Lights in the Darkness

Flickering candle flames are mesmerizing. It’s hard to avert your eyes.

They cast a flattering light.

The sound of the strike of a wooden match. Tapers on a dinner table. The evening’s about to begin.

Lighting votives in the alcove of a church offers comfort when there’s really nothing else one can do.

Skinny candles on birthday cakesthe smell of wax and smoke after you make your wish, blow them out.

Everyone’s getting those battery operated, remote control, waxy but not real flame candles these days. No carbon marks on paint behind picture frames. No danger of setting the house afire.

I’ve got a set on the mantel right now. Need a load of double AAs. Make them glow again.

The wavering lights of true flames, hypnotize me.

Create shadows on the walls.

Light up a winter night.

H.B.T.Y.

Night Walk in Bloomfield

Neighborhood.

Steve and I were walking around Bloomfield Monday night. We grabbed a bite at Lot 17.

Bus on Friendship Ave in front of West Penn Hospital

Once I photographed this duo in the snow.A little Christmas tree with lights.

Did you ever play ItalyOpoly?Merante’s Store on Liberty Ave

Unretouched Photo of formerly St. Joseph Church now St. Maria Goretti . How about that pink?

Wooden bear outside Green Market carved by George. A Vietnam Vet.

A Face in the Crowd

This week’s challenge was just that- a challenge.

A Face in the Crowd. Or two or three or four……..

Austin TXPNC Park tailgate/ Wedding

Wedding -Fredericksburg TX

Zion Apostolic McKeesport PA

Panza Gallery, Millvale PALion Dance Strip District Pittsburgh Marathon

First Communion Columbus OH

Below-Kennywood Amusement Park Pittsburgh Plunge

New York City

Swim Meet Columbus OH

Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/a-face-in-the-crowd/

“What Does Silence Look Like?”

“What does Silence look like?” asks Cheri Lucas Rowlands who created this week’s photo challenge- Silence

This photo taken in Istria, Croatia in 2008.

A church sign.   Blog followers may have seen it posted in 2012 and remember. It seemed perfect for the challenge.

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and on the home front (well, Laura and James’ home)  Anna and Penny taking a nap before swim practice.

The wooly Afghan knitted by my paternal grandmother  Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks b. 2/7/1892

Berlin Landmark Reminder

Gedächtniskirche.

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Berlin Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church built in 1895.

Peek at the results of war- WW2 bombing raid.

“The Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is the symbolic centre of West Berlin, an anti-war memorial to peace and reconciliation.“

And note the rapid weather change from the front of the church- sun and blue sky to  sudden gray, rainy sky as we walked around to the back.

Brandon and Ruth Wedding Sneak Peek

Brandon and Ruth got married today at Zion Apostolic Assembly in McKeesport PA.

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Brandon and Ruth Wedding steps 672.jpgHere are the bride and groom with their families on the church steps.

I had the happy task to document their wedding day. Wishing them all the best, always.

Cakes and sweets by Miss Cheryl Lewis

 

St. Joseph at St. Michael in St. Augustine

St. Joseph Feast Day March 19     IMG_3592

 

You might remember another St. Joseph Feast Day post  Carmela baked all of these breads

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 NPR story about zeppoles (pastry) – Providence Rhode Island at LaSalle Bakery

and click to read a collection of St. Joseph Day recipes at the New York Times