Please give me a little latitude, I have not forgotten.

Hang in there…

I do promise that I am working hard to edit thousands of photos and researching them. Unfortunately for me, I cannot just post one photo. I need to know the whole story or put a sequence of photos together.


As it gets closer to being buried in the snow, I will be taking less photos and posting more.

I was amazed to find out just how many cemeteries are within a 20 mile radius.


Also I have been spending much of my extra time planning my trip to France and dreaming of all I photograph 💭



^^^ and these are just a few
of my books 📚


until we meet again ❤️



Remembering 9/11.



Reflecting this morning on my long commute to work.  the radio station played a 22 minute clip of the newscast that morning.  The hair was raised on my arms.

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing.  I happened to watch the entire tragedy on TV as it was happening.

I remember the hours, days and weeks that followed and how proud I was to be part of this great country.  

I also remember how brave the men and women were that came to the aid of those victims; the policemen, firefighters, our military men and women and even the residents of New York, that opened their homes to strangers.

I will remember all of the souls that lost their lives that day, I will remember their wives, husbands, children and even those children that will never get to know their parent, because their life was cut short.

I remember and will always be thankful for our service men and women, who put their lives on the line, each and every day so we can live and be free in this great nation that we call the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


                                       GOD BLESS AMERICA.  HOME OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE.

A Magnificent Collection

My ADD has struck again-

While poking around the internet researching some of the classic authors and for something I haven’t read (which is a lot), one thing led to another, and well, 3 maybe 4 hours later…I found this first photo. It caught my eye as I LOVED 3 of the 4 books in the stack.


So, I have journal…. that is always with me.

* Read (and have seen the movie) the first book on the bottom – which I think is ‘Les Misérables’, as it looks just like my 100 year old copy. “He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.Image

*Read (and have seen the movie) ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, “A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”


— D. H. Lawrence.

* Read (and have seen the movie) Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”, “Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
just a side note if anyone is interested in purchasing this work of art, after all, it is only $6000. Personally, I would love it, but I’m not sure my pocket book would.
Book Description: New York The Limited Editions Club, 1993. One of 300 Copies, Signed by the Artist BRONTË, Emily. BALTHUS, [artist]. Wuthering Heights. Fifteen Lithographs and an Afterword by Balthus. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1993. First edition. One of 300 copies signed by Balthus, this being number 249. With fifteen lithographs by Balthus. Folio (16 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches; 410 x 313 mm). Printed on Arches paper. Publisher’s full tan leather, lettered in brown on front board. Spine very lightly toned. Housed in full cloth felt-lined clamshell, with leather spine label. About fine. Publisher’s newsletter laid in. “But when he made the early drawings for Wuthering Heights back in 1933, he stopped at a point about halfway through the book. As Jean Leymarie has noted, ‘Only the artist’s interest continued so long as the world of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw is that if childhood and adolescence. In these drawings Balthus clearly identifies himself with Heathcliff, the willful outsider unamenable to morality and society, in his vengeful satanism and headlong transgressions-an exemplary creation and an undying presence on the absolute level of art and human destiny.’ .Unable to forget his early fascination with Wuthering Heights, Balthus agreed to have the entire suite of fifteen drawings presented here for the first time in their destined context, if in a strictly limited edition. He was 25 when he began these remarkable illustrations; today he is 85, happy to behold their fruition, and to write a personal Afterword for the book.” (from the LEC newsletter). LEC Bibliography. HBS 66039. $6,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66039

And the last book on the top of the stack…I’m stumped. So if anyone happens to have knowledge of what the name of this novel is, then please, do share.Image

As I was perusing “The 100 greatest novels of all time”,
what I have discovered, is that I have read a little less than half of the listed titles. I have also realized that I possess at least a dozen of these novels, unread.

I have chosen to read (along with a few others), As I Lay Dying — by William Faulkner.

It is said that Faulkner wrote this novel in 6 weeks and is listed as one of the ♦1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Ackroyd (Foreword), Peter Boxall (Editor) Universe Publishers, 2006. And it just so happens, I already own it on my kindle. The whole point of my pursuit was to purchase yet another book for my trip to Chicago this weekend.

And now I must go pack.

Today is a Great day to Learn Something New ;*)

Please check out my facebook page.

I will post Cemeteries, Castles, Churches, Old & Abandoned – anything, Photography, Art & History.
I will also do some blogging on historical sites and travels.
And as a side note, I may post anything that catches my fancy on Paris.
 J’adore tout français.Image

Me and my new little friend the “Javalina”

*** 19 Firefighters lost their life in a battle with the Yarnell Hill Wildfires ***

The deadliest wildfire in the last 30 years involving firefighters started after a lightning strike on Friday, June 28th. The fire spread to at least 2,000 acres by Sunday, June 30th as a result of triple-digit temperatures, low humidity and very windy conditions.  Over 200 hundred brave firefighters battled the blaze and heat.

Yarnell & Glen Isla is located about 85 miles Northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, and very close to Sedona (where I vacationed this past week).

The deaths of the Granite Mountain Hotshots marked the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years. Only one member of the 20-person crew survived, and that was because he was moving the unit’s truck at the time.
Arizona’s governor called it “as dark a day as I can remember” and ordered flags flown at half-staff.

[The Granite mountain Hotshots established in 2002, were an elite ground firefighting crew known for their innovative problem-solving and history of safe, aggressive fire suppression. Members of the crew were highly trained, came from diverse backgrounds, and worked long hours in extreme environmental conditions doing the most demanding of fireline tasks.

They carried 50-70 pounds on their back, hiked seven miles or more to where they needed to work, and worked up to 14 hours, sometimes longer. The average age of the men in the hotshot crew was 22-years-old.

“They have to be ready to leave for an assignment on two hours’ notice, which sometimes means missing family events,”Wade Ward of the Prescott FD said last week. “They have to be prepared to be on that assignment for 21 days, get two days rest at home, and possibly be sent out on another 21-day assignment.” ]                        -taken from the ‘Stand with Arizona’ website

I am in awe of the courageous acts demonstrated by the men and women that fight our Nations fires. 

As of Friday, July 12th, the wildfire was 90% contained.ImageImage

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.                                                                                                                         John: 13-13