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Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

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Picture Attributions -
 

cleric, knight, workmanwikipedia

Reagan Cowboy: wikicommons
Precious: ravennce

Revere: WikiCommons  
Depression: Hitchster 
Magnum, PI: raindog808

Auschwitz: Wikimedia
Snow White: Wikimedia
   
Father: Wikipedia
Summer: Wikipedia
Tent: smithsk (me)

Kmart: wikipedia

layoffs: Wikimedia

St. Gertrud: Wikipedia
yellow gaze:
Stefano Mortellaro
The Searchers: 
Wikipedia
Channukah 5767: everystockphoto 
 Cartman: everystockphoto 

 The village: wikipedia/Chagall_IandTheVillage

  Wikipedia/Leap Second - June 30, 2012
 Montre gousset/Wikipedia.com
  wikipedia/War of the Worlds

  Lord's Prayer/everystockphoto.com
 

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Culture 101 

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Signs of the Times 

PC Watch 

 

   
Culture 101
 

  
Culture 101 
(part 1) - 
Reagan's Challenge

"We've got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom -- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It's fragile; it needs [protection]."

Ronald Reagan 

 

 

 Culture 101 
(part 2) - 
Easter Eucatastrophe


"The Resurrection is the Greatest Eucastrophe in history."

 

 Culture 101 
(part 3) - 
Paul Revere's Ride

"The shot heard around the world!"

 

 

 Culture 101 
(part 4) - 
Gold Diggers and the Great Depression

"Remember my forgotten man? - the Zeitgeist of the Great Depression."

   

 

 Culture 101 
(part 5) - 
Blue Bloods and 9/11

"The TV series, Blue Bloods, takes up President's Reagan's challenge as it reinforces American values and culture as well as faith in God and remembering September 11."

   

 

Culture 101 
(part 6) - 
Gilligan's Island 
and 
Breast Cancer Awareness
 

"Mrs. Howell survived more than just a shipwreck ...."

 

 


Auschwitz Liberation - January 1945

 Culture 101 (part 7) - 
Band of Brothers

"Plays from Shakespeare like Henry V, war movies like Band of Brothers, and fantasies like Lord of the Rings are told not only in books, but by the story tellers of our day - the movies."

 


Snow White

 Culture 101 (part 8) 
- Snow White

"Fairy tale?  Not!  Death and resurrection are part of the Easter story."
S. K. Smith

  

 

  
Father Knows Best 1957

 Culture (part 9) - Father Knows Best

"This Father's Day, I remember my Dad, the parent I greeted first when I came home from school.  And a big salute all the Dads, who sacrifice and make a real difference in the lives of your children.
S. K. Smith

 

 

  
Summer field in Belgium

 Culture 101 (part 10) - Summertime! x 3


"The Mind, Body, and Soul -
Enjoy these three facets of summer!
S. K. Smith

   

 


Wikipedia/The Searchers

Culture 101 (part 11) - 
Native American Osmosis

"As November is Native American Heritage Month, what better opportunity is there than to offer tribute to one of the greatest contributors to our American culture, especially in the American West?"
S. K. Smith

 

 


everystockphoto/Channukah 5767 

Culture 101 (part 12) - Thanksgivukkah (Thanksgiving and Hanukkah)


"We have an unusual confluence of events.  Two beloved holidays - Thanksgiving and Hanukkah - fall on the same day in 2013"
S. K. Smith

     

 


Wikipedia/The Adoration of the Shepherds

Culture 101 (part 13) - Coventry Carol

Coventry Carol covers one part in the narrative that seems to be skipped over in the Christmas story and carols.
S. K. Smith

    

 


everystockphoto.com/British WW1 Soldiers

Culture 101 (part 14) - 
World War I - that Golden Summer of 1914

Blackadder Goes Forth - This one got to me.  I had a grandfather that I knew who fought in that war.  And this August (the month when Britain declared war on Germany) marks the centennial of the start of the Great War.
S. K. Smith

