passed-out or dead? Only Autumn knows — she arranged this tableaux. (Strangely, Dora calls to mind the landscape painting with Icarus crashing into the water in the distance. I’m getting an insight into the therapeutic use of stuffed animals.)

Here, the artist contemplates her tools.


 Posted by at 12:02 pm on Sat 05/17/14