For this artsy Saturday I wanted to give you a simple picture that I took about ten years ago while traveling through the middle of our country. I don’t really recall exactly where it was taken; it could be almost anywhere. But I think it shows the beauty of the country. The general saying is that 50% of the people live within 50 miles … Continue reading Hinterland Beauty
Texas is famous for their lack of regulations and for this discussion that means that they allowed thousands of homes around Houston to be built on floodplains. Of course most of the devastation from Irma is a direct result of that decision. It is kind of ironic in a sad way that a State who almost hates the federal government now comes to it with … Continue reading This Is Houston, We Have A Problem..
Yes, I know that the heyday of the railroad is long past but I am one of those who believe they will return again in all their magnificence sometime in the future. They are just so much more eco friendly than the millions of interstate trucks that currently dominate our highway system. The point of this post is about a recent visit to the Green … Continue reading Green Bay Railroad Museum
I don’t think there is anyone around who thinks we have all the answers when it comes to medicine. There have been and will continue to be major breakthroughs in that field but that doesn’t mean that our current knowledge is not to be believed. We don’t go to a witchdoctor for our health care needs because medicine is an unsettled science. So, why do … Continue reading Medicine Is An Unsettled Science..
We visited the Memphis Antique Archeology store in 2016 and a couple of months ago we managed to get to the original store in Le Clair Iowa. Having a DVR we watch this show when we are eating dinner. It has become a tradition here in the Walters homestead. The Le Clair store is much smaller than I imagined it to be and of … Continue reading Le Clair – Antique Archeology
Who wants to totally live in our hectic world today. I have seen too many of my friends give up on our times and say they want out. That defeatist attitude seem to be taking over our world especially with the current Oval Office holder in charge. It seems that all of us need to get away from today at least for a little while … Continue reading Altered States..
Now that I have told you what I believe about the Bible I will go over a short list of things that are somewhat widely accepted by some twenty-first century Christian denominations but of which I basically disagree. Most of these topic titles are from texts of discussions I have had with Christians. I put them in a special category here because they were so … Continue reading My View Of The Bible –Part 3.. Other Views
For this artsy Saturday I want to put up a picture from my many visits to northern Wisconsin. I don’t really remember exactly where this one was taken as it was in 1998 and there was no GPS at that time. But to me it absolutely reeks of serenity. Continue reading Serene..
Given my last post was about the “repenter” of Times Square I thought I would follow it up with a quite different version. click on any image to see a larger slideshow version Looking back on the posts this week it is interesting to see how they are all linked by common threads. I definitely wasn’t disappointed by the crowds and revelry on Times … Continue reading A Follow Up…
When we were in NYC the last time we rented a hotel room very near Time Square. It was pretty expensive but since this was probably our last time there we deemed it worth the costs. For those who don’t know it Saturday night in Times Square is all about partying. Thousands turn out to celebrate one thing or another. And then there are always … Continue reading Times Square Repenter..
I truly believe that I am an optimist at heart but being one is down right depressing at times, especially these times. I have been thinking a lot about this lately and I have come to the conclusion that looking back ony seven plus decades on this earth can maybe be summed up by one word. I know at first thought that is kind of … Continue reading Getting My Hopes Up…
I know this post is way overdue but it is still important to understand that the observence of Labor Day which started in the 1890s was to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations”. This was also the time of the “Robber Barons”. That is, those industrialists who were accumulating great wealth primarily on the backs … Continue reading Wage Slavery…
About a week ago I spent the day at the Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous near Chicago. It was a smallish event but maybe one of the most accurate ones I have been to. Here are some pictures of some the the recreators. It is sometimes difficult to think of Chicago as once being s fur trapping rendezvous. They certainly had a lot of enthusiasm for … Continue reading Rendezvous..
This post continues with my fundamental beliefs about the Bible. I have not come to these beliefs on a whim. They are the result of many years of thoughtful prayer and study. I am also not trying to prove anyone wrong. Everyone should come to God in their own way. So let’s get on with the final four areas of my view on the Bible. Some words … Continue reading My View Of The Bible— Part 2 .. What I believe (con’t)
My wife totally enjoys NYC. We have been there several times. This artsy picture was taken in Central Park on one of our visits. Continue reading Artsy Saturday..
Hey, I’m not ashamed to give someone credit for things that are accomplished even if it was only by accident or maybe serendipity. So, congratulations President Trump on starting to break the gridlock that has kidnapped our nation’s capitol for far too long. The GOP is starting to scream “He wants to work with the DEMOCRATS!!!” “WE HAVE BEEN BETRAYED!!” To all that I say … Continue reading Breaking Gridlock…
It is so nice to see that despite the GOP resistance that renewable resources are replacing carbon based fuels. In more and more of my travels InSearchOfAmerica I see wind farms such as the one in the photo below. It is nice to see us harvesting wind the same way as the corn and soybeans in the fields below them. This one was taken in … Continue reading Wind Farms..
