Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cherry Blossom Festival
Macon, Georgia

A view of the Blossoms on Oxford Circle, Macon, Georgia. We took the Cherry Blossom Festival Motor Coach Tour and learned a few things about Macon, Georgia that we had not heard before.
The Flower Child and His Bride attended the "Bed Races" on Cherry Street. Shown here is the entry by the Magnolia Street Mafia. They had the most spirit, but they were not the fastest.
The Pig in A Pit Bar-B-Que Cafe had the most colorful Bed. They performed quite well, but were beat out.
A scene from the Third Street Park, First Ever Lawn Mower Races. An interesting event to be sure. They did not perform the National Anthem or have a Military Jet Aircraft Fly-over, but it was the closest thing to a NASCAR Cup Race that has been run in Middle Georgia. A Fun Event.
Of course No Cherry Blossom Event is complete without someone modeling a fine selection of headgear. This model was very willing to have her picture taken. I suspect that she must have been the "Grand Marshall" of the First Ever Lawn Mower Races held in Macon.
The Flower Child and His Bride enjoyed our Saturday Activities of the Cherry Blossom Festival. We started the day with the "Pink Pancake Breakfast" cooked by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department. A lovely day to be certain.

Friday, March 28, 2008

West Bibb County, Georgia Beauty

The above images were taken when the Sun was just beginning to come through the morning haze. The overcast sky allowed the true color of the delightful gardens to be shown in vivid color. Enjoy the Spring here in Middle Georgia. Beauty abounds.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bibb County Challenge

Every few months the Flower Child conducts a Challenge Contest on this Blog. This one is entitled the "Bibb County Challenge" because the doors shown above are on a Building which is located in Bibb County, Georgia. You Do Not have to reside in Bibb County to enter this Challenge. If you can give the name of the Building or the Street Address in the Comments Section Below prior to April 8, 2008 you will be entertained to a free casual lunch hosted by the Flower Child. Therefore you must enter your answer no later than 2400 hours on April 7th, 2008. As with my other most recent challenges there will be no clues given. This one is very easy. As with the last Challenge which was the door to the Horne Law Group on Vineville Avenue in Macon, this one requires that you slow down and look about as you conduct your errands or social activities in Bibb County, Georgia.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter Sunrise Service at Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 23, 2008) Sailors congregate on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during an Easter sunrise service. Ronald Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 are conducting routine carrier operations.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Are You a Part of the Problem?
The United States, State Department recently had several individuals who are contract workers check out the files of the three Candidates for the Office of President of the United States of America. Each of these Candidates decried this looking at the passport files of themselves. Yet, may I remind you that each of these Candidates are currently serving as Senators in our very United States Congress!!!
When I the Flower Child was a very young scholar involved in acquiring an education I was informed that our United States Government was in place to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. We have three Branches of our Government - the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial. Each of these Branches is to be an effective Check and Balance on the other Branches.
All of this stated to simply point out that as serving members of the U. S. Senate, each of these Candidates could quite certainly be considered a part of the Problem. While you may think that this concept is not correct, let me remind my dear readers that whenever you are part of an organization and that organization has a problem, you are indeed part of the problem and you can also be a part of the solution. It would have been far more appropriate for each of these Candidates for our highest office to admit that there are problems; but that they would strive to at least help resolve the problem/s.
As I consider the candidates currently running for the Office of President and concurrently the vital position as "Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces," I feel compelled to expend my one vote for the person who will best serve the common good of all of our society here in the United States. We simply cannot enjoy life in this country if we are to be fearful of terrorist or terrorist activity.
In this regard, I am very grateful for the actions of former Presidents who worked very hard, and often under the cloke of secrecy to end our previous Wars. I think especially of the conclusion of World War II where our President had to unleash the power of the Atom Bomb. He did this for the common good of all of our society in the U. S. A. In fact most citizens in the World today will most likely agree that our President at the time of the Atom Bomb did this for the common good of all the peoples of the world.
I am grateful that our leaders way back then did not govern or command with the sole objective of being popular in the opinion polls. They simply did what was good and proper. I do not think that I could have ever learned how to talk in Japanese. I know that I could not do German, because I failed that in college.
Certainly something to consider. Rather than being part of the problem I would urge our current group of Presidential Candidates to become a part of the solution. It is not always easy to be a Leader, but we do expect our President to lead for the common good. That is all I have to say about that.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday - 2008

