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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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Contributor to

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
  • Elements Series: Fire
    Elements Series: Fire
    by Peter Kater
  • Danny Wright Healer of Hearts
    Danny Wright Healer of Hearts
    by Danny Wright
  • Grace
    Grace
    Old World Records
  • The Hymns Collection (2 Disc Set)
    The Hymns Collection (2 Disc Set)
    Stone Angel Music, Inc.
  • Always Near - A Romantic Collection
    Always Near - A Romantic Collection
    Real Music
  • Copia
    Copia
    Temporary Residence Ltd.
  • The Poet: Romances for Cello
    The Poet: Romances for Cello
    Spring Hill Music
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall
    Narada Productions, Inc.
  • Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff
    Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff
    RCA
  • The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion
    The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion
    by William Voegeli
  • The Art of Memoir
    The Art of Memoir
    by Mary Karr
  • The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
    The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
    by Emily Dickinson
  • Among The Dead: My Years in The Port Mortuary
    Among The Dead: My Years in The Port Mortuary
    by John W. Harper
  • On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
    On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
    by William Zinsser
  • Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them
    Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them
    by Steven Milloy
  • The Amateur
    The Amateur
    by Edward Klein
  • Hating Jesus: The American Left's War on Christianity
    Hating Jesus: The American Left's War on Christianity
    by Matt Barber, Paul Hair
  • In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms
    In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms
    by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
  • Where Are They Buried (Revised and Updated): How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of the Famous, Infamous, and Noteworthy
    Where Are They Buried (Revised and Updated): How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of the Famous, Infamous, and Noteworthy
    by Tod Benoit
  • Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays
    Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays
    by Candace Savage
  • Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans
    Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans
    by John Marzluff Ph.D., Tony Angell
  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!
    Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!
    by Andrew Breitbart
  • 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative
    11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative
    by Paul Kengor
  • Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
    Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
    by Bernd Heinrich
  • Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits
    Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits
    by Matthew Rolston
  • Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt
    Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt
    by Todd Harra, Ken McKenzie
  • America's Steadfast Dream
    America's Steadfast Dream
    by E. Merrill Root
  • Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book
    Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book
    by Alexandra Day
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
    Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
    by Lynne Truss
  • The American Way of Death Revisited
    The American Way of Death Revisited
    by Jessica Mitford
  • In Six Days : Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation
    In Six Days : Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation
    Master Books
  • Architects of Ruin: How big government liberals wrecked the global economy---and how they will do it again if no one stops them
    Architects of Ruin: How big government liberals wrecked the global economy---and how they will do it again if no one stops them
    by Peter Schweizer
  • Grave Influence: 21 Radicals and Their Worldviews That Rule America From the Grave
    Grave Influence: 21 Radicals and Their Worldviews That Rule America From the Grave
    by Brannon Howse
  • Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: The Tragic Courtship and Marriage of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore
    Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: The Tragic Courtship and Marriage of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore
    by Eleanor Alexander
Easy On The Goods
  • Waiting for
    Waiting for "Superman"
    starring Geoffrey Canada, Michelle Rhee
  • The Catered Affair (Remastered)
    The Catered Affair (Remastered)
    starring Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Barry Fitzgerald, Rod Taylor
  • Bernie
    Bernie
    starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
  • Remember the Night
    Remember the Night
    starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Sterling Holloway
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
    The Ox-Bow Incident
    starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, William Eythe
  • The Bad Seed
    The Bad Seed
    starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart, Evelyn Varden
  • Shadow of a Doubt
    Shadow of a Doubt
    starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Patricia Collinge, Henry Travers
  • The More The Merrier
    The More The Merrier
    starring Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Bruce Bennett, Ann Savage
  • Act of Valor
    Act of Valor
    starring Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano
  • Deep Water
    Deep Water
    starring Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Clare Crowhurst, Simon Crowhurst
  • Sunset Boulevard
    Sunset Boulevard
    starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark
  • Penny Serenade
    Penny Serenade
    starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Edgar Buchanan, Beulah Bondi
  • Double Indemnity
    Double Indemnity
    starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather
  • Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
    Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
    starring Gary Anthony Williams
  • Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
    Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
    Passion River
  • It Happened One Night (Remastered Black & White)
    It Happened One Night (Remastered Black & White)
    starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
  • Stella Dallas
    Stella Dallas
    starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O'Neil, Alan Hale
  • The Iron Lady
    The Iron Lady
    starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Harry Lloyd, Anthony Head, Alexandra Roach
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection (4 Disc Set)
    Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection (4 Disc Set)
    starring Peter Sallis, Anne Reid, Sally Lindsay, Melissa Collier, Sarah Laborde
  • The Red Balloon (Released by Janus Films, in association with the Criterion Collection)
    The Red Balloon (Released by Janus Films, in association with the Criterion Collection)
    starring Red Balloon
  • Stalag 17 (Special Collector's Edition)
    Stalag 17 (Special Collector's Edition)
    starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck
  • The Major and the Minor (Universal Cinema Classics)
    The Major and the Minor (Universal Cinema Classics)
    starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland
  • My Dog Skip
    My Dog Skip
    starring Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Kevin Bacon
  • Sabrina
    Sabrina
    starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams
  • The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
    The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
    starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee, Ray Collins
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport
  • Now, Voyager (Keepcase)
    Now, Voyager (Keepcase)
    starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, John Loder
  • The Trip To Bountiful
    The Trip To Bountiful
  • Hold Back the Dawn [DVD] Charles Boyer; Olivia de Havilland; Paulette Goddard
    Hold Back the Dawn [DVD] Charles Boyer; Olivia de Havilland; Paulette Goddard
That Dog Is Never Going To Move

