Monday, April 21, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Spring is finally upon us here in the South Central part of Pennsylvania. We've had some mild, sunny days and then some rain; a few cold days and then some snow -- totally normal for this time of year. Most of the trees and bulbs in this area are still brown and dull. I can't help but feel anxious for the buds to open up and for the flowers to unfold so when I walk out my door or gaze out my window, I see an earth filled with color!
Spring is full of transformations, a season of renewal. I trust that Mother Nature will once again deliver, as she has since the earliest days of creation, her most colorful works of art.
Monday, March 31, 2014
No fooling....we got 6 inches of the white stuff this past weekend. And as quick as it came down and accumulated, by Monday afternoon the temps arose into the 60's and, "poof" it was gone, vanished, melted without a trace. Only Mother Nature can fool us like that.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Let's have a little fun with this one. What is your best punch-line for the age old joke, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
Come on and play along. Submit your answers here or on Facebook.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Long ago, when Ireland was the land of Druids, there was a great Bishop, Patrick by name, who came to teach the word of God throughout the country. This St. Patrick—for he was indeed a saint—was well loved everywhere he went. One day, however, a group of his followers came to him and admitted that it was difficult for them to believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
St. Patrick reflected a moment and then, stooping down, he plucked a leaf from the shamrock and held it before them, bidding them to behold the living example of the "Three-in-One." St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The simple beauty of this explanation convinced these skeptics, and from that day the shamrock has been revered throughout Ireland.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Often times, one of my photographs will evoke a thought, feeling or scripture from our word, the Bible. When it does, I like to pair the two.
I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to share to your favorite social media site.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I attended our Ash Wednesday church service, which begins the 40-day season of Lent. (Lent is a season of soul-searching, which originated in the very earliest days of the church as a preparatory time for Easter.) Why is it called Ash Wednesday, you ask? For Christians, ashes are a biblical symbol of repentance, sorrow and humility. At an Ash Wednesday church service, the pastor imposes an ash cross on your forehead. This marks the physical and spiritual beginning of a personal Lent season prior to the celebration of Easter.
Did you know that the ashes are made by burning the dried Palm branches from the prior year's Palm Sunday Church service? The ashes are mixed with holy water to form a grayish black paste. The pastor dips his thumb in the paste and then forms a cross on each person's forehead.
During this season of Lent, allow me to be reminded that I am created in ashes and to ashes I will return. "Create in me a clean heart, oh God; and renew a right spirit within me" Psalm 51:10.
Monday, March 3, 2014
It felt good to get outside on a mild winter's day this past weekend. We kicked off our weekend with a hike and photo shoot at nearby frozen Lake Marburg. It's not every year that the lake freezes over, but when it does, it is a popular place for the likes of various ice sports such as skating, hockey, fishing and sailing. Apparently the conditions for ice sailing were not the greatest on Saturday. The ice was a little "soft" and there was barely a breeze a blowing. Since the temps will remain below freezing for most of the week, I'll bet the ice boats will return this coming weekend for another run. Something fun to watch if you live nearby. Oh, and don't forget your ice skates and hockey sticks. There is a marked off area (across from the gift shop) for those activities, where the ice is monitored.
Patience. It's what you need (along with some warm clothing and thick socks) to go ice fishing. Those guys could sit out there on that ice for hours...brrrrrr! Honestly, I don't see the joy in it. But, reports say that the black crappies are biting!
Why not make the most of our extended winter season.....
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- All dogs would be allowed to sleep in beds
- All foods would be taste tested by Master Cooper for quality assurance
- Belly rubs would be given every hour
- The vacuum cleaner would be banished forever
- Playtime would be anytime
- Taking walks would be mandatory and leashless
- The trash can would be considered a toy box
- There would be an unlimited supply of treats
- Stealing shoes and sucking on socks would be encouraged