Category Archives: Kio

The Proverbial Swan Song

While I was preparing to write this entry I went down a rabbit hole on the origins of the term “swan song”.

I have heard the term many times, but never really understood what it meant. Apparently there is a belief dating back to ancient Greece that swans stay mostly mute for their life and then right before they die, they sing a beautiful song.

There is still a fair amount of debate on whether or not swans do in fact sing a beautiful song before they die. I would like to think it is true since swans are among the most beautiful of birds. They certainly are the most beautiful bird that you can see in Iowa, in the wild.

The term isn’t always morbid. Is has come to be synonymous with doing something great right before you retire.

I don’t know if this post 100% qualifies, but it is about a form of retirement for me.

For the last couple of years I have done some pro bono photography (although I once was paid in homemade treats for Naima) for the Boone Area Humane Society. The last time I did photography for them was when I covered their annual Pet Memorial Day Celebration.

Due to the shifting sands of the power structure of the Boone Area Humane Society, I have a feeling that I won’t be asked to do any photography for them in the coming years. But that is a story for a different time.

Here are some pictures from that event:


Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Pet Memorial Day - 2018

Kio ran the event. Pastor Doug gave a speech and lead us in prayer. It was a cool event. I hope it continues to happen in the future, but the way things stand currently, I have my doubts.

Another loss that people in one of my communities are experiencing is that we learned that we will be losing Pastor Doug and his amazing wife Jodie near the end of June. It is a good deal for Doug because he is getting a big fatty promotion. He will be the District Superintendent of the Southeast District. He will be posting up in Mount Pleasant.

For our church, it kinda sucks. Doug is a great Pastor and Jodie is possibly an even better Pastor’s wife. Losing both of them will leave a hole in our church that the next person or persons will have quite a time filling.

The new Pastor will also be like the 80th Pastor we have had in the last 5 years. Now that is probably hyperbole, but search your feelings, you know it to be true.

There is a common misconception that somewhere in The Bible it says “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” It is a common phrase that is trotted out as a reassurance when people are going through difficult times or grief.

The truth is that this isn’t in The Bible. Sorry, but sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.

That being said, I would like to give the common response to the phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

I wish God didn’t know we were so strong*.

The good news is that while God doesn’t say anything about giving us more than we can handle, God does say that we won’t be tempted beyond our limits:

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Therefore, I hope my church will not be tempted to feel sorry for itself. I hope my church won’t feel tempted to cling to the past. I hope my church won’t be tempted to resist the future.

A new Pastor is coming. While they will be the 80th Pastor in the last 5 years, I have faith that we will get a good one. We are in a good position and while we aren’t exactly a “destination” denomination, we are in a relatively good place and we have some powerful people looking out for our interests.

Playing the numbers game, we’ve really only had one bad Pastor in the last 15 years. While they were a really, really, really, really, really bad Pastor (I mean the guy sermonized at least once a month about past congregants he had smited and that is just the tip of the iceberg), we aren’t due for another like him for at least 30 years. Those are my calculations at least.

While I’m sad to be losing such great people, I am optimistic about the future and what a new Pastor will bring to our church and what our church will bring to a new Pastor!

There is light at the end of the tunnel and at this time, I don’t hear a train.

*On a personal note, this phrase has always bothered me.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 171 – PHOTOJOURNALISM

The holiday season definitely hurt the amount of PHOTOJOURNALISM submissions for this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 171 - PHOTOJOURNALISM - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 171 - PHOTOJOURNALISM - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 171 - PHOTOJOURNALISM - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 171 - PHOTOJOURNALISM - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt


Christopher D. Bennett

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:



FRIENDS

FRIENDS! What a great theme! I hope everybody has at least a few FRIENDS. If you don’t, I’m willing to be your FRIEND(S). For a small sitting fee. I don’t think it will be necessary though, because I believe what Clarence the Angel said about FRIENDS. I don’t know any failures.

Now that has been established, what is a FRIENDS photo? A FRIENDS photo is a photo that is a picture of FRIENDS. They can be your FRIENDS or it can be people that are FRIENDS that aren’t necessarily your FRIENDS. It could be a photo of a product of having FRIENDS. For example, all the Christmas cards I get, I tape to my entrance window. Now I don’t get as many as I used to get, I could take a picture of that display and it would be a FRIENDS photo.

Remember that next Monday is New Year’s Eve. While many businesses and government offices will be closed (even if the Trump shutdown is still going on), Photography 139 doesn’t take holidays. Plan accordingly!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very friendly Monday.

That’s Life

If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.
-Mike Ditka

Last Thursday was the annual lighted parade in Boone. I’m sure it has a proper name, but I don’t know what it is.

As a member of the Outreach Committee, I was part of the team that put together the “float” for the lighted parade. Unfortunately, we didn’t garner very many volunteers and I had to call a couple people last minuted just to borderline half fill our “people carrier”.

Although most people would not consider it a failure, I sorta do. That is okay. We learn more from our failures than we do from our successes. That means at the 2019 lighted parade, we will be back with a vengeance!

Here are some pictures from the event:


Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Boone Lighted Parade - 2018

Santa was infatuated with my beard. He really wanted me to join the Santa union or something. Told me I could make $100 an hour as a “real beard Santa”. Maybe sometime, but I’m not ready for the Santa gig yet.

2 Corinthians 9:11

For the last, oh, 15 or so years, my church has hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner.

It is open to anybody and it is 100% free. We don’t ask for an “at will donation”. We don’t put out baskets for donations. It is 100% free.

