Take a Trip Down Candy Cane Lane

healthy smoothie


Crisp and clean, an invigorating icy sensation greets me right as the sun begins to awake from its slumber on this early December morning. No, it’s not a fluke snow storm visiting California for the first time in years, but a wintry treat hailing from the warmth of the kitchen.

While the threat of actual flurries strikes fear into my heat-seeking heart, the oral chill of peppermint is an entirely different story. Be it pungent and herbaceous or smooth and subtle, I can’t get enough of the flavor, particularly when Christmas rolls around with an endless supply of candy canes around every corner. Those brittle sticks of red and white striped sugar are never going to inspire a frenzied Instagram fad like some popular seasonal sweets, but they’ll always be an essential element of the holiday season.

It’s never too early to get into the spirit, so a light, bright…

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Christmas Music Boxes

Archaeologists locate Idumean Palace or Temple in the Lachish region

a temple of history discovered

Ferrell's Travel Blog

Archaeologists working with the Israel Antiquities Authority and Hebrew University have uncovered an Idumean palace or temple in the Lachish region of the Judean Shephelah. I understand the news release to place this discovery south of the Beit Guvrin/Maresha National Park, and east of Lachish, in a military area. This area was allotted to the tribe of Simeon, but by the second century B.C. it had become part of Idumea, the residence of ancient Edomites who were pushed out of the area of Edom (the location of Petra in Jordan) by the Nabateans.

Herod the Great was an Idumean. Some have suggested Maresha as his hometown. He ruled over the Jews from 47 to 4 B.C., and his dynasty continued throughout most of the first century A.D. Herod was known for his fabulous building program that included the temple, the temple platform and the surrounding wall (John 2:20). He was…

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Christmas Decor

I love making wreathes this time of year. Here is my latest.20171129_163148 wreath

“An Upright and Useful Citizen”

history of Paul Revere


The cold wind blew heavy out of the north under a clear sky as oars, muffled by petticoats, sliced through the water of the Charles River.  The sound of rigging rattling on the nearby British man-of-war echoed across the water, but nary a sound came from the small skiff.  Two lights shown from the tall tower of Christ Church, their glow sporadically dimmed by the flickering of the candles at their source. They were to remain only a minute, just long enough for those keeping watch on the nearby shore of Charlestown to note their presence.  Any longer and the British would spot them.

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Inside the small skiff, three men sat huddled in heavy wool capes.  Two were drawing the oars quickly through the water, while the third waited patiently to leap out upon arrival to the shore.  If all went well, there would be an able mount waiting.  Back…

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My Great Galapagos Trip – Day 6

Adventures Of A New Floridian

As a recap, it has been the biggest dream of mine to go to the Galapagos Islands since I was 6 years old. I was incredibly blessed with the opportunity to do so this summer. This post will cover day 6 of the incredible 10-day journey. If you missed the previous posts, you can start the series here.

Day 6 (Isabela Island): Prior to beginning this trip, there was only one activity I was terrified about doing. We were told early on in the planning stages that we would be doing a 13-mile hike (round-trip) up and down Volcán Sierra Negra (Sierra Negra Volcano).

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Sunrise over prairie farmland east of High River

Christopher Martin Photography

I enjoyed another sunrise on the prairies east of High River this weekend.  This time around, I used a couple of farms and their buildings to break up the line of the horizon.  The layers of cloud across the sky caught the sunlight presenting a range of pastels as the morning moved through dawn.

I stepped infront of the camera when I had the tripod facing the beautiful display of pink hues in the clouds to the north.  As the sun rose it went behind a thick band of cloud so I looked down a couple of snow-covered range roads towards the Rocky Mountains before the warm light cooled and disappeared.

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They Called Themselves Believers

interesting history


Sitting on the corner of Tremont and School Street in the heart of today’s downtown Boston is a spot of green.  No, it isn’t Boston Common.  In fact, it holds the heart of early Boston – its people.  King’s Chapel Burial Ground was there long before the chapel whose name it now bears.  In fact, the very first burial was the owner of the land and this spot was once his vegetable garden. Isaac Johnson came to the colonies as the largest shareholder of the Massachusetts Bay Company.  He died the richest man in the colonies and also has the distinction of being the first occupant of what is today’s King’s Chapel Burial Ground.  The year of his death was 1630, making this tiny plot of ground the oldest cemetery in Boston.


As with all burial grounds, without taking the time to learn about the lives of those commemorated by…

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Spotted nutcracker


A new bird for me, today in Sipoo, Finland.

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Dawn over the prairies

Christopher Martin Photography

I caught a sunrise on the prairies east of Mossleigh on the weekend.  Fog had rolled over a large swath of southern Alberta so the morning was spent watching skirmishes between the rising sun burning off the clouds and the walls of fog.  Here the early pink light had painted the clouds but not yet reached the fields nor broken through the opaque wall behind this tree.

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