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Sepia Saturday - Freedom From Want

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Thanksgiving
Norman Rockwell's "Freedoms" series was painted by the artist during WWII. He wanted to help out the war effort but was to old to enter the military. He did four paintings being inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's speech on freedoms presented to the 77th United States Congress on January 6, 1941.
Freedom of  Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear were the titles of the work. Rockwell's series of four paintings. which included this painting entitled Freedom from Want were produced in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943.
Hope everyone had a nice
Thanksgiving!


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We Gather Together To Ask The Lord's Blessing

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Thanksgiving
Norman Rockwell's "Freedoms" series was painted by the artist during WWII. He wanted to help out the war effort but was to old to enter the military. He did four paintings being inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's speech on freedoms presented to the 77th United States Congress on January 6, 1941.
Freedom of  Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear were the titles of the work. Rockwell's series of four paintings. which included this painting entitled Freedom from Want were produced in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone




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Turkey? No Thanks... But Happy Thanksgiving!

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You can keep your turkey...
just give me nuts for Thanksgiving! I need to get ready for winter.

Sepia Saturday - Bridge Transformation

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This week's post may over lap another post I wrote about the bridge you see on the right in the post card view entitled Bridge of Death.

I wanted to show the transformation from the 1902 "Green Bridge" to the 1972 Gillis Bridge to the 2010 Clipper City Rail Trail. The Green Bridge is now gone. It carried US Route 1 over the Merrimack River. The Gillis Bride now serves Route 1.
The 4th photo is taken from the same vantage point as the postcard. The Gillis Bridge was built to the left of the Green Bridge in a curved flyover fashion.
In the lower left of the 3rd photo and the final photo you see a piece of sculpture which is part of the Clipper City Rail Trail and East Coast Greenway that crosses the Merrimack River at this point on the Gillis Bridge.

Rear of the postcard is transcribed here:
Postmark; Cushing, Mass (Salisbury Beach) Aug 10, 1908 4 PM. Addressed to; Miss Alice Warren, Proctorsville, Vermont. Message; Am at Salisbury Beach for a few days + this view is about 6…

Theme Thursday - Food Fight!

This week's theme is Food.
I don't know why this came to my mind when I saw this week's theme. As I state in my profile, my therapist reads this blog. With that said, this is a scene from that 1978 classic movie Animal House. It's a wild comedy of a fictional fraternity house that is in a "battle" with the Dean of Students. This is the beginning of the "food fight" scene.
Enjoy!



Hope you all have a nice Thanksgiving

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Springtime in November (our 400th post!)

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A "spring" high tide covers the end of Derby Wharf November 8, 2010, 12:08 PM





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Sepia Saturday - Boston's Official Christmas Tree

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On December 6, 1917, the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada were shocked to hear the sound of an explosion. Others did not have enough time to be shocked because they were blown away literally by the blast. The city was devastated when Mont Blanc, a French cargo ship which was loaded with wartime explosives, accidentally collided with the Norwegian ship Imo in “The Narrows” section of the city harbour.

The initial blast left almost 2000 people dead, usually by fires, debris and collapsed buildings. Later deaths pushed the number up to over 2000 while more than 9000 people were injured.
This is considered the largest man-made, non-nuclear explosion even up to now. Approximately two square kilometers of the city was obliterated and wiped out. The neighbouring communities of Dartmouth and Richmond were also affected. The blast also caused a tsunami in the harbour. The tsunami caused a pressure wave of air snapping trees, demolishing buildings and grounded vessels and blowing fragments k…

Church Glow

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It was a foggy, spooky night around Halloween when I shot these photos. This church, the First Baptist Church of Beverly Massachusetts, is a striking white against the black night sky. The fog gave it a glowing effect. I wrote about this steeple in an earlier post called Church and Lighthouse Lineup. The golden glow isn't something from heaven, it's glow from a street light nearby.




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Veteran's Day

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Happy Veteran's Day
From: CrazyasaCoolFox





A very windy day in Salem, Massachusetts (yes the witch city) a circle of flags flyies in front of the post office at Riley Plaza. The plaza commemorates Congressional Medal of Honor John P. Riley USN, for his service in the Spanish-American War, 1898.



Image by Naval History & Heritage Command via Flickr

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Theme Thursday - Relax

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Lynn Union Hospital, Lynn, Massachusetts, has devoted a large part of its grounds to a healing garden. Whenever I have an appointment there I love arrive early to just chill out here and listen to the water in the stream and wind through the trees.  Here can be seen a beautiful outdoor chapel adjacent to the indoor chapel where one can contemplate and relax. Security guards come along and feed the koi in the stream. It's an unusual part of their job but I'm sure it's a great diversion for them. I think the koi are well fed from visitors too. Some are very big fish!
Past the koi pond up a small rise is a peace pole. "May peace prevail on earth," is inscribed on six sides in different languages. Peacepoles.com is a non profit group that manufactures and sends their poles around the world. There are many interesting nooks for quiet conversation and privacy. The whole garden is designed with gentle curves. There are very few corners or straight lines.
The foligage gives a…

Faith and Friendship

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The Friendship of Salem shares her berth with Raw Faith. Earlier this year she shared her berth with the Peacemaker. There seems to be a lot of love in Salem Harbor this year!




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Theme Thursday - Sand

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This is amazing. The Waimea River is on the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii. It really has no outlet to the ocean. At least there isn't one that I can see from Google Earth. The water that flows downriver must seep into the ground or evaporates.

Evidently the surfers on Waimea Beach dig a channel in the sand to release some of the stored water in back of the beach. The result you see here on this video. The channel eventually erodes till it's big enough to cause a standing wave good enough for surfing. These guys are having so much fun.

It's so beautiful there. Makes me want to just run away and live on the beach there when I retire. haha


Surfing Waimea River from Paul Lethaby on Vimeo.

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Autocorrect Exposed

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Many of you who use and iPod or iPhone will have a laugh when you visit this web site.
There is a feature which automatically corrects what you are typing. Sometimes the correction isn't exactly what you want. Check it out. DamnYouAutoCorrect
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Sepia Saturday - A Bridge Named After a Rock That Was Claimed for a King

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Okay I know what you're saying; "this guy has an obsession  with bridges." Well that is pretty much the truth. I find them fascinating. They are works of art that function. Some span small rivers some large rivers. All are carrying busy people over hazardous water. Some are quaint  like covered bridges. Some are scary like suspension bridges. Some make u feel like you are flying or floating. And some bridges are simply spectacular like the French King Bridge below.


The bridge was built in 1932 and is a three arch span. It was part of a new highway replacing part of the old Mohawk Trail which wound through several small villages.


As that lengthy title goes, the French King Bridge  was named for a rock that sits just upstream. At times this rock is underwater but mostly it is exposed. Although, it's not as exposed as u see in the lower back&white postcard. The reason for the water fluctuation is from a dam not to far down river the produces electricity. The postcard …

Kitty Kool Off

No need to give this kat a bath!


Simply Precious

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Happy Birthday to all
who have a birthday today! 03 de noviembre 2010


This video reminded me of a photo from my mother's collection
of me with my sister. I'm resting my head on our boxer Princess, in the hallway of our home.
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