Monday, November 30, 2009

The insult

I was subbing in a high school classroom when the bell interrupted a disagreement between students. Still upset, a girl gathered her books and stomped to the door. "Well," she fumed as her antagonist disappeared down the hallway, "I hope you have an ugly girlfriend!"

Sunday, November 29, 2009


...because chickens don't take Sunday off.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Turkey glazed with honey and cider and butter. Two forks per setting atop white tablecloths. Family visiting and eating and naping.

Photo credit: Leon Cook

Friday, November 27, 2009


We focused on silhouettes in photography class this week. After a brief discussion of backlighting, I dragged my two youngest students outside with a camera and a cowboy hat. Our model was grumpy, but that was okay for a silhouette. I gave him a pitchfork and positioned him in the doorway. Then my assistant and I shot away while he scowled.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thank the Lord

We plow the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land,

But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand;

He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,

The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.

He only is the Maker of all things near and far;

He paints the wayside flower, He lights the evening star;

The winds and waves obey Him, by Him the birds are fed;

Much more to us, His children, He gives our daily bread.

We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good,

The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, and food;

No gifts have we to offer, for all Thy love imparts,

But that which Thou desirest, our humble, thankful hearts.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love.

~Matthias Claudius

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sweet William

Our iMac has been in a coma for months. In mid-June it became unresponsive. When school started in September Dad ordered another Mac, but we still lamented the G5's life-threatening illness. The iMac spent over a month at the hospital and we almost gave up hope. But Monday he returned, restored to complete health and housing pictures I had forgotten I had taken last June, such as these Saturday afternoon shots of a bouquet of Sweet William.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Julie is always willing to pose for a picture, even if it's just for a few seconds so that I can get my photography "fix" for the day.

Monday, November 23, 2009


for my sister who loves color

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Each year the culminating event of the Charity Youth Bible School is the choir presentation Sunday evening. This year was no exception. Through the week, under the direction of Earl Fox, six hundred young men and women practiced such songs as "The Lord's My Shepherd" and "Fierce Raged the Tempest." November 8th the choir blended their voices, a cappella, before a crowd of over a thousand people.

If you would like to listen to one of the best messages from Bible School (according to Betsy) click here for "The Trial of Faith" by David Janzen. Or if you would like to listen to any of the messages from Bible School, click here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009