Fuel creative minds

Legos creations by Levi

I’m highlighting this week some of the creations of young minds,

Whether drawing or building something.

What did you create when you were young?

How did that help you toward adulthood?

Take time to encourage our young people,

Letting their minds flow,

Creating not just what their eyes see,

But even what they may not know.

Look at little hands, developing, instruments of the mind,

Applaud them, praise them – don’t let them fall behind.

Sometimes the plan falls apart and pieces crumble,

Don’t let then stop, even though they’ve been humbled.

Engineers, scientists, doctors, builders and creators,

They have it within,

Waiting and waiting,

For us to let them begin.

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Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Eyes of youth

Become – Drawing from Shelby

From baby to child,

From child to teen;

Oh how they grow;

They never stop wondering

Through their eyes so keen.

What is in the eyes of youth?

It’s Okay – Drawing from Shelby

It’s beauty, it’s hope, it’s love.

How we shape them, depends on us;

Or, cause them to withdraw and remove,

We may not know.

Dance – Drawing by Shelby

Shelby the youthful one – long, flowing hair,

With love, energy and blessing from above;

She draws, creates, learning to become,

Young woman of beauty, aspirations, love.

Free to be Me – Drawing by Shelby

We dream for them, encourage them, guide them,

Not just let them wonder of life,

They form and glow, like a shining gem.

We do what we can, to slow the strife.

Vision Beyond – Drawing by Shelby

We behold little things they do,

Praising, lifting spirits high,

You can do it, we know you can,

What a lovely drawing, through mind’s eye.

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Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Women’s Bike Month

Street art at a bicycle shop in High Springs, Florida

Who knew that March is Women’s Bike History Month?  I discovered this while comparing Florida’s Bike Month to the May Bike Month by The League of American Bicyclists, established in 1880. 

So, I’ll combine some of the history of the contribution of women along with come bicycle safety tips.  

In 1896, Susan B. Anthony — one of the most important leaders in the women’s suffrage movement — shared her perspective on bicycling with intrepid reporter, Nellie Bly. “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling,” she said. “I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel… the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”  https://bikeleague.org/content/march-womens-bike-history-month

I never realized this.  According to the Bike League article, Anthony wasn’t alone. The article mentioned her friend, and fellow suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, wrote an entire article for the American Wheelman praising the bicycle for encouraging the building of “good roads,” and increasing people’s mobility.  It states, most importantly, though: “The bicycle will inspire women with more courage, self-respect and self-reliance, and make the next generation more vigorous of mind and body; for feeble mothers do not produce great statesmen, scientists and scholars.” 

Well, I’m not certain about the latter part of the statement but maybe that was a challenge enough to encourage women to begin expanding their horizons with confidence.  Could it have been simply a bicycle that helped trigger this progress?

So, when is bicycle month?  The Bike League focuses on May.  https://bikeleague.org/bikemonth

Florida has the emphasis in March. so I’ll concentrate on that.  Do other states and countries have various months to reinforce bicycle safety?

Florida Department of Transportation Alert Today Florida reminder

I can see why Florida chose to emphasize bicycle usage in March – for health and safety.  The weather warms and many are already out on the roads with these two-wheelers, and sometimes one or three-wheelers.  https://floridabicycle.org/march-is-florida-bike-month

So, as you warm up and exercise on your bike that has been sitting around for the winter, let’s highlight a few safety pointers.  First, give your bike a safety inspection and make sure it is operating properly, including lights.

I realize each state and country has its own special rules and laws so I’ll just stick to a few things to consider.  Consult your own local laws where you ride – and when we travel to other locations. Let’s not assume our knowledge is sufficient for where we ride.  Check before your ride! 

Florida is a great place to ride your bike.  If you are driving in Florida, please be aware of cyclists.  Cyclists need to be aware of vehicle drivers as well.  Let’s have mutual respect and protection.

You never know where a bicyclist will appear; like on Interstate 10 in Florida

Florida Department of Transportation’s Alert Today Florida program has key information, and posted the proclamation from Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, for March Bicycle Month.  https://www.alerttodayflorida.com/ Florida knows the importance of doing everything possible to make roadways safer for all users.

I enjoyed making presentations to teens and adults alike to encourage vehicle, bike and pedestrian safety. I had fun re-enacting Larry, the crash test mannequin (which I changed to Larry the Smarty since he now buckles up, rides safely and walks safely.

Here are some simple tips to remember:

– A bicycle in Florida is a legal vehicle on roadways.  Don’t assume though that people see you or know the law.  Better to be safe.

– Cyclists on roadways fare best when they act, and are treated as vehicles.

– Bicyclists may ride on sidewalks as well but must yield to pedestrians and provide an audible signal while approaching them.

– Some local laws may not permit a bicyclist to ride on the sidewalk, so check before you ride. 

– Ride in the same direction as the traffic since the bike is an authorized road vehicle.

– If a designated bike lane is in the roadway, some local laws require bicyclists to use it instead of the sidewalk.  That may not be safe for children though. 

