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Warning! Deadly Water Fountains

What?, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

On Highway 40, as we headed toward Lake Havasu, we pulled our rig into a rest stop; the first one east of Barstow. It was my turn to drive, but before I “took the wheel,” I spent a few minutes getting in a little leg stretch. When I saw the scene pictured here, I stared for a few minutes, then went to the motor home for my camera.

As you can see, at this lovely rest stop are beautiful water fountains; actually there are two, one situated a bit higher than the other. They are fine water fountains—appearing to be polished stainless steel. Only one problem: According to the sign posted over them, those lovely water fountains—the only ones I was able to find at this rest stop—are full of non-potable water. Our parched throats will not be soothed here—can’t drink the stuff.

I turned the knobs to see if indeed the fountains work, and yes, clear looking water gushed from each of them. A lady passed by, I caught her eye, and we smirked together.

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An Image of Memory

Speak, Memory, of Archival Gold

Frank Van Riper on Photography

By Frank Van Riper

Washington Post

Special to Camera Works
Thursday, September 21, 2006; 3:18 PM

It’s hard to believe that 40-odd years have passed since I went out shooting with my friends in New York.

Photographs are the images of memory and their emotional, and sometimes even their monetary, value increases with the passage of time. Photos
Photos: Frank Van Riper on Photography
Photographs are the images of memory and their emotional, and sometimes even their monetary, value increases with the passage of time.

Please see more pictures and read the remainder of this wonderful article  here.

A gripping line by Mr. Riper is printed by the photograph above: “Photographs are the images of memory and their emotional ….value increases with time.” This line succinctly, but with passion, encompasses much of the appeal and value of photography. Grab your camera today and record an “image of memory!” Isn’t that the greatest phrase.

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Company for the Man in the Moon

The man in the mooon may expect company before too many years pass.

Posted 9/19/2006 9:42 AM ET

The Orion crew capsule, seen in this artist's illustration,  will carry astronauts back to the moon. Orion's first flight to the moon is planned for no later than 2020.

WASHINGTON — A panel of scientists strongly endorsed NASA’s plans (Shirley’s note: lots of neat stuff in the NASA link) to return to the moon, saying in a report Tuesday that lunar exploration will open the way toward broader studies of the Earth and solar system.

“The moon is priceless to planetary scientists,” declared the special National Research Council panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read the entire article here.

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A Special Lunch in Riverside

Yesterday, I spent a delightful few hours with my friend Holly who was up for a bit of recognition, seeing she had a few days earlier celebrated the momentous mark of birthday number 40. She showed me through their house, pointing out the work she and Patrick had already done, and explaining they were not finished, and then listing their projections for later work. “A house is never done, Holly,” I spoke with incredible and remarkable wisdom gleaned from agedness and the experience of owning—co-owning, I suppose—several houses, and the sorry acknowledgement that we had never been “through” with any of them. House tour over, we moved into our car

I had chosen Riverside and the Mission Inn area for our lunch.Mission Inn Virtual TourHolly and I strolled the pedestrian walkway and through the unique shops situated in this beautiful area. Fall decorations were themed in most of the stores, and both she and I found ourselves edging into the “fall decorating mood,” and declaring to go home, take down so labeled boxes and tackle our homes. “It’s such a hassle to repack all that stuff,” Holly told me at one point. “I had decided to forego fall decorating this year.” But now…after seeing this…She smiled. “Guess I’ll go to our garage and take down the boxes.”

“Have you selected a place for lunch?”

“No,” I answered. “Just some place around here.”

“Good, let’s go to Simple Simon’s. I love to introduce people to this great place. We’ll have to be there before noon, though, for it’s so popular that, for lunch, long lines streak out the door and into the walkway.”

