“This is the main difference between the Gospel and philosophy. Although the philosophers speak on the subject of morals splendidly and with praiseworthy ability, yet all the embellishment which shines forth in their precepts is nothing more than a beautiful superstructure without a foundation, for by omitting principles, they propound a mutilated doctrine, like a body without a head.” Paul [in Romans 12:1-2] lays down the principle from which all the parts of holiness flow.” John Calvin

The Way We Walk

In Complimentary Ways

You'll see Jenn walking Tessa on leash. But you may have noticed that in many of my photos, Tessa is wandering the scene. We parent our dog differently, but in complimentary ways. Dad's are always more fun.

Sitting with Hacky Sacks

Silliness at Home

Jenn bought the kids hacky sacks for Christmas. Instead of using their feet, they throw with the hands and tickle each other with silly faces. Once they get tickled, it's hard for them to stop laughing. It doesn't take long for us parents to say, "Okay, that's enough!"

Grilled Cheese for Lunch

A slice of life on a Christmas season Saturday

Here's a photo of my wife Jenn and daughter Calire this Christmas season on a both leisurely and busy Saturday. Claire is enjoying a grilled cheese, prepared by my my wife Jenn, who is in the background preparing hers. The Christmas tree is framed by the doorway into our living room and you can also see other significant bits of our life: the dogs bowls in the bottom left, the espresso machine which jumpstarts every day with espresso, the outdated and cluttered kitchen, which works just fine, the photo board to the right, which is reguarly updated with prints. 

I've never enjoyed taking photos more than with my latest camera, a Leica M10. Looking through that optical rangefinder is wonderful. It allows me to see real life rather than looking at the electronic version on an iPhone screen or the electric viewfinder of so many of the latest cameras. Framing can sometimes be challenging, as I've always had a zoom lens with a wide angle, but now I look for ways to layer elements, and include portions of objects instead of the entire object. In some ways my photography has taken a step back (such as quickness and nailing focus), but in other ways it's taking a stride forward. And I'm capturing bits of life that normally don't get captured or appreciated. 

Cost Plus WorldMarket

The Costplus World Market has been in the same location, by Toys R Us, for as long as I can remember. It's one of the few niche stores that has not been replaced by something newer. I'm so glad that they continue to survive. Now my own children love to browse and find things.

Jenn, holding a gather sign. Given that this is so close to Thanksgiving, she thinks perhaps people have replaced "give thanks", with gather.

We love this mirror hung on the wall, but have no clue if it's for sale. It was the only one we found. 

Do you know what sitcom this product can be found in?

Bowling and Pinball

At Cambrian Bowl

We bowl with the gutter gaurds up. At times the bowling ball is bouncing back and forth several times before hitting the pins. Are we bowling or playing pinball?! And it's always suprising when Claire throws the ball so slow that a crawling toddler would win the race, yet with hardly any movement, the ball manages to know nearly every pin to the floor. 

We had fun. I definitely recommend going to an old school bowling alley without any screens to distract. I can't stand the new places with darkened lighting, glowing pins, and screens across the wall. I feel as if I'm seeing double as I try to focus on the pins. 

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