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Sculptures of Bygone Days

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In Darby, Montana stands a store the length of a city block that offers everything from candy to clothing to antiques to these beautiful sculptures.  I love how the artist molded such fine detail into the metal.

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One T-Rex took a tumble.

You can’t miss the place; it’s right along the main drag and well worth checking out!

 

 

 

 

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You Gotta Stop Wearing Your Wishbone Where Your Backbone Ought to Be – Elizabeth Gilbert — The Seeds 4 Life

We all have those days where nothing seems to be going how we want, which ultimately makes us grumpy and move around in a self-pitying slump. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with us doing this sometimes – it’s human nature. We’re not perfect, and we’re allowed to have the moments and weaknesses that show it. What’s…

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The Beautiful Thing About Fear Is, When You Run to It, It Runs Away – Robin Sharma — The Seeds 4 Life

Fear is more afraid of you than you are of it. And yet, it has such immense control over all of us. When did that happen, and why? Why are we so afraid of doing things, or of the outcome of doing things, that it keeps us from moving forward in life? Fears that we…

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Up. . .No, Down

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This absolutely made my day!  I love these balloons, even thought of going for a ride in one.  However, I lose all sense of balance just looking down a flight of stairs.  Those baskets up there look awfully small and I’d need a chest-high railing to ensure vertigo didn’t pitch me headlong over the side.  Given all that, I’m content remaining earthbound while watching and marveling at these visions of beauty floating silently overhead.

It was a usual Saturday morning.  I had just finished breakfast and was at the sink washing dishes when I noticed someone wandering through the adjoining field.  Two  more appeared along the road.  They seemed to be looking for something.  I stepped outside to see if I could help but immediately dashed back for my camera.

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Turns out those folks were the ground crew.  I could hear them shouting back and forth and then they lowered the landing ropes.

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By now at least a half dozen cars had stopped along the highway.  The balloon touched down, but as this field wasn’t the intended target, the crew floated it across the fence to an unoccupied lot.

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Unbelievable how huge these are!  And they are incredibly beautiful during the Night Glow segment of a balloon stampede.

Unfortunately, the excitement was short-lived.  Immediately after landing, the crew deflated the balloon, loaded it into a trailer and left.

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Even coming down it was pretty.  The balloon seemed to sigh while listing to one side and slowly collapsing.  I don’t know how they put all that material into a relatively small trailer.  That must have been a mechanized process.  At any rate, it didn’t take them long.

Maybe someday I’ll get up the nerve. . .

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What Christmas is All About

This post originally appeared on everthedreamerblog.com.

I love Christmas.  I have always loved Christmas, although I must admit that in my younger years it was the presents, decorations, and festivities I liked most.  I grew up hearing the Christmas story.  I knew all about the baby in the manger.  I knew all about how He was crucified, died and was buried, and then rose again on the third day.  But it was not until October of 1991 that I finally met Jesus Christ and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.  Christmas took on a whole new meaning after that.

I still enjoy the decorations and get-togethers with family and friends; but I detest the commercialism and the “gimme, gimme” attitude so often marring the season.  You rarely hear the old Christmas carols anymore and when you do they’ve been jazzed up with a rock ‘n roll beat.  And, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men?”  These seem to get thrown out the window when the stores open on Black Friday.  I’ve heard of people actually trampled to death and seen footage of shoppers punching each other’s lights out while struggling over a last available item.  And at a Walmart in a neighboring town, a driver shot and killed another driver over a parking space–right in front of the victim’s young son.

Peace on earth. . .Good will toward men.  Replaced all too often by, “me first.”  Christmas is not about presents, decorations, or parties.  It’s not about things or how much we can get.

So what is Christmas all about?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  Luke 2:8-14

That’s what–or, rather, Who–Christmas is all about: Jesus Christ, God’s Gift to mankind, graciously extended to all who will accept Him.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

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