Tend The Grass

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“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may.” ~~ Robert Fulghum

Robert Fulghum is an American author of such non-fiction works as All I Really Need To Know I Learned in KindergartenIt Was On Fire When I Lay Down On ItUh-OhMaybe (Maybe Not) From Beginning To End – The Rituals of Our LivesTrue Love, Words I Wish I Wrote and What On Earth Have I Done?.

 

People’s Dreams

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Lehi Horse

“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” ~~ Pam Brown

Some horses, like some people, get beaten down by life. I found this guy behind a dilapidated fence on a two lane back road somewhere near Lehi Utah. No telling how old he was, no physical signs of abuse. But the shack he called home was of weathered, rotted wood, cross ventilated with gaping holes. And how does he escape his mundane existence? Maybe he dreams of being a Pretty Horse.

Welcome To Walnut

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We drove less than 250 miles on our first day. The reunion had been our final good-bye to a loved one. It was difficult to leave family and friends we hadn’t seen in years. But now we were on our way back home.

Day two started out uneventfully. A free continental breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express that only made us more hungry and craving a real cup of coffee. Why could I not see the danger that lie ahead? Exit 46 off the interstate was 505th Street in Walnut Iowa. Also known as Antique City Drive. Walnut boasted 900 people, 5 motels, 8 restaurants (7 if you don’t count the MacDonald’s), an Amoco gas station, a funeral home, a Kum & Go (no idea), and 15 antique stores down the main road. That was the danger, of course. Antique stores. It was Lynn’s idea to stretch our legs after our lunch at The Villager Restaurant. We poked around in a few smaller stores at first, then, at the end of the street she hit pay dirt. From their website: Welcome to the Granary Mall. The largest of Walnut’s multi-dealer shops, The Granary Antique mall offers the wares of 100 quality antique dealers from seven states. The range of antiques and collectible goods, which fill the two floors, is as extensive as the distance covered by their dealers.

Four hours later we finally got back in the car.

(For more on the Travel Theme: Glow visit Where’s My Backpack?)

(Also check out Skwatch Friday)

(And Travel With Intent’s Look Up, Look Down)

Tea For Margaret Rose

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Margaret Rose does not like over-processed images- for an example of which, see my previous post Live And (Let) Die. So the above image is for her! This does not mean I will eschew Lightroom. I’m having way too much fun. And I don’t think I have ever been able to use that word before: eschew.

Gesundheit!

Oh, and about the title for this post: Abraham Lincoln said, “If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” Margaret Rose did not like the coffee I served, therefore….

Live and (Let) Die

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“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” ~~ Mahatma Gandhi

We live and die; Christ died and lived!” ~~ John Stott

Happy Easter and a Happy Pesach, too!

Please visit Jake’s Printer for more Sunday Easter posts.

Maundy Thursday’s Special: The Last Supper

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Rhyolite

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Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter.

See my earlier post Ghost Rider for a brief description of this outdoor sculpture.

Visit Paula’s Lost In Translation for information on this no-challenge challenge. Unfortunately, Paula is currently under the weather so the challenge has been cancelled this week. Maundy Thursday has not been cancelled. So I m carrying the torch in Paula’s honor. Perhaps alone but defiant none the less!

No rules, either.

Calm, Loyalty & Wealth

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Chinese Feng Shui gives blue a watery designation: calm, soothing and prosperous. The Bible often depicts the color blue as a heavenly color, and whether the color is a darker blue or a brighter blue doesn’t matter. Blue also denotes loyalty, and so anyone who paints their front door blue indicates a sense of calm, loyalty and wealth upon entering the home.

(Click anywhere within the above paragraph for citation)

This posting is indebted to The Legion Of Door Whores for a newfound appreciation of doors, and to Smiling Sally for her Blue Monday challenge each week.

Shiny Objects

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Part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

The first ferris wheel was designed by George W. Ferris, a bridge-builder from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He built the Ferris Wheel for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The Chicago Fair’s organizers wanted something that would rival the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel had built the tower for the Paris World’s Fair of 1889. It was considered an engineering wonder: the ride cost fifty cents and made $726,805.50 during the World’s Fair. The original Ferris Wheel was destroyed in 1906.

An open letter to CEE:

I had this photo all ready for your Fun Foto Challenge for today but now think maybe I’m off a bit (well, we know I’m off by a little more than a bit)! Maybe that challenge is for next week? But I can’t wait. It’s not your fault, it’s mine. I’m afraid if I have to wait a week I will forget that it’s sitting here waiting to be posted. So I will be the first unofficial submission to your challenge titled “Shiny Objects”. No matter when you decide to have it!

 

Big Subjects

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Red RockBigger IS better! Click on the photo above for a better view!

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Big Subjects | Cee’s Photography

OK, at first I thought this would be cheating. After all, this is not a particularly big mountain. More like a hill. But then I figured the cloud was pretty big. I mean it covered almost the entire sky. That’s no small thing! So here’s my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Challenge. One heck of a big cloud.