Photos of world-class sand sculptors at work!

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Sunshinebright:

Excellent photos of the San Diego Sand Art Challenge! Very worthwhile to view this fantastic art.

Originally posted on Cool San Diego Sights!:

Ten world-class master sand sculptors compete by creating amazing masterpieces!

Ten world-class master sand sculptors compete by creating amazing masterpieces!

This morning I headed over to the 2014 US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition right as it opened, hoping to avoid the worst of the Labor Day weekend crowds. My timing was perfect, as the world-class competitors were all hard at work on their solo sand sculpture entries! I’m told they began on Friday; it appeared their truly breathtaking masterpieces were nearing completion.

For your enjoyment, I present many photographs of these super talented international Sand Masters at work!

Kirk Rademaker is a Sand Master who has won 10 major international awards.

Kirk Rademaker is a Sand Master who has won 10 major international awards.

Kirk Rademaker works on his shoe sand sculpture on San Diego's B Street Pier.

Kirk Rademaker works on his shoe sand sculpture on San Diego’s B Street Pier.

The master sand artists all work very carefully as big festival begins.

The master sand artists all work very carefully as big festival begins.

Early Saturday morning, and the big Labor Day weekend crowd isn't here yet.

Early Saturday morning, and the big Labor Day weekend crowd isn’t here yet.

Joris Kivits from The Netherlands has won many awards in different countries. Joris Kivits from The Netherlands has won…

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200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner

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This weekend has seen various celebrations of this 200th anniversary of our national anthem.

 

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On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, after a 25-hour battle, raised a huge 42-foot American flag, sewn by Mary Pickersgill, to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812.  The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem. Key was aboard a ship in the harbor when he became thus inspired.  Key’s words gave new significance to a national symbol and started a tradition through which generations of Americans have invested the flag with their own meanings and memories.

 

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The National Museum of American History is working to preserve this flag for future generations.

Here is a video by Dudley Rutherford in which he tells the story behind the Star Spangled Banner:

 

 

 

Spreading the Message About M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)

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Most of the world’s population – and pointedly – most of the medical community of the world, still does not know what M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) is; if they have heard about it, they don’t know much about it.  It is the “invisible illness.”  All the “bad” things are going on, beneath the skin, in the body of those afflicted, and, when looking at the patients, all you can say or think is, “You don’t look sick.”  This is why the medical and governmental communities of most countries prefer to consider M.E. as a psychosomatic illness, rather than the severe physical illness that it is.

Points to ponder:  HIV/AIDS and MS victims “don’t look sick” either, in the early stages; however, the medical community does not consider these patients as having “psychosomatic” illnesses, because the well-funded research for these has uncovered the cause and the detectable tests for them and thus, treatment, if not cures, has come forth.  So it is with M.E., except for the fact that our government has not seen fit to put the research funds needed into the hands of the dedicated scientists who are willing to continue research into the cause – or causes – of M.E.

The video (Sleepydust) below, uploaded onto Youtube on November 30th, 2006, aims to help the friends and families of M.E. and Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome sufferers to understand the illness and what their loved ones are going through.  Even though this video is almost 8 years old, almost all of the information contained in it is still relevant.  This means that there has not been sufficient research from 2006 till now, for cause; or for proper treatment of symptoms; or better yet, a cure.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is extremely debilitating; many become housebound; some even become bedridden; and there are those whose bodies cannot fight anymore, and they die.  Advocacy for these terribly afflicted patients is all important.  Please take the time to view the short 9-minute video and help to spread the message.

 

 

Mama Chill in the UK Has a Blog on Blogspot

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Mama Chill has M.E.  She doesn’t post often, but when she does, it grabs you.  She “tells it like it is.”  Please read her latest:

http://mamachillandme.blogspot.com/2014/09/far-from-cute-furry.html

 

What Were You Doing on September 11, 2001?

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I remember it so clearly:  it comes back to me every time that fateful day is mentioned.  I have to put it into words now.

Bob and I were having breakfast.  We had the TV on as usual – but not really paying attention to the show, whatever it was.  The phone rang.  It was unusual for the phone to ring before 9 am.  It was my daughter, calling from work.

She asked if we had the TV on.  She sounded upset.  She told us to turn to the news channel – we usually watched CNN.  “A plane crashed into one of the Twin Towers!”

As we watched, the camera picked up another visual:  Another plane was headed to the other Twin Tower!  Bob and I gasped in disbelief.  We were watching what millions of people were probably watching at the same time.  The newscasters were beyond words.  They were shouting and scrambling for words.  This couldn’t be happening!

But it was.

Then the news reported there was a plane that crashed right into the Pentagon, and then another plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.  It seemed as if the world – our world – was being turned upside down.

And those scenes were played over and over and over.  I couldn’t watch.  Every time there was a replay, I turned it off.

Some time later, I found out that a cousin of mine had a meeting scheduled in one of the Towers, but, at the last minute, it was moved to another venue.  Speaking of timing!  She was supposed to be there, but then again, she wasn’t supposed to be there.  It was not her time.

And, one of my neighbors, here in Florida, lost a son.  He was one of those courageous firefighters who, unlike most of us who would run from a fire, ran towards it with the one goal in mind:  to save people.

It was another “date which will live in infamy.”

National Service – Patriot Day 9/11

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An Inspirational Message for Wednesday

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I was surfing my Reader, and found a blogger that caught my attention:  Petite Magique.  This blogger features other bloggers who have something special to share.  I choose to share this one image:

strong“You don’t know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”