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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
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Easy On The Goods
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    starring Geoffrey Canada, Michelle Rhee
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    starring Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Barry Fitzgerald, Rod Taylor
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    starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
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    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
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    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
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    starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather
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    Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
    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 Red Balloon
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    Stalag 17 (Special Collector's Edition)
    starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck
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    The Major and the Minor (Universal Cinema Classics)
    starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland
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    My Dog Skip
    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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    starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport
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    starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, John Loder
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~ RIP JAVIER ~

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Wednesday
Jun302010

The conformity of a nonconformist

Although it's been around for as long as mankind has been in existence, I remember when nonconformity became really really really popular.

As in, to be a nonconformist made you hip and with it and far out and cool, all of which you most certainly wanted to be. Groovy, man.

Beauty is always in style. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

It was when I was a kid.

With the '60s came the hippie generation and that was all about burning your draft card if you were a guy and burning your undergarments if you were a girl. 

It was about indulging in "free" love and taking drugs and tripping out to rock 'n roll music and telling your square parents where to get off.

It was about rebellion against God.

Changes Were Made And Not All For The Better

Girls went on the pill, forsaking chastity. Guys went on Herbal Essence shampoo, having forsaken haircuts.

Kids barely old enough to shave called out their social-drinking parents for suggesting it wasn't a good idea to smoke pot and drop acid.

Tasteful ornamentation is an art form. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

As an era it was about flying in the face of authority and making your own indelible stamp on society by refusing to look like and live like the over-thirty "establishment."

Supposedly.

If I had done any one of those things -- forget all of them -- I would've ended up in traction. Wearing a chastity belt. My parents would have seen to it.

Anita Bryant found out what it cost to speak out against a particular brand of sexual nonconformity. She lost her orange juice contract … and her career. Her very life was threatened because she believed in moral decency and traditional marriage.

Hindsight being the flawless thing that it is, we all know how well those attitudes and that gradual shift in social mores worked out. 

The drug culture was responsible for frying more brains than a million chicken legs at a gazillion church suppers.

Girls who shed their bras in 1968 now pack it all into eighty-five dollar Spanx and call it a business expense.

Guys who grew their hair to their shoulders and lit up their minds with hallucinogenic substances don't have anymore hair. Or in some cases, minds.

The rock 'n roll music caused more than hearing loss. There was also loss of virtue, loss of conscience, loss of innocence, loss of moral compass, and significant loss of personal hygiene.

Then As Now, Being Backward Could Get You Banned

Now if you speak out in favor of traditional marriage -- as in, existing solely between a man and a woman, as God, whose idea marriage was and is, ordained it -- you're the one labeled a  freak. And that's the nice way of putting it.

Back then it became a crime to pray in school. Now it's frowned upon to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Merely thinking about God in today's schools can get you fired or expelled. 

Sometimes it pays to come on strong. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Mention the Almighty's name and you're likely to be banished from distinctly impolite society, minus your pension or your transcripts.

Fifty-five MILLION unborn children have been slaughtered since abortion on demand became the "law of the land" in 1973.

So here we are nearly a half-century later and now, ironically, the nonconformists who started the whole thing get really mad if others choose not to conform with them.

Truth be known, the children -- and in some cases the grandchildren   -- of those original hippies are now driving the car. 

And you might want to get off the road.

Now, more people have tattoos than have driver's licenses, it seems. In summer when people wear less in the way of clothing, the areas of their bodies that are covered with ink is truly stupefying. Why? Why do that? 

Oh, honeychild! To be a nonconformist! Because you're just stupid if you conform. Not to mention narrow-minded. Judgmental. Bigoted. Moralistic. Extremist. A homophobe. A hater.

The Red-Headed Stepchild Of Corporate America

One of my adult daughters works for a major American corporation. She's been with them for five years -- ever since graduating from college -- and she is a valued employee.

My daughter is a beautiful young woman. She has a lovely figure and long chestnut-brown hair and laughing hazel eyes. She's also very smart and has a highly-defined sense of identity. She knows what she believes and why she believes it.

Well-planned details often carry the day. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

She is a fiscal and social conservative and let me just warn you, if you are a progressive liberal you might want to think twice before engaging my daughter in a conversation about politics. 

