Six More Weeks of Winter?

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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

USPS Rate Increase

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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

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Come and see! There is beauty in every direction, in every season, and throughout the day – if we take the time to see it.

A Salute to the Field General

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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

Winter’s Beauty

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I don’t love shoveling snow, but it’s hard to deny the spectacular beauty of the winter landscape! “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” ~John Burroughs

This New Year

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And here we are. Another turn of the calendar page brings us not only to a new month, but a new year. (They seem to be cruising by with alarming speed….) During his message last Sunday, the pastor at my church reminded us not to be so hasty in packing up Christmas and moving on to … Continued

The One Constant

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As a toddler, I was mostly an excited observer during the Christmas tree decorating process. Tiny little fingers and fragile, cherished glass ornaments are, after all, not a good pairing! That said, there were a few non-breakable decorations I was allowed to hang: one was a little manger, pictured here. Vague recollections of those early … Continued

To Everything There is a Season

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Though the calendar says it’s more than a month until winter, in many parts of the country the leaves are long gone and snow already covers the ground. Even if there’s still foliage clinging to the trees where you live, autumn’s spectacular show is winding down. It’s always a little sad to see it go … Continued

100 Years of Red Poppies

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Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served – including my three brothers, and brother-in-law, who were all in the US Air Force. November 11th wasn’t always referred to as Veterans Day. It began, back in the first part of the 20th Century, as Armistice Day. World War I officially ended on … Continued

In Praise of Donald Hall

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I first became familiar with American poet and writer Donald Hall a number of years ago when I discovered his wonderful book, Seasons at Eagle Pond. The Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1984-1989, Hall was appointed 14th Poet Laureate of the United States in 2006. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2010. In … Continued

A Reminder of Home

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I reluctantly left my adoptive state of New Hampshire a few years ago. Having resided a very long time there, and having photographed it from one end to the other, I consider the Granite State “home” every bit as much as I do my native Illinois. Though now 2500 miles away, I made sure a … Continued

In Remembrance

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It has been 17 years since the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Time has flown. Most of today’s college undergrads have little or no memory of that day – and of course, younger people weren’t even born yet. If you have occasion to be in New York City, I urge you … Continued