Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

[photos taken about 30 minutes ago from my deck]

Yes, I'm very glad for my freedom. My country isn't perfect by a long shot.
...but I still love her anyway. [if she were perfect then I'd hate her...because I'm not]
if you're married to a soldier
kiss a soldier
if your related to a soldier
hug a soldier
if neither is true
thank a soldier
for keeping us free.

if you are a soldier viewing this

[...& pray for all the soldiers who are separated from their families. That they will be safely returned to their loved ones]

May His grace drip from your fingers,

Monday, March 28, 2011

More from Gettysburg

I really liked the lines & "frozen waves" that I could see in this frozen runoff.

more photos from my hike with friends @ Gettysburg. I'll post more as I get the chance, & gear up for 2 other hikes [a re-visit of Rickett's Glen, & The Old Pa turnpike]

May His grace drip from your fingers,

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A photo walk with friends.

Wow, it's March & I haven't posted here since Nov. 2010. It's not because I haven't been talking pictures. So I'll try to post a few from last Sat.'s trip to Gettysburg. This Cross is my new profile pic on facebook now. I really like Celtic designs, & especially Celtic crosses. The weaving of lines or cords, over & through each other is very fascinating to me. This monument is for a group of confederate soldiers, & their dog. The dog was loyal, even going into battle with them. When they all died the dog refused to leave them, or eat. The union soldiers were so impressed by the dog that the sculpture of the dog is said to be a likeness of the actual dog. I was taken by the statue both for it's imagery & it's story. Sometimes my walk with God has been like that. Dark, not fun, yet somehow I cannot leave. It gives me a crazy thought. Some say how they want to sit near "so-n-so" at the feast in heaven, some talk of their mansion in heaven, some of their cabin in heaven. Me, irreverent as this may be, I'd like to be a dog in heaven. So I can curl up at his feet, & follow him around forever.

I love the natural artistry in water.
...and the resilience of trees. This one seems to have been "poured" into the rocks here.

Thanks Joe & Scott. Thanks Joe for asking me to go to Gettysburg with you. Thanks Scott for joining us.

More later,
May His grace drip from your fingers,

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Psalm 119:105 [Veterans day]

I had photos for Veteran's Day. HAD being the key word. Tomorrow I will be thinking of 3 of my cousins who are "active duty". Wait... Julie might not be, She's pregnant again [congrats Julie!] Then there are the formerly served. My Father-in-Law is a Veitnam Vet [U.S. Marines], brother-in-law [U.S. Marine reserves], & my gal, my wife [U.S. Army reserves]. I'm thankful & proud of all of them.

The photo above is the only one I'll post here, for now. Tonight was an end to a wonderful day. Got to get caught up @ work. I was supposed to have a meeting, well, I think I was. I didn't end up having that meeting, which was a wonderful blessing. Because God & I meet at the Common Grounds Coffee Bar. Where I took pictures of an exibit I have come to call Psalm 119:105. [or "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet & a light unto my path."] I especially love looking at it at night. So, with help from Fred & Jay [friends from my Growth Group], I took pictures. Pastor Steve, Jay & Fred will tell you, I'm like a little kid on Christmas when I start taking pictures. I felt a bit embarrassed when Pastor Steve "caught" me. He understood, though. I just loved this exibit. It just really "made an empression". DeAnn wants copies of my photos. So, in case she wants to post any, I'm gonna let her post some first. I'll post some after a little. If she posts any I'll link to them, here.
If you get the chance, thank a Veteran tomorrow [especially if your related to one]. They have/ are protecting our country, our freedom, our world. They go into harms way for us. They are someone's parent, child, sibling, friend, co-worker. Our flag wouldn't fly, & it wouldn't mean anything, if they weren't there to protect it. What it stands for. And who stands behind/ beneath it.

[forgive me, I don't know them all. However, you can comment the ones I'm missing]
Semper Fi
"Fair Winds and following seas"

[a little humor I found for soldiers, thanks Tom Philo Photography blog]

When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.

If it's stupid but works, it isn't stupid.

Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate - - the bombs always hit the ground.

If the enemy is in range, so are you.

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little while longer. - U.S. Navy Seabees

When in doubt empty the magazine.

If God had meant for us to be in the Army, we would have been born with green, baggy skin.

Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.

"You, you, and you: Panic. The rest of you, come with me."

Odd objects attract fire - never lurk behind one.

Incoming fire has the right of way.

There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.

No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection.

[the rest are here, just scroll down]

Thanks to all of our Veterans. Thanks to LW for the coffee bar, & for letting it be turned into an art gallery. Thanks to DeAnn for giving me the green light to photo this exibit. Thanks to Travis Thompson for building this. [you may have copies, just ask]. Pastor Steve, I hope I wasn't too intrusive.
Night all,
[p.s. if you can't wait look at DeAnn's here]

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I have created a new blog. It's sort of a "various threads" one. This will continue to be my photos, & bought as is will now be my poems [at least for now]
...& my surgery schedule has changed...
The new blog is: organic by design.

May His grace drip from your fingers,

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I still can't get over the fact we got daisies already. This is from the "first batch". And this is from the front of my house.
These began as three little flowers a few years ago...
This is from the walk from a ball field to John Rudy park... [& I'm to stupid to know what bird that is]
This is a wider view of where my friend Joe & I saw the bird.
.....& this kinda symbolizes where I am at the moment. 2 roads... 2 choices... I'm not going to be posting to awful much over the next few weeks/ months.
#1. 3 birthdays, 2 anniversaries, & Mick & I need to get away together.
#2. I need to take some time to see where God is leading me.
#3. I've not been getting very positive feedback as of late. Not to mention, I've seen "the ugly side of Christiandom" rear it's head lately. [which is why I re-blipped ONE by U2 on]
Please don't comment on this last part too much [for too much has already been said]
Enjoy your summer....