Saturday, July 23, 2011

From My Window: Early Morning Storm

Scary, isn't it, when lightning storms hover right over you, waking you in the middle of the night.

This occurred Thursday night as well, at approximately the same time: 12:30 AM.

Not the highest quality video, but better than nothing.

The last boomer dumped the power here, which finally was restored at 12:55 this afternoon.

For some reason, here along the Lake Michigan shore, the storms get much more fierce.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

From My Window: This evening's fog...

...looking from northeast to northwest
at 6:45 PM CDT.

Oh, almost forgot...Chicago's many miles of beaches were shut down today due the fog and the fear that the lifeguards might not be able to spot a swimmer in trouble.

Apparently, we are all too stupid and cannot take care of ourselves properly and responsibly while at the beach on yet another 90 degree day.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bastille Day!

Claude Monet captured the celebration beautifully, yes?

And today is also the birthday of my grandmother.  Born in 1889, Martha chose to marry Benedikt, against the wishes of her family, and they came to the USA in 1912.  Their first son, my father, was born in December of 1914.

My Gramma, as we all called her, was a beautiful woman, a wonderful human being.  She passed in August of 1983....

If not for her, I would not exist.

So, today, I do not celebrate 'all things French', but look back to my childhood days, spent with my beloved 'Gramma'.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 one seems to notice ART IN MOTION, I show you, again...

What is it you do not like about me achieving my GOAL of sharing these marvelous days?

Honestly...after dealing with this stupid troll and all my physical probs...I just might DEPRIVE all of you of a look into the mind of a true artist.

I, yes me, myself, shot every pic, and Photshopped each, most carefully, to make a beautiful video/slideshow...because my goal in my life is to re-create the beauty which we were granted.

Sooooo sick of Obama garbage, and they are both garbage...dithering idiots.

"Whatever happens is a result of their conduct."

I am 65 years old.

I like peas, a wonderful and healthful legume.

In my own estimation, however, Barky's "Eat your Peas" quote shows that he, himself, DISDAINS this marvelous GREEN legume.

Barky should also fall away from the idea (as should his fugly wifey), that HE is the 'parent' of these grand United States of America!

That freakin' troll...

..does NOT seem to understand...much of anything.

"Don't worry, the church that you hate used this YouTube also and gave them proper acknowledgement. See you ain't the only one - Racist!

Stupid, just a stupid man..he and his half-underground...with glass blocks for windows.

And accusing me of being RACIST?  For what?

Dumb, Michael.  Go away now, and take your meds, like a good little 37-year old boy....

Not on our watch!

This is a man...a man who turned on that little button known as "common sense".

Herman Cain is, and should be, the 'father figure' Barack never had.

Loo-ey, at his best

If only Barky would have taken notice..butt he was so caught up with the olden days, which is the equivalent of Saul Alinsky!

And if Louis Armstrong was still alive, I truly think he would ask for impeachment of this 'poseur'!

Though my unmedicated troll...

...and his 'friends' have consistently called me a 'racist', I ask them:

Why would I be willing to support Herman Cain?

This gentleman is seemingly more 'presidential' than several past Presidents.

This gentleman KNOWS what real is, unlike the current 'renters' in our White House.

Herman Cain: a beautiful American and, a beautiful human being.

Gee golly whiz! Somehow, I cannot envision Herman Cain 'threatening' to stop my Social Security check?

Hey, don't play golf with my (and others') money!

And don't threaten me and other seniors, as you did last evening, Barky.

He's getting quite huffy-puffy, isn't he?

Just like a 6 year old who can't get what he wants and throws a tantrum.

Except...he is a 50 year old man, who has never held a REAL job in the private sector.

Oh, BTW...SS checks do not 'get mailed' on the third of the month, Barky...that's when they must arrive!

What a putz!

D'oh!!  Anyone?  Bueller?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How we perceived life...once

Most poignant pic of the day

PALM DESERT, CA - JULY 12: Steve Ford (L) comforts his brother Jack Ford during the funeral for their mother and former first lady Betty Ford at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church July 12, 2011 in Palm Desert, California. Family, dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clintonattended the service at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, during which former first lady Rosalynn Carterand journalist Cokie Roberts presented eulogies for the outspoken Ford, who will be buried alongside her husband, former President Gerald R. Ford, in Grand Rapids, Michigan following a second service July 14.


When my own Mother passed, in 1982, there were politicians at her funeral, too.  But they were always 'too busy' to visit her...she suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis--ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)...and they, Dems all, apparently thought she was USELESS at that point.

She still had her very good brain...simply, she could no longer speak.

THAT'S when I began to distrust Democrats...and it will always be that way, especially as I, myself, am now 65, disabled, and the Obama-boy is saying my SS check might not be there on August 3rd?


My deepest condolences to the Ford family upon the loss of your very courageous outspoken mother.

She did all of us well!

Friday, July 8, 2011

I really think this bears repeating...

...don't you?

I understand how many hours it took to make this video...and "ziocody" deserves more credit than he or she has gotten so far.

Does Barack even know ANYTHING of American History?  Other than black slavery, as told to him by his wifey?  He is not 'black'...he is mulatto, and continually seems to deny his Caucasian roots.
A false man, a phoney pResident.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Just in didn't catch it

A Message to Michelle

First of all, Michelle, you are NEVER fully dressed.

