Friday, November 23, 2012

I'm Not THAT Bored!

A few Saturdays ago as I headed into Pensacola for errands, I called my sister Cathi to chat. I told her in relation to the way I felt that day that "I was so bored I could turn to dirt". Who really knows what that means but I said it. I had put my camera in the car because I was so bored with the running of housekeeping errands I was doing that I thought it would be a great diversion if I came across something to photograph. As I passed St. Michael's Cemetery, a historic location in Pensacola, Florida I decided to go in and take some shots. I had thought about doing it before but never had.

As I entered through the iron gate I saw that I was quite alone. Not a lot of visitors. And as I walked through the cemetery trying to be respectful of the location of graves and looking for what might be an interesting shot what I had said earlier to my sister came back to mind, being so bored "I could turn to dirt" - ironic and humbling - and I decided that I really was not all that bored any more! Anyway, I made use of my time and came back and worked on the photos I shot which helped me be even less bored - I am posting what I thought of interest, below.

Family Plot

Sounds like a nice guy

Contrast in style

I found this one funny - no "do overs" in stone

Oak tree holding head stone - looked like it was reading it

Shapes and Shadows

This is a link to information on the cemetery -

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pensacola's 17th Ave Trestle Art

I shot this photo of the 17th Avenue trestle some years back when someone had painted the then popular saying "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL" on it. Everyone in the Pensacola area knows about this place - the one place in Pensacola that graffiti is allowed and is a type of must visit place for prom or graduation. I have often wondered just how thick the paint on the surface is.

 Well yesterday I decided to revisit the trestle and look around it to see if there is more to the trestle's artwork than meets the eye from traveling under it. I hope you enjoy these photos - I enjoyed taking them!

Not too sure the porta-potty business appreciates the art...

Just married and headed straight for the bridge...

Tools of the trade

Below are some links to web sites that I found with history of the graffiti bridge:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Some of My Favorites - Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago - what a nice visit we had at this museum last week. Following are a few examples of what I really enjoyed within the many exhibits at the institute - whatever I'm showing here  is but a small example of  what you can see at this museum but I hope you enjoy these photos anyway, and make plans to visit the institute in the future - I'm sure you will be just as impressed as I was.

Artist, John Philip Simpson

Artist, Albert Schindler

African Art

Asian Art

Contemporary Art

Resting - Artist, Antonio Mancini

Part of Folk Art exhibit

John the Baptist

Georgia O'Keefe


Artist - Ferdinand Hodler

Van Gogh - my personal favorite - The Room

The Shepherd - Artist, Eugene Zak

Van Gogh


Monday, November 12, 2012

Riding on the City of New Orleans and Bob Dylan

I liked Chicago. I don't think I was prepared to like it, or even thought very much about if I would like it as I planned our trip, but it was nice. My husband and I took an Amtrak train from New Orleans to Chicago to see Bob Dylan with Mark Knopfler in concert, the City of New Orleans train. My purpose was to have a short get away trip for us with low stress - (husband NOT driving) - and to see Bob Dylan. Dylan is 71 and you know, how long will he tour? Anyway, I really liked Chicago, as did hubby.

We left New Orleans on a Thursday afternoon, 1:35 PM. New Orleans is a 2.5 hour drive from our house in Gulf Breeze, Florida and so we made sure we arrived in New Orleans with enough time to eat at Mother's before we boarded. That place is great! Had gumbo and oyster/shrimp Po'Boy with coffee, a creamy blend of coffee that is different than regular brewed coffee, but I haven't figured out how they do that. We made reservations on Amtrak in a Roomette - a private sleeper car that allows you to sit and sleep in privacy while you test the strength of your marriage. It is the smallest of the Amtrak sleeper cars. It has wonderful windows to gaze out of but when it comes time to sleep, a prescription sleeping pill is a must in trip planning.

Riding Amtrak gives you the opportunity to see the back side of lots of towns, some of that is interesting. Going north out of New Orleans I heard the comment a few doors down, "I saw an alligator"! I did not see an alligator this trip but I did see lots and lots of crab trap buoys stuck in bushes from previous high water.

And I saw the following:

I don't know where this was but is was interesting for a few minutes.

You can also see lots of older train cars along the way. If you really like trains, and I'm starting to, it is almost like a museum!
Arrival in Chicago  - 9:00 AM the next day - breakfast and lunch with total strangers along the way who are not so strange after the meal.

On Friday we went to the Art Institute of Chicago which was absolutely fabulous -
Lion in front of Art Institute

I will do another blog post on that museum as there was so much I enjoyed there, then we went on to United Center for the concert. Took a taxi to United Center, public bus on way back to the Palmer House where we were staying.