Simple Simon's Bakery & BistroSimon’s it was and Holly was right. It was delicious. We choose to eat in the outdoor patio area under shady trees, and we had identical food—grilled open face sandwiches of eggplant, mushrooms, onions and cheese on a hefty bread slab. Luscious. We split a chunk of carrotcake, healthy of course because of the carrots, and chock full of nuts, with toasted coconut enhancing the generous lobs of frosting.

 

Then, more, we talked.

 

I’m honored and downright happy that Holly is my friend. Want to know why?

 

1. She’s smart.

 

2. She’s real.

 

3. She loves God and His business.

 

4. Our families are intertwined and have been friends for many years—into the generations now.

 

5. She is scholarly and schooled, a registered, degreed nurse.

 

6. Because she has two little boys, she has gone from nursing (for now) to be a “stay-at-home” Mom.

 

7. She scrapped around and found work to do at home to supplement her husband’s income.

 

8. She is kind and caring. (Latest case in point: One of her friends, because of a threatened pregnancy, is on complete bedrest. Holly just threw a “bedrest party,” with guests, big signs, games, food….the works.)

 

9. This weekend, in Long Beach, she is walking to raise money for breast cancer research. Twenty-six miles on Friday, and I forget how many more on Saturday.

 

10. Yesterday, she told me of many nursing experiences absolutely confirming that sometimes people plan the time of their deaths.

11. Occasionally, Holly and I engage in “soul” talk.

 

12. I think she loves me. She was willing to spend time with me yesterday. (I’ve come to the clear conclusion, while not at all feeling sorry for myself, that as one becomes older, many younger people are so tied up with their own lives, plans and agendas, that they often have little time to give the elderly.)

Edit: 4:45 One more thing about Holly. Yesterday as we ate lunch, she said, “I feel bad about us eating lunch here while Patrick is at work.”

I looked at her in surprise, for Holly is quite an independent girl, not at all weepy, wimpy, or delicate.

“Why?”

“Well, I just feel bad…his eating a sandwich…and we’re having this nice lunch. I don’t like to eat sandwiches at home, so I just feel sorry for Patrick today.”

Wasn’t that sweet. (I don’t think I’m that sweet, for to be truthful, I wasn’t thinking of the sadness of Jerry having to eat a sandwich at home while I was feasting at Simon’s. 😦 )

 

 

 

Edit # 2 8:15 pm Pictures of Holly and her boys are on her cancer walk site.

That was yesterday, an unforgettable few hours with my friend Holly. This morning as Jerry and I concluded our walk, remembering those shops in Riverside, I grabbed up a stray Manzanita limb and carried it home with me. I have visions and plans for that stick. Maybe I’ll take pictures for you.

 

 

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The Power of Shadow

Please look at this linked picture, an award winning photo of 2005. Copying of the picture is not permitted, so I couldn’t bring it over. It is an amazing shot. Consider it carefully.

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The Approach of Fall

DSC_0313, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

The image of these boats speaks to me of the closing down of Summer. Our youngsters have donned their school clothes, bought pencils and tablets and lunch pails, and have met their new teachers and learned the names of classmates.

A sliver of nip is in the air, scattered trees show their fall color. Acorns now lose their grip and, with a snap, kerplunk to the ground. Leaves rustle. Apples and pears are up for harvest. Purple grapes burst with wine…

The stores have jumped right over fall: Yesterday I saw a plastic Santa.

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The Rising

Again, I say: I’m delighted to be an American. Knock us down, and with new fire in our eyes, we scramble upright. Snatch our liberties, and with single vision we rise, undamaged freedom dangling from our hands. Try intimidation, and the eagle within us screams and soars in majestic power and final triumph. Demolish our buildings, and from the rubble will rise the finer, the taller, most magnificent and most glorious. Attempt the annihilation of our faith, and with yet firmer resolve, we elevate God’s Word, and with passion we humble ourselves and seek His face.

Pertinent edit: 8:40 PDT For the first time since 2002, Atlantis has had a text-book launch! Go USA!

