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The Basilica Of St. Mary
Minneapolis MN
October 11, 2017

“Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” ~~ Napoleon Bonaparte

I wanted to start this post with something profound about the church and religion. I searched for quotes on the internet and found more than one that I liked, so today you get photos with quotes because, otherwise, this would be a very short post. I am not religious, though I consider myself spiritual on a certain level. No, I’m not a goody-two-shoes, though I try to do as much good as possible. I know I often fall short. But I keep trying.

“We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.” ~~  Barack Obama

I am not political, either. Not until recently, that is. I don’t see how anyone can just sit back nowadays and not speak up for what they believe in. And I’m not just talking about only the people who believe the way I believe. My wife and I do not agree all the time. We may have an argument- she likes to call it a discussion- but, after all is said and done, I still love her.

“I’m going to tell you what my religion is. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Period. Terminato. Finito.” ~~ Gene Wilder

Did Gene Wilder really believe this? Or was he merely speaking the words of a screenwriter? I don’t know, but I do believe in it wholeheartedly. Of course, as in all other things, I fail occasionally. And epically. But I try. That is my mantra, I guess. Keep trying!

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” ~~ Abraham Lincoln

I don’t think Honest Abe was ever so succinct. This must be an excerpt from a much longer speech. And that “Honest Abe” moniker? Please. He was a politician. But then, just maybe things were different back then and one could be a politician and still maintain their values. Their humanity. I hope so.

 

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In Retrospect: Milford NE

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Lynn and I got married in Elgin IL in 2012. We inherited her mother’s 1989 Buick and decided to drive it back home to Nevada. On the I-80 through Nebraska, we spotted a wooden church spire with cross, peeking out over some overgrown hedges. I took the next exit and when we found where we thought it would be, the place was all fenced and gated with a sign that said No Trespassing. You couldn’t see anything from the road. I was ready to get back on the freeway when Lynn said she couldn’t believe I would give up that easily. “But it’s posted”, was my lame excuse.

“Give me your camera,” she said and, when I did, she climbed over the gate and disappeared. She was gone about a half hour and I thought, what dumb luck to lose your wife a week after getting married. But she did reappear and showed me on the rear screen of the Canon the photos she took. Not bad. And she was right, I couldn’t give up so easily. So I went in and she waited by the car. It was maybe a half mile back from the road, through tall knee high grass and weeds. There was an old wooden schoolhouse next to the church. You couldn’t get into the school as it was stuffed full of wood and boxes  and junk. But the church, though vandalized, was a bit easier to navigate.

I had read somehwere that when you set a scene in a book or movie, you start wide, then go in closer and closer. So now that I’ve set the scene, here’s closer:

And closer:

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trespassing stroll down memory lane.

(All photos were taken on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i in Milford NE on May 20, 2012 by me. If someone begs, I might be able to find a picture or two that Lynn took.)

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!

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Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 18

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I-80 Somewhere in Nebraska
May 20, 2012
37 mm 1/100 sec at f 8 ISO100

On the second day of our return home by car from Elgin IL we spotted this abandoned Church out of the side of the I-80 Freeway somewhere in Nebraska.  The dirt road was invaded by weeds, and isolated with the chains that we climbed above, so we walked about ten minutes for the Church in the middle of a field. We spent a good hour to climb in and out and around, take pictures from every angle imaginable.

Look up, look down look at Travel with Intent‘s blog for more of this challenge.