Christmas Countdown

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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1849) is one of my favorites, though it doesn’t seem to end up on Christmas albums very often. I find the third verse to be particularly poignant. It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold: … Continued

Christmas Countdown

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Today’s carol originated in France and was written in the 1860s. The author is unknown. I wonder if he/she had any inkling how popular it would become? Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains And the mountains in reply, Echoing their joyous strains. Glo-ori-a In excelsis de-o Glo-ori-a In excelsis de-o … Continued

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children

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Is there a special little one on your Christmas gift list? Maybe it’s a niece, a nephew, or a grandchild…. Our personalized bedtime prayer prints are great keepsakes for children – and they won’t break the bank. Check out the entire collection here. Make sure to place your order before December 16th to ensure delivery … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving

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“Gratitude is a habit of the heart.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

The Last Smile

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“Autumn…the years’ last, loveliest smile.” -William Cullen Bryant  How quickly the colors come and then fade…. The fact that autumn’s glory is fleeting is perhaps what makes it even more special. That said, it’s a special treat to watch the trees who save their spectacular displays for the very end – well after their brethren … Continued

Travels

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A photo shoot earlier this month took me from the Sonoran desert in Arizona to the red rocks of Sedona and then out to the Mojave and Colorado deserts of Southern California. I never tire of hiking in the Sedona area. The Fay Canyon trail features a wonderful (and very large) arch, pictured below: I … Continued

View From the Sky

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I had the opportunity a few days ago to take to the skies for a photography flight over central Florida. Since my brother is a pilot (and always willing to accommodate my desire to shoot from the air), I’m usually treated to a flight when I visit him. This time around, I saw something I … Continued

The Music of the Earth

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I love this George Santayana quote: “The earth has music for those who listen.” So many miss the wonders of the natural world because they don’t stop to notice. There is endless beauty in nature. Spending time in the great outdoors can sooth the spirit, bring rest to the weary soul, and re-energize one’s creativity. … Continued

The Music of the Ground

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“Flowers are the music of the ground…” Whether you’re a fellow gardener, or you just enjoy taking in the sight of a well-tended flowerbed or a field of wildflowers, you’ll appreciate this analogy. This is another image I made in Sugar Hill during this year’s lupine season. While this annual White Mountains display is a … Continued

Acts of Kindness

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A friend shared this little story via Facebook the other day. There was no attribution, so I have no way of knowing where it originated and can’t give credit. It’s worth reading: As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. … Continued

Majestic!

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One of Lincoln Brewster’s great songs of praise, “Majestic,” is based on the first verse of Psalm 8 (O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!). It’s upbeat, energetic, and I’ve always enjoyed singing it. (If it’s unfamiliar, you can watch and listen on YouTube.) As a landscape photographer, I often … Continued