Jon Kennedy
Jon Kennedy

Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
the Nanty Glo in My Mind'


Another pocketful of notes.

As the JetBlue plane with a malfunctioning landing gear circled Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday evening, most of the people on the main floor of my club (sometimes called "the gym") became intent on what was unfolding on the scores of TV screens in front of most of the club's stationary exercise machines. When the plane was finally cleared for landing, two 20-something young men near the machine I was on interrupted their free-weight workouts to just watch the dramatic moments on one of the larger central TVs. When the flames behind the malfunctioning wheel burned out and the plane was fully stopped, one of them—and then both—started applauding, and within minutes people all over the club were clapping. I don't know why it surprised me and seemed to especially move me that it was two men of such youth who started the heart-felt relieved reaction. But it was, inexplicably, reassuring.

Photo of the Jonal week: I'm not sure this "pocketful of notes" will be a regular feature, but when it is used I may occasionally look for favorite pictures from my own camera work to share, inspired by Judy Rose's success in this department. Especially when, as is the case this week, the pocket isn't all that full.

This first (maybe last?) selection is a still from a movie clip I took on Wednesday during an offsite luncheon for a team I was on at work. If it suggests "Monterey" or any place nearby, you're in the right neighborhood. This cypress above the Pacific surf is on the famous 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula between Carmel and Pebble Beach. Though the latter is a tiny village, you've probably heard of it as one of the best-known golf sites in the United States, considered the "No. 1 Public Course in America by Golf Digest" and home of the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly known as the Crosby, which Bing Crosby hosted there for many years. At the other end of the 17-Mile Drive that is the home of many wealthy families, is Carmel, which may be most famous outside California as the town whose mayor was Clint Eastwood for some years. This peninsula and its towns, in turn, are just outside Monterey, one of California's oldest small cities and one featured in the novels of John Steinbeck, who lived nearby. This enchanting world apart is about 90 minutes' drive southwest of where I live and work, San Jose.

Home Page's "religion." A writer to the Nanty Glo list yesterday wrote "this is supposed to be a Christian website based on the love and forgivess of Christ." I don't say or want anyone else to say or think the Home Page or the list is "Christian." I do not believe in anyone including myself imposing his or her religion on anyone else, and the Home Page is public and pluralistic, so anyone of any religion or no particular religion is just as welcome as Christians to participate. I don't want anyone trying to curtail my freedom of expression including sharing my worldview and the topics that interest me personally, but nothing I say here in any department is meant to be anything other than food for thought or "submitted for your consideration." I often assume, in my Jonal writings, that many of my readers are Christians or professing Christians, because many on the list have mentioned such alignments, and none have objected to my excursions in Christian apologetics. But I "assume" nothing. I do have a "Christian" website, but it's Xnmp, not

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