Austin, United States

I have spent most of my career as a French professor and a research librarian, and have been reinventing myself as a writer. I’m...

(Please note that all works, both written and photographic, on my Bubble are copyrighted, and may not be used without my permission.)

I’m a semi-retired French Professor and Librarian.

My user name comes from St. Brendan, the Navigator, my namesake, though my present selection of photos is from Austin, Tx., where I currently reside. Like Brendan, I grew up not too awful far from the open waters of the Gulf, and throughout my childhood, I often accompanied my father in the early dawn to fish, shrimp, and catch oysters and crabs in the bayous, lakes, marshes, and out in the Gulf. Watching flocks of Pelicans, Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills, Egrets and Herons crisscross the colorful dawn sky was breathtaking, a treasury held in my heart.

I’m a dabbler at photography and am just having fun taking photos.

I’ve always loved the outdoors, and I hope you like my perspective, as I have tried to capture the spirit of a thing through the lens, and in that lies the beauty of God’s Creation. As long as I live, I will never cease to marvel over what God has Created, and over the creativity God has given us feeble creatures. To share in that with the the Big Guy is a great gift. However impromptu, I have loved taking these photos for you, exulting in a stunning patch of light on a tree branch, or the first Magnolia of the season, or the graceful arch of a tall Crepe Myrtle tree. Likewise, I love the unique aspects of a city, or the beauty created by those incredible street painters who paint lovely images on the sides of buildings. Catching the particular flavor of a season, a city, or a belief can be an inspiring experience, as also photographic humor can bring laughter. And that is what I hope to share.

I also love exploring, discovering new places and things, as did St. Brendan. His sea voyage pre-dated Columbus, and many believe he discovered America before Columbus. At the very least, it is thought that his explorer journal encouraged Columbus to venture out on the open seas. So I venture out on a new path with Red Bubble! YES!

Languages, reading, family and hiking! That’s me!

  • Joined: June 2010


Thanksgiving Thoughts and Tradition and Space Feast

This day of Thanksgiving is surely hard for those who have lost someone to acts of violence, such as the Texas shooting in a church, of all places. A word of great comfort comes from St. Pio, the great 20th century saint (along with St. John Paul, the Great). I wanted to share it with you on this day of thanks, that it may lighten your grief at the loss of loved ones. / Padre Pio wrote to one o…
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Means of Atoning

Since I’ve had people ask me how do we make atonement for sin, I thought I’d write out a bit from what is in Scripture, and written by the saints. I know in diverse entries, I’ve written about it before, but I thought it might be nice to put it all in one entry. And before you use this with what you believe of someone else, let me suggest that the entry is for each individual…
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Thanksgiving Priorities

Inspired by morning and evening prayers for the past few days, I wanted to highlight a few Thanksgiving thoughts. There is a potent little passage in Deuteronomy 4: 39-40 / “Know, and fix in your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. You must keep his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you today.” / There is no oth…
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Reports of My Death -- Exaggerated!

The other day, I had a day of work picking up trash along a highway, when as I was walking through the glorious ditch, a dark little mouse squeaked and dashed into a clump of bush. He was so fast…maybe SHE was so fast, I only caught a glimpse of the blur. She had obviously sat there watching me for as long as she possibly could and still be able to escape me. I must have been a very funn…
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