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Tuesday, 24 January 2023


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Never seen ‘The Prayer,’ but interesting, even though it’s clear that book doesn’t look like any bible I’ve seen.

The NYT piece seems too black and white to me. Who’s to judge that people taking selfies don’t also truly enjoy the surroundings? To me, there’s something pretentious about the other side as well, those people soaking it all up without a camera as if that’s somehow superior. It’s not. It’s just different.

🤷‍♂️ Not having ever lived in a remotely religious environment I’ve never seen it before now.

But there are many once-ubiquitous photographs that might be interesting to reveal!

Glad to see you say you were unaware of seeing this "famous" image, Mike. Me neither, although probably fairly immune, growing up in New Zealand. I reckon it's simply clickbait for the long advertisement promoting the web building company at the end. Cynical?

On a completely unrelated note, if you don't want to see the blatant ad at the end of the video, you can either stop there around 6:15 or simply read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_(photograph) which contains most of the relevant information.

Yep, it was in many homes in my middle-of-nowhere Northern California hometown. Slightly guilt-inducing, but that didn't stop many of the kids who lived in those homes from being hard partiers. Maybe they subconsciously knew that the subject was a role model for them, after all.

A print of that photo hung in my great grandmother's house (mom's side) and also in my grandparent's house (father's side.)

I am pretty sure I saw it in other people's houses, too, while growing up in West Virginia.

It was indeed a thing, in certain circles.

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