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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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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 ~

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Columbia's Finest Chihuahua

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Monday
Nov292010

Visual valium

Photo Jennifer Weber 2010I don't suppose it comes as a surprise to any of my cherished readers that I am a tad ... shall we say, uptight?

Personally I prefer the euphemistic and slightly elegant designation highly strung.

At any rate, I was born this way and I doubt it's going to change, so deal with it.

In addition, every job I have ever had has disagreed with me, with the exception of one: waitress.

I adored being a waitress, which employment path I pursued for one whole summer in my callow youth.

Even now, I threaten a couple of times a week to go back to waiting tables.

Ask anybody.

You would've loved me as your waitress. Believe! Even the lady upon whose powder-blue polyester trousered leg I deposited a medium-well filet mignon circa 1977, thought I was an angel.

Maybe she was the angel. Hot debate!

Speaking of angels, when I have a frustrating day in one of the tens of thousands of fake-wood and vinyl conference rooms in South Carolina, on my way home I do one of two things.

I stop at a cemetery or a Protestant church.

Ecclesiastical and funereal architecture ... either or both ... never fails to soothe my fevered nerves.

And of course I always have my camera with me.

About a month ago I was held hostage in a particularly seedy conference room in Rock Hill (a charming city). It was the first cool autumn day we'd had; the conference room never warmed up. My feet felt like blocks of ice most of the day.

One of the lawyers was rude; the other was vague. Together they managed to kill a horse by mid-afternoon, then beat it for about three more hours.

We went off the record at a few minutes before six that evening. We'd started at ten that morning.

I was so frustrated by the time it was over, I was mad.

Not only was I tired and hungry, but I'd be driving home in the dark.

And I was worried I wouldn't get a picture of a little red church door I'd seen on the way into town that morning.

I had to remind myself to cling to the Rock of Ages. Cling for dear life.

Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Well, I did get the shot of the little red door at The Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Rock Hill, as well as the windows, doors, and bell tower of the First Presbyterian Church.

Then, for good measure, a few sunset photos.

I was shivering and my tummy was complaining of the hungries, but simply taking the time to pull over and take the pictures made me feel I was a little more in control of my time and my life.

I was still nettled on the drive home and even the next day, but eventually I let it go.

A week or two later I had a similarly exasperating experience -- although not nearly as draconian as what shall henceforth be known as The Rock Hill Incident -- but as you will see, it was yet a blazing blue day as I stopped to take pictures of the exquisite gothic bones of Church of the Resurrection Episcopal in Greenwood.

The sky, the stucco, the shadows ... the arches, the leaves, the stillness ... it was divine.

I hope you'll take a few minutes, and a deep breath, and look at my pictures here. There aren't very many.

I love you!

Friday
Nov262010

Thanksgiving ... so yesterday! It's Christmastime!

Having our Thanksgiving dinner at Cracker Barrel was, I must admit, a bit strange. I can't explain it; it just felt funny. I can't see us doing it again but for this single experience, it was perfectly adequate.

The restaurant was not crowded at all. We waited between five and ten minutes for a table.

Just long enough for Allissa to locate the candy and Melanie to draw a bead on ... shiny beads! That little filly loves her jewelry.

The food was hot and seemed fresh and everything was served in a timely manner. 

Our waitperson was very happy, upbeat, efficient, and friendly. She'd had her dinner early, with her family, and was all set to work at CB until closing. If it bothered her at all, she didn't show it. Probably glad simply to have a job.

Guess what? I took some pictures! Not all that many. If you like you may see them by clicking here.

Speaking of pictures, I took a few more today! 

Just before Stephanie and her family left for home, we had the ceremonious giving of the Christmas dresses to two certain little girls.

The dresses were accompanied by Christmas cards and shelf-sitting dolls ... a snowman for Melanie and a reindeer for Allissa.

The cards were opened and "read" and the whatnots thoroughly scrutinized.

Then it was time for the unveiling of the festive Christmas garments! And posing adorably with same.

And you know it's really Christmas when your fingers are covered with red glitter. From China, no doubt ... via Dollar General, as Melanie seems anxious to verify.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. ~Luke 2:7 

Thursday
Nov252010

Grateful hilarity continues

Wow. What a Thanksgiving.