I went down there for the first shift to take some photographs to submit to the newspaper.

Here are a few pictures from the day:


Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

Boone First United Methodist Church's Free Thanksgiving

You can check out more pictures from the event by clicking on the link below:

Boone First United Methodist Thanksgiving

If you are looking for a church where you can serve and worship and awesome God, I attend Boone First United Methodist Church.

We have 2 worship services on Sundays.

A Traditional Service at 9 AM.
A Contemporary Service at 11 AM.

We also have a variety of Youth Groups on Wednesdays. The night begins with a meal at 6 PM and ends at varying times, depending on the age of the youth.

Come check us out!

2017 Pufferbilly Days Pet Show: The Final Chapter

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the Rapid City Mission Trip Fundraiser at Pizza Ranch.


Mission Trip Card

5-9 tomorrow at the Boone Pizza Ranch!

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This is the final collection of 2017 Pufferbilly Days Pet Show photos.

Some cat pictures in here, so don’t let the smear campaign claiming I hate cats be put on notice!


Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Show - 2017

Eventually, I will publish the pictures from the 2018 Pufferbilly Days Pet Show. Eventually.

2017 Pufferbilly Days Pet Show I

Now that Pufferbilly Days has passed, it seems like an apropos time to hit the 2017 backlog and start releasing photos from the 2017 Pufferbilly Days Pet Show.

It was my first time at the Pufferbilly Day Pet Show ran by the Boone Area Humane Society.

I completely enjoyed the experience. Here are some pictures from the Pet Show:


Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

More pictures from the 2017 Pet Show still in the hopper!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 96

Before anything, I want to ask for your prayers for the Herrick family. Today we put to rest Earl Herrick. He was my Dad’s best friend, so we are close to the family.

I would like to share the poem that the pastor read at the graveside service. You may have heard it before. It is called “What God Hath Promised”.

WHAT GOD HATH PROMISED

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love

Author: Annie Johnson Flint

I took a picture of one of the program from Earl’s funeral because it included several “Earlisms”. I’m sharing that so you can have an idea of what kind of person Earl was:


Earlisms
Earlisms

“It takes a mighty big dog to weight a ton.”
“They’ll get happy in the same pants they got mad in.”
“I wouldn’t shit you – you’re my favorite turd.”
“Pet and Repeat sitting on a fence… Pete fell off – who was left? Repeat…. Pete and Repeat sitting on a fence…”
When asked, what’s that? “It’s cat’s fur to make kitten britches.”
“Don’t do anything I would do – just don’t get caught.”

Keep Linda, Wendi, Amy, and Mike in your prayers. Thanks.

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Here is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is ANIMAL.


WEEK 153 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL!


An ANIMAL picture is any picture that features an ANIMAL or an ANIMAL by product.

Happy photo harvesting!

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2 days before I left for the mission trip, Kio commissioned me to do the graduation photography for the Boone Area Humane Society’s Dog Obedience Class. It was a perfect time to knock off Page 96 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 96
Page 96 – Photograph an animal as if it were a human.

Although I took several pictures of many amazing dogs, only one can physically be adhered into the physical PHOTO JOURNAL. The physical PHOTO JOURNAL is housed at the Photography 139 Studio. It can be seen by appointment. It is protected by the Photography 139 security dog (who did not graduate from any dog obedience program) when I am not there.

Here are the one that won’t be in the book:


Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

Page 96 - Reject

It is hard to tell what page we will check in with the next time we check into THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. But quite possibly Page 52.

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Also,


WEEK 105 - FAMILY - TERESA KAHLER 2
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TERESA!


You are definitely a top 2 sister!

Freedom and Flowers

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
-Oscar Wilde

Before we get into the meat of today’s blog, we need to start with…


Iowa State 14 TCU 7
Happy 4th of July!

I hope you had an continue to have an enjoyable 4th of July!

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Time to hit up the back log and publish more pictures from Donna Jones’s flower bed!


Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

Donna Jones' Flowers

There are more of Donna Jones’ flowers in the hopper. For those of you that are fans of “flower porn” as Micky likes to call it.

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The votes have been tabulated and these are the photos that I will be entering in the Boone County Fair:


No. 8
#1

No. 45
#2

No. 43
#3

No. 12
#3

No. 21
#5

Technically there was a frog picture that got more votes than the picture of Shorty, but I’m not going a photo contest without entering a black & white image.

Thanks to the people that voted: Sarah Karber, Michelle, Micky, Vest, Mom, Teresa, Shannon, Kio, Aunt Linda, Jordan, Andy, and all of the fellow SmugMuggers that voted.

If you want to see the photos in the flesh (so to speak) they will be on display at the Community Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds. on July 21 and 22.

Baby Got Rack will also probably be competing on July 21. So mark your calendar!

We will do something similar when it comes to the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Cluck Cluck Noodles

Last Sunday the Methodist Men had our annual Chicken Noodles Brunch. I took a few photos of the event:


Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

Chicken & Noodles Brunch - 2018

You may recall that the weather last Sunday was less than idyllic. Loads of snow dropped on the metropolitan Boone area and the temperatures were cold as well. The turnout for worship service was very low. However, almost everybody stuck around for our brunch. What I thought was going to be a disaster turned out to be a great success.

The Chicken Noodles Brunch is by far the most ambitious Methodist Men project. Everything is made from scratch*. On Thursday the noodles are made and cut. The chicken is picked. On Saturday, the potatoes are peeled. On Sunday, starting at 7 AM, everything is put together.

I’m glad so much effort was rewarded!

*If you don’t count our trademark red applesauce.