May Photo Challenge 2019

May Photo Challenge 2019

I’ll apologize up-front for the plethora of boring photos this month.  Some demanding projects at work and an abundance of reading for grad school left me with very little time for photography.  I guess the positive result of my busyness is that you won’t be bombarded with Old Salem photos this month.

Simple Joy Saturday # 54

Simple Joy Saturday # 54

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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*Walking in slowly and hiding my face in shame because I haven’t posted all month long.

May has been busy!  Honestly, I didn’t know if I would even finish this post because I haven’t had time to sit down and think through all of the events that have happened in May.  Hopefully I didn’t miss anything important in this roundup.

Enjoyable Reads

  1. This month, I read 1775 poems by Emily Dickinson.  (Don’t study English if you don’t like poems!) One of my favorites was “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass.”
  2. If you want a shorter poem, “Faith is a fine invention” is also clever.
  3. Out of the very few books that I scratched off the 100 Books Bucket List this month, In Cold Blood was the best.

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April Photo Challenge 2019

April Photo Challenge 2019

My thought on April 1:

All the creative cells in my brain are dead.  Should I just quit this challenge?

My thought on April 30:

I’m 1/3 done with this year-long challenge.  I can’t stop now!

 

 

Simple Joy Saturday #53

Simple Joy Saturday #53

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

  1. In April, I went on my first on-road bicycle ride since 2006ish.  This satirical guide of hand signals was far from helpful, but I think you will enjoy it even if you aren’t a cyclist.
  2. David Black was a guest lecturer at PIU this month.  I enjoyed the lectures, and I spent too much time reading his blogs about three of my favorite things–the Bible, running, and travel.
  3. For the 100 Books Bucket List, I read A Long Walk to Freedom, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.  It was informative in many ways, and I would recommend it!

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Walnut Raisin Muffins

Walnut Raisin Muffins

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April 30 is National Raisin Day, and I have a delicious recipe to celebrate!

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • .5 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce or 2 mashed bananas
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • .5 cup chopped walnuts
  • .25 cup raisins

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It is Finished

It is Finished

Friday was heinous:
His body bled,
Thorns pierced his head,
His skin in shreds.
And then, “It is finished.”

Saturday was anxious:
Filled with affright–
Dark had killed Light–
And nothing was right
Because it was finished.

But Sunday was glorious:
Death had been hacked–
Life waged an attack,
Supreme comeback,
And it was finished.

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Blackout Poetry for World Book Day

Blackout Poetry for World Book Day

Raise your hand if you love to read.

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Then you should celebrate World Book Day next Tuesday!

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While the obvious way to celebrate World Book Day is to read a book, I do have another option for my more artistic friends.

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