Blog of the Week: Canon Fodder

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I love pictures of nature, especially when all I can see out my kitchen  window is snow. And more snow. This picture is of the trellis my husband built against the side of the gardening shed. My friend Frank, who’s a Canadian photographer, has lots more dazzling shots on his blog, Canon Fodder. Enjoy the sight of non-snow…. I know I am!

 http://frankscanonfodder.blogspot.com/

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Happy New Year!!

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I don’t have time tonight for a post of any depth, but did want to tell all my followers and friends “Happy New Year!” May 2013 be your best year yet! God bless…..

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Blog of the Week: Running with Sisters

Ok, I know I said I’d post a new favorite blog every weekend, but Christmas preps have a way of sidetracking the best-organized of us, and I’m not one of those rare creatures at the best of times. So, let’s try again. My choice for last weekend was (and still is) Running with Sisters, starring the O’Neil sisters and their creative ideas for organizing, crafting, and repurposing. I love their style! Go check them out…. http://runningwithsisters.com/

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You could spend many hours every day cruising the Internet and reading blogs, looking for ones that strike your fancy. Crafting, cooking, philosophical muttering, funny stuff, political rants – all that and more, right at your fingertips. Do you have a favorite (besides mine, of course….)? Post it in the comments after mine, so we can all go take a look.

I already have some listed permanently on my blogroll, along with a few favorite websites, but there’s a new one I found today in the comments that is a lovely combo of all the things I like best in a blog. Check it out, then let me know where you like to go for reading enjoyment. Check back each weekend for a new blog or website that I think you might like. And have a lovely weekend, y’all!

(PS For those of you who get an email each time I post, please forgive the dozens you must have gotten today while I wrestled with this post, which did not want to cooperate…)

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Christmas Flash Mob

I’ve always loved musicals, where a crowd of people suddenly break out singing and dancing, in perfect unity. Wouldn’t life be better if there was a sound track to help you make sense of what’s going on? This video brought me to tears as a flash mob of a variety of people began worshipping the Lord with Christmas carols in the middle of a crowded multilevel shopping mall. Well played, y’all – what a great way to put Christ back in Christmas.

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The Joys of Fall

     There’s so much to love about fall – the sound of the marching band practicing at the high school a few
blocks away, the crisp cool air, the crunch of fallen leaves as you walk down your driveway, buying pumpkins and cider and other fall goodies – but I’d have to say my favorite part is the colors the leaves turn.

There’s this one color certain maple leaves turn, a kind of orangey pink, that looks like captured sunsets, and another one that looks like bottled sunshine, yellow bright enough to light our upstairs bathroom through the uncurtained window. I’ve been trying all week to catch the colors with my camera, for the coming winter days when
everything is gray and black and white, but they just don’t look the same in photos. Thanks for the gorgeous color show, Lord!

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Reflecting God’s Creativity

If we’re made in the image of our Creator, then it stands to reason that each of us is also a creator (small c). Eric Liddell, Olympic runner and Christian martyr, once said, “I feel God’s pleasure when I run!” Me, I feel it when I write and when I design and make jewelry. Where do you feel it? Look beyond the usual things people think of as creative – singing, playing piano, painting, and so on – those aren’t the only ways to be creative.

 

Ask yourself: do you whip up fabulous meals out of leftovers? Do you have a garden that’s the envy of your neighbors? Are you able to fix anything that breaks, armed only with duct tape, baling wire, and ingenuity? There are so many ways to be creative, and if you think none of them apply to you, ask the Creator to show you His creative gift in you. He will!

I feel God’s pleasure when I design and make jewelry to wear….

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