Year 2015 365 Photo Journey (May 4th – May May 17th)

Well, it’s been awhile, but here is fresh batch of pictures from a recent trip to Springfield, IL. Enjoy!

May 17th: Jesus as scientist (Springfield, IL)

May 17th: Jesus as scientist (Springfield, IL)

May 16th: New Capital Building (Springfield, IL)

May 16th: New Capital Building (Springfield, IL)

May 15th: New Capital Building (Springfield, IL)

May 15th: New Capital Building (Springfield, IL)

May 14th: New Capital Building (Springfield, IL)

May 14th: New Capital Building (Springfield, IL)

May 13th: Dems and Repubs Pub (Springfield, IL)

May 13th: Dems and Repubs Pub (Springfield, IL)

May 12th: Catholic statues (Springfield, IL)

May 12th: Catholic statues (Springfield, IL)

May 11th: Old capitol building and art fair (Springfield, IL)

May 11th: Old capitol building and art fair (Springfield, IL)

May 10th: Piano and Books (Springfield, IL)

May 10th: Piano and Books (Springfield, IL)

May 9th: Bookstore (Springfield, IL)

May 9th: Bookstore (Springfield, IL)

May 8th: Space Cat (sketch I made)

May 8th: Space Cat (sketch I made)

May 7th: Lincoln's Tomb (Springfield, IL)

May 7th: Lincoln’s Tomb (Springfield, IL)

May 6th: Table in coffee shop (Springfield, IL)

May 6th: Table in coffee shop (Springfield, IL)

May 5th: Lincoln's House (Springfield, IL)

May 5th: Lincoln’s House (Springfield, IL)

May 4th: Lincoln's Dog (Springfield, IL)

May 4th: Lincoln’s Dog (Springfield, IL)

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Quotes: All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is a heartbreaking and bleak novel that conveys the horrors of WWI, and indeed, war in general, to the modern reader. There are many beautifully written passages, some of which I will reproduce here now.

QUOTES FROM CHAPTER FIVE

We are two men, two minute sparks of life; outside is the night and the circle of death. We sit on the edge of it crouching in danger, the grease drips from our hands, in our hearts we are close to one another, and the hour is like the room: flecked over with the lights and shadows of our feelings cast by a quiet fire. What does he know of me or I of him? Formerly we should not have had a single thought in common—now we sit with a goose between us and feel in unison, are so intimate that we do not even speak.

Kropp feels it too: “It will go pretty hard with us all. But nobody at home seems to worry much about it. Two years of shells and bombs—a man won’t peel that off as easy as a sock.”

Albert expresses it: “The war has ruined us for everything.”

NOTE: If anyone wants to get a sense of what it must be like to return to normal life from war should read this book. Again:

We are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front


Year 2015 365 Photo Journey (Apr. 27th – May 3rd)

Well, May 2nd was the Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis. It also happened to be Free Comic Book Day, something I didn’t even know existed. Here are some pictures from that day. Enjoy.

May 3rd: Superheroes

May 3rd: Superheroes

May 3rd: Bicycles

May 3rd: Bicycles

May 2nd: Downtown Indianapolis on the circle

May 2nd: Downtown Indianapolis on the circle

May 1st: Inside Potbelly Sandwich Restaraunt

May 1st: Inside Potbelly Sandwich Restaraunt

May 1st: Superheroes

May 1st: Superheroes

April 30th: Superheroes

April 30th: Superheroes

April 29th: Canal

April 29th: Canal

April 28th: Me (somewhat sad and exhausted)

April 28th: Me (somewhat sad and exhausted)

April 28th: Mini Marathoners

April 28th: Mini Marathoners

April 27th: Woman giving out bananas after the Mini Marathon

April 27th: Woman giving out bananas after the Mini Marathon

April 27th: Start of the Mini Marathon

April 27th: Start of the Mini Marathon

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Year 2015 365 Photo Journey (Apr. 21st – Apr. 26th)

Well, I was unable to take any pictures last weekend. Sunday was sunny and a perfect day for pictures, and I had brought my camera, but forgot the memory card. Foiled! So, in lieu of content that you might actually find interesting, I present pictures of my cats! Enjoy!

