12.31.2013 My last post ... for a while ...

Belief is a wise wager.
Granted that faith cannot be proved,
what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false?
If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.
~ Blaise Pascal
[ known as Pascal’s Wager ]

The purpose of life is to listen –
to yourself, to your neighbor, to your world and to God
and, when the time comes,
to respond in as helpful a way as you can find ... from within and without.
~ Fred 'McFeely' Rogers

Never again clutter your days or nights with 
so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept 
a real challenge when it comes along. 
This applies to play as well as work. 
A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. 
You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability
to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. 
No more busy work. 
No more hiding from success. 
Leave time, leave space, to grow. 
Not tomorrow!
~ Og Mandino

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:23


2013.12.20 Project - Christmas stocking

I make a Christmas stocking for each of (sister) jan and Greg's kids.
This year, Hannah joined the family.
Here is her stocking and also a photo of Hannah and me
when I gave it to her on Thanksgiving.
Each stocking is designed especially for the recipient and
is made from felt and extra embellishments.


2013.12.16 The way you see them

Take a photo of what something is, then take photos of what else it is.
~ Minor White.

Photography is an art of observation.
It has little to do with the things you see
and everything to do with the way you see them.
~ Elliott Erwitt

Teaching them {disciples} to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age
~ Matthew 28:20


2013.12.13 Project - 2013 Christmas ornaments

Every year, my sisters and I share Christmas ornaments
between ourselves and families.
Most years we craft them, but there isn't any pressure if we buy them instead.
This year, I made owls from paper tubes, paint and a black Sharpie.
These don't hang, but go over a branch or just nestle in somewhere :)


2013.12.09 We see light

What makes photography a strange invention is
that its primary raw materials are light and time.
~ John Berger

To love beauty is to see light.
~ Victor Hugo

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
~ Psalm 36:9