May 3rd is a sad anniversary for New Hampshire: the symbol of the state, the Old Man of the Mountain, fell to the ground from his perch high above Profile Lake 16 years ago. Years of freeze/thaw cycles finally took their toll in the wee hours that morning in 2003. Appropriately, perhaps, no one witnessed … Continued
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~Marcus Aurelius
Easter is, and has always been, my favorite holiday. It’s the pinnacle of the church year, and the week leading up to it is filled with much emotion. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. As we know, it went beyond a horrific, agonizing death. … Continued
“April weather, rain and sunshine both together.” English Country Saying Beautiful, wonderful springtime! The weather can be wild but the brutal bite of winter is behind us. We hold on to our hats, keep the umbrella at the ready, and stand by to receive and appreciate the delights which are ready to spring forth … Continued
In like a lamb? It may be April Fool’s Day, but Mother Nature seems content to pass on any practical joking (at least for today) in my neck of the woods. It truly IS calm! After a persistently snowy February it has settled down and the white stuff disappeared a few weeks ago. This is … Continued
Here we are……Mardi Gras! Attending one of the parades in New Orleans was on my bucket list for a long time. I still haven’t made it, but always think about it on this day. The Crescent City remains one of my favorite places to dine. Delicious. Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday.
In every season there is beauty…. We’ve had a particularly snowy and cold February – and though I’m tired of removing the white stuff from the drive (over and over and over!), neither am I super anxious for winter to leave. There are still photographs I’d like to make! There is loveliness to the landscape … Continued
Illinois is my home state. Once upon a time, before the Monday Holiday Bill, Americans celebrated events on days other than Monday. Imagine that! When I was a kid there was no such thing as Presidents’ Day, and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday – February 12th – was a state holiday in Illinois. It didn’t matter the day … Continued
Happy Groundhog Day! As far as the calendar is concerned, there’s no question about whether or not six weeks more of winter lies ahead. Of course it does! Still, the tradition waiting for the official pronouncement from Punxsutawney Phil lives on. Wonder how Groundhog Day began? Apparently it’s a blending of two cultures: Native American … Continued
Unfortunately, the United States Postal Service has again raised rates – and this increase is significant. Not only is the hike for a first-class (forever) stamp the highest in USPS history at 10%, but the cost to ship via Priority Mail will increase nearly 6%. Obviously, this impacts all online retail businesses and their customers. That … Continued
Come and see! There is beauty in every direction, in every season, and throughout the day – if we take the time to see it.
My dad, Walter G. Metschke, was Director of Engineering for the massive construction project that transformed Chicago O’Hare International Airport into a jet-age giant of a facility. As such, he oversaw thousands of workers and was responsible for 60 prime contracts worth many millions of dollars (think what they’d be valued at today). The task … Continued