Luminarie in Kobe
The world's first computer-controlled,
carillon on a 15-meter Xmas tree at the Mediage
entertainment complex in Minato Ward, Tokyo
For over 30 years now, the Origami Holiday Tree
(American Museum of Natural History)
like to put
up a tree in my
heart, and instead
of hanging presents,
I would like to put the
names of all my friends.
Close friends and not so close
friends. The old friends, the new
friends. Those that I see every day
and the ones that I rarely see. The ones
that I always remember and the ones that
I sometimes forget. The ones that are always
there and the ones that seldom are. The friends of
difficult times and the ones of happy times. Friends
who, without meaning to, I have hurt, or, without meaning
to, have hurt me. Those that I know well and those I only know
by name. Those that owe me little and those that I owe so much.
My humble friends and my important friends. The names of all those
that have passed through my life no matter how fleetingly. A tree with
very deep roots and very long
and strong branches so that
their names may never be
plucked from my heart. So
that new names from all
over may join the existing ones. A tree with a very
pleasant shade so that our friendship may take a
moment of rest from the battles of life. “May the
happy moments of Xmas brighten every day of
the new year.” These are my sincere wishes.
This is the most amazing Xmas light show synchronized to music.
Christmas movies by Mary Robinson Reynolds:
Brilliant 2005 Christmas Light Displays
Egan's Christmas World
(learn about Christmas traditions in over 50 countries)
How to say "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" in 350+ languages
Santa passing Mt. Fuji last year
The official "NORAD Tracks Santa" website (2005)
(get ready now for Christmas Eve !!)
Click here for a very unique Season's Greeting from Ashland University
Click here for the music
and lyrics of the famous song "Happy Xmas"
and message of peace by John and Yoko from over 30 years ago !!
The Texas Longhorns are Rose Bowl-bound for
the 2nd consecutive year to face off against the
USC Trojans for the national college football
championship in Pasadena, California on January 4, 2006.
(over 400 images)
Take me straight to the Exciting Photo Gallery
Exciting Japan Photos
Exciting Texas Photos
Exciting Mountain Photos
Exciting Disney Kid Photos
Exciting Halloween Photos
Exciting Friend and Family Photos
More Exciting Friend and Family Photos, Page 2
More Exciting Friend and Family Photos, Page 3
Exciting President George W. Bush Photo Gallery
Exciting Body Sculpting in the Northern Japan Alps
Exciting Mt. Suisho-dake & Mt. Washiba-dake, Northern Japan Alps
Exciting Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Exciting Fall Colors in Japan
Exciting Mt. Jii-ga-take (elev. 2670 m), Northern Japan Alps
My exciting tribute to Larkland P. "Larkie" Colebrooke
Exciting Halloween 2005 in Tokyo Photos
Exciting Fall Colors in Yoro Keikoku Valley
--------------------EXCITING SLIDE SHOWS--------------------
Life on the Train
Marvelous Antarctica (pps)
Spectacular Pictures (pps)
Wonderful World (pps)
Amazing Picture Show (pps)
Happy Canada Day (pps)
The Interview with God
There is hope for us all.....right now
The Center of the Bible (pps)
Live a Life that Matters (pps)
Colors of the World (pps)
Magnificent World Mountains (pps)
Golf Truisms (pps)
Winter Day (pps)
(pps) files are rather large and
may take a while to download, depending on the speed of your connection.
Perhaps it is better to save them to your hard disk first, and then to view them locally.
If you do not have PP on your computer, you can download a free viewer here.)
-----------------A TRIBUTE TO DAD-----------------
(Dec. 22, 1932--June 7, 2004)
-- take the tour through the almost 50-year career of one of the
best fast-pitch softball pitchers who ever walked on this planet --
Also, you can read dad's obituary here.
A very funny TV commercial
Bill Maher's New Rules
The End of the World
Firecracker Day to you !!
(Oh, you mean it's not the 4th of July yet? Darn....)
ALL WIVES: Wanna be sure of pleasing your man?
Then "The Good Wife's Guide" is a must read !! (he-he)
Feeling a bit down? Click here to boost your spirits with the "Automatic Flatterer"
to identify if your cow has MAD COW DISEASE
(courtesy: Mr. Lenny Burns)
A really cool Honda Accord advertisement
An Amazing Clock that follows your mouse pointer around the screen
The Magic Pinwheel
The Leader of the Free World
DRINK MORE BEER -- It's GOOD for you and HERE'S the proof !!
The Flash Mind Reader
The History of the
(Not for virgin ears. Recommended ages: 18 or over)
Engrish.com -- Engrish Favorites from Japan and around the World
Remember when musicians dressed like THIS? (he-he)
The Industrious Clock
absolutely HILARIOUS cartoon of George W. Bush.....
you just GOTTA check this one out !!
Lady Liberty Fireworks
You Don't Know Jack Schitt
there was ever any question as to which brand
of soy sauce you should use, here's your answer.
Earth Lights from Space
(It may be over, but the dancing never ends!)
Fireworks over Tokyo Bay
3D Rotating Clock
Las Vegas Striptease Girl
(a virtual slide show)
The history and lyrics of the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas"
Smiles to Help Brighten Your Day
George Carlin's Latest Theory on Life
Paradox of Our Time
former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church
The Twilight Zone page
(the original splash page for www.garywolff.com)
When God Made You
Thank You to our Troops for a Job Well Done !
I Like Dreamin'
(Commentaries by Michael Josephson)
Center of the Bible
(if you have PowerPoint & a high-speed connection,
it's worth the wait....trust me)
(hey, WHAT'S wrong with being a COWBOY, anyways ??!!)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's 12 Rules for Life
very moving and inspirational "Interview with God" presentation
(The words to the poem can be viewed here)
Don't be discouraged. There is hope for us all.....right now.
