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."

Monday, July 16, 2007


I know I mentioned in an earlier post that it is my desire someday to visit Scotland and Ireland. While most people who visit these two wonderful places have different reasons for visiting, ie. to see the castles, to hit all the pubs, to hit all the golf courses, etc., my passion is the countryside and its people.

Of course, I would manage to hit a castle or two and many ruins, but it really the small communities and its people that I want to get to know.

Scotland countryside 4

It is the same way when I travel in the United States - I want to never hit a main highway, always drive the country roads to the small bergs and visit with the locals.

1 comment:

Getty72 said...

I hope you do get the opportunity to travel to Scotland. I try to pop up to Scotland every couple of years. The scenery is simply stunning and the people are so friendly and helpful. Oh, and if you do go, you must absolutely try the Scottish meal of "Haggis and neeps"