This is a monument at what once was the Manzanar World War II Japanese Internment Camp in Owens Valley, California...
I highly recommend a visit to this place if you are ever driving north or south on US 395 in California and have a few hour's time to visit....It is a real story in what happened to japanese American citizens during World War II.....perhaps a foretelling of the issues we have today.
I also recommend a notice of the words of Thomas Paine inscribed on the monument....words that seem to apply today!
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire