Buen Camino via Kaiser Kreations

Shout out to the wonderful custom artistry of Leon Kaiser of Kaiser Kreations hidden away near the historic Gateway to the WestGary, South Dakota.  Thank you, Kaiser Kreations!  You are a gifted artist and we appreciate your talents.

kaiser-6408dmvcrThis piece of metal art is 12″ X 12″ of 1/8 inch metal and will hang on our wall along with our enlarged photos from this adventure.The lines make up the scallop shell which is the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, a backpacking pilgrimage across northern Spain dating back to the Middle Ages.  I asked Leon to also include three crosses  to symbolize our Christian faith. The words at the bottom are the common greeting among hikers along the Camino de Santiago and means good path or good journey.

This 500 mile walking pilgrimage  allows for unique life experiences while exploring history and culture and has become a personal favorite experience for us.

Take a peek at their designs at Kaiser Kreations on Facebook. (Click on link)

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.  ~ I Peter 4:10

 

Acrylic meets alcohol meets photography

…and not the kind you drink!

Started with acrylic paint on a ceramic tile.  Let dry. Paint another color on tile with a 50/50 paint to water mix.

Flicks of 91% rubbing alcohol to create bubble effects.  Let dry.

Repeat process with another color mixed 50/50 and splatter rubbing alcohol on this layer.

Sprinkle large glitter on paint while still wet.  Let dry and spray with acrylic clear spray.

Photograph the results with different angles and lighting.

Ta-da!!  Click on image for a larger view.

Respect…

Regardless of  political leanings to the left, right, or anywhere in between, we expect American citizens to show respect to those in uniform. This has not always been the case.

Flashback to the Vietnam War era.

vietnam plaqueThe G.I.’s returning home from the unpopular Vietnam Conflict, during the 1960’s and early 1970’s, were protested and threatened when wearing uniforms in public.  It was even necessary to hide their tell-tale haircuts when in civilian attire.  Most were barely out of high school when they were drafted and quietly arrived home, trying to be as inconspicuous as possible.

This is a personal issue in my household. My husband enlisted into the military at age 17 during the era of draft numbers and Vietnam. He was on military flights that had to be gated off from the public, upon landing, due to anti-war protests. In the United States, they tried to hide their military identity when engaged in activities off base for their own safety.  During military leaves and upon returning home to the Midwest, he remembers going to area dances only to have individuals against the Vietnam war wanting to inflict physical harm because of his service.  Not much of a welcome home.

Now military service is acknowledged  with send-off ceremonies and welcome home celebrations while families at home have access to a network of support groups.  Challenges still exist as war is never pretty, popular or pleasant, but at least we are not adding to the stress. Vietnam veterans can’t help but think, where was all this when I returned?

Serving for the future
Serving for the future

Respect…

Regardless of  political leanings to the left, right, or anywhere in between, we expect American citizens to show respect to those in uniform. This has not always been the case.

Flashback to the Vietnam War era.

vietnam plaqueThe G.I.’s returning home from the unpopular Vietnam Conflict, during the 1960’s and early 1970’s, were protested and threatened when wearing uniforms in public.  It was even necessary to hide their tell-tale haircuts when in civilian attire.  Most were barely out of high school when they were drafted and quietly arrived home, trying to be as inconspicuous as possible.

This is a personal issue in my household. My husband enlisted into the military at age 17 during the era of draft numbers and Vietnam. He was on military flights that had to be gated off from the public, upon landing, due to anti-war protests. In the United States, they tried to hide their military identity when engaged in activities off base for their own safety.  During military leaves and upon returning home to the Midwest, he remembers going to area dances only to have individuals against the Vietnam war wanting to inflict physical harm because of his service.  Not much of a welcome home.

Now military service is acknowledged  with send-off ceremonies and welcome home celebrations while families at home have access to a network of support groups.  Challenges still exist as war is never pretty, popular or pleasant, but at least we are not adding to the stress. Vietnam veterans can’t help but think, where was all this when I returned?

Serving for the future
Serving for the future


 

A Mother’s Wish

Image by Joyce Meyer
Prairie Flag Series ~ Blended Photography by Joyce Meyer

A mother’s wish…

 

 

…washing the dust of daily life off our souls. ~ Picasso

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