Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

You say Grand, I say ma!

When I think of the word grand, I think of my maternal grandma who helped raise me.  The youngest of four daughters born in 1912 to German immigrants that came to America during the turn of the 20th century after first settling in Canada, she was around for the “roaring 20’s” and bathtub gin.  Made it through the depression with a modest home after being left to raise her only daughter, my mother, when her husband died of tuberculosis in 1941.  She passed away in 1984 of the usual in our family, cancer, after retiring from a long career with one of Detroit’s major newspapers.

I remember the fabulous gifts she received from the editor and his wife, Lee and Tina Hills, at Christmas time as a thank you for her additional services for them by hand addressing their many Christmas cards each year.  She was selected because of her exquisite handwriting skills.  Something I did not inherit and partially due to the fact of being made to use my right hand as a lefty.  She and my Aunt Ruth taught me the art of sewing and organic gardening when I was a very young child.  Skills that have not gone to waste all these years.  I don’t know what I would have done without my precious grand ma, my rock.

The following are some interesting photographs of my grandma through the years.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

It was written that God said “Let there be light” and so started the world in a “big bang!”

The Bible states there are many references that Jesus made to light being truth because truth represented holiness.  Many people that have died and come back have mentioned going toward a light and there might be a reason for this.  Jesus wanted all of His children to walk in the light and to be a light for others.

Light is very important to all of us.  We need light to see, we need the light of the sun to grow our food and to be healthy.  As photographers, we know how crucial exact lighting is to our end results.

I believe that we all need to be raised in truth and light for what good is a life lived that does not make the world a better place for you being here?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

I have only made cinnamon rolls a couple of times in the last 40 years or so.  I stopped trying because the dough was never soft enough and they never turned out well at all even though I followed the recipes to the letter.

This may have been the problem.

After refusing to pay what Cinnabon charges for a sweet roll I decided to try one more time while changing up the basic recipe.  I was very pleasantly surprised to finally have made a batch of cinnamon rolls that were tender and delicious, an unexpected delight!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  Please do not over bake them or they will be on the dry side.  That is what happened with my next batch even though they still were tasty.


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