Roots

Today at breakfast we were talking about the ancient buildings of Europe. Some cathedrals took hundreds of years to build. Families had generations of commitment to creating a single structure. These are the roots of a Bonsai plant at Pittsburgh’s Phipps conservatory. The plant began training in 1956 so the plant is now 60 years old. Some of these bonsai are over one thousand years old. Think of that commitment. Then think of your own commitment to your art or craft. We can all do better.

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Roots

Roots

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All Gave Some…Some Gave All

Time to pause this weekend and remember why some of you workers of the world get a day off tomorrow. Time to acknowledge that we are free because of the valor of some and to offer our thanks for their service. We all benefit from those who serve and even though we may not agree with the whole concept of war and the politics that create it. Although our country has made a lot of mistakes we still appreciate those who protect us and honor their sacrifice..

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The Chapel at The United States Military Academy

The Chapel at The United States Military Academy

Gerrit Cole

Last week I saw Gerrit Cole, The Pittsburgh Ace pitch for the second time of the season. The first time he pitched amazing! He had absolute control, 11 strike outs but made a throwing error that scored two runs and lost the game. Last week he struggled. He couldn’t throw a strike out but the team scored enough runs for Mark Melancon to get the save. Baseball is a funny game. Cole is a really good pitcher and saw I him on television hit a homer and double in the same game. I had doubts about our Buccos in the beginning of the year but really like the way they are playing right now.

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Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole

Pittsburgh Giraffe

These long legged animals are amazing and unique. No other animal comes close to being this tall or having such a log neck. You might confuse a panther with a cougar, a wolf with a coyote but Giraffes are unique among all the mammals. This one was taken in the habitat at the Highland Park Zoo in Pittsburgh PA.

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Pittsburgh Giraffe

Pittsburgh Giraffe

Safe at Second

Last week we went to two really good baseball games. I haven’t been to so many games since I was a kid and we have been enjoying our time in PNC Park. Last week Gregory Polanco was called out at second on a pick off play. It was the first game this year that I took my camera to a game. When Clint Hurdle challenged the play, I knew and so did anyone else sitting next to me in Section 4 that he was safe.

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Safe at Second

Safe at Second

The United States Military Academy

Last year we visited The United States Military Academy at West Point NY. I posted some images of the Chapel and other points of interest but for some reason didn’t include these three images. I felt then and do now that these images are not strong enough to stand on their own but together the provide some familiar views of this famous place. This is a great time of year to visit West Point and the tour is well worth it.

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Million Dollar View

Million Dollar View

The United States Military Academy

The United States Military Academy

World War 1 Monument

World War 1 Monument

A Little Window

This tiny window is on a circular stairway leading to the second floor of Charles Austin Buck Mansion. You can visit the Mansion which is located inside Bok Tower. Touring the gardens while listening to classical music played by a master of the Carillon has been a favorite thing to do when visiting Florida.

Tours of the mansion are available when visiting Bok Tower and Gardens in Lake Wales Florida.

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A Little Window

A Little Window