Iowa State Fair

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

Happiness

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

Thanksgiving

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

Urban Cowboy

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