(Note: there are no “official” words to Taps;
below the photo are the most popular.)
TAPS. Memorial Day. West Springfield, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.
Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

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Mango Cucumber Salsa

Perfect for your weekend party!
Photo by Bruce Barone.
I highly recommend this:
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 large, ripe mangoes (about 1 pound each), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 large seedless cucumber—peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced (I used 1 small red & 1 small green jalapeno)
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
In a bowl, mix the lime juice with the vinegar, sugar and a generous pinch of salt. Add the mango, cucumber, jalapeño and basil and toss well. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

Make Ahead
The relish can be refrigerated overnight. Add the chopped basil just before serving

Golf with My Son

On Saturday, after working at the photography studio for a few hours, I played golf with my son, Daryl. I hope we can play a few more times this summer before he heads to Austen for grad school at the Univ of Texas. After we played a round, I treated him to his first Martini at the 19th Hole and then he, my daughter, Danielle, and her fiance, Mike, joined Susan and I for a wonderful barbeque. A great day and evening.
Photo by Bruce Barone.


Here, my little one,
have a cookie.
Photo by Bruce Barone.
A few mornings ago
looking out our study window.
What is your favorite cookie???

Mittineague Park

Tuesday Evening
at the park down the street from where we live:
Mittineague Park. West Springfield, MA. May 24, 2011. Photo by Bruce Barone.
You are what you believe.
  – Anton Chekhov

Shade Tobacco Farm

On my way to the photography studio Tuesday morning:
Shade Tobacco Farm. Southwick, MA. May 24, 2011. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Western Massachusetts/The Pioneer Valley/Connecticut River Valley
is famous for its shade tobacco which is used for cigar wrappers.


On Sunday I planted my garden.
Self-portrait. May 22, 2011.
tomatoes, garlic, shallots, eggplant,
Brussels Sprouts, horseradish,
varieties of peppers and lettuce,
dill, basil, arugula, 
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
apple and chocolate mint