March 2017 Photo Challenge – Day 2 A Corner

We often don't think about the corners of our homes or the corners in our lives. The photo challenge was to take a picture of a corner, so I did just that.

We often don’t think about the corners of our homes or the corners in our lives. The photo challenge was to take a picture of a corner, so I did just that.

Let's not take another day to reach out to those we love.  You never know if you will have another day to share a laugh again.

I thought of a few corners in my house and consequently I found there are corners with rocking chairs and aloe vera and corners with doll houses.  There are corners with pillows and corners with books.  I hadn’t paid attention to how many corners in my house have chairs.  When thinking about what corner I should take a picture of, consequently I thought this corner the best for a photograph.   Even though I do not use it much it still has some memories to it.

When I look at this photo it reminds me of a poem found at allpoetry.com. After I found this poem, it brought memories and tugged on my heart. The poem is called Around The Corner written by Charles Hanson Towne.   It seems like a clock, some flowers and a chair are calling for a long lost friend to sit.

Here’s the poem:

Around The Corner

Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
“Tomorrow” I say! “I will call on Jim

Just to show that I’m thinking of him”,
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,
“Here’s a telegram sir,” “Jim died today.”
And that’s what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Let’s not take another day to reach out to those we love.  You never know if you will have another day to share a laugh again.

March 2017 Photo Challenge – Day 1 My View

My favorite views sometimes are simple, ordinary and commonly unseen. Others are majestic. Today I would like to focus on a view I love: The Mesa Temple.

My favorite views sometimes are simple, ordinary and commonly unseen. Others are majestic. Today I would like to focus on a view I love: The Mesa Temple.

My View

Sometimes sitting at the temple is the most peaceful feeling in the world.  Even though there are many LDS temples around the world, I particularly love the Mesa Temple.  If you choose to take a walk around the grounds you will always find beautiful flowers in bloom.  Also there are two reflection pools that are great for taking pictures by.  One pool is by the front, which you see in the picture above.   Another pool is on the side closer to the visitor’s center where you can easily sit on a bench to read for a while.

While visiting the Mesa Temple, if you pay close attention you will notice carved features along the top.  There’s so much detail to this structure that you can’t help but be in awe as you stare at the beautiful designs on the side of the building.   There’s so much green in one place it stands out in the desert.

The Visitors Center

Right across the temple is the visitors center which has the Christus Statue and also beautiful art to look at.  You can see many Book of Mormons as you walk in as well.  There are many languages that the book is translated into that it may take you by surprise.  There are also videos to watch and friendly missionaries to greet you if you have any questions.  Its truly a positive atmosphere where you can feel at peace.

I love the temple and how peaceful and wonderful it is there.  Around Christmas time the temple is all lit up with many lights and nativities.  You will often see performances at the Mesa Temple throughout the year including the Easter Pageant that is coming up in April.  If you ever want to enjoy the view go to the front and sit right on a bench and look up.  You will love the reflection pool and the peace you feel there.