Thursday, March 11, 2010

time machine-scode lake

He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.--Coleridge
On the road to the lake, I am searching for the real lake name and lat/lon. It was in Franklin County or Henry County. This back when hauling people in the pickup was legal. Back when American kids were skinny. Oh lost!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010



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Friday, October 23, 2009

rural free delivery


Saturday, August 08, 2009

Health Camp

if only, if only history had turned out different and the Health Camp had floated to the top instead of Ray Krok. Have you tried a Banana Boat, Super Healthburger, a Fiesta Burger? Could of drunk a Big Red instead, since 1949... No corporate clown.
10-2-4 Anyone from Waco? Does the Health Camp still operate?


Sunday, August 02, 2009

day of rest

Kendall Missionary Baptist Church


Thursday, July 23, 2009

front porch

drove home yesterday. 680 miles. single occupancy vehicle.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Atlantic Avenue


Friday, July 17, 2009

Yeocomico River

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dogwood Festival Parade


Saturday, February 14, 2009


Historically, cities have pursued the acquisition of parkland to mitigate the oppressive congestion, the greyness, that comes with the piling together of rock, roofing, business and people.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

National Mall

January 20, 2009
National Treasure

Good opinion piece by Steven Pearlstein in the WAPO today:
Tom Daschle's problem wasn't that he didn't pay his taxes. It was that he -- along with those who vetted his nomination as health and human services secretary and many of his colleagues in the Senate -- found it perfectly ordinary and acceptable that he would be able to cash in on his time in the Senate by earning more than $5 million over two years as a law-firm rainmaker, equity fundraiser, corporate director and luncheon speaker, all the while being driven around town in a chauffeured town car. Not exactly Cincinnatus returning to the plow.


Monday, February 02, 2009


January 20, 2009

DC for these three days was like Mardi Gras, only without the costumes; like Woodstock, but without the drugs; like the Olympics, only everyone?s cheering for the same team. It was like peace on earth. It was like heaven.-- Jill Martin Eichner


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Their Eyes Were Watching God

January 20, 2009
On a jag here, borrowing titles from writers.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mr. President

Post inaugural day seven. How long does the hope last?


Friday, January 23, 2009

social resurrection


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As I take the sacred oath of the highest office in the land, I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon my shoulders, renewed by the courage and decency of the American people, and fortified by my faith in an awesome God.

We are in the midst of a season of trial. Our Nation is being tested, and our people know great uncertainty. Yet the story of America is one of renewal in the face of adversity, reconciliation in a time of discord, and we know that there is a purpose for everything under heaven.

On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright -- it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.

So in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, let us remember that: "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

(editorial note- Social Death and Resurrection the title of a book by Charlottesville photographer-historian, John E. Mason.)


Thursday, January 22, 2009

living color

begin again, January 20, 2009


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Poplar Grove


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Alaska earthquake

Following the earthquake, ground near Turnagain Arm subsided , water intruded, trees died.

The Great Alaska Earthquake began at 5:36 P.M. AST on Friday, March 27, 1964. Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing buildings, and tidal waves directly caused about 130 deaths.
Lasting nearly five minutes, it was the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. and North American history, and the third most powerful ever measured by seismograph; it had a moment magnitude of 9.2 and registered 8.4 on the Richter scale.--Wikipedia


Tuesday, May 06, 2008


D.W.Shifflet, front porch, Rosni Farm

The part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, esp. a central land area relatively invulnerable to attack and capable of economic and political

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Monday, May 05, 2008


Rosni Farm, Madison County, Virginia

Sing the rain on the roof on a summer night
Where they still know wrong from right.
Sing a song about the heartland.
Sing a song about my life.--George Strait


Wednesday, November 21, 2007


somewhere on the eastern seaboard, 1970.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Gretna, Florida

people have fought and died for our right to vote

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

water wars

text from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and from the Associated Press.

Val Perry Jr., a homeowner and officer of the Lake Lanier Association, told the Corps last week that "If there were no dams at all, some mussels would die and [the species would] not become extinct. ... Does a couple of mussels trump 5 million people? What I hear from the Corps is that the answer to that is yes."

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said the region should explore piping in additional sources of water--possibly from the Tennessee or Savannah rivers. She even suggested desalinating sea water from Georgia's Atlantic coast.
"We need to look beyond our borders," she said.

"And if Los Angeles can do it, I'll tell you Georgia can."-. Roy Barnes (former Governor)


Friday, October 19, 2007

Greensboro, Florida, 1980

John Mason says there is no need for a cut-line. A place in time.


