I spent the day riding my bike around Howard County, Maryland – one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
The weather was perfect, and I stopped and had lunch at the Ellicott City Assembly of God Church – shown below. Almost everyone in the picture is from a different country! Click on it to see all of the clothing on display. Probably the most diverse group of people I have ever seen. I will be returning there regularly.
Then I got hear one of my favorite songs, played by a very talented musician.
What a great day.
I stopped by Howard County in July. Beautiful area and very nice people.
And may the youth continue to sing and remember one of your favorite songs.
I’m glad you can so easily judge people by what country they are from.
So many other folks judge by things like: What is their character? Do they have a job? Are they on public support of any kind? Have they committed any felonies?
BTW, did you check their birth certificates? They could all be from Hawaii. Clothing is sometimes a SHALLOW disguise….
Extremely weird comment.
Almost like “unprecedented”, huh?
On the other hand I thought your little post was extrememly weird too. A sort of sop to political correctness of the most weak minded kind. Made me want to break out my tiny violin and play it to bring on a maudlin tear.
Here is the harsh reality of life: every one of those people in the picture, if eligible, voted for Obama. Human beings are tribal whether the educated believe it or not. They cling together and support their own kind. Every group is like that. It is not good or bad. It is not racist. It is just the way it is.
The days of the American melting pot are over. Today identity politics trumps or else. And as the third world floods into the US voting patterns will change. Some may think that is good – whitie getting his comeuppance, others may regret the passing of a rational country. Regardless, this cloying American habit of celebrating all that is …..well…..third world has deep ramifications for the US.
America is already starting to see the consequences, but to use the well worn phrase, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Take it from someone (white) who grew up in Africa (not South Africa) while you celebrate diversity – that word again – you may not celebrate the consequences. The new norm will be a flawed legal system, poor education, hysterical mobs, partisan racial politics, poor leadership, corrupt administration. The list goes on and on.
But then I waste my time: America has much of that already
I missed the part where he was judging those people. So many cultural backgrounds probably makes for interesting conversations at their get togethers. In my church in Yuma a slight majority of the congregation is Mexican with a sprinkling of Blacks. Nobody really cares. We are all there to worship God together and to further His kingdom. So many desolate lives have become beautiful. I love pot lucks because there is so much variety of food. I really love the Baja flavors.
I got to spend an enjoyable half hour today talking to a lady born in Mexico who came here at age 18. She was practicing her English, not that she needed to. Meanwhile Hubby was practicing his French on some folks from Senagal. We get to meet people from Russia, China Japan, Korea, Vietnam, many latin American countries and often Europeans. The flea market we often set-up at has more foreign nationals than Americans it seems. Lots of fun.
Have to go to the folk festivals to get great music though. I really like the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
Diverisity enriches us all …
Take a ride out on I-70 West and exit at MD65 South and follow the signs to Antietam National Battlefield. Take your bike and see the landscape as it was 200 years ago. Don’t miss the Burnside Bridge over the Antietam Creek. Western Maryland is just plain beautiful.
South Mountain, where supposedly the Iron Brigade got it’s name from McClellan and where the only War Correspondents memorial in the US that I know of stands.
I just thought I would mention that at Gettysburg Marylanders fought Marylanders on Culps Hill during the morning hours of July 3rd, 1863. That fight started at about 04:30 and was pretty much over by 08:00. Union 12th Corp returned to resume their previous positions on the SE face of Culps hill after having been pulled south to reinforce Sickles 3rd Corp in the vicinity of the Peach Orchard. Slocums 12th Corp troops were involved in the whole days battle including the 2nd Maryland. After being in action all day they were ordered to return to their old position only to find that while they had been gone some of the Confederates of Johnson’s Division had manage to take their trenches.
And so it was the 2nd Maryland Regiment came face to face in battle with the Confederate 1st Maryland Battalion Infantry. At one point the Confederates charged and the 2nd Maryland and others cut down the majority of the 1st Maryland Battalion in the battle. Two Union Maryland Artillery batteries were also involved in that action.
A neighbor up the street knew all the local Civil war history. I often regret we did not take the time to record his historical accounts before he passed away. He was old enough to have heard the first hand accounts from eye witnesses.
The single day’s battle at Antietam-Sharpsburg was bloodiest day of battle in American history by a pretty good margin.
I am glad that you are in a good place both physically and spiritually. It’s a rare thing. Enjoy it to the fullest.