FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE. BLESSINGS FROM BOYER WRITES
“All that glitters is not gold.”
Do you know where this term originated? For our Thanksgiving post, I’d like to share with you a bit of history…and say that this is a most true statement. We think of solid gold that has great value, as in jewelry or other ornaments. Sometimes we even speak of people as being “worth their weight in gold.” Gold is a precious commodity. Nations have fought over it. Great gold pieces have been stolen from one land to another. Gold miners hoped to strike it rich and bet everything in their lives to seek its source. Yet, there are some things that are even more wonderful than gold.
“The original form of this phrase was ‘all that glisters is not gold’. The ‘glitters’ version long ago superseded the original and is now almost universally used.
“Shakespeare is the best-known writer to have expressed the idea that shiny things aren’t necessarily precious things. The original editions of The Merchant of Venice, 1596, have the line as ‘all that glisters is not gold’. ‘Glister’ is usually replaced by ‘glitter’ in modern renditions of the play…
Various different ways of expressing the idea that ‘all that glitters/glisters is not gold’ were in general circulation well before Shakespeare’s day and it was a common enough notion to have been called proverbial by the 16th century. The 12th-century French theologian Alain de Lille wrote:
“Do not hold everything gold that shines like gold”.
Geoffrey Chaucer also expressed the same idea in Middle English in the poem The House of Fame, 1380 –
“Hit is not al gold, that glareth”.
Nevertheless, it is Shakespeare who gave us the version we now use.” (The Phrase Finder)
So often the color, yellow, is associated with gold. The sun shines a ray of golden light onto the earth to bring us the things that do not sparkle, as may real gold, but can be enjoyed by both rich and poor. It is God’s gift to share with us the beautiful golden colors of Fall and throughout the universe with the golden twinkle of a star. A stripe of gold may adorn a small bird, a little flower, a sunset and many other things on earth. Even the color on my “golden” retriever, Gracie, is a special beauty…and she did not glitter…but oh, was so precious. We have “golden” anniversaries and friendship that we would not trade for even a tiny speck of gold. We are blessed beyond the price of gold with God’s love to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Yes, not all gold glitters..or in Shakespearean days, “glisters.”
Boyer Writes brings you one of the most beautiful works of photography in this video entitled: “Sun Paints us Gold” by Tim Janis
If you are working, sleeping, reading a book, or doing something special, I highly suggest you turn off your phones, TVs with all the bad news, and relax with the video below. Less stress may even lengthen your life.
This morning, I went out and looked at my sunflowers with tiny bees (or insects..hard to say) enjoying their breakfast. God’s world of nature is totally relaxing. I thought you might like to see a picture…enlarged for viewing details.
Many of the pictures shown in the video below, with the beautiful music, are of Fall leaves. For all of us here in Florida and elsewhere in the country…and the world that have sweltered through the summer, a breath of Fall air would be a wonderful relief.
God’s blessings to all of you. from Boyer Writes
Video of relaxing music:
After a trip to Greece this year to follow the “Footsteps of St. Paul”, the inspiration came to share my photography and words of Holy Scripture that St. Paul spoke to the early churches. He and the men and women during the years of spreading the Gospel through missionary journeys suffered greatly the persecution that eventually led to his beheading in Rome. Because of them, we have the writings of the Holy Scriptures today of the good news of the Christian faith.
Follow with me now some of his words to the Jews in the Synagogues, the faithful in the churches and to us, the modern day church. I have included archeological finds and ruins as well as the amazing monasteries of Meteora.
This devotional is now available on Amazon in paperback and e-Book form.
All books written by N.W.Boyer for adults and children (click on each book for more info)
Today I want to introduce my readers to a man who has found his direction in a most unusual way. I write about him because in my previous blog, I talked about “New Directions.” This man has followed his passion after leaving a profession as a sailor and it has led him to more than he could have ever imagined. His name is Caras Ionut (or Ionuţ Caraş in the Romanian language ) His specialty is manipulating photography in a surreal style.
“In his work, he uses his own photographs, which he inserts, composes and colorfully adjusts in a suitable way. In his dream works, physically impossible scenes arise, such as a little girl hanging on a swing hundreds of feet above the ground, an elephant riding a bicycle, a little girl riding on the back of a huge fish, and the like. Ionut often puts man in his paintings. Often they are small children, but also special people not fit into the standard society. Roamers, beggars, comedians, and so on. Their image is enhanced by a dark landscape with old trees, dark sky, mist, mountain scenery or rainy weather. Often, the element of umbrella, ships, water, rocks or birds (such as ravens) is repeated in his work. Ionut’s inspiration for his works draws from his dreams in the night, from the colors of autumn and winter. He works as a professional photographer and a retoucher, offers courses and tutorials for those who want to learn how to digitally manipulate photos… Many of his images have been used for book covers, audio cd, bank advertisements, website materials, local publications, prints, and many other uses. He now has many clients…such as Stephen King and others…” (Wikipedia)
Below are three sets of slides for you to enjoy. Take your time and study them for the creative side is excellent. I’m not certain if the child he often incorporates in his photography is his own, but the combination of the “impossible” with the real is somewhat chilling, but very interesting.
- THE IMPOSSIBLE
- DRAMATIC NATURE
- THE WARMTH OF ORDINARY PEOPLE
Look around you for the beauty that is in YOUR path…
Credit: All photography by Caras Ionut
May you be blessed this week as you go about the things you are doing. Take a few minutes to play this in the background…for peace and comfort.
God is in the wind, the rain and the stars. He is beside you now…unseen, but present. Make time to feel His presence through music.
Video: St. Paul’s music for your relaxation
We often say “thank you for your service” to those who have served in our military as veterans or those on active duty. Very important also are those who go into harm’s way to cover and photograph the scenes that we would never see. These can be heart-breaking scenes of the dead, wounded or dying…especially when there are children involved.
Who are these people who give so much of their time and lives to documenting vivid accounts of life, death or critical situations? They are journalists and photo journalists. We owe them a great deal of gratitude. They keep us informed and in doing so, often pay a great price.
Take a long, hard look at these faces. 804 journalists have been murdered and killed worldwide since 1992. (JPC..Committee to Protect Journalists ) This, of course, does not include the women journalists who have been raped or men brutalized while covering world events. Neither does it include those who are still in captivity in various countries. They should not be forgotten and every effort should be made to have them released.
Pictures of some of the Journalists who have died
20 Deadliest Countries as of 2014 (according to CPJ) If you click on any of the blue words, you can see a list of each person, by name, who died and how.
Today, I would like to feature only one such photo journalist. Chris Hondros, who was killed by a rocket propelled grenade in 2011, while in Libya on an assignment.
Chris’ parents were immigrants from Greece and Germany. They first came to New York and then moved Chris to North Carolina when he was a child. He earned a degree in English Literature from N.C State University and went on for his Masters from the School of Visual Communications in Ohio. Because of his great interest in world events and world conflicts, he photographed throughout the world in Iraq, Liberia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq and many more places.
Throughout his career, Chris received many awards for his work and in 2004 he was a Nominated Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for his work in Liberia. He after was a guest speaker and writer about his experiences. Journalism will miss this man of many talents and his bravery to reach out to the world…that we may know truth through his documentation.
Pictures photographed by Chris Hondros (All Getty Images) in this slide presentation:
I have a blogging friend in the UK. We enjoy reading each other’s blogs and find friendly ways to agree and disagree. Stephen has nominated me as for a quotation challenge and I, in turn, have nominated bloggers who are worthy of note. (Thanks, Stephen)
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
- What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God. Hans Urs Balthasar (Priest from Switzerland 1905-1988)
- Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Sir Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of the UK. born 1874- died 1965)
- As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963 35th President of the United States who was assassinated at the age of 46.)
I always like quotations that are uplifting, challenging and inspirational. If they are politicians, I may not be on the same thought wave…but appreciate any words that have meaning to me personally or to this troubled world in general.
Here are the rules for the Quotation Challenge and my nominees, who have blog sites worth notation. If you have not seen these sites, please take a look. You’ll be glad you did.
1.) Either once a day for three days, post a quotation, or post all three quotations at one time. It is your choice.
