Archive for December, 2018


I entered this Amish home basement, and a lady was doing the laundry. I almost took a photo with my phone, but instead raced to my vehicle, got my camera, and by the time I returned the lady was finished. The Laundry was not going through the wringer, anymore, but there were still some suds in the other tub. A missed opportunity. Another morning, I was driving down the road with some taxi customers, so I decided not to stop and photograph the scene in the neighboring field! It was a team of six horses pulling a corn picker that was harvesting the corn field. As I have been pondering this subject for weeks, I now forget what the other missed opportunity that happened that day!

I trust that in the coming year neither you/nor I will have too many missed opportunities, whether a photo, or encounters with family or friends!

I am almost certain the washing machine in the photo is an old Maytag which is a standard in many Amish homes!

The bride gives the groom, her full attention!!

Happy Times

Hilarity at a Wedding!

He just finished feeding her wedding cake! A fun wedding, indeed!

Death Comes

Today I ponder death, as we buried my cousin, Gerald. His death left an empty spot, but we all have pleasant memories we will cherish.

Our local cemetery is quite familiar, since my wife and I, walk here often at the break of day!

A family cemetery where my great, great, great, great-grandfather, Jacob Raber was buried south of Charm, Ohio. He emigrated to America from Germany in 1837.

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My first Christmas morning taxi customer, as we were passing this eagle, wondered if I had ever seen it! I said no, pressed the red button for my hazard lights, and backed down the road, till I could get a good view of the bald eagle. I got out and grabbed a quick shot before going down the road. A nice gift by a thoughtful passenger, and we still arrived at our first destination two minutes ahead of schedule! In the coming year, let’s be alert to times when we can give gifts to others, even in simple ways, such as pointing out this regal bird to an avid bird photographer! Happy Holidays

My 95-year-old mother is stretching out the anticipation as she marvels at the wrapping paper on her gifts. I told her if she doesn’t hurry up, it will be Christmas till she gets the gifts opened! Of course it was Christmas! She had so much fun, as we also did, watching her excitement!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all our friends, whether virtual or otherwise! Trusting it will be a time of joy, hope and peace as many of you will be surrounded by family and loved ones.

Mixed feelings for us with funerals this week for a cousin, and a cousin’s husband. Christmas to remind us of the greatest gift of all, When God sent us his Son!!! The week will culminate with the wedding of a good friend! So may God give comfort to those that need comforting this season!

She saw the angel Gabriel!

I tried to post a 24 second video of the beginning of this 8 minute speech where my talented wife portrayed Mary the Mother of Jesus’s thoughts when 70 years old! My theme does not import videos. Does that mean I should upgrade. I guess If you want to see the video clip you will have to go to Facebook! Hope your Christmas Eve is a special time of celebrating with family/and/or friends!

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