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VOTE HERE – for the 2017-18 One-Liner Wednesday Badge

Guaranteed, no Russian hackers in this election.

Linda G. Hill

It’s after midnight and all the entries for this year’s One-Liner Wednesday badge contest are in. We have some great badges to choose from this year–I have a feeling it’s going to be a close race.

Be sure to check out all the badges before you vote. Please note the descriptions I’ve given them: they’ll be what you vote for on the poll. Here they are:

Yellow Badge by Matt

Birds Flying by JoAnna

Prompt Tree by Lisa

Black and White by Allan

Birds on a Wire by Dan

I’m Up Here! by Maggie

I encourage the contestants and all their supporters to share their choices for best badge far and wide. Get all your friends to vote!

The poll will be available until Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at noon EST (GMT-5), so get your vote in while you can! The results will be posted Tuesday afternoon.

Best of luck…

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Hipstography Photo of the Day

Hipstography photo of the day 042917. One of my photos has been selected as the Photo of the Day over at Eric Rozen’s website:

If you have a desire to learn how to use the Hipstamatic app, or to improve your current Hipsta skills, I recommend a visit to Eric’s website. You will find a wealth of information about the app and examples of work by photographers from around the world who are much more skilled than yours truly.

I’m not where I want to be, but I’m not where I used to be. I am getting better everyday.

Thanks to Hipstamatic I have rediscovered my love of photography… —Eric Rozen


A Time To Remember


years ago today Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle took the fight to Japan by leading sixteen B-25 aircraft on a bombing raid over Tokyo. A little over 3 years later, two B-29 aircraft carrying a different kind of bomb flew over Japan days apart and put an end to the war.


years ago today Yosuke Yamahata, a Japanese Army photographer, died of cancer. It was most likely a result of exposure to the radiation that he unknowingly encountered while recording the destruction in Nagasaki following the atomic bomb dropped by the second bomber.

The dates and numbers still resonate with me. They form a mathematical tapestry

Nearly 800 Ballplayers …

Every now and then we need to check the rear-view mirror as we proceed into the future. The Baseball Bloggess does just that for us today.

The Baseball Bloggess

“[T]he war will be forgotten — and the generation that has grown up after us will be strange to us and push us aside. We will be superfluous even to ourselves, we will grow older, a few will adapt themselves, some others will merely submit, and most will be bewildered; — the years will pass by and in the end we shall fall into ruin.” ~ Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

I read the news today.

(Oh, boy.)

World War I Recruitment Poster. Public Domain, Library of Congress

And, it was not lost on me – or on anyone else, it seems – that Thursday marked the 100-year-anniversary of the United States’ entry into its first global war. World War I.

(These are the things we are meant to pause and think about once every hundred years or so.)

That war – “the war to end…

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Four For Four

Take what you need and pass along the rest:

Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history.
Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk. 
—J.C. Penny


How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are
willing to give up being a caterpillar
. —Trina Paulus


I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the
rest of your life as a champion. 
—Muhammad Ali


The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after
you fall. 
—Vince Lombardi

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