Oh, Christmas Tree

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Each year it’s interesting to get the background story on New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree. Finding out something about the family who donated it and how it was selected is always interesting.   That prompted me to find out more about the National Christmas tree, which will be lit this year on Thursday … Continued

You Know it When You See It

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As a photographer, two things I find interesting to try to convey with my work are color and texture. Some years back, I began a series of abstracts – viewing objects from a different perspective (for example, extreme close ups of flower petals). The results can be fascinating. It’s also a great exercise in terms … Continued

Ministering to the Minister

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Because October is Clergy Appreciation month, I thought it might be a good time to turn the tables and consider the concept of “ministering to the minister.” If you belong to a church, you know that clergy are always “on call” and available to provide counsel and support. What happens, though, when your pastor or … Continued

Scotland the Brave

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With all the Harry Potter-mania of late, not a day has seemed to go by without hearing something about the popular book and movie series. As the spotlight has been shining on author J.K. Rowling quite a bit again in the last few weeks, it’s also put her home city of Edinburgh, Scotland front and … Continued

Friends – Good for Your Health (Who Knew)?

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Friendship Day is fast approaching! The tradition of dedicating a day to honor friends began in the U.S. in 1935; now many countries worldwide mark the first Sunday in August as a time to celebrate that special bond. Robert Louis Stevenson is quoted as having said, “A friend is a present you give yourself.”  Turns … Continued

For Father’s Day: Dad’s Favorite Recipe

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Ah, the month of June. I’m partial to long daylight hours, so for me the buildup to the Summer Solstice is a great thing (the exact event takes place this year at 6:06pm on June 21st). As an outdoor photographer living in the far north, however, that also makes for especially early mornings when shooting … Continued

Commencement Traditions…the Back Story

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May is upon us, my favorite month of the year. With it come so many beautiful flowering trees and shrubs, the arrival of consistently warmer weather in the north where I live, and the opportunity to get back out into the garden. Then there’s Memorial Day, the Indianapolis 500, the unofficial beginning of summer – … Continued

Try Transplanting That Easter Lily!

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The most glorious day in the church year is almost here! Easter has always been my favorite holiday. The great significance of the events during Holy Week culminating with the joyous celebration of the Resurrection is, to me, the most fantastic time of the year. The minute I smell a fragrant Easter Lily, the aromatic … Continued

On Sundials, Timepieces, and Standardized Time

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Don’t forget! This year, daylight saving time comes early as we’ll make the change overnight March 10th/11th rather than the first weekend in April. Fortunately, nobody has yet talked about replicating the infamous Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act. In 1974, the clocks remained on daylight saving time through the dead of winter. Ironically, folks … Continued

Why Is February the Odd Month Out?

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For a short month, February is jam-packed. On the church calendar, of course, the big date is Ash Wednesday (the 21st this year), marking the beginning of Lent.   In secular terms, we’ve got Groundhog Day, the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, Valentine’s Day….and baseball fans like myself are counting down the … Continued

A Thought About Compassion

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As another year comes to a close and we reflect on 2006 while looking forward to 2007, it’s a great time to celebrate God’s grace. I read an article recently that looked at appreciation and anticipation in the context of the New Year’s holiday; a few points were especially salient. Two passages from the Book … Continued