Loaves & Fishes

This past Sunday our church collected its “fish banks” for missionaries. The bible verses were recalled where one of the first miracles performed by Jesus on earth fed thousands surrounding Our Lord. When the multitudes were finished eating their fill Jesus sent out his disciples with baskets to collects the leftovers. Each church member took his fish bank home and saved as much as they could for the poor. They were collected in these baskets by the children of our church.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”




JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Graveyards and Skeltons

JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Graveyards and Skeltons

Since I just recently took the shot below I decided to offer it as my entry in this challenge. A personal fact involving Halloween is that I married my third and final wife on Halloween many years ago. She passed away in 2011 but we used to always joke how interesting our honeymoon night was with kids and parents knocking on our door so many times that night. 🙂


Share Your World – 2016 Week 43

Share Your World – 2016 Week 43

What are you really glad you did yesterday?

Although it was an uneventful Monday I enjoyed lunch at the Senior Center in Uxbridge, MA

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

I’ve never enjoyed climbing stairs so I’m grateful for a single level dwelling thank you. My arthritic knees thank you as well. 🙂

Have you done something you truly want to do today?

If I understand the question correctly I’m looking forward to lunch with my friends today.

What plans did you have as a teenager that didn’t happen? Are you happy it didn’t work out that way?

I worked hard to earn a full scholarship to any state college in Illinois. I had plans to graduate with a degree in mathematics but the Vietnam War interrupted my education after just 2 years at my college of choice. I was disgusted my entire life that Uncle Sam keeps interrupting young lives to fight their stupid little wars. It changed my life forever as I had to drop out of college and enter the Air Force for 4 years. Now I must buy my clothing from China, Vietnam & Cambodia. 😦 No, I’m NOT happy it worked out that way!

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for having a nice place to live surrounded by senior friends that I enjoy. I’m grateful for God’s love and His constant care for me. I’m grateful for the upcoming holidays and sharing those holidays with those close to me, whether it’s my neighbors, friends or church congregation. 🙂


Sent To Blackstone River Corridor Inc

Fortunately for me I brought my camera with me to the calendar award ceremony in Uxbridge. I couldn’t believe the organization shot the winning photographers with a cell phone. I didn’t get a photo of the actual photographers but I did manage to capture a picture of the framed photographs on display before that award presentation. There were 13 winners in all as the cover photo was in addition to the 12 months in the year. My entry won for the month of October. It’s pretty much hidden behind all the rest. I will be emailing the photo below to the agency putting on the contest. I’m enjoying my 6 free calendars as I give them away to friends and relatives. I even donated one to the Senior Center in Uxbridge as a prize to be given away during our Tuesday game of chance. Hard to judge if the winner of that game this week will enjoy the calendar prize as much as the $5 bill given away to the two winners. 🙂


The Last Gasp Of Autumn

Where has this year gone? It’s been a solid year since I moved to Uxbridge, MA from Portland, OR. Last year’s color was subdued compared to this year’s outburst of color. We’ve had windy, stormy weather this past week and I fear that does it for the majority of trees have dropped their leaves. I’m grateful I captured some of this season on camera.


Blackstone River Corridor Calendar Release Party


It was fun attending this year’s calendar release celebration especially since my name and photo were included. I won for the month of October in the 2017 calendar and received 6 free copies of the printing. Individual prints of each month’s entry were framed with the photographer’s name displayed next to it. This is an annual event so I look forward to next year’s contest.

There were tables loaded full of “finger foods” available to the winning photographers and their guests. Name tags were made for the photographers with their winning entries printed right on the tag, a nice touch. It was interesting and fun to get the opportunity to chat with all the winners. Photos were taken of the group holding their framed entries. Each winner received 6 of the printed calendars for each winning entry. Two of the photographers had more than one winning month.

The contest used a blind selection process so that the judges had no way of knowing who took which entry. I was happy to have been chosen for the coveted October shot as there were many submissions for the most colorful month in New England.

BHC Announces 2017 Calendar Contest Winners & Release Party

October Winning Entry by Bob Mielke



The WOW Factor

I took a short drive right at sunrise to get a couple of donuts and a cup of coffee. We’re talking 7:15, rush hour. I looked along the side of the road at the dam in Uxbridge that runs across the Mumford River. ow! I had to get home quickly to grab my camera gear. Sunrises in October can be breathtaking at times. That was my reaction this morning. Everything was perfect, the sky, the golden hour of light at sunrise and of course, the trees. Enjoy!



Pleasant Street CRC Staff 2016

So yesterday was a full, rewarding day for me, taking portraits of my church’s staff at the church. This was a planned event so everyone was looking their best.

Now, the toughest question: Where do we shoot the pictures? It was an overcast foggy day outside so that’s where I suggested we go. The staff were all shaking their heads in disbelief. I explained it was the absolute best place to do the deed because an overcast sky guarantees even, pleasant lighting. Had the sun been out the light would have been harsh, casting dark shadows across their faces. It’s a photographer thing, something I teach my students on the first or second lesson. It’s all about the light!

I couldn’t wait to process the pictures when I returned home. I was right about the light being perfect outside. We walked completely around the church and its grounds before I spotted the location for the closeups, the front entrance of the church. There were giant wooden doors that would provide a contrasting background for the head and shoulders portraits requested. I eliminated all distracting elements in post processing and kept the changes throughout the individual images. I think they’re going to like the results! I’ll be presenting them to the Pastor and Sadie, the church’s indispensable secretary. I’m going there tomorrow morning for men’s bible study as well as senior coffee & donuts.

From my observation the church waits way too long to get new pictures taken. The church’s latest directory is around 5 years old. Folks have changed the way they look in a big way. Babies have been born, hairstyles change. I’ll leave it up to the pastor should he want more recent shots taken each year.




Raymond “Al” Ericsson

I moved to Uxbridge, MA on October 03, 2015. Other than my landlords, the Armstrongs, the first person I met in Massachusetts was Raymond “Al” Ericsson. I was exploring Uxbridge and came across the Crown & Eagle Apartments, an old mill converted to apartments here in town. Ray, who lives at these apartments, was pushing his wheelchair down the sidewalk where I was photographic the beautiful grounds of the Crown & Eagle Apartments. he stopped and we chatted for a while before moving on to our next destination.

I bumped into Ray again at the Uxbridge Senior Center. There he was known as “Al”. Turns out Al is a regular there, taking advantage of their great lunch program. I went to the senior center for my first 6 months  in Uxbridge, taking a hiatus for a few months before returning as a regular myself. Al is still there, sitting at the men’s table every day for lunch. He catches a ride to and from the center on their shuttle bus. I haven’t utilized that free service yet but the members of my senior government housing project, Calumet Court, do. This Winter I may join them on the shuttle bus to avoid the messy snow conditions here.

I’ve taken a number of pictures of Al in the past year since he’s such a popular member at the Senior Center. We cater to his needs as best we can. I look forward to seeing his smiling face every day.