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Fat Mum Slim – April 2022

Last Saturday I completed another month of the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. It was a month entirely comprised of food prompts. Which seems perfect for me, as I do enjoy eating and I do enjoy trying new foods. However, I have to confess it didn’t ring my bell as much as I thought it would.

That being said, I feel there are a few winners in the month:


April 1
April 1 – ON MY PLATE

April 2
April 2 – A VEGETABLE

April 3
April 3 – A FRUIT

April 4
April 4 – BREAKFAST

April 5
April 5 – LUNCH

April 6
April 6 – SUPPER

April 7
April 7 – RAW

April 8
April 8 – COOKED

April 9
April 9 – IN MY PANTRY

April 10
April 10 – DESSERT

April 11
April 11 – A GREEN FOOD

April 12
April 12 – A SNACK

April 13
April 13 – A FAVE RECIPE

April 14
April 14 -INGREDIENT

April 15
APRIL 15 – KITCHEN

April 16
April 16 – 2 THINGS

April 17
April 17 – A DRINK

April 18
April 18 – A WHITE FOOD

April 19
April 19 – HEALTHY

April 20
April 20 – INDULGENT

April 21
April 21 – A RED FOOD

April 22
April 22 – SAVOURY

April 23
April 23 – SWEET

April 24
April 24 – IN MY CUP

April 25
April 25 – ON MY FORK

April 26
April 26 – YUK!

April 27
April 27 – I EAT HERE!

April 28
April 28 – DELICIOUS

April 29
April 29 – UTENSIL

April 30
April 30 – IN MY BOWL

The month of May has some good themes. Here are the May themes:

May 1 – This is Me
May 2 – Good Morning
May 3 – Free Choice
May 4 – Trees
May 5 – Mirrors
May 6 – Leaf
May 7 – View from Here
May 8 – Love
May 9 – A Seat
May 10 – Where I Stood
May 11 – Something Small
May 12 – In Nature
May 13 – Green
May 14 – Sunshine
May 15 – Upside Down
May 16 – This Season
May 17 – A Shape
May 18 – Door
May 19 – Creative
May 20 – I Read This…
May 21 – Waves
May 22 – Flying
May 23 – Stairs
May 24 – A Pair
May 25 – Something Warm
May 26 – Pink
May 27 – Lucky
May 28 – Horizon
May 29 – A Car
May 30 – Sky
May 31 – This is Also Me

A reminder that I post these pictures daily on my dedicated Fat Mum Slim account: @fmsbennett. Follow that account to follow along.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SQUARE:


WEEK 347 - SQUARE
SQUARE

SQUARE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a SQUARE image? A SQUARE image is any image where one of the major elements of your composition is a SQUARE. Remember, all SQUAREs are rectangles, but not all rectangles are SQUAREs. If you look around, you will see that there is are SQUAREs all over the place. Once you see them, you won’t be able to stop seeing them. The next step is to photograph one. I wouldn’t even hate on you if you took a picture of your dog and used a 1:1 aspect ratio.

There are also other definitions of SQAURE you can ponder.

While thinking on your possible subjects for SQUARE, meditate on the following song lyric:

It’s not too hard to figure out
You see it every day
And those that were the farthest out
Have gone the other way
You see them on the freeway
It don’t look like a lot of fun
But don’t you try to fight it
An idea whose time has come
Don’t tell me that I’m crazy
Don’t tell me I’m nowhere
Take it from me
It’s hip to be square

Happy photo harvesting!

2011-06-08

The pictures in the folder 2011-06-08 are from a time I went with my Mom over to my Grandma’s house to photograph some of her flowers. She always had beautiful flowers.


WEEK 22 - SHADOWS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

RWPE Y2 #22 – SHADOWS

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #76 ALPHA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #76 BETA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT #76 GAMMA

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve THE 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT.

Did You Think To Pray

This is the final collection of pictures of flowers from my Mom’s yard that I am going to publish. They time is apropos as today is the day that the new owner will do their final walk through and on Friday they will take possession of the house.


Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with Thursdays going forward. Maybe it will just be various flower pictures. It is too soon to know.

Standing in My Way

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday. I usually like to put out a devotional on Ash Wednesday, but time got a way from me as I continue to play catch-up with nearly every aspect of my life. I thought I would share the devotional from the Methodist Bishop in Iowa, Laurie Haller.

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and is a solemn reminder of our own human mortality and our need for reconciliation with God and one another. Ash Wednesday is commonly observed with ashes and fasting.

Our first scripture comes from 2 Samuel 13:19 (CEB), “Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long-sleeved robe she was wearing. She put her hand on her head and walked away, crying as she went.”

The second scripture comes from Esther 4:1-3 (CEB), “When Mordecai learned what had been done, he tore his clothes, dressed in mourning clothes, and put ashes on his head. Then he went out into the heart of the city and cried out loudly and bitterly. 2 He went only as far as the King’s Gate because it was against the law for anyone to pass through it wearing mourning clothes. 3 At the same time, in every province and place where the king’s order and his new law arrived, a very great sadness came over the Jews. They gave up eating and spent whole days weeping and crying out loudly in pain. Many Jews lay on the ground in mourning clothes and ashes.”

This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Today is the first day of Lent. In the early centuries of Christianity, this forty-day period before Easter was an occasion for instruction in preparation for adult baptism. Today Lent is traditionally viewed as a time of penitence. It’s a time when we are very aware of both our mortality and our separation from God. It has been a practice in the Christian church for centuries for believers to give up something for Lent. Most of the time, it’s a form of fasting. Perhaps it’s giving up meat on Fridays, as we did growing up in my house. This is a Catholic tradition which carried over into Protestant households as well. Perhaps it’s giving up candy, chocolate, ice cream, coffee or alcohol.