You are pretty ugly.

Even when and if you smile

[spoken] So, for all of the "Hours of Smiles" Family, 
this is Bert Healy saying... 
[singing] Hey hobo man, 
Hey Dapper Dan, 
You've both got your style 

But brother, you're never fully dressed 
Without a smile 
Your clothes may be Beau Brummelly 
They stand out a mile 
But brother you're never fully dressed 
Without a smile 

[spoken] Who cares what they're wearing 
on Main Street of Saville Row 
It's what you wear from ear to ear 
And not from head to toe. 

That matters 

[spoken] Ah. the lovely Boylan Sisters. 

Doo doodle-oo doo 
Doo doodle-oo doo 
Doo doo doo doo 
Doo doo doo 

Who cares what they're wearing on Main Street 
or Saville Row 
It's what you wear from ear to ear 
And not from head to toe that matters 
So, Senator, so, janitor 
So long for a while 
Remember you're never fully dressed 
Though you may wear the best 
You're never fully dressed without a 
Smile darn ya, smile.


First of all, I used to hate hearing "Tomorrow" by the violinists at brunch in the Hyatt in Milwaukee.

Then...I worked the show, as costume assistant to Mr. Rhodes Reason, who was playing 'Daddy Warbucks' with the First Tour.

And I found those children to be especially adorable, even when the 'Annie' peed during the curtain calls.

Perhaps...just perhaps...

It must have been wonderful... sing alongside your Dad!

To those two guys...up there...

Mighty Sun!

"Canto della Terra"

The Translation:

Yes I know 
My love, that you and I 
Are together briefly
For just a few moments 
In silence
As we look out of our windows
And listen
To the sky
And to a world
That's awakening
And the night is already far away
Already, far away

Look at this world 
Spinning with us
Even in the dark 
Look at this world 
Spinning for us
Giving us hope and some 
Sun, sun sun

My love, you are you my love
I hear your voice, 
And I listen to the sea.
It sounds just like your breathing
And all the love you want to give me
This love
That is there, hidden 
Hidden among the waves
All the waves in the world
Just like a boat that....

Look at this world
Spinning with us
Even in the dark
Look at this world 
Spinning for us
Giving us hope,
And some sun, sun, sun,
Some sun, sun, sun.

Look at this world
Spinning with us
Giving us some sun,
Mighty sun
Mighty sun
Mighty sun

For what is man?

There's certainly nothing wrong with listening to Sinatra on a Thursday, is there?

Does Barky, ever-deficient in American history, even know who Frank Sinatra was?


Just a li'l bit o' history for Barack to study.

Dedicated to the troll...your time is coming, creep!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

So maybe you don't like the fact...

...that I have been able to achieve
a good part of a 29 year old GOAL?

When I visited Italy, for the first time, I was intent on shooting research shots...because I was then a Scenic Designer/ Scenic Artist...very intent upon replicating anywhere in Italy, when necessary.

These are my shots, which I never had the money to make the coffee table book I so wanted to do.

I am more than pleased to be 'still alive at 65' and share this 1982 tour through Genova, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, with all of you.

All 35mm slides have been digitally scanned, color-corrected, cropped  and Photoshopped (TM) to enhance your viewing pleasure.

I hope some of you enjoy?
Any other questions, or if you have a photo you would like retouched or restored, go to

From a Great Friend...


Let's dance, shall we?

Seems more to me as if he's dancing with a bunch of 'Wannabes'...and he THINKS he's the Dance Captain!

(Which, of course, he never could be, cuz he gots no RHYTHM!  Never had and never will!)

I use the KISS principle in my daily life...and I call Barry Dunham X  Little Soetoro a FAIL, a spectacular FAIL!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Come, take a walk with me...

...through 1982 Genova.

Listen carefully...

...then make your own decision in 2012.

May God save the American States!

My Beautiful America!

Take a moment today...and thank God you live here!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Just watch, then think a bit...

...and remember all of those who fought, and are STILL fighting for our independence, our freedom.

From comes this beautiful piece:

Uploaded by ziocody on Oct 12, 2010

"Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. Many people display the American flag on their homes. The celebrations have deep roots in the American tradition of political freedom.

You probably recognize this popular song that has played in countless films and TV productions. Adagio for Strings, composed by Samuel Barber, has also been arranged for choral performances. More recently I found the robust brass arrangement and it has haunted me to do something more with it. My journey in life took me to the Capitol and I would like to think what you see and hear are a perfect fit.

Honor Air is an effort to charter flights to the National Mall bringing war veterans to see the memorials. Even though he served during WWII, my Grandfather who is 94 chose not to go because he didn't want to take the seat of a veteran who saw combat. Part of the reason I produced this piece was to bring the monuments to him.

Your comments are appreciated.

The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

PRESIDENT LINCOLN, hearing that a mother had given five sons to the Union army, and that all of them had been killed on the battlefield, wrote her the following letter of sympathy :


" Dear Madam—I have been shown, in the files of the War Department, a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which shall attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours very sincerely and respectfully, A. LINCOLN."

Thank you
so much, ziocody!

To begin this weekend of Independence Day

And...hopefully we shall all become independent (SOON) of Barack INSANE Obama...or whoever the heck he is!

Happy Independence Day...EVERYONE!