Boundless Hope Dressed in Everyday Clothes

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One reason that I love photographs is that they frame life in beautiful, small, graspable visions.  Putting the usual in the lens in an unusual or lovely way.  Seeing what we think of as ordinary and making it extraordinary.  We know that we are surrounded by beauty and joy, but seeing it captured on camera immortalizes it somehow, helps it to stay fixed and perfect in our minds.  Hope and joy are around us everywhere; we just have to be able to recognize them in their everyday clothes.  Slainte, Lisa

Viewing History


Hundreds of years past today, our descendants will look back at 2013 and ponder, pontificate and conjecture about our culture, our political movements, our ancient houses and inventions, which by then will be obsolete.  Which rather freaks me out, as it’s hard to think past tomorrow, much less hundreds of years from now when I am singing and hopefully flying(!) in Heaven.  🙂

Take Blarney Castle, for example.  Now, visitors from all over the world travel to the elusive and fabled “Blarney Stone” to kiss the lay-on-your-back, bend-backwards and downwards-stone to receive their Irish gift of gab.  But when Cormac McCarthy lived there in the 1400’s, he didn’t foresee all that.  He was just trying to keep Britain from taking the castle, by stalling, planning banquets for the invaders, and finally escaping attack by using the underground tunnels to go to Kerry and Cork.  He was living his life, and hopefully living it well.

So I’m not going to think about this any longer….I’m going to try to live my life today well, no looking back, and looking forward in hope.  And I pray the same for you.  Slainte, Lisa


When I’m thirsty, only cool plain water really satisfies. There’s not much better than being really parched, and gulping down big swallows of cold water.  Before you think this is an ad for Dasani or something 🙂 , let me show you a picture of some beautiful water in County Cork.  Listening to the flow of the water drowns out my troubled thoughts, my worries, my plans momentarily.  There’s just the water, the sounds, the peace.

Cool, clear water in County Cork


Lyrics – Horatius Bonar  Tune – VOX DILECTI 

 I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give  

The living water, thirsty one, stoop down & drink & live”

I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life giving stream

My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him.

 Go ahead; go on and drink some water…lots of it.  Have a wonderful day.

 Slainte, Lisa