To honor the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) I am dedicating this theme to him. This is Day 2 of Places Where MLK Spoke. As a Minister and Civil Rights Leader Dr King was a prolific speaker. He delivered so many sermons and speeches that there's not any accurate count of how many times he spoke to groups of people.
King went to Graduate School at Boston University from 1951-5 earning his Doctorate in systemic theology. He delivered speeches and sermons in the area. His most famous was delivered 10 years later on April 22, 1965 at the Massachusetts State. He gave a speech that ended up almost word for word with his "I Have a Dream" speech from a couple of years before. This speech was honored at the State House 50 years later.
I've met a person or two who knew him and his wife Coretta Scott King in Boston. It's always interesting and awe-inspiring to speak with people who have met him and his wife. I was a kid when he was assassinated, but I remember it, as well as Robert Kennedy's assassination in the same year. 1968 was a rough year.
Boston has another man to thank for helping calm the city after King's assassination - James Brown. Brown had a long scheduled concert. There had been riots in parts of Boston and the concert was under threat of being cancelled for safety concerns. After some negotiation Mayor Kevin White reached an agreement with Brown and public TV station WGBH to carry the concert. Crime was lower than normal that night. James Brown kept trouble at bay during the show by convincing some young men who were climbing up on the stage to go back down. Well done!
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This is Day 3 of How to Get Up the Mountain. This is also an entry into the Libraries of Instagram challenge Library Wonderland from @jordan_library. I love this challenge much more than winter itself! Today's Vintage Chrome Postcard has a more effective and common mode of transportation than last night's card - a Gondola Lift. This is in Voss, Norway. It seems ironic after today's White House news, but I promise I picked this out days ago! In fact I chose it over a Real Photo Postcard because the Gondola was so far away in the shot that it was hard to see. I've only done 3 Ways, but there are some others including helicopters and tow ropes.
Voss Resort is a large resort in Western Norway. There are 10 Lifts! You can go downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and take lessons. There's a children's area complete with an occasional visit from a Troll. When the season is over you can go White Water Rafting, Fishing, Riverboarding, and more. There are places to eat and drink. I'll meet you in the lounge. I'll be watching the Winter Olympics next month. I'm sure the Norwegians will do fantastic.
I hope you've enjoyed this theme. Tomorrow I'll be starting a theme for Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Please join me again.
If you're interested in buying these 3 cards as a set please say so in comments and I'll send you a message. Themes are 30% off. Postage in the USA with tracking is $2.75. International varies. I haven't totalled these up yet. Up to 12 cards fit in the same cardboard mailer for same postage. I've got recent themes together as well. I'll hold them aside until the end of February since my next show isn't until March 11th.
This is Day 3 of Stages of Snow which is part of the Libraries of Instagram challenge Library Wonderland.
In honor of plow drivers we have a "Rotary Snow Plow in Action Moscow - Troy Highway". I believe this is Idaho Highway 8. It runs from the Washington State Line in Moscow (pop 23,800 in 2010) to Troy (pop. 862) and beyond to Elk River (pop. 125) for about 53 1/2 miles (86.24 kilometers). I have postcards with bigger snowbanks, but none are Real Photo Postcards! I've never noticed a Rotary plow; most are regular plows. I think the sidewalk plows are rotary type. They were common on railroads - are they still? I found some large ones for airports and industrial spaces. This postcard was probably taken between 1925-1950. I've got no idea of the vintage of the plow.
Yesterday we got a Snow Bomb! I went outside just after midnight for a little bit and the sky was clear. By early morning the Barometric Pressure Had dropped quickly and it was snowing. It snowed and blew around almost all day. Basically this Stage of Snow is enough to frustrate many people, to cause difficulties and power outages, to be dangerous to be on the roads, to cause transportation slow downs, to give children and some workers snow days, and to give plow drivers a lot of work. I stay in as much as possible.
I know many of you experienced snow, even for the first time in decades in some areas. This came with an historically high tide. Every coastal community in Massachusetts had at least some impact. There was a lot of flooding. A whole parking lot was underwater with dozens of cars potentially destroyed. What's worse is the bitter cold snap. After the snow things are freezing.
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This is Day 3 of Celebrations in Brussels, Belgium in Honor the New Year. Last night I posted the Brussels Universal Exposition, 1910 (Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles). This is from the 1958 Exposition (Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles, Wereldtentoonstelling Brussel). One of the most famous buildings of the Exposition is Atomium which looks like an oversize Atom. It still stands and can be seen in many photographs. But I like this battered and mailed postcard better than the ones I have of it. This doesn't even have the stamp on it anymore.
Last night I listed the Expos that have been held in Belgium. Tonight I'm just going to list some of my favorite things about Belgium. I'm not saying that the country is perfect. No country is perfect.
