Saturday, November 16, 2013

Maine Muses






Recently I revisited the town where I grew up (Augusta, Maine).  The main reason for traveling there wasn't nostalgia, but rather a chance to spend time with my 89 year old dad and help him move into an assisted living apartment complex.  The visit was good, I'm really happy that he's in an appropriate living situation and that he enjoys where he is.  Being a long-distance family member (1,500 miles away) isn't always the easiest, even for someone who loves to travel.

The river shot is one taken in Augusta while walking along the railway trail that parallels the Kenebec River.  Much has changed...the passenger trains that used to run from Boston to Augusta no longer do. The tidal river that used to reek of pollution from the paper mill runs pure and has Atlantic salmon. And I have a long white beard and walked side by side with Lori, my wife of 40 years.  Who would have known?  Certainly not the young man who left to move to Madison, Wisconsin in 1972 and rarely looked back.

The second shot, the one I call "Moon Over Maine", was taken as I was standing in the parking lot of a restaurant/hotel after seeing my dad off for the evening.  He actually wanted to try something new and go to a Mexican restaurant.  The restaurant had been there for a couple decades, but he'd never gotten around to going there. As he doesn't like spicy food and doesn't eat rice, he ended up having a Gringo Burger and a Bud Lite.  The thing is, in spite of not being adventuresome with his taste buds, at 89 he tried a new setting and we all had a fantastic time.

All this goes to show that in spite of constantly seeking whatever is beyond your present horizon, you can go home again (at least for a visit).  It was a good trip, especially as it was combined with a faamily visit in Philadelphia. Photos of Philly were posted earlier.

Thank you for visiting.  Please feel free to stop by again sometime.  If you want to catch up on just my photos before my next blog post, you can always visit my Flickr page by following this link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jadedirishgryphon/

Until the next time, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.

Kerry

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dona Nobis Pacem/Give Us Peace



Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem/Give Us  Peace
Today, on November 4, I’m taking a detour from my usual blogging to Blog for Peace. Those of you reading this on my photography blogs might react with a, “He promised that he wouldn’t get political in his blog posts on this site”. If you read just a little further, you’ll discover that I have kept my promise.
“Peace”, in my mind, is not and should not be a political word. Peace is a time when people are not in conflict with one another, and treat each other as they’d like to be treated- with respect, dignity, and understanding. True peace does not concern itself with ideology, religion, gender, social class, nation of origin, sexual orientation, or any other way that is commonly used to divide people into “us” and “them” categories. Peace is how you and I relate to each other on a one-to-one basis. I understand that these words are extremely idealistic. I also understand that here are circumstances when peace can only be attained or held onto through non-peaceful struggle. Still, as I travel in my own country and in other parts of the world, it is clear to me that we have more similarities than differences. As individuals, we all have a strong desire for peace for ourselves and those we care about. It is imperative for our own survival that, to the greatest degree possible, we “give peace a chance”. There is no substitute for peace.
Would you like to be part of this peace initiative next year? If so, follow this link:
Peace,
Kerry