An American Toad took cover on the side of the trail on one of my early spring hikes. As these small animals become more abundant it is a sure sign that the warm weather is here to stay.
Between 2014 and 2018 Australia and New Zealand will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since their involvement in the First World War.
The Anzac Centenary is a milestone of special significance to all Australians and New Zealanders. The First World War helped define them as a people and as nations.
During the Anzac Centenary they will remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women. [And I hope other nations will as well.]
The Anzac Centenary Program encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which they have been involved. And to honour all those who have worn the uniforms. The programs involved with the Centenary urge all to reflect on their military…
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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Francis of Assisi
It has been a little over a year since I started this blog and a lot has changed. As I was hiking this morning I began reflecting on how I have changed over the last two years. Obviously, my looks have changed and my health has gotten much better, which is why I first started my journey. My energy is up and I am a much more confident person.
I started this journey to lose weight and change the way I look. Over the past two years I have dropped close to two hundred pounds. I don’t weigh myself, so I don’t know exactly how much I have lost, as a way to keep from being disappointed. I know I started at around 380 pounds.
Along with changing my looks…
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While traveling the back roads of Kansas I am always looking for old houses and barns to photograph. This abandoned house sits a few miles from where I grew up. It sits inconspicuously on a hill hidden by trees from the highway that runs behind it that is less than a mile away. These old homes have so many stories tucked away in their walls and I am always challenged to tell their story. This was a late spring day just as the sun was setting and a storm was moving in.
I took one of my spring trips down to Shiloh National Military Park a couple of weeks ago to see the new eagle chicks. There are two eaglets this year. I did not see them, but their mother sat on this limb for a long time protecting her nest and her young. Witnessing amazing animals like bald eagles in the wild make spending time in nature worth every minute.