A couple weeks back I took a stroll around Harvard, the town not the college. It is a quite unassuming town not much going on in big city terms. There is so much life though in the little towns.
I was heading to the library when I noticed the local farmer’s market was open. I decided to stop by. Farmer’s markets are full of so many of the things I love! Families out together, colors that make you smile, and everyone in good spirits.
As I looked around I also noticed teens out getting ready for the fall sports season. Guys running and girls being coached in lacrosse. The playground was full of activity as the kids ran here and there with parents keeping a dutiful eye on them.
I will say I do like the city but there is something about country living.
We are all broken.
We have scars that don’t show. We fall into pieces when ghosts from the past, present and future visit. They scream “Your Stupid!”, ” You don’t Matter!”, “Why even Try!”
We feel worthless.
But….God picks up the pieces. He creates something better that what we ever were. Something better than what we ever could be. He composes a new song that resonates within us. A song with verses that say to no longer be afraid, scared, or fearful. Rather they say be at peace, smile, and be joyful.
It is not a word I use a lot. But getting away sometimes is good for the heart and soul.
I have spent the last few days in Ocean City, New Jersey with my mom and a few of her friends. We spent the days walking along the boardwalk and enjoying each other’s company. I also took a few photos here and there. It was wonderful being able to explore uncharted territory.
The trip was a respite from the day to day. It was time with family and friends. It was listening to the quiet that does not normally occupy my day. A chance to refresh, renew, and refocus.
We walked along the boardwalk each day. Watching the families go by was heart warming. There are few places left where families can feel free to let there kids be kids like Ocean City.
We ate at a number of places but my favorite was Chatterbox. If I ever go back I will have to visit there again!
As I sit here writing this it is a little heart breaking to leave my mom and Ocean City but Christmas is just around the corner when I will be making my annual pilgrimage back to Texas.
I have talked with admiration before about my church, Grace Baptist in Hudson MA. This week there is a very special event happening that you can help out with.
In partnership with Builders for Christ they are helping restore a church in Marlboro, MA for use by Holy Trinity Anglican Church. There will be construction all week going from 9 to 5 at 472 Lincoln Street in Marlborough. There are large and small projects that can take from a few hours to a couple of days. For skilled and unskilled workers.
This is a great way to give back to the Church. And lunch will be provided by the amazing Stevie of Stevie’s Eatery. So don’t be shy and come on out.
Summer is here!!!
Ok usually I am not a fan of summer but with the great weather we have been having in New England I can’t help but be a fan.
I am catching up on a hike from last summer. My good friend Ryan Nilsen from Praise Christian Fellowship allowed me to tag along on a hike last summer to Mt. Ascutney in Vermont. He even let me bring along my friend Bruce.
We meet up around mid day and took the tough way up. And up. And up. I have rarely climbed a mountain with such a constant steep angle. After a number of hours we reached the top and it was worth it.
The views stretched out for miles. We had a little lunch, grabbed a group photo and then headed down.
At the bottom we rested for a few minutes before taking off for dinner together.
I am so thankful for friends who are willing to explore God’s creation with me.
Gatsby, flappers, and gangsters. These are a few of the word used to describe the roaring twenties, and the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 90th birthday party.
Everyone came dressed in their best. To the nines. The dresses and tuxes were to die for. The vintage cars also added so much to the atmosphere thanks to the generosity of Jim Hickey.
It was held at the Marlborough Country Club. Jacquie Smith did an amazing job of making it happen.
It set the bar for Chamber events for years to come!
I have a new gig. Teaching Photography at the local Senior Center.
It is Photography 101. The basics. It is great be able to put together two things I deeply love. Photography and Teaching.
The first week I was nervous. Though I have taught for many years and know the ins and outs of my camera. It is always a work in progress. I studied copious amounts of information. I was ready for almost anything.
The ladies who came to my class were nothing to be afraid of though. They were understanding, patient, and inquisitive. I really enjoyed that first class and am thankful for all my friends who were praying for me as I taught.
The rest of the classes went smashingly. I was amazed at the work they did. It was inspiring to me.
So on this Tuesday I want to give a big thank you to the Marlborough Senior Center and the ladies who made my job easy by being such gracious souls.
Good Saturday. I have a number of things on my docket today but I wanted to pass along some good news. One of my photos has been chosen to be displayed at the Worcester City Hall. The show starts on June 19th. The work is titled “Industrial Beauty”. It was taken a few years back in Boston around the Jamaica Plain area.
It is always a privilege to have my work displayed. And I am humbled to be chosen.
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Until this year I had never attended the marathon. But this year was different I had the chance to catch up with my good friend Ray.
I have mentioned Ray Zetye many times in the past. He is a wonderful friend. His wife Julia was in the race and they were both coming to town. So we made plans to meet up.
Me and Ray touched base at the Framingham Train Station. I got there a few minutes early. As I was waiting I surveyed the scene and took a few quick photos.
Soon enough Ray showed up. We caught up as we waited for Julia to run by. Finally in the midst of everyone she appeared. Smiling she yelled toward Ray “Take off the lens cap” as he tried to capture the moment. Fortunately I had his back like he has mine most of the time. I got a couple of quick shots off.
Afterwards we went out for lunch and then parted ways. My love and appreciation for everything Boston grew a little that day but it will never reach the emotions I have for my friend Ray.
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