12-08-16 Out Of Phase

I have not written in quite some time. I could say that I have been very busy with work, which is true. I could say that we have been going through a lot of difficult family issues, which is also true.

But that is not the reason. The reason is that I have been basically knocked speechless. I do not recognize the world I am living in. I do not recognize my country. Apparently everything I was ever told that made the USA a great and exceptional country is a lie.

Forgetting everything else:  a president- elect who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes; a President-elect who lies every hour on the hour and whose apologists say we can all have our own special facts, that “we live in a post-fact world,”; a North Carolina Republican Party that brags in a press release about disenfranchising African- American voters; citizens who say that Hillary Clinton collecting fees for speaking to Goldman-Sachs disqualify her to be President but Trump appointing people who have worked at Goldman-Sachs is cool; forgetting all of that…the images coming out of Standing Rock leading up to Thanksgiving were horrifying.

I don’t really care here about the “law”, about legal interpretations of treaties or any of that. Isn’t it time to let Native Americans have what little we left to them? Isn’t it time to admit to the genocide of the original North American population performed over the past four centuries, apologize, and at the least, not take anything else from the Native American population?

I was taught that we were all created equal, that this was an ideal we had never lived up to but each passing decade and generation brought us closer to that dream. That was clearly bullshit. Seemingly close to 48% of the population who can bother to vote do not believe or accept that and have organized things in such a way that the minority rules.

My world is out of phase.
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RIP John Lennon 10/9/40 – 12/8/80

 

16-03-15 The Ides Of March

CAESAR
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
Soothsayer
Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR
What man is that?
BRUTUS
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
CAESAR
Set him before me; let me see his face.
CASSIUS
Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
CAESAR
What say’st thou to me now? speak once again.
Soothsayer
Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR
He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.

A perfect sky for this day…

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11-24-15 The World Through A Dirty Window Without My Glasses

Can look like this…

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“They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game”

R. D. Laing

 

 

 

11-9-14 Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist 3.0

The Challenge

Attempt 2

Attempt 1

Attempt 3

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Other views:

http://jaspersmits.net/2014/11/07/minimalist-ocean/

http://mywordwall.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/wpc-minimalist/

http://picsfromsomewhere.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/wpc-minimalist/

http://anaturemom.com/2014/11/07/weekly-photo-challenge-minimalist/

http://silverinthebarn.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/figs/

http://www.pirancafe.com/2014/11/07/fly-log/

http://trablogger.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/solitude-waiting-for-you/

http://penntonic.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/weekly-photo-challenge-minimalist/

http://enjoytowrite.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/weekly-photo-challenge-2/

10-16-14 Thinking Out Loud

I was thinkin’ out loud
Talking to myself
I was up on a cloud
There was nobody else

Robbie Robertson

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Travel Theme: Close Up (Far Away)

Close Up

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” 
Susan Sontag

 

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Other Close Up views:

http://victoriaology.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up-in-victoria-canada/

http://2far2shout.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/wheres-my-backpacktravel-theme-close-up/

http://timwolversonphotos.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up/

http://delsotherstuff.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/travel-theme-close-up/

http://travelwithintent.com/2014/05/02/spring-saughton-park-edinburgh/

http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/close-encounter-with-an-alaskan-bear-2/

http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/spring-close-ups/

http://dadirridreaming.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/kimberley-close-ups/

5-5-14 Weekly Photo Challenge : Spring (Cinco De Mayo Edition)

No limes were harmed in the making of this blog.

Challenge: Spring

First Attempt: here

In reality this post has nothing to do with Cinco De Mayo.  I just thought I should acknowledge the day.

Here is a classic New York City view of spring…

wait for it…

it’s a good one…

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In spring they say a young person’s fancy turns. I do seem to keep running into them.RSJohnson_Hudson_1405050043

 

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They told me they are getting married.

Here are some other views of spring:

http://road-tripping-europe.com/blog/2014/05/weekly-photo-challenge-spring/

http://vonnscottbair.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/boolean-logic-the-farmers-market-weekly-photo-challenge-spring/

http://gogreygirl.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/photo-challenge-spring-and-a-prairie-snowstorm/

http://olorielmoonshadow.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/weekly-photo-challenge-spring/

http://thebottomofabottle.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/spring-sunrise-part-1/

http://eclipseofthemoon.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/pulsatilla-vulgaris/

http://mochilisreloaded.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/weekly-photo-challenge-spring/

http://austindetails.me/2014/05/05/pretty-in-pink-but-thorny-as-thistle/

http://prettypacked.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/weekly-photo-challenge-spring/

http://mindofmonique.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/weekly-photo-challenge-spring/