Taste of Nogales

Ninety miles down the road from Tucson is the Mexican city of Nogales. Parking is $4, the walk across the border takes five minutes. Stop at the Duty Free shop before you enter Mexico- the Don Julio is only $15 per fifth. The easiest border crossing between Arizona and the Pacific Ocean, our day trip to Nogales was smooth and mellow — like a fine mezcal. Join us. Continue reading “Taste of Nogales”

Prototype destroyer model

Steve at CGGeek produced a two-part series on modeling a starship destroyer, and these are my results. The most challenging part of the model was practicing clean technique. Small imperfections in my models required me to start over three times. The key concept here is the use of microdisplacement in Blender, a topic Andrew Price discussed in his rope model. Undamped displacement distorted my models. Read more below. Continue reading “Prototype destroyer model”

Time Travel I–West Virginia

NOTE: This post previously appeared on this blog on 10 June 2012. I have republished it for “History” month here in Isles.

In May of 2006, Patty, John and I visited Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. Greg Adamson and Marsha Fuller hosted us on a 2-day guided tour into my Harper family’s past. Through their kind and knowledgeable guidance, I learned more about my family in that short “graveyard tour” than in my entire life. Continue reading “Time Travel I–West Virginia”

Julius Dickey Harper

NOTE: This post previously appeared on this blog on 25 April 2013. I have republished it for “History” month here in Isles, with additional material.

Julius Dickey “Richard” Harper was born on December 2nd, 1864 in Vacaville, Solano County, California.  The third of four sons born to Lucretia Stull Allison and Dr. Eli Akim Harper, Richard was younger brother of Andrew “Amby” Henry Harper, born 1860. Here is an image of the grave stone at Mt. Hope Cemetery in San Diego: Continue reading “Julius Dickey Harper”

More White letters

For this post, I chose another five letters randomly from the dozens I have on my desk. Several of these letters come from the Stoddards of California, another from Bill White to his mother, and two from John E. White. These letters represent part of the shared family history. All credit to the writers, all transcription errors are mine. Continue reading “More White letters”

White letters

The following source material comes from my wife’s side of the family, the White and Stoddard lines. This post includes correspondence from the Stoddard’s, the McCarthy’s, the White’s and the Dorff’s. Throughout, I have intermittently indicated source spelling errors with (sic), but not comprehensively. I’ve also introduced my fair share, or more, of errors in these transcriptions. Continue reading “White letters”

Diary of C.E. Blanc

Over the last half dozen posts, I’ve transcribed Dr. E.A. Harper’s letters. Based on his writings, the reputation doctors enjoy for inscrutable handwriting is well deserved. I thought I’d take a break, and move to another voluminous writer, my grandmother. As I rummaged around the storage chest for her missives, I happened upon a diary by her brother, C.E. Blanc. Be careful what you wish for. Continue reading “Diary of C.E. Blanc”