2.) Nominate and notify three other bloggers of the challenge.
3.) Thank the blogger who nominated you.
The nominees are under no obligation to complete this challenge, but it would be fun if they do. Plus, this will introduce them to a whole list of new readers.
My NOMINEES for the Quotation Challenge are:
The mountains of Virginia have been buried in snow and shortly the mountain will awaken to the warmth of the sun. I’d like to introduce you to Photography by Boyer. Throughout the summer, I will be sharing my photographic adventures. At times, it may even be a travelogue through pictures. If you are interested in photography and would like to be notified when pictures are uploaded on my photography blog, just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ) or follow on Photography by Boyer.
See the photography of the beautiful Blue Ridge during our stay in 2015 on this link:
Tired and weary of the daily news? Politics: hearing the same talking points over and over… and man’s (or woman’s) inhumanity to man that pull our thoughts into the bad, the ugly, the terrible? So am I and that is why I decided my post on this blog today would be the absolute beauty of the world and the animals that inhabit it. We need a break.
The amazing photography of Joe Riis gives us a close-up view of what is often hidden from us. This particular video takes us out into the miles of land that migrating deer cross each year. It shows the obstacles that animals must navigate around as they enter our inhabited territories. Just for a brief few minutes, give your mind a rest and focus on beauty. Replay it if it goes by too fast. We all need a breather from the things that haunt our thoughts.
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I remember the time that I looked out a window and the world seemed “ugly”. This was when I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was going to have to pick up my three small children and leave an abusive situation. It was not an easy decision, but it had to be made….for my sake and for theirs.
When one loses someone through death, divorce, or even a strong relationship within a family or without…there is a time of mourning. Sometimes it includes depression and time to find a new beginning. Fortunately for me, I found a new purpose in life. After 33 years of a second marriage, I am grateful each day that I was blessed in such a wonderful way. Each day can bring a sadness that we least expect. Dealing with it is like climbing a high mountain…or swimming against rough waves. With faith and love, it can be done.
Creativity has also been one of my outlets…whether art, photography, music, decorating or writing. When I saw this video below, I felt it was something I needed to share it with my readers. Perhaps what Kirsty Mitchell, from England, found after the death of someone she loved will speak to you also. My advice is to stick with this…even if the first few scenes seem a bit strange…stretch your understanding. It is a beautiful story.
To immerse one’s soul in a quiet place…whether it is a walk in the woods or simply looking at a leaf or twig very closely…very, very closely is my challenge to you today. Below are some slide presentations that I made a few years ago, while examining up close and personal some parts of nature not seen by many. Since photographing these, they have been blown by the wind…kissed by the rain…never to be the same again.
SLIDE PRESENTATIONS IN NATURE: (Scroll down to see all the slide shows)
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EYES TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
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SEED VAULTS AMAZING CLOSE UPS
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NATURE AND CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY BY N. BOYER
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BONSAI…IN NORTH CAROLINA
FLORAL BEAUTIES…ORCHIDS AND MORE
When you were born, you had a mother. She may have been a good mother who gave you the attention and love that you needed. For some, unfortunately, mothers do not always fit that description. A child has to fend for his/herself and try to make some sense of life.
For those who had mothers who said too many times:
- Be home on time
- Call me to let me know exactly where you are and who you are with
- Eat your vegetables
- Wash behind your ears and brush your teeth
- Calm down
- and much more
I am sure some of you paid no attention to this advice, but went your own way…or paid part-time attention to these words of wisdom. However, as we grow older, we realize that mother often was right about many things, whether we believed it or not at the time. She may have saved us from some problems…accidents…and more.
Recently, I saw a video which proves without a doubt that “Mama knows Best”. Even an animal knows when her little one is in danger….and will go to great lengths to save it from the dangers of the world… especially those made by man.
Thank you to Ricky Forbes who photographed this in the Kootenay National Park in British Columbia
This weekend you will be able to see a super moon. What exactly is a super moon and how often can you see it?
FACTS ABOUT THE SUPER MOON:
According to Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd of earthsky.com “…a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with moon in its nearest approach to Earth.”
