Them Old Cotton Fields Back Home

Well, we are home everywhere we go since we take our home with us.

Yesterday we took an excursion into Memphis to see some sights. We got up late due to not being able to sleep well the night before. By the time we got there and found the downtown welcome center it was almost noon. We had stopped at the travel center earlier and picked up some brochures of local interests. One of them had a rather extensive list of things to do, places to see, and restaurants. Maps were at the back of the brochure showing the trolley routes.

Due to a late start and taking the time to decide what we wanted to see first, which trolley to catch, and what direction it was going, we didn’t get to the Cotton Museum until 2:00.

We took the tour and learned a lot. Tourists are allowed to take pictures, which is nice. We didn’t get to the upper floor but were told it has been preserved in its original 1930’s appearance. The upper floor was the cotton exchange. The history is rich and vibrant, with many displays of the various uses of cotton. Did you know that our currency is made from cotton fiber? Some of our paper is made from cotton.

It was interesting to see and feel the trough with the recycled denim being used for household insulation. It is better for the environment and much gentler to handle than its fiberglass counterpart.

Mannequins displaying various types of clothing made from cotton adorned one display case. Some of the clothing was vintage 1930’s. One was a military uniform. Other display cases housed artifacts used in bygone eras which were used to produce and weave cotton.

There were four computer stations with headsets included to watch and hear video presentations on the subject.

Upon entry into the first section of the museum a large LCD screen may be turned on to enable hearing the history of the Memphis area and the impact the cotton trade had on its growth and development. The video highlighted the types of people involved in the industry and their impact on society.

The second room had displays showing the progress in harvesting the cotton, the modern weaving processes, and a couple of games to test your knowledge.

Tomorrow’s post will highlight the downtown area.

Replay – Guest author, Judith Barrow – memories, a short story and a new book!

This was a fun guest post to read. Judith Barrow knows how to weave a tale and keeep you interested. Re-blogged from It was posted 2015/12/10

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I am very happy to share again a post from Judith Barrow, a fellow Yorkshire lass. When I asked her if she would like to write a guest post, I didn’t expect so many familiar memories, a short story… and photographs of Yorkshire too!

Published by Honno,  Judith’s books Changing Patterns, Pattern of Shadows and the newly released Living in the Shadows, trace the journey of a family, from a Lancashire POW camp through to the 1960s.

Judith’s books are not just love stories, they recreate an era in a vivid detail that many of us will recognise and show that although the decades slip by, many of the underlying social issues are still as present and relevant today as they were for our parents and grandparents.

As well as being an award winning poet, a writer of children’s stories and seeing her play staged at the Dylan…

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Magnificent Whales on The Arctic Side of The World

I love whales. They are some of the largest animals known to man. Their majestic size captivates my interest and imagination. Would love to see some in their native habitat, but so far that blessing has eluded me. Re-blogged from


Audun Rikardsen is a talented self-taught photographer, who raised in a fishing community in northern Norway and has always been fascinated by the Arctic coast’s wildlife.

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Homes in Unexpected Places

A curious and interesting look at some other cultures of the world and how they live, adapt to, and accept their circumstances, making the best of what they have. Can we learn some lessons here? Re-blogged from


See the homes of 70% of Caracas’ residents

In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, nearly seventy percent of the population lives in slums that seem to drape over every corner of the city.

Welcome to the world’s largest vertical slum

In the centre of the city is the Torre David, a forty-five story unfinished office tower that was in the midst of construction until the developer died in 1993, and the crash of the Venezuelan economy the following year. About eight years ago, people started moving in to the abandoned construction site, and today it is considered the world’s largest vertical slum.

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Hess Triangle: The Smallest Piece of Private Property in New York City

This is a unique piece of history. How does this blogger find this stuff? Every post is a treat. This one tastes like leftover humble pie from the developers of this area of New York City. Re-blogged from



At the southwest corner of Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue, in front of the entrance to the Village Cigars store, there’s a small triangular mosaic set into the sidewalk which reads “Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated for Public Purpose”.

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You Can Find Hope With Him

This is a beautiful illustration of what it means to love someone else enough to risk rejection. Love is risky, but without love there is no hope, no compassion, no empathy, and no joy. Love only seeks what is best for the other person, whether they want it or not. Reb-blogged from

Kristeen Nicole Gillooly

It’s a sad day for me as I reflect on a friend that has passed away, a friend I didn’t always get along with but one in which I sacrificed a lot to be there for her during difficult times. We taught each other a lot about love, sacrifice, and surrender.

