This is going to be one of those philosophical posts so hang on to your hat. I have always been a dreamer. For the most part I didn’t imagine that my lofty dreams would ever come true and for the most part, they didn’t. 🙂 When I was young my dreams were often a result of the many fictional books I read. My favorite authors during … Continue reading Other People’s Dreams..
I think just about anyone over 50 will recognize the picture below as being the front end of a 1950s Studebaker. Jet planes had just been invented and Studebaker wanted to mimic one with their car. It might not have been an icon in its day but is becoming one now. Continue reading A Forgotten Icon
Sadly, it seems the only way a politician can show his principles and criticize their own party is when they are heading out the door. That certainly is the case with Senator Flake of Arizona. As long as you are dependent on the current corrupt system to get elected you have to keep your mouth shut and just take the money. “No longer can we turn … Continue reading A Principled GOP Senator… And a Corrupt System
One of the things that totally baffles me is how people who now say they are Evangelicals but vote in almost direct opposition to those established beliefs. I hate to use the words but due to their hero the only words that come to mind is that they are “FAKE EVANGELICALS”!! It’s a good time to try to sort out how Protestants who voted for … Continue reading I Am Always Trying To Figure Out The New Evangelicals…
I titled this shot The Frenzy. It was taken at a conservatory in northern Illinois last summer. click on the image to see a larger view. Continue reading The Frenzy
I took this picture a few months ago while visiting a conservatory in Rockford Illinois. She and a few of her friends were peeking out of the palms during my visit. She was a little shy and somewhat of a recluse but we got along just fine… Continue reading Lady of the Palms
This post has been sitting in my “draft” box for quite some time because I just don’t seem to see it as complete. I don’t want to insult people who think differently on this subject but I want to get my point across as to the potential harm being privileged might cause. Complete or not its time has come to move it to a daily … Continue reading A Free Ride vs. Earning Your Way
One of the primary threads here at RJsCorner is my InSearchOfAmerica posts. That is where I travel around this great country to find stories and take pictures. The majority of this search has been about our early days as a nation. I recently realized that I am omitting a large part of this search for America’s roots. It actually occurred centuries before the European conquest of America. … Continue reading In Search Of The Original America
On July 20, 1969, when I was working the midnight to noon shift at a local gas station to earn money for my last year in college. The owner had brought in a small black and white TV so I could watch a historic event. That was when a man put his first step on the moon. From that day forward I was hooked on … Continue reading Celebrating the Shuttles
Political allegiance is proving to be the scourge of our times. Too many people, including our elected representatives, have placed their allegiance to their party above everything else. That is a dangerous place for a democracy to be. At the very least, don’t the members of the House and Senate, who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution, have an obligation to rebuke … Continue reading We The People…
I seem to be getting a bit of flack lately about my spiritual beliefs that run counter to most of the churches today. To help understand where I come from I am bringing back some quotes from Leo Tolstoy I used in 2012. They pretty much tell my story: From: The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy 1894 But Christ could not … Continue reading The Kingdom Of God… And Leo Tolstoy
I know I swore this kind of stuff off but here is a snippet that I just couldn’t resist posting. I’m not much on hashtags but this one I couldn’t avoid inventing. #LLHOF perfectly describes this Time Magazine cover of January 23. The FactCheckers say that the current Oval Office occupant #COOO lied almost 2,000 times in his first year in office. I don’t know … Continue reading Liar Liar, Hair On Fire
For this artsy Saturday, I wanted to give you something simple yet beautiful. While I was coming back from a three day RV trip to southern Indiana I stopped at Paoli Indiana for lunch. After eating I decided to take a short tour of this three-street town and came across this picture. It may not be symmetrical but I love the patterns that came through so … Continue reading Paoli Wall
The only way to keep your sanity in today’s political world is to keep away from it. The Oval Office occupant continues to show his vulgar racist side and daily proof that he is a very flawed individual. Congress continues to show us that the two existing governing parties hate each other and will never compromise on anything that makes the other look good. Trying … Continue reading I Am Stubbornly Determined…
For these “InSearchOfAmerica” pics I want to take you to the “Forty Mile Desert” leading into the Great Salt Lake. The forty mile road was as straight as an arrow and there was absolutely nothing living there. It was an eerie place. Continue reading Nothing Lives..
The Democrats have become a party of 10% I don’t criticize the Democrats nearly as often as the Republicans but in some ways they deserve criticism even more in that they claim to be something but their actions prove to be opposite. If you look at the Democratic party in the last decade you would be hard pressed to convince yourself that they are the working man’s … Continue reading The “10%” Parties…
I want to make it clear up front that I personally am not an Air Force Pilot. 🙂 I heard this simple phrase on a show I was watching a few minutes ago and realized that that description will come to mean something very different in the next few years. The technology involved in our warplanes has simply outgrown the human interface sitting in them. … Continue reading I’m An Air Force Pilot..
