Posted in Photography, Poetry

As We Were Going To St Ives

As we were going to St Ives

we met seven ducks on a ledge

and seven in the water.

The ducks on the ledge were

your typical ducks in a row.

The ducks in the water?

Well, I really don’t know.


There was no man

no wives

no sacks



or otherwise.


All I can surmise

about St Ives

was just those

seven ducks on the ledge

seven in the water

and that bloke…

is no bloody

St Ives

Children’s Nursery Rhyme!

Posted in History, Photography

Just A Siegfried Pillbox!

Across the Nims River…

Blue Battalion, Company A…

A pillbox, a bunker in the woods…

Heavy fire…

No time to think…


But at great cost!


The 304th Infantry, Forward

In honor of Frank E Knapp, Regimental Chaplain’s Assistant


“To all those and to scores of others, who are, unfortunately, too numerous to mention!”

Posted in Photography, Prose

Oh Those Puppy Dog Eyes

Dogs seem to make those puppy dog eyes for the benefit of us humans. Yes! They rarely use that entreating facial expression when on their own, a recent study has shown.

It has long been assumed that animal facial expressions are involuntary and dependent on emotional state rather than a means to communicate.

But scientists at the Portsmouth University Dog Cognition Centre of all places have found that dogs mostly use facial expressions for the benefit of us humans, like to get our attention.

Puppy dog eyes, in which the brow is raised to make the eyes appear wider and sadder, was found to be the most commonly used dog expression in this study. Researchers do not know whether the dogs are aware they look sadder, or have just learned that widening their eyes elicits sympathy and affection from us humans.

Men!? Take notice of this on your next date. If it works for animal ‘dogs’ it could surely work for you!