Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Guy In The Sky: How The World Is Serving You, Even If You Don't Notice

Look around. What do you see? Look again. You may be surprised...

"The world does not require so much to be informed as to be reminded." Hannah More

Have you ever been to Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon? It's a true treat, even in this day of Kindle, iPads, and SmartPhones. I know that other cities have their bookstore prides and joys as well, like the Tattered Cover in Denver, for instance. But Powell's is a major tourist attraction. One does not visit Portland without making the trip to Powell's. Otherwise, the visit to this fair city is incomplete.

One day, not long ago, I was browsing through a section on the 2nd floor, next to the large picture windows. I looked out over 11th Avenue, watching the traffic ease its way toward Burnside Street, the major east/west artery that divides Portland into north and south sides.

Then, for some reason my attention was drawn upward. Across the street is a building about 10 stories high. At about the 7th floor level, I spotted a window cleaner on a scaffold that was hanging over the edge from the top. It looked precarious; I got just a little jittery. There was enough of a breeze to create some movement; it swung just enough to make it look like an amusement park ride.

"What if that thing came loose? The young man would not survive the fall," I mused.

The Bill of Rights: The Most Important Information You'll Learn--Or Relearn--Today!

The Bill of Rights: The Most Important Information You'll Learn--Or Relearn--Today!

Separation of church and state? The right to bear arms? Freedom of speech? Next time someone tells you something about the U.S. Bill of Rights, tell them you know a thing or two. Here is a link to the entire list, presented in an easy to read format. This list is what you've said you stand for: