July 26, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Wet

As soon as I saw this week's theme, I remembered a rainy evening in Barcelona...the stones of Plaça Reial were shiny and wet and everything looked oh, so beautiful!!

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July 12, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Rest

I've gone in a different direction for this week's theme of rest...

What is the rest of this story?
Once upon a time in Rome...we encountered a wedding party just outside Santa Maria in Aracoeli. The bride and groom posed for photos, shared a toast, and then rode off in their chauffeur driven Bentley convertible. Were they as wealthy as they appeared, or had they saved up for a huge wedding splurge? I wonder if they were an interfaith couple because the wedding took place in a Roman Catholic church and the groom was wearing a (Jewish?) skull cap. And what do you suppose is behind that peculiar look the bride is giving the groom in the last photo?

Santa Maria in Aracoeli:
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The chauffeur driven Bentley convertible:
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The bride and groom in all their wedding finery:
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A wink and smile to the crowd:
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A wedding toast:
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A most curious look...
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I wish I knew the rest of their story...

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July 4, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Sunset

I thought it would be really hard deciding which of my hundreds (maybe thousands) of sunset photos to post...but as soon as I opened my photo folder, my eyes lit on a series of pics from one evening this past March. Aha, I thought, I'll go with "biggest change in a half hour time frame" as my pick for this week's theme.

The sunset March 7th was incredible...it began as a blazing ball of white light slowly descending behind the black line of trees...

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...and a half hour later, the sky was awash in colour...

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July 1, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Skies

I missed Saturday but here are my pics for this week's photohunt theme "skies". These are the two ends of a massive cloud formation that rolled over my house a few years ago. It was amazing! We stood out watching it for a long time...and then the rain came pounding down!

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June 21, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Selfie

For this week's theme 'Selfie', I made a collage of travel-selfies...as in "I've been there and here is the photo to prove it!"...

Clockwise from top left: Assisi, Citta della Pieve, Rome, Florence, southern Tuscany, Fiesole, Rome, Venice (in the middle):
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June 13, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Dusk

This week's theme is dusk...as with some of our other recent themes, I have a plethora of photos to choose from! I decided to go on tour...here are dusk-y pics from each of the places my mom and I stayed on our trip last year. Here they are, in the order we visited them...

London:
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(the rest are in the extended entry)

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June 7, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Azure

When I went looking for azure photos...I discovered a whole collection of photos I've taken of churches, towers, statues against a deep azure expanse of sky. Here are a few of them...

Church tower in Roussillon, Provence, France:
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(more to follow in the extended entry)

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May 31, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Grape

The journey of the GRAPE...

From the vine...
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...into the hands of someone with a wonderful talent, who transforms the fruit into wine...
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...which I then get to drink!
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May 24, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Yellow

For the theme of yellow...my mind went to these gorgeous yellow stained glass windows in the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona...

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May 16, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Water

The trouble with this week's theme is...where to start?? I have a ton of water photos...lakes, rivers, beaches, our pool, brooks, puddles, raindrops on roses...and more.

Being utterly fascinated by water, I could post a whole photo album (or seven) on this week's theme...but this is the image that caught my eye as I browsed through my collection. It's a small brook in a local park. I love the play of light and shadow and the way the liquidness comes through even in a photo.

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Speaking of wading in the water...

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May 8, 2014

A Master of Divinity

I missed last week's photohunt in the whirlwind of Convocation activities. After three years of intense study...I now have my Master of Divinity degree!!! Woohoooooo!!!! I also received a couple of prizes, which was an unexpected honour. One was for achieving 1st Standing Overall in Old Testament studies, and the other was the Leadership Prize awarded by faculty for significant contributions to the life of our school community. My family is very proud of me! (To be honest, I'm quite proud of me too!)

Next leg of my journey is an 8 month full time internship. There are different scenarios for internship. Many students do their internship in a church where there is already a full time minister in order to benefit from on-site supervision and guidance. However, I've been approved for off-site supervision...which means, from Sept/14 - April/15 I will be "the" minister in the church to which I've been appointed. I'll meet with my supervisor once a week to reflect on my experiences and do some planning, and that person will also be a resource for me, since he's a very experienced minister (he serves the church in a neighbouring town.) Pending successful completion of my internship, and passing my final ordination interview next spring...I hope to be ordained into the United Church of Canada on May 31, 2015 (yes, I already have the date marked in my calendar! lol Ordination happens at our region's annual conference and those dates are set loooong in advance.)

Here are some pics from my Convocation...

Here I am having my degree conferred on me by our President. Or, to put it accurately, here I am being "admitted to the degree of Master of Divinity with all the rights and privileges thereto appertaining.":
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April 26, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Ink

This week's theme is INK. I thought of tattoos, ink on skin. I was fascinated by the intricate ink on a guy who was in the line up in front of me to get into the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

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His other arm was also covered, but the way we were standing, I wasn't able to get a good shot of it. But I managed this, which is actually my favourite of the pics:

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Tattoos and a skull ring...breaking down the stereotypes of who we might encounter in houses of worship. Love it!

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