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but there's no shortage of irony.

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I flunked charm school.

So what.

Can't write anything.

= Jennifer =

Causing considerable consternation
to many fine folk since 1957

Pepper and me ... Seattle 1962

  

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= Jenny the Pirate =

Hoist The Colors

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I am a Blue Star Mother

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Insist on yourself; never imitate.

Your own gift you can present

every moment

with the cumulative force

of a whole life’s cultivation;

but of the adopted talent of another

you have only an extemporaneous

half possession.

That which each can do best,

none but his Maker can teach him.

= Ralph Waldo Emerson =

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Represent:

The Black Velvet Coat

In The Market, As It Were

 

 

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Columbia Cemetery

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American Cemetery

published by Kates-Boylston

A Pistol With One Shot

Ecstatically shooting everything in sight using my beloved Nikon D3100 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G prime lens.

Also capturing outrageous beauty left and right with my Nikon D7000 blissfully married to my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D AF prime glass. Don't be jeal.

And then there was the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f:3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom. We're done here.

Dying Is A Day Worth Living For

I am a taphophile

Word. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Great things are happening at

Find A Grave

If you don't believe me, click the pics.

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Dying is a wild night

and a new road.

Emily Dickinson

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REMEMBRANCE

When I am gone

Please remember me

 As a heartfelt laugh,

 As a tenderness.

 Hold fast to the image of me

When my soul was on fire,

The light of love shining

Through my eyes.

Remember me when I was singing

And seemed to know my way.

Remember always

When we were together

And time stood still.

Remember most not what I did,

Or who I was;

Oh please remember me

For what I always desired to be:

A smile on the face of God.

David Robert Brooks
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 Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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Keep To The Code

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You Want To Find This
The Promise Of Redemption

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I BELIEVED, AND THEREFORE HAVE I SPOKEN; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.

~ Ronald Reagan

Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Not Without My Effects

My Compass Works Fine

The Courage Of Our Hearts

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Daft Like Jack

 "I can name fingers and point names ..."

And We'll Sing It All The Time
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Easy On The Goods
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    starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, William Eythe
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    starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart, Evelyn Varden
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    starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Patricia Collinge, Henry Travers
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    starring Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Bruce Bennett, Ann Savage
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    starring Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano
  • Deep Water
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    starring Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Clare Crowhurst, Simon Crowhurst
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    starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark
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    starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Edgar Buchanan, Beulah Bondi
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    starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather
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    starring Gary Anthony Williams
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    starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
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    starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O'Neil, Alan Hale
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    starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Harry Lloyd, Anthony Head, Alexandra Roach
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    starring Peter Sallis, Anne Reid, Sally Lindsay, Melissa Collier, Sarah Laborde
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    starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck
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    starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland
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    starring Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Kevin Bacon
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    starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams
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    starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee, Ray Collins
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That Dog Is Never Going To Move

~ RIP JAVIER ~

1999-2016

Columbia's Finest Chihuahua

Simple. Easy To Remember.

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Tuesday
Aug312010

Shifting shadows

I feel like this post is another cop-out but in reality I've been wanting to show you these pictures for a few weeks.

And I really didn't do a blessed thing last weekend except watch Temple Grandin (good ... but who knew a movie about autism was at least half about cattle?) and I Am Legend (I hated the ending), and go to church and ... that's it.

Not exactly riveting blogging material.

And while I fully realize I'm Having A Thought Here isn't exactly War and Peace, I do have my standards.

But anyway, three or so weeks ago when I cruised the First Presbyterian grounds and cemetery in Columbia for the second time this summer -- on a scorching day, I might add -- I took lots of pictures that contained shadows.

I do so love shadows.

The way leaves leave a shadow on the things that they shade, and the sun's movement cuts sharp lines across buildings here and throws a lace pattern there.

It's enchanting and I wanted to share it with you so without further ado, I give you my shadows.

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Shadows on tombstones are so poignant.

Some cast their own shadow.

As do the fences that surround them.

And sometimes the stones themselves speak of shadows.

Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether. ~Song of Solomon 2:17~

Shadows dapple the adventurous roots of a crape myrtle.

Deep shadows on old brick are particularly dramatic.

And eventually I left the cemetery and walked down Main Street, where the shadows persisted.

Take time to marvel at a shadow today!

Monday
Aug302010

That's why they pay you the big bucks

I can't get enough of this commercial.

The capitalism! The conservatism! The candy!

Gonna buy some Haribo Gold-Bears for my grand-girls.

What say you this fine Monday?

Thursday
Aug262010

SkyWatch Friday: i thank You God for most this amazing


i thank You God for most this amazingday:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes


(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the day
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any -- lifted from the no
of all nothing -- human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?


(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

~ e. e. cummings ~


Wednesday
Aug252010

Two days with the tarheel babies, sho nuf

Been up North Carolina way with the grand young'uns.

