Posts by Warren

Pain !

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Chapter 1     Surgery PAIN!  Unbelievable pain! I yelled again, “It hurts, it hurts!” What was going on? I repeated my cries.  “It hurts, it hurts!” A fleeting glimpse of a face beside me.  Was it my wife or the doctor?   My eyes closed quickly.  Opened again. My wife, Gail, trying to smile and reassure me.  Closed my eyes.  Darkness. Opened as slits again.  Doctor.  Was that a look of surprise?  Closed again.  Ah – peace arriving.  More morphine added to the line into my vein.   No more yells.  Bliss. Sleep. A technician disconnecting me from monitors. Limited words of reassurance...

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Conversation with a 4 year old

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Anna: Grandpa, do you have any gum? Grandpa: No honey. I’m sorry Anna: Grandpa, why don’t you have any gum? Grandpa: Grown-ups don’t chew gum honey… Anna: (Silence, brow knit, brain clearly processing. 30 seconds go by.) Anna: My mom is a grown-up. She chews gum. (No rancor or reproach of any kind) Grandpa: (Silence. TKO’d in first round) Psychologists say we are at our most creative at age 4. I don’t know about that but in terms of ability to use logic, this was a first class lesson in real-time. Such a...

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Is your research appreciated?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Around 1690 Edmund Dummer (1651-1713) designed  the first successful stepped stone dry dock at His Majesty’s Naval Base, Devonport in Portsmouth, UK.  Previously all docks had been built out of wood.   Drummer was an inventor with creative, but practical talent.  He standardized the designs of new ships built for the Navy, creating economies for provisions and training.  As well he architected  the facilities to house, build and repair the ships.  He surveyed the sites for the dry dock and designed the offices for Navy personnel as well as creating lists of the appropriate supplies,...

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Ku-ring-gai – All in the Family

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Ku-ring-gai – All in the Family

Ku-ring-gai – All in the Family Many, many years ago I grew up in Gordon where I attended the Infants and Public Schools through grades K to 6. The classroom for 6A in the year 1955 is currently where the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society has its office and library. Clearly still a place of learning.   Our family lived on Mt. William St., where Stony Creek ran through the backyard providing concealed access for young boys to the deep lush valley under the old wooden pedestrian suspension bridge at the end of the road.  Does this photo bring back memories? My mother was born, raised, and...

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A beloved diary

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments

A beloved diary

Tears in my Eyes – # 2 in a series of genealogical reality experiences Henry Beaufoy smiled happily as he watched another load of barrels pass through the gates of his Lambeth factory on their way to the naval wharves further down the Thames.  His grandfather Mark had been incredibly smart to secure Admiralty contracts for vinegar which provided ships’ stores with ‘a fumigator, an antiseptic, and a preservative’.  The consequent wealth from those agreements allowed Henry to pursue his passions – collecting original classic tomes, financing hot-air balloon experiments, and inventing...

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