Veterans Day. A day to honor and remember the men and women who have served our country.
If you’d like to include a veteran you know and love or (one of yourself) please send me the photo rutheh(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it to the gallery.
This just in…..thank you Joanne Leonard Cohen reciting In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
Joseph Anthony Wozniak
born in Brooklyn 7/4/1910 joined Army in 1942.
Deb Beozzo’s father pictured above
Lt. Colonel Kathryn Ingram
Colonels Rick and Kristin Foerster
Colonel Rose Miller Afghanistan 2006
Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966
Phu Bai, Viet Nam
Mike Kichi USMC Sent by blog follower and friend and frequent commenter Toni Kichi
From Anne Hamilton- UK-
Charles Albert Kydd ” I thought Ruth might like the attached photo of my great uncle, the brother of my English grandmother (the one you met). Charles Albert Kydd was born in 1896. He went missing and I’ve also attached a document relating to this which I found in amongst my gran’s papers. Unfortunately I don’t know anything else – not even what regiment he was attached to.”
Thankfully he did survive the war and lived into old age!
To include those currently serving in the military This photo sent by Sally Nauer of her son’s unit (Jonathan Nauer) neighbors at Ft. Knox in the seventies
Uncle Harold “Butch” Hendricks (USN) My grandfather Floyd and grandmother Mary Alta and my father Roy J Hendricks
SIGNED INTO LAW MAY 26, 1954
Veterans Day. More than a day off from school. A day in November to honor all veterans- men and women in the military who have served. And the correct spelling “the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “ according to an article “Apostrophe Sparks Veterans Day Conundrum”. I had to look it up. WWII, on the left my father’s brother Alan Ray Hendricks who “observed his 28th bday by flying a bombing mission over Japanese-held Koror Island in a 7th AAF Liberator on which he is a gunner”.(old yellowed newspaper clipping) Received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Who do you know who has served? Scan and email a photo of a veteran you know , along with name and service and I will post a gallery of veterans.
Suzanne sent me her father-in-law and father and that sparked the idea. rutheh (at) gmail (dot) com
Lots of images came to mind.
Here is my gallery of descent.
Jet Blue making descent to Baltimore July 2014
How I love being the passenger with a camera in hand. My DIL was driving.
Low clouds and a truck making descent in WV enroute to Hardy VA
Down the slide at Idlewild Park -Michael, Erika and Maura
Grandson Jack coming down the Giant Slide at Idlewild Park
Mark climbing the deer stand in Centerline OHio
10-7-19 edit Looks like Ascent or ascending on the above photo Who knows what I was thinking or maybe he was climbing down?
Some random Skycoaster riders at Kennywood. Lots of screams
Anna diving into the pool at a swim meet. Descending into the water.
from a previous post – City Sidewalk -paper street steps- 2010 Garfield when I taught at Fort Pitt School
Durand, Illinois September 1, 1916
This Pink Toilet Waiting in the Snow was my post on January 29, 2010.
There wasn’t a single like clicked on it all those years ago. Was the “like” button feature not in place then? It’s there now with a big zero.
I used to see a lot of toilets in odd places when I’d drive to school. I guess in retirement I’m not driving around much in the early morning before garbage pick up. If you’ve followed me since the beginning you will remember this one, I know.
iPhone captures of the Wild Wonders Topiary Exhibit in Columbus Ohio. Franklin Park Conservatory.
Last night I was knitting the sleeves of Laura’s sweater, watching television and Steve came upstairs carrying the Schlumbergera-the species name of Christmas Cactus. He bought it a couple of weeks ago at Whole Foods. Christmas Cactus. It had bloomed. It had buds when he bought it. Flowering plants in winter appealed to him.
My mother kept a giant Sclumbergera, cascading out of a huge planter. She had a green thumb but that gene skipped me
(What a name for this pretty plant-Is a single one a Schlumberger?)
When he brought it to show me the pink blossoms, I was flooded with memories of my mother and how thrilled she was when hers bloomed. I “get it” now. I’m sure I barely paid attention to her enthusiasm then. Pang.
Do you ever go back and examine a series of photos you took, at least a decade ago? Maybe your camera was low-end or you didn’t have a perfect lens. The weather was gray.
When I look at New York Spring, I see my sister’s guidance and spotting cool things for me to photograph- help capture signage and scenes in her neighborhood, before they disappear. Signs. Lots of signs.
I try to keep the blog in Real Time but this is looking back and no, I’m not in NYC tonight.
I wonder what this job would be like? I wish I had purchased a wood carving but the one on display was so large. This is from a summer visit to Croatia. As I remember this village was in Istria but I can’t remember which one it was.
As I look at the yearly summary, I found that only four of the most hit upon posts out of the top ten were actually posted in 2011. I am not sure what this means except there are a lot of searches for disco balls, burnt almond torte, furry convention and city rooftops at night.
1. Wordpress sent out a report on my 2011 year in Blogging and my top post of the year was the one I posted for my son’s birthday. He’s a grown up man, married with four children of his own(see Zoo Lights post if you didn’t already) but when he was a little boy he had a wish that remained unfilled until last May. I can tell by his expression how surprised and delighted he was when he opened his gift. Sometimes parents can’t realize how important certain things are to a child and I certainly felt bad when I would hear occasionally how he ALWAYS wanted this Millennium Falcon but didn’t get it, usually when he and his brother were together and they reminisced about growing up.
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Thanks to Phil, who owns Where The Toys Are Canonsburg PA!
2. The second most viewed post this year is those furries that show up every year for a big furry convention in Pittsburgh. I just happened to stumble upon them when I was going to a gallery in a downtown hotel. This post was first posted in 2010 and yet it gets hits every week.
3. And the disco ball image. Go figure. Almost EVERY day someone hits on this disco ball/mirror ball reflection. I shot it at wedding (the couple now has a darling baby girl) and it looks retro but is not. Here is that image. Should I be concerned that some of my top hits are from different years than 2011? This is from 2009! Why do people search for “disco ball“?
4. And the next most popular every week is New York City Rooftops at Night.
This was posted in 2009 as well.
5. The Pug Guard Dog in a Shadyside store got linked and hit from Tina (Pug owner/lover) at Carrots ‘N’ Cake blog
6. Copy Cat Recipe for BurntAlmond Torte gets weekly hits and adds up to the 6th most hit upon for the year
7. The Bookshelf (most controversial on reddit.com) single most hit upon in one day over 18,000 hits!!!
9. The ninth most hit upon post in 2011 is a tribute to my cousin Lori Lynn Baur Meli. She touched a lot of lives as her name still comes up in searches. She fought a valiant battle with breast cancer. Her husband Fredi just became an American citizen recently.
10. The tenth most hit upon post from this year was