...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes.
A photon checks into a hotel and the porter asks him if he has any luggage. The photon replies: “No, I’m travelling light.”
A PREACHER AND A LAWN MOWER
The little boy looked at him happily and said, "You just keep pulling on that rope. It'll come back to ya." h/t June Butler
Undeniable Adult Truths
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1 .7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
|Who needs oatmeal, kayaks provide better roughage!|
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Falcon Nesting In A Tree ~
I’ve seen many remarkable photographs over the years but this one of a nesting Falcon is perhaps the most remarkable.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Nature can be truly breath-taking ! ! !
Here are a couple of fun things to enjoy.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
It got me thinking about my own experience of learning to drive. I went to a small High School north of Ames but they had an excellent Driver's Ed teacher. I am very grateful for the experience of learning from him. Not only did he teach the basics of how a car operates but he also gave us some driving experiences which made me a better driver. One of the experiences was to take us down to Des Moines to drive in a larger city and it was in the evening.
I can remember the nervousness of first learning to drive and the experience of learning how to look ahead as I drove to keep the car steady. Of course we learned on an automatic shift but then there was my uncle Dave who took it further. He had an old red Dodge stick shift and he took me out in that and taught me how to use the clutch and to drive the stick. My grandfather had an extremely old (painted green) pick-up truck which was also stick but the stick was on the floor so I had to drive that also.
Dave made sure I drove as many different cars as he could find for me to drive and because of Mr Peterson (teacher) and Dr. Peterson (Uncle) I have always been a pretty good driver. It is almost second nature to me.
I have been in a couple of accidents. Once when a woman backed out of her parking place without looking to see if anyone was coming and of course I was distracted by something (which I won't mention) and another time when we were coming back from vacation in Minnesota and there was a car driven by an older man who turned left in front of me. I hit the side of his car and we had to have someone come to St. Cloud to pick us up and bring us back to Ames. It was his fault and his insurance company paid for fixing my car but it never was the same again.
And I have gotten a couple of speeding tickets. I am being very careful these days and I get passed a lot on the road but I can't afford to get a ticket for a while and I find I get better mileage and I get there just as fast.
This is my grandfather and me when I was little. He was my father substitute and I am so grateful for his influence on my life. The goodness that came from my grandparents and my mother is something I am grateful for to this day.
Found this on-line and enjoyed it so I thought I would share.
Thanks for stopping by ARTYAL. Hugz j
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday morning, August 26 started out tolerably warm and by noon got unbearably hot. From about 9:00 to 10:20 I was strolling along the walk path on the south shore of Ada Hayden Lake, and found lots of interesting things to photograph.
I first noticed a limestone bench that I later sat on to rest, and its swirling pattern looked like an aerial photo of sand formations so that was the first exposure. Others that followed were various kind of yellow flowers including some Goldenrod, Black Eyed Susans, Compass Plant, and some others that I did not recognize, but still caught my eye!
There was a lovely view of lake home high on a hilltop that I enjoyed, along with bees busy gathering nectar, a Kildeer protecting its territory as it waded along the lake, a turtle sunning itself on a log, and what looked like a snow bank in August, turned out to be feathers that were shed by geese or ducks and washed ashore and stayed there. It made me laugh when I realized what they were. There were delicate Dragonflies of various descriptions fluttering about, and three different kinds of butterflies, including a Black Swallowtails in two forms, and a Tiger Swallowtail, all of which were colorful, graceful, and a joy to watch.
I came back home hot and sweaty and spent a good deal of time in the coolness of my office downloading and processing the images that are shown below. It was MY idea of a very good time! I will go back to other areas of the park and shoot some more (when it cools down!!). For now enjoy these, and if you get a chance for an early morning or early evening stroll there, take advantage of it!
(Note - the best way to view the photos is to click on one and then click through and enjoy the slide show of all the pictures.)
Monday, August 26, 2013
B G took some pictures of me doing my weekly post.
It tales me a long time because I generally only use one paw.
OK, I had to look up because B G let a fly in the house and I had to watch it. I try to catch it. So does B G but he is no faster than I am.
I just have to re-read through the post one last time and then schedule it to go up - Then it is nap time.. I had to work hard this week.