Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Blue Moon

more Trumpeter Swans

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Trumpeter Swans

Saturday, December 26, 2009

in face of death and despair

In my sin, my death, I must take leave of all created things. No, sun, moon, stars, all creatures, physicians, emperors, kings, wise men and potentates cannot help me. When I die I shall see nothing but black darkness, and yet that light, “To you is born this day the Savior” [Luke 2:11], remains in my eyes and fills all heaven and earth. The Savior will help me when all have forsaken me. And when the heavens and the stars and all creatures stare at me with horrible mien, I see nothing in heaven and earth but this child.
-- Martin Luther

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Life without silent space is not life at all. If we're accustomed to leave the TV on in empty rooms while we work to the blur of the sounds it siphons through the house or we can't wash dishes without the radio playing; if we're never alone for a minute of the day and we never just stand and watch a flower grow; if we can't drive across town without the car tape recorder blaring and if sitting in a chair in silence for thirty minutes a day simply thinking, thinking, thinking is one of the more painful possibilities we can imagine, then silence may be exactly what we need to wash away the frenetic energy of life and still its storms.
-- Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB

Thursday, December 17, 2009

St. Lucia program at Cross of Glory

The following photos are from the St. Lucia program at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Mounds View, Minnesota, on December 16, 2009.



























Saturday, December 12, 2009

the narrow & hard way

Abba Ammonas was asked, "What is the 'narrow and hard way'?" (Matt. 7:14)
He replied, "The 'narrow and hard way' is this,
to control your thoughts, and to strip yourself of your own will,
for the sake of God.
This is also the meaning of the sentence,
'Lo, we have left everything and followed you.'" (Matt. 19:27)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

planting in your soul

Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.  
-- Thomas Merton

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

first snowstorm of the season

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Day 4 at Crex Meadows

For some inexplicable reason, I'm unable to load photos on my Bird blog. Therefore, I'm posting them here with a link to this blog. Please excuse the confusion.






Yes, Miky, There Are Rabbis in Montana

Read about it here.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

sunrise at Crex Meadows, Wisconsin

Friday, December 04, 2009

good friends

A good friend is a connection to life―a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. 
--Lois Wyse

Thursday, December 03, 2009


Christianity is not a doctrine to be taught, but a life to be lived.
-- Søren Kierkegaard

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Cranes over Crex Meadows, Wisconsin

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Advent Conspiracy

I have tried to post this YouTube video without success. However, I think it is very relevant this time of the year and I'll ask you to watch it by clicking here.

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