#3 Thomas Jefferson

April 25th, 2017 No comments

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Third President (1801-1809)

By his own instruction, Thomas Jefferson’s tombstone notes his authorship of the Declaration of Independence, his founding of the University of Virginia, and his responsibility for Virginia’s Statute of Religious Freedom. But it fails to mention his presidency.

That omission, however, does not mean that his administration lacked significance. On the contrary, Jefferson’s White House tenure marked one of this country’s greatest territorial acquisitions, the Louisiana Purchase.

Under his leadership, the country also stood its ground against interference from Africa’s Barbary Coast pirate states in the American-Mediterranean trade. Unfortunately, these successes were ultimately eclipsed by the popular wrath resulting from the disastrous implementation of a trade embargo designed to curb British and French infringements on this country’s shipping. Smarting from the sting of that wrath, Jefferson thus ended his presidency, regarding it as a best-forgotten “splendid misery.”

The earliest known portrait of Jefferson, this likeness is one of two versions derived from sittings with artist Mather Brown in London in 1786, during Jefferson’s tenure as American minister to France. This version went to John Adams and was part of a portrait exchange between him and Jefferson that betokened their warm friendship. 

Mather Brown (1761-1831)
Oil on canvas, 1786 
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Bequest of Charles Francis Adams

Quote: John Muir

April 23rd, 2017 No comments

When one tugs at a single thing in nature,

he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

Whilst in London, stop by for a chat with Franklin and Winnie!

April 22nd, 2017 No comments


Bronze statues of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill sitting ‘talking’ together on a bench in Mayfair (where Old Bond Street meets New Bond Street).
This statue is called ‘Allies’ and was a gift from the Bond Street Association (the shops and businesses of Bond Street) to the City of Westminster to commemorate 50 years of peace. 

Lawrence Holofcener, a sculptor with dual nationality created this landmark and it was unveiled on 2 May 1995 by Princess Margaret.This is a fun photo opportunity as there’s enough room to squeeze yourself between these iconic gentlemen and join in their conversation!

source: golondon.about.com

Dr. King Quote . . . “Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

April 22nd, 2017 No comments

I have seen hate, and all the

time I see it, I say to myself

hate is too great a burden to bear.

I don’t want to be like that. . . .

But it is only through love that

we have hope kept alive.  But

not only that, hope is based on

faith that life has ultimate


Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘Streams’ by Jimmy L. Simpson

April 21st, 2017 No comments


by Jimmy L. Simpson

Within the festive mood of spring,

Two mated geese upon the wing,

Took refuge on my pond and stayed,

Along with goslings newly made.

I watched them wade and swim and dive;

Six babies glad to be alive,

While mom and dad together stood,

As keepers of the neighborhood;

And I a child of God as well,

Was part of something good to tell,

For once when I was young and new,

I learned along with others too,

How life for creatures great or small,

Becomes the greatest gift of all,

When out of nowhere as it seems,

We learn to navigate life streams.


From the Lens of Bill Stice

April 20th, 2017 No comments


293367_245847018779420_2765964_n“A shot of a Painted Bunting on a feeder at the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Tough little birds to photograph but unbelievable colorful.”

 Bill Stice

Remembering Rodney Dangerfield

April 20th, 2017 No comments

“I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me.

He said I was being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met me yet.”


April 19th, 2017 1 comment

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blowIMG_0580

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If you break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

by Lt. Col. John McCrae

A member of the first Canadian contingent,

he died in France on Jan. 28, 1918 after four

years of service on the western front.

Memorial:  Pocahontas, Arkansas

God’s Promise

April 18th, 2017 No comments

Easter Island at Sunrise . . . aerial kite photography.

April 17th, 2017 No comments

sunrise-easter-island-aerial-kite-photographyEaster Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. 


Easter Island (Spanish: Isla de Pascua, Polynesian: Rapa Nui) is one of the most isolated islands on Earth. Early settlers called the island “Te Pito O Te Henua” (Navel of The World). Officially a territory of Chile, it lies far off in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway to Tahiti. It is most famous for its enigmatic giant stone statues, built centuries ago, which reflect the history of the dramatic rise and fall of the most isolated Polynesian culture.

The English name of the island commemorates its European discovery by a Dutch exploration vessel on Easter Sunday in 1722.

Ever since Thor Heyerdahl and a small party of adventurers sailed their raft from South America to the Tuamotu islands, far to the north of Easter Island, a controversy has raged over the origin of the islanders. Today DNA testing has proved conclusively that the Polynesians arrived from the west rather than the east, and that the people of Easter Island are descendants of intrepid voyagers who set out fromTaiwan thousands of years ago. Legend says that the people left for Easter Island because their own island was slowly being swallowed by the sea.



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