It was good to see President Obama go on television the other day to explain why he supported the NATO no-fly zone in Libya. I think he did a good job of saying how we as U.S. citizens cannot turn our backs on these types of humanitarian issues. When leader of a country indiscriminately kills so many of its citizens others of the world have … Continue reading An Exit Strategy???
At the bottom of this post is a link to a heartfelt post by a convinced Quaker. A convinced Quaker is one who has come from outside the sect. In this person’s case it evidently was from Catholicism. This post struck me deeply as I saw myself in much of Laura’s writing. For those not going to the original post here are a couple of quotes that … Continue reading Should this be harder? – Thoughts from a Convinced Quaker
I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more as I grow older. (Catherine Drinker Bowen) I got the above quote from a fellow blogger a few months ago. I don’t remember exactly who is was but the quote hit me head on. As I grow older I seem to dare and say … Continue reading A Little More As I Grow Older….
I know this isn’t a barn but I guess you could label it a “historic” building? It is the Longaberger Basket Company headquarters in Ohio Continue reading Longaberger HQ – Ohio 2008
“Another trouble with politics, it breeds politics. So that makes it pretty hard to stamp out. The only way to do it is at the source. We got to get birth control among politicians.” — Will Rogers 1934 — Continue reading
This is a picture of me at the Great Salt Lake in 2009. I am currently using it as a header for my homepage blog RJ’s Corner. Continue reading The Great Salt Lake – 2009
Note: I am going to cross-post here from one of my other blogs. I couldn’t decide which one was the most appropriate so I will post at both. (ha) Since the Republicans seem hell-bent on rolling back Obama-care I wanted to talk a little about one of the effects of this action. I recently had to have a rather expensive blood test run for a … Continue reading Going Backwards…. Again….
A question came up during a Bible class I attended some time ago about the differences between the different main religions of the world. Those include Christianity, Judaism, Muslim, Hindu,and Buddhism. Looking at Wikipedia there seems to be about a dozen other large ones but let’s concentrate on the five largest. The question was: “Are we all praying to the same God?” I mentioned that … Continue reading Are We All Praying to the Same God???
Since the Republicans seem hell-bent on rolling back Obama-care I wanted to talk a little about one of the effects of this action. I recently had to have a rather expensive blood test run for a potentially life threatening condition. My past employer who maintains my pension and insurance fund constantly tells me that he is under no “legal” obligation to continue providing me health … Continue reading Going Backwards…. Again….
As usual the Republicans are at it again. They are coming out in force to say how terrible Obama-care is but offering no solutions themselves. I guess they think they got the house back with this strategy so they will keep it up. They seem intense about giving insurance companies the right to deny coverage for “pre-existing conditions” and taking away possible healthcare from those … Continue reading
It is, I have learned, far easier to ask forgiveness of a god we can’t see than from a person we can see. Perhaps this is why many religions are vertical in nature, focused on pleasing and placating God. That orientation has usually entailed sacrifice, the notion of giving God something—our time, our attention, our praise, our skill, our money—and, in extreme instances, our children, … Continue reading Being Estranged From Others….
I saw an article recently about how people in the future will likely typically live to be 100 years old. At first thought that sounds kind of nice. I align with the old saying “Everyone wants to get to heaven but no one wants to die to get there”. I certainly don’t want to die, at least anytime soon. I still have many things left … Continue reading Living to be 100???
The Republicans are at it again. All the presidential hopefuls are coming out in force to say how terrible Obama-care is but offering no solutions themselves. I guess they think they got the house back with this strategy so they think they can win the presidency that way too. They seem intent on giving insurance companies back the right to deny coverage for “pre-existing … Continue reading At It Again…
Found this one during our Wisconsin barn search last year. Not only is it an old barn but it appeared to be an abandoned converted barn 🙂 Continue reading Northern Wisconsin – October 2010
Its like stepping back in time. Yeah, that’s me walking down main street. Continue reading Virginia City NV–June 2009
I see where the Republicans in the House have only managed to eliminate half the “earmarks” in the current budget. I guess some things are just too sacred. Most of the remaining “pork” is associated with military projects. If the Republicans are serious about reducing the deficits, and I hope they are, they must come to understand: The U.S. represents 4% of the world’s population … Continue reading Deficit Fighters
As mentioned on a previous post we are getting ready to head off on a Spring Vacation through Maryland, Virginia, and probably a few other States. So that means loading up our HHR with all the “necessities”. We bought the HHR for our Westerly trip in 2009 and have used it for several others since then. Pulling down the back seat makes more than enough … Continue reading We Still Love our HHR….
