Sunday In The Park

Sunday in the park down the street from where I live.

Mittineague Park, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Sunday, October 1, 2017.

 

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“Here am I, the servant of the Lord”

In church today we read and prayed:

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
    my soul and body with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
    and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
    and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
    I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
    I have become like broken pottery.

~Psalm 31: 9-12

Susan turned to me as if to say, “This sounds like you.”

My body is tired. I suffer with stenosis and sciatica. I am in physical therapy. And my spirit is strong.

But I have my moments.

Will I have the strength to hike with my son in Colorado?

Will I have the strength to work in my garden?

Will I have the strength to stand in the kitchen and cook for Susan (Pictured here: salmon, her favorite)?

 

Will I have the strength to walk and stand for new portrait sessions?

When we returned home from church I read Psalm 39:

I said, “I will watch my ways
    and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,
    not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
    my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.[b]

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.
Save me from all my transgressions;
    do not make me the scorn of fools.
I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
    for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
    you consume their wealth like a moth—
    surely everyone is but a breath.

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;
    do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
    a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”

Okay. Not so dire as this. But I am at the age where I ask “What are you going to do with your time?”

I am going to get stronger. I am going to hike. I am going to garden. I am going to continue to cook. I am going to continue photographing people—-and birds and butterflies and streams and landscapes. In all that I do I am going to give praise to the Lord!

And the title verse in complete: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

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Gaining Clarity

Reading from today’s Daily Word:

“In prayer, I create a clear vision for my future.

“When I set goals, I pray for my way to be made clear. I center myself and turn to the quiet place within. In the stillness, I listen for divine guidance. What is mine to do? How am I to do it? Gaining clarity is the first step toward achieving my vision. I call to mind the image of a crystal clear glass of water and ask Spirit for the same crystal clear clarity of my future direction.

“I trust that my path is unfolding in the perfect way at the perfect time. All is in divine order. Divinely guided, I follow the clear path to my vision. Aligned with Spirit, I advance toward my goal with clarity and confidence. What was once beyond my reach is now within my grasp.”

What is mine to do? How am I to do it?

I continue to believe my ministry is about helping to make the world a more beautiful place with my photography. Building community. Being of service.

I continue to count my gifts. Daily. The counting an inventory of my life. Last year on day I wrote:

 

The Table Of Grace 
For Ann Voskamp  
 
This is
A Place
A Table
Round, of grace
A flowered tablecloth
A bowl of lemons and limes
Apples and oranges
We hold hands
Thank You God
For these gifts
We are about to receive
From your bounty
Through Christ our Lord
Amen.
A table of grace.
A world
Round, of grace.
This morning I saw a hummingbird.
Thank You God.
Yesterday
A cardinal in the garden.
Thank You God.
A day in April:
Playing Frisbee with Freddy
Early in the morning.
Thank You God.
Sitting outside in sunshine.
Thank You God.
Re-reading the book
Thank You God.
I have decided to look back at 2014 and choose a photo or two from each month and also note what I wrote that day. This being an exercise for me to strengthen my resolve to make 2016 a year of focused creation: new photos, new projects, new books, new poems, new recipes, new visions.
 
