Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

Apr
18

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“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

1 Peter 2:24

 

PAYING BILLS

Every one of us at some time or other has walked into an office, mailed or paid on-line a bill — for telephone service, electricity, or some other obligation we have incurred.  We hand the money over for the bill we owe, and receive a receipt.  The company could never collect that bill from us again, for if they tried to do so, we would produce the receipt and they would know that the matter had been cleared, and that we were free from the obligation forever.

The Lord Jesus Christ walked up to Calvary, which was God’s desk for payment of the bill of our sins.  The account was heavy against us, and the Lord Jesus Christ could settle the account by shedding His blood in dying for us.

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HE PAID IT ALL!

Photos were taken at The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona.

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Apr
12

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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

I have posted a number of memorials and monuments in the past on this blog. I search my archives and found these photos of Christopher Columbus’ Monument located on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

When I was in elementary school our teacher taught us the below poem to remember the history of Columbus.

IN 1492


In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

 

A few years ago, two replicas of Columbus’ ships, The Nina and The Pinta were on exhibit on our North Shore.  Above are photos I took of the event.  I guess you could say they are traveling monument’s of Columbus’ voyage.

 

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Apr
11

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ZEBRA BACK

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INSIDE DOME OF THE CAPITAL WASHINGTON, D.C.

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BOTTOM OF ROCK POOL

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CEILING CONCERT HALL

I leave you with the patterns of dancing waters that I filmed in Station Square of Pittsburgh, a few years ago.

DANCING WATERS

Take a visit over to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for more patterns.

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Apr
11

ANIMAL NOSES

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Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face

Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.

Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.

Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.

Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.

Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place–
be glad your nose is on your face!

by Jack Prelutsky

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Apr
01

PIRATE PARROT

The Pirate Parrot introduced in 1979, The Pirate Parrot is the popular costumed mascot of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He entertains the crowds at all Pirates home games by dancing, interacting with fans — young and old — and leading cheers.

In addition, The Parrot often appears at events and fundraisers throughout the region, as well as Pirates team functions.

ICEBURG

Iceburgh, the official mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has been entertaining hockey fans worldwide since 1992. As one of the Penguins’ most popular ambassadors, not to mention one of the NHL’s most beloved mascots, you can find Iceburgh leading cheers and dancing in the aisles at every Penguins home game, attending major hockey events around the world, visiting local schools, or just spending time at local hospitals and community events. There’s no doubt about it, Iceburgh is one busy Penguin!

STEELY McBEAM

The Pittsburgh Steelers. They stand for might. They stand for strength. They stand for hard-working, old-fashioned, American blue-collar values. They stand for … Steely McBeam!

Steely is the youngest mascot, having been introduced to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2007.  He seems to be a hard-working steel man, who wears a hard hat, carries a steel beam and has Bill Cowher’s jaw.  McBeam doesn’t look funny and friendly like the other mascots; he looks more like someone you might want to get a beer with.

ROC THE PITT PANTHER

The Pitt Panther but better known as ROC has now been alive for over 100 years. He is a formidable addition to any athletic event at Pitt. Whether it is football, basketball, or an olympic sport there is always a chance that you will run into the beloved mascot. Most recently ROC was awarded ‘All-American’ status as well as being named the 2010 ‘Most Collegiate Mascot’ at NCA’s Collegiate Mascot Camp. This award is given to the mascot that showed the most school spirit and was most enthusiastic throughout their time at camp. ROC has also been active in the community as of late. Whether it is charity events, community functions, parades, birthday parties, and even weddings, ROC brings his Blue and Gold pride to share with all.

All information taken from the internet.

HIGH SCHOOL MASCOTS

EAGLES & BULLS 

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Mar
30

 THE GUMBALL MACHINE

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Do you remember as a child saving your penny, nickel or quarter to feed into the gumball machine?  Originally one penny, the standard cost of one gumball in the United States is now a quarter.

During my childhood this piece of bubble gum cost a nickel.  The machines could be found in the supermarket, the corner stores and at the amusement parks.

I would put my nickel into the slot at the base of the machine, turn the handle clockwise at a 360 degree angle and wait for my piece of candy to be dispensed into a chute at the bottom of the machine that was closed off by a little metal hanging flap.

I remember putting that big round piece of hard candy in the jaw of my mouth, sucking on it until is became soft, and then crack into it and start blowing large bubbles.  Boy, was that fun.  If I was lucky I would come across the gumball machines that had the small rectangular pieces of gum and you received a handful of little pieces instead of one large piece.

I saw these lines of gumball machines at the mall and they brought back some odd ball memories of childhood pleasures.  Do you have such odd ball memories?

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Mar
28

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Mar
28

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While walking along the streets where the Pittsburgh Arts Festival was located, there were a number of very alive looking statues that got a lot of attention. The details of the images portrayed by the sculptures, from facial expression to the objects in their hands was amazing. These statues were done by world-renowned artist J. Seward Johnson Jr.  One of the life-like statues is a sculpture of a businessman hailing a Taxi. This piece of art is appropriately named Taxi.

The sculptures portray all different kinds of individuals being busy at doing day-to-day activities. Below are a few that I have photographed from the 2012 exhibition.

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You can see more statues at Where’s My Backpack?

 

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Mar
26

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Visit Cee’s Photography for more texture photos.

 

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Mar
25

TAGGED “L” - LIGHT UP NIGHT

I am not very good at night photography, but here are a few of the city that I captured on Light Up Night, when all the building lights in the city are lit to welcome in the holiday season.  It is when Pittsburgh puts on its party clothes and dresses up to impress all of its visitors.

What’s so unique and fun about Light Up Night is that it is a free outdoor event that truly has something for everyone – families with small children, college students, and grown-ups who are kids at heart.  There are Horse-Drawn Carriage rides, photos with Santa Claus, the Pittsburgh Crèche, and don’t miss the party on the Roberto Clemente Bridge with music, and lots of different food booths to choose from.

SKYLINE OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH

SKYLINE AT NIGHT

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