Category Archives: Heartwarming Stories

The Influence of the Chief Tecumseh Poem

The Influence of the Chief Tecumseh Poem
You may recall sometime back we had posted about the Chief Tecumseh poem that we had become aware of from the Act of Valor movie. Well we just recently received a note from an active duty soldier that I had to share with you. Continue reading

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Photographic Journey – Rocky Mountain National Park

Let’s be honest, nobody really wants to listen to your stories of what you did for your summer vacation. I am just being honest here. Once in a while you will be able to corner someone and sit them down and get them to look at your pictures. But for the most part that are just being nice. Continue reading

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A year end Christmas note 2011, from our family to yours

My the blessings of the season be with you and yours for Christmas and all yr long! Continue reading

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World Encounter – A Tapestry of Tanzania

I do not know about you, but I have always had an interest or maybe even a passion to be involved with two special types of aide organizations. The first one is the type of agency that brings clean water to small desperate communities throughout the world and the second is the type of organization or ministry that provides micro loans to tiny entrepreneurs around the world. Well World Encounter http://worldencounter.org/ is this second type of organization and I was contacted by my great friend Stephanie Gates to see if I would be the photographer for their fundraising event. I said yes in a heartbeat, even before I check my schedule. This whimsical scheduling methodology luckily even worked out for me this time so I was indeed able to go. Continue reading

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Jubilee Minnesota 2011

Jubilee Minnesota 2011

This past weekend in Apple Valley MN, more than seventeen churches got together to attempt to lift the burden for many of those in our community that need help getting by with the normal things that many of us take for granted. Continue reading

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The Beauty of North Carolina Beaches

The Beauty of North Carolina Beaches

I love the beach, it’s plain and simple. I do not think I have ever seen an ugly one. Ok, one that is polluted or something is less than attractive but even one like that still has that rugged allure to it. So now you know I love the beach. Continue reading

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Adventures on the Light Rail – The Sales Guys

Would you agree with me that sometimes sales guys can have a questionable reputation? I do not know, there is just something about some of them that I can not quite put my finger on. Maybe the thing is I sense that I can not really trust some of them. I have many friends and family members that are indeed great people and great sales people so this does not implicate every single sales person but there maybe some generalizing wisdom that might be gleaned from this experience. Maybe hearing some recent conversations among sales men on the train, better known as the light rail, just maybe these conversations will give us some valid reasons for those queasy feelings in out stomach when dealing with some sales people. Continue reading

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Why is Forrest Gump such a powerful movie?

Why is Forrest Gump such a powerful movie?

My youngest son and I were going to be home all alone for the evening so we wanted to get some movies to watch. Tom Hanks was on the top of the list and both of us had Forrest Gump on our minds. We had been quoting Forrest who was quoting his ever wise mother saying “Life is like a box of Chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” So we were so happy that the movie store had the movie in stock.

Within 5 minutes of the darn movie beginning I was crying like a baby already and through much of the movie I was moved so deeply that my son would be hearing sniffles from me. Even this morning I woke up thinking of the movie and I was moved to tears again. So that raised the question in my mind what in the world is it about that movie that is so darn powerful? What makes the movie so moving to me and a few million other viewers? It the paragraphs that follow I think I have come up with a few ideas of why the movie is so powerful for me and probably for you also. Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2011 Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Memorial Day 2011 Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Remembering the Fallen, Caring for Those Left Behind. Freedom is not Free.
Image from Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis MN.
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Rush Creek Golf Course: Morning Shadows

I am shooting a project for the townplanner guys and they wanted me to photography Rush Creek Golf Course for next years calendar. It turns out Rush Creek is the last place I had ever golfed because I gave the sport up in frustration years ago, so there was a certain sense of nestagia that I had to for the place. The course is certainly gorgeous and I ended up with some great sunrise and sunset images from this early spring outing.
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