Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Everyone knows that the Flower Child served in the United States Navy. While visiting a U. S. Navy Photo Website recently I ran across this image. A Sailor donating Whole Blood. This image brought back memories of when I first donated Blood. I also was in the Navy and our Ship was visiting Japan. One morning at quarters the word was passed that the local U. S. Navy Hospital was running a Blood Drive. Volunteers to donate blood would have the whole day off, after donating Blood of course. I donated and enjoyed liberty in Japan. Since that time, donating blood while in the Navy was for the Flower Child considered vampire liberty.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
The Flower Child does have several serious questions that he considers germane to the 2008 Presidential Campaign and he expects to hear the responses of the various candidates:
- What are you going to do regarding the number of illegal people currently living in the United States of America?
- What options will you exercise as "Commander in Chief" of our Armed Forces to bring the War on Terrorism to a rapid conclusion?
There are really no other factors to consider when selecting a President to lead our United States of America.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Then in the 1980s, Flower Child's Mother obtained this Nativity Scene from Leward Mills, in Elgin, Illinois and this has become a treasured Family Gift ever since.
During one of the first years of the new Millineum the Flower Child and his Bride were doing their Christmas Shopping and they found this Nativity Scene in a local Macon, Georgia shop at half price. The scroll in the front of the Christ Child simply states "Come Let Us Adore Him."
This Nativity Scene is quite simply, yet very powerful. It was given to us a a Gift. It also is a treasured part of the Christmas scene.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
This view allows you to see the glow and the top of the tree with lighting from the upper level balcony.
This image allows you to view the glow of the bows and lights with no other lights in the foyer. A lovely sight and a warm, inviting charm that certainly adds to the feelings of Christmas. All of this allows us to appreciate the Blessings that we enjoy. The Flower Child wishes everyone a Blessed Christmas.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
As the tradition of the Heisman Memorial Trophy grows with each passing year, the life of the man memorialized by the award fades into the annals of history. No one more thoroughly studied the dynamics of football, nor witnessed more closely the game's evolution, nor personally knew more immortals of the gridiron, nor effected more change in the game's development, than John W. Heisman.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, October 23, 1869, John William Heisman grew up on the oil fields of northwest Pennsylvania, in the town of Titusville. John Heisman's first football games were a hodgepodge of soccer/rugby. In 1887, at age 17, he left Titusville for Brown University where he played a form of club football with his class mates. After two years, in the fall of 1889, he transferred to Penn to pursue his law degree. Though outsized at 5'8" and 158lbs, he played varsity football for three years as guard, center, tackle, and, at times, end.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
This is a view of but one Christmas Arrangement completed by the members of Pine Ridge Garden Club in the Breakfast Room.
A Table Top arrangement by members of Pine Ridge Garden Club. There are nine other Garden Clubs that decorated the various rooms in the Garden Center. You are certainly encouraged to visit during the Open House Sunday afternoon, December 2nd.
Of course the "Flower Child" who is also a member of Pine Ridge Garden Club had to develope an arrangement. This one is on the top of a Hutch in the Breakfast Room. The foliage was from several members of Pine Ridge Garden Club.
Please note that this event is free and open to the public so plan now to attend this gala event and view for your self the Christmas Decorations created by the Members of the ten Garden Clubs that are part of the Federation. Refreshments will also be served.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
The Marker was Unveiled and Dedicated with appropriate Ceremony on Monday, November 12, 2007. Note the U. S. Military Veteran's Motorcycle Club Member. A large group from this organization was in attendance.
Friday, November 09, 2007
The Federated Garden Clubs of Macon, Inc.
Cordially invite you to attend the dedication of a
Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker
A tribute to all members, Past, Present and Future,
of the Armed Forces of the United States of America
Monday, November 12, 2007
At the Interstate 75 South Welcome Center/Rest Stop
Between Forsyth and Macon
Reception Following Dedication
Thursday, November 08, 2007
- 300 - The Number of Toddlers between the ages of 1 and 5 who drown each year in back yard pools or while swimming in the area of family and friends.
- 3467 - The Number of Teens who perish in Automobile Accidents
- 42,000 - The Number of Road Deaths caused by Automobile Accidents
- 44,000 - The Number of Citizens who died as a result of Alzheimer's Disease
Please note that these figures are for the United States of America. Admittedly, some of the figures are not for 2006 simply because such statistics are not current.
