Lucy, 2006 – 2018

Lucy, 12, died yesterday; she was a birthday present to my granddaughter from her parents when she turned four.   An Australian cattle dog, Lucy was rugged, very tough and built strong to withstand the hooves of stray cattle … but, very affectionate.  As a pup, she would nip at our heels or take our hands in her mouth and try to lead us … very annoying.

Very intelligent, Lucy was probably the smartest dog I ever knew.  She would look into your eyes and you felt like you were being psychoanalyzed.  She obeyed only her master, my son, but was very protective of all master’s family or guests.  At family gatherings, Lucy would spend the day guarding the perimeter; back yard, front yard, two blocks away, or in the lake.  Lucy would be constantly roaming from one “guest” to the other making sure of their safety, always “herding” and “reporting” back to her master.

When my son’s family traveled, Lucy would “stay” with me.  Her master told her to “stay” with me and she obeyed me while her master was gone.  But when she looked into my eye, I got the feeling she considered me second fiddle; i.e. she only obeyed me because her master told her too.  She knew it and I knew it.

Lucy was buried down at the lake, where she loved the free space to roam and “herd” to her heart’s content, even swim to herd the swimmers.  I will miss her.

Thought for the Day:  If there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go where they went.                                                                                                                       Will Rogers

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Learning to Count

Learning to Count

A bright young girl in Uduru Lutheran Parish’s preschool shows the teacher she can count to 100.  Located near Moshi, Tanzania, this typical preschool relies on the church, volunteers and donations to prepare their youngsters for primary school.

The four year old students were so quiet and patient, I marveled at the teacher’s control of the classroom.  Perhaps they were somewhat mesmerized by the white guy dressed in funny clothes with a big camera. I notice two of them had their hands still folded from the morning prayer.

Since this picture was taken, over two years ago, the number of preschool students has ballooned to over 40 … but, their facilities have not changed.   Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thought for the Day:  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.                                                                                                                                                             Ben Franklin

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July, 2018

Giggles and Grins

Fifty years ago this month, my wife and I were married.  For giggles and grins, our 15 year old granddaughter tried on the wedding dress in our back yard.  Her brother was not amused.

Thought for the Day:  If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.                                                                                                                        Groucho Marx

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July 4th

Wren House

Three years ago the grand kids painted bird house gourds on July 4th, while waiting for the fireworks.  All took them home but one; the 15 year old at the time, thought he was too old to hang a hand painted gourd in his back yard.

This year mother wren selected the lone gourd for her nest.  The gourd hangs from the roof covering the deck and is visible from the house’s picture window.  For two days we watched mom and dad wren shuttle back and forth bringing food in their beaks to the nest and leaving immediately to get more, sometimes arriving simultaneously.  Tirelessly, they worked from sun up to sun down to feed their brood.

Watching this spectacle was welcome relief from the 95 degree heat and 85% humidity.  We were sapped, but the little birds kept working.

Thought for the Day:  Without labor nothing prospers.                              Sophocles

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Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza

One family July 4th tradition that has evolved over the years is the fruit pizza resembling the American Flag.  It started long before 2014, I just couldn’t find the pictures.

Hope you enjoyed the Fourth.

Thought for the Day:  We have the right to express our pride in what our forefathers did, and our joy in the abundant greatness of this people.                                                                                                                                                     Theodore Roosevelt – July 4, 1903 speech

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America’s Pastime

9 year old shortstop

Baseball has long been called “America’s pastime”; it’s been popular since the mid- 1800’s. In this day and age of instant gratification, it is hard to understand the sustained popularity of a sport with so much down time between mere seconds of frenzied action.

The baseball season is over for this nine year old who loves the game.  Regardless of the score, win or lose, he’s always looking forward to the next game.

Yes, he snagged the ball and made a perfect throw to first base for the out.

Thought for the Day:  Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.                                                                                          Yogi Berra

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Holy Shrine

Holy Shrine

I’ve been working on low light shots.  Getting sharp focus is a challenge, and this one could certainly be improved.  More patience would help, taking the time to raise the mirror, zoom in and manually focus.  Practice, practice, practice.

This shrine can be seen from I-80 near Gretna, NE., and is open to the public.

Thought for the DayIt’s a funny thing, the more I practiced the luckier I got.                                                                                                                                       Arnold Palmer


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