The Bad Boys of Summer

If you like baseball, and if you like documentaries, you might enjoy watching this video: Bad Boys of Summer. From the website: “Guards with semi-automatic assault rifles pace before the razor wire. Their eyes are trained on the men below: gangbangers, thieves, and murderers who converge on a dusty diamond inside the yard. A man who…

Here Comes the Sun

“In celebration of the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, space scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are topping each tower with a glittering solar candle. The “candles” are mirrors that the public can control through the Internet to make them swivel and tilt, flashing a glint of reflected sun like a lit…

New Feature

Harry, the dribblingpensioner, has helped me to add a page for translating this Blog. Look at Menu Bar, below the top photo, and on the far right side you will see Translation. Thank you, Harry, for your patience, knowledge and generosity. —Allan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create
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40 of the Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service. Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq (which he had volunteered for) just a few weeks before he was due to return home.

A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of these will make you weep.

Desmond Doss: The Conscientious Objector

Desmond Doss photo

“Desmond T. Doss, Sr., the only conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War II, has died. He was 87 years old.” Mr. Doss never liked being called a conscientious objector. He preferred the term, conscientious cooperator. Raised a Seventh-day Adventist, Mr. Doss did not believe in using a gun or…

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