~ RIP JAVIER ~

1999-2016

Columbia's Finest Chihuahua

Simple. Easy To Remember.

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Thursday
Jul232015

Clouds allowed

Since two of my favorite things are clouds and rain, it's hard for me to think of my son Andrew being in a place that hardly ever sees any of either.

It's nothing but sun, sand, and blistering hot wind, in a relentless cycle.

In fact, he'd been in Qatar for weeks before seeing -- in the distance as he flew -- a buildup of clouds over the mountains of northern Afghanistan.

And he's up in the air nearly every day.

But last week, at last -- cloud cover.

And on the wing of the KC-135 Stratotanker, cruising high above those clouds over Iraq, was a McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle.

I don't know what's prettier: the clouds, the fighter jet, or the distinctive wing of the plane carrying my boy.

You decide.

God Bless America.

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Happy Thursday

 

Wednesday
Jul152015

Our happy place

Yesterday was the annual Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A.

That's the day when, if you make even a passing stab at impersonating a bovine unit, you get free food.

Thus, we had our dinner there.

(No; yours truly did not dress like a heifer so save yourself the effort of scrolling down quickly to see it. I eat cow and chicken, but not carbs -- so all I ingested was a supersized frosty-cold diet lemonade.)

Stephanie and the kids were in for a few days of swimming so we were a large, hungry, push-some-tables-together kind of group.

But we were only nine amongst hundreds of moovers and shakers thronging the CFA in West Columbia.

TG had bought the kids white t-shirts. Stephanie cut out black blobs from construction paper and attached them with masking tape circles.

It worked like a charm. Everybody had plenty and we even brought home leftovers.

The employees -- as always at Chick-fil-A -- were courteous, kind, patient, conscientious, attentive, cheerful, and efficient. And that was near the tail-end of what had to have been an exhausting day.

Booyah. Eat more chikin.

God bless America, especially the all-American traditional-values purveyors of fine fast food like Chick-fil-A.

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Happy Wednesday

Monday
Jul132015

Dagny :: A baker's dozen

Dagny turned one year old a whole month ago and I've yet to tell you about the extent to which we celebrated.

That's because a lot has happened in our fair state since then.

But now that Dagny is thirteen months old, I thought it high time to make amends.

Before reading further, you should know that we don't do over-the-top Pinterest-inspired birthday parties in our family. The most likely reason is that we're too lazy.

Even so, we weren't without a theme.

For her baby's party, Audrey wanted vibrant colors, flowers and butterflies. Happy things.

We found everything we needed -- except the cake, and Dagny's actual presents -- at the dollar store.

Audrey stylishly and cleverly mixed stripes with petals and polka-dots. The effect was innocent but bursting with life, just like Dagny.

She found bright flower cutouts strung on invisible line that we hung from the ceiling behind where the birthday girl would sit, to form a backdrop.

There were mylar balloons. A little kid cannot have a birthday party without mylar balloons.

Audrey skewered marshmallows onto bright-pink straws and dredged them through chocolate, then sprinkles.

I made pulled-pork barbecue and we had the usual sides.

Aunt Stephanie and the cousins came from North Carolina. My parents came from Greenville. Uncle Andrew, having deployed to Qatar a week earlier, texted his greetings.

It was hot. Mucho caliente.

Did I mention it was hot? All emotional events are made worse by ambient heat. Remember that.

The party got underway at around two in the afternoon with our meal, followed by presents, then cake and coffee.

Dagny received books and toys and beautiful outfits, accompanied by cards both homemade and store-bought.

Aunt "Fashionista" Erica gave her a pink hat, a sartorial expression of which Dagny appeared both duly enamored and faintly wary.

The ooohs and aaaahhhs went on for what seemed like hours. I was so hot.

Dagny truly didn't know what to make of all the fuss, although she seemed early on to have made peace with the attention she was getting.

Audrey had bought the baby an elaborate cupcake but Dag was clueless about that too. I guess she's never heard of a smash cake.

Allissa and Audrey, one on each side, took turns feeding fingerfuls of eye-wateringly sweet frosting to the Birthday Small-Fry until she was in a quasi-stupor.

