The Last Festival

PHOTO PROMPT © Bill Reynolds As she stared at the damaged greenhouse she was transported back to last year's beer festival, an annual open-air jamboree with live music. People from all over the state and even overseas flocked like birds every year.  She hated going. While everyone else was having a good time, she suffered in the sweltering …

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Achaia

Sunset over the ruin of the Patras castle in the Peloponnese region of Greece. My husband, Jon and I are on a two-day tour of North-Western part of Peloponnese. We arrived by car this morning and are staying at the Maison Grecque Hotel in the center of Patra. Patra, which is the third largest city in …

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Love Lives On/Tranquil #writephoto

I stood there in the secluded spot and tranquil place where we used to meet.  It was our secret place where we could love each other freely.  Back there it was against the law for a white man and a black woman to have relations.  Race mixing as they called it was banned.  The punishment …

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Claudette Colvin

She was the original Rosa Parks. Dubbed the original Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin was arrested in 1955 at the age of 15 for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman on a crowded segregated bus.  The incident began when the bus she and her friends were on filled up and there was …

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Going Back

She stood across the road Making sure no one saw Her.  They didn’t seem To notice her.  They were Greeting one another as They climbed the stairs And went through the Open doors.   It was a beautiful day Sunny and comfortable She was wearing a new outfit.  The one she bought A week ago.  …

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The Untouchables

300 million Dalits or “Untouchables” comprise the lowest rung of the still-practiced Hindu caste system. These people are despised, viewed as subhuman, and treated like dirt - Gospel for Asia A small girl walks barefoot around a half-starved dog lying in her path. She picks her way over garbage and sewer-sodden ground as she approaches …

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Rejoice Always

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:5) Paul encouraged the Christians in Philippi to always rejoice in  the Lord.  He repeated this to show how important it is.  Paul wrote this letter while he was in a Roman prison awaiting trial.  He had reason to rejoice in the Lord.  His …

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