women’s march

Charlotte's women's march was a family affair
I was pleased that parents brought their children to the Women’s March today. This will be something the kids remember for the rest of their lives. I’ll remember it as well. The crowd was diverse in gender, race, culture religion, age, and cause … but today we were all women saying women’s rights are human rights.

Personally, I marched because president trump needs to told that the sexual assault, he bragged about, is reprehensible.

This photo was taken at 300 S Church St in Romare Bearden Park. Following is a website for the Women’s March on Charlotte.


Challenges of taking photos
This photo presented challenges given the shadow and light contrast. In addition there was distortion, in the angle of the buildings, which is a common challenge with close up skylines. Thanks to photo shop I was pleased with the results.

The buildings in the photo (from left to right) include: the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art400 South Tryon300 South Tryon … the Bank of America CenterThree Wells Fargo Center … and the Ratcliffe Condos.

This photo was taken near the intersection of East Stonewall and North Tryon, looking North East.

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is being performed in Charlotte this weekend
I took today’s photo because of the lighting, which I thought was especially appealing. However, by chance the photo also include a sign advertising a performance, by the Charlotte Symphony called, Lemony Snicket’s. We are pleased to be taking our grandson to the performance this weekend. The event website shares the following description:

Join us for mystery, magic and music in this special program that features an orchestral “whodunit” with Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer Is Dead” in which the entire orchestra is under investigation!

The performance will be at the Knight Theater at 430 S Tryon St. Following is a link to the Lemony Snicket’s event page.

Jazz at the Bechtler Museum

Jazz at the Bechtler
Friday night we enjoyed jazz at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. As normal we enjoyed the music. However, I was especially interested in a couple of comments from the stage which I would like to share. Specifically it was mentioned that “2017 is the 175th anniversary of invention of the saxophone.” Also, another comment was made. Something along the lines of: “John Taylor was president in 1842 when the saxophone was invented. But really, in the course of history, what does it matter who the president was”.

This photo was taken at 420 S Tryon St. Following is a link to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

starting the new year on the right foot

right foot
Today’s photo is a metaphor for my New Year wishes. Specifically, the idea is starting the new year on the right foot.

My New Years wishes include the hope that our elected officials will govern wisely with humility and kindness. Hopefully they will reflect on the positive benefits diversity brings to our society. And that the decisions they take will be for the benefit of everyone. That their decisions and actions take long term impacts into account such that the environment will be protected for future generations.

Also, I hope that companies retain the best practices implemented to satisfy government regulations. And that proposed corporate tax reductions are put to uses which benefit all stack holders including the employees.

In addition, I hope that individuals continue to make immigrants feel welcome. Remembering that most of our ancestors were immigrants. Also, I hope that we find the wisdom to ignore fake news and support our established media organizations.

I personally think it is important we preserve and exercise our first amendment rights. And that when we exercise our freedom of speech that we do so in a civil manner.

For those interested you can follow my political opinions on Facebook.

Christmas ornament

Christmas ornament
Today we feature a large Christmas ornament in Uptown Charlotte. Other interesting aspects of the photo include One Wells Fargo, Three Wells Fargo, and the Bank of America Center. Also, the photo includes construction crane, one of many in Uptown.

This photo was taken at 550 South Tryon. Following is a link to articles about One Wells Fargo Center, Three Wells Fargo Center, and Bank of America Corporate Center.

Maudell’s garden

Maudell’s garden
The sign post for Maudell’s garden is highlighted in today’s photo. To the right please notice the sign for Madeline’s garden. The gardens are named after Romare Bearden’s Grandmother and Mother.

This photo was taken at the intersection of West 3rd Street and South Church Street in Uptown Charlotte. Following are links to the website for Romare Bearden Foundation and the Park Design with detail about the gardens.

message from Starbucks

a message fromStarbucks, be good to each other,
I find this message from Starbucks very timely. Be good to each other is always a good idea and at present something we need to work harder at. This message was found on the entrance door to a Starbucks in Uptown Charlotte. Bravo!

Please do the right thing; speak out against bigotry, be kind, be inclusive, in short be good to each other.

This photo was taken at 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts #140. Following is the website for Starbucks at the Duke Energy Center.