I’ll never forget a conversation we had recently. She was feeling worthless, like her life had no meaning or purpose, and she struggled with whether or not I truly loved her. She wasn’t sure anyone really loved her. On this particular day, she needed to be rushed to the hospital for a life-threatening health issue but refused on the grounds that no one cared about her anyway. Several people had tried to reason with her all day, and we finally decided to do an intervention.

I had discussed God with her many times during our friendship and she mostly…

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Do NOT Become a Christian

This is a short, well-stated article on the cost of being a Christian. And, contrary to what the media and our government tells us, Christians are not to blame for the mess our world is in. We offer hope, peace, love, joy to those who are willing to accept it. The choice belongs to the hearer. Re-blogged from

Beautiful Life with Cancer

Are looking for something to fulfill your life? Need a list of laws to follow? Are you a good person? Are you rich? Is your life put together and you want a church?

Let me be the first to assure you, Christianity is NOT for you.

Are you outcast because your sins are much too many? Do you want to be dead of this life you live? Sick? Find this world meaningless? You don’t fit in?

Then, for you, I may have the answer. But I will be the last to try to persuade you. In fact, I will do the opposite. Consider the cost carefully.

Jesus himself turned away the crowd. To the rich young ruler that he loved, he looked straight to his heart and saw the one thing he could not give up, “Go and sell all you have and give it to the poor.” There was…

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The Debates: My Opinion

It’s not that my opnion is any more important than anyone else’s. It’s just that there seems to be a complete lack of Biblical perspective among people professing Christianity. Frankly, I’m not happy with our choices this year.

In order to not get myself into any kind of legal trouble I will refrain from stating the reasons I totally distrust Hillary Clinton. However, from a Biblical perspective, no woman has any business running this country. I Tim. 2:12-14 says a woman is not to have leadership over a man–not because she isn’t qualified but because of what happened all the way back in the garden of Eden. Sound unfair? Maybe so, but God has a right to make the rules. He created us and He is perfect, never wrong. Eve was tricked by the serpent, by her own logic. She was deceived–by her own logic. Having a logical mind doesn’t make you right. Hillary Clinton has a brilliant mind. She is highly intelligent, well-spoken, and tough as spikes in a horseshoe. That doesn’t make her the best choice for president. And I absolutely refuse to vote for anyone just because of their gender.

Donald Trump is a loudmouth, a hothead, and may very well alienate all of our allies if he gets in office. He also wants to give himself and all of his wealthy business associates a big tax break. I like some of his ideas: put a stop to the core curriculum that gives poor students no incentive to try to improve, bring industry back to the U.S., make our military strong again, etc. But his demeanor scares me and it greatly disturbs me that he calls himself a Christian but has a potty mouth and a surly attitude.

Bottom line: I wish some of the other men who were running for president had gotten the nomination, even though, I like many others, am fed up with the status quo. I don’t have the answers, except it’s time for God-fearing, Bible-believing Christians to put into practice 2 Chronicles 7:14. We need to spend more time on our knees in prayer, seeking God’s direction in our decisions and we need to be busy about God’s business instead of sitting back in fear of retribution if we actually take a stand for something.

All scripture references are from the King James Bible, the only one not tampered with by liberal theologians who have changed the truth of God’s word into a lie.



Liquid Sculptures Cast in Resin Glass

The imagination of artists never ceases to fascinate me. I have a brother-in-law who has made some great sculptures but none as delicate and alluring as these. His were in wood and metal. These are like liquid crystal. re-blogged from Forgot to add the link on previous post of photos from this site.


Italian artist Annaluigia Boeretto (aka Annalù) imagines a world filled with liquid, where the pages of books or the petals of flowers seem to splash in every direction.

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Stunning Adventure Photography

Stunning photography, some aerial. Must admit, though, some of these folks seem extremely gutsy to me. No way I’m going out on a point hundreds or thousands of feet above a canyon or chasm. Still, makes great photos.


Matt Cherubino is a talented 19-year-old self taught photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Matt uses Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera, he shoots a lot of lifestyle, adventure and travel photography.

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