Two histories

Oh it is another barn
Oh it is another barn

I took this picture about a week ago but held off using it because I thought people might be burned out on pictures of barns. I was going to use it at a later date, and had zoomed in on the barn, losing most of the road. early this morning (see below) I started playing around with the original in PaintShop Pro X5. I made it a monochrome image in a variety of colors, I blurred the image, I sharpened the image, I tried a number of artistic effects. Then I took a close look at the original image and decided that I liked it best, especially the light.

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I woke up this morning at 2:30 a.m. and didn’t get back to sleep until 5 a.m. Then it was up again at seven. Since it is raining today, I’ll probably take a long nap this afternoon. That’s one of the benefits of being retired.

While I was awake, I thought a bit about what my next post would be about. The books that I am reading seemed a good idea. And yes, I said books because I always have at least two books going at once. I am currently reading two forms of history books. You may think, after reading this post, that I use the term “history” rather loosely.

I am readingĀ The Nixon Tapes by Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter. They have taken the tape recorded conversations from 1971 and 1972 that President Nixon had ordered. He used government resources to secretly tape record his official conversations for his future private use. He planned on using them as an aid in constructing his memoirs in a way that showed him in the best light. Every politician who writes a memoir tries to show themselves as wonderful. I haven’t gotten too far into the book yet, but so far it has been interesting reading his words about how he talks about various people when they are not in the room, and then how he speaks when they are there. I suppose we are all a bit two-faced in that way. I must admit that I am having a hard time working myself into a high dudgeon over the books contents.I wouldn’t have had such a hard time a decade or so ago. Perhaps it will become easier as I proceed further into the book.

By the way,the book was a birthday gift from Cindy. She knows what I like. She bought the book at our local Barnes & Noble which is great, but I’m sure she could have found it at a cheaper price on the Internet. The Internet is where I found, on sale, the other book that I am readingĀ Buz Sawyer 1: The War In The Pacific by Roy Crane.

The book reprints the Buz Sawyer daily comic strips from its inception in November 1, 1943 through October 5, 1945. It also reprints some of the Sunday strips that don’t follow the daily continuity. Why do I consider a book of comic strip reprints to be history? Well, they aren’t a representation of true events, but they do reflect the wide-spread feelings of the American people concerning stereotypes of the Japanese people, specifically those in the military. There are other stereotypes in the strip that, today, would be considered politically incorrect. It is hard to get past those images and words, but if you can, these are some rip-roaring strips. I need to search for the second volume of strips; on sale, of course.

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