Thursday, September 29, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.
But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting...
One of the horses is blind.
His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in.
This alone is pretty amazing.
But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field.
Attached to the horse's halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.
As you stand and watch these two friends you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray.
When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect. Or because we have problems or challenges.
He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.
Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.
There are some shocking and some nostalgic pictures of our illustrious past.
La Plaza, as seen from the Pico House. Pueblo Los Angeles, c. 1869
Slave auction place, c. 1870
Burnt District Coffee House in Chicago after the Fire, 1871. Chicago entrepreneurs quickly reacted to establish or reestablish businesses in the fire district.
Hanging of a stagecoach robber in Texas, c. 1890-1900
Chinatown Squad of the San Francisco Police Department posing with sledge hammers and axes in front of August Pistolesi’s grocery store at 752 Washington Street, 1895. They were specialized in opium dens and gambling rooms and their method was simple.
Opium den in San Francisco, 1900
Alice Huyler Ramsey (November 11, 1886 – September 10, 1983), the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast, 1909. Only 152 miles out of the total 3600-mile trip were made on paved road.
North American native Chilocco Indian Agricultural School basketball team in 1909. Originally, the swastika is a sign of good fortune.
A horse-drawn fire engine of Engine No. 39 leaving Fire Headquarters at 157 East 67th Street for the last time after being replaced with a motorized fire engine, New York City, February 19, 1912.
Lawn mowers of the White House grounds, 1918
Motorcycle chariots, 1920s
Log motor home by Wade, 1922
Log motor home by Wade, interior
Neighbors of Japanese origin were already unwanted in some neighborhoods in 1923
Three friends take a joyride on their ‘new’ vehicle, Ohio, c. 1924
North American native switchboard operator, 1925
Workers lay bricks to pave 28th Street in Manhattan, 1930
Drive-In restaurant on West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles,1932
Coney Island, NY, 1940
A life guard and a doctor attempt to save a swimmers life on Coney Island Beach, 1940. The woman in the center chose the worst moment for a smile.
Victure Mature (my favorite "B" actor ever), Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth (both 30 at the time) meet at a movie premier in London. October 1956
Elvis Presley joins the Army, 1958
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev eating a hot dog in Des Moines, Iowa, on which he commented “It’s excellent… we make good sausages but yours are better”, 1959
Couple and friend being abused in a restaurant for the latter being black, USA, 1963
Minoru Yamasaki (right) posing with a model of the World Trade Center he designed, 1964
Portrait of hockey goalie Terry Sawchuk before face masks became standard in 1966
In 1967, challenging the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer, at the time a headstrong 20-year-old junior at Syracuse University, entered the race. Two miles in, a race official tried to physically remove her from the competition.
Arnold Schwarzenegger on his first time in New York, 1968
New York City sidewalks filled with trash during the 1968 strike of sanitation workers.
US President Richard Nixon jumps down from the trunk of a limousine which carried him and Pakistani President Yahya Khan (left, background) in a motorcade to Government House after Nixon’s arrival in Lahore on August 1, 1969
Children play a game on the Xerox Alto, one of the first personal computers with a graphic user interface, 1973.Its monitor was switchable between portrait and landscape mode.
Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City, 1963
Barack Obama posing with a group of friends that called themselves the Choom Gang, Hawaii, c. 1979. Choom was slang for smoking marijuana
President Carter with engineers and solar panels newly installed on the White House, 1979. President Reagan had them removed in 1986, to be reinstalled by President Obama in 2010
Robin Williams joins the stunning women of the Denver Broncos’ Pony Express as pro football’s first male cheerleader and prances before 70,000 cheering fans in Denver’s Mile High Stadium.
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan posing with clay soldiers at the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 1984
John Travolta takes Princess Diana for a dance in the White House, 1985