She reads voraciously and is a student of history. She knows what she's talking about. She can put it all into context for you and she's … shall we say, seldom at a loss for words. 

The darling has been a clothes horse practically since birth. I blame it on that first purple sleeper that just dripped with lace, and the way I gushed while complimenting her on how smashing she looked.

Most weekends find the girl shopping for bargains to augment her already substantial and stylish wardrobe.

For work she wears classic, feminine, seasonal, age-appropriate, modest, professional outfits. Just like she wears for church, or when we go out to dinner, or even just shopping for more outfits.

I think the way she dresses for work was at one time known as "business casual."

Even so, as much as they can get away with, people today seem to want to push the envelope when it comes to the "casual" part of that. Regrettably, it's become the way we do business.

As in, most people would wear jeans and old t-shirts with flip-flops on their feet to work every single day if their employers let them. And call that progress. 

Subsequently as far as company-wide "dress down" days go, they necessarily come with a directive about how far down you're actually allowed to dress.

(I once worked at a law firm where a certain paralegal -- a 40-ish mother of two -- wore her flannel pajama bottoms with a massive baseball jersey EVERY FRIDAY OF THE WORLD until the office manager told her to rethink the ensemble. By then my retinae were permanently damaged.)

Be Ultra-Casual Or You'll Be Ultra-Sorry

Recently the company where my daughter works announced there would be an "ultra-casual" week. 

(Yes … a whole week of "ultra casual." If contemplating that doesn't curdle your blood, you might be past help.)

Purity of line is essential. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

My daughter just smiled and dismissed the announcement. She wears light summer dresses in hot weather, and high heels. Her coral-painted toenails peek from strappy sandals and jute-wedged espadrilles. Her bare legs are tanned. 

She fixes her abundant clean hair all pretty and wears mascara and earrings and bangle bracelets. She smells good.

That's still okay; right? To dress like a woman and smell like a woman if you are in fact a woman? To outfit yourself commensurate with your gender? To go to work dressed like you're there to work and not to take an afternoon nap or wash the dog or pick cabbages or mow the back forty? Huh? Is it still okay to do that?

Apparently not.

Because as she sat MINDING HER OWN BUSINESS in the break room during "ultra casual" week, a male co-worker accosted and very nearly upbraided my daughter for the way she was dressed.

"Hey," began the ultra-casually garbed man, who sported shoulder-length hair and a scraggly beard a la Jesus in old Sunday School pictures, only less wonderful. "Don't you know it's ultra-casual week? Why are you dressed like that? We don't know who you are."

WE DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Oh yes he did say that.

We Know Who We Are But Do You Know Who You Are?

Also in the room at the time were several flagrantly homosexual men dressed in shorts so tight and so … short as to be grossly lewd.

(At work. Not at a "gay pride" parade but in the WORKPLACE.)

Classic equals classy. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

At work, where my daughter, who is a conservative Christian woman, was -- as were the others -- dressed exactly like what she is.

As in, there was nothing any more ambiguous about her mode of apparel than there was about the way the homosexual men and the Jesus dude were dressed.

And can you imagine the hue and cry -- not to mention a Federal lawsuit and likely involvement of the ACLU -- that would have commenced if she had taken any one of THEM to task over their attire?

The exact opposite of what was asserted is true: Those at work know all too well who she is. 

And some of them don't like it. 

They don't like it that my daughter refuses to conform with the nonconformists, who have now become the conformists.

Which is to say, in an absolute bumper crop of the most ironic of ironies, they don't like it that she's a nonconformist.

The worm has turned. It's now unforgivable to be a nonconformist if that to which you conform is decency and morality and purity and modesty and a traditional world view.

Someone coming to work dressed like what used to be identified as an ordinary human being, secure in their gender identity and possessed of enough self-respect to be a permanent fixture on the sartorial high road, eats at certain innards like ball bearings languishing in battery acid.

Grab The Maalox Because You're Going To Need It 

But see, we're not going to back down. My daughters aren't, and I'm not. We are conservative Christian women who enjoy being female and who are inordinately fond of fashion … and every time you see us, we'll be easily identifiable as such.

If that fact causes an uncomfortable knot to form in the prehensile tail of every liberal-brained, gender-bending, over-exposed, over-inked, under-barbered, style-challenged, fatally atavistic (non)conformist in America … so be it.

