Photography by John Michael

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WOWSDuring World War II, over three million women worked in war plants across the United States. Working women were vital to the war effort, as the loss of men to military service left a workforce shortage in many areas.  The U.S. Government launched a major public relations campaign to encourage women to work.  The use of an invented character —“Rosie the Riveter“—on a brightly colored poster was a powerful propaganda piece.

WOW = Women Ordnance Workers

WOWS were Women Ordnance Workers…  the artillery, the munitions, the weapons – all at the hands of those American women who left their homes and joined in the fight to defeat the enemy in World War II  –
Thank you for your service!

Posted 7 years, 11 months ago at 9:07 am.

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An Open Letter to United States Postmaster General

Dear Sir, 
I understand that the USPS isn’t doing very well and you’ll be cutting back on service and penalizing the users of First Class Mail by requesting another rate increase.    Sad, but that will drive more people away as you increase the cost of communication via letter / cards – 
Yes, the Internet and email and even text messages have cut into your business, but emails and electronic communications are fleeting and if a computer fails, they’re gone.   Imagine if Abraham Lincoln’s  letters were via email.   What a loss of National treasures.   Perhaps instead of raising rates, maybe there are other ways to entice people to write more cards and letters.  How about giving ten (10) extra stamps when someone buys a sheet of a hundred (100) ?   Or how about “Mail Free on the 13th of the month”?
In my opinion, I’d also get rid of the strange rules of mailing envelopes.  It wastes time in line and confuses the general public on what rate applies.

Posted 7 years, 11 months ago at 5:17 am.

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NOTECARDS – Scenes of Arlington Cemetery

Earlier in 2009, John Michael was honored to have a selection of  photographic notecards from his work in Arlington National Cemetery to be featured at the giftshop at the cemetery.  They’ve sold well and another shipment will be heading there this week…
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Posted 8 years, 2 months ago at 2:32 am.

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New Photograph Hosting Site

Ok, I’m back for a bit to announce I’ve finally finished the “foundation” of the new photo hosting site. It’ll never be done, however, it’s ready for you to explore & buy an enlargement of that favorite one. More photos will be coming, the richness will improve, & you’ll probably see this note appear from my blog (which if you haven’t read it, please do)

Please Click HERE to head that way…

Oh, by the way, the prices are intro until 01 AUG 2009

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago at 11:43 am.

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REAL Riches…

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot.
In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
– Oscar Wilde

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago at 2:50 am.

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Happy Fathers’ Day to all the Fathers & Forefathers..

Enjoy the good times… it passes so quickly.


Posted 8 years, 8 months ago at 8:51 am.

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He works in unusual ways …

If you don’t know GOD, don’t make stupid remarks!

A United States Soldier was taking some college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist, and a member of the ACLU.

One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, ‘GOD if you are real then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you exactly 15 min.’

The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, ‘Here I am GOD, I’m still waiting.’

It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Soldier got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold. The Soldier went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there looking on in silence.

The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Soldier and asked, ‘What in the world is the matter with you? ‘Why did you do that?’

The Soldier calmly replied, ‘GOD was too busy today protecting America ‘s soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an idiot. So He sent me.’

The classroom erupted in cheers!


Posted 8 years, 8 months ago at 1:27 am.

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Blue Roses….

This was passed along to me from a friend …

“Why do I always have to be the one that starts to do laundry and there’s no detergent? Well, I guess it was time for me to do my store run, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags and Clorox. So off I go. I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies, and headed for the checkout counter only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man that appeared
to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn’t in a hurry, so I patiently waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, “Mommy, I’m over here.” It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged, and also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, “Hey Buddy, what’s your name?” “My name is Denny and I’m shopping with my mother,” he responded proudly. “Wow,” I said, “that’s a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Hal.” “Hal, like Halloween?” he asked. “Yes,” I answered. “How old are you Denny?” “How old am I now, Mommy?” he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle. “You’re fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by.” I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement because he was the center of someone’s attention. He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section. Denny’s mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn’t even look at him, much less talk
to him. I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow and pink roses in God’s garden, however, “Blue Roses” are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness.

You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn’t stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they’ve missed a blessing from God. She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, “Who are you?” Without thinking I said, “Oh, I’m probably just a dandelion but I sure love living in God’s garden.

“Please the next time you see a BLUE ROSE don’t turn your head and walk off, take the time to smile and say Hello. Because by the grace of GOD this mother could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.

From an old dandelion.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God. “

PS He is an old dandelion…. A real OLD dan-de-lion – Aug 03 LEO!


Posted 8 years, 8 months ago at 4:58 am.

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The ‘L I T T L E’ Things …

As you might know, the head of a company survived
9/11 because his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was
His turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her
Alarm clock didn’t go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
Because of an auto accident.
One of them
Missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
Time to change.
Car wouldn’t start.
One went back to
Answer the telephone.
One had a child that dawdled
And didn’t get ready as soon as he should have.
One couldn’t
Get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man
Who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
Took the various means to get to work
But before he got there, he developed
a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today.
Now when I am
Stuck in traffic,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone…
All the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself,
This is exactly where
God wants me to be at this very moment…
Next time your morning seems to be
Going wrong,
The children are slow getting dressed,
You can’t seem to find the car keys,
You hit every traffic light,
Don’t get mad or frustrated;
God is at work watching over you.
May God continue to bless you
With all those annoying little things
And may you remember their possible purpose.

Posted 8 years, 9 months ago at 6:01 am.

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Saving the World

Saving the World
Today may my prayers help me realize
I cannot control everything.
To put the world in order,
We must first put the nation in order;
To put the nation in order,
We must first put the family in order;
To put the family in order,
We must first set our hearts right.

— Confucius


Posted 8 years, 9 months ago at 3:32 pm.

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