Thursday, January 19, 2017

A New Addition to the Family

Meet Gizmo

My daughter decided that Remy needed a playmate.   So, they picked up Giszmo....or Gizzy.   He was just 12 weeks old when I met him.  He's going to be bigger and stronger than Remy.  But Remy needs the exercise! 

Welcome to the family, Grizz.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Standing Alone

Sometimes, you just need to stand alone and face the storms.

I really like this little tree!   Weathered.   Beaten.    And surviving.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

An Afternoon of Shooting

Meet Eric!

 Eric was gracious enough to invite me to his home a few weeks ago to do some shooting.  He is a competitive shooter for a company called Tandem Kross.  They make a variety of after market parts for various handguns and rifles. 

I must admit, it was nice being able to shoot in a backyard! 

And, the fella below had recently had some cancer surgery.   We are, of course, wishing the best for him.

Thanks Eric.  You were very gracious!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Winnipeg Human Rights Museum: Malala's Fight

I found the museum's exhibits very powerful.   It certainly pointed to the incredible evil, hatred, and intolerance we find around the world.   This comes from churches and governments.  But, it also shows the fight against such evil, hatred, and intolerance.

The placard below mentions Malala, the young girl who was pulled from a bus by the Taliban  and shot in the head because she thought girls should have an education.

Below is what she was wearing that day.  

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the US.  I guess this posts shows that no matter the age, no matter the country, no matter the sex of the individual, we can all stand up against evil, hatred, and intolerance.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Winnipeg Human Rights Museum: The Nazi's

Below is a lapel pin that was used for Hitler's party.    In German, it just means, "Yes".  My apologies for these not being great photos.  They were behind glass and it was very dark.

But, these two images were very powerful to me. 

I am keenly aware of how political and advertising slogans can be used to sway public opinion.   "Yes we can" was such a slogan.  So is, "Drain the swamp." 

But, they pale in comparison to these:  A simple word.  A simple patch to wear on clothing.

And, the result is 20,000,000 people died over 12-15 years.  Symbols and slogans matter.   I prefer to think critically about such things.   I am not a "rah rah" person.   I tend to wonder what something means...and what it could mean.

Don't believe what you see on TV or the internet.   Remember, everyone is biased.  Well, not me, of course.  But, everyone else.  

Try to lay aside your bias.  Hell, just try to be aware of what your bias is. Lay aside the noise. Just because some talking head says something, does not make it true.   

Think critically.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Winnipeg Human Rights Museum: The Japanese

The US wasn't the only country that moved Japanese people from their homes at the start of WWII.

This opened the door to move Japanese people back to Japan after the war.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Winnipeg Human Rights Museum: The Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer

The English translation is in tiny print below.

 It says, "We gather our spirits and minds together as one, and send greetings and thanks for all of our Creators love, benevolence, and creation."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winnipeg Human Rights Museum: The Cyrus Cylinder

I am willing to grant that this doesn't look like much.   But, this is a reproduction of the 2500 year old Cyrus Cylinder, from Babylon (present day Iraq). 

This records the religious freedoms proclaimed by Persian conqueror Cyrus the Great.   Imagine that...religious tolerance 2500 years ago in the Middle East. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winnipeg Human Rights Museum: The Foundation


Why is this so hard to understand?  Why is it to difficult to be polite to others?  Why is it so difficult to accept that not everyone will share your own opinion about things?   And, you still need to get along?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winnipeg Human Rights Museum: The Wall of History

As you enter, after the silhouettes, there is a large wall with a history of human conflicts and human rights advances. 

It is amazing to me that even in 2500 years ago, there were people who were thinking of human rights.  About trying to treat people fairly.

What was impressive to me was that this was not just a European movement.  Nor was it limited to just a specific religion.   Rather, we see Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, Asian, Middle Eastern, and even European influences.

I want to go back with a better lens that can capture this in a broader image.