Gwen Van Kleef Riding lessons

Gwen Van Kleef Riding lessons

Went to watch my sister at her riding lesson last evening and to check out some of the animals they have there. The sun was perfect for a great backlit shot. Gwen was there with two other students. Teacher was great, though I couldn’t believe how hard she worked them.


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A Comment on me Mum – Mrs Jeannette A Jones

A Comment on me Mum – Mrs Jeannette A Jones

This is kind of a short tribute to my mother, Mrs Jeannette Amarens Jones.  (Nee: Van Rantwyck)

Mom had a couple of things that she said when we, as kids were young that really stuck with me and I think made me a better person.

The first was when we were smaller and something bad happened: we got hurt, fell or something or other, she would say ‘Blame Jim’ (some friend or other) or someone or something that was no where near and a bit ridiculous.  The result of this was making us take responsibility for what happened.  It was a bit weird but blaming others for one’s situation is never a solution so this was a kind of gentle way of creating that perspective.

My mother remarried and moved from Canada to Denmark around 1978/79.  She had been a pen-pal with a fellow in Denmark since grade school.   She grew up in Holland.  I think they had been writing each other for almost 40 years.  His wife had passed away and she was long since separated and divorced.   Several years later, her husband Niels, told me that she would receive three to five personal letters PER DAY in the mail.  From friends.  She wrote letters every evening when we were growing up.

Her communication lines were amazing.  Here view on this was:

Never wait for someone to communicate to you.  

She thought that if you wait for other people you will be waiting forever. This is a great philosophy.  Many people would be a lot less lonely and upset following this.

Above is a picture of me and my mother around Christmas 1951.


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Marty’s Breakfast Omelette

Marty’s Breakfast Omelette

I’m told that one should have two cups of vegetables per day.  Cooked. Uncooked. Whatever – just get that two cups into you every day.  This second or third hand from some celebrity chef or other.  I couldn’t find the source quickly so… – if you know you can leave it in the comments.
I grew up in the 60s so was exposed to the books of Adelle Davis and her philosophies on nutrition and eating.  “Breakfast like a King” she says.  So, most days my first breakfast(I also like the Hobbit form of two breakfasts when I can) consists of a pretty healthy omelette.  
Ingredients:breakfast omelette
Three eggs
Green Onions
Heavy Cream
Hard Cheese(Pecorino)
Different Spices(Berbere or often ‘Whatever’ from
Sometimes I will alternate Feta and Spinach for the Pecorino)
Sometimes I add Basil Pesto or Sundried Tomato paste for something a little different as well.  The Basil Pesto is great!

breakfast breakfast fritatta

Pretty simple really.  Sauté the veggies until the onions are, well, sautéed. I mix the eggs with the cream, salt, pepper and whatever spice I feel like that morning and pour over the veggies.  Grate the cheese into the eggs while in the pan. Cover and let cook about halfway on a low/medium heat – don’t let cook too fast.  Meanwhile oven is on low broil.  Once eggs are partially cooked uncover the pan and put in the oven.  Keep the light on in the oven so you can see when ready.  This will depend on how far along you cooked before placing in the oven. Timing is going to be different for every stove top and every oven.  I can usually tell when done by the aroma.  Remove from the oven(please use an oven mitt) and serve.  You can cover for a minute if you want – sometimes it comes out the pan more easily when you do this.  
I garnish with my homemade Peach Chutney or Mango Chutney and usually a bit of hot sauce.
frittata or omelette
Don’t over cook the veggies before you put the eggs in.  Don’t be shy on the cheese.  Don’t ever be shy with the cheese.  
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Sister Gwen van Kleef with Saluki Pups

Sister Gwen van Kleef with Saluki Pups

Scanning in some old photos(slides) and came across some of my sister Gwen with a friend's Saluki pups.  One of the oldest breeds. Beautiful dogs. The photos are from the early 70s - the last one is the mama - not being very co-operative.

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Recent Family Trip to Palm Springs, CA

Recent Family Trip to Palm Springs, CA

Family Christmas 2015

Spent Christmas with my boys.  Had been a few years since we were all together.  Went to Palm Springs for a few days.  Got to take a few pictures.  We had a blast. Dylan Glyn Jones, K Spencer Jones, Gareth Glyn Jones. 

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Hiking with my granddaughter

Hiking with my granddaughter

Here are a few more pictures from our hike in Glendale(Los Angeles).  I asked Peyton to go sit on the bench so I could take a few pictures.  The posing was all her:

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Hike with my granddaughter in Glendale

Hike with my granddaughter in Glendale

On our hike last Saturday we went up an ‘in town’ mountain a few minutes from where they live.  Nice hike. Beautiful sunny day.  Lots of friendly people and lots of dogs for Peyton to pet.  She is so friendly and outgoing.  Peyton and I were able to catch some interesting shadows.