Sharrow emblem in Florida

– If you see an image of a bicycle on the roadway, called a sharrow, it means a bicyclist should be expected to be in the roadway.  These are often alternatives to designated bike lanes when there is insufficient space to build the separate lanes. 

There is so much more to reinforce for bicycle safety so please check out Alert Today Florida as well as  https://floridabicycle.org/drive-your-bike.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Bikers galore

Be aware of motorcycles, no matter where you drive.

March 8-17, 2019 is Bike Week in Daytona, Florida.  Motorcycles are everywhere, practically.  Don’t let them sneak up on your blind side, okay? 

Dubbed the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event,” Bike Week is a 10-day Daytona Beach area event filled with high-octane street festivals, concerts, motorcycle races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases, live music daily at iconic venues like Destination Daytona, Iron Horse Saloon, Main Street Station, Full Moon Saloon, Boot Hill Saloon, Bank and Blues and much more! Established more than seven decades ago, over 500,000 motorcyclists make the annual pilgrimage to this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.  https://www.daytonabeach.com/event/daytona-bike-week-2019/38445/

My personal opinion – drive and enter with caution. 

This video clip reflects how bikes can come out of nowhere.

I rode a motorcycle years ago and enjoyed jumping the hills and riding the trails, but was always cautious maneuvering around traffic. I would venture to say most large bike owners, such as Harley Davidson riders, are more conservative than the sleek, high-energy bikes, which remind me of road rockets. Do you agree?

Official information about Bike Week is located at https://officialbikeweek.com.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Racer and Concours

Imagine back in the day – racing with these beauties.  That’s what I thought while walking in the Jacksonville International Airport, Friday, and took this photo. 

The annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida helps with your imagination as you tour the racers, sports and luxury cars.  You can also participate in a silent auction.  I had forgotten about the event but plan on attending one of these days – and of course take some photos. 

Concours is French and means a public display or competition. It typically displays precision restoration of historic and rare automobiles and is an event held worldwide at various times.

Take a look at the website to see more of these amazing creations, and gather more information.  https://www.ameliaconcours.org/

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190307/thousands-expected-at-this-weekends-amelia-island-concours-and-many-other-car-events

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Tiny Doors

Photo of a tiny door in the U.S. Capitol (Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol)

Why are these tiny doors in the U.S. Capitol?  I’m glad you asked.

These small doors and the water sources they housed, found in several places in the capitol building, were multipurpose. Years ago they provided water to prevent a future fire from spreading. 


Inside of a tiny door in the U.S. Capitol (Photo Credit: Architect of the Capitol)

The doors also helped ensure the mud tracked in from Washington’s dirt streets and foot paths could be easily cleaned from the capitol’s floors. That is why the doors stand only about 30 inches tall.  They conceal low, shallow closets where workers filled pails of water to mop the floors. (Architect of the Capitol – https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscapitol/29122889536)

This is a post for Thursday Doors. You can be added to the list too. Follow this link to Norm’s doors. Check them out and then look for the link to the list. Fill out the form, and your doors are in the gallery of doors for this week. #Thursdaydoors

I couldn’t find my photos of the doors during my last trip to D.C. so I’ll have to rely on the photos from Architect of the Capitol. Thanks.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Ichetucknee 2

Trees and wetlands embrace the nourishment and easy flow of the Ichetucknee River.

Ichetucknee Springs near High Springs and Fort White, Florida provides an abundance of life to the natural habitation in Florida’s northeast region, and is an oasis of sorts year round. 

A boat sit still along with the slow moving water flow from Ichetucknee River.

The Ichetucknee 1 post provides information and images of the head water springs and the north entrance to the Ichetucknee River.  The images in this post reveal the south end of the river where water travelers usually exit from the peaceful ride. 

The flow of the springs creates a beautiful river that was once a secret (somewhat) before 1970.  You wouldn’t know it today as thousands converge on the area.  The river doesn’t mind though.  It just meanders along awaiting new people to jump right in and ride along. 

Smooth water from Ichetucknee River allows reflection of the cypress trees.

Ichetucknee River flows about six miles through the shaded hammocks and wetlands before joining the Santa Fe River.  In 1972 the head spring of the river was declared a national natural landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. 

Crystal-clear Ichetucknee River flows toward the Santa Fe River in Florida.
The shadow from a cypress tree provides a clear look through the pristine water to see the bottom surface.

White-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons can be seen from the river. Picnic areas, equipped with tables and grills, are available throughout the park.

Woods and swamp area between Ichetucknee River and the south exit to the store, restaurant and eating areas. Doesn’t it look like a Big Foot image in the photo?
Paved walkway between the Ichetucknee River and the concession area.

A full-service concession offers food, refreshments, and outdoor products from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tubes plus snorkeling and diving equipment can be rented from private vendors outside the park. Located four miles northwest of Fort White, off State Roads 47 and 238. https://www.stateparks.com/ichetucknee_springs_state_park_in_florida.html

Ichetucknee General Store and concession area at the south end of the Ichetucknee River

Blessings along the Way!

Ron