Sunday, January 21, 2007

day of rest

church of the blue dome


Saturday, December 16, 2006



Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Route 3, Lancaster County. At a bend in the road there is Earnie's Gas Station and Earnie's drive-in.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006


"Can't sleep, clowns will eat me."

There is something about a stop sign that motivates people to take their happy meal and pitch it out of the car window. Fries, burger, everything on the street complete with the red white and yellow bag.
Sophie's morning walk takes us past two popular ejection points. Add rain and vehicular traffic and the "I'm lovin' it" product metamorphoses to an organic calorie rich spooge. In dry weather the "food" makes a dark greasy spot on the asphalt. In wet weather it stays "ready to eat" much longer. Sophie loves it.

Why would a corporate entity admit to having a clown on the payroll?

On this blog the other day a reader characterized some very well meaning civic minded Central Virginia leaders as clowns.
I think calling someone a clown is the ultimate insult. In the politically correct environment of today I reluctantly admit that there are "good clowns" out there. People dressing up, tying balloons for children on the cancer ward, donning squeaky noses. But honestly, I'm a borderline coulrophobic, my mom raised me never to trust a Clown. To me, "good clown" is an oxymoron. (for some interesting educational musings on coulrophobia read Joseph Durwin's piece Coulrophobia and the Trickster.)

Memo to Mickey D customers: keep that trash in your belly or in your car. The Woolen Mills is a clown-free zone.

Scary Clown Plaza
John Wayne Gacy

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Colonel Robert H. Chase

OCS Commanding officer

Colonel Chase enlisted in the Marine Corps in February 1973 and served for eight years as an enlisted Marine. Staff Sergeant Chase was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning program in 1980, graduating as an honor graduate from both Officer Candidates School and The Basic School in 1981.

(21 years later) Assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, Lieutenant Colonel Chase was ordered to US Central Command for duty in Qatar as the Senior Liaison Officer for the Combined Joint Task Force ? Horn of Africa serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom I. Selected for Colonel, he was transferred to the 2d Marine Division as the Operations Officer, Deputy G-3, and as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations). He deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, planning and directing combat operations in Al Anbar province during OIF 04-06. He assumed command of Officer Candidate School, 23 September 2005 .

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Saturday, August 12, 2006


Commissioning Ceremony, USMC Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia

The Officer's Oath of Office has its roots in the First Congress of the United States. The oath was revised numerous times until the Forty-Eighth Congress passed the current oath into law by the Act of May 13, 1884. The oath, which may be administered by any officer, reads as follows:

"I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God."

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Monday, July 17, 2006

visible atmosphere 2

On the other end of the continental U.S., Shi Shi Beach, the Makah Nation, Neah Bay, Washington.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006


The unpaired individual is regarded with suspicion.
Lone wolf, hermit, outcast, pariah.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

PUD free

The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
The OD folk say I take pictures of "Scenes, and people from rural lifestyles. Old buildings, interiors, and candid portraits."
Dogs too!

The farmhouse above on Washington family lands near Pope's Creek.
Doing what I am supposed to do...

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Pope's Creek

38 10 970N 76 55 154W

Visited Geo. Washington's natal home yesterday, about the time the geese woke up. No tourists around, too early, too cold.

The Park Service maintains the location as a National Monument, the only way to keep it free of pavement, crackers, MacMansions and private enterprise.

Washington's people lived at Pope's Creek for three generations before he was born.

The gentry had problems in the 1600 and 1700's. Lots of them died. In addition to owning hogs, geese, horses and cows they owned humans. Problematic.

The thing that seems sweet about that time was the ignorance. A person lived in and focused on their own patch of earth. Ambition and its effects were local. No global village. No images of the Prophet, no airplanes carrying gas lasers.

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Saturday, January 14, 2006


Emma and Helen crossed the Sabine River yesterday.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005


U.S.S. Missouri Tokyo Bay

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Thursday, October 27, 2005


the sound of chickens roosting
Office of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald

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Friday, September 16, 2005

show time

Happy Motoring

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Saturday, August 13, 2005


There are soldiers in the way of harm, a girl holds a baby in a blanket in her arms
A man with a flag leaves for work, a woman pulls a thread from the hem of her skirt
Another Saturday comes and goes, another south wind comes and blows
Another baseball field another pop fly, another bunch of boys another blue sky
?Sam Baker

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Monday, July 18, 2005


All is well.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

film fireworks

film rules.

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Independence Day

Ieoh Ming Pei, 88, architect, born in China, spoke at Monticello today, welcoming new Americans.

Also speaking, J. Harvie Wilkinson, newspaperman, law school teacher, potential Supreme Court nominee.

The sisters diverge...

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