Archive for September, 2016

Before Michael Had ‘Bubbles’ – Elvis Had ‘Scatter’

September 30th, 2016 Comments off

#5 James Monroe

September 30th, 2016 Comments off

James Monroe (1758-1831)
Fifth President (1817-1825) 

In 1820 White House incumbent James Monroe stood virtually unopposed in his bid for a second term. The reason for this unusual turn of events did not lie in Monroe’s charismatic personality. In truth, this former secretary of war and state was a rather bland individual. Instead, his unchallenged candidacy was an expression of the “Era of Good Feelings” that set in following the War of 1812 and was marked by a temporary halt in two-party factionalism.

Monroe brought to his presidency a style that meshed well with this rancorless climate. When, for example, he vetoed public improvements legislation, he offered Congress suggestions for accomplishing the same end through means that circumvented his Constitution-based objections. The most enduring legacy of his administration, however, was the Monroe Doctrine, which registered opposition to European meddling in the Western Hemisphere and ultimately became a keystone of American foreign policy.

The restrained coloring and brushwork in Monroe’s portrait by John Vanderlyn testifies to the strong influence that French neoclassicism had on the artist during his years of study in Paris. It may also reflect Monroe’s own tastes, which ran decidedly to the French as a result of his several diplomatic missions to Paris. 

John Vanderlyn (1775-1852)

Oil on canvas, 1816 

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

This cute baby makes me smile every time.

September 29th, 2016 Comments off


The Poet Loves Trees Too

September 29th, 2016 Comments off

A Tree and Me

There was a tree now dead I know,

That was my friend in long ago,

As each new sunrise gave to me,

Another chance to climb that tree;

And as I sat between its boughs,

I understood why life allows,

Ambition fed by youthful whim,

To make us either sink or swim,

For honest effort causes pain,

From limb to limb and gain to gain;

But in the end rewards the day,

With dreams that never go away;

Then as each lifetime passes through,

Old friends and moments journey too,

While far horizons hard to reach,

Give lessons only life can teach.


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As big a Vincent fan as I am I still ask . . . is it worth the money?

September 28th, 2016 Comments off

Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh (1890) – sold for 152 million USD – The painting was done in 1890, the last year in van Gogh life. It depicts Dr. Paul Gachet who took care of Van Gogh during his last months. The oil painting is 67 cm × 56 cm (23.4 in × 22.0 in), and it was sold for the mentioned amount on May 15, 1990 at a Christie’s auction in New York





On her 21st month of life, Juliana knows how to kick back and relax, do you?

September 28th, 2016 Comments off


From the Lens of Bill Stice

September 27th, 2016 Comments off


293367_245847018779420_2765964_n“A Grand Canyon sunrise photo with almost all the colors of the rainbow in it. Taken on the South Rim around 1993.”

Bill Stice

Thank you Bill!  It is indeed grand.

In 1900, more than half the cars on the road were powered by steam, and by 1902, Stanley was outselling every gasoline-fueled car in America.

September 27th, 2016 Comments off

You could use anything that would burn as fuel; the steam engine was purely mechanical and had few moving parts; and steam power provided instantaneous torque, eliminating the need for gears, and allowing a vehicle to climb hills in a snap. By 1900, there were about 100 firms building steam cars in the United States. Half of the 2000 cars on the road were powered by steam, and the most popular of the American steam cars was the Stanley Steamer.

The Stanley Steamer was the brainchild of inventors Francis Edgar and Freelan O. Stanley, identical twin brothers who dressed alike and wore their beards in the same style. After making their fortune from the development of the airbrush and a dry photographic plate process upon which Eastman Kodak would build an empire, the brothers retired early, and began building a horseless carriage for personal use. Completed in 1897, the first Stanley steam car had the advantage of simplicity over most other cars of the day.

The frame was constructed of tubular steel and supported a wooden body, with a boiler mounted below the seat. The engine contained 13 moving parts; it was light, quiet and easy to drive; but most importantly, it was faster and more powerful than almost any other car on the road. Orders began pouring in, and by 1899 the brothers sold their flourishing autoworks to Locomobile.

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Our Amazing Body

September 26th, 2016 Comments off

You get a new stomach lining every three to four days. The mucus-like cells lining the walls of the stomach would soon dissolve due to the strong digestive acids in your stomach if they weren’t constantly replaced. Those with ulcers know how painful it can be when stomach acid takes its toll on the lining of your stomach.

The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court. In order to more efficiently oxygenate the blood, the lungs are filled with thousands of branching bronchi and tiny, grape-like alveoli.These are filled with microscopic capillaries which oxygen and carbon dioxide. The large amount of surface area makes it easier for this exchange to take place, and makes sure you stay properly oxygenated at all times.

Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s.The main reason for this is simply that on average women tend to be smaller than men and have less mass to pump blood to. But women’s and men’s hearts can actually act quite differently, especially when experiencing trauma like a heart attack, and many treatments that work for men must be adjusted or changed entirely to work for women.


Just Being Jana

September 26th, 2016 Comments off

150746_919795478031303_3057510041544554291_nLast night at supper we were sitting by 4 very well dressed women. One lady had on this gorgeous low back black jump suit. She was absolutely stunning…except for the 5 tags hanging out the back. I quietly walked over, leaned in and told her while I tucked them back in. Next thing I know she has grabbed my hand, hugged me to thank me, pulled me down to sit and started discussing her dry cleaners. Before I could get away, we had all told our favorite shoe brand, discussed our meals, how many MPG our vehicle got and our 3rd grade teachers. I’m really looking forward to Christmas with them. I feel we bonded…


Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and   If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out her book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.





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