- 771 - The Number of Deaths as a result of Duty in Iraq during 2007 for our Heroes who are engaged in the War on Terrorism
I simply point out these figures to remind everyone that if your Family and Social Circle has not experienced any of these tragic deaths that when you gather around your Thanksgiving Dinner Table; that you should consider yourself Very Fortunate. Yes, Even Blessed.
For those Families that have been touched by a Death, they will go on, and Yes, with heavy hearts as they recall the loss of a Loved One.
Enjoy what you have today, because we never know what tomorrow will bring to us. I, the Flower Child am looking forward to Thanksgiving Dinner in the presence of Family and also Friends. I have been Well Blessed and also acknowledge that fact.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
I am sure that most of you know that the "Flower Child" is celebrating a new Granddaughter's arrival over a month ago. Her parents have, of course been busy, so I took it upon myself to rehab two metal rockers for the Front Porch of their Home. They were old and rusty, in addition to needing new fabric on the cushions. What you see in this image is the refurbished Rockers. They have not been delivered yet, so they are currently at the Home of Flower Child awaiting transport.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Image from the World Wide Web.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
A Confederate Rose Bloom
If you desire additional information on the lovely Confederate Rose which has many color stages please visit:
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
- Back during the days of my involvement with the U. S. Navy, a wise old Chief informed me when I was a tender Seaman that no Sailor had any business getting married until he had achieved the rank of E-5. I adhered to that statement, and it was still a challenge to provide for my young family.
- Needs (basics) and Wants are two entirely different sets of objectives when we consider what it takes to have a satisfying life. Consider for a brief moment, that we here in the United States of America have achieved the higher standard of living for our citizens than any large country on the Planet.
- The headlined article stated that one in five Americans in working families can not afford basic needs. We need better wages and mandates for employers to provide more and better benefits. A great concept, indeed.
- But before we rush out to implement more programs to enhance the lot of our one in five, maybe we should also consider why this has happened.
- Have these needly citizens prepared themselves for the "High End" employment opportunities that abound in our Land? Did they take their Primary and Secondary Education opportunities seriously?
- Just recently I read that a mere 28 percent of our Nation's Youth in the prime target age for military service are considered mentally/morally/physically qualified to defend our way of life. That is indeed a sad situation.
- I know that in my own life, that my Military Service allowed me to achieve greatness. After all, there are not enough Farms in Iowa for all the Farmer's Sons.
For those who may be concerned about my last statement above, I have greatness because I am satisfied with my lot in life. I have needs and they are being met. I have wants, but I have also learned to live within my means. My mantra in life has always been "To enjoy life." I am happy in my own skin. It is true that I could be more wealthy, I could be more well known; but in the end, I am happy in my own skin. Yes, I stated this fact twice. But I think you can appreciate what I mean.
I certainly feel that we, as a society have let our future citizens, our current students down. We must develop future generations that appreciate what they have and they must also learn that they are indeed responsible for their own future. I state this, not to detract from the importance of "Faith" and "Religion," to to clearly say that one must dedicate some time in their youth to preparing themselves for the dynamic future that is available to anyone who even attempts to do well.
We can not always rely on our good, old "Uncle Sam," to enable us forever. Those who are currently working to support our way of Government and our duly elected Leaders must carefully consider the impact of what they are currently doing. Basics, Needs and Wants will always be with us all. We must all learn what is really necessary and we must all learn what we can to achieve our goals. Ask anyone involved in Middle School and High School Sports about working hard to achieve goals. They, to a person will quickly inform you that preparation is essential to achieving greatness.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
- June 19, 2007 - Tuesday. Editorial Page of "The Telegraph" where the Editorial Page Editor, Mr. Charles Richardson publishes a column entitled "Stupid is that Stupid does." The column relates to an upcoming vote by the City Council of Macon, Georgia concerning the proposed Convention Hotel. A proposal that had been the subject of many months of activity.
- June 20, 2007 - Wednesday. Page 1, Headline in "The Telegraph" proclaiming "Council OKs Hotel Plan." 9 voted yes and 6 voted no.