Today, March 23, 2008 in Middle Georgia. There was a gathering of the Family to celebrate Easter 2008. Prior to the Gala Dinner the First Annual Easter Rabbit Horse Shoe Game was played. The stakes were plastic orange carrots with a green top. The Horse Shoes were patterned after iron Horse Shoes, but featured plastic Rabbit Ears. It was a challenging series of Games. The Winner of the First Annual Easter Horse Shoe (Rabbit Ear) Game was my Son, shown here in the front of this picture. You may be wondering the Score which was 5-2 after a pre-determined period of time. We played this challenging game prior to Dinner so we could not play too long. After all everyone was ready to eat. This Game was such fun that I suspect that it will become an annual tradition.
A Blessed Day Indeed, even if I the Flower Child did not win the Game.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Why? Why? Why?
Throughout the lives of Children they are always asking their Parents, Why? Parents are often tired of this question. I know that as a Parent just a few years ago that I was often tired of trying to answer this question. Yet, if I was able to recall my own youth with any clarity, I am confident that I also asked my Parents the "Why" question quite often.
Which brings us to the real discussion in this Blog today. Why do Christians observe the period of "Lent" prior to Easter? Why is "Holy Week" so special. I will answer these questions from my own viewpoint as a Christian. I am not a born again Christian, because I was born into a Christian home and I never knew any better in my youth. As I reflect back, I am very thankful for this event in my own personal life.
I belong to a Church that observes Lent and Holy Week with great respect. I believe that I personally observe Lent and Holy Week; because it allows me to focus on the Great Gift that my Awesome God has given to me. I truly believe that God Send His Only Son, Jesus Christ to this Earth to Save Me and All Other Sinners. That stated, Lent and Holy Week are brief periods of time each year which allow me to reflect on this Great Gift from God. He loved me and all others so much that His Son Died for my Sins. Jesus Christ took my place. Of course this would all be very shallow if He had only Died for my Sins. The most important factor happens with the observance of Easter at the end of Holy Week. Without the Resurection of Jesus Christ after he claimed Victory over Satan, my Great Gift of Eternal Life With God in Heaven would be fiction. Because He rose again, after his death, my Salvation is sure. Of course, I must believe in God and also remember his great love for me. That to me is what Lent and Holy Week is all about. I have the opportunity to remember the Great Gift I have been given. This is what makes the celebration of Easter so great. After All, all believers have been commanded by Jesus Christ to "Remember!"

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Recent print media coverage indicates that the young people of Georgia are infected with Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). One article I was exposed to indicated that as many as twenty-five (25) percent of the young females from the ages of fifteen to twenty-two are carrying a Sexually Transmitted Disease or Diseases. What a Shame.
What is being done to reduce these high numbers? Or, maybe the question should be: What should have been done to reduce these high numbers?
We all know that it takes at least two individuals to conduct any activity that will result in a sexually transmitted disease. That stated, I wonder how many young males in this age group are transmitting these diseases. We often only hear about the females. What a shame. Therefore the Flower Child has several questions or concerns that I feel must be addressed:
  • Where do the parents of these young people fit into the equation? Have they discussed sexual activity with their young people? Have they addressed their moral code with their own children starting at the appropriate age? In view of some reports, this must start well before Middle School age.
  • Have the religious organizations that participate in Family Development discussed the need for Sex Education for their Members, adults and young people? We are all able to view the beautiful "Family Life Centers" that have become the focal point in the building programs of so many Church Organizations. Are they really focused on "Family Life?"
  • Finally, how is the public education establishment reacting and responding to this crisis. I can recall just a few years ago, about 20, when our own Bibb Board of Education actually felt that Sex Education was not appropriate in a School Setting. Well, that just may be the case, if in fact the Family and Church were doing their job.
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease/s and Teens having Babies is actually short changing the lives of so many of our Young Citizens!!!

With these concerns and comments in mind, I feel that it is very appropriate to address what we as a Society should be doing.

