Standing Your Ground

This photograph was inspired by Van Lokey’s brilliant idea to use model train figurines as subjects. The Native Americans in this shot are two and half inches in height whereas HO scale model figurines are usually about three-quarters of an inch tall. Thank you Van for sharing your secret.

A man stands ready to protect his land and people. Standing Your Ground

My Little Battered Boat

blues-coverI must be having summertime blues because for the past week or so I’ve felt out-of-sorts with myself and the rest of the world. It might be the pending heat and her inability to make outdoor activities possible for the next three months that’s got me wallowing in this “lost at sea” mood.

Do you ever feel you are the on the outside looking in? I’ve always felt that way, but it’s never been about wishing I was living another person’s life, it’s more about never feeling like I truly fit in with the life I have. That hardly even makes sense to me, but somehow my brain has worked it out and I’ve managed to feel mostly content and happy in spite of it.

Moods are like water, splashing all over the place on windy days and still as glass on calm days, so I will continue to drift through the hot blazing sea of summer and patiently look forward to docking my little battered boat somewhere in October. In the meantime I will keep my life vest within reach and wear plenty of sunscreen.

Showgirls to A-bombs

When we think of Las Vegas, we first think of gambling, booze and showgirls, but there was life before sin in the Mojave Desert and the Nevada State Museum takes you on a historical journey to prove it.

Vintage showgirl costume.Show Girl

Mammoths roamed the west long before it dried into a desert.Exhibit Entrance

Native Americans lived peacefully on this land for centuries.Native American

An early version of the Travel Trailer.Stagecoach

Can you imagine how careful a writer had to be back in the days before auto-correct? Typewriter

A century old camera.Camera

This headline HAWAII IS BOMBED BY JAP AIRPLANES changed the world forever.War!

An atom bomb explosion in the Nevada desert.Bomb

Spectators were given a handbook as they watched and cheered the atomic bomb tests being conducted just 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.Handbook

“The future can change into anything, so enjoy the here and now with everything you’ve got and do your part to make tomorrow a better and brighter day for us all.” -Steven Goth-