Just the other day a few of us were pondering some of the unknown. We were theorizing about how many times we might have met someone who was in relatively close proximity to us, but a connection was never made. Implied in this thread was the change in our lives that might have occurred had we actually met that certain individual. What impact might they have had on our lives?
A tangent to this line of thinking is how many close calls we might have had in life, but never knew because they never actually happened. Waiting an additional two seconds at a red light might have prevented us from being the victim of a reckless driver or perhaps getting on a subway a stop or two after someone with a disease coughed wildly and spread sickening germs might have spared us an illness. We will never know of course, but it is something to contemplate.
Making this episode was a joy, but naturally took forever to find shots that paired up. Sifting through hours of people’s Super8 and 16mm home videos was one of the sweetest wisftully painful pleasures I’ve ever had. If you ever get tired of what the world has come to, browse around on Vimeo for old movies like this. Even just the soft grainy color of the film stock will make your heart ache.
John Sebastion and the Lovin’ Spoonful recorded the song Younger Generation and one of the lines in the song is:
“And still he’ll stick his finger in the fan.”
I always interpreted that line to mean that no matter what you tell someone, they often need to learn for themselves. Over the years, I have seen this validated numerous times via news stories and accounts of individuals who have done things without thinking them through.
Unfortunately, many people arrive at our national parks and because they might serve Peet’s Coffee in the snack bar, and there are souvenir shops and stores with sundries for purchase, there is a tendency to forget that these are wild places that CAN be dangerous.
This is brought home by signs like the one above. On this day, I did not witness anyone in the fast-flowing water, but I may have more to share about this topic in a later post.
Visitors need to be educated that while we need wild spaces to experience nature completely, cautions must be taken; heed the signs and warnings!
Do you have a question about our visit to Yosemite? Ask it in the comment section.
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Every once in a while a tale appears about a kindred spirit of one sort or another. This is a true story about a dog who had a rough start in life, but had a need for friendship. He was full of wanderlust and was hard to keep home. Although he apparently loved his adopted family, his heart was much bigger than that and he had more to share with everyone.
Every day for more than a decade, Bruno walked four miles to a nearby town where he made regularly scheduled stops and visited with as many people as he could.
Watch the heartwarming video below for more of the details about how Bruno became a home town hero!
Trey Ratcliff, proponent of HDR photography and photographic pioneer has produced yet another beautiful and stunning piece of art. This time, however it is a video.
These moving pictures have a mystic and often ethereal quality to them because of the choice of music juxtaposed with the words of Alan Watts. You can’t help but ponder the meaning of life, death and existence while watching and carefully listening.
I found myself replaying parts of the video so I could better understand the words.
NOTE – Some of the words are hard to understand in places, but the images are superb and inspirational.
Thank you Trey!
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Perhaps this is why Mark Twain suggested that if, given a chance, he would choose a dog over a person. Loyalty is a hard commodity to earn, but this animal was dedicated to his owner. It was sad that the owner was never to return because of his untimely demise.
“The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.” – Mark Twain
Did you ever hear the story ofHachi (Hachikō)? Hachi is held up as the prime example of loyalty and the Japanese have built a statue to salute his dedication and loyalty. We saw it when we visited Tokyo!
When I first heard of the book, A Higher Call by Adam Makos, Larry Alexander, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this book. War time stories don’t appeal to me too much, but I did enjoy the book Unbroken, the WW II story of Louis Zamperini, another WW II pilot risking his life in Japan written by Laura Hillenbrand.
After realizing that this book was quite a hit on the NY Times Best Seller List, I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad that I did. Franz Stigler, the German ace pilot, exhibited a humanity beyond belief. This book is a tribute to him and to all acts of chivalry and heroism during times of war. There are undoubtedly many stories that will never get to be told so let’s celebrate this one and recognize the glory of true courage and conviction.
The title and subtitle of the book: A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II says it all.
The videos below will give you a sense of the book, but cannot not replace it.
If you want a slightly different take on the story, you can watch the next video below with many different photos and clips.
While these videos provide some of the story, as usual, the book is much, much better! If you like history or stories with heroes, this book is a very good read. I can recommend it without reservation. Read some reviews and more about the book at the goodreads website.