The Way I See It

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Twice each year the Thursday blog is a sampling of my photos with quotes. It’s that time again and I hope you enjoy both.

"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August." Jenny Han
"To want to own a restaurant can be a strange and terrible affliction. The business attracts people for whom something in their lives has gone terribly wrong." Anthony Bourdain
“Hard by the church stood the public house; so often the two are closely conjoined, honorably sharing both joys and sorrows.” Jeremias Gotthelf
"Golf is a good walk spoiled." Mark Twain
“Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening.” Art Buchwald
“This was the desert..What survived had learned to save, live carefully, and keep a low profile, even appear to be dead for long periods. Perseverance and patience.” James Anderson
"Eavesdropping is a writer's occupational hazard: I think of it as minding my business." Barbara Kingsolver
“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” Eliott Erwitt
“Nature is as uniform as variant.” Mahrukh
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." Henry David Thoreau
"This is one of the disadvantages of wine, it makes a man mistake words for thoughts." Samuel Johnson
"They travel long distances to stroll along the seashore, for reasons they can't put into words." Edward O. Wilson
“If you want one last picture of authority and vulnerability together, laughter will do the trick. To laugh, to really laugh out loud, is to be vulnerable, taken beyond ourselves, overcome by surprise and gratitude." Andy Crouch
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    Debbie Farrar Glass
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    Thank you Fred. I always enjoy your photos and captions.

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    Bob Fryling
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    I love your pictures of specific people. The one of Andy Crouch is so great and true!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Bob. He has a great and classic laugh.

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    Juan Gallo
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    I love the Mark Twain quote and beautiful scenery.

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    Toni S Hibbs
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    Great photos and quotes. You have quite an eye for capturing great photos and sharing those of others . I love summer by the water (especially oceans). The Mark Twain golf course quote is awesome. And I love the black and white photo And quote. Can’t help but smile with Andy Crouch. Blessings and hugs to you and yours, Fred!!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Toni. Not everyone appreciates sitting at the table next to mine!

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    Donna Spann
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    Fred, I love the last photo………and it reminds me so much of you! I miss your laugh.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Donna. Yes, I took that picture in Los Angeles at a meeting but did get his permission to use it!

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    David Spence
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    The Samuel Johnson quote is spot on!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      I had alternate quote for that one. “The problem of being a bartender is knowing who is drunk and who is just stupid.”

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    Lucille DiDomenico
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    I think this may actually be the first time I have posted a comment! Please do not stop enriching our hearts and minds!
    Hope to see you before the end of this century.
    Warmest regards and affection,
    Lucille

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Well, if it is the first time it should not be the last time. I need the encouragement! I get into Dallas more often now that our daughter, Haley, moved there from Los Angeles. Next week I am going in on the 23rd to spend a little time at Bonton Farms and eat at the cafe. I have never been there. Have you been there? You would be welcome to join us.

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    Lynne Veerman
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    This was a wonderful visual respite…not one single reminder of the strange times we are currently experiencing!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Lynne! What a creative compliment. I spoke to Bill Shipley yesterday and he is wearing me out with stories about Montreat!

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    David Galloway
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    I have been listening to Tony Bourdain on tape as he read his book Kitchen Confidential. His honesty about his life in the food world is striking, and a good lead for those of us who write or speak about the contours of life. The wild menagerie of folks in the restaurant industry is telling, particularly as he notes the personalities of the various roles. Having been a bouncer and a bartender, I was always struck with the parallels to life in the church. It’s all around a table, and involves people seeking shelter, sharing a journey.
    I love Tony, and particularly appreciated his appreciation for diverse culture, and his leaning in to new experience. I miss his presence in this world.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, David. I had an alternate quote for the BW photo of the bar. “The problem of a bartender is knowing who is drunk and who is just stupid.”

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    Karen Jones
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    As always, great pix! You have a gift.

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    John Sims
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    Fred:

    Thanks for sharing. The twice-yearly photo feature always carries a special meaning (or, more accurately, meanings) — and the comments have a kind of stone soup effect. Keep saying — and doing — good things.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, John. Stone soup is the best kind.

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    David Park
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    Fred, I enjoyed this so much! Thank you for marrying insights with pictures in such a memorable way.

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