Earlier this week I posted a pictorial blog of our recent trip to the monuments in Washington DC. Most of the memorials we visited were tributes to those who have served in combat.
After posting this blog I recalled that I had caught a group of World War II veterans on an honor flight to commemorate Veteran’s Day at the World War II Memorial. I happened upon this group in November of 2010 arriving at BWI airport when I was awaiting a departing flight at the same gate.
I know the footage is shaky and also not professional. But, this is what happens when organic moments are caught on simple FlipCams!
There are many more videos, like this one, on YouTube. Simply use the search words – Veterans returning home
Feel free to post links as comments to your “coming home” videos. And as always, respectful comments welcome.
If you are one to be touring the east coast of the United States this summer (or ever) be sure to place on your “Must Do” list a visit to the national monuments in Washington DC. Below you will find a photo essay with hopes that these pictures will entice you to journey to these national treasures and soak in the historical lessons that each tell.
If you had asked me four months ago to describe Steampunk I would have answered with a blank stare. I had NO idea that this was an art form let alone one that is quite unique, intriguing and most of all taking the design world by storm!
In essence, Steampunk is the melding of vintage objects with a contemporary flair. How can I best explain Steampunk – well think of taking your grandmother’s glass trinkets and placing it with your father’s baseball. Glue them together and add a bunch more interesting novelty pieces. Hard to visualize this as art? I had a difficult time wrapping my head around this, too. To get some clarity I did some homework and found myself spending a bit of time with someone who could answer a whole bunch of questions about Steampunk – Beverly Holman, a longtime resident of Hermosa Beach, CA.
First lesson I learned – 80 is the new 50! Despite being a senior citizen she is no way near retiring, as she has jumped in with both feet and wizardry hands to create the most funky of designs! Imagine placing an eyeball and a license plate on to an old camera. Strange grouping you may think? Well look below and see how this odd matching of objects becomes a work of art!
I had an opportunity to interview Beverly and found out that after many years in behind a desk she longed for her first love – art! Without much ado, once retiring she decided turn back time and go back to her artistic roots. She decided to start by seeking out various retro and antique items that could be repurposed. (Her house is stacked with bins that hold the most fascinating collection of objects!). Once she has mapped out a general idea she assembles items that she believes will carry out a chosen theme – then she sits down and starts to create! Hours and days later a new Steampunk design is born!
Here is where I get sad – I see these wonderful creations and then reflect back to the many times I threw out little objects thinking they were were worthless. Who would want that odd monopoly piece or glass figurine from a five and dime store? Beverly does!
And in case you are wondering Steampunk is a legitimate art form. Some find a more goth following with their talents while others lean to the more Victorian and vintage aspects of Steampunk. There are magazines such as Just Steampunk! that dedicates many pages to artists (Beverly will be in their upcoming issue.)
So if you are sporting an AARP card and wondering what to do in the next chapter of your life – consider your more creative side! Nothing keeps a brain and body fresher than setting goals and using your innate talents! And, if you are interested in learning more about Steampunk or wish to have a great conversation with a fascinating woman please check out Beverly’s website! I am glad I did!
Below are some photos I took of just a few of the dozens of creations that Beverly has made. Many of her designs are available on ETSY and in California shops – a list is on her website with links.
Enjoy and note – I truly love Steampunk and was fascinated by the art form. This is NOT a sponsored post.
Dear Class of 2014 Graduates,
CONGRATULATIONS! Have you noticed a theme in commencement speeches this year? Like those from First Lady Michele Obama, Jim Carrey and John Legend (who sings throughout his speech)? The themes are quite simple, poignant and introspective. In the spirit of their words I offer a few words to echo their sentiments and some of my own pearls of wisdom. You are invited to add your own words below and to also check out a list of the BEST commencement speeches ever!
Successful people surround themselves with people they love and pursue activities they love.
Education is important – period.
Worry is a useless behavior.
Common sense is necessary to succeed in life.
Put down the electronics and have real discussions with real people in your real life!
Play more- outside!
Be creative or at least go see creative endeavors such as the performing arts or museums.
Be responsible for your actions – don’t pass off your guilty actions on to someone else
Remember everyone is a teacher and a student – forever.
Don’t be negative in public or on social media- ever.
Thank those around you – you didn’t get here alone!
It is that time of year again when spring break is over and the students are now clamoring for summer vacation. It also is the hardest time of the year for teachers to teach and parents to get their kids to school without complaint.
How can you compete with the sweet smell of grass growing or hours of sunshine?
So, I would love to open this blog up for suggestions on how teachers can entice kids to read just a few more books, learn additional math concepts or allow themselves to create a science project for that end of the year fair. In essence, how to keep kids learning this time of year?!
Parents - What motivates your child to learn? How do you manage to get your child up and out every morning without argument? (Or don’t you?)
Teachers – How do you keep your students to stay on task and remain interested in learning when the outside is so alluring?
Let’s all share and learn from each other… And, for those who teach school year- round, I would love to hear about YOUR techniques for keeping students motivated, too!
I am blessed. In 1989 and again in 1992 I gave birth to my wonderful curly haired children! With the exception of a premature birth with our second, my pregnancies were easy and uncomplicated. That is not the case with one out of every six couples in the United States who are faced with infertility! I was really taken by surprise when I encountered this statistic! One in every SIX couples are not able to have children without medical intervention or other help? WOW! This month the RESOLVE – the National Infertility Association wants to educate the general population in an effort to show support and compassion for the “one” in every six couples who are challenged with infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) was created 25 years ago to help create a supportive and understanding environment for those who opted for the many fertility treatments and options available. Twenty -five years later the technology, medicine and options have expanded which now means more than ever how important education is to information and services to those who are in need. I must confess, prior to my partnership with HRC Fertility of Pasadena, I knew very little about what was available to those who had infertility problems. I knew about “IVF” and had a few friends who used donor sperm/egg programs, especially when they were in their late 30’s and 40’s. But, I had NO IDEA of what technologies were now being offered and how amazing the science truly was! I was not aware about how each state and/or country allowed for different treatments. California is very progressive while other states make the legality of some options much more difficult. The United States, as a whole, is more advanced and accepting. For example, embryo adoption or surrogacy are often not available in some foreign countries. That is why international fertility tourism has become increasingly popular with couples seeking treatments, especially with couples in search of In Vitro Fertilization, traveling to States. Same – sex couples also have had many more options available in order to build their families. Donor egg/ sperm/ embryo programs have been gaining popularity. Surrogacy also has become much more mainstream thanks to celebrities being open about using this option themselves! For a list of celebrity who have used surrogates read here. NIAW begins April 20-26th with many online and live events being offered all over the United States. HRC Fertility of Pasadena will be participating and posting via their social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. I plan on joining them by tweeting and using the hashtag #NIAW to help others become more informed. I know for some this is anything that is of interest to you – infertility. But, for the sake of the millions of people who find becoming a parent a challenge please consider helping out. Let others know of NIAW and the information available via the RESOLVE website . Also, May 7th has been designated as ADVOCACY DAY where RESOLVE will be campaigning for infertility issues on a legislative level. And, if ever you doubted what the “end game” was for fertility specialists, let me be the first to tell you that it is about the smiles of their patients and the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you cast your eyes on their newborn child! The photos below are compliments of “medical magic” that has helped create families via fertility options, including some familiar faces!
Note: I wrote this sponsored blog as an effort to educate readers about infertility issues. I was compensated by HRC Fertility of Pasadena but gladly would have done so for free! My goal is to help them with their efforts to build families!