My oven is broken so we're going to Cracker Barrel for dinner at four o'clock.

Did you know they have a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings -- including pie with real whipped cream, and a beverage -- for $8.99 per person, $4.49 per kid?

And they serve you, and afterwards you don't have to do the dishes?

Who needs an oven?

Because I don't have to spend the day cooking, I've spent it taking pictures. I've taken a hundred fifty already.

There will be many more to come, but I wanted to share some with you now.

My darling son blew all most of the leaves off the roof and out of the overburdened gutters this morning.

Something tells me there will be more of those to come as well.

Melanie and Allissa first thoroughly explored our back "yard" ...

... then we all went out front, where tens of thousands more leaves were being sprayed over the roof edge by Andrew.

Allissa had some questions for her daddy ... who, as always, answered them patiently one by one. Most of them were about the numbers of cars and pickups in our driveway, their colors, and who's making the payment on each one.

Stephanie (a/k/a Little Mama) peeked out to see what was afoot. Don't you agree she's got that glow?

Allissa wasted no time hanging over the rail, peppering Papaw with questions.

Ever noticed how fascinated kids are by leaves? It's amazing. They'll play in and with the leaves (and sticks) as long as you'll stand there watching them. And taking pictures of them.

It's fun when the leaves cover up your feet, Mamaw.

In my unbiased opinion, Allissa should be the next child model for OshKosh kids' duds. She's no dud.

Meanwhile, big sister Melanie could be crowned Queen of Fun With Leaves.

 Sticks are exciting too, if you know what to do with them.

When all else fails, just throw leaves off the side! Then, in addition to not cooking, Mamaw doesn't have to sweep. Leaving more time for Kodak moments.

The main thing is to have fun, fun, fun until Daddy takes the T-bird away.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYBODY! BY ALL MEANS EAT TOO MUCH!

Wednesday
Nov242010

And then there were three

My family straggled home one by one today. Andrew arrived first, before noon. He was hungry so I filled him up with two grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, potato chips, fresh-baked cookies, and plenty of milk. I think he also drank a Pepsi.

TG got home from work early, at about three in the afternoon. Stephanie and Joel and the granddaughters were next, at five. Erica straggled in at five thirty, mad as a wet hen because traffic between McDonough and Columbia elongated her trip by a whole hour.

Audrey brought up the rear at a few minutes before nine, having had similar struggles where I-40 meets I-26 around Asheville. No surprise there. The trip from Knoxville to Columbia can be a breeze but on the night before Thanksgiving, it is usually fraught with difficulties of the vehicular variety.

The important thing was, they all got here. Safely. Audrey, late to the game, grabbed a plate and joined us in the family room.

There was quite a din, mostly because Andrew insisted on playing soccer with Allissa, who was majorly into it.

Javier was sulking because Erica made him wear his orange turtleneck sweater -- the one with the crossbones on the back -- even though it was 78 degrees outside.

I'd been playing most of the day with my iPod Touch, a gift from Andrew (actually he won it in a drawing at Offutt AFB last week, and he already has an iPhone, so I benefited from the trickle-down effect), and I was still preoccupied with my new toy as we sat around talking.

Next thing I knew, Melanie and Allissa were standing beside my chair, each holding a brightly-colored gift bag. Stephanie hovered nearby, mouthing instructions to her small brood.

I didn't get it because it's not my birthday and, God be praised, we still have a few weeks until Christmas.

Allissa dug in her bag. It contained a tiny -- so tiny! -- red Christmas stocking.

Okay!

Melanie looked into her bag. She brought out a piece of paper with other pieces of paper stuck to it in random shapes. There was ribbon. Unable to see what was written on it because Mel was hogging it, I was mystified.

Audrey, standing behind my chair, "got it" first ... and just from the way she said "Ohhhhh!" I knew.

The paper announced that a new baby will arrive in July, 2011.

Sue ... neener!

After divulging her big news, Stephanie (a/k/a Little Mama) quickly lost her energy and within minutes, strongly resembled these narcoleptic meerkats.

She (and my grandson I hope I hope I hope) are sleeping peacefully now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday
Nov242010

See, it was like this

I think there's at least one bad lily in that bouquet. For one, I don't know what happened to the Mayflower. Nonetheless you've got to love H&Y. They try so hard.