The American Megaphone

Peace, and freedom from loudness, is it really that hard to find? It’s 11;30 PM, we are trying to sleep. Meanwhile, in the hot tub 11 floors directly below our balcony comes a cacophony of loud, raucous laughter, drunk singing and a string of vulgarity-strewn slurring. It’s a typical weekend night at our winter resort…

Photos from Today: Black and White

Raven’s shot of the day, Black, and White. Commentary: A stark image showing the contrast of the politically charged Confederate flag superimposed upon a black and white image with the only balance another white sheet hanging a few floors below.

Raven’s Favorite Places, Brookgreen Gardens, SC.

I am a person who feels strongly about the environment, and this is represented in much of my personal study and also the expressions of my own photographic styles. Naturally when I come upon a place dedicated to the observance, appreciation, and protection of those things for which I hold dear while also being dedicated…

It Comes Down to Those that Matter

A few weeks ago I pretty much told Facebook and my impartial followers that I was done with social media. I felt like it was a damaging time sync that could be spent reading or doing something much more constructive. I believe I have kept that promise. I no longer, with the exception of today,…

A Place’s Vibe in One Photo, Myrtle Beach

We have been in Myrtle Beach now for about 7 weeks. We have two more weeks left. In our time here we have seen the best of people and the worst of people. We have been witness to indecent acts in hot tubs, have seen acts of kindness, have been subjected to the ramblings of…

An Intellectual Arms Race

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”― Isaac Asimov Since November 8th I have been bombarded with the rantings and discontent on both political sides. I still occasionally see…

Etiquette and Manners Never Gained

“Chivalry is not dead” I was once told by the school principal, Sister Margaretta while an elementary school student, sitting in a class with 25 others at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic elementary school. While I am unsure about the circumstances which brought about the statement other than she had a door held for her…

Quality People in a Diluted Pool.

I admit it, I am a liberal elite. I am college educated, spend my time educating myself on matters ranging from historical politics to migrating birds. I believe in common sense gun control where all are entitled to own guns except those who feel a need to own them out of insecurity or other mental…

Where the Raven May Wander, the Appalachian Trail.

Since I first heard about the Appalachian Trail 17 years ago it has been a Mecca for me to complete. I’ve known several who have done it and alway been in awe of their achievement.  Up until recently though my life’s been complicated enough that I have been unable to even think about doing such…