The Korean War Memorial

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The National Mall in Washington, D.C. is filled with monuments meant to inform and move. Of these, none personifies the humanity of war like the Korean War Memorial. It features nineteen stainless steel statues representing Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force members who served. At around seven feet tall, they are just slightly larger than life and look like they could step through the junipers and begin talking to you.

Look closely at the wall and you’ll see the reflections of those statues.

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The dedication stone summarizes the significance beautifully.

Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.

 

Still Waiting For Snow

This winter has been extremely mild. So mild, in fact, that we’ve hardly seen any snow. Everyone is ecstatic except for me.

Ohio is bleak and ugly in the winter time. Trees are stripped of leaves. The grass is dead and things are muddy because we’ve seen lots of rain in lieu of snow. It’s depressing.

Snow makes everything look pretty, as though the world has been tucked in for a long nap under a fluffy white blanket. One of my favorite pastimes is stomping around in it with my camera, trying to find new ways to make the trees and hills of my yard look fresh and new in pictures.

I also enjoy hiking in it.

And, of course, spending a quiet weekend cozied up with a book in a chair where I can glance up at the falling snow Is nice too.

We often have snow for Martin Luther King weekend so I was hopeful. Nope. More rain.

So I continue to wait. . .

Just a Cool Picture

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This is a close-up of details on a friend’s biplane. I love the color and the shapes and just think it’s a neat picture. If you’re an airplane enthusiast, it’s a 1929 Travel Air that he calls Ace and you can take a ride in it if you’re inclined. I rode in his other plane this summer and thought it was great! Read about that here!

Have a pleasant day, friends. And don’t forget to look closely for the beauty in the world around you. It’s there – you just have to see it!

Winter Hike

I am fortunate to live close to several Ohio State Parks but have struggled to get outside this winter. Rain, cold, early darkness, my busy life and occasional laziness have largely kept me inside.

This week I’ve been dying to breathe some fresh air and stretch my legs. There’s nothing like a hike to clear the mind and help reframe troubles into something better.

So I headed out to Old Mans Cave in the famed Hocking Hills yesterday. There were flurries in the air and it wasn’t quite thirty degrees but proper layers kept me warm enough. Unfortunately, the entire park was basically a sheet of ice. There’s no preparing for that.

I hiked about 2.25 miles and didn’t fall despite the fact I was wishing for ice skates most of the way.

It was a short hike but quite challenging and indescribably beautiful. I’m glad I went and was equally glad to get out safely.

People often say they don’t like winter hiking because of the cold and I’ll never understand that. Despite the cold and ice, yesterday’s hike was far more pleasant than the hot, humid ones of summer in Ohio.

If you’ve never done it, my advice is to layer up and plan to reward yourself with some pancakes afterward like I did!

This Is Why I Avoid This Store

A work project caused me to go into Hobby Lobby yesterday. My love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with this place usually keeps me away but I went and now I’m dissatisfied with things here at home.

A burning desire to start changing my home is currently simmering in my mind and soul. It’s funny because I ordinarily think my home is decorated nicely with the mixed bag of things I’ve collected over the years. Now it just seems disjointed and overwhelming. Funny how that happens!

To add insult to injury, I found this image in a magazine last night and now am jonesing for this chair. Doesn’t that leather look yummy?

Actually, I like everything about this room. Who would have thought to use a vintage cooler as an ottoman? Those stacked crates make a nice side table but also double as storage.

Perhaps I’ll move some things around this long weekend and try reinventing some of what I own. It’s a fun way to pass the time!

Christmas Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow did the world a great service by publishing his poem “Christmas Bells” which you likely know as “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.”

Merry Christmas, my friends.

Christmas Bells
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”