Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Where in the world have I been?

In the hustle and bustle of life, I nearly forgot about this thing.

But, in answer to the question, I have been to Argentina and to Alaska. A few photos of each would likely be appropriate, but a little description is necessary first.

Argentina was a mission trip. A working mission trip. Construction to be exact. Hard work. Lots of it, and done by lots of dedicated hard workers. Workers I love to be around. So, want to see some photos? Here you go:


We did get to eat...and ate well each day!

  At the completion of the project, the workers posed in front of the church we worked on.

Now, Alaska was a pleasure trip. Visiting family and doing day trips and more. The following are a few highlights you might enjoy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Photographic Revelations

   Well, I entered a writing contest and came out without being a winner. Not even a runner up. That's all right, though I would have enjoyed some more exposure with regard to the aim of what I write about while attempting to honor my Savior Jesus Christ.

   Here are portions of what I submitted, so that you might enjoy what I am still currently working on.

   Entitled, Photographic Revelations, each photo involves something we can learn from Scripture.

  Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota,  began with an artist’s vision that would re-shape a mountain top . He was involved in designing, planning, finding funds to support the work, time, and lots of patience.
  Gutzon Borglum was an unconventional artist, breaking the trends of traditional sculpting. Many of us have been to Georgia’s Stone Mountain. This was also one of his “trophies”. He was contracted to begin the work in 1927. The Great Depression caused a major setback as funds were totally unavailable. All four faces were mostly complete by March, 1941, when Borglum died after having surgery in Chicago. His son, Lincoln Borglum, supervised the completion of these carvings, which finally stopped in October of that year.
  God diligently works on carving our character. As we allow Him to hold the chisel, in spite of any pain that results, we will become more of what He wants us to be.

  Without even firing a shot, the Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of our nation, which previously had stretched only from the Atlantic to the Mississippi River. President Thomas Jefferson hired Lewis and Clark to survey the new territory which had been bought. The Gateway Arch commemorates Jefferson’s vision of America’s expansion and the resultant three year adventure.

  The Arch is an architectural miracle. Each half by itself makes for two weak links. However, touching at the top seals the strength required for stability and the endurance required for lasting beauty. This 630 foot monument stands magnificently in the sky, and should be a reminder that we who are weak receive needed strength when we reach out and touch Him who reigns above.

 Another consideration is that each half by itself would have no support and collapse would be inevitable. Marriages often fail because one partner departs from their promise of teamwork made to their mate.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Encouraging Notes

Some of the following have been created with a mind and heart to encourage others, even as I have been encouraged by the author of the quotes. Special effects from Photoshop enabled me to "dress them up" a bit, or placed on a photograph I have taken gives them the mood I desire to share. 

If any of these are seen as resources that you can use for yourself or friends, pass this web address along to them.

First, some from Corrie ten Boom, a Holocaust survivor:

Next, D.L. Moody:

How about one from Adam Clarke?

 Next, Vance Havner has often been a favorite:


Then, some of my own poetry or statements:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sawgrass Lake

A quiet evening.
Short trip to the park.

Leisurely stroll on the boardwalk.

Occasional photos that amounted to something.

Result? Here they are: