Poetic Devotion

Lakely I’ve Been Thinking

Niagara Falls

Photo by Gloria Humphrey

Niagara Falls State Park is situated on 400 acres of lush terrain, where you’ll find protected wildlife and an array of exciting activities and fantastic attractions. Storied landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park, created a wonderland that surrounds Niagara Falls which includes gardens, over 15 miles of challenging hiking trails and stunning views at every turn.


Poetic Devotion is in motion and has become a collection which includes: Memoirs of The Secret Place and The Way to Freedom. Gloria Humphrey’s collection of poems is filled with intriguing analogies that allows readers to imagine the poems as they were encountered while opening up areas of spiritual awareness.  Inside each edition you will find a variety of themes moving from inspiration to transformation, personal testimonies, prayer prompts  and enriching meditations.

New Children’s Book Release

Book#3 The Adventureland Chronicles

The Adventureland Chronicles are short story books of quest and discovery. In this inspiring series readers will encounter characters with real problems that need solving while learning life lessons along the way.

Pedro the hopping seed, hopped on a log near a river bank and fell asleep. While sleeping he dreamed of a land flowing with milk and honey. Follow this story of adventure to find out what happens when Pedro pursues his dream and discovers giants in the land.

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial September 2, 2020
Photo by gloria humphrey

Trenton’s World War II Memorial pays tribute to the greatest military victory for the United States. It was an effort in which every citizen contributed and had a stake in the outcome, both on the front lines and at home. The WWII Memorial unfolds around the overall theme of “Victory,” with three core ideas, which are analogous to the WWII Generation: Service, Duty and Sacrifice. The central sculptural element, named “Lady Victory” symbolically encompasses the greatness of this effort and the grace and courage of the WWII generation. Victory was the end goal and an image that was used to promote the war effort on posters, campaigns, events and news releases. Encircling Lady Victory are six service markers and two arcing story walls that represents the six branches of the military and the respective New Jersey Medal of Honor recipients. The story walls strive to communicate the war effort both at home and abroad in terms of technology, communication and New Jersey’s contribution with stories told by local veterans. Located along an outer circle are battle scenes from the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. An amphitheater with seat-walls allows for reflection and individual interpretive kiosks serve to broaden the visitor experience and understanding. The memorial is located across the street from the New Jersey Statehouse, 125 W. State St.

The Rittenhouse

The Rittenhouse Homestead
Photo by gloria humphrey

I happen to find this historical gem while cruising along Lincoln Dr on a beautiful day. After a few three point parallel parking attempts, I made my way through the town, which is filled with exquisite greenery, winding rapids and trails.

The Rittenhouse(Square) is adjoined to a neighborhood public park that is centered in the city of Philadelphia, PA, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1981.

“At the heart of the thriving early industrial community known as Rittenhouse Town, the first paper mill in America was built.

It all began when, in 1687, papermaker William Rittenhouse followed other Quaker and Mennonite families emigrating to the newly formed neighborhood of Germantown (founded in 1683). William partnered with Philadelphia’s first printer, purchased a 20-acre plot of land along Paper Mill Run (a tributary of the Wissahickon Creek) and, with the help of his son Nicholas, built the first paper mill in British North America that otherwise could only be delivered from England. For the next 40 years, the Rittenhouse family were the only papermakers in America.”

St. Helena Chapel of Ease

St. Helena Chapel of Ease ruins

During the Colonial period, chapels of ease were constructed by rice and cotton planters as houses of worship because their plantations were located so far from the churches in Beaufort. This tabby walled church was constructed between 1742 and 1747 for the planters of St. Helena Island.

The church was virtually abandoned when the planters evacuated the island in the fall of 1861. During the Federal occupation of St. Helena, the church was used frequently by several of the Northerners who had come to the island to educate and train the freedmen. It was also used as a sanctuary by Methodist freedmen as early as 1868.

A forest fire destroyed most of it in 1886. All that remain today are its tabby ruins and an adjacent cemetery. They were added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 6, 1988.

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