Truth Stranger Than Fiction: God Unwelcome at Funerals

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The assault on Christianity continues. It was reported today that the director of  the VA National Cemetery in Houston, Texas has ordered that religious references, prayer, and the word “God” specifically are all to be deleted from burial services. Further, Director Ocasio ordered the cemetery chapel closed. Unbelievable. Unconscionable. As an article posted on American … Continued

Go Forth in Joy…

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  You will go forth in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12

An Apple for Teacher?

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Many folks assume responsibility for providing children and youth with a Christian education (outside of Mom and Dad, of course!). For some, it’s a volunteer role; others make it their profession. Sunday School staff, VBS staff, youth ministry team members, high school Bible class instructors, parochical school teachers…the list goes on. If you’re looking for … Continued

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle…

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Today is the anniversary of my mother’s birth. It’s been 17 years since I’ve been able to celebrate this day with her, but she remains with me still. At the end, as she lay in a coma near death, one of the things I repeated to her was that we’d always be together…most certainly true since … Continued

Hot Fun in the Summertime

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Welcome, summer! Today, the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere), marks the official beginning of the season. As I get older, I can’t say that I’m a big fan anymore of heat and humidity…so that part of summer doesn’t much interest me. The long days, though? LOVE them! I’m also a morning … Continued

My Little Feathered Tenants

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Every spring and early summer for the past 5+ years, we’ve had the pleasure of providing a home for a bird family via a little birdhouse fashioned after a mill building right outside our back door. They’re wonderful “tenants,” sweetly singing and busy being good parents to their babies when they arrive. They seem to be … Continued

A tip of the hat to Dad…

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With a nod to dads everywhere this Father’s Day weekend, I remember with great love and admiration my own father, Walter Metschke. He left this world on December 9th, but like my mother, he remains with me in my heart. There isn’t a day I don’t think about him. One final glance One final step … Continued

LOOO – pine!!

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The lupine are in full bloom in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’ve been photographing the flowers for six or seven years now. The first time was a happy accident…I discovered a huge lupine field in Crawford Notch State Park while shooting the wonderful springtime hues of green. While working, a few bicyclists came … Continued

Visiting the Frost Place

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I was up in the White Mountains Monday for my annual lupine photography expedition. While there, I stopped by the Frost Place in Franconia; the old mailbox out front is as much a local landmark as the house! My favorite Robert Frost poem is “The Road Not Taken.” Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,  … Continued