Photography and the Artist

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. Ansel Adams I find it pretty amazing that a renowned photographer, whose works most everyone would recognize, identifies emotion as being critical to a great photograph. Of course the paper and specks of ink don’t have emotions hard wired somewhere […]

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Time of Reflection: Gentleness

I need to reflect on “gentleness” today, the next to the last gift of the spirit. I forgot that I hadn’t finished them because I have had too many bad-body-days since I returned to Michigan. I’ve been on edge, and my edges are pretty sharp. If you want the real scoop, just ask JB. I get no awards for gentleness […]

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Treasured Letters

In that drawer in the bedroom where we put things that are dear to us, we have three stacks of letters. One stack is from our oldest daughter, our second child, written when she was 17 and living in Switzerland for a year. It was so very hard having her so very far away, before Skype, internet, and inexpensive overseas […]

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Time of Reflection: Faithfulness

One of the rewards of a long relationship fraught with trials and tribulations, is a quiet, comforting trust – a faithfulness that just is. This is what I want to say, but it is a lie, or more accurately a partial truth. Along with the trials and tribulations, I need to include a willingness to walk back into the war […]

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Emily’s Quilt

Granddaughter Emily turned 13 last August 2 and it was time for me to make her a quilt. She came to stay at our house so she could participate in the decision making process of beginning a quilt. She picked out the pattern she wanted me to use and we went to the quilt shop extraordinaire in East Lansing so […]

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