Sunday, January 27, 2008

Weekly Winners Sunday 1/27/08

My favorite day to blog, the Weekly Winners day, brainchild of fabulous Lotus. This week you get the rest and the best of my travel pictures (which means next week will likely be back to cats and food, or something).

Click for larger images (because they do look better full-sized) or take a peek at the entire album at once and/or watch as a slideshow at this link.

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
I've given as much commentary as I care to publicly in my previous post, so these are just some of the other pictures taken while exploring some of the campus in the cold and in a bit of a rush.



































Praying Hands

Learning Resource Center

Prayer Tower

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Prayer Tower

Learning Resource Center, Self-Portrait

Dorms


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CityPlex Towers

Squirrel

Squirrel, cuter


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Some last bits of pictures from

the Tulsa trip



















Trinity Episcopal Church-DowntownRed Doors Just Plain Rock

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Biscuit. Gravy. Happy.Seriously, a Sushi "Train"

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Oklahoma City National Memorial
My visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the wonderful museum (yes, those are 4 different great links to the memorial) touched me beyond what my inadequate words can express, other than to say that the amount of class, respect, love, reverence, honor and hope with which it was done was compelling enough that I'll remember it forever. Definitely allow 2 hours for the museum. Pictures were not allowed inside the museum, but I was able to take many of the outdoor memorial itself.





























































Entry to Memorial, same message from either gate Oklahoma Centennial Clock at
Memorial
dedicated Jan 14, 2008
Children's Area with hand
painted tiles


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Statue at St Joseph Old Cathedral with inscription "Jesus Wept." Memorial and Museum in background.The Memorial Fence where visitors still continue to leave various tokens expressing heartbreak and hope. These items are periodically removed and cataloged, and some are used in
Hope Trunks
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9:01 Gate, representing the innocence before the
horrific attack
Reflecting Pool between Gates of Time
9:03 Gate, representing healing following the attack

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Field of Empty Chairs: 9 rows representing the 9 floors and laid out in a way similar to the
blast pattern near the middle of the building. The daycare on the 2nd floor
is the reason for so many smaller chairs representing the children who died that day.

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Written on Journal Record Building by rescuersField of Empty Chairs and Reflecting Pool (a photo repost from
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Field of Empty Chairs with 9:01 Gate and Survivor Tree in background

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Survivor Tree, inscription facing Rescuers' Orchard reads: "To the courageous and caring who responded from near and far, we offer our eternal gratitude."Survivor Tree and Journal Record BuildingSurvivor Tree, inscription facing visitors reads: "The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us."

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Information at 9:01 Gate Entrance

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Map showing same site, now a sad but beautiful memorial

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20 comments:

  1. stunning photos and the story woven though is very creative too. Lovely story.Thanks for sharing The slideshow option was great.

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  2. Wonderful photos.
    I think my fave is the self portrait in the building windows.

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  3. I got chills looking at some of those. My God.

    Great pics, Maggie. I always love what you've chosen for the week. :D

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  4. I feel like I was there. Great Pictures, Maggie!

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  5. Another great set of pics. That Oral Roberts University sure is funky looking.

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  6. Those are so fantastic! I love the red doors.

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  7. Very nice! Biscuits, gravy. Happy - good one. I just have a few - come by when you can. :)

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  8. What gorgeous shots. I love the ones of the memorial. And, yummy whataburger!

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  9. Fabulous photos this week. A wonderful post. Those last ones also gave me chills..thank you for sharing.

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  10. In regards to the picture of the hands and as a native Okie I feel obligated to tell an old story to you about those hands at the entrance of O.R.U.

    A long, long time ago, you know, back in the 80's, the installers of those hands were having a hard time getting them to stay together. They tried several different things but they could not get them to look right while keeping the hands closed. Finally a young child walked by the construction sight and studied the workers. He reached into his pocket, pulled something out, and dropped it into one of the hands. They clamped shut immediately into the position that you see now. One of the workers ran over to the boy and said, "What did you drop between the hands?"

    The boy replied, "A dollar."

    LOL...sorry, bad joke.

    Have a good week!

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  11. As a Tulsan, I'm here to thank you for your kind words in your Thursday Thirteen, and the great pictures today.

    It's always interesting to see pictures of things you see everyday on someone else's blog. :)

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  12. These are really terrific and wonderful photos (I need to get a thesarus -- I keep using the same words over and over...but they are! Terrific! Wonderful!)

    It made me pause for a moment and think and get a little chill. Thanks.

    Oh, and I love the red doors. Someday I will own doors that color.

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  13. Can you send me some of those biscuits & gravy? They just don't GET in in Canada!

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  14. I love the red doors, and the field of empty chairs.

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  15. Thanks for the timely reminder. Sometimes we get busy living our lives and forget. Lovely photos.

    Thanks for visiting me.

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  16. Thanks for "taking me to Oklahoma"! Great photos!

    Thanks also for stopping by!

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  17. I love the red doors...and wow! A sushi train - I didn't think the two went together, but I guess I'm wrong!

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  18. Maggie.....I just loved this weeks weekly winners....your pics are awesome and loved the red doors......The memorial pictures were wonderful....I look forward to next weeks winners!!!

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  19. Love the red doors!!

    Those are awesome pics. I was in downtown OKC when that happened. I had just had jaw surgery. I probably should have been in the hospital for a couple of more days. but because so many people had facial injuries (from facing the glass windows as the bomb exploded), my doc released me. He did free reconstructive surgery on many people affected in that blast.

    Thanks for visiting my winners!

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