More tragic loss of life in Germany...Change in today's planned story...Binalong Bay photos...


Entrance statue to Binalong Bay.  Click here for details.
After hearing about the horrific news of yet another terroristic attack in an open market in Germany, we changed the subject of today's planned story.  We'd planned to include photos of the Penguin Market (open every Sunday throughout the year) where many holiday shoppers gather to purchase unique Christmas goods offered by locals in a variety of booths and shops. 

Binalong Bay in beautiful and expansive.
We'll post the Penguin Market photos and stories on another day.  For today, we can't stop thinking about the nightmare in Germany, details of which may be found in this article. (Keeping in mind all the recent scuttlebutt about the media's often inaccurate representation of actual events, we encourage our readers, as we do ourselves, seek information from a variety of resources).


We traveled off the highway when driving from St. Helens to Penguin to see the popular Binalong Bay.
With a commitment to avoid posting our political opinions on this site, there's little we can say other than to express our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the loved ones of those who lost their lives and to pray for the healing of those injured. 

On many occasions, we've mentioned such tragic events on our site and will continue to do so.  There's little doubt that there's more to come. How did we get here?  How did these scenarios so easily unfold when there's talk of beefed up security in prone locations?

Vegetation rich surroundings.
We all have opinions on who and what is to blame, often not only the perpetrator(s) but also politicians who's decisions may have impacted the possibility of such occurrences.  We live in a world where blame often extends well beyond the parties who conceived of, planned and enacted such attacks.

A path toward Binalong Bay.
Most of us don't hesitate to share those views when we're together in groups, during times of socialization and even at celebratory times such as during any holiday celebrations. 

Green bean looking pods on this plant in Binalong Bay.
Many of us don't agree on these topics which can result in disharmony among family members and friends.  Even on Facebook, a medium frequently used for political views, I find myself backing away when I'd prefer to keep myself from outrageous negative comments spewed by those who choose to use this means of communication with "friends" to let everyone know how they feel.

The wind causes a rippled pattern on the white sand beach.
Perhaps, how we "feel" is less important than what we "do." We may ask ourselves, "How can I possible effect change in this terrifying world?" I don't have an easy answer but I do know this...if each one of us, with humility and lack of desire for accolades for our good deeds, reached out to one other with kindness, love and compassion, the world would be a better place.


The scenery is exquisite with many inlets and lakes.
May this holiday season (and also for those not celebrating Christmas) bring each and every one of us an opportunity to reflect on who we are, who we'd like to be and how we can change to make this a better world.
Be well.
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Photo from one year ago today, December 21, 2015:

Last year, upon spotting this ship while moving along in traffic in Suva, Fiji, we were curious as to the purpose of this vessel.  Upon returning home we discovered this: "The Yuan Wang 3 is at the Suva Harbour.  The vessel is used for tracking and support of satellite and intercontinental ballistic missiles by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of the People’s Republic of China."  For more details, please click here.

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