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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.

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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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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

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Tuesday
Jun192018

Four with a flourish. And fish.

Our Dagny has had a birthday. Last Thursday she turned four.

To mark the occasion, we had long planned a trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Our thinking was that Dagny has plenty of clothes and toys and other possessions (although we did buy her one more church dress), and is now old enough to appreciate and remember an experience.

So it was that TG and Audrey and Dagny and I set out for Atlanta over the weekend before the actual birthday.

We'd bought our tickets in advance and were thrilled at the prospect of getting up close to aquatic animals such as sea lions and otters and dolphins and penguins and so forth and so on.

We stayed at a Drury Inn, which, in addition to comfortable and well-appointed rooms, features free breakfasts and dinners. Since we are chow hounds, this was a big draw.

(Dagny liked the elevator, which she consistently called the lift. She talks like a Brit.)

And when I say breakfast I mean breakfast: as in, eggs and sausage, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, grits, donuts, hot and cold cereal, made-to-order Belgian waffles, juices and coffee. All delicious and in abundance.

As for dinner, on the evening of our arrival there were soups and salad items, baked potatoes, and hot dogs. If you wanted something more substantial, there were warm soft tortillas with grilled chicken, black beans, spanish rice, and sour cream, plus nacho chips with hot melty cheese.

Also there was theater-style popcorn and fountain soft drinks any time you fancied that type of between-meals treat.

What say you to that? No need to go out to eat, and we didn't. I imagine it would get old if one were to face the same fare day after day for any length of time, but for a few days it was enjoyable.

Having rested well and after a fantastic breakfast on our only full day in Atlanta, we set out for the aquarium. Some accounts claim the Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world; I doubt that but I'm pretty sure it's among the top three.

From a central area that seems to occupy acres, one traipses off down convoluted corridors crammed with million-gallon tanks stuffed with fish and various other exotic marine creatures.

I was fascinated with the sting rays.

At least I think that's what those are. There were manta rays too but I don't believe I took a picture of one. They look different at the front of their body. 

The important thing to remember is that they are spooky looking. Like rubbery flying saucer-y things fluttering through the water scaring everything in their path.

At the same time, their underside resembles a goofy, friendly face.

God has a sense of humor. But then, we already knew that, having seen the platypus.

If there were platypuses at the Georgia Aquarium, we missed them. But there was significant sea turtle action.

Click to embiggen these larger pictures.

I'm pretty sure this tank holds more than six million gallons of water.

That's so that major players like this whale shark have room to navigate.

Speaking of which, look at these weird fish. The one seemed to be nosing the other one into that corner and denying him the right to swim away.

Not very neighborly. Or maybe a touch too neighborly. Either way, they freaked me out.

Dagny was duly dazzled by it all.

We saw SCUBA-geared divers working in the multi-million-gallon tanks.

The neon-colored small fish seemed to relish the divers' visit.

Jellyfish were showing off in nonconformist fashion as usual.

They got their wires crossed but never seemed to mind.

Starfish lounge all over one another when they're not plastering themselves to the glass.

And this is a seadragon.

Haaaaaahahaha. He's not content to copy all the others either. I admire his attitude.

We took a break. Dagny and Papaw horsed around.

Dagny posed again, in front of yet another fish wall.

I couldn't get enough of the beluga whales.

They seemed so quirky and playful.

All white is more than all right.

There was a pair of them.

Another thing I have a hard time walking away from is the puffins.

That face! It's just too cute. I can't stand it.

Way to go with the winged eyeliner. So very fashion forward. But then, it's easy to get noticed when your eyes match your beak, which match your webbed feet, all in Day-glo orange.

The penguins are more sedate.

Nowhere to go and nothing to prove.

There's lots of standing around. Contemplating.

And/or napping.

The sea otters were polar opposites of the penguins.

They barely stopped swimming and skidding and jumping and cavorting long enough for me to get a decent picture of them. This one was not going to give up that red chew bone.

Later, Dagny posed beside a display that lit up if you touched it, to illustrate bioluminescent sea creatures.

Dagny was glowing too.

Naturally we enjoyed the dolphin show and the sea lion show -- both amazing -- but you're not allowed to take pictures inside those theaters.

And so we didn't. 

Eventually we'd seen it all and exited the massive aquarium to see stormy skies over Atlanta.

That's the top fourth of the Bank of America building, seen from the aquarium parking garage.

There was some traffic but we weren't far from our hotel so the ride was not long.

The next morning, we made one stop before heading home. I'll tell you more about that later this week.

And it wasn't even Dagny's birthday yet. More pawtying celebrating was to come.

I'll fill you in on those details later too.

But that is all for now.

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Happy Tuesday

Reader Comments (6)

Me wuvs Otters. My favorite.
I like aquariums too.
You ought to set up a small one for Dagny so she could have her own fish.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Oh my! How can it be that our Dagny is 4? What a sweetie and what a blessing she has been for these four years.
I love your gift idea. Memories were made and they last longer than a toy.
Happy Birthday Dear Dagny!
PS - I thought of you today. I saw a car with a personalized license - PIRATE!

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMari

PPS - We've never stayed at Drurys, but I guess we better if the opportunity should ever arise. :)

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMari

@Judy ... actually, Andrew and Brittany gave Dag a betta fish for her birthday, with a tank and a whole setup. You have to start somewhere. xoxo

@Mari ... PIRATE!!! Love it! I would go with PIR8 and did actually consider that when I got my Poe-inspired plate. Gothic poetry won out, haaaahahaha ... and definitely check out a Drury Inn when you get the chance. xoxo

June 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterJennifer

What a "whale" of a birthday party!!! Happy Birthday, Dagny!
Since I will never get to that aquarium, thank you for taking us along via photos.

June 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Georgia Aquarium is amazing! I went in March right after I got back from deployment.

June 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

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