LAPC #230 – Last Chance

This is the last LAPC Challenge theme. Tina invites us to share photos“must have been created in 2022 AND must not have been previously published in response to a LA challenge.”

The other day, as I was reading, I thought about sharing a couple of my learning adventures from my recent readings in addition to these “previously-unused” photos.

When I first saw the title of “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” by David McCullough, I was’t so excited, but I downloaded the e-book anyway. Actually, I’ve learned as much as I had from other history books written by Mr. McCullough. Here are a few highlights:

In the 1830s, the first wave of talented and ambitious Americans (ambitious to excel  themselves) set sail for Paris. They then brought what they learned back home,” in the form of newly acquired professional skills, new ideas, and new ways of seeing things.”

They chose arts and architecture, but many went to the medical field (when America didn’t have a medical school). Most of them didn’t have money and didn’t know the French language. In this book, I’ve learned how France had already advanced in these fields and how French affected American history in the 19th Century and beyond.

Between 1830 and 1860, 700 hundreds of American students went to Paris to attend medical schools (p.104).

In chapter 4: “The Medicals”, Mr. McCullough tells the story of the medical development in France. In 1833. During the cholera epidemic (18,000 people died in Paris in just a few months), 12 hospitals in Paris provided treatment to 65,935 patients, while in Boston, two hospitals cared for 800 patients a year.

“… Medicine was a science to be sure, but also an art, the noblest of arts.” (p.134)

This quote reminds me that our doctors perform this noblest of arts day-in and day-out. It takes a lot to be a physician and a nurse. I recall an ICU nurse said to me at the hospital, “I really believe it is a calling.” It is the noblest calling.

Why study history? Mr. MaCullough stresses (in one of his lectures) that history helps us navigate in troubled and uncertain times. He believes history is a source of great inspiration and strength, and that source is our story, our history, who we are, how we got to be, where we are, and all we have been through and what we have achieved.

This summer, we had a privilege to visit The Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The photo below was the first sight of the majestic George Washington sculpture. It was a stunning sight to behold.

There, I remember Mr. McCullough said, “There are more reasons to give thanks to the freedom we enjoy. We must never, never take it for granted.”


I have more to share, but the post is getting a bit long, and I know you have many blog sites to visit. I’ll enclose this post with the quote below (From Mr. McCullough quote):

“History cultivates every faculty of the mind.

Englarges sympathies, liberalizes thought and feeling,

furnishes and approves the highest standards of character.”

— Margaret Phelps (Ms. Phelps was Truman’s high school teacher)

Notes: David McCullough (1933–2022) twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died on August 7, 2022. 

Thank you, Mr. McCullough.

Many thanks To An-Christine for showing us the beauty of perfect patterns. Enjoyed your wonderful responses. Looking forward to seeing your “previously-unused” photos of 2022. Click here to enjoy Tina’s beautiful Last Chance post. Make a link to Tina’s original post and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you.

And now for some news! It gives us great pleasure to announce that Donna Holland of Wind Kisses will be joining the Lens-Artists team beginning in the New Year. Donna has been a loyal follower of our challenge, has previously Guest-Hosted, and consistently delivers thoughtful and beautifully illustrated posts. Be sure to follow her at her site, We are also announcing that the Lens-Artists Challenge will be on hiatus for the remainder of 2022. We look forward to rejoining everyone when John leads our Challenge on Saturday, January 7. In the meanwhile we send thanks to all of our followers and participants as well as warmest holiday greetings to all who celebrate, and our best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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