A Finish Unknown

One of Sherlock Holmes’ many observations was this one:
“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

The words were, of course, those of a fictional Sherlock Holmes, the super sleuth created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). Sir Arthur had Holmes give that advice in Chapter 6 of his work entitled “The Sign of Four”, published in 1890.

Improbable as it may seem during the living of it, life itself does glide steadily toward a finish line known to none. We truly are without a clue.


Scan of the VHS cover of “Without A Clue”, Orion Home Video, 1988, ITC Entertainment Group, from the collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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random complaint dept

We loved Franklin D. Roosevelt as American President because he always had his finger on the nation’s pulse.

How did we get to running the country with two thumbs?

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Back-to-Back Wins at the County Fair

My County Fair Exhibit

After a most successful year in 2017 competing in the Henry County Fair’s Photography Division, I wondered what I could do for an encore in 2018.

I changed things up and achieved back-to-back wins in Photography’s “Henry County Landmarks”, a class for ages 16 and Over. The required 5×7 up to 8×10 Prints could be presented in Color, Or in Black and White.

Here are my “Landmarks” winners — 2018, First Place, photographed in Color.


Fair entry snap after awards were presented



Original snap before entry at the Fair

and in 2017 (BELOW), First Place and BEST in CLASS, photographed in Black and White:


Fair entry snap after awards were presented


Original snap before entry at the Fair

More about county fairs and more Fair Photography, as well as continuing presentations of my Ribbon Winners and non-winners, may be viewed at my fair blog.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Prevention Is Still the Cure

random complaint dept


Many Americans are being demoralized. They’re buying into trashing the free press, the hallmark of a free society.

It’s true a free society harbors violent non-conformists, athletic scandals, war-mongers, those who manipulate others for profit. It’s true troubles will exist in every area of life in a free society.

But a free press keeps the general public duly informed. (Even reporter rats eventually run.)

Americans are accepting insults and defamation of professional athletes who kneel at the playing of the national anthem when the kneelers’ motives are to protest racism in their country, not to protest their country’s existence. 

It’s true a portion of professional athletes don’t represent their sport, or their country, with good deeds returned to their communities. Others, however, do, giving more and more without seeking rewards because they care and can financially do so. 

And a free press keeps the general public duly informed because it is a nation’s watch dog and it is free to report. 

Truths often are difficult to swallow.

It’s up to a free society’s general pubic to use information wisely for the greater good, and not to use it to divide and conquer the populace.


Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Passing the Bat

Champions In Sport


A neighborhood park baseball field

Heart-warming and mysterious at the same time.

That’s the interesting mix seen each year at the MLB ASG (Major League Baseball All-Star Game) and Home Run Derby events.

Heart-warming are the acts of inclusion and conversation conveyed by the players and coaches to the youngsters in attendance. Mysterious is the number of players and coaches who seem to take little, or no, notice of these kids in uniform who participate in the ceremonies.

The youth are the future. They get to bat after the present All-Stars and coaches retire to their memories, canes, and wheel chairs to be applauded not for the present, but only for yesteryear.

These kids are ball boys/girls, towel holders, drink dispensers, star-struck, eager onlookers during Home Run Derby and All-Star Game nights. They take part in something only a few each year are privileged to experience. One day some of them will be the players and coaches. What will they remember when that time comes?

It’s the way of human nature to pass the bat along.

Hats off to the guys who help pass that bat by expressing genuine shares to these kids who look to them with hero worship and who may, in the future, emulate them in the same way they were greeted on these eventful nights.

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg



Fans and Gamers

If you enjoy the board game Scrabble, you might find my Scrabbled Short Story challenge interesting.


At my Fans and Gamers blog, challenge yourself to unscrabble several words presented on a Scrabble board.

Interpret the words as they stand into a short short story.

The challenge is good (and entertaining) practice in cutting down your stories to the bare bones of showing, rather than telling.

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Doing Enough…

Lines of Gratitude Blog

Are we doing enough to preserve our natural resources?

Sometimes, I believe, we put too much criticism into our efforts to awaken those who don’t give much thought to the important practice of conservation. This is not to say I think we’re doing enough, and let’s back off. Not by any means!

However, we tend to forget “the best idea we ever had”, according to an author named Wallace Stegner. He was speaking of the designation of our (USA) national parks. The parks are treasure troves of wildlife, wild flowers, mammals, plants, deserts, mountains, etc., and they are there for the public to enjoy and to become better educated about conservation.

(BONUS Trivia: How many national parks exist in the United States?
ANSWER: 60!)

Find lots more national parks trivia at my Lines of Gratitude Blog. Each post there shares bonus trivia information about the miracle of our national parks.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Thank You Veterans

Chicken Soup for Buckeyes

Have you thanked a military Veteran today for your freedom? It’s Memorial Day, 2018!


To Veterans, we owe our freedom in America. Many men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice in conflict and war to make that possible. Don’t ever forget them! And say thank you on more than one occasion during the year!

Always remember! Never forget a Vet!


I love this screen The Weather Channel used to depict one of World War II’s decisive battles of World War II, at Iwo Jima, during the station’s Memorial Day Week 2018 broadcasts.

First Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg