Sunday, December 30, 2007

Guttenberg, Iowa
River Park Drive
Iowa Caucus - January 3, 2008

This Snow laden Street runs alongside the Mississippi River in Guttenberg, Iowa. The Jefferson Township Caucus will be held in the Dining Room of the local Hospital on Thursday, January 3rd, 2008. The Snow has been plowed out of the way as you can see here. Judging from the view here it is possible that the snow is three feet high alongside the Street.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

U. S. Navy Memories

The Flower Child served in the USS Ranger (CVA-61) from April 18, 1962 through July 18, 1964. During this tour of duty he advanced from Seaman Apprentice to Yeoman Third Class. Yeoman is a Navy Term for Administrative Assistant. During his Tour in Ranger the Flower Child worked in the Operations Office, Served a tour as a Mess Cook and also worked in the Air Intelligence Office. For those who may be interested the CVA designator means Aircraft Carrier - Attack. The USS Ranger was the first Carrier to deploy with the famed F-4 Phanthom Aircraft.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Donating Blood

In Early December the Flower Child donated whole Blood. The image above is of a Christmas Decoration that the Red Cross here in Middle Georgia gave to all donors in December of 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.

Flower Child's Magnolia
The Flower Child has been a member of the Middle Georgia Camera Club since September 1999. During that period of time he has learned some about digital photography. Additionally, he has learned to appreciate Black and White photography even more than before. Displayed here is the center section of a magnolia bloom with the vivid detail that has been enhanced with Elements Software.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Campaign 2007

As the 2007 Iowa Caucus Season draws to a rapid ending, the Flower Child is confident that a plethora of Campaign Motor Homes are rapidly crossing Iowa in search of yet another voter who will participate in the famed January 3rd Caucuses. You will notice that the Motor Home shown above does not have a candidates logo, which is my intent.

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

Christmas Lights 2007

San Diego, California. Christmas 2007. The USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) is decorated for Christmas as she rest pierside at the United States Naval Base. This ship is a Guided Missile Destroyer and is powered by gas turbine engines. The Flower Child was on the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32).
A Most Perfect Christmas

Christmas 1971. When Flower Child first came to Georgia he needed a small nativity scene for his mobile home in Jones County. He obtained this one at an arts and craft store on Shurling Drive in Macon, Georgia.
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.
All of these Nativity Scenes simply remind us that the real reason for Christmas is the Celebration of Jesus, Christ, the Savior of the World. There can be nothing more perfect than remembering the real reason for the season. We Celebrate and also realize that this side of Eternal Life, there is no such thing as a Perfect Christmas; although the Nativity Scenes we enjoy remind us all of what is yet to come. Peace and Joy through the Coming of Jesus Christ.
Thank You!!!

Monday, December 24, 2007

A Perfect Christmas
On December 23 I had the pleasure of attending "The Chancel Choirs of Vineville Presbyterian Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church" presentation of the Christmas portions of G. F. Handel's Messiah. The performance was grand and was enjoyed by the Flower Child and his Bride. There must have been 300 in attendance.
During my High School Years I developed a profound appreciation for this Masterpiece. The Mixed Chorus of the High School I attended performed the Messiah every year. There were 126 students in this small high school in rural Iowa, however there were 110 members in the Mixed Chorus. Our vocal music teacher always stated that she could teach anyone to sing. In that regard she did quite well. I have fond memories of thinking that some day I could be the First Tenor who would sing the opening to this great work. I always looked up to the lead First Tenor, who was one class ahead of me. Finally, in my Senior Year I had the opportunity to sing "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people" and the Air "Ev'ry valley shall be exalted." Since that time I have always enjoyed the performances of "The Messiah" wherever I was stationed or living.
I want to Thank the Members of both these Chancel Choirs here in Macon for this performance which certainly made Christmas 2007, perfect for the Flower Child.
Have a Blessed Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Food Cost - Continued
Just a few days ago I posted an article about Food Cost. I have it on good authority that land values in Iowa increased by more than 20 percent during the last year. The experts predict that this type of increases will continue as long as the demand for ethanol continues. Just think, in a few years we will have cheap energy and very expensive food. I, the Flower Child, suspect that soon there will be a major compromise on where we can drill for oil in our United States of America. Why, soon we may also be able to utilize the vast oil reserves that are known to be just off-shore of our United States of America.
In summary, as soon as enough people are hungary, just maybe those who are holding out on drilling here may be forced to change their mind. A refreshing thought, indeed.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Food Cost
Just last evening the Flower Child was viewing a major network news broadcast where he was informed that the cost of our "Daily Bread" was going up. WOW!!!!! This is real news. I suppose the next thing we will hear is how the farmers of America are getting even richer. One of my recent post here discussed the fact that energy cost are increasing. Farmers need to obtain energy to produce our food stuffs. Thus the cost of our food must increase to cover the cost of production. Besides that, the food distribution network needs to increase their rates to deliver our food stuffs to our local markets.
Yes, my friends, times are changing. What can we do about it. We can all cultivate victory gardens, just like our forbearers did during World War II. But then we must realize that the cost of fertilizer is also going up. So, how can we beat the system and keep our food cost low? Sorry, my friend, we are just going to have to change our lifestyles. We will not be able to have every want we desire fulfilled. We may have to focus on needs. Maybe we will have to cease being a throw away society, which is the mantra that far too many of us currently subscribe to.
In summary, I do not think that Kroger and Publix are getting any richer. I know that Farmers are not getting any richer. Can we blame the transportation and processing companies? I do not think so. I would humbly suggest that we need to remember that for many years, we have enjoyed the lowest cost of any industralized nation on Earth when it comes to expenditures for our food items. I sincerely think our time has come. We just may have to revise our priorities, if we want to continue to eat well.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Water and Fuel Concerns

