Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

Apr
29

Nationality Room at the

University of Pittsburgh 

If you ever visit the city of Pittsburgh, you must visit the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh.  I took these photos on one of my many visits here.

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Apr
28

HERE A CAR

THERE A CAR

EVERYWHERE A CAR

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Apr
28

LIKE THE DEW IN THE MORNING

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Years ago I was part of a worship team that sang praise songs to prepare the congregation for the Word of God.  “Like The Dew” was a personal favorite.  It was a very simple song that was sung very softly over and over.

“Like The Dew”

Like the dew in the morning
gently rest upon my heart
Like the dew in the morning
May it rest upon my heart.

Rest, we say rest,
Come on and rest, we say rest.

Reign, we say reign
Come on and reign,
We say reign
move, we say move,
Come on and move,
We say move

Rest, move, yes, rest, reign, move, yes, rest

Like the dew in the morning
gently rest upon my heart
Like the dew in the morning
May it rest upon my heart.

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THE DEW FALL

I have found that the quiet early hours of the morning are a time when God shows us how the Holy Spirit works in our lives.

In those hours the dew covers the ground and soaks it.  Water comes to the ground in various ways, such as rainfall and snowfall which are easily seen, and also dew fall, which is when water covers the ground in the form of dew.

Dew fall is a quiet process: it forms silently and gradually.

There is a something mysterious about dew. You can be outside in the evening when the ground is dry, but go outside in the morning and find it is wet. Unlike rainfall, you do not hear dew fall. You may ask yourself, “Did it rain last night again?” But it was not rainfall; it was dew fall.

This song to me is a request to God to rain down His Holy Spirit over my life.  Feed me like He fed the Israelites in the desert.  When I partake of His Holy Spirit, He comes to the interior of my heart like the dew: quietly, gradually, and surprisingly — until after a while of friendship with the Holy Spirit, I am soaked with God’s love like dew on the grass. Everything is different. Like a well-nourished tree, you produce the “fruits of the spirit:” love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

“Like the dew in the morning
gently rest upon my heart”

 

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I was asked by Boeta to participate in the five photos, five stories photo challenge. This post is my day two post.

“Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.”

If anyone wishes to participate, please do so.

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Apr
27

IRISH WOLFHOUND

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The photos were taken of the backs of chairs located in the Irish Classroom. The classroom is part of the Nationality Rooms located in The Cathedral Of Learning on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

The last picture was taken from the internet.

The Irish Wolfhound is a giant-sized dog, one of the tallest breeds in the world, reaching the size of a small pony. The head is long and the skull is not too broad. The muzzle is long and somewhat pointed. The small ears are carried back against the head when the dog is relaxed and partway pricked when the dog is excited. The neck is long, strong and well arched. The chest is wide and deep. The long tail hangs down and is slightly curved. The legs are long and strong. The feet are round, with well-arched toes. The wiry, shaggy coat is rough to the touch on the head, body and legs and longer over the eyes and under the jaw. Coat colors include gray, brindle, red, black, pure white or fawn, with gray being the most common.

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Apr
27

I was asked by Boeta to participate in the five photos, five stories photo challenge.  Thank you for the invitation.  Here is my first entry.

BRIDGING HEAVEN AND EARTH

But with God all things are possible.  Matthew 19:26

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Walking on the moon was once considered to be impossible, yet Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldin did just that on July 20, 1969.  Michael Collins, the astronaut who remained aloft in the Columbia, writes of another seeming impossibility overcome that day.

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“They hadn’t been out on the surface very long when the three of us got a big surprise.  The President of the United States began talking on the radio!  Mr. Nixon said, “Neil and Buzz, I am talking to you by telephone from the Oval Office at the White House, and this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made…Because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of man’s world.  As you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to earth.”

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Our prayers are like an unseen communication link spanning heaven and earth.  Things once regarded as impossible become possible when that link is firmly established.

 PRAYING FOR YOU

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it

can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.

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Credits:

God’s Little Daily Devotional

Inspiration & Wisdom to Lift Your Spirit & Calm Your Soul

Photos:  Francine Gassette

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Apr
26

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Silent Sunday

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Apr
26

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

There is nothing more exciting and full of action, speed and motion than a championship football game.

Here are a few still motion shots I’ve taken of my grandson’s football game.

THE KICKOFF

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PASS AND HAND OFF

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THE RUN

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TACKLE

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TOUCHDOWN 

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CELEBRATION OF VICTORY

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Apr
21

CIRROCUMULUS CLOUDS

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Cirrocumulus clouds are small rounded puffs that usually appear in long rows high in the sky. Cirrocumulus are usually white, but sometimes appear gray. They are the same size or smaller than the width of your littlest finger when you hold up your hand at arm’s length. When these clouds cover a lot of the sky, they can look like the scales of a fish, which is it is called a “mackerel sky.” Cirrocumulus are common in winter and indicate fair, but cold, weather.

ALTOCUMULUS CLOUDS

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Altocumulus clouds are mid-level, grayish-white with one part darker than the other. Altocumulus clouds usually form in groups and are about one kilometer thick. Altocumulus clouds are about as wide as your thumb when you hold up your hand at arm’s length. If you see altocumulus clouds on a warm, humid morning, there might be a thunderstorm by late afternoon.

ALTOSTRATUS CLOUDS

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Altostratus clouds are mid-level, gray or blue-gray clouds that usually covers the whole sky. The Sun or moon may shine through an altostratus cloud, but will appear watery or fuzzy. If you see altostratus clouds, a storm with continuous rain or snow might be on its way. Occasionally, rain falls from an altostratus cloud. If the rain hits the ground, then the cloud has become a nimbostratus.

CUMULUS CLOUDS

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Cumulus clouds have vertical growth. They are puffy white or light gray clouds that look like floating cotton balls. Cumulus clouds have sharp outlines and a flat base at a height of 1000m. They are generally about one kilometer wide which is about the size of your fist or larger when you hold up your hand at arm’s length to look at the cloud. Cumulus clouds can be associated with fair or stormy weather. Watch for rain showers when the cloud’s tops look like cauliflower heads.

STRATUS CLOUDS

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Stratus clouds are low and have a uniform gray in color and can cover most or all of the sky. Stratus clouds can look like a fog that doesn’t reach the ground. Light mist or drizzle is sometimes falling when stratus clouds are in the sky.

HOW CLOUDS ARE FORMED

As air rises it cools and decreases pressure, spreading out. Clouds form when the air cools below the dewpoint, and the air can not hold as much water vapor.

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Apr
20

FLATIRON BUILDING 

TAKEN AT DUSK

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TAKEN AT MIDDAY

 

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While taking a tour of downtown Manhattan we came upon this wonderful building looking as though it were sitting in the center of the street.

Notice the center line of this unusual building, called the Flatiron Building.  The distinctive triangular shape of this building, designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, allowed it to fill the wedge-shaped property located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

“When the Flatiron Building first opened, female tenants were at a disadvantage, as the building’s designers had failed to include any ladies’ restrooms. Management had to designate bathrooms for men and women on alternating floors.”

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Apr
20

RECYCLE TRASH CAN

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SHOES ON A LINE

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THEY LOOK ALIKE TO ME

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ODD, BUT INTERESTING SIGN!

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