In recent years, the trend has moved away from giving up something to adding something to our spiritual lives during Lent. That might be attending a study class, making weekly visits to a shut-in, writing encouraging letters to people, or reading a Lenten devotion every day. There’s a school of thought that says we shouldn’t have to deny ourselves during Lent, that this is not really helping other people but is simply preoccupation with self.

It seems to me, however, that all spiritual disciplines, whether they involve taking away or adding something to our lives, serve an important purpose. They foster transformation. Whether it’s fasting, prayer, meditation, study, solitude, worship, or service, spiritual transformation is a work of grace. It’s something that God does in us. It’s pure gift. Yet there is something demanded of us as well: the free gift of ourselves, our submission, our willingness to be transformed, and our assent to God’s grace. In the end, our “yes” is what is required for God to work in our lives.

On this day, Ash Wednesday, we actually use ashes to symbolize our mortality and utter dependence upon God for life itself. When we put the ashes on your forehead, we say these words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We wear ashes as a sign of penitence. We confess our sins and recognize our mortality in order to prepare ourselves and our community to live out resurrection in the face of death.

Yet, in the Bible ashes are used in other ways as well. In 2 Samuel, chapter 13, we find the story of a woman named Tamar. Tamar was King David’s daughter and was greatly taken advantage by another person. We read in verse 15, “But Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long robe she was wearing; she put her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.” Here is an example of someone wearing ashes in protest of an evil done to an individual. As a woman, there was nothing Tamar could do to protest what had been done to her except to wear ashes.

And in the Old Testament book of Esther, chapter 4, we read that Haman, the top official of King Ahasuerus, issued a decree that all Jews were to be destroyed, killed on a certain day. Mordecai, the cousin of Queen Esther, both of whom were Jews, was distraught and angry when he heard about Haman’s decree. Chapter 4, verse one, says, “When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went through the city, wailing with a loud and bitter cry.” … “In every province, wherever the king’s command and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and most of them lay in sackcloth and ashes.” In this case, the Jews wore ashes in protest of a systemic evil about to be inflicted upon an entire group of people.

The ashes of Ash Wednesday not only symbolize sorrow over our personal sin, but they are also a sign of protest over the presence of evil in our world – individual evil, corporate evil, and systemic evil. In the same way, when you and I pursue spiritual disciplines during Lent, the sacrifices that we make are not done just for us, they are done for the sake of others, those who are oppressed and downtrodden, hopeless and helpless, and those who are living in distress and despair.

Both personal penance and protest against the evils of our world are disciplines for the season of Lent. We sacrifice in order to express solidarity with those in our world who do not have to give up something for Lent in order to know the meaning of sacrifice. Giving up chocolate or meat or ice cream may seem superficial in the face of COVID, rape, drive-by shootings, and terrorist attacks, but it is a way to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
The spiritual disciplines we pursue are ones we freely choose as a sign of God’s kingdom in our midst. We choose them as signs of hope for those who live in places where war, poverty, and oppression are sacrifices that are not chosen.

One time one of the desert fathers in Egypt said to a fellow brother, “Give me a word.” The brother said to him, “As long as the pot is on the fire, no fly nor any other animal can get near it, but as soon as it is cold, these creatures get inside. So it is for the monk: as long as he lives in spiritual activities, the enemy cannot find a means of overthrowing him.”

During this season of Lent, I invite you to leave your pot on the fire, to live in spiritual activities, to keep centered in God, and keep out darkness, despair, and hopelessness. Through these ashes, may we reclaim for ourselves the penance side of our spiritual discipline and the protest aspect of our faithful discipleship? Receive these ashes as a sign of mortality and transformation. Receive these ashes as a sign of sacrifice and solidarity. Receive these ashes as a sign of penance and protest. And don’t forget to leave your pot on the fire. Amen.

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It is time for another collection of pictures from my Mom’s yard. There are only two more collections of these pictures left. The last one will be on March 17. The next day is closing day on her house. It seems apropos.


Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

These are zinnias and mums.

2011-05-01, 2011-05-09, and 2011-05-14

The pictures in the folders 2011-05-01, 2011-05-09, and 2011-05-14 are mostly from a Mother’s Day celebration we held at my house. But there are also pictures there from the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT (now known as THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE) and Logan running track.


WEEK 17 - MOTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 18 - ADVENTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 19 - COLORFUL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

RWPE Y2 #17 – MOTION

RWPE Y2 #18 – ADVENTURE

RWPE Y2 #19 – COLORFUL

RUN LOGAN RUN

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the greenhouse formerly known as the Northwest Greenhouse.

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

Here is another collection of pictures of flowers from my Mom’s yard. These pictures were taken on August 8, 2022.

Many of these pictures were taken in a special creative mode, if you think they look “different”.


My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Happy Things - 2021

Happy Things - 2021

There are only a couple of collections of flower pictures from my Mom’s yard to share. This might be apropos, because as of Monday night, we accepted an offer on her house. If every thing goes like it should, the new owner will take possession on March 18. At that time, there probably won’t be any flowers blooming in her yard, maybe some daffodils. However, the person that is buying the house has said that we could come take any plants out of the yard that we want. I already took a bunch last fall, but there are some Jack in the Pulpits that my Mom was going to give Carla that she still needs to get, so the new owner being so open to that is an incredible blessing.