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Have a Great Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving!!

Before we all gather around the table and eat, I thought I would share some background on the holiday.

Our Thanksgiving holiday has its roots in early Puritan history.  Prior to 1536 the Catholic world had 95 Church holidays in addition to the 52 Sundays where people were required to go to church.  Church reforms reduced the number church holidays but the some Puritans wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter.  Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving were to replace the many church holidays – Fasting when there were disasters, droughts or threats to society and Thanksgiving feasts to celebrate victories.

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday seems to have started in the 1620’s in Plymouth Colony.  Pilgrims and Puritans continued Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving.  Over the years, the Thanksgiving tradition evolved into an annual harvest festival and it became a regular event in the 1660’s.  The politicians eventually got into the act and all U.S. Presidents have given Thanksgiving messages.


Fortunately, many of the best aspects of the Thanksgiving celebration have survived through the centuries.  Families get together and re-connect.  People reflect on their blessings and offer thanks.  And… they enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cranberry, good breads, pies, cookies and a wide range of other goodies to numerous to mention.

(I know, these photos do not look like typical Thanksgiving meals… but I like the photos.)

I wish you happiness as you gather with your family.  Be Thankful.


The World’s Top 10 Best Works of Art Made With Pumpkins

October 29, 2013
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Click on the link below for some fun pumpkin photos.

Octopus installation made of pumpkins

The World’s Top 10 Best Works of Art Made With Pumpkins.

The Zoo

August 29, 2013


Taking the grandkids to the zoo… what could be more fun?  Recently, we made big plans to visit the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo with our grandkids (and their parents).  They were excited, we were excited.  We put sunscreen on Julia and Liam.  I charged the camera battery.  The temperature was in the low 80s so we were happy to have the mild weather.  We were ready to go!


When we got to the first stop at the zoo I pulled out the camera, got the kids posed, and ……… nothing happened.  I turned the camera off then turned it back on.  Nothing happened.  No lights blinked.  It was dead.  I opened the camera – –  and there was the problem.  I forgot to put the recharged battery back into the camera.

You will need to take my word, we did have a GREAT time.  It was fun to feed the fish and baby goats.  Plus, I did enjoy watching the graceful giraffes and rugged rhinos.  Each year the zoo has expanded and made improvements so it is now an amazing place for the city of Des Moines.  Our time was perfect, even if I forgot the batteries.

passing by

August 16, 2013

I am sharing a wonderful poem and photo from another blog…

This comes from a Miamian who seems to come up with words that touch the soul.

Check out these flowers

August 16, 2013

If you want to see some awesome flower photos, click below.  This will take you to some amazing photos on another site.

Flowers at “The Banks”.

Birthday Smiles

August 12, 2013


Birthdays… when you are young you can hardly wait for your next birthday.  Every day seems like an eternity as the Big Day nears.  And, as you age, birthdays seem to lose their excitement.  🙂  At least that’s what I have heard.

Please indulge me as I share some birthday photos.  Grandson Liam recently turned 5.  And his Spiderman birthday party was electric with young energy.  Delicious cake, smoky brats from the grill, Spiderman decorations and lot’s of birthday presents… Liam had the time of his life.  And his sister Julia seemed to enjoy the party too!


Art to Brighten Your Day

August 2, 2013
By the Seashore (Auguste Renoir)

By the Seashore (Auguste Renoir)


A few weeks ago, when visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, I passed through a wing of the museum filled with breath-taking art.  I am sharing a couple of photos.  I could not use a flash and I didn’t have a tripod and lighting was only moderate… so these photos are not perfect.  But, I just had to share them.

I enjoyed the art at the Met but didn’t come close to seeing their 2 million pieces.  I settled for Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne to name a few… a reasonable compromise since I did not have time to visit the entire museum.  The galleries were a sensory overdose of color and emotion.

The visit certainly brightened my day – I hope these photos brighten your day!!!


The Card Players (Paul Cezanne)

The Card Players (Paul Cezanne)

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