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The Wall That Heals

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The Wall That Heals Image One
All Photos Are Personal Collection 10-19-2018

Yesterday, my friend Ray and I went to see The Wall That Heals. It came to Wake Forest, NC, over the weekend, sponsored by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and held at the E. Carroll Joyner Park.

In a previous post, I talked about nearly being an Army brat. I also could have potentially been fatherless as 2nd Lieutenants had short life spans in Vietnam, but…that was not my fate…nor, the fate of my father.

I do not personally know anyone that died in Vietnam. I have no names to scratch for my own memories but, my partner, my ‘significant other’ knew many that perished as he was in country 1967-1968 with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 (PDF) at Camp Haskins-South, Red Beach, Da Nang . There will be a future post on him.

Veteran Dave Image Two
A veteran named Dave. He was grieving and I gave him a copy of this.
Travis & Mark Image Three
A veteran named Travis (left). A veteran named Mark. Each received a copy.
Mother & Daughter Image Four
Mother and daughter. I tried to share to the daughter but, I messed up the phone number.
Ray Image Five
Ray scanning names.
Little Ones Image Six
The little ones with their Mom. She wanted them to understand.
Cover Image Seven
Veteran Travis left a ball cap/cover for his USS Oriskany shipmates that perished in a fire in 10-26-1966. The two reflections are me & veteran Travis.
Dale R Buis Image Eight
Dale R. Buis, the first casualty.
Van De Geer Image Nine
Richard Van De Geer, the last ‘known’ casualty.
Flags Image Ten
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines & Coast Guard (right to left).

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~Never Forget~

Shutterbug Saturday: October Beauty

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Mum Image One
Front porch Mums. (Personal Collection 10-13-2018)


Coleus Image Two
A Coleus farm amid the weeds. (Personal Collection 10-13-2018)


Happy Bee Image Three
The happy bee. (Personal Collection 10-13-2018)


Fuchsia & Red Mums Image Four
Fuchsia & red Mums. Side patio. (Personal Collection 10-13-2018)


October Berries Image Five
October berries. (Personal Collection 10-13-2018)


October Rose Image Six
October Rose. (Personal Collection 10-13-2018)


October Sun Image Seven
My friend Ray in the October sun. (Personal Collection 10-13-2018)


Orange/Yellow Mum Image Eight
Beautiful orange & yellow Mum in my concrete planter. (Personal Collection 10-13-2018)


Lavendar Flowers Image Nine
Lavender flowers in the Turnip Patch Park. I wish I knew what they were. (Personal Collection 10-06-2018)


October Sunset Image Ten
October sunset. (Personal Collection 10-06-2018)

Shutterbug Saturday: Loving Fall

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The leaves, the leaves are falling…

A pathway in our local Riverwalk.

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Personal Collection 09-23-2018

Local pink Mums.

Personal Collection 10-06-2018

One of many resting benches along the Riverwalk.

Personal Collection 09-23-2018

Lovely lavender Mums.

Personal Collection 10-06-2018

One of several Riverwalk bridges.

Personal Collection 09-23-2018

I spent my day running errands, enjoying walking the Riverwalk and getting my beloved Mum collection. When I walked out of the house at Noon, the temperature was 72°. I love this time of year. I just wish the mosquitoes would go away, already. ~Victoria

Harvest Moon 2018

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Well. I was intending to take pictures of the Moon and post them. Alas, that just isn’t happening. We have cloud cover so thick, I can’t even see a faint glow. Bummer.

Traditionally referred to as the Harvest Moon due to the fact that it is the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox, this Moon is also known as the Corn Moon and the Fruit Moon. This Moon was important to early farmers because they had more bright moon nights to gather crops. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice, the primary Native American staples, are now ready for gathering.

100% full illumination occurred just a bit, ago, at 10:52pm EDT.

The three pix, below, are from the full moon on September 6, 2017.

Personal Collection 09-06-2017
Personal Collection 09-06-2017
Personal Collection 09-06-2017

Howl for me…
~Victoria ❤

Autumnal Equinox 2018

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A beautiful moth in the butterfly garden of Gold Park.

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Personal Collection 09-22-2018

 

These golden beauties line the walkway at Gold Park.

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Personal Collection 09-22-2018

 

These look like a distant cousin of Coreopsis.

Image Three
Personal Collection 09-22-2018

 

Baby pine tree.

Image Four
Personal Collection 09-22-2018

 

That is a handcrafted bee hotel at Gold Park.

Image Five
Personal Collection 09-22-2018

 

One week ago, the Eno was completely out of its banks.

Image Six
Personal Collection 09-22-2018

 

Soothing sounds. I could listen to this all day.

 

It was a wonderful walk. There was a breeze and the temperature was in the higher 80s instead of the 90s. Fall is finally here. The local trees’ leaves aren’t changing color just yet but, many are ‘leaf dropping’, including the huge Maple tree in my front yard. I sat in my Adirondack for a couple of hours, journaling. I look forward to the mosquitoes leaving. They are still here. ~Victoria

The Autumnal Equinox for this area of the Northern Hemisphere was at 9:54pm EDT.

From www.almanac.com:

Why is it called ‘an equinox’?
The word comes from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night”.

During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator”. Imagine a line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky above the equator from north to south. Earth’s two hemispheres receive the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, so at this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.

Fun Facts & Myths

From www.timeanddate.com:

The Snake of Sunlight
A famous ancient equinox celebration was the Mayan sacrificial ritual by the main pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico. The pyramid, known as El Castillo, has 4 staircases running from the top to the bottom of the pyramid’s faces, notorious for the bloody human sacrifices that used to take place here. The staircases are built at a carefully calculated angle which makes it look like an enormous snake of sunlight slithers down the stairs on the day of the equinox.

Other Customs

Shutterbug Saturday

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Flowers, critters and ‘shrooms for today.

My favorite place to sit.

Coleus & Adirondack Image
Personal Collection From 08-25-2018

 

Just hanging out.

Flowers & Bug Image
Personal Collection From 09-08-2018

 

Got the bee’s hiney. LOL!

Flowers & Bee Image
Personal Collection From 09-08-2018

 

Another shot of the Bumble I chased all over the yard.

Bumble In The Liriope Image
Personal Collection From 08-17-2018

 

Happy ‘shrooms on the hill.

Shroom Farm Image
Personal Collection From 08-07-2018

~Victoria ❤

Shutterbug Saturday

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Flowers for everyone!

That is one happy grasshopper.

Flower Image One
Personal Collection

 
 
I see you! Arizona Sun.
Flower Image Two
Personal Collection

 
 
A cheery Rose of Sharon bush bloom.
Flower Image Three
Personal Collection

 
 
Isolated pair of Black-Eyed Susans just hanging out.
Flower Image Four
Personal Collection

 
 
This was a BIG, happy Hibiscus.
Flower Image Five
Personal Collection

 
 
I followed that Bumblebee all over the place. It was hopping from Liriope to Liriope. I finally caught it in flight. You can just see its wings.
Flower Image Six
Personal Collection

I wander all over my neighborhood snapping pictures with my Samsung stupidphone. The Bumble and the Liriope are in my yard.

~Victoria ❤