Anyone who views the evening news knows that the citizens of North Georgia are facing a major water problem. Lake Lanier which has been the source of most of the water for citizens of Atlanta has been drying up. Recent rains have served to delay the day when there is no more water. Of course an abundance of Winter Rains will resolve the problem, but the future certainly is uncertain. I had thought of driving up to Lake Lanier from Middle Georgia, but I determined that the fuel required would stress my Christmas budget. Thus this image today. I am confident that you can ascertain that this is a sink. Of course there is no water in it. That stated, I must point out that while we here in Bibb County, Georgia have an abundance of water it is only because we rely on a lake filled with water pumped from a river. This system was constructed after the great Flood of 94 with major assistance from the Federal Government. We have a lot to be grateful for.
Now, regarding the topic of fuel, we must all be aware that 30 cents a gallon gasoline will never return to our shores here in the United States of America. I can recall when I was making $300.00 a month and gasoline was 30 cents. Based on this ratio, gasoline would have to cost $4.00 a gallon before I can gripe.
All of these facts stated to simply point out that we are indeed fortunate, however that does not eliminate the need for conservation of these precious natural resources. But then again, we must also be aware that we also need to explore our own natural resources in the United States of America. It is a fact that we are a user Society. I am confident we can also become a user Society using our own resources in a much more effective manner than we currently do. Of course such action will require a dedicated "Leadership" on the part of our Government and our Private Industries. A true partnership must be developed and everyone must learn how to work as a team. When I think about team work I think that we have failed each other greatly. Our duly elected leaders often are the stumbling blocks to internal exploration of our own natural resources. Now, please bear in mind that I am not promoting isolationalism, but merely pointing out that we can, and indeed should become more able to support our own energy and resource needs.
I know that this is a lot to think about and with Christmas being so close at hand it is difficult to even comprehend the needs that our Society will have in the future, but it is certainly something worthy of taking a few minutes to think about now, today.
Now, the Flower Child should sign off and proceed to "The Mall," to become a worthy shopper!!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Style Guru
Have the fashion experts, the style gurus or the decorators invaded your life yet? Today we will endeavor to banish some recent myths that I, the Flower Child have been exposed to in recent years.
Recently the painting of the walls in our home was a project. During the exploration of the plethora of colors available a statement was made that the down stairs powder room would also have to be redecorated. You simply can not paint all the rooms downstairs and not redo the powder room. That was about four years ago. The down stairs powder room has not been redone and the water closet still works as well as the sink. Everything is still functioning, even though all the rooms down stairs have been repainted.
I was recently advised that the counters in our kitchen need new granite surfaces in order to keep our home competitive in today's market. An excellent idea!!!!! Recent revelations in the media have indicated that granite is often the source of unwanted radon gases. I have also recently heard of "Radon Gas Measurement Equipment" that home owners can buy to ascertain if dangerous levels of this gas are in their homes. It sounds as if the Dangerous Gas Measurement Equipment manufacturers and the Granite Counter Suppliers are each supporting each other. So the question must be asked, "Why would I want or even desire a shiny new Granite Counter Top in my Kitchen, if I must also obtain a measurement instrument to ascertain if dangerous levels of radon were in my home?"
Now to be fair, I know that radon can be dangerous. That is why, during the process of acquiring my home here in West Bibb County, Georgia that I required that a vapor barrier be installed over the soil in the crawl space. So, I am now wondering why I would procure granite for the counter top so that I will now have the potential of radon emitting from the interior fittings of my home.
Besides, as most of you readers know, the Flower Child is an avid baker and cook. During my recent baking opportunities in our kitchen, the counter top served me well. It held the necessary equipment to produce six fruit cakes and six pumpkin cranberry breads. I enjoy cooking and baking. I have also been informed that granite, to continue to maintain it's new installation shine, will more than likely have to be sealed each year.
So Fashion Experts, Style Gurus and Decorators, I appreciate your concerns and your recommendations. But to be fair, please ply your trades in areas where fashion conscious two income families reside. The Flower Child is happy and anticipates continuing to enjoy a long, productive life without the unnecessary stress of paying for all of these updates simply to satisfy those who may think that Happiness can be purchased by having the latest upgrades..............
Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!
Joshua Cup