Getting another round of snow here in Indiana right now. Way too much for me but my wife loves it. When these storms happen it seems the cardinals go into a panic mode. I wish I could invite them all inside to stay warm… but then there would be the bird dropping and my cat would probably have a heart attack. Click on either image … Continue reading I Wish I Could Invite Them All In
Most of us can probably cite at least a couple of reasons for the conditions we find ourselves in today. Some blame the Internet, some religious exclusivity, or maybe religious politicization. Others say it is just plain self-centeredness. I don’t suspect that many put loneliness as part of the mix but maybe it is deeper than we realize. When politics is used as a cure … Continue reading Politics As A Cure for Spiritual and Social Loneliness?
We in the U.S. know that one of the primary foundations of our democracy is freedom of speech. That is being able to say something different from our leaders and not suffer serious consequences. In my opinion, this is what has allowed our country to remain so strong over the centuries. Many times criticisms lead to change and though we might not realize it at … Continue reading The Church Is Not a Democracy….
This post is something you will never hear on Fox News as it would likely disturb his base. Most Americans assume that when they leave a tip for waiters and bartenders, those workers pocket the money. That could become wishful thinking under a Trump administration proposal that would give restaurants and other businesses complete control over the tips earned by their employees… Not to worry, says the … Continue reading The Trump Administration to Restaurants: Take the Tips!
Not everything beautiful is perfect. Somes imperfection in itself is beautiful. Such is the case with this flower I photographed in a Rockford Illinois at the Nicholas Conservatory. Continue reading Beautiful Imperfection
I want to do an extended post on some of the States I have visited in order to get to know them better. I will start this project out with the State I really know very little about and that is West Virginia. I have been through it a few couple of times but have never spent much time there. My initial source of information … Continue reading West Virginia, Mountain Mama..
The stampede is starting? Do you hear it? There are more and more daily saying “Enough is enough”. Yet another poll shows that we all, no matter what political real estate we hold on to, are getting fed up with partisan gridlock. new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California says 59 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of independents — and, overall, 64 percent of likely voters — agreed with the statement that Americas two main parties “do such a … Continue reading Fed up with Democrats and Republicans?
When I visited the Museum of Appalachia in Norris Tennessee this last fall I was totally unprepared for the fullness of the experience. I came away with a much-expanded understanding of what it might have been like to live in such an isolated area. The way the museum personalized every display which made me almost think that I knew the people themselves who made the … Continue reading Appalacian Folk Art
One of the sad things about the current US leadership is that much of the world seems to be looking elsewhere for its moral and ethical purpose and why shouldn’t it when most of our citizens are doing the same thing. One of the prime things that the Oval Office occupant wants to do, besides undoing EVERYTHING his predecessor accomplished, is to keep “foreigners” from … Continue reading Our Shrinking Voice…
I ran across a rather startling picture at the Andrew Johnson Historic site in northern Tennessee this year. Before I talk about that, I was thoroughly amazed at how Johnson’s hometown managed to spin the story of him to make him appear to be a heroic figure which is very contrary to most public opinion. I guess I have not come across too many … Continue reading Slavery..
There is yet another 480-page book about Martin Luther just released. As the article from the quote below states, he is the most written about a person in the Christian realm with the exception of Jesus. For the most part, Luther is presented as a savior of 16th century Christianity. This book, from what I can tell from the reviews, follows that guideline with a few … Continue reading About Martin Luther..
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. — Albert Schweitzer I must admit that in some ways I am not a very creative person. I have often times in my life needed a spark from another … Continue reading Rekindled By A Spark
There is just something about neon lights that still attracts us after so many years. I found this one at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend Indiana recently. Click on the photo to see a larger version Continue reading Neon Lights…
To me, the most disgraceful thing about the current Oval Office occupant is his constant lying and exaggerations. I’m not sure how much of it is just plain ignorance, but even ignorance is no excuse. From the quote below he managed to rattle off ten lies in less than 10 minutes. Maybe that is a record but I kind of doubt it. I wonder what the total lie … Continue reading Another 10 Lies From a Trump Interview
We have a lot of wild turkeys running around our area but that is not what this post is going to be about. Instead, it is about a Kentucky Bourbon manufacturer that I visited a few years ago while staying in downtown Louisville for a long weekend. Wild Turkey brand bourbon is famous for being one of the strongest whiskeys around. Most are 80 proof … Continue reading Wild Turkey
Here we are starting out another new year. I’m just happy we survived 2017 without too much permanent damage or at least damage we can’t undo when sanity finally returns. I’m sure you are like me in thinking that the current Oval Office occupant is the worst in our nation’s history. But maybe he isn’t, at least quite yet. I choose two years from the … Continue reading Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?
I came across this device during my visit to the Museum of the Appalachia a few months ago. I have seen a lot of historical tools of the past but never anything quite like this. Can anyone speculate what I might have been used for? Continue reading What Is This??
Happy New Years to anyone who happens to come around RJsCorner. May we all do our part, no matter how small, in causing normalcy to return to our country. Enough small steps and it will happen. May truth once again reign out over untruth and we finally realize that, instead of being enemies, we are all in this together… We Survived 2017!! Continue reading Happy New Years