We are Weeping

My daughter, Anna, writes in light of the recent police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and the ambush of police in Dallas last night. This violence strikes a particular grief and concern to our family’s heart since we have a black son-in-law and family and friends in law enforcement. Believers, pray for the peace and love of God to overcome this evil through our attitudes, words and actions. Here are her thoughts:


Cousins at play

“Did you hear?” my friend asked yesterday morning, “Yes, not another one.” I said helping my kids out of my car. Both shaking our heads, both weary. I grew up in Memphis in …

Source: We are Weeping

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

Sara Rosso challenges: “In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that means On Top!”

In fulfilling last’s week’s challenge of “Monument,” my object (the JFK Monument in Dallas, Texas) was near a fascinating object “on top.” From my vantage at the Kennedy Memorial Plaza, I took the pictures of the old Dallas Court House with only the Clock Tower visible over the trees that grow to its east. Now called the Old Red Museum, this renovated building houses local historical artifacts.

Built in 1892 of red sandstone rusticated marble accents, the courthouse was replaced in 1966. Apparently, the original clock tower was an after thought and not a part of the original blueprints. As a result of that poor planning, there were ultimately compromises in structural integrity, and the original clock tower was removed 1919. However, renovations to “Old Red” in the 2000’s enabled the tower to be restored. In my opinion, clock/bell towers are the proper caps “on top” of old courthouses.

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This Youtube video takes a peek inside the clock tower and includes the bell ringing at the four o’clock hour (2:55).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

“A place of quiet refuge, an enclosed place of thought and contemplation, separated from the city around, but near the sky and earth.”  Philip Johnson, Architect of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Monument in Dallas, Texas.

The John F Kennedy Monument, designed by architect Philip Johnson, represents a cenotaph, or “open tomb,” to symbolize the freedom of JFK’s spirit. It is a 30 feet high and 50 by 50 feet wide roofless room, constructed with 72 white pre-cast concrete columns. Positioned within two-blocks of the Dealey Plaza and the spot of the President’s assassination, this is a must see if in Dallas, Texas.

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