Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ruby Tuesday Too

Fishing Buddies
 
Digging into the archives I found this image of the youngest grand daughter, four years ago, and I on a fishing trip at a local lake.  Three of the four grandcrew love to fish.  Obviously, the life jacket is the reason for this post.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Skywatch Friday

SOTC!
 
Like most people who view photography with more than a passing interest, many of my images come out of the camera and into Photoshop Elements for a little post processing.  This image, however, is Straight Out Of The Camera.  I just didn't feel that this image needed any enhancement.  As the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Inspiration Thursday - Your Great Name

 

What's in a name?  What are some of the great names of the past? Well, many people would tell you that John F. Kennedy was a great name.  Abraham Lincoln was a great name.  George S. Patton, George Washington, Ceasar Augustus, Leonardo Di Vinci, Michaelangelo, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Betsy Ross, ...and the list goes on.  All are names of people that society considers great names of great people.  These men and women have made significant contributions to the world and their influence extended far beyond their time on earth.   When parents are expecting the birth of a child, they go to great trouble to select a great name.  It may be a family name from the past or they may put a different spelling to a familar name in order to make their child unique. Still there is one name that is above all names.
The name of Jesus is the greatest name of all.  Salvation and eternal life comes through one, and only one name, the name of Jesus.  Even before he was born, the angels said that His name would be called, Wonderful, Counseler, Prince of Peace, Son of the Highest...and the list goes on.  There is no other name under heaven by which a person can receive eternal life.  Christ Himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through me." (John 14:6)  The next time you need to call on someone in a time of need, call on the greatest name of all, Jesus.

Wordless Wednesday (Not)- Strike Up The Band

Strike Up The Band
If your looking for a great way to spend a summer evening, may I suggest that you attend a Drum Corps International show and competition.  This is the third year that this organization has performed in our town and my wife and I have attended all three performances.  Unlike most middle of July evenings in Arkansas, last night felt more like autumn.  There was a light breeze and temperatures in the upper sixties.  So, what are you going to see when you attend one of these events, you ask.
 
You're going to see flashy uniforms and very talented musicians performing very complicated routines desisgned for marching bands.
 
You're going to see talented dancers and colorful flag lines that are integrated into the music.
 
You're going to see original routines performed by young people who have spent their entire spring and summer preparing and performing these routines.  These performers are between 16 and 21 years of age.  They come from various backgrounds and they pay to train and perform in the drum corps.  It's not unlike travel soccer or baseball teams.  Each performance ususally features about eight different drum corps from two different levels of talent.  The "B" groups are ususally a little smaller and less experienced.  They also may not be quite as well funded.  The "A" groups are larger, more experienced groups and the routines can be very complicated.
 

 
I have to admit, these were my favorite drums.  They had a couple of covered wagons in the background as part of their routine and these graphics on their durms echoed the wagon wheels.  I love this kind of creative thinking.
 
 
Perhaps the most decorated group in the competition last night was Carolina Crown.  They are the reigning champions in the drum corps world.  If you want to see one of these performances, just go to www.dci.org for schedules and ticket information.  For a few my readers, they will be in Tulsa, OK tonight, Denton, TX tomorrow night, Dallas, TX on July 21, and Mustang, OK on July 22.  It will be on of the highlights of your summer.
 
I went to YouTube and found this video of Carolina Crown performing.  It's thirteen minutes long, but you don't have to watch the whole thing to get an idea of just how talented these kids are.
 



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Skywatch Friday

Fire & Ice
Some days you can look into the sky and there is no denying that there is a God and that he loves painting the sky for our enjoyment.