To me certain things are necessary to call something beautiful. Most often they are form, symmetry, and color. Just the right combinations of these three almost always result in something being beautiful. To add the adjective “creative” to the beautiful tag means something that didn’t exist prior to the beautiful thing. Most often that is a man-made creation. Being a car guy the picture below … Continue reading Creative Beauty
My recently adopted theme for my life is Hope Is Sweeter Than Despair These words were written by Thomas Jefferson in one of his many letters written in 1786. That was ten years after our Declaration of Independence and three years after it was actually obtained by a bloody war. Jefferson was in Paris at the time as one of our first ambassadors. It would … Continue reading Hope Is Sweeter Than Despair
I have visited Galena Illinois four times since the picture below was taken in 1990. The town just seems frozen in time to when U.S. Grant occasionally lived there. Since the picture was recorded on film and then rescanned it doesn’t have the resolution to be a large scale photo but that doesn’t reduce it beauty. It was taken in the early morning sun … Continue reading Galena…
I have said this before but I think it needs refreshing. You are never too old to stop dreaming. Here I am in my seventies and still dreaming of what I want to do in my future years. Yes, some of those dreams are unrealistic from a physical standpoint but I continue to dream them anyway. Maybe someone will invent a cure for old age? … Continue reading Dream On… Dream On…
This is the fourth and final post of Philip Gulley’s book entitled If Grace is True. Universal Salvation is not something I intended to find during my extensive study into the words of Jesus but that is where I was led. I didn’t consider this for many years. I actually thought my experiences rare. I was one of the chosen. I was special. Now I … Continue reading God Whispers In Every Ear..
I have been fascinated by gardens just about all of my life. I think it started with Mrs. Forester when I was six years old. She was a very old lady, at least in six year old terms, who lived next to us in urban Indianapolis. I don’t know if she was widowed or just a spinster but she was always nice to me even … Continue reading A Gardening I Will Go…
I have over 20,000 pictures in my current photo portfolio and there is a story behind every one of them. Given that I am again reaching my breaking point concerning today’s politics I thought I would drop back into my cave and tell a few of those stories. To that end I spent a couple of days this week going through my pictures of my … Continue reading A Story Behind Every Picture..
I am a dreamer, always have been and always will be. When times are bad I dream of better times. When times are good I thank the Lord. I have always dreamed that every citizen of our country has at least an ounce of empathy and two ounces of brains. I have come to doubt that belief, especially since the person in the Oval Office … Continue reading An Ounce Of Empathy & Two Ounces Of Brains
This past weekend I traveled to Elwood Indiana for a visit to the Elwood Glass Festival. While there were some bright points to the trip it was generally disappointing in that the “Glass” part of the festival has been for the most part forgotten. In 1886 the Ball brothers were looking to build a factory for their Mason Jars and they chose Indiana. Most of … Continue reading Elwood Indiana Glass Festival
Almost ten years ago I started my first blog called RedLetterLiving. It was about living by the words of Jesus. I was concerned that even though Christianity was founded on the idea that Jesus was the Christ few current Christian denominations seemed to put much weight on his actual words. Little did I know that this study would go on for six years before I had … Continue reading The Teachings of Jesus Are Very Hard To Follow..
I don’t know how many readers ever look at the quotes I rotate through the header of RJsCorner. I try to change them weekly but sometimes that task falls in the proverbial crack. In the current header is a quote from Thomas Jefferson about staying too long that seems especially relative to the folks in Washington DC. Too many in our national congress have overstayed … Continue reading Staying Too Long..
I am still pondering why people are so different in this world today. Why are there those who celebrate that they just don’t care much for other’s circumstance and places in the world. They are almost exclusively in a world centered around themselves. Everything else is just “Not my thing”. This especially troubles me with I then hear them say that they are also “real” … Continue reading Your World Is Just So Small
Here is a snippet from Facebook that got my attention. 🙂 Continue reading Dear God…
We all recognize that like most other things the Internet is shades of grey. There are things on the Internet that are now so essential we wonder how we ever got along in the world without them. Being just a few clicks away from possible answers to anything we might ask is almost unbelieveable to this guy who spent hours in library card catalogues to … Continue reading Owning What You Say..
After more than a year of this stuff I am utterly tired of the statement in the title of this post! I am tired of people around the president trying to calm the effects of the latest bomb Mr. Trump seems to launch almost daily. Yes, I recognize that without the white supremacists vote he would likely not be president. I recognize that it is … Continue reading “What He Really Meant…”
This is insane, and mainly because God patently hasn’t taken care of any of these things. Humans do these things and humans do stuff to mitigate or eradicate them. God’s still on holiday, where he has been for a few thousand years. Source: Lazy and Incoherent Theology: God Will Take Care of It I know that many of Mr. Trump’s supporters are evangelical Christians who … Continue reading God’s Still On Holiday..
The underlying theme of this post is about how the Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to take away things from people. David Brooks who is a conservative reporter for the New York Times and a Friday night regular on the PBS Newshour had these words to say about that; Think of all the ways the Republicans have tried to trim entitlements like Medicaid or cut … Continue reading Taking Things Away…
The guy that currently occupies the Oval Office has declared bankruptcy several time throughout his business ventures. For him, it is just a standard thing to get out from under possibly unprofitible debt. So, I’m sure in his mind he is thinking why not just have the country declare bankruptcy instead of raising the debt ceiling. Believe it or not given the radical right agenda … Continue reading USA Declares Bankruptcy..
Just a quick snippet today to focus on the highlight of my EAA day recently. I am not really a plane guy but it was certainly worth the time. Especially when I came across the car with an airplane engine. It made my day complete. Continue reading A Car With An Airplane Engine??
EAA stands for Experimental Aircraft Association and they are located in OshKosh Wisconsin. Having married a northern Wisconsin girl over thirty years ago I have driven past their headquarters many many times. They have an annual airshow at the end of July each year. The attendance for the week exceeds 600,000 people annually. It is THE premiere event in the U.S. for those who love … Continue reading EAA Airshow..
This is part 3 of my review of the book entitled “If Grace Is True” by Philip Gulley. It is indeed hard to comprehend the fullness of God’s grace. Man puts many obstacles in the way of understanding it and unfortunately as the below quote says the church which should be about removing obstacles seems instead seems intent on putting many of them in place. … Continue reading The Fullness of God’s Grace…..
I think it is time to take a step back and try to explain again just what RJsCorner is all about. If you have read any of RJsCorner you know that I am not a niche blog. I cover a wide variety of topics. The spread at any one time is dependent on what I am currently thinking about and the topic Having My Say allows … Continue reading I Am What I Am…
I know the topic of paperweights sounds very boring. A paperweight can be a rock or just about anything with enough weight to hold down a stack of paper. But when you see some of the glass paperweights from around the world you have no idea of how beautiful they can be. That is what this post is going to try and do. The Bergstrom-Mahler … Continue reading Paperweights..