Serene: Calm, Peaceful, Untroubled, Tranquil

Serene. What a perfect photo challenge as a prelude to the busy Christmas season!   Barnardsville, North Carolina Dillingham, North Carolina Weaverville, North Carolina Weaverville, North Carolina Daufuskie Island, South Carolina Ripley’s Gatlinburg Aquarium, North Carolina Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give […]

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Making an Advent Wreath

Christmas trees arrived in our area at the end of October. Is it my imagination or does it get earlier every year? As Brian and I were selecting a Thanksgiving turkey, another shopper looked at us and said, “Is that Christmas music they’re playing?” We perked up our ears and, sure enough, a voice over […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: November 25

There’s been many good articles posted this week.  I hope you’ll take a little time out of your busy holiday weekend to be encouraged in the faith. More than Inspirational “Joni Eareckson Tada’s half-century as a quadriplegic and a disabilities advocate is far more than a story of human endurance. It’s a Christ-exalting example of […]

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Transformation: Change in Form or Appearance, Metamorphosis

What a great photo challenge word—transformation. It’s something I always desire in my life. I hope you enjoy the photo selection for this Wednesday’s theme.     Vineyard, Western North Carolina     Fall, Waters Edge     The Arboretum, Asheville, North Carolina     Blue Ridge Mountains       The Arboretum, Asheville, North […]

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Harvest Home (and some Thanksgiving Place Cards)

The wind is whirling through a stolid old oak tree outside my window, capturing leaves with its invisible fingers and twirling them like little ballerinas.  I love November with its vivd colors and chilly breezes and frosty nights, all playing their parts in the prelude to winter. November also reminds me of those brave souls […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: November 18

This week there’s a couple of good articles on depression, which seems to increase during the winter holidays.  Also, a local church made a thoughtful Christmas video that you might like to watch with your children.  Add to this some thoughts on technology and Thanksgiving— it’s a wrap. No Longer Talking “Have you noticed that […]

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A Thanksgiving “Advent”

“Praise befits the upright,” says the psalmist (Psalm 33:1). I’ve been thinking about this simple little sentence all week, how our beauty is found in our praise and gratitude to God. Spurgeon put it this way: “What wings are to a bird, what fruit is to the tree, what the rose is to the thorn, […]

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Experimental: Innovative, Unconventional, Untested

Wednesday’s photo challenge is like a mental vacation.  There’s something about photography that captures my full attention and draws 100 percent of me into the moment.  Today, the challenge word is “experimental.”  All of these photos were taken using experimental techniques, mostly with Lensbaby lenses.  The creek photo involved an ND filter along with a […]

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From Bookcrossing to Book Journaling

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” I think this is the second time I’ve quoted Oscar Wilde, so maybe I should clarify here that I’m not a fan. But you know the saying about a broken clock. Actually, Wilde’s words […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: November 11

Can you believe it’s almost the middle of November?  We have another eclectic mix for your weekend perusing.  The first article is very convicting so we hope you will give it some thought.  Also, consider purchasing the video series on the apostle Paul.  We are really enjoying our “travels” to all the New Testament cities […]

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