Thursday, April 16, 2015

The NRA in Nashville, USA


It was by happenstance I learned that the NRA was coming to Nashville.  And in two days middle america en masse were going to storm the floors of the Music City Center where guns, ammo and weaponry paraphernalia were going to be on displayed.
Amazingly it was tight in the cavernous Grand Ballroom.  I must have bumped, rubbed and dodged 50,000 of the expected 75,000 attendees.  My adrenaline was peaking right up till I had to leave at mid day on the first day and only day I could be there.  I saw things. I learned things.  As noted at nraam.org it was a weekend of fun and fellowship.  And there was something for everyone in the family.  Celebrities and politician, scantily clad girls and camouflage galore was mixed among the sea of people.  Tee shirts with messages that were lost on me.   They even had a "Defense Cafe" where one could "take cover."  I left thinking that the 2nd Amendment was in no threat.  "A lot of money in them there hills".

























Thursday, March 26, 2015

Neighbors


The profound exist right next door or down the street.  One tend to overlook what one see everyday.  Slowing down just long enough wonders are found right at hand.





Monday, March 16, 2015

Johnson City Skating Rink


On my way out of town on a cold dreary day I stopped by the JC skating rink.  I noticed a trickle of cars picking around for parking spaces in the lot and figured it'll be a place to lift my spirits before the long drive to Alabama.  

The night before was "All Night Skating" and the rink had over 300 skaters.  But this day the place seemed a bit hung over to me.  There was some stirring going on albeit in a subdued kind of way. And I puttered around looking for something maybe I left way back when in my childhood. 

I left feeling a little blue so I was hoping to find warmth on down south.  I promised myself a return to experience the whirl and whimsy of small town fun and even a trip or two around my memory.















Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Selma 2015 - Not a Bloody Sunday


I felt immense amount of love and pride in Selma Sunday and it was an education for me in "oh so many ways."  Meeting young and old, black and white, rich and poor, serious and joyful; the day proved to be generally light but purposeful.  I met a lady who march 50 years ago.  She was a teenager then, attending today with her daughter, grandson and husband.  They were proud of her and she was beautiful to me.  I was nervous like I was in the company of a celebrity.  My fingers could barely type her name out on my iPhone note pad from all my shaking.

I learned a little about the Masons and the Sisters. The proceeding links can tell you a bit more.  While I was standing in presences of the Sisters of the Order of the Eastern Star looking into the glowing white light created by the sun glistening off their white dresses, there was a peace I felt wash over me.  It was like I was nested in the bosom of love.  They truly had an angelic aura surrounding them.  And the Mason's were buzzing around them like proud bucks safeguarding their harem.

At one point I was allowed to enter the Selma Times Bldg. so I could get off a shot from its fire escape an above view of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  As I was leaving the employee/journalist/editor, I'm not sure, led me to a dry eraser board in one of the paper's offices that had been signed by George Bush and Laura under a welcome note from the STJ.  I questioned his objectivity.

On into my day I wound my way through the crowd finding festive feelings everywhere.  The boy scouts were in attendance and churches from all across Alabama made the trek together in buses.  Each church dressed in their own special tee shirts.  There was bbq smoke drifting among the gathering.  Souvenirs were being bought and sold, drums were beating, and people where singing.  I finished my day with a full heart and high feelings even though Selma is a city still suffering from having to overcome. (here)