Veterans Day Tribute

 

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

Leonard Cohen

 

Joseph Anthony Wozniak

born in Brooklyn 7/4/1910 joined Army in 1942.

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In Laurenburg NC before Wayne Jr was born
Air Force, glider mechanic, Sgt. Wayne Loers Sr.

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WWII Veteran Robert S Hinkle in Agra, India , February 1945

Deb Beozzo’s father pictured above

 

Lt. Colonel Kathryn Ingram

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Colonels Rick and Kristin Foerster

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Colonel Rose Miller  Afghanistan 2006

Joanne Basden’s Father Top Left Corner

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966
Phu Bai, Viet Nam

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi
Quantico, VA 2011 Reunion TBS-4-66

Mike Kichi USMC   Sent by blog follower and friend and frequent commenter Toni Kichi

Martin H Cooper veteran World War II – European Theater –
(My friend and blog follower and fr
equent commenter Sue Reinfeld’s father)
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John E. Hilliard Troop Transport 194 Thank you JoyceThis was a project I started and it is incomplete.  I am hoping to receive more photographs of Veterans you know and love to add to the gallery.
Orville Lee,who served in France during WWII. Orv is the heart and soul of our weekly retired group we call CAB (Coffee and Bagels). I hear he has beaten his sons climbing a rock wall recently.

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

In Afghanistan, (Back in USA 2012)
“I hope you got the pictures of my favorite veterans – the first was my brother, Michael Cooper, who served in Vietnam in 1968” – contributed by Sue Reinfeld
Lt. Robert A. Bard, US Navy (22 yrs, 7 mos total service)

Email a photo of a veteran with name and information about service and I will add it to the gallery. rutheh at gmail dot comUncle Alan and familyMy Uncle Alan Ray Hendricks (USA)

Uncle Harold “Butch”  Hendricks (USN)  My grandfather Floyd and grandmother Mary Alta and my father Roy J Hendricks

and my son Mark
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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

Suzanne Colvin- “I’m attaching a photo of my dad, shot in Italy, where he served. His name was William Key (1921-2005); he was a Captain in the 5th Army in Italy.
Below are memorabilia from my son-in-law’s grandfather and father

James holds his wings

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JAMES’ MATERNAL GRANDFATHER

(GRANDSON  CHARLES’ GREAT GRANDFATHER)

CHARLES WADE EMIG  BORN: DEC 31, 1923 COSHOCTON, OH

Descent-the action of moving downward, dropping or falling

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: DESCENT

Lots of images came to mind.

The trick was digging around in the files and finding what I was envisioning for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent created by Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress.   Her example was excellent.

Here is my gallery of descent.

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Classic Bride Jessica descends spiral staircase at Mexican War Streets on the North Side, Pittsburgh
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The Duquesne Incline in descent
descent log ferris wheel
Idlewild Ferris Wheel ready to make descent

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Jet Blue making descent to Baltimore July 2014

descent truck

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

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Down the slide at Idlewild Park -Michael, Erika and Maura

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Grandson Jack coming down the Giant Slide at Idlewild Park

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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?

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Some random Skycoaster riders at Kennywood. Lots of screams

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Anna coming down off the obstacle course at the Ohio State Fair

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Anna diving into the pool at a swim meet. Descending into the water.

City Sidewalks Pittsburgh

from a previous post – City Sidewalk -paper street steps- 2010 Garfield when I taught at Fort Pitt School

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Grandson Michael in the log flume at Idlewild Park making their rapid descent

Throwback Thursday September 1916

Marian Van Sickle Robert E. Van Sickle John R. Van Sickle. My mother with the parasol and her brothers. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the twins are.

Durand, Illinois September 1, 1916

Throwback Thursday – January 29,2010

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.

The Schlumbergera Bloomed

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.

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Looking in the Archives 

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.

Signage and scenes from NYC





Woodcarver at Work in Croatia

People at Work series

 

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.

The Top Ten Hit Upon in 2011

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.

If you want to read the rest of the story click here                       

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!!!

8.  And the Tenth Street Bridge lit up at night for the Tom Cruise Movie

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

Open Letter to Shiny Buick Man

My new project for 2012 is Cardboard Me Travels.  Hope you will consider checking it out and subscribing to see where Flat Ruthie travels this year.  Read the about page to see how Flat Ruthie can come and visit YOU.

She Calls Me MIL Sometimes, I’ve Called Her DIL

In Virginia, holding Anna who will be 8 in a week.

Married to my eldest Mark, excellent mother to Anna, Michael, Jack and Maura, taking a break from being a NICU nurse while she drives the kids to swim practice and soccer and preschool and Brownies… (And best giver of treats and hugs to Murphy the Airedale.) Today’s her birthday.  She always calls me and updates me on the family happenings, asks for a recipe I made that she liked, threatens to buy me giant gnomes for my garden and an XXL sweatshirt with a cat AND an American Flag (for my 4th of July bday) combo on the front.  She is patient, loving and generous. Incredibly accepting, too!   She is good at Thank You notes  And just last week she hosted a wonderful shower for her sister-in-law & will be Laura’s Matron-of-Honor next month.  I was going to post a pic of the little ceramic Jack-o-Lantern she made in grade school(I keep it in the china cabinet) She was throwing it out years ago and I salvaged it from the trash heap but a clay pumpkin doesn’t illustrate her goodness and loveliness. Oh yes, I almost forgot. She gets me to stop wearing my shrunken cotton long sleeve tees that seem more like crop tops- Fashion consultant with much love! She’s the one who got me started shooting weddings and is still waiting for her percentage.   HBTY!  love, Ruthie