Friday, June 15, 2018

Where are the comments?


Over the last two weeks I have not had any comments on either of my blogs. I am assuming that this is due to the changes that took place on May 25th. I apologize if I have not responded to your comments. as I always try to respond if  you leave a comment. And it seems that I have missed countless comments that have been sitting in my moderator file.They appear to be from no-reply bloggers, although I have received from them on my blog before. It is sad and discouraging, because I am just a little blog, not anyone with a business or any type of online affiliates. I posted this explanation of disclosures and policies before. So in case anyone wants to know, and didn't read it before, I am re-posting so that I am making the plain thing - plain.

Disclosures and policies

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A cool dip

You know is seems like just a few weeks ago people were still in the middle of frost and cold weather.  Now we are hitting some high temps.  So tell me, wouldn't you love to dip our toes here?

                                                   Friday Photo Journal

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


Have you ever come across a rainbow as you are traveling. We often see rainbows after driving through a hard rain. Some are brilliant, while others are dim. We have seen double rainbows race through the sky. But on our last trip, we watched a rainbow become visible all the way to the ground.

Unfortunately, we did not find a pot of gold.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I've got the blues

Blue and white. Can there be any better way to enjoy the outdoor setting?

Blue and White, one of my favorite combinations.  So cool and refreshing.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Remember and honor

A week before the battle of Bull Run Sullivan Ballou, a Major in the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, wrote home to his wife in Smithfield.

July 14,1861
Camp Clark, Washington DC

Dear Sarah:
The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days - perhaps tomorrow. And lest I should not be able to write you again I feel impelled to write a few lines that may fall under your eye when I am no more.
I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing - perfectly willing - to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this government, and to pay that debt.
Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but omnipotence can break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly with all those chains to the battlefield. The memory of all the blissful moments I have enjoyed with you come crowding over me, and I feel most deeply grateful to God and you, that I have enjoyed them for so long. And how hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes and future years, when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and see our boys grown up to honorable manhood around us.
If I do not return, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I loved you, nor that when my last breath escapes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name...
Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless, how foolish I have sometimes been!...
But, 0 Sarah, if the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they love, I shall always be with you, in the brightest day and in the darkest night... always, always. And when the soft breeze fans your cheek, it shall be my breath, or the cool air your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.
Sarah do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for me, for we shall meet again...

Sullivan Ballou was killed a week later at the 1st Battle of Bull Run.

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13 (NIV)

In memory and honor of those who have fought and died to keep our country free.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

First Impressions

First Impressions is a modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice. Over the years I have read and enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and viewed several of the movie adaptions.

I had a hard time to mentally sink into the modern tale of Eddi and Dave (Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy).  It seems to me that retelling a classic story in a modern setting would be a daunting task. Debra White Smith actually wrote a creative original story in a southern setting. Because this book was touted as a retelling of the Austen classic, I felt that I would run into Mr. Darcy and the Bennetts at every turn. I think Ms Smith took liberties that would galvanize the story into the modern setting.

Ms. Smith did a good job weaving her story. Pride and Prejudice is such a complex work, one filled with emotions, misunderstanding, awakening love, simplicity. As far as my personal preference, I didn't enjoy everything about the novel. Yet I think this book would be of interest to those who would enjoy the modern telling of a very old classic.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Celebrating a national holiday

Memorial Day is a truly patriotic holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It is a day set apart for remembering and honoring those who died while serving in the American Armed Forces.

In 1971 Congress passed a law making Memorial Day a national holiday. Typical Memorial Day celebrations include parades, special programs and speeches. Americans often attend picnics and baseball games, and almost any other type of outdoor event made possible by the freedom these soldiers died to protect. This holiday is the unofficial beginning of summer.

Let us pay tribute to the Red White and Blue by honoring those who gave their all.