Remembering …

Remembrance II


Their blood was lost;

In battle died

While far away

Their mothers cried.

The war not theirs,

But fought they did

For noble cause

Their bodies bled.

With open heart

And focused mind

They gave their all

For humankind.

Remember them,

Forget them not,

Our precious freedom

Their lives bought.


Stream of consciousness words for a day of remembering.


Archie Gordon

A salute to my great uncle, Flight Engineer Archibald Don Gordon, Bomber Command 405 Squadron killed in action April 6, 1942 over the Bay of Biscay, France. He was 23 years old.

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Head Scratcher

Head Scratcher


Somewhere near Bolton Abbey in rural Yorkshire, England, stands this old Roman (?) wall which someone some time ago appears to have tried to “integrate” into an expanded road system. Looks to me like the small archway helps to accommodate cyclists. At any rate, it’s a real study … and a bit of a head scratcher.

Kudos to the local government for not tearing down history in favour of all things modern.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely


Alphabet II

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet


This image speaks to the writer in me.

Every letter of the alphabet is represented in this old word processor, which is only a few decades removed from the model I learned to type on way back when.

Carbon copies and triplicate, white out and erasers.

“Those were the days,” she sighed with a hint of sarcasm.

Image captured at Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta.

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“This is your victory!”


Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

“God bless you all. This is your victory! It is the victory of the cause of freedom in every land. In all our long history we have never seen a greater day than this. Everyone, man or woman, has done their best. Everyone has tried. Neither the long years, nor the dangers, nor the fierce attacks of the enemy, have in any way weakened the unbending resolve of the British nation. God bless you all.”

Winston Churchill … May 8, 1945
Whitehall, London


During a visit to Yorkshire two years ago we stopped at a village that was hosting a victory re-enactment of the Second World War. We didn’t stay long, but were there long enough to enjoy the spirited revival of an extraordinary moment in British history.

The gentleman in this image delivered a powerful rendering of Winston Churchill’s victory speech and was my obvious choice for this challenge.


Peace and prayers for Paris at this difficult time.

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