Faith and Forgiveness ~ Victims of the June 17, 2015, shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina–TIME Magazine, 11/23

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How Do You Forgive a Murder?

On the night of June 17, a gunman opened fire in a church basement in Charleston. Nine people died. Five survived. Survivors and families tell their stories of faith and forgiveness.

TIME Magazine has published a compelling article that explores the faith and forgiveness of survivors, their families, and the families of the Emanuel 9.

Reader of this blog know I went to Charleston Saturday, June 20, 2015, to express my sorrow and to take pictures of what I saw. I uploaded my photographs to my Flickr account, placing them in my Honor to the Fallen, Emanuel AME Church Tragedy, Charleston, SC Album .

The magazine’s cover photograph is mine, taken Saturday morning at 10:20 am. I am fortunate and honored to have my work on the cover of TIME Magazine. I received their request yesterday around 11:00 am–Veterans Day. This gives an even more special meaning to Veterans Day and to the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11 month. In 1918, that was Armistice Day–the end of World War I.

It is indeed a pleasure to work with officials of the magazine. Special thanks to Skye Gurney.

Jim Artis

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Travel ~ Experiences, Amtrak 97 Silver Meteor, Fayetteville, North Carolina [Slideshow], 11/12

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Flickr 2015 Train Experiences Album

Travel ~ The Amtrak 97 Silver Meteor passengers disembark, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 11/12

It was a bit chilly at 2:00 am…

Travel ~ The Amtrak 97 Silver Meteor arrives at Fayetteville, North Carolina, 11/12

Heading to Miami, Florida…

Travel ~ The Amtrak Auto Train whizzes by, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 11/12

Ride the Auto Train with Your Car

The Auto Train transports you and your car (or your van, motorcycle, SUV, small boat, jet-ski or other recreational vehicle) nonstop from the Washington, DC area to sunny Florida, just outside of Orlando. This IS the best way to drive I-95. And remember, you can pack your car as if it were your suitcase.

Architecture ~ Fayetteville, North Carolina Amtrak Station at night, Circa 1911, 11/12

I took my DSLR with me when I went to our local train station. I captured daylight pics about a week ago–now for night lighting…

Avocado ~ I decided to place the plant by the door, 10/10

Having done so, the plant will get additional light from the south window and have  more room to grow. At this point, the leaves are larger than pictures of avocados I have viewed. I’m not complaining. I am delighted to see happy growth.