Appreciating the Present: A Christmas Tale

This would be the last Christmas on our land. The land where we had chopped firewood, planted trees, dug a pond, raised various animals, and pulled weeds out of a huge garden. In a few months, when the trees, weeds, and cornfields would be full and green, we would move 15 miles away to a city of 13,000 people. For now, it was still business a usual, opening gifts on a cold December morning.

1981-12 Christmas Justin (4) Tractor
Me (4), Christmas 1981, armed with a tractor.

Like many toys from the era, this Ford tractor was mostly metal and could have easily doubled as a weapon—I had it for many, many years. Also, notice the large white Bible on the TV—we had it for many, many years as well. Continue reading “Appreciating the Present: A Christmas Tale”


Collage #2: Dabbling in Minimalism

I got such a huge response from my first collage post (literally no one said a single word about it), that I decided to continue on with what I’m sure will be my legacy.

Collage 02 2002 Front (800x634)
Assembled by me, sometime in 2002.

My second foray into collages was barely collaging at all. My minimalism got the best of me. Continue reading “Collage #2: Dabbling in Minimalism”