The Magic of the Ornament Box

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As I was pulling out the ornaments the other day, I got to thinking about what an extraordinary experience that is, without fail…as I’m sure it is for many of you, too.   It brings people who have been gone for many years or from whom I’m separated by great distance right there into the … Continued

Through Thick and Thin

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The labor statistics for October were released this morning; not too surprisingly, the unemployment rate has topped 10%. Feels like this is neverending, doesn’t it? Brace yourself. It’s going to be a while before the jobs outlook improves. In my “other career,” I spent ten years as an executive recruiter – and now help candidates … Continued

About All That Fall Color…

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As a landscape and nature photographer, probably my favorite time of year to shoot is autumn. My adopted home state of New Hampshire is amazingly beautiful during the season. While colors in many parts of the United States are lovely, in my book nothing comes close to what you’ll see here – mainly due to … Continued

Clergy Appreciation Month…Coming Right Up

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Clergy Appreciation is coming right up…as you’re probably aware, it’s observed each October. Of course, appreciating your pastor and ministry team is more than a one-and-done thing; it’s important to encourage and support those people throughout the year. I ran across an interesting notion about the concept of Clergy Appreciation: honoring the pastor reveals more … Continued

Honoring Godparents – Baby’s First Friends in Faith

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It’s a special honor to be chosen as godparent. In many faith traditions, godmother and godfather will have an important influence on the spiritual development of the child. In fact, godparents may be expected to participate in the nurturing of their godchild’s Christian life and education. Whether they’re going to play an active role versus … Continued

The Changing Landscape

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With June come the lupine in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The annual Lupine Festival heralds the arrival of summer and is celebrated jointly in the mountain communities of Franconia, Easton and Sugar Hill. The blooms create a beautiful landscape in the shadows of the Franconia, Presidential and Kinsman mountain ranges. I always look … Continued

Your Favorite Scripture Verses…Part 2

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As you’re probably aware, my photography is the basis for most of the wall art designs at The Christian Gift. Most of what you see on the site are landscape images, though I also do quite a bit of architectural work. Upcoming shoots are mainly New Hampshire-based, though I’m trying to work in a few … Continued

Can You Smell the Easter Lilies?

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Holy Week is nearly upon us…my favorite time during the church year. Christmas is great, but for me, this is better. And as a gardener – and photographer – I really enjoy and appreciate the masses of Easter Lilies used as decoration. Especially in big churches, where there may be scores of them adorning the … Continued

Tough Like a Crocus

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As the eastern half of the country digs out from an early March snowfall, we’re reminded that winter isn’t quite through with us yet. But it’s also obvious from the lengthening hours of daylight – and the calendar – that those of us in northern climates will soon see signs of spring even as winter … Continued

Alternate Perspective for Challenging Times

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If you’re old enough to have slogged through the downturn of the mid-1970s or the double digit unemployment of the early 1980s, this current recession might bring back some not-so-pleasant memories. On the other hand, more recent entrants to the workforce are experiencing a severe, wide and deep downturn for the first time. Either way, … Continued

The Best Times of Your Life

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Economic turmoil. Massive unemployment. Environmental stresses. No, I’m not talking about 2008, though you might have thought so. I’m actually referring to 1933. The country was in the midst of the Great Depression, unemployment that year was 24.9%, and the Dust Bowl was sweeping the middle of the country. 1933 was also the year my … Continued