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A long time ago, my sophomore English teacher, Father William Campbell, saw something in my writing and predicted that I would someday become a newspaper columnist. He suggested the perfect title for my column--"Leaves of the Palm." Now that I have a little extra time on my hands I've decided to put Father Campbell's prediction to the test. I'm going to start using this blog site not just to reprint opinion pieces I've published elsewhere but to try to get more of my ideas and opinions out there. Feedback is welcome. To find out more about me, please check out my Web site: www.EdwardFPalm.com (Click on any of the photos below for an enlarged view.)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Allergy Season

Our most pervasive, invasive weed, Scotch Broom, is in full bloom.  It is not a good time of the year for allergy sufferers. --EFP

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Unforgotten: Run to Tahoma, May 28, 2011

Kitsap County, yesterday, held a ceremony and organized a motorcycle run to transfer the unclaimed remains of seven veterans from the Coroner's Office to the Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington, Washington.  I was the county's volunteer photographer for the occasion.  The title to this post is a link to the entire album.  S/f, Ed

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade

The Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade is billed as being the oldest and largest one in the country.  I don't know if that is really true, but Andrea and I thought we should take it in at least once.  Just our bad luck, though: it rained (and never got above 55 degrees) throughout the two-hour parade.
       The parade marshal was Major General Richard Mills, USMC.
        Click one each of the photos for a better view.  --EFP

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Phineas at Seabeck

Phineas and I went to Seabeck today, in search of the eagles that pass through here in early May.  We saw only two juvenile eagles, and I didn’t get a good shot of them.  But I did get this one of Phinny, so the trip was worthwhile.  S/f, Ed

Charm School Graduates

This is a proud day for Andrea and me.  See below.  We are now certifiably well-mannered—in “basic manners” at least.  Andrea will surely insist on framing and hanging this certificate next to my Ph.D. diploma. 
Seriously, it was our dog “Phineas” who passed the course.  I can’t believe that the Humane Society didn’t put our dog’s name on the diploma.  S/f, Ed

The Church's Sex Abuse Scandal Revisited

Four years ago, the Seattle Times was kind enough to give me some space to comment on the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal of recent years:  "Danger Signs on the Early Path to Priesthood"
     Now, just the other day, the prestigious John Jay College of Criminal Justice released its five-year study of the scandal, largely blaming  the tenor of times for leading priests astray.  Stuff and nonsense, I say!
     As I wrote four years ago, I have to believe that the Church’s high-school seminary system played a major role in the scandal.  Having attended a Catholic grade-school myself, I can personally attest to how throughout the eighth-grade we were periodically made to meditate on the topic of whether we had vocations. Under that sort of pressure, many a thirteen-year-old boy may have misinterpreted his indifference to girls as the sign of a vocation, only to experience a different sexual awakening in a conveniently cloistered same-sex setting.  I would bet that the majority of the priests who preyed upon young boys were products of the high-school seminaries.
      No one seems to be looking into this angle.  Someone should.
     That high-school seminary system now is largely defunct.  But the Church has yet to admit that it was a mistake.  Perhaps when it does, it will be able to move on.
     A poet I otherwise loathe, Robert Browning, in his poem "Fra Lippo Lippi," put it best:  "You should not take a fellow eight years old/ And make his swear never to kiss the girls."   The age, of course, is different, but the principle remains the same.--EFP       

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Palm Yacht

Here is the newly acquired Palm Yacht--still in dry dock at the moment.  Our weather is still quite blustery, but I am hoping to take my new vessel out on sea trials soon.  Be sure to click on the photo to get the full impact.  --EFP

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tiptoeing through the Tulips Again This Year

The tulips were in full bloom last Sunday in the Skagit Valley.  I took these photos at RoozenGarde, the public garden of one of the largest growers in the valley.  The man in the khaki shirt is one of the Roozen brothers.  The four young people are indicative of the 60-degrees-shirts-and-shoes-off mentality of the Pacific Northwest.  Click on the photos for a better view.  --EFP

A Wide Load

This little Oregon Junco is building a nest under the eaves at the back of our house.  --EFP

Delaware Dissing Bin Laden

In view of Sunday night's big news, I can’t resist sharing this Palm-Print, which I took on January 1, 2002, at the annual Hummers’ Day Parade in Middletown, Delaware.  The Hummers’ Parade is a parody of the Mummers’ Parade, held annually on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia.  The folks in Middletown can’t resist having a little fun at the expense of Philadelphia, under whose hegemony the northern half of Delaware lives.