November 24 – Reflections on the meaning and value of life

Day by day with Hattie and Bruce on a path to their new home in Nashville
As they do their daily work, Hattie on end-of-life decision making and
Bruce on a highly-integrated, mathematical model of the universe,
they reflect on life around Miami and on events within our world.

















































Ruminations by bruce camber

We arrived on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at about 2 PM. Guided by a delightful person, James, who introduces us to this place alongside the ocean.

First challenge: Sometimes just finding the entrance to your home can be difficult… we turned into the service area for the building! That’s just the way it happens. We’re here to serve aren’t we?

Next challenge: Arriving in a new space with the contents of your car in a luggage trolley with two new faces and many first impressions… it is never easy.

The smoke detectors are saying hello. An intermittent chirp seems to be coming from at least three of those circular sensorials. So we tip the luggage trolly fellow his 10 and chat with James about the lay of this land.

First things first, we feed the birds. A new battery pack of 12Vs do the job (leaving three for backups). They’re happy.

Yes, and then, feed the people. There is a Papa Johns. The Works 12″ pizza is fine for two. Unpacking, settling in and setting up systems is a series of what-ifs and what-woulds. Oops, looks like there is no pressure for the hot water. With any one of the three faucets, it is just dripping. I’ll think about that tomorrow.


The first sunrise: Sunday, November 25, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

The majesty of sunrise over the sea
Sun floods our workspace

Lines become circles and circles become lines.

My work area, a corner of the dining room table, and Hattie in the guest suite.

Oops, let’s tighten down that soap dispenser for the kitchen sink. Yes, let’s also organize the closet for the air conditioning and heating unit. May as well organize the closet for the clothes washer and dryer. Also, called down to building maintenance about the hot water pressure.

Welcome Giovanni! The hot water is just a drip.
Watts Regulator Valve for the hot water
Sunrise on Monday

Monday, November 26, 2018: There is more editing of Hattie’s book necessary. The publishers are waiting. It is the last step, just before it goes to the printers. It is a dramatic and important final step and requires a lot of attention to details. I’m giving it my best eye, but pull back after seeing too many places to make changes.

The second building person, Romero, confirms Giovanni’s diagnosis and suggests that we call one of the building’s certified plumbers. No problem. Yes, they’ll be here tomorrow morning.

I’m still working on today’s homepage — and just started a new version of it — which will eventually become the new homepage.

Early morning sun burns through the ocean’s clouds on Tuesday, but weather from the Gulf of Mexico will give us a totally overcast day.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Centerline Plumbing came in, just as they said, at around 9 AM. A fine man, Juan, who was born in Cuba and came to the USA when he was 10 years old, will be making the repair. He was escorted to the unit by Romero. Nice people, nice systems.

Our friend, Carolyne (a very exacting editor), will make the final pass on Hattie’s manuscript. It is all laid out exactly as it will be printed so we hope that she finds mistakes and gets a sense of how it could be further shaped for the next edition.

Thank you, thank you, Juan!

Today, I continue my efforts on several fronts, including

Here’s Juan replacing that hot water regulator valve. The old is on the top and the rebuilt one to be installed is below.

It’ll be good for everyone when I am able to shower again!

An important part of life is basic maintenance and we are grateful for the people who help keep things running!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, cool and clear

Morning comes quickly. The skies brighten at 6 AM.

For Hattie it’ll be her final day for final edits. At some point in the near future, she’ll have to sign off on this current work as “the first edition.” A new day will then come, and even finer edits will be made for the second edition, hopefully within a year, maybe two.

The new homepage for the UniverseView is coming along slowly. Yet it is far enough now, that anybody can visit. There is a link to it from the “Abstract” box on the current homepage: That pushes me along.

We’ve watched something track across the morning sky. There is a program online,, that does a remarkable job of identifying objects in your night sky. Why it’s Venus! A goddess of love. Venus is just 24-to-38 million miles away from the earth. The average distance of Venus to the Sun is 67,237,910 miles. So, it is good to be looking out at the sun’s reflection off Venus. That light has gone the distance!

Given our work on the chart of the universe, the distance from Mars to Earth (33.9 million to 249 million miles) for Tuesday’s NASA landing seems trivial. Sunlight travels anywhere from 92.96 to 152 million miles get to earth. Given that light travels 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), on average it will take eight minutes and 20 seconds to reach the earth.

Remarkable thing this light and the sun creating it… some of it bouncing off a rock out there to meet my eye perhaps as much as 100 million miles later.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 (the fifth Thursday of this month)

Here Comes The Sun
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say, “It’s all right.”

