Devotion, October 8, 2019

SorrowNow there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. John 19:25-28

Butterfly, October 8, 2019

Butterfly 8This was hands-down my favorite butterfly of the past summer. I called him my superstar, and for good reason. With a wingspan of about four inches and a body the size of my pinkie finger (or larger) he spent a good week posing for me. In this photograph, one can see in detail his proboscis, or coiled tube, with which he feeds.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tourism

Chines TheaterAccording to the website,, the former Grauman’s Chinese Theater receives more than four million visitors each year. TCL is the China-based company that bought naming rights for the theater over six years ago. This is not the first name-change for Grauman’s. Also once known as Mann’s Chinese Theater from 1973 to 2013, it was built in 1926 by Sidney Patrick Grauman.

Sid Grauman also built the famous Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The Egyptian  cost $800,000 to build and took 18 months to construct. Architects Meyer & Holler designed the building, and it was built by The Milwaukee Building Company. The Egyptian was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, on Wednesday, October 18, 1922.

Both structures represent the dawn of tourism as a major industry for Hollywood, an unincorporated village of Los Angeles, California. According to the tourism website, over fifty million visitors came to L.A. in 2018, a record number that represents an increase of one and half million individuals (or a 3.1 percent increase.) The number fifty million was a goal set by L.A.’s mayor Garcetti that was met two years earlier than hoped.

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Ragtag Daily Prompts: Slow

Picnic benchIt was one of those slow days. Catch had been few and far between. Omar and Mr. Wong pulled their lines from the water and sat on the bench.

“They’re simply not as many fish as there used to be,” remarked Mr. Wu.

Omar simply nodded in agreement. He was the quiet one. Mr. Wong talked enough for both of them.

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