Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

Arlington, Virginia.

This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands challenges us to “capture silence in a photograph.” I immediately thought of one place, a place where silence is eternal. Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place of hundreds of thousands of those who served their country in their lifetime. You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 28 May 2017

Arlington, Virginia.

Traditionally, the kickoff to summer vacations is the Memorial Day weekend. Of course, for many families, it is a weekend to remember one or more of the family who served and gave the last full measure of devotion. On a hill in Virginia, overlooking our nation’s capital city, there stands an imposing tomb. The Tomb of the Unknowns actually contains the remains of a World War I soldier, a World War II soldier and a Korean War soldier who are “known but to God.” Continue reading

Arlington National Cemetery – Honor, Remember, Explore

Arlington 2016-4

Arlington, Virginia.

Some of my readers are aware of my interest in aviation and membership in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a voluntary organization that is an auxiliary to the United States Air Force. Due to a change in my position within the organization, I was asked to accompany our state commander, (known officially in the organization as the North Dakota Wing Commander)  to Washington DC for the winter national conference.  The North Dakota delegation also included the North Dakota Wing Director of Cadet Programs, Captain Justin McDowell.   Continue reading

Smithfield Virginia – Over 260 Years of American History


Smithfield, Virginia.

It was the fall of 1637 when Arthur Smith reserved for development 1450 acres (5.9 sq. km) along the Pagan River in Isle of Wight County. Over a century later, Arthur Smith IV created the river town of Smithfield, often incorrectly identified with John Smith, the founder of Jamestown. Continue reading