Sunday, October 14, 2018

Life in a Stone Wall

This wall is part of beautiful Heritage Park. I like to observe the various stones that make up the wall. I liken it to our lives and the experiences we encounter on our journeys. 
Sometimes we have to incorporate something really BIG into our lives 
- could be a good big or a challenging big
Sometimes things fall out or come undone. 
If we have a good structure, the hole doesn't create too many problems.
Sometimes we have unique experiences that add richness and texture to our lives

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Morning Walk

an early morning walk at nearby Bridle Trails State Park
480+ acres of beauty

We even saw a coyote

Friday, October 12, 2018

Morning Mist

morning mist joins the lake & sky
awesome sight & feeling

Thursday, October 11, 2018

We'll Be Fit

Two new fitness clubs in this block

There are two existing clubs within a block of these new ones

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Early morning at the lake - a good time for reflecting

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Public Art - It's Everywhere

Public art on our wastewater pump station in downtown Kirkland
King County Pump Station 

"The artwork is a pictographic representation of the water treatment process starting within the community of Kirkland (depicted on the staff gate) and ending at the South Treatment Plant in Renton (depicted on the large panel). In addition to the composition, vibrant color is used to convey information. Glass forms are divided into blues and greens representing the refinement or “polishing” of the water and amber representing the solids that are removed during treatment. The saturation and transparency of color indicates the stages of treatment‐ more saturated at the beginning of the process with increasing transparency as the water moves through the cycle. Color used on the pipe elements also tells a story; orange represents the separations of solids, green for the water treatment, and red showing the flow of the influent from the pump station to the treatment plant. Then it is reclaimed by being pumped into 11 ponds that settle out contaminants and sediments. Eventually, it is released into streams and wetlands." source     

Thursday, September 27, 2018

A Prophet Speaks

Russell Nelson, Henry Eyring, Wendy Watson Nelson
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington

Russell Nelson is a prophet of God and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

     The authority to speak and act in the name of God has been given to prophets since the time of Adam, and it is a vital part of the plan of salvation. The word prophet comes from a Greek word, which means “inspired teacher,” and indeed that is the primary role of the prophet: to teach the gospel. While God’s commandments and principles are constant, the world we live in is not. Different periods throughout time have each brought with them new circumstances and unique challenges. Prophets receive revelation from God in order to help His people navigate through their own distinct times.

    Moses is perhaps the most recognized among the ancient prophets. While leading the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt, he spoke with God face-to-face, he parted the Red Sea, and he revealed tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments, given directly from God. Moses’s calling and mission are comparable to other prophets recorded in the Old and New Testaments such as Abraham, Jacob, Noah, Isaiah, Elijah, and John the Baptist. Each of these prophets was called by God and given priesthood authority by Him—the divine right to speak and act in His name.

    Faith and repentance were common themes taught by the ancient prophets, and their words and work still resonate with us today, even as we recognize our spiritual or moral landscape to be very different from theirs. Because many of our trials and concerns are different than ancient times, it makes sense that God would call prophets for our day, servants who could further His work among His children. (

We were a LONG way from the speakers. We were looking at their backs. We couldn't even see the big screen but had to look on the monitors above our heads. 
From President Russell Nelson - 
"Our message to the world is simple and sincere: We invite all of God’s children on both sides of the veil to come unto their Savior, to receive the blessings of the holy temple and qualify for eternal life, so that they can have enduring joy now and forever."

"My dear brothers and sisters, we are living in the most crucial era in the history of the world … Since the beginning of time, prophets have foreseen our day and prophesied about what would take place during this winding-up period before the Savior comes again." 
President Nelson's testimony of Jesus Christ

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