America in all its Glory

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

What a gorgeous shot of Mabry Mill in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia). Such a peaceful, serene setting.

Sitting on the edge of the water. Taking a worm and baiting it on the hook of a line that is attached to a long, thin tree branch. Gently "cast" the line into the water. Now to sit quietly, watching the dragonflies skip across the surface of the calm water. Listening to the frogs calling to one another. All the thoughts of your daily life are no longer with you - all you are thinking about at this moment is the beauty of the trees, where they simply meld into the banks of the water.

Who cares if you ever get a nibble on your line. Just to enjoy this moment that you will never live again. That is life!

Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant should never have happened!!!

Read my posting under Illegal Immigrants.

A quote from President Theodore Roosevelt addressed on immigration in 1907:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


I discovered this adorable dog (photos only!) about 4 years ago and have purchased the calendar every year since. He is absolutely adorable. The very first photo I saw of him, I honestly thought he was a stuffed dog.

He even has his own website. Click here to check it out.


Katherine said...

I aw Mr. Winkle once in person-luckily I was with a friend who understood his significance. Even in person there is something "unreal" about him.

sanityrules said...

The owner, a photographer, has Mr. Winkle involved in many charity events, so the lucky dog gets to schmooze with the celebrities!

He looks so small in all the photos, but when you see the photos of him with people, it is shocking to see just how large he is (not that he is a really big dog - just that you still can't get past the impression that he is a tiny dog).