The super moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a normal moon. The wolves will be howling and the sky bright during the Super moon, when the lunar orbit is closest to the Earth.”
LIVE WEBCAST.…if you can’t see it from where you are.
If you are interested in watching live webcast of the super moon on Sunday beginning at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 June 24 GMT), courtesy of the online Slooh Space Camera, an online sky watching website. Simply click here (http://www.slooh.com).
Here are a few pictures that I took on Saturday from my home in Florida…after a rain had just passed through. There it was…the Super Moon! (pictures below)
PS….Tonight, Sunday, I was down by the lake waiting for the next great show of the Super Moon….when along floated a big one…perhaps out to watch the moon as well. Just had to share his picture even though it was getting pretty dark. Thought I better go back to the house to watch the live webcast…..not that I was afraid of a 10 foot gator or anything…even though they can run 30 miles per hour and can be aggressive when they are looking for a mate. Just adds to the drama of the night!
We all want to be accepted. It really doesn’t matter who we are or what we have in common with someone else…just accept us for who we are and don’t worry about the rest! Is this true? It seems to be the socially and politically correct thing in the world today. Just accept everyone…or most everything. We can get philosophical and remind ourselves of some of the things that we think of as acceptance:
ACCEPTANCE OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS:
- Catholic Christians.. Understanding beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church, acceptance is key to being a committed and devoted catholic. That may include family planning; going to confession; repenting of sins and church attendance. This also is true of the emphasis other Christian groups place on their particular brand of Christian faith and commitment.
- Jews… some similar beliefs in that they accept the Ten Commandments as a way to live and have a good and fulfilling life (Mcdowell and Stewart, 1983).
- Muslims.…acceptance of Allah as their higher being and the teachings of the Koran.
Whatever a person’s religious beliefs, they believe that acceptance of these parts of their faith is important to show structure and commitment in everyday life. Let’s look at some other types of acceptance?
PERSONAL ACCEPTANCE How people accept one another has a direct effect on the individual’s self-esteem and well-being. Does this have to be true? We are told that this need for approval will have a direct impact on a person’s life. Some may even cause psychological disorders. Examples are: approval by parents; acceptance by work associates; peer pressure in schools ; living up the religious up-bringing or teachings and many more relationships.
We have to ask ourselves a very important question.
Is total acceptance what we really want and is it good for us? On the surface, it seems to be a good thing…but maybe not.
- Is it best to be totally accepted by a peer group, whether work; at school, or socially? What are their values?
- Are there dangers to relationships that keeps us in bondage to a person… such as a battered wife who feels there is no recourse? We could elaborate on this where a male is concerned.
- Is staying true to religious tenants that do not bring us to a peaceful, loving God, what we really need or want?
All of this seems complicated…and often we make it so. The thing that is most important is the ACCEPTANCE OF ONE’S SELF. After all, we live with ourselves moment by moment. We are told that we should not be so self-centered. Why not? Of course, we do not mean self-centered to the neglect of others or so wrapped-up in ourselves that no one else matters.
“Self acceptance (or self-centered, as we mean it) is being happy with who you are now. It’s an agreement with yourself to appreciate, validate, accept and support who you are at this moment.” If you find that things in your life need change, then work toward that…evaluating WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU.
ACCEPTANCE…NOT RESIGNATION People may asked how they can accept something or someone that has brought great pain in their life…death of a loved one; a divorce; sickness. All these things may not be able to be changed. They are what life has given. There is a difference between acceptance and resignation. Realization that one can not change the past or the sadness of the present has a lot to do with acceptance. This is living in reality…not in fantasy or wishful thinking.
“Accepting whatever the loss is, does not mean you are forgetting the loss or that you won’t ever feel sad again, but it’s a turning point that means better things are to come.”
All of this is just food for thought as you may be asking yourself how important is acceptance to you. You may also be thinking about relationships, beliefs, and what works for you in your life. Some things may worry you.
