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Winter's Enchantment

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Winter usually makes its entrance with a lot of fanfare.  This year's first snowfall was no different.  As it blankets the city and colors it white, it forces us all to take life at a slower pace for a bit.  Snow's beauty is impressive, but at least for me, it will fail to elicit much excitement come March.  But for now, the white 'marshmallow' world it creates is magical.

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" - J. B. Priestley

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Footprints leading to a secret garden, perhaps?

Footprints leading to a secret garden, perhaps?

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Peace

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Well, this has been one crazy day.  Here in Illinois, we had massive storms and tornados pass through.  Very strange for mid-November, but you never really know what Midwest weather will bring.  It seems to change by the hour.  The storms left so much devastation.  In just my area, I believe I heard that more than 300 homes were leveled.  Please keep these families in your prayers, and if you'd like to donate funds to the Red Cross to help, you can find information here.

After the stormy weather today and the recent events in the Philippines, I crave some peace.  Sitting by a sea, walking through a garden, feeling the sun on my face, or hearing the soft, gentle sounds of nature sound mighty good right about now.  You agree?  Do you have a favorite place that you like to go to wind-down?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!  I gathered up a few (very) random pictures from around the globe that just ooze 'serenity' to me.  So let's take a relaxing look... 

California

California

Michigan

Michigan

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Hampstead Heath, London

Hampstead Heath, London

Paris

Paris

Elephantine Island, Egypt

Elephantine Island, Egypt

Clouds over the Midwest

Clouds over the Midwest

Illinois

Illinois

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Bird's Eye View

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

For some reason when I visit a new city, I find myself scrambling up large hills or climbing a ridiculous amount of steps to get a bird's eye view of the landscape.  There's just something about seeing a busy city when you are high above and removed from it.  It's like it suddenly got a different personality - turning from an extrovert into an introvert.  A different view can put a whole new perspective on a place and allow you to learn even more about it.  Let's see if you can identify any of these locations from up above!  Answers below...

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1. London, England    2. Brugge, Belgium     3.  Paris, France     4.  Chicago, Illinois    5.  London, England again (tricky, I know!)    6.  Edinburgh, Scotland