Lost in the ethereal blues…

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Lost. f/8 @ 1/400 second. © 2017 Bruce Kraus. All rights reserved.

Lost in the ethereal blues, whites, and greys of an infinite horizon. Photographed along the Atlantic coastline of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

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A Place of Solace

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Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. f/2.8 @ 1/15 second.

It’s hard to imagine why any couple would simply sit quietly, huddled closely together upon the icy-cold granite outcrop, despite the howling gale and the tumultuous roar of the mighty Atlantic crashing against the rocky shoreline.

But that is exactly what my wife and I undertook one early evening in mid-August of 2014. It was a charming, itsy-bitsy place called Peggy’s Cove, situated along the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia. We almost had the quaint little locale all to ourselves. Only one straggler was lollygagging on the lee side of the statuesque white lighthouse. The octagonal tower, with balcony and lantern, has stood proudly upon the granite rock for over a century, guiding troubled and weary sailors through many a stormy night.

Our place of solace was almost desolate, barren of the hordes of tourists that visit during the daylight hours.

We envisaged ourselves to be ageless, timeless, listening to the rhythmic ocean waves pound upon the rock, like nature’s drum echoing in the hidden alcoves of an eternal mind. As the ethereal light began to vanish, I turned around and took a snapshot of that frigid, unbreakable place of many secrets. It was an idyllic place, a halcyon that brought us peace.

Just a stranger and a pair of prairie landlubbers, never to pass a word. There would be no salutation amongst shadows in the fading light.

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Thankfulness is more than an attitude…

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Giant pumpkins in Nova Scotia bring beautiful smiles. © 2017 Bruce Kraus. All rights reserved.

This morning I actually slept in until 8:00 AM. My wife was already up, nursing a hot cup of coffee and reading something on her iPad. The sun was literally beaming through the blinds of our living room windows, almost too bright for my preference in the morning. Fall is upon us, the morning sun is rather low on the eastern horizon, the cold air outside signalling that winter is just around the corner.

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I have so much to be thankful for over the last year. As I read the posts of both family and friends on FaceBook, I was visibly reminded that life can be mixed-bag for all of us. Some were posting pictures of their new babies (such a joy), others posted pictures of their travels around the world, and some were posting their viewpoints over current political and social agendas, and so forth.

It suddenly occurred to me that much of that does not really matter in light of knowing God. Regardless of how people celebrate Thanksgiving today, I am reminded of who we are truly expressing our thankfulness towards – Jesus Christ.

If you are having considerable difficulty coming up with ANY reason to be thankful today, may I suggest the following:

  1. Take out a sheet of paper and write out who you THINK you are. It does not have be a long drawn out affair – just go with your instinct or gut-feelings on this one.
  2. On the other side of the paper write out how you THINK God sees you.
  3. Somewhere in this process, you will discover something to be thankful for – I suspect that the second half of this exercise will provide the insight you may be looking for.

Have a great day 🙂

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I was born for such a time as this…

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The gull sees farthest who flies highest.

Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast about fake news and the current “popular” media debate on the First Amendment in the United States. We seem to be living in a time in history where both the First and Second amendments in the US constitution are under attack. If you have no idea what I am referring to, that is OK – Google is your friend.

From my perspective, a whole lot of presuppositions existed in that hyped-up podcast, a small offshoot of a major news network. The biggest presupposition or fable is that we are living in rapidly changing times, and that either we get on the “right” side of history or we will be left behind socially, culturally, politically, etc.

What a bunch of horse shit! It is obvious to anyone with reasonable intelligence and world travel experience, outside of their own little Columbia university alumni circle, that the entire world is NOT rapidly changing, as they say, but moving along at a rather slow turtle-like pace.

Most inhabitants on the planet like it that way – peaceful, predictable, and enduring.

The majority of the world’s population has not bought into the new wave of progressive liberalism as served up by the New York Times (NYT) and/or other social libertarian rags in the West. In fact, the majority of planet earth has not even read the NYT. Oh, for the love of foosball, many of the earth’s inhabitants don’t even own a TV, let alone have unrestricted high-speed access to the internet.

No, the truth is that the “rapidly changing society” disinformation is another falsehood propagated and disseminated by the liberal media in the West. For those addicted to their phones and social media, it may appear that universal society is out-of-control and in desperate need of a “good” injection of progressive liberalism to cure it.

Nothing could be farther from the truth! Ordinary people everywhere are living their lives just like they did centuries ago.

Eat, sleep, work, rinse, repeat.

Most of us in the West do not give a rat’s ass about what is happening amongst the inbred society of the politically correct. We are too busy involved in working, raising our families, and paying exorbitant taxes to support the discombobulated liberal agenda and their muppets and puppets who have nothing better to do than protest and bellyache all day long, 24-7.

I was born for such a time as this…I relish the opportunity to dispel the myths of that loud-mouthed group of miscreants known as progressive liberals.

Get a life, get a real job, and start contributing to Western society instead of your infantile and futile attempts to burn it to the ground.

You will be assimilated; resistance is futile 🙂

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The Big Picture

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The significance of being insignificant in the big picture cannot be overstated.

Sometimes, as human beings, we become so full of ourselves that we fail to realize who we are in the larger scope of life as we understand it. So much more to our universe than the human mind can even conceive. If anything, our own infinitesimal existence, compared to the timeless, endless span of the universe, should bring a certain degree of genuine humility rather than pride and arrogance in our own accomplishments.

I wish that were true…

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