August 12, 2020

Memories with Dad

My Dad came home from the hospital on Friday! The pharmacist delivered his medicines late that evening and commented “Jim has more lives than a cat!” It was his ninth major abdominal surgery in about the same number of years. Thank you for all your prayers. As I was thinking about what to write tonight […]

First Snow

• Click on each picture to see a larger image • • First snow, it came early this morning So I’m up and out of bed Visions of a real slow goin’ Start runnin’ through my head First snow, there ain’t nothing like The sudden change that winter brings But it looks so pretty that […]

Return from the West

Return from the West It has been a long, gray, gloomy, wet winter/early spring in the Midwest, and we’re still going through its dreariness. In addition, as we’ve shared here, we’ve had a lot of sadness in and around our Internet Monk family. I’ve been ready for a retreat for some time, and this past […]

Snow Day (Picture Gallery)

Snow Day January 2019 This has been a snowy weekend in Indiana, providing a nice pause in the rat race. Church services were cancelled this morning because the county roads are a bit treacherous. I’ve had the chance to get out and take a few pictures and thought I’d put them up for you today, […]

November Visions from the Heartland

Note from CM: Mike Bell has taken a sick day today. Enjoy these visions of fall in the heartland. Click on each picture for a larger image. • • •

Some Peaceful Landscapes for Monday

Some Peaceful Landscapes for Monday A Photo Gallery: Chicago Botanic Garden Please enjoy these images, taken over the weekend on our visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden. May the God of beauty enhance your peace of mind and spirit today. (Click on each picture for larger image)

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: Contemplative Photography (5)

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart Contemplative Photography, part five We return to our occasional consideration of the insights of Christine Valters Paintner, author of Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice. Paintner helps us learn how photography can become a contemplative practice, allowing us to “see” in different ways. Today, […]

Some Favorite Photos from 2017

Some Favorite Photos from 2017 Before I introduce this year’s favorite pictures, let me say that I am looking forward to reading a book I received as a gift for Christmas. It’s called Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice, by Christine Valters Paintner. Perhaps some of our readers who enjoy photography […]

Gethsemani Impressions 2017

Gethsemani Impressions 2017 Here are some pictures from my recent weekend at the Abbey of Gethsemani. I did some experimenting with the art filters on my Olympus Pen-F, and ended up with this collection of images that evoke some of the peace and mystery of the place. I hope you’ll enjoy. Click on each picture […]

Pic Gallery: Along the Cincinnati Riverfront

A Picture Gallery: Along the Cincinnati Riverfront This past weekend, we got some much needed respite with a quick trip over to southern Ohio. On Saturday, we saw Paul Simon in concert, and then Sunday spent some leisurely hours walking along the Ohio River at Smale Riverfront Park. It’s a delightful venue, with spectacular views of […]