Journal

Thank you

I would like to thank the person who purchased a metal print and 8 cards of this image today. I am grateful, not only for the purchase, but also for the timing of the purchase. Today, July 31, is the first anniversary of my younger sister’s death. It has been a tearful day for me, but when I read the words of a card I created several years ago, I was consoled. “The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.” I was reassured that beauty is born from sadness and grief. It’s odd how we create images, forget about them, and then they come back to bless us at a time we most need them. So thank you again to the unknown person who has blessed my life, not just financially, but especially emotionally and spiritually. You were truly God’s instrument of healing today.

Honoring the man and his works: Adam Bykowski

Since 2009, Adam Bykowski has been doing a noble work on Red Bubble during each Lenten season. For each of the Forty Days of Lent, he features a Red Bubble photographer’s work, showcasing and commenting on several of the artist’s images as well as encouraging others to join in on the celebration by posting their favorite pictures from that artist’s portfolio and commenting on them as well. It is a labor of love for Adam and a great bonus to everyone who follows his yearly journal series. Not only does he introduce us to very talented artists, but he also makes us more aware of the stories their images tell and of the skill with which they tell those stories. Adam is a very keen observer and a person who has the gift of appreciation. He inspires all of us artists to look more closely at th…

Stock Photography

Years ago, I tried my hand at stock photography and pretty much gave up on it. In the recent few years, I gave it another go and would like to share with anyone who is interested what I learned through this experience. I think, first and foremost, I learned the value of tough critiques of my images. Every picture that is submitted to the site has to be evaluated thoroughly and picked through with a fine tooth comb. The reviewers are objective and fair, but very discriminating. I had to learn how to swallow my pride and take my share of rejections. A LOT OF THEM didn’t make the cut. But, I also had to learn there was value in those rejections. I realized that when you look at an image at 100%, you see things you wouldn’t ordinarily notice. Noise. Lack of sharpness. Fringing. Dust. Allowing…

Remembering Sheryl Kasper

Today, as I was sitting in my little bird house, hiding and hoping the songbirds would land nearby so I could photograph them, I got an email on my IPhone from a Red Bubble friend. I was shocked to learn that our mutual friend, Sheryl Kasper, also a Red Bubble member, had passed away! It seemed not very long since I’d heard from her, but she hadn’t mentioned anything about illness. I still don’t know the particulars of her death. I am just so saddened to learn about this crushing loss. Sher has always been the most ladylike of ladies, respectful, caring, kind, compassionate. Though we never met in person, we enjoyed corresponding pretty regularly. I always admired Sher’s floral photography. Clear, crisp, colorful, cheerful, sometimes accompanied by words of Scripture, those images are abs…

A MUST SEE new ARTIST!

I have just spent about a half hour browsing through Rose Rigden’s portfolio; it’s a MUST SEE, guaranteed to make you laugh and brighten your spirits. GIve her a visit! Incredible talent and a breath of fresh air!

Rose Rigden

Armed robbery of my 90 year old father and 86 year old mother

What kind of person preys on the elderly? Pulls a gun on the aged and unsuspecting, demands their money, and then proceeds to rob them of their hard-earned possessions? I don’t know the answer to my own question, but I would venture to guess it’s a cowardly sort who does this kind of thing.…

Yesterday, my 90 year old father and 86 year old mother went shopping and upon returning to their home, were surprised when a young man rushed into their garage, pulled a gun on Daddy (still seated in his vehicle), and demanded all his money. Daddy grabbed the barrel of the gun, remembering from his WWII training to try to deflect the weapon from its intended aim. “I would have preferred a hole in the roof of my car than a hole in my head or Mama’s,” Daddy told me with steel in his resolve. After that

A link in a chain . . .

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) wrote: “God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for nothing. Therefore, I will trust him. Whatever, wherever I am. I cannot be thrown away.”

Be of good cheer! I have overcome the world!

There are some things that have to be shared, and I think this is one of them. This morning, I woke up feeling burdened by many cares. I tried to shake off the feeling of heaviness and discouragement over long-term issues that never seem to get resolved, but I wasn’t succeeding. All I could do was turn to the Lord with a sigh in my heart and hope for His help and understanding.…

“Be of good cheer! I have overcome the world!”

Like a gentle feather duster whisking away the cobwebs in my mind, these words from Scripture came to me suddenly and unexpectedly. I knew God was speaking. Left to myself, I would have moaned my way into the day and trudged along, dutifully but probably not very sprightly. With a few words, our Lord changed my demeanor and I had a brighter start.

But . . . there’s mor

Prayer for our nation

O God our Creator,
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.…

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome-
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come

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