 

 


wikipedia.com/Daily Mail 31 December 1940

Culture (part 15) -
  Persevering and Prevailing 
during Dark Days

"Many stories are set during great conflict of good and evil 
as epic as World War II."
S. K. Smith

 

 


wikipedia/Chagall_IandTheVillage

"Culture 101 
(part 16) - 
20th Century Blues
"

"The 20th century has been quite a ride."
S. K. Smith

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Pop Culture
 

Montre gousset/Wikipedia.com

Pop Culture 
(part 1) - 
Only Time 
and 9/11

"In response to the terrorist attacks, Only Time resonated with those seeking solace from the storm and looking forward to normalcy as the nation's psyche healed from this wound."
S. K. Smith

 

wikipedia/War of the Worlds

Pop Culture 
(part 2) - 
Halloween 
Martian 
Invasion

"That one Halloween, 80  years ago, Orson Welles said, Boo!, to the entire nation."
S. K. Smith

  

 

John Lennon/everystockphoto.com

Pop Culture 
(part 3) - 
It's Gonna Be All Right

In spite of all the turmoil, heated rhetoric, protests...
There's an optimism in these lyrics.

S. K. Smith

  

 

  

 

  

 
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Signs of the Times


Our camp site at Wallowa Lake State Park with a deer

Signs of the Times (part 1) -
 Camping in the Parks

(During hard economic times today, people are still enjoying themselves, spending time with their families, experiencing the beauty of God's creation, as their parents and grandparents had done.)

    

 
Kmart logo

 Signs of the Times (part 2) -
 Layaway

(We've come full circle on the concept of living within our means and paying as you go - and that's a good thing.)

  

 

 
Layoffs and food lines


Signs of the Times
  (part 3) - Layoffs
(Layoffs are cruel as are many other kinds of loses in this life)

   

 


Wikipedia/St. Gertrud

Signs of the Times (part 4) - 
Doomsday Preppers
(During emergencies, people can be cut off from civilization; the thin blue line of civil infrastructure - fire and police protection as well as emergency medical care and other vital services - power, water, sewage, food supplies - gone)

 

 

 


everystockphoto/fourth-july-luckenbach

Signs of the Times 
(part 5) - 
Staycations

(Daycations ...  staycations  ...
It is a trend of enjoying life in a tough economy and on a budget.)

   


everystockphoto.com/Social Media Patterns

Signs of the Times
  (part 6) - 
Fear of Missing Out

(Perhaps, this restlessness, wanting it all, but not committing, refusing to choose, being double minded, unstable, is one of the Signs of the Times?)

   

Wikipedia/Leap Second - June 30, 2012

Signs of the Times 
(Part 7) - 
Leap Second - 
the new Y2K?

(An extra second should be no biggie.  Again, it's the old we-are-so-dependent-upon-computers thing.  This extra second could really screw us up.) 

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Lord's Prayer/everystockphoto.com

Signs of the Times 
(part 8) - 
#JustPray

(So now the Lord's Prayer "carries the risk of upsetting, or offending, audiences" ... Signs of the Times)

   
   
   
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PC Watch


everstockphoto.com/yellow gaze

PC Watch (part 1) - Political Correctness
(We have trouble, my friends, ....  That's a capital , which rhymes with  PC and that stands for ... Political Correctness (not personal computer))

 

  

 


everystockphoto.com/Cartman

PC Watch (part 2) - The South Park Offense
(The South Park characters are an example of the court of jesters of our times.  The show lampoons political correctness through the eyes of children so we may open our eyes and see that the Emperor really has no clothes!)

 

 


Wikipedia/Free Speech Wall

PC Watch (part 3) - 
Too Weak to Live with Freedom?

(Are some groups not strong enough to hear diverse opinion; therefore anything that offends them must be silenced? Hence, the obvious question is ... Are we too weak to live with freedom?")

   
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