(Set your priorities. Take care of your rocks first.)
What is the Meaning of Life?
(updated November 3, 2005)
(updated November 28, 2005)
Tips for Success
Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
by Baz Luhrmann
Going to College
Life's Many Little Lessons
of Faith in an Apocalyptic Age
by the Reverend John Donald Craig
(Jan. 3, 1915 - Nov. 1, 2002)
A Vanished Friend
The Most Beautiful Flower
Summer of '99 is Over, but the Memories Linger On........
(a short slide show)
Please check out my
English Conversation Lounge,
(this week’s required Japan reading by Rick Kennedy)
of the Week
(from Metropolis, Japan's No. 1 English Magazine)
Vending Machines of Japan
Photo Documentary of Kamagasaki, the largest slum in Japan
(by Shannon Higgins)
TokyoDV -- News, Photos, Products, and Online Videos from Japan
Japanese Streets -- Exclusive Shots of Japan's Trendy Street Fashion -- 150% Cool
Cherry Blossoms in Japan
here to see some spectacular fall scenery
from the Northern Japan Alps
Live Concert Schedules for Some of My Favorite Tokyo Musicians:
Bottleneck Blues Band
Donna Burke & Bill Benfield
More Tokyo Concert Info
Just How Crowded IS it on Toyko Trains, Anyways?
Gary's Tokyo-Houston News Beacon
What's Newsworthy in Japan These Days?
Live Minicam View of Mt. Fuji
(Japan Time = GMT + 9 hours)
Rob's Japan FAQ: Know Before You Go
(Visiting or relocating to Japan? Get your questions answered here)
(fine photographic images of Japan)
More Japan Links
More Tokyo Links
|Attention all stargazers !! If you're interested in satellites or astronomy, you've come to the right place! Their aim is to provide you with all the information you need to observe satellites such as the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites, as well as a wealth of other space flight and astronomical information. They not only provide the times of visibility, but also detailed star charts showing the satellite's track through the heavens. All their pages, including the graphics, are generated in real-time and customized for your location and time zone.|
Wake-Up Call --
Flight Day 15 -- Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-107,
a 12mb music video essay by Chris Valentine
(Background music: "Imagine" by John Lennon)
(If you have a slow connection, it will be a LONG download!)
the 3rd brightest object in the sky, has once again
graced our evening western sky for the past several months,
and the above represents the planetary alignment as of June 5, 2005.
Input your own custom set of parameters at Solar System Live.
Worlds: The Universe Within
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth.
Then move through space towards the Earth
in successive orders of magnitude until you reach
a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida.
After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf
into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls,
the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally,
into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
the first time ever, a camera mounted to the Atlantis space shuttle's
external tank offered a view of the ride to orbit on Oct. 7, 2002
well there's no little bouncing ball, nor color-highlighted text,
but you've got the words and the music, so.....Get After It !!!
Like about Texas
by Gary P. Nunn
by Gary P. Nunn
you (to our Armed Forces)
by Hank Brake
by Steve Holy
by Savage Garden
Who am I
by Casting Crowns
by Kenny Nolan
In My Daughter's
by Martina McBride
I Have This Dance?
by Anne Murray
by John Lennon
Place in the Sun
by Stevie Wonder
Everything I Do...
I Do It For You
by Bryan Adams
Do You Remember?
by Phil Collins
by John and Yoko Lennon
The Yellow Rose of
by J. K.
Gary's Past Life in the States
Web Site Bookmarks
Previous Versions of this Welcome Page:
Fall Colors (2005)
Summertime !!! (2005)
Spring has Sprung in Japan !!! (2005)
Happy Chinese New Year's 2005
New Year's 2005 ("2004--the Year in Pictures" photo collage, plus Samurai Gary)
Run-up to the 2004 Presidential Election
(Click here to see my special Election 2004 page)
Happy Summer !! (2004)
In Loving Memory of Dad--1932-2004 (June 2004)
Golden Week Boredom (2004)
I Love Spring !! (2004)
Mars Rover Photos -- February 2004
New Year's 2004 ("2003--the Year in Pictures" photo collage)
Christmas 2003 (Blue Santa Gary)
The View from the Top of Japan -- Fall 2003
Japan is NOT a Safe Country !! -- Summer 2003
Operation Iraqi Freedom -- Spring 2003
A Special Tribute to Space Shuttle Columbia -- Feb. 2003
Christmas 2002 (Santa Gary)
Fishing, Climbing, C&W Dancing -- Fall 2002
Fuji-Xerox World Cup Soccer Ad -- Summer 2002
Body Sculpting in the Northern Japan Alps -- Fall 2001
Cherry Blossoms along the Tama River -- Spring 2001
Email to President George W. Bush -- Feb. 20, 2001
Happy 21st Century !! -- New Year's 2001
Japan's Spectacular Fall Colors -- Fall 2000
A Summer Night in Japan -- Summer 2000
New Year's 2000 (Geisha Gary)
Fall '99 (Ricky "Gary" Martin)
Summer Fun in Japan -- Summer '99
Spring has Come (春が来た) -- Spring '99
'98 Nagano, Japan Winter Olympics
Original Home Page published January 27, 1997
Well, I guess that's
all for now. Thanks for visiting.
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It's grown considerably since first being launched in Jan. '97,
and it is unlikely you will be able to see everything in only 1 visit.
So please bookmark this site and come back when you can stay longer.
Or as we say back in Texas,
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