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Here are a couple of recent photos that I consider to be the last summer ones. (I shot both on August 25.)  Here’s yet another nice sunset twilight photograph complete with some nice clouds.

Twilight

Here’s another twilight photo of some Black-Eyed Susans in full bloom.

Twilight

It seems like for the last week my mind has been overloaded with everything that has gone down in Charlottesville. I went to the second memorial event for Charlottesville in my event in a week. Here are my photos.

This event took place at the Greenbelt Community Church, which is a United Church of Christ congregation in Greenbelt, Maryland. It was organized by the Greenbelt Interfaith Leaders Association and it included participation by clergy from the various Christian and Jewish denominations.

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

This sign showed the schedule of events that took place during this service.

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

People were invited to take a flower from this makeshift altar and place it in the nearby memorial garden as a symbol of being in solidarity for peace.

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The next few photos shows the wall in the memorial garden where people left the flowers along with a couple of poster boards and markers where people can write their feelings.

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

Various clergy gave speeches while people sang songs. The service ended with people lighting candles in a symbol of solidarity with the people in Charlottesville.

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

The interfaith service for the #terrorist victims at #Charlottesville

I attended a workshop on how to use social media to get a job at the Maryland Workforce Exchange office in Laurel. A nasty storm was about to get started when the workshop ended. Rather than make a potentially perilous journey home I decided to head to the nearby Laurel Library so I could wait out the storm. I brought my laptop with me plus there are plenty of books in that library so I had no problem with waiting there. (Besides it’s not like I have anyone waiting at home for me to return these days.)

I last visited that library back in December. It had recently opened and I was curious to see what it was like and I found it interesting, especially with the dinosaur motif. On this trip I found some more dinosaur motifs scattered around the place.

That giant dinosaur skeleton is still buried under a plexiglass floor.

This little girl was walking on the floor above the dinosaur skeleton while taking a look at it.

I noticed that there were gardens outside the last time I was there but everything was dead since it was in December. This time everything was lush and growing with all kinds of pretty flowers blooming.

I last saw the glass obelisk outside the library at night, when it was lit up. It was still daylight when I saw it again but it’s still interesting to see it with the sun out.

One of the bushes on the side of my townhouse is blooming these really pretty flowers.

Some beautiful blooming spring flowers.

Some beautiful blooming spring flowers.

Here are some pretty purple flowers in full bloom.

Pretty spring flowers.

On a completely different note, I unearthed something I didn’t expect while I was doing simultaneous spring cleaning and working on taxes. (I did the spring cleaning and decluttering so I could find important papers I needed to get this year’s taxes done.) I found this old 3.5 inch floppy disk which is billed as “Microsoft Learning DOS: Interactive Guide to the PC Operating System.” The wording in faint grey italics said that this disk is for the IBM Personal Computers and compatibles as well as for the IBM Personal System 2 series.

This Belongs in a Museum

This definitely belongs in a museum since modern computers don’t even have floppy disk drives anymore. (LOL!)

Passover

Since this week is Passover and tomorrow is Good Friday, which kicks off Easter weekend, I decided to devote this post to more pictures of spring flowers that I recently took.

Flowers

White Flowers

Purple Flowers

Spring Flowers

Light Blue Flowers

I was at a local Target store when I encountered the world’s most confusing door. Is it an entrance or not? MAKE UP YOUR OWN DAMNED MIND!!!

The world's most confusing door.

Here’s a less-confusing door, this one leading to the Three Little Birds Sewing Company in Hyattsville, Maryland. The top of the door has a quote by Maya Angelou while the bottom has a sign indicating how this store welcomes everyone no matter what race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender.

Three Little Birds Sewing Company Door, Hyattsville, Maryland

Here are some daffodils that I saw by a white wall while I was walking through Hyattsville, Maryland recently.

Flowers Along a White Wall

Pretty daffodils in Hyattsville.

Last, but not least, I learned that Triple Chocolate Peeps are a thing this year. Basically a chocolate peep is filled with a chocolate filling on the inside then its bottom gets dipped in even more chocolate. I found this pack at Target.

Triple Chocolate Peeps

I attended a Valentine’s Dance that was held at my church on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day and I took a few pictures while I was there.

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes performed their blues at this dance.

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Naturally there was plenty of dancing.

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

There were some nice romantic decorations as well.

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Dance, Paint Branch UU Church, February 11, 2017

I took these photos not too long ago. I took this photo at a railroad crossing in Riverdale Park, Maryland.

Passing Train

I shot this photo of a vintage toy train sharing shelf space with old books in a local bookstore.

Toy Train and Books

I found a special NFL Baltimore Ravens Beanie Baby at a local Safeway.

Baltimore Ravens Beanie Baby

I saw these Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump bobblehead dolls on sale at a local Safeway.

2016 Presidential Elections Bobblehead Dolls

I saw this lovely sunset over Route 50 on the way back from a job interview.

Sunset Over Route 50

I saw this on the floor at a local record store. It’s a unique way to recycle old vinyl records.

Vinyl Record Floor

A local pizza parlor in my area has recently gotten a couple of vintage arcade machines.

Vintage Arcade Machines

Here are some painted Halloween pumpkins and other gourds that I saw on sale at a local farmers market.

Painted Pumpkins and Gourds

Painted Pumpkins and Gourds

I saw this blooming fall flower during one of my walks around the neighborhood.

Blooming Flower in the Fall

I saw a pair of turkeys of display at the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market this past Sunday.

A pair of turkeys at the Greenbelt Farmers Market.

A pair of turkeys at the Greenbelt Farmers Market.

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