Chocolate. About 125 Breweries. About 800 kinds of Beer. Belgian Waffles. Bicycle Routes. Extensive Trains. Longest Tram Line in the world. Good Public Transportation. Europe's Largest Rose Garden. Carnivals and Processions. Belgians Invented Oil Painting. Saxophone was invented by a Belgian. Tintin. Smurfs. Lucky Luke. Chocolate. Audrey Hepburn. Most Punctual Airport. Great Architecture. Mannekin Pis - the statue of the little boy taking a leak - and its myriad of costumes. René Magritte. Castles. Chocolate. Rock Werchter music festival. World War I Museum in Ypres. 2nd Lowest Salary Gap Between Men and Women in Europe. French Fries (Pommes Frites, Chips). Multi-lingual. First Printed Newspapers. Aramith Pool Balls made here. Did I mention Chocolate?
And so Happy New Year! Bonne Année! Gelukkig nieuwjaar!
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... In Fort Greene, BK.
Proud that the #perpetualprojectmanager in me had all my major shopping--including grocery shopping--done since last Thursday, and between this Thursday and Friday, I wrapped up loose ends.
By Friday at 2:15 p.m.: Done.
Didn't do the Christmas tree thing, but I craved the scent of pine in the house, so I got some shorn Christmas tree branches from the French Canadians who travel down from Quebec every year to sell trees on Myrtle Avenue. Then I went on a kombucha run to Greene Grape Provisions.
That's when I came upon this special Shrimp Jambalaya dish (with green onion hush puppies and roasted garlic remoulade) that they had in the prepared-foods section. They'd once had a special prepared-food dish (involving vermicelli, I think) that I'd passed up, never to be found in this section again. So while I hedged about getting the Shrimp Jambalaya, I bore this in mind.
This being the Greene Grape Provisions, the Shrimp Jambalaya was pricey. However, when I got home, this being the Greene Grape Provisions, it was incredibly delicious--and totally justified the impulse buy.
I'd also bought some olive oil pumpkin cake from the Hungry Ghost cafe, and had it at home with a nice hot cup of English Breakfast tea with milk and honey. Best of all caught up via phone with the bestie, who lives in New Mexico.
I'm not a selfie kind of girl, but I took one yesterday to capture how I felt....and still do.
For Day 3 of Nomadic Peoples we're going to North America. "Blackfeet Indian Showing His Newly Acquired War Bonnet" it says as 2 women look on. They're in a forested area beside a body of water. Traditionally they lived in an area that covers parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming in the USA, and Saskatchewan, Alberta and part of British Columbia in Canada. They followed the American Bison or Buffalo that were central to life and culture.
Like many First Nations/Native Americans they adapted to life with horses brought by European armies and settlers. Horses became an integral part of life. Plains Indians used them for transport, hunting, and battling. Members of Blackfoot Confederacy and Blackfeet Nation were known for bravery and equestrian skills.
No matter how brave or skilled they were no match for the European settlers who slaughtered the buffalo by the hundreds of thousands, brought diseases, took their land, and committed genocide. There are no Nomadic Peoples in Canada or the United States that are able to live the lifestyle today. Indigenous Peoples worldwide struggle to retain languages, cultures, and traditional ways.
The Blackfeet used teepees for housing because they're portable, much like tents and yurts. Nomads have art, but it must be things that can be carried - decorated teepees, jewelry, decorated clothing and accessories, body art and modifications, and religious artifacts. They don't create permanent housing, elaborate buildings and large places of worship. They don't engage in large scale farming of crops, but they may have herd animals. It is an endangered way of life.
I hope you've enjoyed this theme suggested by my 21 year old. Please join me tomorrow for a new theme! As always comments and corrections welcome!
Postcards from Transylvania 🇷🇴 Traveling through Romania takes ages so I’ve been doing lots of stitching to pass the time.
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For Day 3 of Children in Sailor Outfits I've got a Real Photo Postcard of a little boy standing on a ship, probably a set though. Published by Bamforth & Co., it comes with some lyrics. I'm going to post the song here which I found on traditionalmusic.co.uk
It didn't paste to look like lyrics. Sorry about that! I've got to find someone to make an emergency repair to a roof tomorrow so I need to get some sleep!
THEY ALL LOVE JACK.
When the ship is trim and ready, and the jolly days are done, When the last good-byes are whispered, and Jack aboard is gone; The lasses fall a weeping, as they watch his vessel's track, For all the landsmen lovers are nothing after Jack- For all the landsmen lovers are nothing after Jack. Chorus. For his heart is like the sea. ever open, brave and free, And the girls must lonely be till the ship comes back; But if love's the best of all that can a man befall, Why, Jack's the king of all, for they all love Jack! Where he goes their hearts go with him; e'en his ship he calls her she! Up aloft that "little cherub, " sure a maiden she must be; And as o'er the sea he travels, the mermaids down below, Would give their crystal kingdoms for the love of Jack, I trow- Would give their crystal kingdoms for the love of Jack, I trow. For his heart is like the sea, &c. When he's sail'd the world all over, and again he steps ashore, There are scores of lasses waiting to love him all the more. He may lose his golden guineas, but a wife he'll never lack, If he'd wed them all they'd take him, for they all love Jack- If he'd wed them all they'd take him. for they all,they all. love Jack! For his heart is like the sea, &c.
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