This Is Christmas

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What is Christmas? Yes, it’s the magical decorations…and the delicious cookies…and the beautiful carols…and the tree…and gatherings with family and friends…and cherished traditions. But as wonderful as those things are, of course it’s the Christ Child who is the reason for the celebration. What a gift! The image above was made at Christopher Columbus Park … Continued

A Brother…A Blessing

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How many high school-age boys would willingly take a pint-sized little girl to the beach for a swim? How many 17-year-old young men do you know who would come home after a day packed with classes to sit down as a student in another classroom…led by a 5-year-old who loved to play school? I know … Continued

Walter G. Metschke: Remembering my Dad

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Though he left this life two years ago today, he remains close to me in my heart. My dad and I used to enjoy the Apollo Chorus’s performance of Messiah at Orchestra Hall in Chicago each year early in December. Even after my job took me away from Illinois, I never missed our annual outing. We’re pictured … Continued

Aerial Photography with a Special Pilot

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I tried my hand at aerial photography for the first time a little over a year ago. After my first flight, I was already hooked! Nothing quite beats flying with my brother, though – who happens to be my favorite pilot. It doesn’t happen often, because he lives in Florida while I’m in New Hampshire. … Continued

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

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71 years ago this morning, Pearl Harbor was attacked. Though President Roosevelt called it a “date which will live in infamy,” the majority of Americans will likely glance at the calendar today and not give 12/7 another thought. Of course, time marches on. That’s to be expected. But the lack of knowledge regarding history in … Continued

Year End Service Appreciation Awards

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If you’re like the many churches and organizations across the country who recognize staff and volunteers for their service this time of year, our personalized appreciation plaques may be the perfect memento to mark the occasion. There are a number of designs from which to choose. View the collection here. We also have a series … Continued

The Elusive Pelicans

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I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Florida over the years, both on business and for pleasure. Still, I’d never seen a pelican. Though my brother, who lives down there, tells me they’re always around, apparently they go into hiding when I appear! Visiting him last weekend, I finally got my pelican sighting. Sitting … Continued

The Window Seat

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When I started flying regularly for business 20-some years ago, I knew right away that the aisle was my preferred place to sit. Even before they began cramming more and more seats into the cabin, I liked the sense of additional space the aisle afforded me (and my long legs). It’s been years since I … Continued

Christmas Time in the City

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City sidewalks, busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air There’s a feeling of Christmas. (Silver Bells – opening lyric)  It’s that time again… Folks pictured here at the Boston Common are enjoying a skate – just as they are in cities across the country. Ah, the magic of Christmas!

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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Today marks the beginning of Advent – a time of preparation. It’s such an interesting period, with its dual focus: backward (to when He came as an infant) and forward (to when He will come again as King). May it be a special time for you and your family. O come, O come, Emmanuel, And … Continued