Country Roads · Family · Memories

Freedom’s Light Burning Warm

This Independence Day, I listened to the Neil Diamond classic, “America,” a song that pays tribute to his grandmother who emigrated to the United States from Russia in the early 1900s,  reflecting on my own heritage, family, and country. We performed this song as the choir finale during my 9th-grade year at Pound Junior High,… Continue reading Freedom’s Light Burning Warm

Contemplative Photography · Country Roads · Retreats · Spiritual Journey

A Story Behind Everything

“However well satisfied you are with your own skill or intelligence, never forget how much there is that remains unknown to you.” -Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis There’s so much we don’t know, so much we don’t see, so much we can’t understand. There is a story behind everything and we aren’t always privy… Continue reading A Story Behind Everything

Country Roads · Mother ~ Daughter · Spiritual Journey

31-derful Years: A Marriage Made of Moments

Jodi Blazek ❤ Joseph Gehr, August 17, 1985 A Marriage Made of Moments  is a blog post I wrote for our 30th anniversary last year. For our 31-derful anniversary, I share a revised post with updated photos, new “moments” and fresh reflections… because a lot can happen in one year. A marriage is made of… Continue reading 31-derful Years: A Marriage Made of Moments

Contemplative Photography · Country Roads · Creativity · Spiritual Journey

Seeing With New Eyes

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. –Marcel Proust Photography is my hobby. Maybe a professional photographer would take issue with me for using the word “photography”.  I have no professional training. I haven’t taken any adult education classes, even though it’s on my want-to-do-that-one-of-these-days list. I… Continue reading Seeing With New Eyes

Country Roads · Creativity · Home Sweet Home · SoulCollage

Follow the Star: For the Directionally Challenged

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?  For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” ~Matthew 2:2 For the past four months we have lived off the radar, so to speak. We live in the city, but we can see the city limits boundary from… Continue reading Follow the Star: For the Directionally Challenged

Contemplative Photography · Country Roads · Spiritual Journey

A Country Road Contemplative

I’m thrilled to have written a Monk in the World Guest Post at Christine Valters Paintner’s Abbey of the Arts website/blog. She is one of my favorite authors (The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom) and an inspiration for me to continue to learn more about creativity and prayer. My post, A Country Road… Continue reading A Country Road Contemplative

Contemplative Photography · Country Roads · Power of Images

The Same Two Trees

The same two trees   ~   different direction, distance, angle, lens  ~ a different result, image, perspective, outcome.  ~   So many ways to see    ~  the same two trees. The calm quiet strength of a tree Anchored deep in the earth Reaching high in the sky The calm quiet strength of a tree… Continue reading The Same Two Trees