January 7
Up at 2:15 to feed Nadine and back to bed
Up at 6:15 to feed Nadine and back to be
Up at 7:00
Reading a passage from the book of Samuel
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
Selling merchandise to young woman at Susan’s mom’s house
Giving things away to poor/homeless with Susan
Prayer book from Debbie Williams arrived
Working on new website
Beef stew for dinner
Watching Mass on Catholic TV with Susan
Watching Jeopardy with Susan
Reading The Economist
Globe
February 2
Up at 6:00
Snow
Acts 17: Paul Preaches in Thessalonica
Matthew 7:7 Effective Prayer
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
No contractors
A short walk with Freddy in the snow
Birds at the feeder
Susan making oatmeal for us
Chicken on rye toast for lunch
An oatmeal cookie
A chocolate chip cookie
Mandarin Orange tea
Male and female cardinals at the feeder
Making chicken stock
A nap on couch, Freddy sleeping on my chest
Clearing driveway of snow
A walk with Freddy in snowstorm
Chili for dinner
Learning about The Double Victory
A call from my son
Early to bed
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March 28
Up at 1:00, 3:15, 5:30
Up at 6:30, Freddy barking
Crows on lawn
Light snow
A short walk with Freddy
Bacon and egg sandwich with Susan
Playing in backyard with Freddy
Luke 8:1-3 Woman Who Followed Jesus
Leftover pizza for lunch
Susan making us tea
Watching Restaurant Impossible, Ft. Bragg
Taking Freddy into package store to meet Rick
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April 26
Up at 5:30
Acts 9:32-43
Peter Heals Aeneas and Dorcas
“The news spread throughout the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.”
Roast chicken for dinner
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May 5
Up at 6:30
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
A long walk with Freddy
Leftover quiche for breakfast
Acts 13:1-3
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Taking Freddy to get a haircut
Depositing inheritance check
Lunch with Susan at Kaptain Jimmy’s
A short nap
Wine in backyard with Susan
Cheese and crackers for dinner
Watching Jeopardy with Susan
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June 22 (In Denver)
Up at 5:30
Talking with Susan on phone
Quiche for breakfast
Hiking Rocky Mountain National park with Daryl and Julia
Great dinner at Acorn
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July 17
Up at 5:30
1 Corinthians 6:1-20
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
A pasta frittata
Changing the litter box
Vacuuming
Food shopping
Susan switching the silverware
Susan pulling up daisies
Susan cutting Blue Thistle for me for vase
Mulching and seeing Swallowtail in garden
A trip with bags of grass to dump
Enjoying beer in backyard with Susan
A hug from Chef Monica
Good service from our bartender, Holly
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August 2
Up at 6:15
2 Corinthians 6:1-18
Paul’s Hardships and The Temple of The Living God
“Today is the day of salvation…..for we are the temple of the living God.”
A short walk with Freddy
Breakfast with Susan
English Muffins, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit
A long walk with Freddy
Vacuuming house
Making Hummus
Susan making grilled cheese with tomatoes
Mowing lawn
Making blueberry tart
Beer in backyard with Susan
Reading in backyard
Grilled buffalo burgers and potato salad for dinner
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September 6
Up at 5:15
Philippians 3:1-21
“I becomes righteous through faith in Christ……I press on to possess that perfections for which Christ first possessed for me.”
A short walk with Freddy
Salmon and scrambled eggs
Making tomato sauce
A long walk with Freddy
A nap
Sitting outside with Susan and Freddy reading
Pasta and shrimp for dinner with fresh tomato sauce
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October 10
Up at 6:45
A short walk with Freddy
Coffee with Susan
A long walk with Freddy
Photographing at Mittineague Park
Receiving British Baking Show Cookbook
Changing litter box
Vacuuming house
Food shopping
Mesquite chicken sandwich for lunch
Playing with Freddy in backyard
A beer with Susan
Grilled steak for dinner
Watching Inspector Morse with Susan
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November 22 (In Denver)
Up at 5:30
Yoga and coffee
Jazz Brunch at Dazzle
Great music
Visit to Denver Museum of Art
Seeing Andrew and Jamie Wyeth Show
Seeing two photography shows
Great dinner at Sushi Den
(I took a lot of photos in Denver and at The Garden of The Gods; here are a few):
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And a favorite photo from December.  My grand niece. Christmas Eve. Photographed in my mobile photo studio.
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And so Peace be with you.

Experience Friendly Banking at Farmington Bank in West Springfield

Two weeks ago I received an e-mail from Katrina at Farmington Bank inquiring if I had any photographs of Mittineague Park here in West Springfield.

I do. I am at the park often. Photographing the beauty of the fields. The stone bridge. The waterfall. You can see some photos here.

Here I am yesterday at the park:

Self Portrait

Katrina told me Farmington Bank was opening a new branch here in West Springfield and they wanted to display some art by local artists in the lobby.

Katrina bought this print of Mittineague for the bank’s lobby:

Mittineague Park

Last week I was at the West Springfield Post Office and noticed Farmington Bank was open. It is right across the street from the post office at 85 Elm Street. I went in to the bank to see my photo.

And I was greeted by three friendly people. Three smiling people. Three informative people. I was struck by their excellent customer service and their positive spirits.

I mentioned that my money was with a bank in Connecticut where I once worked for a photography studio. I further explained that I wanted to open an account here in West Springfield–making banking more convenient. I said I would be back.

And I did go back. Yesterday. I opened both a personal account and an account for my business, Bruce Barone Photography. And again Candice, Nicole, Nikki, and Syed were all very friendly and helpful.

Here is the bank’s display of art in the lobby:

Art at Farmington Bank

Clockwise from top left: Trolley on Elm Street, 1937; Old Covered Bridge, Around 1908; West Springfield Trust Company at 85 Elm Street; The Big E, by photographer Dan Villeneuve; corner of Elm Street and Westfield Street looking south; Memorial Bridge by photographer Kathy Bargar; West Springfield Trust Company at 85 Elm Street; Mittineague Park by me.

Farmington Bank is definitely worth checking out!

Farmington Bank is a full-service community bank with 23 branch locations throughout central Connecticut and western Massachusetts, with one additional branch scheduled to open in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts in the fall of 2015, as well as two more branches in Vernon and Manchester, Connecticut opening in 2016. Farmington Bank offers commercial and residential lending as well as wealth management services in Connecticut and western Massachusetts. Established in 1851, Farmington Bank is a diversified consumer and commercial bank with an ongoing commitment to contribute to the betterment of the communities in our region. Farmington Bank, with assets of $2.6 billion, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:FBNK).

Here is the bank’s press release about opening its first branch In Western Massachusetts.

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