The Joshua Cup on Washington Avenue near College Street and just across the street from the famed Washington Library in Macon, Georgia.

During a recent WMAC "AM-940" Morning Radio Show the Flower Child won two Meals from Joshua Cup along with appropriate beverages. On December 12th the Flower Child and his Bride visited this friendly establishment to redeem the free meals. A plethora of choices and excellent food along with the friendly wait staff made the visit most worthwhile. Admittedly, we ate for free, but that consideration aside, it was a pleasant encounter. The Staff was appropriately dressed as you can see from this picture. Therefore, "Thank You."

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas 2007 in Macon, Georgia
The cards have been mailed and the Tree has been decorated. Here you see a partial view of the thirteen foot tall tree that adorns the foyer of our home. Several years ago we had a tree that was eighteen feet and six inches tall.

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

"A Powerful Witness"
Saturday, December 8, 2007. Dateline New York City, United States of America. As I watched ESPN and the 73rd Heisman presentation I, the Flower Child, was overcome with emotion. The program featured the four finalist for the 2007 Heisman Trophy. Each of the final four had a dynamic and power witness. Anyone of the four could and would have been a worthy and appropriate winner.
When Tim Tebow was announced as the Winner, the first Sophmore to ever do so, he proceeded to the podium and extended his gratitude to a host of people. Most importantly, he witnessed to the power of Jesus Christ in his life. WOW!!!!!! I thought. A young man winning a very prestigious award in the Sports World and he felt so free and confident to talk about his God. He stated that during his life he kept the following scheme which had always served him well:
1 His Faith
2 His Family
3 His Education
4 His Football
During an interview with Tim's Mom she indicated that when he was a youngester that they encouraged Tim to follow in the footsteps of a young Danny Wuerfell who won the coveted Heisman in 1996. Tim's Coach also stated that he studied game films for 7 to 8 hours on Sunday.
Tim Tebow will go down in the record books as a star in the History of Football. However, parents can certainly point their children, both boys and girls to Tim Tebow as a role model that they can emulate. Tim, just like Danny, and a host of others, can be proud of their accomplishments. What is so refreshing about Tim Tebow in 2007 is that he was so comfortable with openly stating his value systems. A confident young man.
For a bit of information concerning the Heisman Trophy and the individual who it is named after I include this:
"John W. Heisman"
An Innovator of the Game

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

Christmas in Macon - Open House

Every Christmas Season the Members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon, Georgia decorate their Headquarters at 730 College Street in Macon, Georgia. An Open house will be held on Sunday, December 2nd from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. The public is invited to attend this event. The Garden Center is a Neel Reid designed home and has been maintained for the past 50 years by the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon. Here you see members decorating the exterior entrance way.
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

Greetings. A Great Friend of "The Flower Child" is the auctioneer at this weekly event. It certainly represents a cross section of Small Town America. I accompanied my Friend several weeks ago to this event. It was fun and the food was great.
Red Cross Blood Donor Rewards

About five months ago when I gave blood I signed up for a reward prize. Then about three months ago I received a phone call that I should come to the Donor Center here in Macon to pick up my Harvard 12 in 1 Game Table. Well I picked it up and finally assembled it this past weekend. It is a fun table. I will continue to donate Whole Blood, but a nice prize once in a while is also nice.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

"I Am A Baptized Child of God"

Today the Flower Child has prepared three Banquet Tables for the Baptism Dinner of a Grandaughter.
The tables are set and the food service will be buffet style.
It is with great joy that I prepared this Banquet in Honor of this Child's Baptism. One more Baptized Child of God.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Blessed Thanksgiving 2007
As we prepare to enjoy our Annual Thanksgiving Feast, let us, each of us always remember why we Celebrate this Day. We have all certainly been well Blessed. Enjoy the Day and remember!!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Burning Bush