The old ways are still the best ways. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

But before you start (or finish) foaming at the mouth because I and mine happen to be so opinionated? It appears we're not alone.

I close with this quote from the July 2010 issue of Vogue:

I am woman; I am not girl. I do not emulate the pop-burlesque fashion stylings of Ke$ha or Katy Perry. I do not aspire to be passe morning-after chic, with bird's-nest hair and shredded leather leggings. No. Of Lana Turner and Barbara Stanwyck -- and Lena Horne -- I sing.

(Have you felt the smooth, snug tug of fine leather gloves being pulled on? Have you considered the rebellion, the nonconformity, inherent today in a Mamie Eisenhower knit suit? Have you worn a crinoline lately?)

Reader, if you're older than fourteen, fashion for fall 2010 offers more wearable options than it has in eons. Skirts fall back below mid-thigh. Designers are giving us dead-cool-but-still-practical streetwear uniforms for work or school. Black-with-black is totally back.

Can we get an "Amen" up in here?

Amen.

Wednesday
Jun302010

A sweet reunion

Thirty hours is a long time to a little kid ...

... and to a mommy and a daddy.

Aunt Erica begins saying goodbye to Allissa:

Melly knows something is afoot.

Rain, please go away! We want to swim once more today.

Tuesday
Jun292010

Melly and Lissy keep cool

Our eldest daughter, Stephanie, and her husband will celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary on June thirtieth.

We agreed to keep their girls overnight so that the lovebirds could have a trip to Charleston.

Aunt Audrey came from Knoxville to help out.

It was hot! So hot. You could have cooked catfish on the driveway.

First we tried a small playpark ... but trying turned to frying as the actual temperature rose to 100.

There was a slide, though ... and you know how tempting that is.

Aunt Audrey waited patiently at the bottom in case anybody developed a case of the willies about sliding down.

But of course nobody did! Develop a case of the willies, that is.

Melly enjoyed looking at the surrounding trees, plus there was a brackish stream which sat very still, baking in the heat.

The girls are fond of hanging out with their aunts. They have several aunts and it's all good, but Aunt Audrey is a favorite.

Somebody appeared to be telling somebody else a secret as they rested at the bottom of the slide.

Or maybe they were just deciding it was time to go home where there is a thing called air conditioning, and soft beds in which to take luxurious afternoon naps.

So after a siesta and a snack, the girls put on brand-new matching "baby suits" (Lissy's description) and we hit the pool! Before heading outside, Melanie modeled her new lime-green coverup.

Melly didn't used to like getting into the water but all of that has changed!

Aunt Audrey carted Melly around to help her get used to the very warm water.

She looks pensive here but Lissy had no qualms whatsoever.

Presently a float was launched and the sisters claimed it as their sailing vessel.

Aunt Audrey acted as a human rudder, steering the girls gently through the waves.

When she's not being a silly goose, Lissy appears deep in thought.

The clear float's green cup-like channels provided endless fun.

Melly enjoyed splashing and relaxing.

Melanie became "berry" enthusiastic about a Strawberry Shortcake inflated swimming ring her mother bought for her two years ago! She didn't like it back then but clearly she's changed her mind.

Eventually it was time to go inside and get baths. More swimming tomorrow!

On dry land once more, Lissy pulled a forlorn face.

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Don't you just love summer?

Sunday
Jun272010

Gated communities

Question:

When it comes to cemeteries and the plots within them, are the fences and gates intended to keep folks in or out?

Perhaps you can mull that while you look at my slideshow.

Happy Summer Monday!

Saturday
Jun262010

Sunday Scenes

I love to take pictures of churches and their grounds, and even the streets they sit on.

A few weeks ago I took these shots of Washington Street Methodist Church in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.

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Parking meters stand a few feet from on-street tombstones:

 

Old school, very cool, cast-iron (and mysteriously cracked) sidewalk-embedded signpost:

 

One of the church's early pastors founded a mission to South Carolina slaves:

 

A smallish obelisk marks the grave of eighteen-year-old Leon Senn:

 

Dappled shade decorates the all-brick building on the Marion Street side:

 

Leon's touching epitaph includes Scripture from the fourteenth verse of First Thessalonians chapter four:

 

Charming how the spires kiss the summer sky:

 

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Happy Sunday!