so long...

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/26/2011 04:21:00 PM 0 comments
I am moving away from the mountain...sadness. No more mountainmelody, I guess!

blogging

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/28/2011 02:32:00 PM 2 comments
Blogging is a little boring. I may or may not keep posting frequent updates here.

sunset on the mountain

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/25/2011 08:04:00 PM 3 comments
I made it home just in time for this.

view from Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/24/2011 06:32:00 AM 7 comments
more later--

skinks

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/22/2011 06:24:00 PM 0 comments

skinks

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skinks

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skinks

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skinks

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skinks

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skinks

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/16/2011 05:49:00 PM 0 comments

pictures of skinks

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/15/2011 05:45:00 PM 0 comments
Next up on my exciting blog: photos of the skinks that play on my steps. You have to admit that they're kind of cute!

more storm stuff

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/14/2011 06:29:00 PM 0 comments
We found this tarp hanging from the trees just down the street from my house.
Crazy.

cleanup

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/13/2011 08:27:00 PM 0 comments
This has been an eventful and sometimes exhausting week for me--and much more so for many whose homes and lives have been devastated by the tornadoes.

Here are a few pictures a coworker took of our cleanup efforts on Tuesday. Much more work remains to be done.




disaster relief

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/10/2011 08:35:00 PM 0 comments
I spent the day today helping clean up debris in a hard hit area about an hour away. I'll post photos and more information this weekend. It was a good day!

walk

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/08/2011 05:06:00 PM 0 comments

tired again :(

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/07/2011 12:26:00 PM 0 comments
Last night I slept for 11 hours, got up, and was so tired the only thing I could do was go back to bed for 2 more hours. I should mention that I had a relaxing and restful day yesterday, and I am not sick that I know of.

If I feel like this when I am 30, what will I be like when I am 60??!?

walk

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/07/2011 10:17:00 AM 0 comments

walk

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/06/2011 12:51:00 PM 6 comments

disaster relief

Posted by mountainmelody On 5/05/2011 07:16:00 PM 0 comments
ways my church is helping
one way to give

walk

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walk

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walk

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walk

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walk

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walk

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/30/2011 04:42:00 PM 0 comments

Daybreak in Alabama

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/30/2011 09:45:00 AM 0 comments
My "walk" pictures will continue to post, but the minds of most of us here are on the recent tornado tragedies. This poem by Langston Hughes about beautiful Alabama seems appropriate to read:

When I get to be a composer
I'm gonna write me some music about
Daybreak in Alabama
And I'm gonna put the purtiest songs in it
Rising out of the ground like a swamp mist
And falling out of heaven like soft dew.
I'm gonna put some tall tall trees in it
And the scent of pine needles
And the smell of red clay after rain
And long red necks
And poppy colored faces
And big brown arms
And the field daisy eyes
Of black and white black white black people
And I'm gonna put white hands
And black hands and brown and yellow hands
And red clay earth hands in it
Touching everybody with kind fingers
And touching each other natural as dew
In that dawn of music when I
Get to be a composer
And write about daybreak
In Alabama.

things I found

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/29/2011 08:32:00 PM 0 comments
So sad.

walk

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/29/2011 05:21:00 PM 0 comments

walk

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/28/2011 02:39:00 PM 0 comments

still here

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/28/2011 06:31:00 AM 3 comments
I interrupt this series of posts to let you know that I am fine, despite the crazy tornadoes that came through many parts of Alabama. Here's debris I found in my yard--probably from about 85 miles away in Tuscaloosa!

walk

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/27/2011 01:38:00 PM 0 comments

walk

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/26/2011 09:05:00 AM 0 comments

a walk outside my door

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/25/2011 12:36:00 PM 2 comments
For the next several days I'm going to post some photos from my regular walk. I walk right outside my door onto a path that is less than a mile long. I don't claim that all of these are the greatest photos, but I hope they give you a taste of life in the country.

Happy Easter!

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/24/2011 03:04:00 PM 0 comments

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life!

Secret Church

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/23/2011 12:15:00 PM 0 comments
last night

today

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/22/2011 11:06:00 AM 0 comments
Good Friday

Maundy Thursday

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/21/2011 09:43:00 PM 0 comments
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.


-John 13:34

beautiful spring

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/18/2011 04:36:00 PM 0 comments

hiking down the mountain

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/17/2011 06:34:00 PM 0 comments
 from beautiful scenery...
 ...to not so beautiful.

tornadoes

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/15/2011 06:22:00 PM 0 comments
Oh, the joys of life in Alabama...
Haven't blown away yet.

the road home

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/11/2011 03:43:00 PM 0 comments

I didn't drive back from Chicago, although that might have been faster in the long run! One of my flights was delayed 3 hours, and I ended up spending an extra night in Chicago. I guess there are worse places to be than the Radisson at Delta's expense.

And I won't show you all the food I scored with the free vouchers, but let's just say I used them all up. I should have plenty of extras for my lunches all week! Why turn down free food?

Chicago

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/09/2011 04:53:00 PM 0 comments
I'm at Techny Towers, near Chicago.

The leaves on the trees here haven't come out yet. Yikes!
Cold weather and no sweet tea...I don't think I could live here!

The truth of God is greater far

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/08/2011 07:51:00 PM 0 comments
The truth of God is greater far
Than our poor human mind,
Than any doctrine, creed, or sect,
All partial and confined.
His treasures hold uncounted wealth
That hearts have never heard.
Our boundless God has yet more light
To shine out from His Word.

Who dares to limit God Himself
To what we understand,
To shrink His sprawling mystery
And hold it in our hand?
Immensity of purest love!
An ocean unexplored!
Our boundless God has yet more light
To shine out from His Word.

O Lord, Your Word is Jesus Christ,
Your truth in us begun,
But O the depths of all He is
And all that He has done!
Let faith and love each day increase
The hunger You have stirred:
May more and more of Christ our Light
Shine brightly from Your Word!
 
~Ken Bible and George Rawson

view

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/04/2011 10:55:00 AM 0 comments
Here's the view from the star in spring.

food for thought

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/04/2011 10:01:00 AM 1 comments
I like this powerful analogy by Francis Chan.

amazing spring

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/02/2011 03:21:00 PM 0 comments

pelican

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/01/2011 09:17:00 PM 0 comments
I loved seeing all the pelicans at the beach!

sunset at the beach

Posted by mountainmelody On 4/01/2011 06:28:00 AM 0 comments

beach

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/28/2011 05:48:00 PM 0 comments
Here's the house where we stayed on Dauphin Island.
 It was very close to the beach. Nice!

birds at the beach

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/27/2011 07:06:00 PM 0 comments
video
Check out these birds that followed our ferry from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan. Watch the pelican in the second half of the video!

pollen

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/24/2011 07:11:00 PM 0 comments
Don't look now, but it's pollen season in Alabama.

Yellow dust coats everything, including my car...


...and the driveway to my work.

Lovely.

:)

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/22/2011 08:21:00 PM 0 comments

I love spring!

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/21/2011 05:30:00 PM 0 comments

Vulcan

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/20/2011 06:34:00 PM 0 comments
Yep, it's Vulcan!

:)

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/18/2011 07:57:00 PM 0 comments

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