Another Richmond Mural

This mural was done in the Vincenty of the Mural I presented a week or two ago under the challenge heading of ‘hands‘. The message was worthy of passing along as was the art work, even though a bit primitive.

A close up view of a well advised message.

The big picture of how this wall ties in with the building on which it is painted.

These murals are located on the South side of Richmond, in an older, more run down part of town.  As with all cities, some areas are better than others.


Antique Fire Hydrant

Last week when I went to Staunton. The orples came along. They are sneaky that way. While I was out and about doing my thing, they were evidently exploring the town too. Check them out, checking out an antique fire hydrant. You never know what your might find, if you pay attention.

“Wowie, Zowie, Olivia!”, check this thing out!, Oscar shouted in delight.

For those of you new to my blog, please let me introduce you to Olivia and Oscar Zimp.  They are the accidental creation of a scientific project gone wrong. You can read all about them, in my first book “How Orples Came To Be“.  These two characters have been busy since they’ve come about. They have already remodeled their “Treasure Tree” to accommodate their new needs, as outlined in book 2  … “The Orples Make A Tree Home“, of the orples series. They have learned to read, as is evident from book 3 … “The Orples Learn To Read“. This book has so recently come about, that it has not even been announced yet. I am waiting for the e-book to be ready for sale. But the softcover version is now available for sale on

Although they try to stay out of sight, the orples have been observed outside of the orples books in various photographs.  If you care to take a peek, you can go to the Orples in Photos section of my side bar.  If you care to learn more about the orples in general, then I invite you to explore the Orples Overview category of my blog.  For a peek into the begins of their story, please check out Insight into How Orples Came To Be . Part 1 … which has links to parts 2,3,4, & 5 from there. Those post include pages out of my first book should you care to explore orples further.  Please keep in mind these loveable little creatures are looking for new friends, so don’t be shy!  They’d love a visit, you know.  In the meantime, Happy Blogging.

Revisiting Staunton, Virginia . Part 2

These are a few more photos of my trip to Staunton last weekend. Some of these give a better view of the lay of the land.

A close up view of the preceding photo

I think these buildings are a little newer than some of the surrounding buildings. If I remember correctly, they were added in the 1960’s and may have replaced older structures. I really don’t know. I added them because the gardens are so pretty.

Sadly, the power lines overhead take away from the charm of the brick in this/these fabulous old structure(s).

This photo gives a good feel for the incline of the street.

Another good view of the terrain.

Rear corner of the old Mill building.

Monsanto . another power grab.

I pray that the people of the WORLD will stand up and say “no” to the G8 summit meeting, although I wonder if we even have a voice.

Monsanto in Charge of Ending Hunger in Africa
by Yifat Susskind
Organic Consumers Association / News Report
Published: Sunday 27 May 2012

This past weekend, President Obama hid out from protesters at Camp David. He was hosting the leaders of the world’s eight wealthiest economies, known as the G8. As they readied to meet, on Friday, Obama put forward his New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

Notice how the titles of the ‘elite’ operations always suggest that the victim of their takeover will actually be benefited in some fashion from their benevolent (wink, wink) actions.  Monsanto needs to be stopped.

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Sunday Photo Challenge . Door

Doors, doors, everywhere are doors … good thing they are not all the same old, same old … these may not be the snazziest of doors, but they do have a character of their own, so with that thought in mind … here are a few doors to add to Jake’s challenge for this week.  These doors are all in Staunton, Virginia. Please enjoy.

There appears to be a drop down when you enter through this door, or else it was cut short to fit the entry? I’m not sure which the case might be. Hmmm?

Two doors . different, but complimentary of each other.

I thought here, the stoop was more interesting than the door, but others might not share my opinion. Such is life.

Weekly Photo Challenge . Summer

Olivia and Oscar have joined Jacob to eat some ice cream sandwiches in celebration of summer. Yum! They’ve been so left out lately, it is past time for a treat, or so I’ve been told.

The orples just love Summer!

Monsanto and the United States bully France

No matter where you live, Monsanto is (or should be) an issue. I thought this article was worth sharing. Please feel free to re-blog, if you so desire. We need to expose these monsters and their bought off politicians for who they are.

Blatant Corruption Exposed as EU

Blocks France’s Ban on Monsanto’s

GMO Maize

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Thursday 24 May 2012

France legislators and officials moved to ban Monsanto’s genetically modified strain of GMO maize over environmental and health concerns, the European Union has decided to step in and re-secure Monsanto’s presence in the country — against the very will of the nation itself. This should come as no surprise when considering the fact that the United States ambassador to France, a business partner to George W. Bush, stated back in 2007 that nations who did not accept Monsanto’s GMO crops will be ‘penalized’. In fact, ambassador Craig Stapleton went as far as to say that the nations should be threatened with military-styled trade wars.

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