- July 18, 2007 - Wednesday. Page 1, Headline in "The Telegraph" proclaiming "It's Reichert in a Landslide" announcing the winner of the Democrat Primary in the Macon Mayoral Race. Political pundits expoused a theory that the Hotel Issue may have wounded some of the candidates for Mayor and even some in the City Council races.
- August 15, 2007 - Wednesday. Page 1, Headline in "The Telegraph" proclaiming "Paris routs incumbent in runoff." Candidate Paris voted no to the Macon Convention Hotel Plan. Again political pundits suspect her vote may have helped her win the Ward IV, Post 1 seat.
In the meantime we have all heard the rumors that the Mayor of Macon may seek to win the Democrat nomination for the District 8, U. S. Congress seat currently held by a former Mayor of Macon, Mr. Jim Marshall.
- October 9, 2007 - Tuesday. The Mayor of Macon announces during a FOX Files TV broadcast on Channel 24 that he will not sign off on the Bonds required to allow the "Proposed Macon Convention Hotel" to be constructed.
- October 10, 2007 - Wednesday. The Mayor of Macon announces during a morning "News Talk" Show on AM-940 WMAC that he will not sign off on the Bond Issue for the Macon Convention Hotel because of the interest rates and/or the financial market considerations that are applicable at this time.
An interesting chain of events as we all hear of the latest developments concerning the "Macon Convention Hotel." So today, the Flower Child's question is: Is the famous column that simply stated: "Stupid is that Stupid does," finally achieving the impact that it should have received way back on June 19th, 2007?
As shocking as this news is, it finally appears that reason may be the scheme of things as the Mayor of Macon evaluates his potential to unseat Democrat Congressman, Mr. Jim Marshall. After all it is well known that our Nation's Lawmakers have funded the erection of a Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska. Is it possible that Macon's Mayor is considering the impact of erecting a Hotel which is at the wrong site and may not even be used because no one can even see it?
Politics is strange and the actions of candidates may be even stranger. All of that stated to simply point out that the right site and the right reasons may yet prevail and Macon, Georgia will be the winner with a fine looking "Convention Hotel" at the right site.
So, in Summary, "Is it possible that correct thinking is the order of the day?" The Flower Child sincerely hopes so.
Continue to Have a Great Day!!!!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The Judges Comments and Award Time!!!
Several recent Post by the Flower Child have focused on the bad things that we all hear about on a daily basis. Today's Post will feature some of the many good things that are happening in our Society which we very seldom read or hear about. This past weekend I attended the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia and focused on the good things that our Youth are participating in. As a young Iowa Farm Boy I was involved in 4-H which had the following as a motto: "To Make The Best Better!!!!" Therefore I am always interested in seeing what our young 4-H members are currently doing. The series of three pictures that are included in this post clearly display a wonderful and also newsworthy event.
I recall my own 4-H project days and quickly remember that in order to show any animal, you had to work with that project animal for at least six months before show day, so that you could display your skills in showmanship and also show the animal to the best possible advantage. There is a lot of grooming, feeding, discipline and love that goes into preparing any animal for show. The pictures above only show the results. Being ready for show and displaying your project with pride, showing the animal to the judge, with a group of your peers from around the State as was the case in the event I attended at the Georgia National Fair, and finally standing with great pride in the award lineup as the Judge carefully explained why you and your project were chosen to win an award.
In order for this to be even possible, the 4-H Member must be dedicated to the project, work long hours in preparation and finally possibly receive an award for the project. I am impressed with the logo on the back of the young person showing the goat in the final picture. This Young Girl from Wilcox County certainly embodies the concept of "Making the Best Better!!!" She is standing with pride and also displaying her animal project for the whole world to see. There must have been at least 400 people in the stands at this livestock judging arena to watch the various classes of Goats being judged.
We can all be proud of the future citizens that 4-H Club work is producing. Of course I could not be complete with this post if I did not mention the Future Farmers of America (FFA). As a High School Student, I was also involved in the FFA which also involved agriculture related projects, just like 4-H. At the High School level we were required to keep accurate records on our projects, as well as compose a project Story, just like a 4-H Club Project.
Not only do these Youth learn about themselves, they also learn to respect others and develop a deep appreciation for the animal projects that they work with each year.
It is always refreshing to enter post such as the above, rather than always discussing Crime