I just returned from a four-day road trip InSearchOfAmerica to the Chicago and Rockford IL area. It was quite a trip and made up for the very disappointing one that preceded it. One site I just came upon ended up one of the most enjoyable. It was at the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. The special exhibit on display was from the artist Bruce Munro. … Continue reading Playing With Light…
On my recent road trip I came across an eerie place. I try to avoid Interstate highways whenever possible so that means that I come across the “bones” of America so to speak. By that I mean towns and other places that have been left to the ravages of time. I will admit that sometimes I get depressed by taking this route across America. To … Continue reading Eerie Place..
Some might say I am jumping the gun but to me it is never too early to start looking for a replacement for the current Oval Office holder. I have no doubt that he will go down in the history books as the worst president in history. He has set the bar so low for qualification for that office that anyone, including me, could be … Continue reading It’s Never Too Early..
I will admit up front here that I have no idea of why the so-called social media is addictive to so many people, especially our younger generations. But then again due to my Asperger’s characteristics I am not really attuned to much of any form of social interactions. 🙂 But that doesn’t keep me for chiming in on this issue. Growing up in the 1950s … Continue reading Instagram, Here I Come..
For the next three Sundays I want to bring over some slightly edited posts of things I discovered about the Bible while blogging at RedLetterLiving.net. These posts were from early 2014 but my feelings about the topic really haven’t changed all that much. I have been spending quite a bit of time lately thinking about the Bible and my experiences with it over the last … Continue reading My View Of The Bible ..
I have always been attuned to Shaker furniture and symmetry. It is probably the most beautiful form to me. This picture was taken during one of my many trips to Pleasant Hill Shaker Village near Lexington KY. Continue reading Shaker Symmetry
I know one of the reasons that we have the current incompetent in the White House is that too many white men are afraid of becoming a minority. They are afraid of what will happen when their say is no longer the dominant one but instead one of many. For the most part white men have been dismissing minorities for decades and don’t want that … Continue reading What’s It Feel Like For a White Man To Be A Minority??
Sometimes beauty show up when we least expect it. That is the case with the pictures below. Who would have thought that marbles and eggs are beautiful? But, at least for me, these pictures prove that they can be. I really don’t know how I came to associate these two pictures together. The marbles were taken at a prairie museum in a high plains State … Continue reading A Bunch of Marbles & A Box of Eggs..
I ran across an interesting very concise history of the period between 1870 and 1970 and how it may just be repeating itself today. It is worth a read if you have a couple of minutes today. Economically Speaking, We Are Living a Rewind of American History | HuffPost Continue reading We Are Living a Rewind of American History
I suspect that most of you know the Albert Einstein quote about insanity that goes something like this: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well that seems to be the case with the current federal flood insurance. It is deeply in debt due to all the climate events lately. Given the current stand on climate change by the … Continue reading Doing Things Over And Over Again…
Believe it or not the pictures below were not taken fifty years or more ago but just six months or so ago. I am old enough to remember visiting a few hardware stores like this one when I was a kid in the 1950s. I think that is where I inherited my fascination with nut & bolts and such. I don’t know how long this … Continue reading Old Time Hardware Store..
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke I don’t necessarily call, at least yet, our current times evil but none the less the Edmund Burke quote above applies to where we are as a country. Too many of us decided to sit out the last election cycle and what we got is the … Continue reading For Good Men To Do Nothing..
One of the major problems, that is besides their political leanings, is too many evangelical churches preach the “Sit Back and Wait Syndrome”. I know, as I did so myself, that it is too easy to just ignore your Church’s current beliefs in order to preserve your “country club membership”. Taking a stand against something often times means you’re asked to leave as you don’t … Continue reading The Sit Back And Wait Syndrome..
Thomas Jefferson is my favorite writer of all time. He was not a good public speaker but he sure knew how to put pen to paper. He was also a very prolific writer. His archive spans thousands of letters and treatises about a wide variety of topics. He loved studying history as his library showed but more so he loved dreaming of the future. … Continue reading The Dreams Of The Future..
The GOP and particularly the Evangelical segment seems to be against so many things. Anything to do with below the belt issues or invented since the Victorian age they are against. You name it and they seem to be against it. There is a simple solution to this. If you are against it then just don’t do it. If you believe it is wrong to … Continue reading Well Then Don’t…