Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

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Today we celebrate Thanksgiving. This holiday as we celebrate it today was first proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. You can read his proclamation here. President Lincoln thought it was proper for the nation to give God thanks for His provision and protection. Even in the midst of a civil war, our economy was strong and no foreign state had used our vulnerability to attack us. God truly had blessed America.

“Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.”
~ Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving decorations

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Have you noticed that just after Halloween was over the Thanksgiving decorations came out? I know they look like winter decorations but fall isn't over yet. Since Thanksgiving is the next and last holiday of the fall season, these must be Thanksgiving decorations.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A patch of color

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Even in the bleakest landscapes, you can often find a patch of color. This bougainvillea reaching over the ugly block wall fence stood out as a little patch of beauty. Even the hazy color of the sky as I walked along the railroad tracks seemed to soften my dreary surroundings.

IMG_4083-1_1"Colors are the smiles of nature."
~ Leigh Hunt

Monday, November 20, 2017

A knight's tale

Dueling cars

There are many narrow residential streets in Downey and, where these combine with lots of apartments and the resulting street parking, passing an oncoming car can be a challenge. Such was the case when I faced down this truck at the other end of a long block. I felt a little like a jousting knight—can my feeble Honda lance knock this black knight out of the way?

No. I meekly pulled aside into a driveway, and waited for him to pass.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Alongside the tracks

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Here are a few more images of my walk along the railroad tracks on the west end of Downey—just north of Firestone. Although the houses are built relatively close to the tracks, there is quite a bit of vegetation that offers an appealing look.

IMG_4075-1Some of the plants are odd and prickly up close, but they help to separate the houses from the tracks. It makes this side of the tracks seem more friendly somehow.

IMG_4084-1But, if you continue walking toward the riverbed and a more industrial area alongside the tracks, you will find a very different experience. Zoom in and you will see the people hanging out in the left side of this photo. It clearly feels seedy and a bit unsafe.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Don't get toad

Bike in downtown Downey

Downtown Downey is filled with lots of cars these days, and parking spaces are at a premium. But there's always a space for a bicycle, even if it is in a small walkway space off the main street. The bike rack is there, waiting to be used.

"Princess parking only. All others will be toad."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving potlucks

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If you think about it, almost every Thanksgiving dinner is a potluck dinner. Everyone brings something to contribute to the meal and you don't always know exactly what it's going to be or how it goes with everything else.

DSC_0645But a company Thanksgiving meal is even more of a matter of luck because you have an even bigger variety of family and cultural backgrounds. Some of the foods are just what you would have expected from your background, but others will bring something that you would never have thought of having at Thanksgiving.

I'm pretty sure that I have never had tamales at a Thanksgiving dinner I've been to and I've been to a lot of them. But someone wanted to share a piece of their history with us and I appreciated it. By the way, they were delicious.

Now, brownies I've had at Thanksgiving. These were delicious also.

Thanksgiving is a week away. Each day until then, write down something you are thankful for and then share it with the ones you share a meal with next week.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The fall sky

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Fall is such a great time of the year to photograph the sky. Winter can be too cloudy and summer can be too clear. But fall has just the right amount of clouds and sunshine. I took this picture last Friday at a Ruby's Diner at the end of Huntington Beach pier while my wife and I were having dinner. You can almost see the brush strokes. You can see Catalina Island in the distance.

Note: Even though Catalina Island looks as if it is due west of Huntington Beach, it is actually due west of San Clemente.

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I took this photo on my way home from work tonight. I was riding my bike home and just missed the light to cross Lakewood Blvd. As I was waiting for the signal, I noticed the sky and said that would make a great Downey Daily photo. I almost always carry my camera, so I took it out of my backpack and took several pictures, working the shot until I felt I had at least one good one. This is the one I chose.

The sun is setting around 4:30 to 4:45 this week. Make a point to get out in the open somewhere and watch the sky change colors. Make sure you're with someone to share it with. Beauty is a great blessing to share.