Monthly Archives: February 2019

Photo Challenge: Layer

“Layer” is the word for Frank’s photo challenge this week.  My sweet tooth got the final vote this afternoon:  six-layer bars (aka dream bars).

Melted butter disappears into the graham cracker crumb layer.  Chocolate chips, pecans and coconut can be seen in all three pictures.  The gooey-ness of the third photo is the sweetened condensed milk.

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The Divine Formula

As the wind blows the fresh fallen snow covering the ice on streets and sidewalks, we’re skipping Sunday morning worship for the third week in a row. Grateful for this sermon from Mitch Teemley.

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Do you remember the Periodic table of Elements from chemistry class? Pretty cool, but it missed the two most important elements:

N1

“They were together N1(in one) accord,

continually devoting themselves to prayer.”

~Acts 1:14

N2

“Then He said to them, ‘Go N2 (into) all the world

and share the Good News with everyone.’”

~Mark 16:15

Dwelling together in God’s loving presence (N1) and sharing that love with others (N2) — I can’t think of a more divine formula, can you? After all, it’s what we were created for (John 17:23), so it is possible. In fact, you might even say our ability to accomplish it is N8 (innate ;>).

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Take a look at fresh fruit

I suggest you ignore this post.  Instead, find a piece of fresh fruit, pick it up, and take a few minutes to consider its surface texture.  While you’re at it, notice how it was attached to the tree or bush or vine or whatever plant on which it grew.

What?  You’re still reading?  Or did you come back?

The other day I noticed a banana on the table.  Its surface is smoother than an orange.  And not quite as smooth as an apple.

The results of my attempts to photograph the banana were dismal.  The orange and the apple pictures were better.  Eating breakfast this morning I decided to try getting decent photos of blueberries and strawberries.

So here you are: pictures of fruit.

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Fuji Apple.  Photo: TLClark, Feb 2019.

I’m thinking a whole series of photos of apples would be fun to do.  Different kinds with their different colors.  Use a knife to cut one way to see the star-shaped center with seeds.  Cut the other way – the usual way – for apple slices to eat with peanut butter.  Maybe an apple with a single bite or perhaps many bites.  Maybe just an apple core.

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Navel Orange.  Photo: TLClark, Feb 2019.

I really should have taken a photo of the navel end of the orange!  But I liked seeing the stem; notice how different is is from the apple stem.

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Blueberries.  Photo: TLClark, Feb 2019.

I opted not to highlight the ends of the blueberries once attached to a plant because I’m intrigued by the little star on the other end!

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Strawberries.  Photo:  TLClark, Feb 2019.

The underside of the leaves of the strawberries are a much brighter green than the top side.  I wonder if that’s always true or just true of this particular crop.

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Fruit in Bowl.  TLClark, 2019.

If there were other kinds of fresh fruit in the house – other than an over-ripe banana and some pineapple already cut up – I’d have more pictures.  Guess I need to start next Friday’s grocery list!

 

Photo Challenge: Surface

Thinking about the large aquarium in the waiting area of the Infusion Suite at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, I grabbed my compact digital camera before we headed there yesterday.  Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is surface and I wondered if I could capture the water’s surface.

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Aquarium, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Photo: TLClark, 2/21/19.

I had to turn off the camera’s automatic flash, move around to get the right light, and watch for people appearing in the frame.  The bubbles as well as the reflections of plants and fish on the surface of the water in the large aquarium exceeded my expectations.   A bonus: the room being reflected on the glass surface of the aquarium.  A side bit of fun: an older gentleman offered to get me a fishing pole.

With my imagination primed and a camera nearby, I started seeing bubbles, reflections, or interesting textures everywhere I looked.

There were bubbles from a carbonated beverage on the inside surface of a paper cup.

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Bubbles in Paper Cup.  Photo: TLClark, 2/21/19.

As the docetaxel dripped its way through tubing into to my beloved’s veins, droplets clung to the inside surface of the top vial and air bubbles appeared on the surface of the liquid.

