Passing along some amazing pix

Passing along some amazing pix

As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I really love sharing good photos with folks who come around. Wanting to share good photographic work is, by far, the biggest motivator for me when I’m putting together a new post.

Usually it’s my work. Today it’s not. This brief feature I found on yahoo news is just so very good! I like it better than any photo feature I’ve seen in a very long time.

A smallish ship named Gunilda went down in Lake Superior 107 years ago. Because of the depth at the site and the cold climate, it’s almost perfectly preserved.

Seeing these extraordinary photos is well worth a couple of minutes of your day. Really.

If you like good–and very unusual–photography as much as I do, click on this link.

 

Lover of good photography, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

PS: the banner pic at the top of this post is one of mine and is not, of course, from the wreck of Gunilda. It’s from the “wreck” of a now-sunken restaurant I loved. I chose it simply because I like it and it fits the mood of the post better than any other photo I have at my disposal.

 

 

 

 

 

I love cornbread too much!

I love cornbread too much!

Back in mid-January I posted about making scratch cornbread. It truly is something I enjoy. A lot.

Strange as it my seem, I think I enjoy the baking as much as the eating.

I did it again. And I’m posting about it again. And I’m not sorry!

I like the photo I took while I had this yummy stuff cooling on the kitchen table. It turned out very well. And it was just the thing to broaden my breakfast choices for this week!

I hope life is going well for you these days. Your kitchen life. Your life in general.

Just eat it up!

 

 

“Baker Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Another Triumphant Trimble Trip!

Another Triumphant Trimble Trip!

I just can’t get enough of Trimble Park. As you may remember, it’s a very nice park right where Orange and Lake counties meet. Although it’s actually in the very small Orange county town of Tangerine, that tiny hamlet does not deliver mail, so the park has a Mt. Dora mailing address even though that popular and well known town is across the county line.

Confused? Well, here’s the important part: Trimble Park is just overflowing with natural beauty and critters of every kind. And offers some of the nicest, most serenity-filled camping experiences anywhere in the Sunshine State.

I had my clothes and too much camping gear soaked pretty good on the first night. I had gone back to O’do to enjoy a movie with my little bro, and the rain came. I didn’t put on the rain fly because the weather forecast said no rain was coming. Yeah, Mother Nature caught me with my guard down. But Wednesday morning was quite sunny and I was able to dry everything out pretty well.

It was a nice outing in spite of the first night rains. I did get some pretty good photos and have made one I like especially the banner photo here. I feel all serene again just looking at it now.

May you enjoy some quiet, tranquil moments this day. I’ll be posting with more awesome photos before much longer…

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Why I really love libraries!

Why I really love libraries!

Here’s the short list of why I really love libraries! Libraries are a place to borrow books on almost every conceivable subject and digital media of any kind–including, but not limited to–CD’s, DVD’s and instructional media on a wide variety of subjects and areas of learning without paying rental fees. I’ve taken advantage of their language instructions DVD at no cost whatsoever.

I can do most of those things via the ‘net, but there are almost always costs and fees involved. Not at your local library.

If you have a library card and create an ID and log-on, you can do on-line language learning and other stuff on-line through the library’s master user account and, again, pay no fees at all for educational and self improvement courses that others do on-line without paying the usual subscription fees. I’ve done a couple of those.

Libraries provide free, high speed internet access and PC services for folks who use the internet but cannot afford a computer. They do computer class on subjects ranging from beginning PC and word processing use, to power point and microsoft word.

They do seminars for classroom learning on many subjects and endeavors using outside experts or, in some cases, library staff who are trained and certified in different areas.

Libraries have low cost access to copying and printing for people who have computer access but don’t have a copier or printer. Like me. I go to my local branch about once a month just to print that rare doc where a hard copy, paper format is necessary. The last time was to print a resume.

Libraries host many community activities at low or no cost. The ones I’ve seen at the SW branch, close to where I was living in 2014 to 2016, are the Orlando Chess Club, and the Vista Toastmasters Club. That one has meaning for me as I served as the President of that awesome club many years ago when it was still associated with Disney.

At the branch closest to where I live now, I’ve seen meetings for clubs associated with the Puerto Rican community and an awesome seminar on the accordion. That was terribly entertaining and it was well-attended. I know that was the first exposure to the accordion by many attendees, many of whom were kids. Thank you, Corky Wisneiwski and the Orlando Accordion Club.

Libraries are a safe, appropriate place for kids to go after school so they’re doing something positive and constructive until their parents can come and pick them up. Basically, an informal and no-cost after school program. I’ve seen many kids take advantage of this at the Chickasaw branch, which is right across the street from a thriving charter school. They can do homework and use the free internet services.

The main branch of the Orlando Public Library has regular music performances by local artists. I’ve seen friends I’ve played with perform there. There’s a permanent stage there on the first floor in the dept where the CD’s and DVD’s are available for check out.

I’ve seen performances on that stage from Improv groups whose venue is right around the corner. But doing a show at the library gave them exposure to a new audience.

Libraries serve as polling places in Orange County for early voting. I have voted in three elections at the Southwest branch.

Libraries put on regular sales where the materials that are passing out of their inventories are offered to the public. I’ve bought vinyl albums, CD’s and many books this way. They have those awesome library stamps and stickers on them, but I think that’s okay. These sales are put on by friends of the library. Those folks are volunteers. I enjoyed my time as a FOTL years ago and think I’ll soon get involved with them again, too.

I loved being a volunteer docent for the main branch way back in the 80’s when the library built those 3rd and 4th floors and wanted the Central Florida community to see what their new facilities had to offer.

This post only covers library services and activities that I personally have used or gotten involved in; no doubt there are many others. I love libraries and promote them every chance I get.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

Hoppy Easter to my friends!

Hoppy Easter to my friends!

I have just a couple of thoughts for you early on this Easter morning.

The first is that I wish all my friends who commemorate this day a most joyous Easter! If this holiday has little or no meaning for you as a religious observance, let me say that I wish you a delightful spring, full of new, budding insights and lots of time and opportunity to reflect on beginnings,  new growth and moving in new directions! And a burst or two of youthful energy and inspiration thrown in for good measure!

The second thing I want to get into in today’s post is that I don’t have a lot of use for April Fool’s Day. Although an occasional prank may tickle my funny bone without making me loathe the prankster, I find about 90% of what goes on on AFD to be really annoying and I believe it all too often degenerates into a thinly-veiled exercise in bullying and humiliation.

It’s such a good thing that a lot of people no longer find humor in some of those overly-done, passive-aggressive capers that used to be all the rage on the 1st of April!

There is a lot of buzz right now about the fact that Easter is falling on April Fool’s Day this year. I couldn’t remember it ever happening. As it turns out, it did back in 1956. So there aren’t a lot of folks around who have actually experienced this rare event. The next time we’ll see these two very different celebrations fall together will be 2027.

God only knows what kinds of crazy stuff some folks may get into today!

It’s possible, I suppose, that some who can’t bear to let AFD pass without doing something outrageous in the name of fun will find a way to roll together religious ardor and springtime pranksterism! No doubt we’ll hear of some such thing before the 2nd of April rolls around!

In the likely event that such stuff does happen in the next few hours, I’m thinking that yours truly will most likely not be impressed.

The Easter day truth is that wishing my peeps a “Hoppy Easter” is about as far as I’m willing to go in creating mischief on this “eggstradinary” day!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

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