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When it's 90°F (32.2222°C for moose outside US) what's a moose to do?
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Peace and Friendship

Almost as though they were meant to be together, the "Friendship of Salem" (left) shares her berth with "Peacemaker."
Maritime National Historical Site - Salem, Massachusetts

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Cold Warrior

Cold Warrior
Civil War Memorial - Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

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Sepia Saturday - Revere's Ride

Image via Wikipedia Even though this post is more appropriate on Patriot's Day in April (the anniversary of the battles at Lexington and Concord) I'm posting this now for two reasons. One is a reminder from my last post on a church steeple that also serves as a lighthouse, and 2nd being that school is starting back up and I remember the following poem as one we had to memorize in elementary school. Coincidently Longfellow was a local poet here and knew the poet Whittier who I have blogged about earlier. I hope you enjoy.

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882 Written April 19, 1860; first published in 1863 as part of
"Tales of a Wayside Inn"
Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, "If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern al…

Congratulations President Carter

Image via Wikipedia Sometimes President Jimmy Carter gets a bad rap. A 2009 C-SPAN poll ranks him 25th of 44 presidents in United States history. A 2005 Wall Street Journal poll ranks him 34th of 43 presidents. The Times of London ranks him at 32nd just above their 10 worst presidents list.

Many blame him for a recession. The fact is he inherited a failing economy from the previous failed presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Many see the release of the Panama Canal to the country of Panama as a failure. He was acting on only what was fair, to give back property that wasn't ours.

But today Carter is a hero. He deservers to be ranked up with Washington and Lincoln. He has won the release of a school teacher, Aijalon Mahli Gomes of Massachusetts. Gomes was sentenced to a hard labor prison in North Korea after being convicted of spying. He happened to be hiking in China and strayed across the North Korean border.

Carter has done so much to benefit mankind since his presidency…

Cat Teasing

Hmmm, there are two us
against one of him...

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Theme Thursday - Human Rights Campaign

Image via Wikipedia The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendercivil rights organization in America. HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Ever since its founding in HRC has led the way in promoting fairness for LGBT Americans. They have been in existence since 1980 and headquartered in their own permanent new building at 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W. Washington, DC, since 2003.

The equal sign logo was unveiled in 1995 as part of a "re-branding." The organization shed it's "funding only" image to a more advocacy mission. The symbol can be seen throughout the world from bumper stickers in Japan to backpacks in Europe. Today the symbol is synonymous to the rainbow symbol and is seen extensively at Pride celebrations.
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Outward Bound

This sailboat actually is on it's mooring.
It looks as though it's headed out to sea.
The photo was taken from the top of the
Beverly-Salem Bridge overlooking Beverly Harbor
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Kitties Overcome Adversity

Sorry to post such sad stories about cats lately. I know a lot of you are cat lovers. I guess these stories have a happy ending.

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Kitten found in trash rescued

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Shadow Shot Sunday - In the Poet's Shadow

Iron work forms a shadow on a pier of the soon to be replaced John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA

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Sepia Saturday - Church and Lighthouse Line Up

What do a church and a lighthouse have in common? The simple answer is, when a church IS a lighthouse. That's right the church you see in the first and last photo is a lighthouse of sorts.

In the first photo you see two dark "holes" in the steeple. One is a speaker for the electronic bell system, the other is a range light. It's an official Coast Guard maintained navigational aid. It's called a "rear range light."

The church's light works in works in tandem with another light called Hospital Point Range Light. That light is the "front range light." Hospital Point is a rather short stubby lighthouse as you can see in the photos. It's light is only 70 feet from the waterline. The church's light is 183 feet from the waterline. Both lights are a "fixed signal" meaning they are lit all night. They do not blink. They are both red signals.

The purpose of both of these lights is for a skipper navigating into Salem Sound to be able…

Doggy Inspiration

A mile high mountain from the perspective of a handicapped dog. This is not an easy climb. 7 1/2 miles uphill! Some of this road is not paved. It was 45°F up there today folks. Atta girl Lucy!

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A touching story of a cat I wanted to share with you all.
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Very Rare Indeed

A Black Fawn - Precious!

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Fountain Flows Again

WARNING: This is a repost 8/8/2008. (I'm just sayin)

Finally the Town House Square fountain, on Essex Street, is back in operation. This was the site of a spring and eventually the town pump of old Salem. There are many fine fountains in Salem, Massachusetts. I'll try to blog more of them.
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Crazy Cat Fight!!!!

It seems like he is saying "no" at the end.

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Sepia Saturday - The Summer White House

Every summer there is a media frenzy speculating where the President will spend his summer vacation. The media needs to know such things as they have to set up camp somewhere to train cameras on the President 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. God forbid they miss one minute of watching him eat ice cream.

Barak Obama recently spent a long weekend at Acadia National Park in Maine. He is reported to be spending some time in Martha's Vineyard as he did last summer. George W. Bush spent his summer vacation clearing brush in his ranch in Texas. Bill Clinton visited Martha's Vineyard. George H. W. Bush went to his family retreat at Kennebunkport, on the coast of Maine.

But where did President William Howard Taft stay? Taft was the 27th president of the United States. He served one term from 1909-1913. He later became the 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and is the only president to have served on the court. He was a rather rotund person and had a specially crafted bathtub install…