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Hoist The Colors

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I am a Blue Star Mother

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Insist on yourself; never imitate.

Your own gift you can present

every moment

with the cumulative force

of a whole life’s cultivation;

but of the adopted talent of another

you have only an extemporaneous

half possession.

That which each can do best,

none but his Maker can teach him.

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In The Market, As It Were

 

 

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A Pistol With One Shot

Ecstatically shooting everything in sight using my beloved Nikon D3100 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G prime lens.

Also capturing outrageous beauty left and right with my Nikon D7000 blissfully married to my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D AF prime glass. Don't be jeal.

And then there was the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f:3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom. We're done here.

Dying Is A Day Worth Living For

I am a taphophile

Word. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Great things are happening at

Find A Grave

If you don't believe me, click the pics.

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Dying is a wild night

and a new road.

Emily Dickinson

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REMEMBRANCE

When I am gone

Please remember me

 As a heartfelt laugh,

 As a tenderness.

 Hold fast to the image of me

When my soul was on fire,

The light of love shining

Through my eyes.

Remember me when I was singing

And seemed to know my way.

Remember always

When we were together

And time stood still.

Remember most not what I did,

Or who I was;

Oh please remember me

For what I always desired to be:

A smile on the face of God.

David Robert Brooks
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 Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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Keep To The Code

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You Want To Find This
The Promise Of Redemption

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I BELIEVED, AND THEREFORE HAVE I SPOKEN; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.

~ Ronald Reagan

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Not Without My Effects

My Compass Works Fine

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Monday
Dec152014

Signed, sealed, delivered: It's me and it's mine

Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate.

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So you won't believe what I'm about to tell you. But I can prove it.

My black-hearted pirate self has been thoughtfully and humorously rendered, caricature style, in an intricately-detailed custom-made hand-carved figure so marvelously authentic, so brilliantly wrought, that upon receipt of same into my hands, it became an instant heirloom.

A classic, as it were.

When the undertaker closes the lid on me? My kids will fight over who inherits this.

Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

To avoid confusion -- and a potentially irreparable rift in the family -- I shall amend my Last Will and Testament immediately, bequeathing said objet d'art to the Columbia Museum of Art, which institution shall likely display it in a permanent collection devoted to local noodles.

There, for all of posterity, not only those who survive me but the public at large may view and marvel at this extraordinary creation.

Allow me to explain how it came to be.

For several years -- practically my whole blogging life -- I have read and enjoyed the blog of one Mari Bruins of Allendale, Michigan.

Reading My Little Corner of the World is a delight because of the friendship I treasure with its owner, a kind and special lady whom I have never had the honor of meeting in person but who, for several reasons, is important to me nonetheless.

Those fortunate enough to have become acquainted with Mari through her blog have seen many instances of the enormous God-given talent of her husband, Bob, in the area of wood carvings.

He makes furniture and stuff too. Yeah. Bob's skill is not confined to whittling, no matter how elaborate.

In his meticulously-kept woodworking shop, I do believe Bob Bruins could make just about anything except maybe an atomic bomb.

So it was that, years ago upon marveling at pictures of Bob's wood carvings displayed and discussed on Mari's blog, I may have mentioned that I sure would like to someday own a pirate carving.

As in, wouldn't it be neat if Bob carved a pirate that I could maybe buy, if I could afford it? Because I don't know what it costs to commission a Robert Bruins original carving, but if it isn't a lot, it should be.

I promptly forgot all about the whole thing. Until last Friday night.

That's when I came home to find a box on the floor beside my desk where TG had put it after retrieving it from beside the front door, where FedEx had put it.

I could tell by the return address that the package had originated from a business in Allendale, Michigan. A business where, from reading his wife's blog, I know Bob Bruins is a manager.

Still, you could have blown me down with a feather when, upon unwrapping the box and a second box contained within the first box, my own pirate self in effigy emerged.

A hand-carved Jenny the Pirate standing approximately ten inches high, with a plate affixed identifying said treasure as such.

An original signed Robert Bruins art piece. My very own original signed Robert Bruins art piece.

I was a touch overwhelmed. TG and Erica were present when I opened my gift and honestly, their peals of laughter told me that Bob and Mari Bruins had pulled off a major coup.

So naturally I summoned the two miscreants on me pirate cellie and we had a conference call in which Mari revealed amid much chuckling on all sides that she'd never forgotten my stated wish to own a Robert Bruins carving in the form of a pirate.

And at some point in time this now quickly-waning calendar twelvemonth, Mari suggested to her beloved that this be the year when he created said pirate.

Bob chimed in, claiming he enjoyed making the pirate so much (using a photo of me to approximate my eyebrows, my rouged cheeks, my red-lipsticked lips, my black hair, my large-ish nose, and my curmudgeonly gaze, if not technically my normal wardrobe), that he was amused to the point of laughter multiple times during the process.

Robert Bruins is positively an elf! Aided and abetted by his sweet but cagey wife. She/they may be pirates same as me.

