Monthly Archives: November 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family, 3

And then there’s this aspect of family — Not as bright and happy as often claimed, perhaps — but just as real. If you remember Biblical history, first thing that happens is that human beings are created. After they disobey, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family, 2

Here’s another family twosome of grandchildren: Big brother Ben with little sister Libby (long before the birth of littlest brother Hayden), taken with skill and love by their daddy (and our son).

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

So many ways to picture family — For that matter, so many definitions of what constitutes a family. So let’s start conventionally enough: These two charming butterflies are our two eldest grandchildren, often called “Irish twins” because they were born … Continue reading

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Turkey in the Straw (fully staged)!

Thanksgiving in the USA began in New England; and New England still sets the theme for Turkey Day’s landscape and music, as in Over the River and Through the Woods, to Grandmother’s House We Go: We’re not expecting snow this … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast

Well, croissants are the top name of the game for me, but I’ve posted about ’em before, most notably in Croissants on a Frosty Morning on my other blog.  So today I’m celebrating today’s actual breakfast, just eaten, beloved but … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder, 3

When it comes to trees —- the Japanese have the right idea! Shinto is an animist religion which worships Kami, spirits that inhere in nature: in oceans, rivers, the sun, rocks, perhaps above all, in TREES.  Every Shinto shrine I’ve visited … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder, 2

More mysterious light, painting a stripe through the woods at Look Park: As far as I’m concerned, from the first time I drove through the gates, Look Park was a place of magic, wonder, and enchantment! But lately it seems … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

I wonder for whom this bench is waiting, in a frosty glade by moonlight: (In fact, the photo was taken on a dull gray fall afternoon, and somehow it came out looking like this — which REALLY makes me wonder … Continue reading

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Making Room for — Everything

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows, 6

Not much of a window, maybe? But it’s an opening in a wall, with a removable covering, so it qualifies. There’s a fine barrel cactus and some rocks in the desert sand of the “garden” overlooked by the window, and … Continue reading

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