America’s Shopping Mall

America’s Shopping Mall

Work met play this week . . . sort of.  I attended a conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, so of course I had to visit the Mall of America.

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A Year Late, A Year Early

A Year Late, A Year Early

I was surprised last week when one of my closest friends asked me to take her graduation photos.  For one thing, I haven’t done many photo sessions since I started grad school.  For another thing,  she graduated over a year ago.

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Two Roads Diverged

Two Roads Diverged

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It’s providential that I came to a personal crossroads at the same time that I am studying Robert Frost for grad school.  “The Road Not Taken” has a new meaning when you are the person choosing between “the first” road and “the one less traveled by.”

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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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