 Here is a photo from the room at the hotel, when we arrived from Amtrak.
Really nice place, the Palmer House - we saw Geraldo Rivera that night in the lobby. He was so happy to see us. :-)

The trip was great. We went to the Museum of Science and Industry the next day where there are more exhibits than you can see in a day...

and boarded the Amtrak at 8:00 PM that night, Saturday, to head back south. I'm glad I went. If you haven't tried Amtrak sleepers cars yet for a trip, give it a try. It's a unique experience.

Below is the link to the review of the concert from the Chicago Tribune if you care to read it - it was truly a great night with the artists. They were happy to see us too.,0,817318.column

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sand Kingdoms

The day after the Presidential election, Nov. 7, 2012. A great time to write another post.

Some years back, actually around 1998/1999 there was this thing called Y2K. Y2K was a byword for a believed-in future phenomenon that the world would be going hay wire via computer mayhem when we rolled over to 2000 from 1999. My husband and I did not buy into it at the time - our reasoning seemed to be different from others in a particular belief group. It's not important what our reasoning was then or what seemed to be the reasoning of others regarding this post, but I mention this to be able to make the following statement: that people hold beliefs dear on this earth that may or may not be true. Such a news flash! :)  Regarding Y2K, it did not happen. Prior to it not happening, my husband and I experienced some disassociation from these people who believed differently. I remember telling two women in my kitchen that believed differently than I that historically, at the turn of the century, human beings (which I believe we are all) are historically superstitious and could it be that it was a great part of what was happening then. I received very skeptical looks. You know the kind of look - one that makes you feel as if there is something very strange sitting on your head. It was a time of division for us that was somewhat difficult to go through. During this time I contemplated on what was happening quite a bit. One thing I kept thinking about was the fact that why did people think they were so important that they could not be wrong? What made human beings so subject to delusion? Did you know that if you took 450 cups of sands at a certain millimeter in size (I figured this out once and can't remember the size) and put them in a container, that would be the amount of people on this planet at any given time, approximately. That is a lot of people. It should be a humbling concept.

Regarding the election, my guy did not win - but - I don't really have a guy on this earth. My #1 guy wasn't running - Jesus. In fact this morning when I got up I went to my concordance and looked up verses that have the word "kingdom" in them in the New Testament. It's quite a list. You see, I woke up thinking about the kingdom of God and what really matters and what is really true. As people wake up today either happy or sad, or maybe indifferent, which of us human beings are right? Who chose correctly? How can you know with so many "grains of sand"?

THE KINGDOM OF GOD:  number one theme in the mission of Jesus.  As the story of Jesus played out on this earth, His meaning of kingdom was far different than what the Jews of that time had in mind, politically. Even before His crucifixion, the Roman custom was to release a Jewish prisoner at Passover. Pilot was sure hoping that they would ask for Jesus is my belief but instead they asked for Barabas, a zealot who had taken part of a revolt against the Roman government. I think that the release of a person fighting for an earthly kingdom instead of the one who sets up an eternal kingdom is at least a powerful irony. I am not saying that it's not important how and what we choose here on this earth - obviously choices, elections and government decisions are the building blocks of society and history. Some decisions are certainly better than others with varying results and consequences, but as a Christian, I really want to have a healthy perspective on such a thing as fallible human beings  running for office in the light of eternity and the shifting sands of history as well as how I should conduct myself when what I want or voted for does not happen.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD - In response to the people of Capernaum trying to keep Jesus in the area, Jesus said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." In Luke 12 while Jesus was among a crowd, a man came to Jesus asking Jesus to tell his brother to divide the inheritance with him. Interesting request. I would assume that the man asking was referring to his older brother who perhaps had received the entire inheritance according to the custom at the time and we all know that's not fair, at least by the standards of our culture. Spread the wealth, everyone gets a fair share is the way it should be, right? Jesus responds, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" Then Jesus goes on to say, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed: a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." I just love this about Jesus. Everyone is on a level playing field with Him when it comes to a person's heart and motivation.  Even if the guy who asked was wronged, Jesus speaks to a greater truth. Then Jesus goes on to teach on not worrying about your life, what you wear and what you shall eat - "And do not set your heart on what you shall eat or drink, do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  My treasure is not on this earth nor is it with a particular political party nor is it with the United States of America. It is with another place I have not seen yet, but know is there. I hope I conduct myself as a valuable citizen of the USA while I am here, and I believe that is how we should be. But whether it is a good or bad thing that Barack Obama will be President four more years is not ultimately all that important, not in light of eternity. It certainly isn't something I care to allow to divide me from others I love.

And finally, I think this scripture speaks to the changing sands of time, it is all a passing circumstance  -Daniel 2:21 "And He is changing times and seasons, He is causing kings to pass away, and He is raising up kings; He is giving wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those possessing understanding.