This is definitely a place where a picture, in this case a poster, is worth a thousand words so I don’t have much to add. Someday we will join the rest of the industrialized nations and provide universal healthcare for all our citizens. We could very easily do that if we only brought our military budgets in line with every other country in the world. … Continue reading Don’t Be Silly
It seems the Republicans are all over the map considering this Libya thing. But one thing they all agree with is that President Obama is WRONG one way or another. They are very good at showing wrong but not so much when it comes to what it takes to be right. Continue reading
What is considered to be old is, of course, a matter of perspective. I have always been a dreamer in that throughout my life, although not so much lately, I have thought about where I would be and what I would be doing in the future. As a teenager I spent many a night staring up at a seemingly endless star field and dreaming out … Continue reading It’s a Matter of Perspective…
This picture was taken during our month-long trip to the west coast. We didn’t discover many barns in the west. This was on of the few we even managed to snap during that trip. Continue reading Kansas City, MO -2009
Mesa Verde is one of my favorite places to visit. It has a truly spiritual feeling to it. We plan on going back either this year or next. Continue reading Mesa Verde, CO – 2009
What a sad day when one religious organization burns a copy of another’s holy documents. This supposedly Christian Reverend did a huge disservice to all of Christiandom. Where is the outrage among the mainline Christian denominations? Do we really want to start a round of totally “dissing” each others views of God? Sad, sad, sad. Quran burned at Rev. Terry Jones’ tiny church – Faith & Reason. Continue reading Quran burned at Rev. Terry Jones’ tiny church – Faith & Reason
I have spent most of my life in the Midwest but did finish out my professional career in the NYC area. Before I moved to the Northeast I had frequent business trips there. It seems that many people I interacted with in that area, they call it the tri-state area (NY, Conn, NJ), had a definite opinion of us in the hinterland. They tend to … Continue reading Life in the Fast Lane?
It warms my heart that two European countries have taken the lead in keeping the dictator of Libya from destroying his own people. Maybe humanity does mean something to political powers. I am also relieved that the U.S. has finally agreed to help them in that effort. This goes a long way to proving that we don’t have to be the policemen of the world. … Continue reading Way to Go, Britain and France….
“Once a man holds public office, he is absolutely no good for honest work.” –Will Rogers — Continue reading Holding Public Office
Those of us who are older remember many barns with the Rock City ads on them. They are quickly disappearing from the countryside. Continue reading Rock City Ads (Indiana) – 2010
Of course every photo blog needs a picture of Mt. Rushmore. This was the 3rd time I had visited there. Private concessioner have taken over the management of the park. You now have to pay for pretty much everything and it isn’t cheap! Continue reading Mt. Rushmore – 2009
The title of the post is directly from the title of the article I am going to discus. Basically what the Republicans seem to be saying is that banks should have all the control on how to foreclose on a loan and the government should get out of that and other financial transactions that are best left to private industry hands! In other words let … Continue reading Republicans: Consumer bureau too powerful
I just finished an article (see the link below) about how Secretary of State Clinton praised the demonstrators in Egypt who are overthrowing the current autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak. She made the statement “The pyramids are magnificent but nowhere near as what you have already done”. Isn’t the person they are overthrowing the same one who we have sold an almost infinite number of advanced … Continue reading Supporting the Egyptian Anti-Government Demonstrators
A fellow blogger who happens to be a Quaker asked an interesting question recently. It was “Why didn’t Jesus write a book while he was on earth and settle this thing once and for all?” I know Jesus, like most of the twelve apostles was probably illiterate but I’m sure he could have written a book if he thought it was important. Why didn’t he … Continue reading Why Didn’t Jesus Write a Book??
When President Obama was campaigning in 2008 he made it a point to say that there were some circumstance where he would use the military might of the U.S. to right something that was morally wrong. See the article referenced by the link below. It seems that Libya forces who are backing Gadhafi are rounding up dissidents in the middle of the night and making … Continue reading Moral Duties….
It was interesting to see this mural that was being painted on the side of the Walnut Tavern in Yankton SD. The town had a lot of history relative to Missouri River commerce in the 1800s. Continue reading Yankton SD – 2009
The above sculpture was on the front of one of the government office buildings in Omaha NE. I’m not sure what the underlying meaning of the sculpture is? But it certainly got my attention! Continue reading Omaha NE – 2009
Question: What is at the end of a rainbow in the U.S.? Answer: Treasury Bonds Continue reading
I just read an article about the governor of Wisconsin. He is going all out to bust the teachers and workers unions and it looks like, through a technicality he has done it. It seems just too ironic to find that they did this by declaring that it had nothing to do with money when that was the reason he said he wanted to do it in … Continue reading Pay and Benefit Cuts (not for us)….