February 8th, 2016 No comments

 After going to church yesterday I wasn’t feeling very well, my back was  hurting, so I sat down in my recliner, took a snooze, then turned on the TV and guess what I watched… I watched much of the Super Bowl.  I’ve heard so much about the commercials I thought,  well even if I don’t enjoy the game I can appreciate the ads, which I did.  

 Actually I appreciate the athleticism of the players, but I couldn’t help think of what they were doing to their bodies and the painful price they would pay some day.  I enjoyed seeing the older players come out to take their bows, many names I recognize from years past, somehow they have become part of our collective memory. I was surprised to see Bart Starr  looking so old, but time has passed since I saw him last. 

The halftime show was colorful and although I didn’t understand many words that were sung  by Coldplay, Beyoncé or Bruno Mars,  it was energetic and I imagine their fans  thought it was great. In the days when I used to watch Super Bowl with Bill and Tim, we would have our meal at half time, but these days halftime show is the big attraction, and people usually eat all the way through the game.  Lots of pizzas  eaten Super Bowl Sunday,  one stat says it is 3.8 million pizzas. If I had felt up to going to Tim and Alice’s that’s what they were going to have.

Lady Gaga sang the Star-Spangled Banner and she is really an incredible singer. I didn’t realize that until I saw her with Tony Bennett. What’s her real name? Glad you asked.  It is Stephanie Joanne Angelina  Germanotta. 

Oh yeah,  while watching the Super Bowl, I played  three games of backgammon was a very nice lady from New Hampshire and chatted briefly about politics. She is going for Rubio. I told her who I was going for but I won’t tell you because I have vowed not to get political on this blog.  I’m sure you don’t mind. You hear enough about politics, don’t you?

See it at On Melrose between Fairfax and La Brea, in L.A.

February 8th, 2016 No comments


Super Day!

February 7th, 2016 No comments

The big news is that this is Super Bowl Sunday!

Since I have  not watched one football game all year, know little about the game,  and honestly think it’s barbaric, I’m not as excited as most people. Nevertheless, I think it is a good escape for many people who have good-natured rivalries and have something to cheer for. Grown men are reduced to little boys as they vicariously play the game. It is fun for many people who have very little fun in their lives and that is a good thing.  It is a short-lived distraction, and as long as they don’t get too worked up over it and have to be taken to the ER, don’t lay  too much money on a bet, and don’t overeat too much on the snacks, it should be a fun day.

 So if you are a football fan I hope you have a great day today and I hope your team wins! For me, I have always found it a very good day to go shopping, after church of course.

Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem

February 7th, 2016 No comments

The church traces its roots to 1808, when visiting free Ethiopian seamen and allied African American parishioners left the First Baptist Church in the City of New York in protest over being restricted to racially segregated seating.

They named their new congregation the Abyssinian Baptist Church after the historic name of Ethiopia.

Through the years, Abyssinian Baptist Church moved north on the island of Manhattan, as Harlem became a center of African-American population.

In 1908, Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. became pastor of the church. In 1920, the church purchased property in Harlem for a new Gothic and Tudor style church featuring stained glass windows and marble furnishings . The congregation’s tithing and offerings covered the expenses, and in 1923 the church moved to its current location on West 138th Street in Harlem.

By the time Powell handed the reins of the church to his son Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in 1937, the Abyssinian Baptist Church was the largest Protestant congregation in the United States, with more than 4,000 members.

wikipedia: photo and text

God’s word says it, but do we really believe? We must claim His promises for ourselves!

