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Structure Is Freedom—A Plane Is Able To Fly For A Reason

The Hospice people I talked today to in regards to the terminally ill person in my life were solid. I spoke to three nurses and a social worker.

The folks at Hospice do the work of existence.

Existence has a structure of life and death. Freedom comes from structure.

In an airplane last week, I thought about how the plane can fly because existence has a structure that we make use of to gain the speed and mobility of air travel.

Today I saw the Ohio River flood its banks because it has been raining. (Above –The flooding Ohio River today.)

Seeing the flooding river, I was thankful for existence, structure, and freedom.

(Below—A river–either the Mississppi or the Ohio– as seen for my airplane window in February of last year.)

(Photos copyright 2011 Neil Aquino)

March 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Nice Quiet Walk

Well… The WordPress IPhone app is a bit glitchy today. I’ve twice written a post about the Arizona shootings, and twice lost the post.

I’ve got other things to get to, so here is a picture from my walk on the Ohio River this morning here in Cincinnati.

It was a nice quiet walk. It is valuable to have time to think.

January 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Even Driftwood Needs A Rest

Even driftwood needs a rest.

Drifting can be hard work.

This Cincinnati Harbor Seal is in Northern Kentucky on the banks of the Ohio Rivet.

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

I Reflected On The Nature Of Existence This Evening

I went to the Cincinnati Reds baseball game this evening.

I had ice cream for dinner. Also, since as you can see in the picture the Ohio River was visible from my seat, I looked at the flowing river and reflected upon the nature of existence.

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Think About Whatever You Wish As You Watch This Barge Pass By On The Ohio River

Above is a video of about one minute and 40 seconds of a barge slowly moving down the Ohio River on a nice summer’s day . If you turn on your speakers you’ll hear crickets, the wind, and some general background noise.

I filmed the video from the Eden Park Overlook in Cincinnati, Ohio.

You can look at the barge and think of the direction you’re headed in life. You can think of the direction that society and the world is headed. Though the barge in the video is only going one way, you can bet it will at some point turn around and go up the river the other way. 

It’s possible that the barge in the video was on course for the Mississippi River.

There are options about what direction we can follow and where we can go.

You can watch the wake the barge makes and think of the effects your actions have on others. You can think of people trapped by circumstance in a world they did not make themselves.

You can look at the Ohio River and think about how the Ohio connects to the Mississippi and how the Mississippi connects to the sea. Everything is connected.

You can listen to the crickets and think about bugs and insects.

You can look across the river to the Kentucky side of the river. Not far from where the barge is there are a number of bridges that take you across the river. You could think about the ability for gaps to be bridged. Or you could think about how you would likely drown if you tried to swim across the river to reach the other side.

You can think about anything you wish at whatever pace suits you.

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Barges & Pipes—Pictures And Thoughts

Image, Source: intermediary roll film

Above is a picture of a barge loaded with pipes. The barge is in the Houston Ship Channel back in 1939. The photo was taken by Russell Lee.

Here is information about Russell Lee. He took pictures for a New Deal agency and was later a professor of photography at the University of Texas.  

I like the picture because it looks like such a quiet scene. I used to enjoy seeing barges coming up the Ohio River whenever I was a few miles out of town from home in Cincinnati. Especially in the summer. While I’m not certain that life on a barge is really so nice, it just seemed so quiet to be moving up and down the river past the trees on the shore and past the small towns.  

Pipes are basic to transporting something from one place to another. (Though in the picture above it is the pipes themselves that are being transported.)  Pipes have been used for a long time. Below is a picture of lead pipes from ancient Rome. 

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Some parts of the world apparently worship pipes. Below is a statue of water pipes in Mytishchi, Russia.

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Here is a video about pipelines from Rome to the current day from How Stuff  Works.

Barges are basic as well. Below is the Japanese painting Barges on the Yotsugi-dori Canal. I’d much rather be riding in the barge than pulling it along. This painting is one of 100 Views Of Edo by Ando Hiroshige.  These paintings were made between 1856 and 1858. Please click here to see all 100 views.

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Here is a good video on barges from How Stuff Works.  

Below you see a picture of barges gone wild. Here is information about the so-called 1985 Election Day Flood on the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania. This was the flood that caused the barges below to go wild.

I think barges and pipes are interesting to consider. We often hear in life that the journey is as important as the destination. For the stuff we use in our lives, it is with barges and pipes that these things reach us.

May 9, 2009 Posted by | Art, History, Houston | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Indiana Is My Favorite Swing State

Indiana is my favorite swing state.

(Above is Aurora, Indiana on the shores of the Ohio River)

Here’s why.

1. Indiana is not far from my long time home of Cincinnati.

2. My wife and I have been to Indiana together and I love my wife. Indiana reminds me of how much I love my wife.

3. The Ohio River runs along the Indiana/Kentucky border and the Ohio River is my favorite river.

4. Indiana has not voted for a Democrat for President since 1964 and an Obama victory in Indiana would be excellent. The latest poll shows Senator Obama up by two points in Indiana.  Here is a story from Salon about how Indiana has become a contested state

5. Back in my punk rock days I saw a Circle Jerks concert in Indianapolis.

Here is some basic information about Indiana.

What is your favorite swing state? With Senator Obama on the move across the country, there are many to choose from!

(Below is Evansville, Indiana. Evansville is also on the shores of the Ohio River.)

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, My Wife Is The Best Person Ever, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Photo Of Ohio River From Eden Park Overlook In Cincinnati

Here is a photo of the Ohio River I took from the Eden Park overlook in Cincinnati. I took this picture last July.

Here is information about Eden Park. 

I was thinking about our great inland rivers this morning because I have started to read Mark Twain–A Life by Ron Powers.

The Ohio River and Twain’s Mississippi River connect in Cairo, Illinois.

We are all connected as well.   

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Books, Cincinnati, Pictures I Have Taken | , , , , | 6 Comments