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Review: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

In 17th century Europe, young Maria Merian was fascinated by butterflies. ‘Summer birds’, they were called, and no one really knew where they came from. Raised first in an engraver’s house and then an illustrator’s, Maria learned both the technical details of her craft and how to observe nature. She combined the two to become […]

Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb 15-18, 2019

God cares for the birds. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26, while teaching about not worrying) He also said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a […]

Sunlight Slanting on Snow

When the afternoon sun glows golden and light slants through trees and windows, I am filled with joy. It is my favorite kind of light. In the winter, it spills warm and yellow onto the snow and the long shadows become blue and purple. Jesus said he is the light of the world. (John 8:12, […]

Butterflies at the Canadian Museum of Nature

We when walked into the butterfly exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature we were immediately surrounded by enormous blue butterflies.  They and others fluttered busily around and between us, fragile miracles heedless of danger.   Brilliantly colored, they were everywhere, feeding on fruit, resting on greenery or windowsills, terrifying babies with their enormous size […]

Old-Fashioned Winter

The last few years our winters have been rather tame with little snow and no dramatic temperatures, but this week was different: Sunday, church was cancelled because of snow on the roads. Monday, nearby school buses were cancelled because of extreme cold. Wednesday, school buses were cancelled because of snow on the roads. Thursday, school […]

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