National Pet Day

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I get a kick out of these offbeat observances. Usually I just chuckle, but today I’m all in! A pet has been part of my household for most of my life. Our current furry friend actually adopted us. She showed up on our doorstep not too long after we arrived in Idaho, nothing but skin … Continued

April Showers

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There actually are April showers falling outside my window today – though not far from here up at altitude, it’ll be snowing. Winter hasn’t let go just yet! While my eyes are on the garden, they’re still skiing in the Tetons. That said, it’s coming. Even in Grand Teton National Park, where winter likes to … Continued

The Season of Singing

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It doesn’t look like this yet outside my window…but I know it won’t be long! “Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.” Indeed!

Lincoln’s Birthday

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Once upon a time, before the Monday Holiday Bill, there was no such thing as “President’s Day.” In Illinois (The Land of Lincoln), where I was born and raised, every kid knew when Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was: February 12th. It was a state holiday….and it was acknowledged on the actual date. Imagine that! There is, … Continued

Morning by Morning

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Last Sunday morning in my church, one of the hymns which was sung is a favorite of mine. It’s based on a wonderful passage from the Book of Lamentations: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. If you’ve … Continued

Come and See

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  Come and see what God has done… Psalm 66:5 Beauty surrounds us! Whatever the season, the time of day, or weather conditions – there’s likely something interesting going on outside. Sometimes that gorgeous scene is as close as the other side of your door. I made this photograph back in New Hampshire, in my … Continued

The Gate of the Year

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It’s a New Year’s Eve tradition here to publish this wonderful poem. Though many know it simply as “The Gate of the Year,” its title is actually “God Knows” and it was written in the early part of the 20th century by Minnie Louise Haskins. While the lines above are the most well-known, here it … Continued

O Christmas Tree

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Inside Qu├ębec City’s landmark Chateau Frontenac you’ll find a row of beautifully decorated Christmas trees this time of year. Deck the halls, indeed!

Christmas Time in the City

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Silver Bells, Silver Bells It’s Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling, hear them ring Soon it will be Christmas Day City sidewalks Busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air there’s A feeling of Christmas Children laughing People passing Meeting smile after smile And on every Street corner you’ll hear Silver Bells, Silver Bells … Continued

Outside My Door

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The quality of images it’s possible to obtain with a phone never ceases to amaze me. That said, if given the choice, I’d almost always rather have my camera. Still, one can only make a picture if there’s an available means to do so, and sometimes the Nikon isn’t with me! The early morning sky … Continued