Harvest - Oct 03, 2022 Apple picking time. A skeleton crew this year for the 15th consecutive year of picking apples in Mondamin, Iowa. Thought for the Day: Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness. Jane Austen.
Fireworks Stand July 4, 2022 -- the 246th birthday of the United States of America! Notwithstanding the worthless, no-display big-boom fireworks that prevail today, Independence Day is my all-time favorite holiday. Thought for the Day: The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.Benjamin … Continue reading Happy Birthday!
Black Swallowtail butterflies arrive late in the summer. But with cooler weather on the horizon, I think this guy is taking off ... for good. Thought for the Day: Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it … Continue reading Ready for Take-Off
NE State Fair I attended the Nebraska State Fair last week. It was the first time I've been to the fair since it moved to Grand Island in 2010. Ho hum. Thought for the Day: The secret to happiness is having low expectations.Warren Buffett
18 I went to the Iowa State Fair, mainly to see the 81st Photographic Salon. Four entries per person are allowed, but only one in each of several categories. There were 2,086 entries this year -- less than the normal 3,500 or more. This is my 8th year of participation. Three of my four entries … Continue reading Iowa State Fair
It was a bright crisp morning in early November. As I crested the hill overlooking the lake I felt like I was floating on top of the world. I was peaking out of the clouds surrounding me and clear skies above; all I could see below were tree tops poking out of a dense fog. … Continue reading Foggy Fall Day
Webster's definition of happiness is: 1: good fortune: prosperity 2: a: a state of well-being and contentment: joy b: pleasurable satisfaction. The first definition, "good fortune: prosperity" contradicts everything I was taught as a child; i.e. money doesn't bring happiness. The second definition more aptly matches my value system; i.e. contentment and well-being come from … Continue reading Happiness
How do you photograph an idea, a thought, an ideology, or a feeling? Thought for the Day: I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson
My wife wrote this prayer for the 2011 Thanksgiving celebration. Since then, we have two additional little "butterballs", James and Ava, to be thankful for. Nothing like grand children to make you thankful. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thought for the Day: My cooking is so bad, my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. Phyliss … Continue reading Thanksgiving
I met this fellow in a Mesa, Arizona. He worked at a place that was part museum, part living history and part tourist trap. I found this guy in one of the barns; he said he was one of the docents, but I 'spect he was closer to a real gen-U-wine cowboy than he was … Continue reading Urban Cowboy