April 16, 2014

“God's gift to his sorrowing creatures

is a joy worthy of their destiny.”  Johann Sebastion Bach

“Imitation of the Bells” by Johann Paul von Westhoff
“Berlin by Overnight” by Max Richter and 
“Air on a G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
exquisitely performed by Daniel Hope and Ben Allison. 

April 11, 2014

The Weight of Books

Our daughter (Thanks, Liv!) and grandson (Thanks, Sean!) were gracious to help me sort and pack books from our bookshelves. Sean took opportunity to draw on boxes during down time. I noticed this drawing captured the kind of weariness I think we all felt after packing too many boxes of books (some are going away) and reminded me of Ecclesiastes 12:12. "But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body." Ecclesiastes 12:12

April 3, 2014

"And the proper exposition can switch up your disposition."

Beautiful Eulogy- An Open Letter To Whoever's Listening

Lyrics: http://www.invubu.com/lyrics/show/Beautiful_Eulogy/An_Open_Letter_To_Whoever's_Listening.html

April 2, 2014

Here's the Thing: Why? A Skateboarding Short Film

"WHY do we skateboard?
We do it for the love of it. We do it for the excitement.
And we do it for those who don't have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of it."

And to that I say, "Sincere thanks for sharing the beauty! Skate on!"

March 28, 2014

Birthday Buzz

 Happy birthday, dear Eleanor!

March 21, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust in Salina. KS Progress as of mid-March 2014

Grain elevator demolition in Salina KS on North Santa Fe Street
March 2014

Trains still use the tracks!

Salina, KS North Santa Fe St

The N. Santa Fe St. elevator conglomeration 
If these walls and tracks could speak...

Size perspective- Big trucks, water tower, crane and elevators!

Sky high

Elevator Tower top 
Internal structure exposed

A pile of strong steel cords which helped to strengthen the walls

MacDonald Engineering 
Engineers & Contractors 
Builders of Grain Elevators 
Chicago, U.S.A.

Here's a Salina Journal Newspaper article for more info.: http://www.salina.com/news/demolition-project-3114 

March 10, 2014

February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple
April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014

Soul Soothing Afro Blue

February 9, 2014

Remembering Mama

In memory of my Mom
Jerry Beckman (Mary Geraldine Ford)
Love, sweet love

February 7, 2014

Remembering Mama

"Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home"

"Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home"
3 years ago on February 9, my Mom passed away. She knew her days were almost gone. Cancer had been growing in her body and she felt that her days were drawing to a close. As I try to put words to my thoughts, I'm at a loss. 
But one of the most poignant and comforting memories was when she and I sat together in front of her computer screen a couple of months before she died. She had asked me to meet with her to listen to a song she had chosen for her funeral. The song lyrics and the short conversation that followed are still an amazing comfort to me.
The song was "Precious Lord, Take my Hand". We watched a version she liked sung by Elvis. We listened together. (This stands out as one of my most intimate moments with Mom.) After the song was over, she turned to me, looked full into my eyes and said, "That's just the way I feel, Laurie."
I miss her more than I can express. I am so thankful that she is with her precious Lord.
(It is still difficult to listen to Elvis singing this.) Here is Nina Simone singing the 1st verse.

February 4, 2014

Birthday Buzz: Naomi is 7!

Happy Birthday granddaughter Nay Nay!
We have snow in our town today! 
If you were here you'd love to play!
Wish you weren't so far away!

February 3, 2014

Liv and the girls

 Photos from February 3, 2014

Love ya all!

Warmin' Up

"Words don't go far enough."

Granddad and Super 

January 17, 2014

Sean Drawn to the Light

 It was fun to notice Sean at work as he
studied and perplexed and patiently drew the rather complicated 
dining room light!
Sean (age 8)

Sea Shell Sell and Rolling Rest

 Sean sells seashells!
Sean set up a seashell shop.
I took a photo of Liv preparing to take photo of Sean's shells
but no photo of Shop Keeper Sean!
Oh Barnacles!

"I see some sleepy children." 
Lily enjoyed being wheeled around by Eleanor!
This was on Pizza Making Day. We all made individual English Muffin Pizzas 
and most of us enjoyed every bite! 
Definitely a project to customize and repeat!

I certainly didn't take many photos that day!
Chloe is using her little pink digital camera to take a picture of sis!

January 8, 2014

"The Beauty and The Mess"

 The beauty…
Thanks to Mike who deals with the mess!
My favorite snowman!
A warm-up!

...and the mess. Chill out! Have a seat!
My extreme sports rock climb!
December and January snows 2013-14