Labor Day backslide

 Posted by on September 1, 2014  holiday
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In 1897, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday.  By then 30 states already celebrated this day for laborers.  Over the next 100 years many benefits were fought for like pensions, the right to organize and strike, income equality, access to health care from employers, fair hours as in the 40 hour versus 60 hour work week.

It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.

Original celebrations included a parade followed by a festival for the workers and their families.

Today we celebrate a three day weekend, end of summer BBQ, retail sales second only to Black Friday, and the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons.

Seems to me like we’ve taken a backslide on the hard won benefits for American workers and settled with a three day weekend.

Foto Friday Fun 74

 Posted by on August 29, 2014  Foto Friday Fun
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This week’s Foto Friday Fun features 6 images chosen by readers from my photo archives.  Our meme number for this week is 633, chosen by the first commenter last week.  Please join in with a post and link below with a #633 photo from your archives.  And check out the other posts linked to the Foto Friday Fun meme.

Lunar eclipse Yarnell ArizonaYogi chose #633 so that will be our photo index number for the week.  For me that leads us to the sky for last April’s lunar eclipse.  I actually managed to stay awake taking many photos of the first tetrad and put together a nice series of shots.

Squirrel Jeremy North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaBibi chose #1066, “the date of the Norman Conquest! English got, back then, over 10,000 words from French. Eh, oui.”  In North America many of our words come from the local Natives language then skewed into an English translation.  OK, what does that have to do with this Ranger dressed as the North Rim’s Kaibab squirrel?  “Kaibab” is a Paiute word for mountain lying down, and the adopted name for the plateau and forest here.  This Kaibab squirrely Ranger is our mascot.

Bed & desk in Bessie Johnson's bedroom Scottys Castle Death Valley National Park CaliforniaSherry chose #67 and as a park loving history buff traveling in the west I’m sorry she’s not going as far as Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park.  The Ranger led tour through this innovative dream in a desert was thorough and entertaining including the real owner’s wife Bessie Johnson’s bedroom.  I love the desk drop over the bed idea and Native basket collection.  Maybe next year Sherry?

Fog and snowy view over Transept canyon from RV window North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaElaine chose #815, a white view like she’ll all too soon be seeing at her Alaska home, but without the canyon like I get through my RV/home window.  Yet she’s currently seeing Sandhill cranes nearby so you should check that out.  Thanks for linking in last week Elaine.

Sunrise over Indian Ocean Scottburgh Caravan Park Scottburgh South AfricaDiane chose #5551, and not to make her homesick but this brilliant sunrise was seen over the Indian Ocean at Scottburgh in South Africa.  I was transfixed and took hundreds of images.

Evening Chateau tour Gaelyn with visitors in Coffee Shop Oregon Caves National Monument OregonCatherine chose #13, “my favourite number!”  One of the favorite interpretive programs I created was a living history tour of the Lodge at Oregon Caves National Monument.  Wearing a wig over my long braids I played the part of a 73-year old composite character returning to a place of early employment and sharing stories from her past.  When I pulled that wig off a lot of visitors were shocked.

Virga at sunset from Lodge North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaMy choice this week from July at Grand Canyon during monsoon season.

I hope you’ll join in with your own #633 photo and story by adding your link below and linking back to Foto Friday Fun 74.  And if not, leave a number between 01 and 9991 in a comment for next week’s Foto Friday Fun.  The first person to comment who is joining in the meme please choose a number for next week.

Do you have a favorite from this week?

Capturing the present for future memories of the past

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Much of the rim is not easily accessible but worth walking around the trees for a sunset through the North Rim forest.

Sunset North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaYet the trees frame the sky and canyon.

Sunset North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaTip toeing through the golden grasses to observe the golden view.

Sunset North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaAspen glow in the last light.

Sunset North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaWhile Ponderosa deepens into shadow.

Sunset North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaThe sky takes on the colors of the canyon walls in the fading light.

Sunset and crescent moon North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaMe and the moon, watching the show.

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