Outside The Box…

I love outside the box buildings. They spark my creative imagination. I love things that stretch your imagination, stretch your brain.

For this post, I want to show you an “outside the box” art museum.  I don’t think there is another building quite like this one.  It is the Milwaukee Museum of Art. I usually only give you one photo at a time but since I had trouble picking it I  will give you a few more here. The inside shots are both in the lobby.

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Looking For Humor In The Crappy Stuff

I have let it be known at my daily journal blog over at RJsCorner that Will Rogers is one of my top heroes in life. If you want to see some of the many posts about him just go there and select his name from the tag cloud.

For those of you who might not be familiar with him, some called him a satirist, some a humorist. He lived and wrote during the Great Depression in the 1930s. He had a lot to say about his view of the world, but he always did it with a dose of humor and respect. His most famous saying was.

I never met a man I didn’t like.

He made fun of many people, but he never did it with contempt. That, finally brings me around to the title of this post. I have made it a pledge that I will NOT use the blog to talk about the dark side of life, but it is kinda hard right now for me to find the humor in all the crappy stuff going on now! But if Will could do it, I certainly can too.

It is likely that most of my stories here will be autobiographical. I certainly have made many mistakes in my life and if I can help you not make the same ones I did, my words will be worth it! How’s that for a goal here at MyViewOfTheWorld? 😎

Out Of This World

Anyone care to guess what this is a picture of?

I won’t make you wait because it would then be a very short post. 😅 It is the maneuvering vents of the Space Shuttle now in the Washington DC Museum of History. It seems like yesterday that I saw them but it has been almost 9 years since the last launch. That is ancient history to you Millennials, so I will forgive you if you didn’t have any idea.

This post is to celebrate the SpaceX launch last week. It brought back memories to see it take off from the Kennedy Space Center.

History of Mustard?

I am very aware that people collect just about everything in the world. Being as how the USA is driven by consumer spending it’s not surprising that we have some of the biggest collections in the world.

In case you were wondering there is even a museum in Madison Wisconsin dedicated to a mustard collection. Who would have thought!  But it is quite a fascinating place to visit if you are in the northern hinterland.  Here is a sampling of what they have.

As usual click on any picture to see a larger slideshow view


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I ran across a rather startling picture at the Andrew Johnson Historic site in northern Tennessee a few years ago.  Before I talk about that, I was thoroughly amazed at how Johnson’s hometown managed to spin the story of him to make him appear to be a heroic figure which is very contrary to most historic opinion.

I guess I have not come across too many photos showing how intrinsic slavery was to the southern States.   This picture, according to the tag below it, was taken in Atlanta in 1864 just after the Emancipation Proclamation.  The “Auction & Negro Sales” store was in the same row with all the storefronts.  Sadly selling human beings was just the way it was in those days.

If you want to see more details click on the picture for a larger view.

The Great Lakes Freighters

I had the privilege of touring a Great Lakes Freighter last fall. It is permanently docked at the National Museum of the Great Lakes near Toledo Ohio. I think I saw my first freighter on the Great Lakes in the late 1960s. That was when steel and autos were king of that region. There were hundreds of them on the Great Lakes bringing ore from Minnesota to the mills on Lake Michigan and Erie. They are still around but just not in the numbers they once were.

It’s hard to give you the magnitude of these ships with photos. The Col. James M. Schoonmaker is about 600 feet long and via a self-guided tour I had free rein to almost every area of the ship. I spend a lot of time in the engine room and the crew’s quarters above them. Of course the Captain’s and VIP’s quarters were in the front away from all that noise. 🙂

It was interesting to see the status that the head cook had in the hierarchy of the crew. He and his sous chef, so to speak, had their own quarters while the crew was four to a room. Being that I worked my way through college in a dormitory cafeteria and then many years later spent eleven years volunteering in a local soup kitchen, that area of the ship also got a lot of my attention.

Mississinewa 1812

You never hear very much about the War of 1812 but there was a major battle that took place in Indiana.  It was just south of Ft. Wayne.  The British along with their Indian allies fought an Ohio militia there. It happened after the Brits took over Forts at Mackinac, Dearborn and Detroit which was part of the Northwest Territory (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

The Americans in that area were in in the process of getting rid of all the Native Americans who didn’t want to voluntarily leave their homeland.  William Henry Harrison, otherwise like Andy Jackson, was known as an “Indian killer”. He managed to invade and destroy several Indian villages in the area before the British got involved. Not a great history lesson but the reenactment is pretty dramatic.  Here are some photos.

Click on any picture to see a larger view of the series.

NYC 1999

I don’t think I have to tell you where the source for this abstract came from. It was taken in 1999 during our last visit there while residing in New Jersey. I made my last visit to the World Trade Center that day. We ate at Windows on the World restaurant at the top of one of the towers and watched helicopter fly around below us. That seems like yesterday, but still ages ago.