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Docetaxel.  Photo: TLClark, 2/21/19.

Light revealed the textured surface of a glass panel providing a bit of privacy for patients.

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Glass Panel.  Photo: TLClark, 2/21/19.

The glass roof below intrigues me whenever I walk by.  It was covered with snow on our visit three weeks ago.  Yesterday the surface reflected the buildings around it.

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Glass Roof, Pomerantz Family Pavilion, UIHC.  Photo: TLClark, 2/21/19.

Thanks, Frank, for a great challenge!

For those who are wondering, the chemo is working its magic with minimal side effects.  With all kinds of gratitude, Teressa

 

 

 

 

Another Snowy Sunday

It snowed nine or ten inches between 9 p.m. Saturday and mid-day Sunday.

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Since snow-covered, slippery roads have veto power over (nearly) every voluntary activity, my husband and I missed gathering with other Christians to worship God for the second week in a row.  We’re the type that rarely miss church.  Missing two Sundays in a row is highly uncharacteristic, nearly unthinkable!  God doesn’t mind; but it makes my week feel odd.

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Our driveway Sunday morning after a bit of shoveling on my part an hour or so earlier; before the professionals arrived.

A week ago we held our own little worship service.  We sang a few songs from Taizé, read John’s favorite scripture (Matthew 6:25-31), prayed, and sang some more.

This Sunday we listened to Iowa Public Radio and worked on a puzzle while waiting for our out-of-town weekend guests.  It had just begun snowing when they headed to the hotel late Saturday; we were hoping they’d safely return to our home Sunday.  (They did.)

Whether heading to church or staying home, It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders has become one of my must-listen-to Sunday programs.  Sam and his guests help me hear the week’s news from a perspective outside my every day experience.  It has the feel of chatting with friends and leaves me feeling both encouraged and challenged (much like a good sermon).  I can’t tell you what I heard yesterday but I’m sure it fed my spirit (also like a good sermon).

Be safe, friends, wherever you are whether or not there’s snow on the ground.  And may you hear something today that feeds your spirit.

Teressa

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Crawl

My imagination must have been napping when I read Frank’s photo challenge earlier this week.  Nothing came to mind for the prompt “crawl.”  He had a photo of a snake. Since I’m not a fan of snakes, I knew I wouldn’t go that direction!

An idea crept up on me earlier today.  Crawling through photo file folders, I found a few not-so-creepy-crawlies on flowers.  Bugs don’t creep me out like snakes do.  And most of the bugs that have appeared in my pictures fly as well as crawl.

Here are three photos of Japanese beetles on flowers and one image of damage done.  All were taken in early July 2011 when the beetles invaded our flower beds, voraciously eating their way through foliage.

IMG_1426One Japanese beetle crawling on a single zinnia doesn’t look too destructive.

IMG_1474One cosmos with seven – or more – Japanese beetles doing their thing.

IMG_1488Japanese beetles are certainly crawling all over the marigolds, but are they feasting?

Zinnia foliageShredded leaves tell the tale of the beetles’ visit.

Love Never Ends

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Love never ends.   – 1 Corinthians 13:8a NRSV

I suspect, but am not certain, that every time I’ve read 1 Corinthians 13 at a wedding I’ve skipped from the “love never ends” of verse 8 to the “and now faith, hope and love abide” of verse 13.

At the same time I teach that we should wonder what a preacher is leaving out when omitting part of the text.

If you’re curious, here it is:

Love never ends.  But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.  For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.  Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.   – 1 Corinthians 13:8-1 NRSV

Love – God’s love, the love we see most fully in the face of Jesus – Love makes all things complete.  As we mature in love, we become more whole.  As we grow in love’s ways, we more clearly reflect the One in whose image we are created.

Here’s the thing:  we need one another to get there.  Love does not flourish in isolation.  Love thrives in relationship – with God, with friend/family/neighbor/stranger, with creation.  We each know in part; we need each other to begin to know in whole.

In the simplicity and the complexity of living with one another on this planet we call home, may you know Love and be an expression of Love.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NRSV