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June 18th, 2015

Quick trip

I got up at 5 a.m. Wednesday to get ready for my downtown Los Angeles business meeting. I breakfasted at 7 a.m. in a small coffee shop in the first floor of an office building. At 8 I had a pre-meeting. By ten my meeting was over. I walked in Griffith Park in lieu of lunch. Then I handled some work calls and caught my three p.m. plane. We were delayed an hour before we took off. On the plane home, I finished my latest science fiction novel. A woman from Nova Scotia who now lives in Uptown in Dallas was an agriculture scientist or something and she explained how long the El Nino would last. She used a classification word I must look up. A young man was on his way to do a college visit at the University of Oklahoma. He wanted to study architectural engineering. We landed in a spell between the rains. I am glad to be home.

contrasting woodpeckers

Acorn Woodpecker, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California 6 17 2015:



Downy Woodpecker, Breckinridge Park, Richardson, Texas, 6 18 2015



Tonight I went to the Garland Salvation Army to give free legal advice. The nice woman who runs the show asked me if I minded having a law student tag along. We interviewed the clients to assist with intake. Then I filled out her credit form, waxing about what a good job she had done.

This morning Beatrice and I walked together in the park.



We saw a Northern Mockingbird, Beatrice's friend Diva (whom Beatrice somewhat ignored while seeking affection from Diva's owners), and a blue sky. The news is filled with stories of a young domestic terrorist who mercilessly killed nine worshippers at an African-American church in South Carolina.

After a couple of inches of rain yesterday, today was a dry day. We have fresh grapes.