Melanie, the oldest, was getting ready to start full-time (special needs) kindergarten on Wednesday.

So of course we had to go shopping for a few wardrobe necessities; a girl can't start school without something her Mamaw bought for her at Wal-Mart.

(My daughter had gotten her several new outfits and, truth, be told, Melly's closet is already groaning. We were just filling in a few blanks.)

When the clothes and accessories and supplies were arrayed on the bed for "showing off," you could hardly see the comforter underneath.

Monday night, Melly was rifling through all her new school clothes trying to figure out what to wear on the first day.

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She had a few too many dazzling choices.

Meanwhile, Allissa was up to all her old tricks as per usual. School, schmool. Being adorable is a full-time proposition too. Just ask anyone who's tried it.

On Tuesday Melly and her parrots had an appointment to see her classroom and meet her new teacher. Secrets were revealed.

When she got home, Melly headed straight for her dollbaby, who clearly needed comforting.

After supper on Tuesday, TG put in ninety minutes with the two yardbirds working educational puzzles, reviewing flashcards, and doing quite a bit of what he calls "teaching and training" ... sort of a Papaw version of Simon Sez.

It really took me back to when our kids were little. Thank heaven that's over. Where did we get the energy?

Wednesday morning at six thirty, this is how Allissa was turned out ... and she was staying home. These two are bonkers for getting dressed every morning. It's, like, an event.

Melly joined us on the porch (we were watching Javier check his many messages), all decked out for school. At my behest she modeled her shoe news. Lipstick red! I'm all about that.

Then the little student waited patiently on the stairs until Mommy said it was time to go. Want to know the truth? She was guarding her bin of school supplies lest any of us touch it/them.

We're growin' right on up, Mamaw. Blink and you'll miss it.

~HAPPY SCHOOL DAZE!~

Monday
Aug232010

Aiken to please

Over the weekend TG and I visited the mysteriously breathtaking Hopelands Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina.

I don't know as much as I should about the history of this place, except that it was once owned by the Iselin family.

All I know is, there's no fuss. You drive up to a free parking lot and get out of your car, and within a few feet it's as though you've stepped over a soft green portal into another world.

Nobody is selling anything; there are no gift shops and no concession stands. No tricked-out gimmicks to get your money.

Every time I have visited, there have only been a handful of other people besides me.

The concept is simple: fourteen acres given over to incredible nature, preternatural quiet, and otherworldly serenity.

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Speaking of nature, it was blistering hot as we traveled the fifty miles to Aiken.

blinding, blistering heat

The first thing you notice when you get to Hopelands is hundreds of live oaks and the relentless reaching of their long twisty branches.

shaded seating

 In fact, the walls cannot contain them.

walls can't contain them

There are also huge Deodar Cedars. Look at TG as he inspects the trunk of this one! Aren't those bare arms cute?

TG inspects a cedar trunk

There's a dollhouse where the Iselin children played, once upon a simpler time.

view from the doll house

Here's another shot of the wavy brick wall. I do so love it.

wavy brick wall

And I think you already know how I feel about wrought iron gates. These did not disappoint; there were actually at least half a dozen identical pairs. Maybe more. Most were invitingly open.

gorgeous gates

All the pathways are brick. Can you imagine the time it took to build them? And isn't this scene enchanting? Put cotton in your ears and you'll know how quiet it was.

(I crave a picture of myself wearing vintage Chanel couture, sipping from a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee, meandering on this path. I know; right? That's how my mind works. There's still time for you to get away.)

venerable live oaks

There is a beautiful plaque honoring Hope Goddard Iselin, who bequeathed Hopelands to Aiken. Don't you just love the word chatelaine? I do.

tribute to the chatelaine

So then we took a stroll down Aiken's Main Street and here are a few of the sights we saw. Years ago there were, like, forty-leven of these horses, all decorated differently, punctuating Aiken. They're life sized. At least I think they are. Aiken is a very horsey community.

Not for nothing but I remember a time in the late 20th century when this same type of artistic statement was made in Chicago, only the animal was animals were pigs. There were painted pigs everywhere you looked on the streets of the windy city, is what I'm trying to say.

painted horse

By the way there was one of those still hanging around Hopelands too. Name of Stonerside, for obvious reasons.

Stonerside

I heart this balcony in the branches. It's one of two adorning the top floor of a store called 3 Monkeys.

balcony in the branches

The wrought iron was charmingly ubiquitous and always seemed to be having a dialog with leaves.

wrought iron with leaves

How 'bout this clock? I would like one of those in my yard. Truly. Except it would say City of Jenny the Chatelaine.

tree-framed clock

This mural was interesting. Here the wrought iron formed a pediment that spanned the space between two buildings.

muraled fantasy

I took hundreds more pictures but I won't make you look at them now.

~HAPPY TUESDAY!~