April 26tht: Kitty and Doogie and an after-work nap.

April 26tht: Kitty and Doogie and an after-work nap.

April 25th: Doogie

April 25th: Doogie

April 24th: Doogie

April 24th: Doogie

April 23rd: Kitty

April 23rd: Kitty

April 22nd: Kitty with Mia in the background.

April 22nd: Kitty with Mia in the background.

April 21st: Kitty and Doogie and an after-work nap.

April 21st: Kitty and Doogie and an after-work nap.

365 Photo Journey

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Year 2015 365 Photo Journey (Apr. 13th – Apr. 20th)

Saturday was a beautiful day! Sunny and warm. I took my bike out for a spin for the first time this year and took some pictures. Here are the results of my exploits. Enjoy!

April 13th: Book Exchange (Urbana, IL)

April 13th: Book Exchange (Urbana, IL)

April 14th: Pretty house (Urbana, IL)

April 14th: Pretty house (Urbana, IL)

April 15th: Chinese Goose Bridge (Urbana, IL)

April 15th: Chinese Goose Bridge (Urbana, IL)

April 16th: Big Wires (Urbana, IL)

April 16th: Big Wires (Urbana, IL)

April 17th: Steel Sculpture (Urbana, IL)

April 17th: Steel Sculpture (Urbana, IL)

April 18th: University Building (Urbana, IL)

April 18th: University Building (Urbana, IL)

April 19th: Fountain (Urbana, IL)

April 19th: Fountain (Urbana, IL)

April 20th: Gooey Sculptures (Urbana, IL)

April 20th: Gooey Sculptures (Urbana, IL)

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Black Pudding

Currently, I’m reading All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. It’s a really great novel. It’s heartbreaking and bleak, and it conveys the horrors of WWI, and indeed, war in general, to the modern reader. There are many beautifully written passages, some of which I will reproduce here in my blog.

At any rate, at one point during the story, two German recruits beat up their boot camp sergeant, who was an unfair mean bastard, before heading off to the front. One of the recruits exclaims savagely after the beating, “Revenge is black pudding.”

Black Pudding

Black Pudding

The other recruit doesn’t know what that means. Black pudding is another name for blood sausage, which is made by cooking blood and filler long enough so that it congeals when cooled. What he meant by that was that revenge tastes good. There was no turning the other cheek in this character’s heart, that’s for sure.

I like the phrase.

And now for some quotes:

Outside the door I am aware of the darkness and the wind as a deliverance. I breathe as deep as I can, and feel the breeze in my face, warm and soft as never before. Thoughts of girls, of flowery meadows, of white clouds suddenly come into my head. My feet begin to move forward in my boots, I go quicker, I run. Soldiers pass by me, I hear their voices without understanding. The earth is streaming with forces which pour into me through the soles of my feet. The night crackles electrically, the front thunders like a concert of drums. My limbs move supplely, I feel my joints strong, I breathe the air deeply. The night lives, I live. I feel a hunger, greater than comes from the belly alone.

One more:

We march up, moody or good-tempered soldiers–we reach the zone where the front begins and become on the instant human animals.

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front


Year 2015 365 Photo Journey (Apr. 6th – Apr. 12th)

Hello, dear readers! Despite a glorious weekend weather-wise, and plenty of opportunities for picture taking, I simply came up a bit short. Consequently, I pulled out a few pics from the bin to fill out the week. Enjoy!

April 12th: Church in the rock

April 12th: Church in the rock (Sedona, AZ)

April 11th: Tightening the corset

April 11th: Tightening the corset (Sedona, AZ)

April 10th: Spring tree turning green

April 10th: Spring tree turning green (Urbana, IL)

April 9th: Tulip tree

April 9th: Tulip tree (near the Indianapolis Zoo)

April 8th: Naked woman watching over a prairie (Urbana, IL)

April 8th: Naked woman watching over a prairie (Urbana, IL)

April 7th: Furry Caterpillar

April 7th: Furry Caterpillar (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

April 6th: Indiana War Memorial

April 6th: Inside the Indiana War Memorial

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The Turkish Lady

Thomas Campbell (b. July 27th, 1777 d. June 15, 1844) was a Scottish poet. A line from his poem, The Turkish Lady, is quoted in Jane Eyre (Chapter 8 of Book Two). I rather like the poem, so I thought I’d reproduce it here.

