Unplug

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Have you seen the public service announcement by this name on television? Sponsored by the Forest Service and Ad Council, it was introduced earlier this summer. It encourages people to step away from the smart phone…the computer…the Wii…(whatever device they may be spending too much time with)…and get outdoors. For children, this is especially important. Kids … Continued

Portland Head Light

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There’s an iconic lighthouse in Portland, Maine I’ve been wanting to photograph. As with anything ocean-related (like Atlantic coast sunrises), it’s challenging to get the kind of sky that would make for an optimum image. The ocean is like a huge vacuum cleaner, sucking all the clouds out of the sky. I can’t tell you … Continued

A Closer Look at the ‘Separation Clause’

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The First Amendment is cited with increasing regularity these days in support of the ongoing marginalization of Christianity. Get the creche out of the public square! No prayers at commencement! No bowing the head in silent prayer prior to a football game! No crosses allowed on government land! Remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance! Church … Continued

Retracing Footsteps

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Earlier this month I was in Ames, Iowa retracing my parents’ footsteps. Dad received his B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State College (now University); having married my mother midway through his college career, they began their married life in Ames.  (This was some time ago…during the height of the Depression. As the caboose at … Continued

Musician Appreciation

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We’ve just added three new Musician Appreciation designs to the collection…I’m posting them here so you can see what they look like framed and also closer shots for more detail. (To view them all, follow this link.) We also have Christian Educator Appreciation plaques – and many ‘general purpose’ Service Appreciation plaques. These are all … Continued

The Oak Tree

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I found a card among my father’s things that I’d sent to him when he was recovering from a serious illness a few years back. It features a verse entitled, “The Oak Tree.” There’s no author noted, so I can’t attribute it… I love the story, though, and thought you might, too. A mighty wind blew … Continued

Time Capsule

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As mentioned in the previous post, I was back home in Illinois last week helping my sister sort through my father’s personal things. I knew about many of the work-related items he’d kept: blueprints, drawings, and many huge (roughly 3’x4′), aerial shots of O’Hare Field during various phases of construction circa 1960-1962. I was also … Continued

A Wonderful Life

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I was back in my home state last week to help my sister sort through my father’s personal things following his death last December. Dad had been living with Kathy and my brother-in-law for the past 5 years; we’d already helped him downsize when he sold his home, and my sister donated his clothing and some … Continued

Who’s at the Door?

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  I always liked this passage from Revelation. I finally found a door that had the right “look” to match with it last week (it’s the entrance to Danforth Chapel on the University of Iowa campus – my alma mater). I had an interesting visit at Iowa State University (my dad’s alma mater) last Wednesday. … Continued

Happy Birthday, America

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God Bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her Thru the night with a light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans, white with foam God bless America, My home sweet home. ~Irving Berlin

An Independence Day Thought

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As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, this Patrick Henry quote is an especially applicable reminder given the many swipes that have been taken at Christianity of late (see the last post for just one example).  Enjoy your holiday! See you next week.