…I was framed!

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You can almost count on it in any law-and-order movie or television show: at some point, the person in jail, on death row, or who is being arrested and charged/convicted makes the claim that they are innocent and were framed by “somebody”!

I suppose that there are times when justice is mis-carried, but more often than not, I think that law enforcement does a pretty incredible job of sorting out who is telling the truth and who is lying.  And, more often than not, the claim of having been framed isn’t true.

As we strolled the craft booths at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA this past Saturday, one of the first booths we passed had a group of photo frames sitting on the ground.  They didn’t appear to have been intentionally arranged in any particular way (nor did I change the arrangement) and they leaned up against one another, tallest frames in the back.  I was instantly drawn to it as an intriguing composition for a photo and I took today’s shot.

What does this illustrate for us?  That even the ordinary things we see every day can make interesting photos because of their colors and lines.  We don’t have to have Mount Everest or the Hope diamond in front of us, nor Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon.  The most common things can be fascinating if we take the time to literally take a different perspective or angle in looking at them, or to appreciate them for their own inherent beauty and usefulness.  Now, if only we could learn to see people that same way!!!!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1885, the dismantled State of Liberty, a gift from the people of France to the people of America, arrived in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases.

Intended to commemorate the American Revolution and a century of friendship between the U.S. and France, the statue was designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (who modeled it after his own mother), with assistance from engineer Gustave Eiffel, who later developed the iconic tower in Paris bearing his name.  The statue alone cost the French an estimated $250,000 (more than $5.5 million in today’s money).

Finally completed in Paris in summer 1884, the statue reached its home on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.  After being reassembled, the 450,000-pound statue was officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, by President Cleveland, who said, “We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.” Standing more than 305 feet from the foundation of its pedestal to the top of its torch, the statue, dubbed “Liberty Enlightening the World” by Bartholdi, was taller than any structure in New York City at the time. The statue was originally copper-colored, but over the years it underwent a natural color-change process called patination that produced its current greenish-blue hue.

In 1903, a plaque inscribed with a sonnet titled “The New Colossus” by American poet Emma Lazarus, written 20 years earlier for a pedestal fundraiser, was placed on an interior wall of the pedestal. Lazarus’ now-famous words, which include “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” became symbolic of America’s vision of itself as a land of opportunity for immigrants.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is home to the world’s largest parking lot. The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport has the third largest runway in the world and was an alternate landing site for the space shuttle. Texas has more airports than any other state in the country.

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