After Attacks Changed the World, The Recovery Changed a City

Near Ground Zero, a New Version of Life Goes On

By Michael Powell and Michelle García

Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, September 9, 2006; Page A01

NEW YORK — You’re sitting in the center of the fabulousness. The stinky old Fulton Fish Market is gone, and cobblestone streets are lined with boutiques and $1 million condos with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the sky is that razor blue.

Almost like that day. Read more here.

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New Towers at Ground Zero

Designs Unveiled for Freedom Tower’s Neighbors

A rendering of the skyline after construction of the towers at ground zero is complete.

Published: September 7, 2006

The developer of the new World Trade Center unveiled the designs this morning for three skyscrapers at ground zero, which in their gargantuan scale would reshape the New York skyline.

 

 

 

The designs offered the most comprehensive picture to date of what the finished complex might — just might — look like six years from now. Above, the Freedom Tower is to the left of Towers 2, 3 and 4. Read more here.

I’m delighted to be an American. Knock us down, and with new fire in our eyes, we scramble upright. Snatch our liberties, and with single vision we rise, undamaged freedom dangling from our hands. Try intimidation, and the eagle within us screams and soars in majestic power and final triumph. Demolish our buildings, and from the rubble will rise the finer, the taller, most magnificent and most glorious. Attempt the annihilation of our faith, and with yet firmer resolve, we elevate God’s Word, and with passion we humble ourselves and seek His face.

God Bless America.

 


 

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Balloon Glow in Colorado Springs

DSC_0416, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

A typical Sunday at the Cantu’s church is a 10:30 morning service which includes teaching sessions, worship and preaching. In the evening, they offer various classes which meet particular needs. Last Sunday when we were there, they were in between a series of lessons, so there was no evening service.

After the morning service and an extended time of delicious food and great fellowship at a local Elephant Bar, we were taken to our hotel room, where we rested for a couple of hours. In the evening, the Cantus picked us up and took us to the Balloon Glow held in a park in Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Balloon Classic (a division of Colorado Springs Balloon Classic, Inc.) was organized in 1977 and has grown to be the largest and the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region as well as the State of Colorado. The Colorado Balloon Classic is an annual family event – admission is free – held each Labor Day weekend.

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Mike and Sarah at Keystone

DSC_0336_edited, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Michael flew into Denver on Friday, and his daughter Sarah picked him up at the airport. She has lived in Denver for a few months, so this worked out quite well.

Jerry and I lingered at the banquet table where we had eaten lunch when they called and said they were just a few minutes out of Keystone. Then here they came, and it was so wonderful to see them. We’re with Michael frequently, but we hadn’t seen Sarah since Christmas.

Our condo, although only one bedroom, was quite roomy, with numerous closets, two baths, a kitchen, and living room with a gas-powered fireplace.Opening both from the living room and from our bedroom were decks overlooking the lake.The living room had a fold-out couch and a “Murphy” bed, so all of us slept quite comfortably.

We visited the remainder of the afternoon, then around 6:15 we went over to the conference center for the evening service. The services didn’t actually begin until 7:30, but I needed to be there early to tend my book table.

Fifteen minutes before each service, the “Gordon Sisters” sang. Hear a clip. (On their site, you can listen to lots of their music. Don’t miss going over there.) They are tremendous people–excellent, anointed singers, and in addition, each of them has a beautiful spirit. There are 6 sisters, all live in the Denver area, except for one who lives in England. She wasn’t with them this time, for she is only able to attend a concert once a month, and this wasn’t one of the times. They are an incredible group. Their mother was also there, a delightful woman. Her husband, Maurice Gordon, pastored one of the churches in Denver for many years, and is now retired.

After church on both Thursday and Friday, we went to the Cantu’s condo, where they had prepared food for the speakers and other guests. Mike and Sarah, of course, joined us there on Friday evening. It was after midnight when we all finally plopped into bed. Tired! but elated.