Officially known at "Euonymus Alatus" this shrub is a delight to behold every Fall. The leaves turn bright red. It does not retain these leaves over Winter, but the brilliant Fall Color more than makes up for this aspect of this delightful shrub.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Flower Child's Flowers

This Christmas Cactus adorns our Dining Room Table

One Yuletide Camellia

The Yuletide Camellia plants we have are in planters. There are two plants which have adorned our Front Door since the Fall of 1999. They always put on a show.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Flower Child's Fall Colors

A Lovely Looking Tree

Dog Wood Leaves and Berries

Burning Bush

Burning Bush

Another Lovely Tree

All the foliage in these five images was photographed in Flower Child's Gardens today at about 5:20 P.M. Enjoy!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Honoring All Who Served
Middle Georgia certainly had an abundance of activities to Honor our Veterans, those who Currently Serve and also appropriate Tributes to those who paid the ultimate price for our Freedoms this Veteran's Day, 2007.
The Southwest Magnet High School and Law Academy conducted a program on Monday, November 12th with a guest speaker and a delightful breakfast. The Students at Southwest certainly displayed great pride and confidence in their program. In addition to students at the Law Academy, the Air Force JROTC Unit and the Southwest Patriotic Band certainly represented themselves, their school, their respective families and their Community in an excellent manner. It was a pleasure to be invited to this event.
Later in the Morning, the Flower Child participated in the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon, Inc., Dedication of a Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker at the Macon, Georgia Welcome Center on Interstate 75. The Army Junior ROTC Color Guard from Central High School certainly represented themselves, their school, their respective families and their Community in an excellent manner. It was a pleasure to also witness this event.
In summary, a Great Veteran's Day for Flower Child. Thank You!!!
Veteran's Day 2007

The Department of Transportation and the Flower Child preparing the site for the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker at the Welcome Center/Rest Area on I-75 North of Macon, Georgia.

The Marker was put in place on November 7, 2007. Here you see the final check on alignment so that the Marker is level and also straight.

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.

The Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker Program was established after World War II by the National Garden Clubs. These Markers are displayed as a Tribute to those who have Served in the Military, those who are Serving and those who will Serve. This Marker was completed by the Garden Club Members of The Federated Garden Clubs of Macon, Inc., The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Garden Clubs of Georgia.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Veteran's Day Event
We all know that Veteran's Day is on November 11th, however it will be observed on Monday, November 12th this year. Please attend this event:

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
11:00 A.M.

At the Interstate 75 South Welcome Center/Rest Stop

Between Forsyth and Macon

Reception Following Dedication

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Love Nest!!!

Now that Fall will soon be turning to Winter it is appropriate to consider sleeping arrangements. While the Flower Child does not hibernate like a Bear, it is comforting to know that a quiet, peaceful and beautiful place awaits when one seeks the rest.

Today the Flower Child would like to share a few thoughts and concerns with you. As we all prepare and also look forward to Thanksgiving Dinner 2007 with Family and Friends I think that it is appropriate and also quite proper to remember those who have not been so fortunate.
  • 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

We Are Boy Scouts of America
This evening as I was moving plants into the garage because of the impending cold wave I looked into the breakfast room and observed two young boys showing literature to my Bride. I went to the back door and inquired of the visitors as to who they were.
I received an immediate answer. "We are boy Scouts of America." They were both very confident and I quickly determined that they were selling Pop Corn. Needless to say I was impressed with these two young Scouts. Of course my Bride ordered Pop Corn. These boys certainly represented their respective Families and their Scout Troup very well. I also learned that they were a part of Troop Number 222. The Central Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America can certainly take pride on how these two boys reflected the Scout Movement.
Raegan's Rockers

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

A Great Saturday
The Iowa Hawkeye's Won. Georgia Won and finally, Navy beat Notre Dame. Can the Flower Child who was a former Iowa citizen now living in Georgia and a Navy veteran desire a more perfect Saturday? No!!!!!!
Of course the high point of the day was when Navy and Notre Dame played three overtime periods and the final score was Navy 46, Notre Dame 44. A dynamic end to a game that had been previously won by Notre Dame for the past 43 years.

