A Diary Left Open

Adventures of a San Diego Producer


San Diego, California, USA
July 01
Crystal Pyramid Productions
San Diego video producer, photographer, poet, business owner, social network maven, Karaoke star, mountain biker, adventuress and blogger.

Irish HearseImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr

Why are people so fearful of death? I often wonder why this is so. I mean, death is just a part of life. My feeling is that death is merely the return of the spirit to infinite bliss. Heaven and Hell exist right here on Earth, and… Read full post »

no samples pleaseImage by lupinehorror via Flickr

I was taking care of a child at the local hospital who was in for poisoning related to ingestion of paint chips. Because of his condition he had to urinate directly into a container on ice. Out of dead sleep he started jumping up and down, "I/…

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"I Knew I Was Going to Live When I Saw You" - by Lira the Amazing Pet Therapy Dog

The most amazing thing happened when Mom and I went to the hospital yesterday. When we entered one of the patients rooms a lady in her late sixties or early seventies was lying/… Read full post »

Pelicans Covered In Oil, Grand IslandImage by MindfulWalker via Flickr

I have been thinking, dreaming and yes, even praying, about the Gulf oil spill. It weighs heavily on my mind, although there are things I do to offset the gloom-and-doom aspect of it. I ride my mountain bike. I eat good food. I socialize with friends. I/…

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U.S. service station (1950s)Image via Wikipedia

So...last Friday I went to the local gas station to pump some gas. It was about 7:00am on my way to work. I went into the station to pay, told them the pump I was on, came outside and started pumping my gas. A man (boy) that looked to… Read full post »

After winning a camera from Chrysler for being a top sales guy, my dad handed it to my mom who filmed the majority of our family's special occasions and fun times. As an avid cyclist for the last five decades, I noticed while digitizing our old family films that there are/…

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Gray wolf (Canis lupus).Image via Wikipedia

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read in the Natural Resources Defense Council's latest newsletter that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the guy who is supposed to be PROTECTING our natural resources, "carried out a Bush-era plan to strip wolves of their endangered species p/… Read full post »

Every thinking person has been horrified by the goings-on at the Gulf of Mexico - the impaling of Mother Earth with BP's oil rig has created the largest environmental disaster in history. We really have no idea what the long-term effects of this will be. When you tamper with a finely/…

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Mannequins in Blue and WhiteImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr

I was all dolled up in my pale blue and white dress on a sunny summer morning going to the wedding of a friend. Upon arrival I entered the side door, as my girlfriend wanted me to come early to visit with her while she was getting/…

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No Iraq WarImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr

I found this wonderful little poem while compiling quotes by female poets. It is always a lovely thing to find a new poet or writer whose work resonates with you. Because I am now custodian of about an ounce of my father's ashes which I keep in/…

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Cracker JacksImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr

Already, since the June 2nd baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians - a game that most Americans deem "perfect" for pitcher Armando Galarraga, thousands of people all over the Internet have registered their disgust with the umpire's cal/…

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Louisa May AlcottImage via Wikipedia

"Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success." - Louisa May Alcott


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House With a Message, Heidelberg Project, DetroitImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr

At the age of 18, I left Detroit to seek my fortunes on the West Coast. My father, a man who was born and died in the environs of Detroit, used to say, "You couldn't get out fast enough." I know he was proud of me and/…

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I know this has been floating around the Internet for a few years, but it totally illustrates my point about how much fun it was to grow up in the mid 20th century. And really, I could not have said it better myself!

First, we survived being born to mothers who sm
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Moon DreamsImage by jurvetson via Flickr

When I returned to Michigan to participate in the celebration of my dad's passing (while he was still around to enjoy it, too - what a blessing!) my siblings and I became closer than ever before. With Facebook, Skype and email, we have been able to stay/…

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I recently "rediscovered" a treasure trove of family films that were shot primarily by my mother after my dad won a film camera for his sales prowess at Chrysler, before I was born, around 55 years ago. She just picked up the camera and started shooting family gatherings, special occasions, and…

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Freddie & MargeImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr

Whenever I mention that I am heading to Detroit, or I just returned from Detroit, where my family reside, the recipient of that news may crinkle their nose and say "Ew, Detroit." But they don't know Detroit - or Michigan - the way I have grown to/…

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MAY 14, 2010 11:08AM

Love Poems from Izumi Shikibu

Izumi Shikibu (和泉式部, ?-976?) was a mid Heian p...Image via Wikipedia

From "Poem-A-Day". You can sign up to receive a poem a day during the month of April of each year.

Izumi Shikibu, born around the year 974, lived and wrote during the golden period of Japan's Heian court. She was "committed to a life of both religious consciousness and/…

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At Your ServiceImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr

My Uncle Vern sent me this little snippet he found somewhere online:


- The rare spirits that went under the gavel at a recent online auction in New Zealand weren't aged brandies or hard-to-find liqueurs.

Instead, two glass vials purportedly c/… Read full post »

I now belong to that club whose members have lost their fathers and who will tell you to appreciate the time you spend with yours. Hopefully your father is (or was) a kind and gentle man, like mine. I know how fortunate I am to have had a father like that,/…

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Here is a fictional story I wrote about 30 years ago. I decided to post it in honor of my dad's passing. - Patty

Harsan was 60 today. He mulled this over as he stood shaving in front of the bathroom mirror. He thought, 'Why should I bother/…

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Death Gazes Upon Naked, BaltimoreImage by cleopatra69 via Flickr

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.

"Your son is here," she said to the old man.

She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young unifor/…

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Daddy, when first you sent the call
That dusk had quickened its pace,
With a nurse and a bed to catch your fall
And the shadow of night had crossed your face,

Still we could not accept that time on its walk
Had bent our tall, handsome father,
Had circled like a wide-winged hawk
Signaling the moment we…

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Joseph Edmund Mooney, age 85 a longtime resident of Saint Clair Shores, Michigan died Saturday, April 24, 2010 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 04, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan the son of the late John Henry Mooney and the late Margaret Jenny (nee: O'Meara) Moone/…

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