From Japan to Greece

IMG_20160409_122329794_HDRSaturday the kids and I drove up to our state capitol in Nashville for a Cherry Blossom Festival. We had a good time. My son learned how to make an origami throwing star, we watch some martial arts demonstrations, and we ate too much. I also learned about taro when I bought a strange white and lavender muffin.  (It is kind of like a potato.)

We left the festival around 3pm and were on our way home when we decided to change direction. It was our first trip to Nashville and even though we had a three-hour car ride to look forward to, it seemed a shame not to explore just a little more. That was how we went from celebrating Japanese culture to exploring Ancient Greece. (Well, sort of.)

In 1897 Nashville held an Exposition to celebrate Tennessee’s 100th anniversary as a state. For six months crowds flocked to hear speeches, play games, and watch parades. They also came to see a massive replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Sadly, that replica was built of plaster and did not withstand time. By 1920 the structure was crumbling.IMG_20160409_144243004

However, the city of Nashville decided not to let the fascinating building die. Instead, the created a complete replica, inside and out, of the Greek temple using more permanent materials. While the Parthenon in Nashville isn’t made of marble, it was built to the same dimensions and inspires a similar sense of awe. IMG_20160409_153927995_HDR

It is home to a statue of the goddess Athena that stands over 42 feet, with a smaller 6-foot representation of the goddess Nike settled on her hand. (The original statue this one was model after has been lost to time and greed.) Standing at her feet it is nearly impossible not to stare up at the intimidating goddess and imagine her taking a step off of her carved pedestal.

IMG_20160409_145818225.jpgThe Parthenon also houses art exhibits on its lower levels, as well as a historical exhibit detailing its creation. The Cherry Blossom festival was fun. The Parthenon was fascinating. We all slept well once we reached home.

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Seriously

smartcat_f429-4030I can be serious. Really. But I try not to be unless the situation calls for it.  My facebook page doesn’t tend to be one of those places.

You see, I am surround by serious matters all day every day. (And sometimes even in my sleep.)   I mean, I was watching the evening local news yesterday and they were talking about this guy the police finally  caught, who had a long laundry list of charges.  Attempted murder was among the list.  I recognized the guy because he had been in my store just a few days early, wandering around before buy something and then leaving.  He had given me the creeps and I had kept my eye on him just in case I needed to call the police.  I had no idea they were searching for him.  (We get all types on the graveyard shift.)

I walked a nurse out to her car two days ago because there was this guy hanging around the parking lot who had asked her for money.  He gave her the creeps and she asked if we would watch to make sure she got in her car safe. (He had moved on to the pharmacy across the street so it was okay.)   (Also I find this situation slightly amusing because I am not the most intimating person.  However, safety in numbers and all that….and I do have the police on speed dial.)

My house payment has gone up and my pay check gone down.  That is serious.  The guy that was arrested and had possibly been casing our store, that was serious.  The sick and injured people that come into my work place after leaving the hospital and are in pain or confused.  They are my serious concerns.  Getting my kids to school on time, making sure they bathe and eat, keeping them safe…these are the serious things that are always on my mind.

The stuff I post on facebook, that I didn’t actually write but shared from someone else?  Not so much.  I have a very dear friend who is so incredibly smart it’s scary. I mean, I am fairly intelligent but my level of intellect doesn’t even reach this persons shoes.  She is an amazing person and I may even idolize her some.  (I’ve know her for nearly eight years, so the shiny has had time to wear off, but nope she is still awesome.)   Her main flaw (to me) is that she doesn’t normally read fiction.  I think this limits her imagination some. (and has probably saved the world from being taken over.  If this woman read comic books….well we would be living in interesting times. 😀 )

Anyway, the main inspiration behind this post is that this highly intelligent lovely woman catnapis often frustrated by my facebook posts.  She wants to know where I find my nonsense.   (Heck, it’s the internet!  I don’t have to look far! lol)   My answer is that the world is too serious as it is.  Approach important things in a serious manner, and lighten up.  It’s okay to find amusement in serious matters as long as you realize that the matters are important.

Past, Present and Future walked into a bar.  It was tense.      :p

FYI

alice22The sources we have for information today are astounding.  No longer are we limited to newspapers to find out what is going on in the world.  The local evening news covers stories that take place in more countries than the average person knew existed ten years ago.

Newspapers, Magazines, books, Radio, Television,Facebook,Twitter, Blogs, Websites,Email…the catapillerlist just keeps going.  The world constantly surrounds us even as we sit in silence at home on our own couch.  Heck, most of the things I mentioned can be accessed by people on their phones.  (Long distance doesn’t really exist anymore.)

Alice_in_wonderland_1951Today I checked my email and learned: my boss is taking her son to the doctor before she goes to work; there is a new place scamming writers and using false quotes from notable authors; Chuck Wendig wants pants for Christmas; and Jim C. Hines is doing something hilarious for a good cause. (Raising money for a disease I didn’t know existed until now.)  I could go on but the point is that I learned all of this in the space of probably ten minutes.

A quote from Spiderman has always stuck with me (as it was meant to).  “With great power comes great responsibility.”    They (whomever they are) say that knowledge is power.  We have all this information at our fingertips daily and don’t really use it.Alice-in-Wonderland-1951-alice-in-wonderland-1759032-640-476

So I am going to pass some of this info forward. Here you go guys.  *Here are a few of the things I learned today.

New books by Stephanie Osborn.

Writer Beware blog.

Jim C. Hines Pose off with John Scalzi.

According to Hoyt.

My name is not Bob.

*Just click on the highlighted words to follow the link.