‘Twas the hour when rites unholy
  Called each Paynim voice to prayer,
And the star that faded slowly
  Left to dews the freshened air.

Day her sultry fires had wasted,
  Calm and sweet the moonlight rose;
Ev’n a captive spirit tasted
  Half oblivion of his woes.

Then ’twas from an Emir’s palace
  Came an Eastern lady bright:
She, in spite of tyrants jealous,
  Saw and loved an English knight.

“Tell me, captive, why in anguish
  Foes have dragged thee here to dwell,
Where poor Christians as they languish
  Hear no sound of Sabbath bell ?”—

“’Twas on Transylvania’s Bannat,
  When the Crescent shone afar,
Like a pale disastrous planet
  O’er the purple tide of war—

In that day of desolation,
  Lady, I was captive made;
Bleeding for my Christian nation
  By the walls of high Belgrade.”

“Captive! could the brightest jewel
  From my turban set thee free?”
“Lady, no!—the gift were cruel,
  Ransomed, yet if reft of thee.

Say, fair princess! would it grieve thee
  Christian climes should we behold?”—
“Nay, bold knight! I would not leave thee
  Were thy ransom paid in gold!”

Now in Heaven’s blue expansion
  Rose the midnight star to view,
When to quit her father’s mansion
  Thrice she wept, and bade adieu!

“Fly we then, while none discover!
  Tyrant barks, in vain ye ride!”—
Soon at Rhodes the British lover
  Clasped his blooming Eastern bride.


Year 2015 365 Photo Journey (Mar. 30th – Apr. 5th)

Hello, dear readers! Well, Spring is truly underway, is it not? Warm weather and sunshine abound! O the joy. Here are some random shots for your viewing pleasure.

April 5th: Flowers.

April 5th: Flowers.

April 4th: Doxology Street.

April 4th: Doxology Street.

April 3rd: My Easter Basket.

April 3rd: My Easter Basket.

April 2nd: 4H Rabbit Agility.

April 2nd: 4H Rabbit Agility.

April 1st: Painting in Art Gallery in Urbana.

April 1st: Painting in Art Gallery in Urbana.

April 1st: Art Gallery in Urbana.

April 1st: Art Gallery in Urbana.

March 31st: Smoochie bares it all.

March 31st: Smoochie bares it all.

March 31st: Budding tree.

March 31st: Budding tree.

March 30th: Painting and items in my pockets.

March 30th: Painting and items in my pockets.

March 30th: The Last Chapter of Jane Eyre.

March 30th: The Last Chapter of Jane Eyre.

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Year 2015 365 Photo Journey (Mar. 22nd – Mar. 29th)

Hello, dear readers. Despite it being officially spring, the weather hasn’t followed suit. As a result, I haven’t been able to get out much. Nevertheless, I was able to manage a few shots. Enjoy!

March 22nd: Kitty drinks water from the water pot.

March 22nd: Kitty drinks water from the water pot.

March 23rd: Neon wall at night (Urbana, IL).

March 23rd: Neon wall at night (Urbana, IL).

March 24th: Neon wall at night (Urbana, IL).

March 24th: Neon wall at night (Urbana, IL).

March 25th: Pancakes and bacon.

March 25th: Pancakes and bacon.

March 26th: Mismatched socks.

March 26th: Mismatched socks.

March 27th: Unhappy wood sculpture.

March 27th: Unhappy wood sculpture.

March 28th: Mouser sleeping under a tree.

March 28th: Mouser sleeping under a tree.

March 29th: Strange creature painting.

March 29th: Strange creature painting.

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