Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Nostalgia (part 9) - Downtown

Downtown Las Vegas Strip/wikipedia.com

Social Distancing

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, the lockdowns began. Asking citizens to stay at home and practice social and physical distancing.

Before this time, there were so many everyday pleasures we took for granted. Especially human contact. Gatherings. Schools. Religious ceremonies. Going to various stores and restaurants and shows. 

Once such social activity is expressed in this hit song by Petula Clark, Downtown, released over 55 years ago, in November 1964.


A song longing for contact with the community.  

Meanwhile, we wait for the day when Downton will fully re-open again. And relish the simple pleasures of living.



Sunday, September 27, 2020

Civics ( part 3) - Suffrage and the Equality State


One hundred years ago...

August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment passed.

“The right of citizens of the United States
to vote shall not be denied or abridged
by the United States or by any State
on account of sex”
“Congress shall have power
to enforce this article
by appropriate legislation.”
(reference: 19th Amendment Adopted )

It was a hard and long fought battle, summed up as follows:

But Wyoming had them beat by 50 years.

"In 1869, the Wyoming territory passed the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Act, the first in the nation to grant women the right to vote, without restrictions like marital status, property ownership, or monetary requirements—something that changed women’s history forever."


"According to the Louisa Swain Foundation, on September 6, 1870, Louisa “Eliza” Swain made history as the first female voter when she cast her ballot in Laramie, Wyoming."

Women's right to vote.

The reason Wyoming is called...

The Equality State

( reference: Wyoming



Photo:  Flag of Wyoming

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Patriots (part 6) - World War II from Start to Finish


The first days of September marked the start and finish of the most deadly war in recorded history:

 World War Two: September 1, 1939 -  September 2, 1945 

Below,  the causalities are shown by country:

(reference: https://youtu.be/7cgRwDkP6vk )

And as of this posting (August 29, 2020) we are near the 75th anniversary of the end the World War II.

Below is a tribute to the patriots who fought against tyranny:

(reference:  https://youtu.be/1svtYOukRp4 )

God bless all those who sacrificed 
to preserve our freedoms 
and kept us safe, 
home and abroad!

On a personal note, my father-in-law was one of those who fought in that war. After his death, his family found a memoir of some of his adventures over there: 

World War Two: Memories of North Africa

In the 21st century, the greatest generation is passing from the scene. 

As King Solomon wrote:

One generation passeth away, 
and another generation cometh:
 but the earth abideth for ever.
Ecclesiastes 1:4 (KJV)

And eventually, there will be Peace on Earth!






Photo: Yalta Conference (Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin)/wikipedia

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Faith (Part 5) - Amazing Grace around the World


50 Countries Affected By COVID-19 Sing Amazing Grace:

After this I looked, 
and there before me was a great multitude 
that no one could count, 
from every nation, tribe, people and language, 
standing before the throne and before the Lamb. 
They were wearing white robes 
and were holding palm branches in their hands.

And they cried out in a loud voice:
 “Salvation belongs to our God, 
who sits on the throne, 
and to the Lamb.”
Revelation 7:9, 10 (NIV)



Friday, June 26, 2020

Americana (part 1) - Seinfeld, Superman, and Wyoming




1: materials concerning or characteristic of America, its civilization,
    or its culture
broadly : things typical of America

2: American culture
3: a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music

“Americana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, 
Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Americana .

And what better way to start a thread of that name than an American Express commercial from the turn of the century.

The 21st century, that is.

Mix in with American Express two American icons: comic book superhero and beloved comedian.

Enter the dynamic duo: Superman and Seinfeld.

And their adventures continue...

And the punch line.....

Oh Yes Wyoming!

Smallest state in the Union, population wise.
Great little parks: Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Devil's Tower...
Great places to live.

There's no place I'd rather be roaming.
Social distances since 1890.

A slice of Americana of what America used to be.


Related article:

Superman meets Seinfeld



Friday, May 29, 2020

Physics (part 7) - Pandemic Physics


Pandemic giant leap in Physics?

As of this posting, many have been in "lock down" since mid-March 2020. All due to precautions to manage the Coronavirus ( COVID-19) pandemic.

350 years ago...

Another young man was under "lock down" during a perilous pandemic. The bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death.  Though the plague first hit during the mid-1300s, it reared its ugly head in future generations. Such as in England as The Great Plague 1665--the Black Death.

The name of this young man in quarantine?

 Sir Isaac Newton  (1642-1726).

And today, many scientists recognize him as the Father of Modern Science. Stepping out of the shadows of the Dark Ages into Modern Times.

A Giant among Giants.

And his story to support that claim is told in the video below:

Newton's pandemic lock down gave birth to his annus miribilis - Year of Wonders.

In those 18 months, he developed:

(1)  Calculus
(2)  Laws of Optics
(3)  Laws of Motion
(4)  Law of Universal Gravitation.

At the age of 25.

Reference: Isaac Newton Changed the World While in Quarantine From the Plague

And friend Sir Edmund Halley (1656-1742) of Halley's Comet urged Newton to publish his works,

The Principia (1687)

Now considered one of the greatest works in the history of science.

During this pandemic, what "Newton" may emerge from quarantine?

And will Pandemic 2020 give birth to a new "Roaring 20's"?



Photo: Newton/wikipedia.com

Thursday, April 30, 2020

10C (part 3): First Commandment, part b: No Other Gods


The 10 Commandments series continues...

Christian tradition considers part of the First Commandment:

You shall have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:3

No idols. No false gods. 
The mother of all the other commandments.

A good case is made in the video below:

As this post is being written, we are in the middle of pandemic--the coronavirus. In response, countries underwent a lock-down.

Many are suffering. Our lives are disrupted. Not only from the virus. But especially from the economic fall out.

Yet, this experience has revealed our many idols, which have been taken from us:

Money - as the stock market crashed, many jobs lost, businesses closed

Celebrities - as theaters and stadiums are closed, gatherings limited, denying our favorite stars a platform

Vanity - as hair salons and other services are closed

Nature - as many parks have been closed or have limited visitation

Education - as schools closed and campuses locked down


The list goes on.

So in our day of violence and injustice and lawlessness, our idols have been revealed. And they are impotent--false gods.

Billy Graham preached about such a time, an evil time, from the Scripture text in Habakkuk 1:

Habakkuk’s Complaint:

2-  How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
3 - Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4  - Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer:

5 -Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told.

“I don’t put my trust in Washington.
I don’t put my trust in the United Nations,
I don’t put my trust in my self.
I don’t put trust in my money.
I put my trust in Jesus Christ.”

This leads us back to the First Commandment:

And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.
Isaiah 45:21

Stay safe. Stay well. And keep looking up.



photo: Ashera/wikipedia.com