February 7th, 2016 No comments




You say: ‘It’s impossible’

God says:  All things are possible

(Luke 18:27)

You say: ‘I’m too tired’

God says: I will give you rest

(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: ‘Nobody really loves me’

God says: I love you

(John 3:16 & John 3:34 )

You say: ‘I can’t go on’

God says: My grace is sufficient

(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: ‘I can’t figure things out’

God says: I will direct your steps

(Proverbs 3:5- 6)

You say: ‘I can’t do it’

God says: You can do all things

( Philippians 4:13)

You say: ‘I’m not able’

God says: I am able

(II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: ‘It’s not worth it’

God says: It will be worth it

(Romans 8:28 )

You say: ‘I can’t forgive my self’

God says: I Forgive you

(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: ‘I can’t manage’

God says: I will supply all your needs

( Philippians 4:19)

You say: ‘I’m afraid’

God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear

(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: ‘I’m always worried and frustrated’

God says: Cast all your cares on ME

(I Peter 5:7)

You say: ‘I’m not smart enough’

God says: I give you wisdom

(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: ‘I feel all alone’

God says: I will never leave you or forsake you

(Hebrews 13:5)


Federico Uribe: Colombian Conceptual Artist

February 6th, 2016 No comments

Federico Uribe

Born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1962, Uribe is a conceptual artist resorting to the language of pop art through the use of objects of daily life, but with a formal reference to the history and tradition of classical art.

In 1996, abandoning his paintbrushes and attracted by the usually neglected beauty of simple objects in daily use, he began to observe them with care, collect them, set them side by side and combine them , so that they became unusual instruments of a new aesthetic, full of color, irony and lively playfulness.

Uribe creates sculptures which are not sculpted but constructed and weaved, in all kinds of different ways, curious and unpredictable, repetitive and almost compulsive. They follow the classics canons of figurative and abstract art, but the result is absolutely unusual and whimsical.

 For an artist who comes from a country that has been at war for almost half a century: “I have the hope,” says Uribe, “that people who relate to my sculptures and live with them, will see the love I put into them. I want people to feel that I do this with a lot of careful attention and the purpose of beauty. I give my life to my work and I want people to see it.”

source: www.federicouribe.com (edited for space)

February 6th, 2016 No comments

JFK quote

Didn’t We All?

February 6th, 2016 No comments


Chirp Could Save Lives . . .

February 5th, 2016 No comments

I awoke this morning to the intentionally annoying chirp of the smoke detector.  With one ear  pressed against my pillow  and my finger pressed firmly against my other ear,  I tried to ignore it, not ready to get up. That didn’t work too well and didn’t work at all for the dog who came in to complain. Since her hearing is so much better than mine I knew it was hurting her ears,  so I got up.

Now which one is it? Not the one in my room, so only two others to check.  I stand in the guestroom until I hear the chirp again,  at a distance. So the dog and I go to the dining room and stand under that one. After about a minute it chirped and I barked, “We have a winner! ”

I removed the battery and I went back to bed, having dealt with the first of many problems today. Oh, that all problems were so easily solved!

Sculptor Andy Scott’s ‘The Kelpies’

February 5th, 2016 No comments


Britain The Kelpies


The name was chosen by Scottish Canals at the inception of The Helix project, in 2005 The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland’s inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.

According to sculptor Andy Scott “The original concept of mythical water horses was a valid starting point for the artistic development of the structures.” “I took that concept and moved with it towards a more equine and contemporary response, shifting from any mythological references towards a socio-historical monument intended to celebrate the horse’s role in industry and agriculture as well as the obvious association with the canals as tow horses.” In 2008 Scott created three-metre-high miniature versions in his Glasgow studio. These were then scanned by lasers to help the steel fabricators create accurate full-scale components.

According to Scott the end result would be “Water-borne, towering gateways into The Helix, the Forth & Clyde Canal and Scotland, translating the legacy of the area into proud equine guardians.”


Built of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding, The Kelpies weigh 300 tonnes each. Construction began in June 2013, and was complete by October 2013. However the process of fabricating the steel was several years in the making. SH Structures, of Yorkshire, carried out this fabrication and also managed the erection of the sculptures on site.The Kelpies are positioned either side of a specially constructed lock and basin, part of the redeveloped Kelpies Hub.