Why a Loving Heart?

Tomorrow is February 1st and many people will be turning their thoughts to love and Valentine’s Day.

Today I am thinking of the powerful and inspiring message Susan and I heard yesterday at Edwards Church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

I am a long-time member of the church. My children, Danielle and Daryl, were both baptized at the church and attended Sunday School; I even served as a Sunday School teacher a few times!

But yesterday was the first day I attended services in a long time (Danielle, who is getting married at the church on June 25 of this year, sat with Susan and I, along with her wonderful fiance, Mike.).

It was, for me, a happy homecoming. I was greeted by many old and dear friends: The Rev. Peter Kakos; David Kidwell, the minister of music; and Bill, Sue, Janet, Sandra, Chris, Nancy, Jim, Mark and others. Stephanie waved from the choir, which, I might add, is one of the greatest choirs in all of New England!

But more importantly was Peter’s sermon message. A message about how we can best nourish our spirit and soul. A message about the importance of fellowship. Of music. Of prayer. Of love.

Today, the words of Paul the Apostle resound within me:

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or clanging cymbal”

Love, I believe, is essential to my communication with others.

And love is the most important part of any message that I communicate to others.

It is love that fuels my vision, my art. And it is love that directs me to share this art and vision with the world.

Love guides my Nature Photography:

Love prospers my Portrait Photography:

Love blesses my Documentary Photography:

Wherever I go, I believe, the light of love goes with me, and I add something of enduring value to that which I take part. Loving words and acts, gifts, art, say what perhaps nothing else could.

So I begin and end all my conversation and photographic creations from a loving heart.

“Faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
and the greatest of these is love.”
1Coriunthians 13:13
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Chloe

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Kaitlyn Dzenutis Tarpey

Former Miss Teen America:

Photo by Bruce Barone.
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A smart and kind and fun and warm and witty person.


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A Poem & A Photo

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

“Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening”
~Robert Frost

Photo by Bruce Barone.
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See The Chest and Front Yard!

First thing this morning, after a night of snow:

The Chest That Grows Peas From Its Drawers In Summertime.

I felt compelled to shovel the entire driveway:

Self Portrait. January 27, 2011.

Then, I came inside the house (My heart was still beating.), showered, and started work on a new website which will be devoted to only my wedding photography.

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Tuesday; A Day in a Life

Woke to new snow:

Got caught up on all my ironing:

Then I made myself a BLT:

 Went with Susan to Bridal Dress store to help her choose a dress for my daughter’s wedding:

We particularly loved the dresses from Dessy:
“What do you think, Bruce?” Susan said:

 Susan found a dress. Susan bought a dress. Susan was happy. We were both happy. Are happy (So sorry, no pictures until the wedding day–June 25, 2011):

Then we stopped to buy an important ingredient for dinner and the evening conversation:
Our last stop was the town library where I renewed a few books:
And I had time having fun developing some new strategies for my wedding photography:
This is what I did and documented today?
What did you do!

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Monday To-Do List

Self Portrait. Monday, January 24, 2011.

Pick up framed photograph out on loan:

Linea. Photo by Bruce Barone.

Buy cat food for Nadine:

Nadine. Photo by Bruce Barone.

Change color photo of Victorian Purple fence to black & white:

Snow, Fence, and Shadows. Photo by Bruce Barone.

Edit photo from photography conference for new index photo:

Portrait of Becky. Photo by Bruce Barone.

Send greeting cards to Blogger friends:

Angel Card. Photo by Bruce Barone.

Make sure I have all ingredients to make Mushroom Lasagna:

Mushroom Lasagna. Assembled and Ready to Cook. Photo by Bruce Barone.
You can find the recipe for Mushroom Lasagna at Bruce’s Kitchen.
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Mushroom Lasagna

I said to Susan, “Who makes mushroom lasagna on a Monday.”

I do!

Quoting Florence Fabricant (New York Times, January 17, 2011; “Pairings”):

“Like pinot noir, mushrooms are Oregon’s pride, another gift of terroir. The complex flavors in those wines and their bright acidity make them a dandy foil for a sumptuous lasagna. I used an assortment, wild chanterelles if available, cultivated but exotic customers like oyster if possible. Some chestnuts intensify the earthy notes. There is even a tempting option to slip in a whisper of black truffle.”

Mushroom Lasagna. Ready to go into the oven.

Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

1/4 pound pancetta, sliced thin and slivered
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 large garlic cloves, slivered
1 pound mixed mushrooms, sliced (shiitake, cremini, oyster, chanterelle, porcini, etc.)
12 chestnuts, roasted, peeled and quartered (fresh, jarred or frozen)
12 sage leaves, slivered
Salt and pepper
2 1/4 cups milk
6 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter or black truffle butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 pound pasta for lasagna, preferably fresh, parboiled if dry
3 ounces grana padano, grated.

Directions

1. Cook the pancetta in a large skillet over medium-low heat, stirring, until the fat starts to render. Increase the heat and cook a few minutes more, until the pancetta barely begins to brown and crisp. Transfer it to a dish. Add the oil to the pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened. Stir in the mushrooms and sauté over medium heat until they wilt. Stir in the chestnuts and sage. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Scald the milk. Melt 6 tablespoons butter or truffle butter on low heat in another saucepan. Whisk the flour into the melted butter. Cook briefly, then gradually whisk in the warm milk. Continue whisking and cooking until the sauce is thick and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with the remaining butter. Cover the bottom of the dish with a film of the sauce, then cover it with a layer of pasta. Spread with half the mushrooms, scatter half the pancetta on top and sprinkle with a third of the cheese. Spread a third of the sauce on the cheese. Repeat the layers. Cover with the remaining pasta, spread with the remaining sauce and scatter the rest of the cheese on top.
4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.
Yield: About 8 servings as a first course, 4 to 6 as a main course.

Let’s eat!
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Composure

Portrait of Nina. Photo by Bruce Barone.
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