This trophy once represented the very pinnacle of American pride, ingenuity, and sportsmanship — the America’s Cup sailboat race. At one time, it represented the longest winning streak in the history of all sports, as it was successfully defended by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) for 126-years — from 1857 to 1983. Continue Reading →
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The boatyard of the marina we used to keep our boat at was filled with abandoned vessels of all types — large sailboats, little sailboats, houseboats, powerboats of various sizes, wooden boats, fiberglass boats, and steel-hulled boats. Many had a faded “For Sale” sign on them, but had never been purchased. All of them were slowly rotting in place… victims of obvious neglect and unforgiving weather conditions.
I don’t know how many were eventually declared officially abandoned by the State, chopped into pieces by the marina, and disposed of — but it was a large number. And each one was once the dream of someone.
It’s hard to believe, but this pastoral scene was once the epicenter of a pivotal battle of the American Civil War — Pickett’s Charge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This is the viewpoint of the Confederates, looking toward the Union lines — a hard-fought contest that resulted in a decisive defeat for the South (with over 50 percent casualties) and effectively signaled the beginning to end for them, as they never fully recovered from their losses here.
While the total casualties at Gettysburg over a three-day period were appalling for both sides (23,049 for the Union and well over 23,000 for the Confederates), it still didn’t match the one-day total for both sides at Antietam, just 9-months prior to the battle here and which remains the bloodiest day in US history.
From a trip a couple of summers ago.
This was shot shortly after the extensive renovation and restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC. It had been slowly falling into disrepair for decades, but now is in spectacular condition.
I wonder how many people think that a church should only be a church?
To me a church is just like any other structure built with human hands… it may have been constructed with a specific use in mind, but it should still be useful later when it has outlived the purpose for which it was designed. This is one of those buildings; it started as a church, over time it lost the support of its parish community, and is now the storage facility of a local farmer.
Is this a bad thing?
I’ve seen other examples where churches have been turned into restaurants, homes, coffee houses, libraries, or a variety of other uses — and time-and-again I witness people that take issue with this. Why? How is a church different from any other building that has ever been re-purposed?
I don’t get it.
Every time I do background checking for a new post, I discover something new and interesting — like azaleas are highly toxic and that bees are deliberately fed on the nectar of azaleas in some parts of Turkey to produce something known as “mad honey“, which has mind-altering properties that are occasionally lethal.
The fruit trees are now blooming and some — like our local peaches — will have edible harvests in just another 8 weeks. We are normally able to buy our first white peaches of the year around July 4th, so things are beginning to pick up!