Summer Fun

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joy in the journey

Sea turtle rests in soft sand

High Tide is coming

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Waves breach sandy wall

Sea sculpture in jeopardy

Turtle loses head 

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High tide claims its own

Turtle disappears in surf

Memories forever

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Photos; Dwight L. Roth

What’s Your Sign

Signs seem to be an important part of our lives. I remember when people would ask each other, “What’s your sign?” This usually referred to the signs of the Zodiac. In our world we take signs for granted, including when to cross the street, or where to cross, what to watch out for, where not to turn, and so many more. We depend on signs to send us in the right direction, show our streets, or the roads we are riding on. One sign many ignore is that little box that says, “I read and understand the rules and policies for this App!” Overwhelmed we just click and go on.

Even more disturbing is our failure to read Nature’s signs… wear your mask, get your vaccine shots, our climate is changing, our world population is spiraling upward, pollutions is killing our environment, and many more. To borrow a quote from Bill Engvall, “Here’s Your Sign!”

Signs of the times speak

Humans fail to hear prophets

Living in denial

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Painting Peru (photo montage)

In 2014 some neighbors we met from down the street came by my house and said they saw me painting in the garage. They wanted to commission me to paint several small paintings for them. His wife was from Peru and wanted some mementoes of Peruvian art. They gave me some pictures they wanted painted and I said I would try. After a couple of weeks, I had them done. They were pleased and I was happy to get a paid painting job. I don’t remember all the names of the objects. Perhaps you might know. One was a famous beach and another was a famous canyon, as deep or deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Peruvian Art

Meaningful home memories

Paintings on the wall

Paintings: Dwight L. Roth

CSX at Indian Trail

The old arts center at Indian Trail, NC was along side the railroad tracks. CSX trains often came rummbeling through the crossing, interrupting our live poetry readings. Susan Dedier, who was the director of the Arts Center at the time, was a great supporter of the arts. She was a fan of my art work as well, posting many of my paintings on the walls of the center. A few years ago the town of Indian Trail built a large new administrative complex. The small Arts Center was sold and our wonderful poetry readings sadly came to an end.

Before the Live Poetry Readings ended. I painted this large painting for her in appreciation of her support of my art and poetry. It was a 4 ft x 5 ft canvas that I got from the Habitat Restore. I primed and painted it with a large CSX train coming through the crossing. The building in the painting is Lilly’s auction house that sat on the opposite side of the tracks.

CSX freight train

Rolls through the IT crossing

Rattling our poems

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Kym Gordon Moore was our poetry host for these sessions, and it is because of her that I am writing this blog. I want to give her a shout out here:

Looking Upward | From Behind the Pen (wordpress.com)

Lifting Others Helps Us to Rise | From Behind the Pen (wordpress.com)

Ancient Superhero

This past week we visited the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. It has a great collection of Mexican, Central American, and Peruvian artifacts. It is amazing to see the detailed work on each object. Each piece was made with a purpose in mind. Many had spiritual significance attached with them. This rugged looking warrior reminded me of all the superheroes that have become so popular in the past few years.

Warrior in black paint

Headbanging club held ready

Past superhero

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

The Big Choices in Life

Choices made change our life forever. In 1936, my father was a young school teacher in a farming valley of Central Pennsylvania. He had just married my mom, his sweetheart, who lived on the farm across the road from his home. It was at that time that he was asked to consider leaving his teaching job and becoming the pastor of a country church in a small coal town of Southwestern Pennsylvania four hours away. It was a big decision for them to make, especially since my mom was pregnant at the time with my older brother.

After praying for direction and talking to their families they decided to accept what they felt was God’s call for their life. His family was supportive of the move, but her father was not happy that he was taking his oldest daughter to the coal fields of western Pennsylvania. In spite of this they decided to make the move in the spring of 1937. The move changed all of our lives forever. Together they raised five children, and he was pastor of the church there for thirty-one years. They were an example that shaped our lives and perspectives for which I am grateful.

On this Father’s Day, I think back over what I learned from both my father and my mother. It is not so much what they said, but who they were, their love for each other, and for others that left the lasting impressions on all of us children.

A paradigm shift

Teacher to pastor servant

Changed lives forever

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Father’s Day 2021

Rising From the Ashes

As we move back to our new normal, we think of so many who did not survive the pandemic or 2020. Family members and friends were included in the death toll. These blips in time have happened since the beginning of time. The human spirit always rises to meet the challenge. Sadly not all survive, but those of us who do go on, more aware than before of our fragile mortality realizing how quickly life can change.

From death’s dark ashes

Rise to live another day

Mourning those we loved

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Painting: Dwight L. Roth