When You Think Of Indiana??

ISOA Banner   I know that most people from outside the Midwest probably can’t even put Indiana in the right place on the U.S. map.  But I think when asked “How would describe Indiana?” the answer many would give is that it is a cornfield with lights.  I admit that for the most part Indiana is kind of boring.  It doesn’t have an ocean or mighty mountains. But it does touch (barely) a Great Lake and the part where I reside is pretty hilly.

On my recent uRV trip I took the quintessential picture of Indiana and thought it deserves its own post. Here you are.  This is what Indiana is really all about. 🙂

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Being a lifelong Hoosier I was even kind of intimidated by the narrow one and half lane county road invaded by cornfields.  But it is beautiful in its own way isn’t it?

(click on the image if you want to see a supersize version)

It’s Time For A Break…

2016-07-31_16-01-33.pngNow that the final segment of this political season is upon us maybe it is time to take a break from politics until at least the first debate.  That is what I intend to do. I don’t think I can handle all the mudslinging that will surely occur in the coming days and weeks. Ninety eight days from now it won’t matter, either we will have a nut case as president or one who will pretty much preserve the status quo. I’m pretty sure we as a nation can survive both possibilities.

I need to move on to other, more productive or at least thoughtful things. So the “In Search of America” and the “That’s Life” portions of RJsCorner  will take center stage for a while. I know my ratings will go down as they are always higher when I join in on the idiocy of politics but RJsCorner was never intended to be about ratings.  When I started this blog almost eight years ago on another forum it was meant to be my “public” journal.  That is, a place where I can think out loud about life. As the years have passed it has almost morphed into a way  keeping me mentally active.

I will be posting many more of my “In Search of America” pictures here as well as some more philosophical stuff related to Autism among other things.  Autism has become my study of choice for the last few months. I will be sharing those thoughts with you. I will also be sharing some parts of my private life to maybe show you how you too might want to dig into your own personal version and try to become a better person. Personal improvement is my ultimate  goal for this study.

If any of this interests you keep coming back to RJsCorner in the coming weeks.  If you are here primarily for the politics come back in the Fall. But one thing I do hope is that more of you can share your experiences via comments to my posts. While I get a healthy view count comments are few.   It is nice to know that someone is out  there and interested….

Fort DeChartres…

ISOA BannerOne of the sites I visited while on my southern Illinois trip was to Fort DeChartres. Here are some pictures of that visit.  The museum building was not open during my Wednesday visit, State budget cuts I guess. It would have been nice to learn more about the site but that is how it goes I guess.

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Travels with Charley

By adding this book to my right side blog page I think I have made it abundantly clear how it has influenced me during my life. I read this book soon after it was published in 1962 and have re-read it about a half-dozen times since then. In 1962 I was in the middle of my high school years . That was the time when I was devouring books by Steinbeck, London, and few others. This book started me one a life long journey of my fascination of just what makes America what it is.

Here is a little of what Wikipedia says about this award winning book:

Travels with Charley: In Search of America is a travelogue written by American author John Steinbeck. It depicts a 1960 road trip around the United States made by Steinbeck, in the company of his standard poodle, Charley. Steinbeck wrote that he was moved by a desire to see his country on a personal level, since he made his living writing about it. He wrote of having many questions going into his journey, the main one being, “What are Americans like today?” However, he found that he had concerns about much of the “new America” he witnessed.

Steinbeck tells of traveling throughout the United States in a specially made camper he named Rocinante, named after Don Quixote’s horse. His travels start in Long Island, New York, and roughly follow the outer border of the United States, from Maine to the Pacific Northwest, down into his native Salinas Valley in California, across to Texas, up through the Deep South, and then back to New York. Such a trip encompasses nearly 10,000 miles.

SOURCE: Travels with Charley – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Steinbeck’s most famous books were probably “Grapes of Wrath” or “Of Mice and Men” both of which I have read several time also. Steinbeck had a gutsy way of describing events in his novels. A very American way in my mind.

For the last forty plus years whenever I hit the road on a vacation trip I always think of how Steinbeck described his 10,000 mile journey across America and I try to see America with his visions in mind.

In Search Of America (finally)

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A Quick Note

I have been doing daily posts over at my new blog InSearchOfAmerica for about a month now and I think I have finally settled on what fits best there for me. I originally got the idea over a year ago and have had a few false starts since them. The current format fits me very well. It is primarily about pictures with a twitter length comment.

As the posts progress the mosaic that the site is building will become a picture of what I have seen in my search for America.  It you feel like it give it a look….