She will say hello to anyone and everyone.  

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My Granddaughter

My Granddaughter

Five years ago tomorrow I became a grandfather.  Opa to my little one.  Due to various complications of life – living in different countries and some other factors I hadn’t been able to see her until this past week.  Believe me the first few days were a little emotional.  I’ve been sending her books for the last two or three years and have been able to read to her – makes me so happy.  Tons of Dr Seuss, Harry the Dirty Dog and lots more.  She is so outgoing, will talk to anyone and I’m so happy that her parents allow this and don’t make her afraid of her environment. 

AND I’m just so happy…

Here are a few pictures from our day at the park up the street.  More hiking shots later.

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Global Warming – Scary, isn’t it?!!

Global Warming – Scary, isn’t it?!!

Governments are generally about controlling populations.
The media feeds off controversy.
These two things work together hand in hand to keep a general population – particularly in the US of A believing pretty much what they are told to believe.  Throw out information that is alarming and made more alarming by repeating it and repeating it and having the same information come from numerous sources, then it gets pretty easy to point a populace where ever you want.  
Two of the biggest controversies that I end up seeing on Facebook and the media in general are 
“Global Warming” and the ‘Gun’ controversy.  
If I want to alarm a people or get them on my side the simplest thing to do would be feed them a piece of information and not compare it in any way to other information of similar value.

Warning: Anyone reading this likely has made decisions on the above subjects one way or the other and many people won’t want to hear that there are rational arguments on both sides.  All I’m really trying to do here is get people to step back and not get sucked into media/government agendas.

If you were to tell your child constantly how bad they were and not point out successes, I’m pretty sure that you would have a pretty unhappy and recalcitrant child.  
Most of what I hear on ‘Climate Change’ or ‘Global Warming’ is how bad it all is.  Here is a success against pollution.  After the World War II, Los Angeles started a program to fix their  pollution problems.  The smog was getting worse there and there had been numerous deaths due to smog in Great Britain.  They did not want the same problems in LA so started a program to handle it.  
Here is a graph of improvements up until 1997:
You can find information on the whole project here: 
I was in Los Angeles in 1979 for a few months.  It was still pretty bad.  Again I was there for most of 2005 and part of 2006.  No comparison.  Completely different.
I agree with the fact that we need to take care of our planet. It will never happen by throwing alarming information at people.  Why not “Hey, look what they did in Los Angeles, isn’t that cool?”  
I’m trying my hardest here to not argue one side or the other of Climate Change or Global Warming.  
People freak out about deforestation in the rainforests of Brazil.  Here is a quote from an article on the subject.  
“Since 2004 the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has fallen nearly 80 percent to the lowest levels recorded since annual record keeping began in the late 1980s.”
It is not remotely perfect yet, but there is improvement.  We have been and are fixing the planet.  If you listen to the media and Facebook, we are about two days from going to hell in a hand basket.
Here is another one that will stir the pot.  “30,000 gun deaths in the USA in 2014!!!” (I’ve seen several memes on Facebook with this figure.)   
There are a couple of things wrong with fact.  One, it doesn’t compare it to anything.  This could be double what it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago or it could be half.  It could be the worst in the world compared to other countries – which if you ask, most people will be sure that this is true – or it could be that the USA isn’t even in the top hundred per capita gun murders in the world.  The problem is a datum, any data, is useless if not compared to something else.  
The other thing about the ’30,000 gun deaths in the USA’ is that it is NOT TRUE!  It is completely false.  
Per a website called Gun Violence Archive the gun deaths in 2014 were 12,576.  And per US Department of Justice Statistics:

“Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011”

So, you see, things are actually getting better, not worse.  
BUT, can you see some media whore saying, ‘Hey folks, things are going really well right now, there is no reason to be alarmed.’   Or ‘Things have improved so much, that we are not going to pass any new laws this year…’ 
I’m sorry, but that is not going to happen anytime soon because it doesn’t keep a population in fear and it doesn’t keep people hooked so that advertising can be sold.  
So, take a fact.  First check to see if it is true.  Check it against other facts.  Then take a look at what you can do about it.  By just passing it on, true or not true, it will likely just upset someone.  If you have a cause that you feel strongly about, then get your facts straight, find a starting point and do something about it.  
And here is a secret: posting shit on Facebook is not ‘doing something’!!  If you are going to change society or a part thereof, you are actually going to have to go out there and talk to people.  
But that is the subject of a whole different article.  The point of this one to check and compare your facts.  Governments and the media make money and control populations by keeping people afraid and upset.  
Do you want to forward their agendas?
It can be seen, if one looks that there are a lot of things that have improved in the world.  Believe me, I know there is a lot of shit in the world and a lot of evil.  
You will get further by making your environment calmer and show people how they can change things a little at a time than forwarding media alarmist hype.
We were put in this world to help.  Go out there and find a project – and help.  

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