There is only One who fully accepts us just as we are and gives us the courage to face life daily. We are told in the Holy Scriptures ( Philippians 4:6) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
In this video, we see that there are some unusual bonds of acceptance…and just as in humans…those bonds that seem like a good thing may turn out to give an outcome not anticipated. I watched this video several times and heard words that I think also have to do with human behavior when it comes to acceptance…and a need for a relationship. You will hear these words in the dialog: obsession, bonds, controlling, complex emotions and intimacy. All of these pull us into a need for acceptance…to our good or to our detriment. In your own life, you will have to be the judge.
From the Book of Common Prayer “For the Future of the Human Race”
O God, our Heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life and give us insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with Your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
I promised you a snowy train-ride to Scotland, leaving from London. Back home in Florida, the weather was approaching 80 degrees F. which only made the scenes out the window of the train even more beautiful to us. Often we would see people walking their dogs through the snowy meadows …high mud boots are a must here. My, how the people love their dogs. It is probably the most dog friendly country, along with France, where dogs are often seen sitting under the restaurant tables or in one case in a chair. In my slide show below, you will see a dog on the train. In fact, this man had two dogs with him.
There are scenes of the old Manor House that I mentioned in my last blog. Thanks to our hosts there who took very good care of us when we were experiencing a little jet lag.
The coastline to Scotland is especially beautiful as one can see the old mixed with the new. Come “straight a way” and lets begin our journey. So here’s to beautiful Scotland. I think you will find it to be quite lovely.
Many of the pictures here are available at www.palmettospecialtygroup.com
This month has been eventful with a trip to Hawaii where my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We’d like to share some of it with you.
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The Florida wetlands are extremely important. We are not only talking of lakes and streams, but of marshes, blogs and swamps. Just say the word, “swamp” and one immediately envisions a terrible place with alligators and snakes. Actually, the wetlands may also be small wet areas along side home sites, as I have just down the street from my house. These wetlands are filled with water yearly and become drier in certain other times. They have important functions: Filters and clean our ecosystems and provides habitat for wildlife and plants. They also collect and hold flood waters. In Florida, we are often dealing with severe storms and hurricanes. These areas absorb winds as well as heavy rains and waters.
When photographing these wetland areas, I often notice how really beautiful they are. The plants and trees are especially beautiful on foggy mornings. The cypress knees push up in the waters surrounded by the cypress trees, whose branches are often perches for cormorants, egrets and squirrels.
It is my privilege to share with you a presentation of photography shot just this morning of the wetlands of central Florida. (USA)
We are happy to announce the publishing of our 3rd children’s book called Nanny’s Bird Book. Photographed in Sarasota Jungle Gardens and in the wetlands of central Florida, we believe that it is a great book to help children learn the beauty of nature and the wonderful world God has made.
Preview Nanny’s Bird Book
Florida Wetland Photography is our special Gallery for the New Year. During the month of January, any print or canvas ordered in the Florida Wetlands Category will have a price reduction along with free shipping. See all photography and much more at our website: Photography by Boyer at Boyer Gifts
Color and the desire to create has always been my interest. When traveling the world, I kept my camera close at hand because I knew I would be enjoying what I was seeing over and over. Sometimes I took those pictures and began to design. A flower turned into an abstract. A mountain became a black and white. Architecture took on a new meaning. The middle of a flower may be too small for the naked eye, but the camera captures what we do not see. My eyes had a way of seeing what something could be or maybe what something used to be.
Most recently, I went to my deceased uncles’ old workshop. Behind the shop was a car half hidden in the weeds. Just across was an old shed filled with old wood. This made me look for things that once were used and now forgotten. There was a beauty in the old tin and the weathered grey of the boards. Out came my camera because I did not want this scene to die in the dust.
Walking along Little Lake Harris the other day, I heard a commotion in the tall cyprus trees. Looking up, I saw two bald eagles, their white heads gleaming in the sun. The respect and awe that we feel for these beautiful birds is extremely emotional. Taking the picture, above, I wanted them to stay so I could enjoy them just a few more minutes. Off one flew! He rose high into the air, never looking back. He was free…strong…and aloft. It is wonderful to have a bird such as this as a national emblem.
As Christians we sing the song, “On Eagles Wings…” To soar in faith…to not look back…to lift up to God in confidence….just as the mighty, great eagle.