Archive | May, 2010

Pic of the Month: May ‘10

Canon 40D, 17mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec, ISO 800

Fern Territory As most of you know, I am not a proponent of dramatic post-processing techniques. I love realism and natural beauty. If a sunrise wasn’t brilliant, then why try to make it look brilliant on the computer? The art of nature photography lies in the ability, drawn from experience and understanding, to be in […]

Violin Workshop Underway!

People started gathering around the baggage claim. More suitcases started their trip around the conveyer belt. I waited. Some people with brief cases, some with children, but only one with, yes! a violin! That’s Jonathan!  I eagerly made my way over for a grand reunion. I had come into Dallas the day before on the […]

Precise Timing


Three recent events reminding us of God’s perfect timing … May 10—The Bates family exemplified orderliness and obedience when their dad said that it was time to go. Less than an hour later, around 1:15, James and Daniel also left for their trip back to Illinois. They however soon returned. A new house-building project was […]

A Few More Pictures

“James, Daniel, and the three oldest Bateses stopped at Hocking Hills State Park on their way home . . .”     “On Saturday we were invited to attend the 40th anniversary celebration for the church that the Bates family’s pastor had started in Clarksburg.” “The rest of the week flew by as we played […]

Vote – responsibly

James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States and a minister of the Gospel during the Second Great Awakening, wisely stated in 1876: “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, […]