What will the day bring? Hattie is waiting for the final draft copy for her approvals and then the book will be on its way to the printers. Maybe tomorrow. As for me, it’s time for me to push through the current work on the quiet expansion and answer the question, “How is it a highly-integrated, mathematical view of the universe?” The current page being developed is being a bit stubborn and still has a long ways to go… oy vey.

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 6:23 AM there is drama in the morning sky…
What wonderful artwork so early in the morning. Wandering between the seen and the imagined, seconds change things. There is a metaphor for life here, that I am sure.

It is a show of color, dazzling color, to awaken the senses and say, “Hello!”

We took a little break and went over to Donald Soffer’s Aventura Mall and then to Kip Tindell’s The Container Store (nearby the Pegasus and Dragon, a 100-foot tall steel and bronze statue in Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. At the mall, Hattie momentarily found herself surrounded by a security team of eight, all relatively close, plus I observe at least four more out on the perimeters. We guessed the man must be an heir-apparent of a family’s nation or multi-billion-dollar business. The image search using Google and Bing was interesting but not helpful. …maybe you can identify him for us.

One cannot help but see him. My guess is that this man stands about seven feet tall.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

After a full day of work on the the article and with Carolyne on all her edits, we finally went out to discover the neighborhood, walking north up Collins Avenue to Trump International Beach resort to have a drink and check it out. We walked by some sensational properties. This tower with Trump’s name on it, looked like it welcomed walk-ins. Most do not. The Trumps license their brand and neither this one or another yet closer just south of us are listed as Trump properties.

The day started with a promising splash of color well before sunrise.
By the time for the sunrise it was all solidly “socked in.”


Trump International Towers just up the street has a decent sushi bar and casual setting.

Dec 1-18-Trump Intl-Hattie.jpgHattie in front of the Acqualina fountains. It’s time to call it a day.

Sunday, December 2, 2018: One Week


Documenting our time along the ocean’s edge in Sunny Isles Beach, the morning light show has become a special ritual. The little cold spell of 60 degree weather has broken. It’ll head back up into the 70s this day. Being Sunday, we find ourselves a local church where there is a special Christmas performance. We meet a lovely diversity of people.

Monday, December 3, 2018: A classic sunrise in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida


A heavy cloud cover lurks under the clouds where the sun finally begins to penetrate and burn through at 7:02 AM. Only remnants of it could be seen earlier.

Today “the final-final” finally went off to the printer. Carolyne did a masterful job tucking it all together.

Shopping for odds and ends to touch up corners of the condo brings me out on my own for a few hours and I am finally getting a lay of the land. Miracle Ear makes a miracle and my hearing aids get cleaned to work again!

Some time back I received an email from Peet’s Coffee with this image below:

PeetsCoffeeTripYemen.pngThey were talking about their new coffee harvests around the world and I had focused on Peru so I juxtaposed and assumed this scene was from Peru. I couldn’t find it online through the maps programs, so I sent a note to a friend who has deep roots throughout Peru. Based on its agriculture and architecture, he didnt think it was in Peru, so sent a note off to the Peet’s people. Today, a senior publicity person replied and said it’s in Hajjar, Yemen. While exploring the town online, I also learned that it was the town where Saudi Arabia had bombed a wedding party. This area is dominated by the Houthi family of believers. How can we be so wicked to target the life of an entire family? How can the Houthi and Saudi’s believe what they do is less than honorable and quite despicable?

It was rather strange having current events and deep-seated hostilities change the face of a picture so quickly. We are all so arrogant and self-assured that we “know” that what we know is right. Unfortunately, with such ” knowing” we then seek control and power.

It was Isaac Newton who promulgated the reality of an objectivity whereby we are who we say we are. It fosters an arrogance of position and knowingness; and given my current work it is the least intelligent embrace of reality.

Tuesday, December 4

At 6:32 AM it looked like it would be a classic sunrise.Dec4-2018-1.jpgAnd at 7:07 AM it is. Classic.

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But then something happens. Five hours later, weather from everywhere, the totality of relations:Dec 4 Goes Gray.jpg

It is decided the newest page or entry must always be on the top. And, then it’s decided that there should be arrows left and right within the header to scroll day to day.

It’s a wash day. After hours working on documents, pushing them in light of historic arguments, it is time to take a break and check on the little one that provides mobility for the people of this unit:Dec4-Auto.jpg