  • First of all we must admit we have a problem. That is the first step to problem resolution.
  • Secondly, we must all admit that we as adults actually know why were here in our lives. I am confident that we can all address our values to our young citizens. This of course must start in the Home.
  • We must not allow the permissive moral code which is openly displayed in our music, activities, our entertainment, etc. to continue. We can certainly block out the undesirable in our homes by using technology that our Electronic Entertainment Boxes have been fitted with.
  • We must be open and honest enough to allow, and yes, even encourage our respective religious organizations to provide wholesome, knowledgeable information to all members, young and old. Of course this education must be age appropriate. In this regard, parent/s know what is age appropriate for their own children. Of course, we must all actually admit that our own actions will be observed by your youth. Therefore we must actually be great role models for our Youth.
  • We as a Society must become involved in the education process of our Young People. We cannot simply throw up our hands and simply say that this is for someone else to do. We are all in this together.

In summary, we have everything to gain if we all enjoin each other to be more responsible in our own actions as we focus on what we each can do to help our Young Citizens grow and mature into productive citizens of our Great Country. We cannot simply overlook what is going on around us and hope for the better. We must actually become engaged in the development of our future citizens.

As I compose this message today I am often reminded of my own youth, well before the age of Television when I observed life from a Young Farm Boy perspective. My parents told us why the animals were conducting sexual activity. It was quite obvious when you saw a male boar jump a female sow and become locked together for a long period of time that something special was happening.

Additionally, we must all learn and also always be aware that we must appreciate each and every member of the human race. Females are not here for the pleasure of horny males and conversely, males are not here for the pleasure of young horny females. Yet we must also teach our Young Citizens that Sexual Activity is a Special Gift. With the pleasures of life, including sexual activity, there are consequences. We must realize that a casual moment of passion can result in terrible diseases. We must realize that a moment of passion can, and often does result in a teen-pregancy. Males and Females are required to produce a baby. Unfortunately, many males drop out of the picture once they have achieved their "fun." I have also read that many males in the twenties look to much younger females for their personal pleasure because these younger females may not yet be carrying diseases. So the spread of disease/s continues.

Rather a long post, but certainly something that we, each of us must consider and also become involved in.

Flowering Dogwood
The Scientific Name for this lovely looking tree is: Cornus florida. The Flower Child has lived in Wonderful Weatherby some sixteen years and enjoys the Flowering Dogwood Trees every Spring. They produce an abundance of beauty. As the Spring flush of Tea Olive Flowers and Daphne Odera fade away the Dogwood marches smartly into providing real Spring Beauty. Although the Azaleas are just beginning to open their lovely Spring Display, the Shrub or Tree this Week is the Dogwood, or should I say "Cornus florida?"
Take time to enjoy the Spring Beauty that abounds around you this Wonderful Spring, 2008.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Memorial Bench - Quilt Raffle

Quilt Raffle. The Vietnam Veterans of America - Middle Georgia Chapter # 443 is conducting a Fund Raiser to erect a Memorial Bench at Macon's Historic Fort Hawkins.

The Raffle Tickets are available at $1.00 each. The Quilt measures:

61 inches by 74 inches
The drawing for this quilt will be conducted at about 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Ticket buyers need not be present to win the quilt.
The Memorial Bench at Fort Hawkins will be set in place to Honor our Heros of the Vietnam Era.
Raffle Tickets will be on sale April 5 and April 6, 2008 at the Vietnam Veterans of America Booth at the Mulberry Street Craft Fair. For additional information please contact M. Lynch at (478) 785-1777.
The Flower Child is promoting this Raffle as a friend of the Heros who served our United States of America during the Vietnam era. Thank You!!!!!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Home Land

This picture was taken on Saturday, March 8, 2008 on Kale Avenue in Clayton County Iowa. To the right of this plowed out roadway is the Thiese Family Farm where the Flower Child grew up. Way back then it was a gravel road, but has been paved in recent years. So my dear readers, if you think you have difficult Winter Weather where ever you may be, think of this image and enjoy your situation.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Flower Child's Travels

A View of the Interior of Fort Sumter in the Charleston, South Carolina harbor. The Flower Child and some of his relatives from the Great Upper Mid-West have been touring Georgia and South Carolina for the past few day. This view clearly shows a unexploded projectile fired into Fort Sumter during the Civil War.

A view of the USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriots Point, South Carolina. This Museum Ship allowed everyone the opportunity to view first hand how U. S. Navy Sailors lived on board a Aircraft Carrier. The most interesting and also inspiring aspect of the visit to the USS Yorktown was the Congressional Medal of Honor Hall of Fame Display. This interactive display featured the Heroes of our United States of America. 3445 of our Nations Heroes have received this Medal, the highest medal our country bestows on our Heroes.