This is Red. Red has been sturgeon spearing since he was a boy in the 1950s.  He hasn’t missed a single year on the ice of Lake Winnebago since then.  The odds of spearing this prehistoric fish are slim, but that doesn’t deter him. The truth is, Red isn’t too concerned about spearing a sturgeon.…

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I don’t believe in excessively entertaining children. It’s ok to be bored.  In fact, that’s when creativity comes alive.  My imagination explodes in the silence.  So, why do we feel the need to be excessively entertaining children these days? We’re not doing them any favors by eliminating boredom.  In fact, we’re doing more harm than…

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Whale watching in the Strait of Georgia is an experience I will never forget. There’s something quiet and serene about the Pacific Northwest.  At least, that’s how I see it. After exploring Seattle and the San Juan Islands, we traveled to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. While in Victoria, we decided to go whale watching. …

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Cristo Rey Ranch hosts a live nativity each December. 2019 marks its 20th year.  Countless individuals volunteer their time and talent each year.  Many were part of this live nativity in 1999, when it took over the barn for the first time.  It truly takes a community to organize and perform this live nativity each Christmas…

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Negative comments about my useless fine art photography degree come reeling in. Why would you be interested in learning about film photography when it’s on the brink of extinction?  Just another dreaded question I  hear and contemplate day in and day out. Here I am, 16 years later, still photographing film and still loving it.…

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I pull out the map from the glove box and open it with excitement. We’re off to Supai, Arizona. On the open road of Route 66, traveling from Kingman headed east.  “Take a left, we’ll reach Supai in 64 miles,” I say. We drive for miles, thinking our final destination for the evening is Supai,…

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I’m a small-town Wisconsin artist. “You can’t just be an artist!” They stated. I’ve heard this statement all my life.  AND actually believed it.  Now I find myself asking, “Why Not?”  As a Wisconsin artist, I know I can build the business of my dreams.   3 Questions I’m pondering as an artist: Why can’t…

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Miscarriage is hard. Five years ago, I had a miscarriage.  Had I written this when the miscarriage happened, it would read differently.  For me, understanding trickled in as time passed and God’s plan began unfolding in my life. Truth is, I never pictured myself as a mother. Call me crazy, but I didn’t spend my nights…

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Gratitude and the strength to let go. Some days, some weeks, heck, even months are bad.  When I’m in a rut, I remember the beauty that surrounds me EVERY DAY.  I practice gratitude for all that I have in life, even during the hard times. I read the daily devotion from Jesus Calling every morning.…

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Harmony, California along the Pacific Coast Highway takes me back to where it all began. Not a care in the world, I journey north through San Luis Obispo to Harmony, California.  Grey skies produce mist that fills the air.  The tires of my rental car coast through the puddled gravel.  Rolling hills go the distance,…

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