Travel Photographs: Cemeteries

I’m sorting through my travel photographs, getting them organized into some semblance of chronological order, and came across some pictures I took of various tombstones in different cemeteries. As a child, I would go to the library and check out books, then ride my bicycle to the goat farm, or to the main cemetery – there were three in all – and sit behind one of the biggest tombstones to read. For me, it was a place to be around people who weren’t bothered by my presence, and who wouldn’t bother me.

Cemeteries, to me, are peaceful and serene places. I also think that it would be nicer if trees were planted in memory of people. Still, the artwork of tombstones, and the tales they tell, are fascinating.

Kudos to the Governors

Kudos to all in the green…thank you for your courage, inspiration, love, compassion, and humanity. I am proud of both my home state, and the state where I spent my formative years and will always hold a special place in my heart: Washington and Alaska. Kudos to the entire West Coast for standing up for what is right!

Ferguson, Missouri: One Year Later

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It’s been one year since Michael Brown was murdered in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Some pictures of weekend events have been posted below, as people take time to reflect. From the Huffington Post:

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, will be marked with a somber march and a moment of silence.

The march late Sunday morning begins at the site where Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. A grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice declined to prosecute Wilson, who resigned in November, but the shooting touched off a national “Black Lives Matter” movement. After the moment of silence, a service commemorating the anniversary is planned at a Ferguson church. The events are among several this weekend in Ferguson and nearby St. Louis.

Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., led a parade involving several hundred people on Saturday. Brown said his family is still grieving, but he believes his son’s legacy can be seen in the increased awareness of police shootings, and renewed skepticism when officers describe their side of events leading up to those shootings. Some people who marched in the Saturday parade wore T-shirts with likenesses of Brown or messages such as “Please stop killing us” or “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” which became a rallying cry during the sometimes-violent protests that followed the shooting a year ago.

Some carried signs or wore shirts commemorating others who have been killed in confrontations with police. But the focus of the weekend is largely on Brown, who graduated from high school weeks before the shooting and planned to go to trade school to study to become a heating and air conditioning technician.

We all want to be treated decently and with respect. We continue to peacefully call for more to be done in demilitarizing the police force. We still want answers and justice for Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Christian Taylor, and many, many others.

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Happy 90th birthday Mr President

Sunday Scenery…5th July 2015

Some soothing Sunday scenery, right outside my home…

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Friday song: “Peace Train” – Yusuf Islam, f.k.a. Cat Stevens

The New Year approaches – 2012.  Many new things happened for me at the end of this year, and those changes will continue into the next year.  It’s mountain-moving time.  Enjoy the music…

Yusuf Islam (f.k.a. Cat Stevens) – “Peace Train

Now I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun
Oh I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it’s going to come
Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again
Now I’ve been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun
Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Oooooh-ah, Eeeyah-ooooah
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the peace train
Oooooh-ah, Eeeyah-ooooah
Come on now peace train
Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
Cause it’s getting nearer, it soon will be with you
Now come and join the living, it’s not so far from you
And it’s getting nearer, soon it will all be true
Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Oooooh-ah, Eeeyah-ooooah
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the peace train
Oooooh-ah, Eeeyah-ooooah
Come on now peace train
Now I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can’t we live in bliss
Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again
(Chorus)

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