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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mayberry 2014

While my heart still goes out to my boyhood world of Miami, Florida, I can't resist "Mayberry 2014."

Old fashioned 4th of July parades down Main St. and the ensuing explosion of fireworks later that night are only a small part of the charm.

1. Friends visit homes and hospitals with meals and practical help during illness.
2. The Chief of Police knows you by name and waves at you as he drives by in the parade.
3. There's a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of churches per capita... and thankfully, they're brimming with wisdom, warmth and truth.
4. Barbers chat with politicians at the local coffee shop to sort and solve the problems of the world.
5. The Polar Vortex crushes and destroys

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

You'll Never Die

Photography is the great illusionist... like Houdini, Hennings, Copperfield, and Blaine folded in with Penn & Teller.

I should know better, but I'm still so tempted to believe we'll somehow live forever. Looking back over the decades at some of the most compelling celebrities, I wonder: Those eyes! That jawline and easy, carefree smile. Such impossibly smooth skin and lithe form.

But like that, the decades flash by and time turns all winks and smiles and strength right back to dust.

Ironically, that's why I love photography as much as I do... for as much as it deceives, it reminds.

Time never stands still, but at least it allows a brief but sweet moment to pause and savor. 

Remember death.




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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Houses of the Holy

Intriguingly, churches conjure such different images in different people.

For some, it's timeless architecture with soaring steeples.

For others, dry, outdated ritual. Or prohibitive mandates.

Even worse, manipulation, hypocrisy and abuse.

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And while for many, those might sadly be true... it's far different for me:

Vision
Magnus Opus
Epic quest
Fellowship of believers
People
Earthy
Celebration
Laughter
Peace of mind and conscience
Worthy sacrifice
Calling
Challenge
Heroism
Surprises
Joy
Revelry
Worldview
Splendor
Transcendent otherness
Humility
Dignity

Be inspired:

http://media.college-church.org/avms.asp

Or as Annie Dillard charges,

“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return. ”