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ABC’s of the Word – H   4 comments

For more ABC’s of the Word on the letter H head over to Pam’s at Grey Like Snuffie

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Posted September 11, 2008 by Lana G! in ABC's of the Word, Art, Bible, Bible Verse Photos, Photo, Photography

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Father Brown Quote   4 comments

“I know the Unknown God,” said the little priest, with an unconcious grandeur of certitude that stood up like a granite tower. “I know his name; it is Satan. The True God was made flesh and dwelt among us.  And I say to you, wherever you find men ruled merely by mystery, it is the mystery of iniquity.  If the devil tells you something is too fearful to look at, look at it.  If he says something too terrible to hear, hear it.  If you think some truth unbearable, bear it.  I entreat you to end this nightmare now and here.”

From The Purple Wig – The Innocence and Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton.

This book has 24 mystery short stories involving Father Brown a Roman Catholic Priest.  The mysteries are wonderfully written and you find yourself admiring the wisdom and humility of Father Brown and his knack for solving crimes and mysteries. 

Here’s a quote from the back cover of the book…

“For to hear Father Brown tell it, crime is a manifestation of sin: the criminal must be caught, but he or she must also be saved; the culprit has to be locked up, but the spirit must be freed.”

Good stuff!  I highly recommend this book.

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Posted September 9, 2008 by Lana G! in Art, Book Review, Books, Events, Fall, Fall Into Reading, God, Photo, Photography, Quotes, Reading

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Friday in Chicago   2 comments

Friday in Chicago was an action packed day! I wish I had a pedometer to find out how many steps we took because I know it was way up there!  We could not have asked for better weather!  The skies were blue and the temps were in the low seventies – PERFECT for what was in store for our day of exploring Chicago by foot!

We started the day with a walk down to Navy Pier to go on our Chicago River Architecture Cruise – a tour through Chicago’s “Forest of Skyscrapers”. 

“The Chicago fire of 1871 destroyed over 17,000 homes and buildings, but this tragedy gave the young city a mission to rebuild on a much grander scale.  Architects flocked to Chicago, eager to be part of the rebirth of a great city.  Their work led to the development of the first iron framed high rise, and then to the invention of the caisson system, which made possible the modern skyscraper.”

We were able to see the famous architecture that rebuilt Chicago into the great city that it is today.  What a beautiful skyline.  I would highly recommend the boat tour! 

Our next stop was a quick bite to eat and then off to Millennium Park – WOW!

The Cloud Gate on the AT&T Plaza  was our favorite!  Here’s the description of it:

“Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.

Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.”

A MUST TO VISIT – You will be amazed!

Next stop – yes this is still Friday – The Art Institute of Chicago…

The Art Institute of Chicago has a wonderful collection of art!  We wanted to see Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (the center picture in the top row).  This painting is amazing. Here is why…

 “Using newly discovered optical and color theories, Seurat rendered his subject by placing tiny, precise brush strokes of different colors close to one another so that they blend at a distance. Art critics subsequently named this technique Divisionism, or Pointillism.” 

We found some other paintings that really moved us (the second row). They were Job, Chagall’s White Cruxifixion, and Peter after denying Christ.  I forgot to get the artist’s name on the picture of Peter.  They are not sure who the artist is of the painting of Job. We really enjoyed the Thorne Miniature Rooms display.  We have always been impressed with Hopper’s paintings and purchased a 2009 calendar as well as a print of the Nighthawks. 

Okay, enough art and now on to baseball!  We took the El to Wrigley Field.  What a great venue!

We were quite impressed with the enterprising idea of having bleacher seats and suites atop the row houses all around Wrigley Field!  It was impressive to see all the different features of each location!

We then decided we would w.a.l.k. back to downtown Chicago from Wrigley Field.  That was over 5 miles!  But boy what a great way to see the diversity of this city! My camera battery was pretty much dead and I am contemplating ways of getting around this annoying dilemma! 

On the way back to the hotel we spotted the Rosebud Steakhouse located up the street from our hotel.  What a pleasant surprise this place was! Delicious and the service superb!

“A Rare Steakhouse Well Done”

All during the day we were treated to the different sites and sounds of the Chicago Air and Water Show.  Our night cap was their Firework Show.  This was the first time I saw a firework show that started with fireworks from airplanes and parachuters!  A great end to a great day!

Chicago is one of the finalists in their bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and from what we saw – we could see why!  It is a magnificent city. 

Chicago Day Two   5 comments

So, I had an earlier than expected start this morning!  As I was going to bed last night at 10pm, I called the front desk for a 5am wake up call.  I was sleeping soundly when at 2am, I received a phone call from the front desk asking, “was your wake up call for 5am or 8am?”  I was still half asleep so I said, “5am” and hung up.  My proper response should have been, “neither, apparently it is for 2am!”  

Needless to say, it has been a long day! Here are the highlights…

Ted Koppel spoke this morning at our general session:

He was pretty funny and had some great stories to tell.  The rest of day was filled with meetings and breakout sessions.  After the meetings, I took the shuttle bus back to the hotel and decided to do some more exploring and think about what to do about dinner since it was a free night. 

Michigan Avenue is a wonderful place to explore!  I got to see some more great architecture.  These pictures are of the Chicago Water Tower.  I love the contrast of the old and the new!

But, the really fun part was taking pictures of these dresses that were placed along Michigan Avenue!

 Each one had a different description. These were my favorite…

Clever, Clever, Clever! 

I was heading back to the hotel thinking I would just order some room service and call it a night.  But, I looked down this one street and saw a sign for Gino’s East and remembered that Hubby had told me about this place.  It’s known for its Deep Dish Pizza.  Well, when in Chicago one must have deep dish pizza! So I indulged!  OH MY!

And that one piece on my plate is all I could eat!  Delicious!  Truly Legendary!

Now I am going to try to get some uninterrupted sleep. I have decided not to ask for a wake up call.  Instead, I will trust the alarm clock in the room! 🙂 Good night all!

Posted August 12, 2008 by Lana G! in Art, Fun, Photo, Photography, Travel

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Photo Hunters – Metal   19 comments

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Metal Artwork we found in Sedona, Arizona last weekend!

And one more for Easter…

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Blessings to all this Easter Weekend.

Posted March 21, 2008 by Lana G! in Art, Outdoors, Photo, Photo Hunters

Wildflower Art   5 comments

Week 6 – February 20 – 26. Wildflower Art – Share art made by you or someone else that features wildflowers.

I found this piece at the Goodwill.  It was on the “Collectible” shelf which means the price is a bit higher than what you would expect at Goodwill.  I LOVE IT!  It was $14.  A steal in my opinion.

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I want the person who created this to know that I absolutely love their work and I am enjoying it completely! Thank you for the time and effort you took in designing it!  You make me smile – a lot!

For more Wildflower Art head on over to Wildflower Morning!

Posted February 19, 2008 by Lana G! in Art, Decorating, Flowers, Wildflowers in Winter

My Favorite Artist   8 comments

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Randi over at I have to say is hosting “Let’s Get Real  Monday”.  The theme is My Favorite Artist. I wanted to participate this week because I found a new artist that I am so enjoying: Deborah DeWit Marchant.  Here is a collage of her work:

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Here is my favorite for today:

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If you have a favorite artist you would like to share or want to see more artwork, head on over to I have to say

Posted July 2, 2007 by Lana G! in Art, Fellowship, Friends, Fun, Random, Summer