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Countdown to Christmas: “Images of Peace” 12/25/22

For this blog category, “Countdown to Christmas: Images of Peace,” each day between December 1 and 25, I share some of our photography that invites rest, peace, tranquility and love.

Christmas Day Peace and Love

If Truth be told, Christmas Day (and really every other day), should be about the one Force which has the potential to hold our lives and our world joyfully together …

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Countdown to Christmas: “Images of Peace” 12/24/22

For this blog category, “Countdown to Christmas: Images of Peace,” each day between December 1 and 25, I share some of our photography that invites rest, peace, tranquility and love.

Christmas Eve Peace

Weary travelers, from long ago, making their journey to Bethlehem.

I invite you to take a moment (well, one minute and thirty seconds to be exact) snd enjoy this sweet and peaceful little Christmas meditation.

Jacquie Lawson Cards

(The video is actually a beautiful virtual Christmas card I received last year from a friend.)

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Countdown to Christmas: “Images of Peace” 12/23/22

For this blog category, “Countdown to Christmas: Images of Peace,” each day between December 1 and 25, I share some of our photography that invites rest, peace, tranquility and love.

Parasols of Peace

I have always found umbrellas to be special handheld “harbingers of peace.” I believe it all started when I was just a wee little thing and would travel from my middle Georgia hometown of Macon up to the tiny north Georgia hamlet of Ball Ground, where my grandparents lived.

For my pre-teen summers I would spend a couple of weeks each July with my Granny Nix and her second husband Veto.

Just me. No parents. None of my four brothers. It was glorious.

Each weekday morning, I would go to work with Granny at the family-owned Frosty Bar (similar to today’s Dairy Queen). Granny let me stay behind the counter with her, while she made cheeseburgers and milkshakes. I would tiptoe up to the bar to hand the folks their food and then stay low to savor the leftover milkshake which Granny would pour into a little paper cup just for me.

But Sunday was the most special day! Granny and I would dress up and walk to the little country Baptist church nearby. As we left the house, she would position her purse strap on her right shoulder and then with her right hand, snap open her big flowered umbrella.

Her left hand reached for me, and we strolled leisurely and somewhat proudly down the dirt road, protected from the unforgiving Georgia July sun, underneath Granny’s lovingly protective parasol.

So when I snap open my own umbrella today, or just see an umbrella, I am thankful for the love and protection underneath.

HR and me protected from the rain.

Grandson Daniel in a production of Tuck Everlasting over on Hilton Head Island, SC.

With my 96-year-old dad

And like Granny, I also love colorful bumbershoots.

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Countdown to Christmas: “Images of Peace” 12/22/22

For this blog category, “Countdown to Christmas: Images of Peace,” each day between December 1 and 25, I share some of our photography that invites rest, peace, tranquility and love.

Peaceful Smiles

Granddaughter Grace

HR and our late buddy Susan
HR and me, with our friend Margaret
Ex-wife Donna and granddaughter Isabelle

Our friends at September Oaks Winery

(This could go on and on.)

You get the idea. A smile is definitely a declaration of peace and joy.

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Countdown to Christmas: “Images of Peace” 12/20/22

For this blog category, “Countdown to Christmas: Images of Peace,” each day between December 1 and 25, I share some of our photography that invites rest, peace, tranquility and love.

Beach Peace

One of the many great joys of living in Historic District Savannah is the easy fifteen-minute drive along the Savannah River and the marshes to Tybee Island (aka Savannah Beach) .

Grandtwins Matthew and Madison

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Countdown to Christmas: “Images of Peace” 12/19/22

For this blog category, “Countdown to Christmas: Images of Peace,” each day between December 1 and 25, I share some of our photography that invites rest, peace, tranquility and love.

Priestly Peaceful Fun

Yesterday, three of my grandchildren were baptized in the beautiful St. Thomas Episcopal Church, on Isle of Hope (isn’t that a cool name for a community?) near Savannah.

After the service, during picture-taking time with the Bishop, he paused to show the children his balancing skills with his staff (or “crosier”).

The kids and adults all joined God in laughing, appreciatively.