As it should be.

Before all the celebrating got genuinely underway, I took some shots of Audrey and Dagny together. I call it pirate posterity.

The next day -- June fourteenth, Daggy's actual first birthday -- she wore her Birthday Girl badge to church.

That afternoon -- it remained awfully hot out, I am just saying -- Audrey and I managed a mini-shoot with the still-buoyant balloons and Dagny decked out in a pale-pink ballerina-decorated dress, a gift from me and TG.

The baby hammed it up with her balloons. She's always been a good sport when it comes to posing to have her picture made. Here's hoping that trend continues.

All events taken together were a curious mix of joyous and exhausting. When it was over, poor tender-hearted Audrey practically had to take to her bed. The emotional expenditure was nearly too much.

Ah, babies. To quote Melanie Wilkes: The happiest days are when babies come.

The second-happiest days have to be when we give our hearts, minds, and energies to marking -- with food, fun, and flourishes, with gifts and with our time -- another whole year in which we've had those babies to love.

In eleven months we'll do it all again. Until then, Happy Every Day to you, precious baby Dagny.

And that is all for now.

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Happy Monday ~ Happy Week

Friday
Jul102015

SkyWatch Friday :: Symbolism over substance

The Confederate battle flag as it appeared last evening on its final night beside the Confederate Soldier's Monument on the grounds of the South Carolina State House.

This beloved banner has proudly waved there for the last fifteen years, since it was brought down from the capitol dome on July 1, 2000.

This morning it was denied even this small space, forever.

But removing a flag for the sake of political correctness, stubbornly and blindly ignoring historical facts, won't make it true that racism -- a street that goes both ways all day long, my friends -- has been instantly eradicated from the hearts and minds of men.

Any more than the flag's presence on the South Carolina State House grounds stood for and promoted racism in the first place.

The politically-motivated decision to remove the flag is a textbook example of placing symbolism over substance -- a sorry basis for any action, even in the worst of circumstances and with the best of intentions.

God Bless America. Protect and preserve her from all enemies, foreign and domestic -- especially domestic.

Because trust me: Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but the next target of liberal progressives who have commandeered our government is the Star Spangled Banner -- symbol, according to many of them, of all oppression and imperialism that has existed globally since 1776.

May God continue to bless the Sovereign State of South Carolina and those of her people who seek His face.

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Happy Friday

Saturday
Jul042015

Here be dragons

In recent days there has been talk (I don't know how serious and I'm too lazy and/or disinterested to find out) of banning the movie Gone With the Wind.

You know. Because racist.

Fiddle dee dee. I've got nearly every frame memorized. Racy it may be but racist it ain't.

Funny but it's the Hollyweird crowd -- the ones responsible for the movie being made in the first place -- who are the most demented liberals of all. Many if not most of these overpaid narcissists would likely be on board with ridding society of the film that many if not most culturally literate people consider the greatest motion picture ever made.

Given their marching orders by the Democrat Party, they'd clasp arms and sway in a circle singing Kumbaya -- provided they were sober enough to stand -- while every last copy of Gone With the Wind (the movie) in every known media format was thrown on the fascist-fueled fire along with D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.

Then they'd snort a few lines and start tossing inconvenient reading materials onto the pyre, maybe starting with The Hiding Place by the late Holocaust survivor (and Christian) Corrie Ten Boom -- a book which, along with others like it, was banned late last year from at least one school in -- wait for it -- California.

I own a collectors' copy of GWTW (the book), with the coveted First Edition dust jacket. I read Margaret Mitchell's only novel cover-to-cover when I was a teenager.

A few years back, I and my daughters paid our respects at Margaret Mitchell's grave. If you're ever in downtown Atlanta, you can visit her too. She's in Historic Oakland Cemetery.

In addition, I've read the definitive biography of the author: Southern Daughter. If you want to understand the fascinating "smart set" of the interwar South -- as the book's cover observes, a class of people also gone with the wind -- this is the tome for you.

Thumbing through the book today just for kicks, I came across a Margaret Mitchell quote that made me laugh out loud.

On this Independence Day as so much of the only America I've ever known hangs in the balance, I wanted to share with you what the brilliant "Peggy" Mitchell thought of the motion picture industry, a smart set that she was convinced would have no interest in making her book into a film:

My innocent chickadees, do not lull yourseles into any sense of false security or think that you will emerge from any slight contact with the movies with all your sanity still with you ... as you know, I was in the trenches for four years, from Fort Sumter to Appomattox, fighting them off every day. They are very fine and charming people, but it is my belief that they originated on the planet Mars where atmospheric conditions are different and customs strange to us. They are attractive and incredible, and with no trouble at all, can drive normal people to frenzies.

As for the rest of the problems that beset us not just in the American South, but in its North, West, and East as well, and to quote Scarlett O'Hara herself:

I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.


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Happy Saturday ~ Happy Fourth of July ~ God Bless America