But don't you love my pirate attire, non-standard for me as it is? The coat, the crossbody belt, the red vest, the white ruffled blouse? Also I am sporting gold pirate swag on each hand. 

Jenny the Pirate's sword is magnificent, and the hat -- well. Pirate perfection.

You'll notice the boots, clearly of well-traveled genuine leather, a must-have for any pirate worth his/her salt, and the wood planks on which they are poised -- the deck, no doubt, of a beautiful boat. Ship.

Uh-oh. One or two pieces of eight seem to have escaped from the pirate's well-stuffed parcel of pelf.

Apparently there's a leak.

Even so, never shall I be without my effects. And the whole thing has that wonderful wood-and-varnish smell. I love it to the entire ocean and back.

When you have a moment, check out Bob's website By His Hands: Caricature Carvings by Robert Bruins.

So named due to Bob's giving all the credit to his Creator for the talent in his own hands.

In fact, Bob places a minuscule but significant handprint somewhere on each of his custom creations.

A special card affixed by a bit of twine to my pirate's leg reads:

When God formed man he figuratively left his hand prints on his creation. Genesis 1:27 says we are made in the image of God, reflecting his attributes and ways.

"By His Hands" carvings are the outcome of the creative gift God has given me. The mini hand print you will find on my pieces is there to give credit where it is due, to God alone.

Indeed. 

Jenny the Pirate's tiny symbolic handprint is strategically placed on its shoulder, where I most often need gentle nudges in the right direction.

As it should be.

Ever shall this magnificent and unique gift be displayed with love and pride in my home.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Bob -- you're a diamond, mate -- and Mari too. I may be a black sheep and a really bad egg, but I'm a truly grateful pirate.

Now bring me that horizon.

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Happy Monday ~ Merry Week-Before-Christmas

Reader Comments (14)

This is so cool! Thanks Mr. Bruins, this means so much to me as her son. I am jealous!

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Oh Jenny - we had the most fun with this! I loved watching all the little details emerge and I couldn't wait for you to get it.
For your information - you really don't have a big nose! Also, Bob said you were hard to to a caricature of, because he likes to accent wrinkles and laugh lines. He said you had such nice skin that it was hard to add character to your face.
Glad you are enjoying it. When you see it, you can remember that someone in Michigan loves you!

December 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMari

What a treasure...the friendship and the gift. Nothing better than that!

December 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGlenda

@Andrew ... Maybe I'll just leave my pirate to you in my will.

@Mari ... Oh girl I'm not the least bit vain about my big nose, haaahahaha! It's a common lament of mine but not in any seriousness. But it is GREAT to know Bob had trouble with my smooth skin! Haaahaha that's a compliment I can use. It's wonderful. I love my pirate and both of you! xoxo

@Glenda ... Indeed. The best part about Mari's friendship is that it's secure although, with extremely rare exceptions, we only stay "in touch" through one another's blogs.

December 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterJennifer

It's so cuuuuuute!!

December 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey

Well, I'll be - I just a few minutes ago admired Bob's Christmas ornaments; what a talent indeed. I'm SO happy for you Jenny~it couldn't have happened to a nice pirate!

P.S.
Yes, I believe you should WILL this to Andrew.

xoxo

December 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSally

@Audrey ... I know right? Kissable, huggable, lovable, unbelievable!!!

@Sally ... Isn't Bob SOMETHING? Such talent, it bowls me over. I feel so fortunate to have been given this cherished thing. And I really think Andrew should be the one to have it upon my unfortunate but eventual demise!!!! xoxo

December 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterJennifer

I'm sure you've got the "Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!" down to a science.

December 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSkunk

@Skunky ... the aarrrrrrrrrrrghhh is woven into the very fiber of my being! Merry Christmas to ye, mate!

December 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterJennifer

Good luck to the family topping this gift this year.. (not gonna happen). How perfect for you and he really did capture you, i am impressed. Yes - it appears Andrew has laid claim to the pirate. What a lovely, thoughtful gift. I can imagine, (yes, I really can) how thrilled you were opening this box and being amazed. (it's always the little things that do it, and in this case little as in 10"). Enjoy - it deserves a place of honor!

December 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJan Bertolini

@Sallie ... You're so right. I told Bob and Mari, they couldn't have come up with any other plan that would have delighted me more. It was a moment, the kind that is unexpected and so all the more memorable. xoxo and Merry Christmas to you my friend.

December 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterJennifer

How wonderful, love it!

December 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterirene

I have done quite a number of carvings the past few years for people, but never have I had as much fun as I did doing "Jenny the Pirate." I put a lot of myself in each piece and it does my heart good to see the recipient enjoy it as much as you have.

December 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBy His Hands Bob

@Irene ... As you are a stellar artist in your own right, that's quite a compliment. Bob and I both thank you! xoxo

@Bob ... You'll never know how much it meant. Thanks again, friend.

December 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterJennifer

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