Thursday, February 28, 2013
Today's picture shows an outdoor classroom at the Tuskegee Institute. The students are being trained in the finer points of Botany. I continue to be impressed by the dress and decorum of students back at this time. The picture was taken about 1900.
I am happy to announce that our trip to DFW was successful, and we were able to safely see the lovely Ms. EAM through the final leg of her trip home. We got home about 9:00 last night. I am sure it will take her a few days to recover from the trip, and then I am excited to hear from her many stories of her life in East Africa.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Today we have a picture of Chemistry Class at the Tuskegee Institute. The lab looks to be pretty well equipped for 1902. I will have to admit that I always struggled in Chemistry. In college, I had a lab called something like Semi Quantitative Micro Analysis. Where at the first of the semester they gave each student a different vial of liquid, and throughout the semester you had to do tests to figure out what compounds were in your liquids. I would do the tests carefully, but my results never came out like what they were supposed to, and so I did poorly in the class. To this day I suspect I was given a bum batch of liquid. Anyway, I always liked things like math, physics, and electronics much better than things like chemistry and biology. I wonder if I am the only one that has struggled with Chemistry.
Just a reminder that I will be traveling with Mrs. PJM today to pick up the lovely Ms. EAM at DFW. She called in yesterday and said she had arrived in Nairobi safely, and that was a relief as the 8 hour road trip to Nairobi was by far the most dangerous part of the trip. We look forward to some quality time with her, as she enjoys a brief period of rest.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Today's picture shows the reading room at the Tuskegee Institute. It was taken in 1902. It is striking to me the differences between this picture and what you would find today. One of the things is that these people appear to be dressing for success. They are dressing like the people they want to become. One of the distressing things I find about many young people today is that somehow it has become cool to be a thug. You dress like a thug because you want to be a thug, because the thugs are the cool people. I am not exactly sure when that happened, but wish it were different. Yes, I have the privilege to work with some extraordinary young people, but I am distressed by what I see as a growing trend among young people to imitate behavior that is ultimately destructive to themselves and society.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Today's picture shows History Class at the Tuskegee Institute in 1902. I love how everyone is so attentive, and dressed nice. This was back in the day when young people actually viewed education as a privilege. Now, many kids are not interested, and it is as if the system is "forcing" them to be educated. In my mind, many aspects of that are not working well today.
You asked for it, so now you are going to get it . . . a long awaited Domestic Update. I am pleased to announce that the lovely Ms. EAM will be returning from her work in a remote area of East Africa for a brief period of rest. Mrs. PJM and I will travel to Dallas, and pick her up at the DFW airport on Wednesday.
There are going to be elections in the area she lives, and at the last elections there was great violence and tribal warfare, so she was told she needed to leave until after the elections. So, she will be coming home. While here, she will be visiting with some of her sponsoring churches and organizations. If you know anyone in the Texas area that would like to hear her speak about her experiences in East Africa, feel free to drop me a line.
We are eager to have her back home for a short visit, and will have lots to catch up on.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Welcome to Tuskegee, Alabama Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at pictures from this Old South town over the last 100 years. We start with this picture from around 1900's. It shows a group of men preparing to serve food at an outdoor event. As the week goes on, we will be looking at different aspects of life in this area.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Today's picture is from 1944, and it shows a boy playing with a Radio Controlled Airplane. I think this is a great toy, which is a lot of fun, and very educational. Just think of all the things a young person learns by building and flying a model airplane. They learn to read blueprints, follow instructions, use tools, and to be precise and accurate in their work. They learn about engines, electronics, and aerodynamics. They learn that through hard work and patience you are paid off in the end with a product that is fun and exciting.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Today's picture shows a boy building a crane with an Erector Set. The picture was taken in 1924. One of the things I remember about my childhood is that most of my toys involved building, making, growing, or fixing something. The toys really required what today educators call "Critical Thinking" and "Higher Level Learning". Starting out with Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys and Erector Sets, you basically had a pile of parts, and you had to make something. There were diagrams of things you could make that they had designed, but after that you could venture out on your own, creating your own designs and ideas. Chemistry sets were fun to play with, while at the same time very educational. Then, you grew into even harder "toys" like model airplanes, where you made flying airplanes out of balsa wood, tissue paper and rubber bands.
If you are a parent, I encourage you to throw out the Xbox and playstations, and get back to toys that require children to think, plan, build, and create. Not video games, which are primarily wiring the brain to shoot, kill, destroy. As parents, how did we ever let ourselves be deceived to let that trash in our homes?
Monday, February 18, 2013
Toy Week continues with this gripping photograph of a young child after a German Air Raid Bombing on London. The child is sitting alone in the ruble with his stuffed animal. Looking at the child's face, I am reminded of the British term of "Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip". You can see the child is terrified, but yet is holding back tears. Truly a remarkable photograph.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Today we have a picture that shows an Eskimo man with a small toy boat he has made for his son. The boat shows an amazing amount of detail and precision. I wonder what type of tools he had to work with to make such a fine piece? The picture was taken in the early 1900's.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Last week was Doll Week, and this week we will look at Boy's Toys. We start with this picture of young men playing with a model airplane. I can remember growing up, the great thing about our toys is that they almost always involved building something, making something, growing something, fixing something, or doing something outside. Today, sadly, most young men sit in their rooms and twiddle their thumbs as they pretend to kill massive amounts of people on their Xbox's and playstations. I hope you all will share memories of your favorite toys growing up.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I am excited to show this picture today, because I have really never seen anything like it in the past. The picture shows Indian Children playing with dolls and miniature Tipis. I had just never imagined children building miniature versions of their camp. What an intriguing image.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
This is a classic picture of bygone days in America. The picture was taken in 1941 in Caldwell Idaho, and shows two little girls taking their dolls for a walk in baby strollers. While the picture was taken in 1941, it looks just like I remember things growing up in the 1960's. This was a much simpler time, and one I really miss.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Today's picture is from 1909, and it shows children and Doll Sleighs. The picture was taken at the Mid-Winter Carnival at Upper Saranac Lake in New York.
Now, this is my question . . . why do little girls like dolls so much? Is it a DNA thing, and women are born to be nurturing, or is it they like them because that is what they are given, and that is what they learn to like?
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Welcome to Doll Week here at OPOD where we will look at children and their dolls. We start with this picture of a young girl and her rag doll. The picture was taken in 1852, so we can see the tradition of girls and dolls go way back. I hope this week you will share your memories of your favorite doll growing up.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Today's picture shows a group of men in the Desert of Arabia in an automobile. The picture was taken in 1926. I love pictures like this that have a mix of the old world, and the encroachment of technology on an old way of life. Something sort of sad to me about these types of pictures.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Welcome to Arabia Week here at OPOD. We start with this picture from the early 1900's showing a desert Bedouin with his camels.
By "Arabia" we do no mean Saudi Arabia, but basically we will be looking at pictures from the last days of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire goes all the way back to the dark ages and ended shortly after World War I.