Every so often I have thought of doing something similar, but never have followed through on it.
But this morning, I pondered this again, and did some brainstorming on what I could daily write about so I could share a snapshot with the people I love so they know on a daily basis what is going on in my life.
So I did some thinking, and looked at some books on my shelf, and it hit me....
That is what I am going to attempt to do from now on to keep a track for me personally the wonderful things that happen in my life on a daily basis, and to make these things a part of my family and friends near and far who may want a glimpse into my daily life, as I similarly get a glimpse into my brother's daily life.
As I looked at the word "Grace" it fits so well with what I want to share.
As a Christian, God granted me grace by redeeming my life from sin.
We can say "Grace" before a meal to give thanks.
We say someone has grace if they have seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form or proportion.
Grace is also synonymous with mercy, kindness, and goodwill.
In Greek mythology, a Charis, or Grace is one of three or more minor goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity, and fertility, together known as the Charites or Graces. The usual list, from youngest to oldest is Aglaea (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth) and Thalia (Good Cheer). In Roman mythology, they were known as the Gratiae, the "Graces".
|Marble Statue Group of the Three Graces|
So, today, my daily exercise of "Gathering Graces" begins.
* Sharing Southern Gospel music during church this morning as we bid farewell to Pastor Gary, who has been our interim pastor at church this past year. I was fortunate enough to get to know Pastor Gary at the beginning of last year, as he was part of the cast of the play "Shadowlands" that I directed and acted in at the Sixth Street Theater in Wallace. Gary, himself, is full of grace in many ways, including mercy, kindness and goodwill.
* Oldest daughter Molly surprised us with a visit this weekend, and it is always fun to have her home, even if only for a short 24 hours. Saturday night, Paul, Molly and I watched the latest 007 movie "Spectre", ate dinner at mom's house, and then on Sunday, Molly introduced me to the series, "The Flash". And her dog Sadie always loves having her "mommy" home as well.
*I fixed stuffed green peppers for Mom for dinner tonight, and she really enjoyed them. Paul also changed Mom's filter in her furnace while we were there, which was a big relief to Mom. Paul and I came home, and finished the night with another movie, "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
What makes effective black and white photos? Is it the subject, the light, the composition? Take a series of photos in black and white, explaining why they are effective.
Christy has photos of her dogs here, and I will share Bill's photos when he is done here.
As I watched the leaves fall off the trees in and around my home, I thought they would be a good subject for this assignment.
For this series of photos, I think the black and white photos are effective because of the contrast of the dark branches and leaves against the lighter sky. It also shows a clear definition of the leaves remaining on the branches.
Here are some of the black and white photos I took of "The Starkness of the Trees of Autumn" around my house today.
Sibling Assignment 2016.6:I Don't Need Applause for my Cooking, but a "Taste's Great" would go a long way!! #3Siblings
I have come to realize that I like to cook for other people in order to get positive feedback on what I have prepared.
My best friend April has moved to Italy. Before she left, our other best friend Kellee and I prepared for her an Italian dinner using a mostacciolli recipe that I had received from Kellee's mom when I was in junior high. I loved finding that recipe and preparing it for April, because there was a connection with not only Kellee's mom (who recently passed away), but also a relative of April's who probably shared the recipe with Kellee's mom. And I loved it when I heard the words "This is delicious". It warmed my heart.
I didn't get in a car, but a school bus. And the road took me to Spokane, Washington with a group of 27 Kellogg High School juniors who wanted to visit the Gonzaga University campus.
Planning a college visit the first part of November can be risky, because of the weather. It could be pouring down rain, it could be windy, it could be snowing.
But we experienced none of that on this trip. After one of the wettest October's on record, November has proven to be a bit more sunny. And the GU campus was beautiful. Below are some of the photos of the campus I took on this day filled with blue sky, sunshine and God's magnificent display of fall colors.
Before you check out my photos, here are links to Bill's photos of New York City, and Christy's photos of Priest Lake.
We left Kellogg High School around 8 a.m. that morning, and arrived on the GU campus between 9:30 a.m. and 10. Here are some of the views that I got to experience that day on campus.
This is this week's photo sibling assignment Christy assigned to us.
Brother Bill's photos are here, and Christy's photos are here.
Today was a good day to take these photos, because today wasn't a good day.
I needed comfort.
After a breakdown this afternoon that involved the shedding of many tears, I took advantage of the many comforts around my home.
Last week Christy assigned us an Art Where We Walk assignment to look down. on the ground and take photos.
This week, our "Art Where We Walk" assignment part 2 from Christy is as follows:
This week we will be looking up. Create a series of photos by finding art while looking up.
This morning Kellogg was visited by a short lived rainfall, and I grabbed the camera to take some photos of the rain.
Here is how the rainfall was captured around my house in the backyard. If you scroll from one photo to the next, it looks as if the rain falls from one photo to the next.