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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cross & Flame


This is the steeple of the United Methodist Church in my neighborhood. I enjoy seeing this symbol of--to me--religious tolerance and inclusion in these times when faith is more of a competition. Right way, wrong way, my Jesus is better than your Jesus. The simple Protestant cross and double flame is an apt symbol of the Methodist teachings and practices. I've been on "sabbatical" from formal religion for many years. If-or when-I return to a church, this will be the one I return to.

Just for fun I played around with some Photoshop special effects. Here's steeple fresco:
Here's steeple colored pencil:

5 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

it makes for a striking photo against that blue sky.

i've been on sabbatical from religion for many years, but my faith remains plenty strong. :)

Jan n Jer said...

I love church steeples...wouldnt they make a nice meme each week!!!
I was raised methodist but have tired many different religions! Right now I am with The United Church of Christ...it is very similar to Methodist! That is a great shot n love the edits you played with Faye!

Debs Carr said...

There's a lovely crooked steeple in Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire and I've always thought it looked full of character.

Sayre said...

Love the fresco - it looks like a painting!

Living Life said...

I used to go to a Methodist church in my early teen years. I love how the steeple stands out against the bluest of skies! Nice edits too!