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Our Religious Science community has so many wonderful people, and here are just a few. As I transfer more into Photo Stream, I will add them as well. I merged these with the attendees who experienced Hairspray at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater January 24th, 2012. Yes I know, it was my birthday too, and having an audience of several hundred sing “Happy Birthday” to you provides a warm feeling to the recipients. As luck would have it, they missed my name, so I escaped, even though my OSC friends bellowed lustily for my inclusion. Maybe next year.

 

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Feel free to visit our site at: http://ourspiritualcenter.org/ to read, see, and hear what were about. Blessings.

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Our business was quite good this year. so good, we received a number of late orders, and I had to go to the factory to pick up the wreaths for Fort Snelling National Cemetery. These are interior shots taken after most of the seasonal workers have left for warmer climes I’m sure. And that huge green pile is the resource from which the wreaths are made: it must have covered an acre or so.

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Winter Photography

Among the other perks about my homestead, is the location. A bit of wilderness surrounds me on all sides. So, weather it’s early morning (the sunrise shots), or afternoon (snow patterns on the ground, or a winter’s night with a full moon high above, I try to give it my best shot. Here’s some humble examples.

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99%ers and related groups gathered in front of banks, government offices and venues like this one, the Minneapolis Convention Center. I was tasked with taking some pictures and some video for MoveOn.org, a group I’ve been associated with for some time now. It was a festive occasion wit4h a number of speeches, and lots of noise makers (the upturned plastic buckets finally got the best of me though). I submitted my work product via email to MoveOn and MNFairEconomy.org, the organizers at this site. Most of the focus was on the two CEO’s of US Bank and Wells Fargo. The horse and buggy took the caricature of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf down to their regional headquarters where the protest continued, sans me. {I came home to the news that Wells Fargo was found guilty of defrauding three Minnesota non-profits, and now owe them $45M. The judge’s statement was a real indictment of WFB practices. Oh well, so it goes. What a perfect weather day, spring is here at last!

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Two cats & a boy…

Lily Pig (aka Pig) and Alley Cat (aka AC) look like they should be mother and daughter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lily is a spoiled brat, a bully to the other three cats in residence. Talk about an Alpha Female! She’s Brad’s cat, and she too is 15 years old. No, Brad is older than that, but by how much…never mind. Softest fur of any cat I’ve ever petted. And then there’s just a random shot of my son…I was trying out a new lens for the Nikon I think.

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From December’s snow to April’s BBQ, here are some pix of food, some of which I prepared myself. I’m making myself hungry as I type…

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Although Hilltop Diner is now under new management, the food is still the same, especially the burgers (more on that in a bit). My family, now a three-pack, visits Hilltop on the date of her birthday. It was Jay’s fave family restaurant, and she always ordered – drum roll please – a burger. (It will serve everyone well to know that Jay considered a well-rounded meal to be, what else – Spaghettios!) For the past seven years we would show up, and set a plate for her: burger, plain, fries, and Diet Coke. After removing all the condiments that we requested be removed in the first place, we would then draw straws to see “who got The Job.” Bradley did The Job this year, and expertly spread the catsup edge-to-edge over one side of a bun. It was then up to me to “steal” one french fry, which I did with relish – pun intended. The past few years found Spencer in NYC of all places, and he bought her a bag of Peanut M&M’s. May has been our wait staff for most of these years, and -red faces here – she was the one who remembered the Diet Coke. Lord almighty, we would have never lived that down if we had forgotten.

I love my beautiful bride, no matter what her address is…and so it goes.

One of Jay’s legacies is her almost mystical recreation of dolls, into lifelike babies, called Reborns. Many women and girls in our extended family were given one to remember Jan by.

WeeBit at 15 years of age

WeeBit, when Jay brought her home, I considered a “dead kitten walking” although she didn’t walk much. Dehydrated, emaciated, small beyond belief, Jay sat with her in her arms at the bottom of the stairs for two weeks. She nursed her from a sure demise, into the wonderful cat she is. After WeeBit’s mom moved on, the cat-that-would-not-die, began following me, and she continues to do so today.

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