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Yes, It’s a Toaster

Yes, it's a toaster

Yes, it’s a toaster

I remember the cold winter mornings I would cut a slice mom’s homemade bread, toasting it in this exact toaster and smothering it in “real” butter. Well, mom made her homemade bread before we arrived for Thanksgiving. As expected I cut a slice about as thick as it would fit in the toaster and drowned it in butter. I mentioned how impressed I was that the toaster was still working. Dad then informed it was one of their wedding gifts which makes is almost 68 years old. I made toast every morning I was there. ūüôā

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Jumping Cholla Cactus

Jumping Cholla Cactus

It seems that in a world of complaining it is nice for us to sit down and reflect on that we can be thankful for. Traveling, the health to travel, visiting family, good food, are¬†some things I’m grateful for.¬†The real task is to carry this gratitude into the full year. ¬†I hope everyone had a wonderful day of Thanksgiving.

Palm Tree Leaves

Palm Tree Leaves

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I’m Out of Here

Voted Best of Show

Voted Best of Show

Birds of PreyDucksWaxwing

Can’t take¬†the cold anymore. So, my sister and I are boarding a airplane this morning and heading to Phoenix to spend Thanksgiving with our parents, our sister and our favorite brother-in-law. Checking the forecast we see temperatures to be near the 80 degree mark. I can live with that! My sister and I met Sunday morning for coffee and plan our attack. After settling on our plans we¬†headed out to a woodcarvers show. My dad has been carving for the past 20 years and now Sheree has been bitten by the bug. She’s¬†joined a local club who is sponsoring the show. I have seen some nice carving¬†through photographs in my dads magazines but seeing these carvings up close will take your breath away. Here a few images from the show. I’m not taking a laptop nor expecting to be connected to the internet for the next week. Stay warm!


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Happy Thanksgiving

Sunrise at Arapahoe Natural Area

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily.  The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.  ~Terri Guillemets

I’m thankful for my health, my spiritual life, my family and friends, time in nature, and sunrises and sunsets. I think what I’m talking about is all of creation. I also pray for the much needed peace in our world. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thankful and stuffed

Chocolate (Dark)

It seems a lot of people come up with a list of things they are thankful for during this time of year. There are so many things¬†I’m thankful for but I’m only going to throw out this short and sweet list:

  • Spirituality ¬†– A lifelong journey of discovery for me. I’ve come to believe the search for God will introduce us to ourselves and I’m liking what I’m finding
  • Health – Physical and mental (which some may question) health. 2010 will be my 60th birthday so I do feel the stiff joints and hear the loud popping sounds from those same joints as I get up from a chair a little slower, but I still get up
  • Family – Grandchildren who are now driving, hard to believe they have grown up so fast. My children, sisters and parents who all are gifts in my life. I love them dearly!
  • Photography – At this point in my life, it’s a love affair. It’s one medium I use to express myself and helps me to see the world with new eyes. LightRoom 2 ūüôā I’ll also include the community of photographers who enrich my life as a photographer and as a person, that’s you!
  • Friends – I am blessed to have many, some who have been there to help lift me up when I’ve fallen and some who I have helped get back up. Distance and time have not deterred those friendships
  • Work – Which provides a comfortable lifestyle and an extended family
  • Chocolate – What more can I say, one of my crutches. I guess you can also include Thai food

I do wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope your day is filled with family, friends, turkey, stuffing,pumpkin pie and chocolate.

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Up Early


Up Early

Up Early

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” Buddha


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Chairs for Two


Empty Chairs

The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving,¬†Hanukkah, Christmas,¬†Eid ul-Adha, and the¬†Chinese New Year are right around the corner so many of us will be celebrating with family. As a young man I remember those days when we would gather as family, visiting, playing and graze most of the day. This year I had the opportunity to spend an early Thanksgiving with my parents and both my sisters. We laughed, ate, caught up on our lives, ate,¬†visited¬†the Desert Museum and ate! Continue reading »

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