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Moving Forward

I love the theme this week for Dutch Goes The Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Moving Forward. In lue of the time change (daylight savings) effecting most of us here in The States, comes the idea of time and moving forward. One of my favorite things to photograph is clocks and clock towers. So, taking the literal sense of time, here are some captures I took just this week in Georgetown, SC. What a great little historical, harbor town. I’ll have more to come, but hope you enjoy these few takes.  


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Life’s Ladder

“No matter how great you ‘think’ you are or how successful you’ve become. Never forget those who have lifted you up. Never forget life’s experiences, both good and bad which have shaped you as a person. You’ve had help climbing the rungs of life’s ladder. And, those rungs can break at anytime, sending you back down to a place of humility, to remind you of where you came from and how you rose to the top….” ~James A. Murphy

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Chutes & Ladders

Photos from a recent trip to the Battleship, North Carolina in Willmington, NC ~MM



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Perks A Lot

The topic of coffee of course comes to mind when using the word percolate. And, being my favorite “thing” I couldn’t let the opportunity go by without a bit about the subject.


“A coffee percolator is a type of pot used for complex brewing of coffee by continually cycling the boiling or nearly boiling brew through the grounds using gravity until the required strength is reached.

The percolating coffee pot was invented by the American-born British physicist and soldier Count Rumford, otherwise known as Sir Benjamin Thompson (1753–1814). He invented a percolating coffee pot between 1810 and 1814 following his pioneering work with the Bavarian Army, where he improved the soldiers’ diet as well as their clothing. It was his abhorrence of alcohol and his dislike for tea that led him to promote the use of coffee for its stimulating benefits. For his efforts, in 1791, he was named a Count of the Holy Roman Empire, and granted the formal title of Reichsgraf von Rumford.” Source

Wow! First, I guess we know he’s “American-born” because he disliked tea! But most importantly, can I just say, I find this quite amazing. For inventing this ingenious way of brewing coffee a man was given a title! I wonder if there are any titles lying around for someone who loves coffee as much as I do? Perhaps there is a formal knighting, of sorts, for coffee connoisseurs? My name would be “Dame Brews’olot” Oh man, I doubt it, but one can dream. I suppose I could always settle with a “Coffee Connoisseurs Club.”

**P.S. I did see that he was not given the title for his invention, I took some creative liberties.**




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National Coffee Day

“Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor. From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.” Source


If you are residing in The States then let me wish you Happy National Coffee Day! Although the origin is unknown, September 29th has become the day to recognize this beautiful nectar of the gods, coffee. It is officially my favorite drink, as I have mentioned before. This day was made for me and I’m sure to be hyped up on caffeine by day’s end!

If you are looking to celebrate, there are multiple places that are getting in on this day of honoring “the java” with giveaways or other offerings. Here is a link to a list of spots you can check out that are participating in one way or another. National Coffee Day 2016 Freebies and More

And for those of you interested in a little info on the honored guest, here are a few tidbits on coffee. Enjoy and happy sipping!

“When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.

The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.

There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.

In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.

Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia.  More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.” Source


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Political Panic

panic-button“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” ~H. L. Mencken

I begin by stating that I am neither a supporter of Trump or Clinton. I find that we are just in one big debacle. We have a guy that ‘eats crazy for breakfast’ or a criminal whom also is a ‘compulsive liar.’ Great job America!

“How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?” ~Author Unknown

My qualm is this, we have men and women that are choosing politics as a career for the wrong reasons. They become wealthy with no one but self in mind. When the idea of president and politician came to be, [it] was done for the cause of country, not for the power, prestige and monetary extremes that now come with the position!

It would be interesting to me to see what kind of politicians we’d have if they knew that no gain would come from the position. If there was no added recognition or special treatment that came with thee affair. But, I digress, we are stuck with the poor options before us! Washington D.C. will forever be a place where there is reward based on doing well in corruption, lying, bribery and cheating. These, all while stating they are, “for the people” whilst lining their pockets and thinking only of self!

“Few circumstances are more likely to bring on a political crisis, than alarming representations of its approach.” ~William Benton Clulow

I know, I sound dismal. So,“Why vote?” you may ask. I personally believe that we owe it to our Forefathers. Those who fought, rallied and suffered for this right we so easily dismiss. It is our duty as Americans to do so! We need to get back to loving our country and standing up to the politicians that are reeking havoc on it. While I’m not sure what will happen on November 8th, our choices are discouraging at best. I offer you a glimpse of where we have come from to get where we are today, in a brief history of our rights to vote.

Our American Constitution did not always allow for everyone to vote. There have been multiple Amendments over the past 150+ years. The 14th Amendment only allowed persons born within the US the right to vote. Of course this did not include women or those outside of white men for many years.  Leading to The 15th Amendment which stated, “no citizen would be denied the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” However, this Ammendment only really stated in words which would not be carried out for years due to the Jim Crow Laws that were upheld. You had to be able to pass tests, pay taxes and prove your grandfather would have been able to vote. These all kept minorities still from thee ability to vote. The 19th Amendment guaranteed women a right to vote, not occurring until 1920. Years of women suffrage groups, violence and more- to vote for what was important to us! The 24th Amendment did away with paying taxes for your right to vote, thus fully doing away with the Jim Crow Laws. The 26th Ammendment allowed for any US citizen of age 18 and over to have the right to vote. This had much to do with the idea that boys were old enough to go to war at 18, but not old enough to vote for the Congressmen that were sending them their. Finally, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Not until this time were the last of the barriers fully lifted for minorities voting rights.  Source


Daily Prompt: Panic


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Shock and Aarrr!

“I do like to shock and surprise people. When it’s all in good fun, of course.”~Ruth Warrick

I got to thinking about the word for the Daily Prompt: Shiver. Funny enough, the first thing that came to mind was, “Shiver me timbers!” I must say, this made me giggle. But, I did some digging and found out where the saying originated from.

Shiver Me Timbers– An exclamation, of surprise or otherwise. This phrase originated from when the water or a cannon would hit the ship, and the ship would shake. Hence, shivering, and timbers being the actual ship.”

Now, as comical as the pirates are so often depicted when saying [this] in movies, it was really no laughing matter during battle. If the ships were hit with a cannon ball and the wood splintered, it was often the cause of many wounds or even death. In some English dialects the word shiver actually means, “to splinter.” How ironic!

And, of course, being a huge literature fan I must needs mention “Shiver my timbers” was most famously popularized by the archetypal pirate Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson‘s Treasure Island (1883). Silver used the phrase seven times, as well as variations such as “shiver my sides”, “shiver my soul” and “shake up your timbers”. (Source-Wikipedia)

Today, [it] is just a great source of humor. Honestly, there are many other terms thrown around when we are surprised, oh you know the ones. However, maybe the next time you get shocked try saying, “Shiver me timbers!” and see what looks or reactions you get. Anyway, in the spirit of laughing, I leave you with my favorite interpretation of the saying, “Shiver Me Timbers!” in the following…


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History In The Moon


“I never really thought about how when I look at the moon, it’s the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at.” ~Susan Beth Pfeffer

Today’s Daily Prompt had me a little stumped. But, as I was looking into the word I came across thee above quote. I had never thought about the history of our planet in this way. I mean really considered that those who have ever lived all looked at the very same moon. They have been entranced by its beauty, gazed at it for inspiration or thought about their lover somewhere far away, under the same moon!



via Daily Prompt: Moon


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