Friday, November 02, 2007

"Agreement; harmony of minds, consent or concurrence of opinions or wills.
Recent events here in Macon, Georgia clearly demonstrate that there is a great divide among the local population. May the Flower Child suggest that rather than look for differences, that we focus on what unites us all. During my years in the local labor force I learned that there are but a few people in each economic level, each social level and in each ethnic group who dwell on the bad and the ugly.
For the most part, all of us focus on what is good; which is, as far as I am concerned the one thing we should all do. As the definition of Accord, printed above clearly demonstrates.
As most of you know, "The Flower Child" has been there and done that and can now enjoy life. This did not happen because "The Flower Child" avoided his peers, no matter their creed, race or social/economic background. I have experienced and also enjoyed a life that allowed me to travel the world and associate with many peoples. I have experienced and also enjoyed my life in a military career, employment at a local Nursing Home, and finally a local factory.
Did I ever make any mistakes? Yes!!!! But I can assure you that I do know what the word "accord" means. I hope to focus on the good things that happen around me, rather than dwell on the bad.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween 2007

The Flower Child is ready. Enjoy Halloween 2007. Hope to see you this evening. Have a Great Day and Evening.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

United States Navy History
October 29, 1814. The first steam powered ship for the U.S Navy was launched. You will note from the above image that they also equipped this vessel with sails, just in case. The Flower Child thought you would like to know this bit of Navy History. As you may note from the scale on the base of the picture, this vessel was about 150 feet long.
Image from the World Wide Web.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Flower Child's Delightful Gardens

A Yellow-Orange Angel Trumpet

A Pink Angel Trumpet

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

Fall 2007

The Flower Child finally got around to the proper seasonal decor for his home in West Bibb County, Georgia.

Friday, October 19, 2007

"Many in U.S. can't afford basics"
This was a headline on page 10C of "The Telegraph" here in Macon, Georgia this past Monday, October 15th. A few comments and observations from the Flower Child appear to be in order and also appropriate.
  • 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

What Is Great About America?
Forty-three 4-H club members made home made Ice Cream during the Noon Hour today at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. Here you have the opportunity to see about one-third of the contestants. Each participating member developed their own recipe for the Ice Cream. After the Ice Cream was frozen the contestants raised their hand to signal the Judge to obtain an evaluation sample. After that each contestant was free to hand out samples of their product to the people watching this fun contest. The Flower Child sampled about twenty of the great Ice Cream recipies and enjoyed every one of them. I am just glad that I did not have to be the Judge. A great opportunity to witness great kids in action in a worthwhile project. Each contestant was very proud of their Ice Cream and was most happy to give out Samples. My personal "Well Done" to each of these 4-H Members.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Macon, Georgia Convention Hotel. A time worn topic to be sure. Recent datelines:
  • 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!!!!

A Middle Georgia Challenge

Where are these symbols/plaques in Middle Georgia. If you think you know, please leave your answer as a comment to this Post. As you know, the Flower Child actually participates in providing the Lunch Event to the person/persons who get the correct answer. Of course, your comment is dated and timed as to when you reply so it is quite easy to ascertain who submitted the earliest correct answer. In order to win this challenge, you must post the correct answer for each of the images posted above.
The Winner will participate in a free Lunch at either "Five Guys - Burgers and Fries" or "The Pig in The Pit."
Life - A Joyous Journey
We all know and realize that Life is often filled with challenges and some events are disappointments. With that stated, today the Flower Child would like to take some time and relate that when one considers the total spectrum of life for any one person, that there is always room to be content.
On October 2nd, a child was born in Dublin, Georgia. She is the Grandaughter of the Flower Child and was anticipated. The Flower Child was at the Hospital as the day of birth unfolded. At 3:56 P.M. this lovely looking girl was delivered. She was able to go home with her Mother and Father on Thursday, October 4th along with her Grandmother. On Friday, the Flower Child traveled to Dublin to again visit this new child, as well as pick up the new Grandmother. As I entered the home it really hit me. This child is real and her parents even have a car seat in the back of their Car. I walked past this car as I entered the house. Even though I was at the Hospital on the day of birth, and I saw this Baby, it was really brought home to me when I walked past this car with the Child Seat. This is for real.
Thus the Title of this Post. Life - A Joyous Journey. When I reflect on the total spectrum of my life there have been far many more joyful days than bad days. It all depends on how one looks at the total time frame. The span of a lifetime here on this Planet is but a Nano-Second when compared to the total spectrum of time that will unfold in eternity. A Joyful Journey indeed. I have had the good fortune to have lived during some very exciting times in my brief time on this Planet. What a Joyful Blessing!! Thank You!!!!!
Life - A Joyful Journey!!!!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

In The Show Ring!!!

Developing Future Citizens

Waiting for the Show Ring!!!!

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