Donna of Wind Kisses leads our challenge this week with a whimsical post about Messages in photography. She calls herself out as the “hippie of the group”. I get to be more (ahem!) serious with history, literature, and religion.
“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” — Rabindranath Tagore
The Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis was built in 1925 by volunteers from the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in order to house orphans, neglected children, and children whose families couldn’t take care of them in the years leading up to the Great Depression. The school closed in the 1980s. Today, the facilities belong to a Family Services organization that offers residential care. The brick school building still shows the etched names and messages of children who came to live there over the decades and longed to leave their mark on their new Home.
“There are always messages in fiction, of course, even if they’re only implicit ones. In fact, most such messages aren’t obvious. They tell us things about life, about the author’s understanding of the world, and often convince us to change our minds about things without ever having to come out and say it.” — Sarah Reese
“All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.” — His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
But I leave you with these very profound message photos:
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
I know where that home is in Corvallis. I didn’t live too far from there. Interesting that the names are etched on the brick. Dang it, if it doesn’t grab your heart. Pretty moving. And books, fiction? Always a message. My favorites are the stack of books and the clay Dalai Lama reading. Oh wait…Rest Easy.
Peace Out, my friend. Loved your submissions. I thought of so many different scenarios while I was trying to put mine together, but you definitely brought some new ones Priscilla. And, as always. I love the quotes.
Thanks, Donna, and kudos to a great premier!
I like so much here and the closing image of “rest easy” was a nice send off
Great post, Priscilla. I love that you chose the orphanage. So moving. And the quotes really made me think. Wonderful!
Well said and shown Priscilla. Loved all of the library book and images – perfect! Also loved the chilcrens’ etchings on the bricks. Terrific examples.
Thanks, Tina. Those names made me sad…and reminded me of the names I saw etched in stone at the Tower of London, like Lady Jane Grey.
I must chime in – a wonderful post, Priscilla. But I didn ‘t expect anything less from you! You are always on the spot – and your quotes too.
Thanks, Ann-Christine. Your chimes are music to my ears!