2017: The Year in Pictures

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As some of you know, I enjoy taking pictures – and then finding something to say. Here are 15 from the past year that I hope will provoke some thoughts.

Fred Smith
Fred Smith is a graduate of Denver University and Harvard Divinity School. He spent several years as teacher and administrator at Charlotte Christian School and The Stony Brook School before co-founding Leadership Network with Bob Buford and serving as President for 12 years. Fred is the Founder of The Gathering, an international association of individuals, families and private foundations giving to Christian ministries. Fred will tell you his true vocation is that of a Sunday School teacher and it is this role for which he would most like to be remembered. Fred and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. They also have three well-loved grandchildren.
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  • Joe Leininger
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    Beautiful pictures and wonderful quotes. Thanks for sharing your gift Fred.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Joe. I appreciate your reading the blog. I always like this one.

  • Eileen Bakke
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    Good morning Fred! You are a phenomenal photographer! Thank you for sharing these images and quotes. I especially love the portrait of Steve Garber. Blessings in 2018 to you and your family.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      That is kind, Eileen. I’m having a conversation with YLNYC this week.

  • Clare Frist
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    Stellar photos and quotes…thanks so much!

  • Robert Wolgemuth
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    Thank you, Fred…for posting these amazing photos. Behind that smile (and amazing laugh) and capable leadership is a brilliant artist. Well done. Happy New Year, my friend. Robert Wolgemuth

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Robert. We have so many good memories, don’t we? Thank you for your friendship!

  • Neuenschwander
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    If you were to publish your pictures and accompanying quotes and thoughts, there would be one on my coffee table.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Well, this is a nice thing to say. Do you really have a coffee table?

      • Neuenschwander
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        We do have a coffee table at our home. However, even though we live in Starbucks country, I loathe coffee.

        • Neuenschwander
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          So, I guess it isn’t a coffee table technically. It is a coffee-table-book table.

          • Fred Smith
            Fred Smith

            I don’t want to split hairs. You don’t have a coffee table.

  • Patty Machin
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    Beautiful and insightful! Thanks for sharing.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Patty! I appreciate your saying this.

  • Curtis Meadows
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    Poetry comes in many forms, through well crafted words, through the joy of accomplishment, through a camera lens in the hands of an artist and through a teacher’s ability to light up our thoughts. You, my friend, can do all of these, especially when helping others take to heart the words of the teacher of men, our Savior. Gratefully, Curtis

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Curtis – Thank you! You are a friend like no other.

  • sam Griffith
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    I echo the thoughts of the one who wanted a book of your photographs and quotes.
    And, yes, if you published such, 1. I would buy one and treasure it, and 2. Yes, I would even buy a coffee table on which to put it.
    Sam

  • Nan
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    Thank you, Fred! And happy new year.

  • Kathey chapman
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    I love your blog and especially the pictures. They challenge me to look deeper. But, I totally disagree with “The Beach”.
    It actually sucks the stress out of my blog. But to each his own “Wharaburger”.

  • Rita Fryer
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    Thank you Fred. Always enjoy this perspective and reflections on your year. Looks like it was a good one.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Rita. I love finding the quotes.

  • Fonda Latham
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    Such a generous gift you share with us!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Well, it is generous until someone writes and complains! Then it’s all over.

  • Cathy Krafve
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    Thank you, Fred. What beauty for the eyes and the heart….

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Cathy. It’s a pleasure for me to do the photo pieces.

  • Smith Noland
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    Fred, thank you for the economy of words and visuals; images

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Yes, it takes more time for find fewer words.

  • Andrew Jones
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    Fred, I love the way social media has welcomed you in and allowed you to find further forms of creative expression. I notice, as do many of us, that you are faithful to publish a post every Thursday (a great habit and worthy of emulation) and now to see your amazing photos just reminds me that we all have the potential to discover certain corners of the internet and potentialities of certain new media art-forms that resonate with the particular gifts we hold and give way to the unique perspectives on life that we treasure and want to share. Keep it up!!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Andrew. Yes, the discipline of doing something every week is a good one I appreciate your reading it. The photography part is fun. I like finding a quote that is a fit for how I feel about the photo.

  • Jeanie Hoover
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    Exquisite! I only wish they were in book form!

  • Sara Dormon
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    Beautiful pictures and brilliant quotes. Thank you for sharing your gifts and wisdom.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Sara. It’s always something I look forward to doing.

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