I can remember the first business trip I took to the NYC area in 1970. We had dinner at the famous Bahrs Restaurant. It was a lavish place that looked out on a bay of the ocean. Being from the Midwest I was astonished by the seafood available on the menu. Of course since then the nation is now filled with franchise fast food restaurants to gobble up so much of the eating-out dollar. I still go to Bahrs when I am in the area…
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One of the most peaceful places I have found on this earth is at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village near Lexington KY. It is a recreated village from the 1800s. One of the concepts I have adopted from my Quaker friends is the idea of “centering down”. That is to clear your mind of all the clutter of daily activity in order to listen for the messages of our creator. I find Pleasant Hill an outstanding place to do just that. I don’t mind the idea of melding the best of two religions together to come closer to God. Pleasant Hill is peaceful beyond description. I have spent several days staying at one of the rooms in the village just taking in the ambiance.
If you are ever in the central Kentucky area stop by for a visit. You will remember your time there for the rest of your life.
(As usual click on any of the images below to get a bigger picture)
Being a U.S. history buff Williamsburg VA is one of my favorite places to visit. I first visited there during my senior trip in high school in 1965. Of course back then I was more interested in other things so even though it impressed me on some level it was “no big deal”. It would be over twenty years later that I thoroughly fell in love with the place. Most of the pictures below were from that visit.
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We will soon be off to another visit to New York City. It is on my wife’s bucket list to see the 911 Memorial and to visit Central Park one more time. We lived in central New Jersey between 1996 and 2000. Over that time we made several visits escorting relatives into the city. Our last trip to the World Trade Center was in January 2000 when we ate at the “Windows to the World” restaurant at the top of one of the towers.
I pulled some photos of WTC and Central Park out of our archive to commemorate our visits. Of course many more will be added on this trip. By the way, that beautiful lady posing at Ellis Island is my wife . (click on any picture to see a larger version)
For some unknown reason I have always been fascinated by group pictures such as shown in my revised header above and a larger copy here. I love looking at each individual face and trying to imagine their life story. In studying local history such as from the picture above I have come to understand just how hard previous generations have it compared to ours. It makes me appreciate all that I have today.
We must remember that our grandparents, or maybe great grandparent, often time worked a twelve-hour day six days a week to just put bread on the table for their family. I suspect that many in the picture above due to working around limestone came down with emphysema and other such lung related problems. Many, like their coal miner brethren, likely died of lung cancer. There is still a very strong limestone industry just south of where I live. But I am sure that their employer now takes the necessary precautions to prevent such dangerous environments that those in this picture faced.
I am not much of a collector as such. I do have a few “Simplify” signs strewn around my study that I have been collecting for a decade or so. I am now on the lookout for pictures like the above. I take digital copies where I can but I would really like to gather some of the old originals. I have had that opportunity in the past but sadly didn’t take advantage of it.
For some reason I look at group pictures and have a sense of empathy for all those who posed in front of a camera many years ago. I think that is one of the reasons I have such a passion for local histories. During the past twelve years my wife and I have made at least one annual trek to various cities within a day or two driving distance. We spend much of our time there studying its history. I have collected many books and such and I will soon be presenting in a new blog. For those who might be interested I will be giving you more info about this new project soon.
In order to appreciate what we have today we must understand how those who have lived before us helped shape our present world.