I was born in Montgomery, Alabama on Maxwell AFB. It was in 1963 I entered the world. Visiting family annually is a usual tradition for me and I make it a point to take in a few of the sites when back to my hometown. The city had begun a restorative process a few years back showcasing its rich history. These are a proud people in a new generation wanting to bring truth to light. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice does that and is quite sobering.
A winter holiday on Oahu could not come any quicker with our brutal rainy Seattle. I have arrived and am happy to be on island time. Since I lived on the island in the early 70’s, I find it comforting being on this tropical paradise.
I can tell you my time in Hawaii is always a favorite and try to visit annually. This year I toured the Iolani Palace for the first time. It was everything I thought it would be and highly recommend it with a tour guide.
In a majority of the 1900’s, the palace was utilized by state government for office space. It was practically ruined. Also, the original Hawaii 5-0 show shot scenes inside. Police Chief Steve McGarret’s office was the King’s bedroom.
In 1978 the palace was dedicated and opened for tourism. Here are a few shots to entice you to come see it. It was like walking through Europe’s fine castles. Much influence can be seen from the Victorian Era.
Read where this chair was found!
Do not ask my son for approval. People stare at him sniffing my hair and he could care less. The acceptance of God in our lives is not dependent on humans.
Sitting at church today, it struck me how critical humanity can be towards each other. I watched an elderly man act out. He disgreed about some dialogue. I sat quiet. How many times had I opened my mouth? How about thinking it, but not speaking it? Words spoken or not can divide.
I travel a lot. Getting out of my comfort zone brings me to different cultures and diversity. I enjoy meeting new people. Communication is key. I find a smile is most inviting. It is the best kind of approval. Maybe. I am happy.
I think upon myself and wonder how hedonistic I may be. That deep seeded place thinking only about being happy as my greatest approval factor. Can you relate?
Do I need to look to the skys for my answer? Yes, and I also know my approval rating needs to be more like how my son looks at being accepted. It is with no thought of what others might think.
Let it go. Close my eyes and sniff away like my Luke! There will I find peace in God.
St. Augustine, Florida is a well preserved city. Along the Matanza River which is the main entrance into St. Aug., my friend and I saw extensive marsh areas where habitat can live. As one who enjoys nature, I found this body of water a must see. What makes it so interestingly dark is that its name actually means killings! Since St Aug. is the oldest surviving european city, many battles took place where many people were slaughtered. Chaos was nothing new to this area in its over 450 year history.
Photographing history is not all old buildings in Europe. I spent a day in lovely Bamberg , Germany recently. My family lived a number of years in the area so I have visited often. Continue reading
The break is broken on WordPress! I could not help to share some of the tranquil scenery that I have encountered. I came down to Arizona for spring training for my baseball team. I think I may be falling in love with a Newport of America. I recently expressed to a friend that I do not need to leave America to vacation anymore. This sure is proof, but I know I would go anywhere if the timing was right!
I was born on Maxwell Air Force Base in 1963 in Montgomery, Alabama. I guess you could say I was born in the middle of the Civil Rights Era timewise and location wise. My father was in the military. We only lived there a short while and moved again. However, by the time I was 13 years old, my parents decided to retire there. I ended up living in a town I was born in, but I never wanted to live there again. Go figure. I was a teenager and my parents moved me from Hawaii. How would you feel?
Alabama grew on me and I still call it my hometown even though my home is now in Seattle, Washington. Here are a few shots taken by myself and a great friend I went to school with in Alabama. Donna Noble Burnett is an amazing photographer and gave me permission to share of her work alongside mine. My BLOG is grateful. Enjoy:
Until my next installment. Thank you for stopping by. Ya’ll come back now.