This week it’s “Photo Wednesday”

 lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121
– Derek and Max

If you are an astute reader (and I am sure that you are) you will have noted a shift in this blog over recent weeks. This space has been less, “WORDS & Photographs for the Journey” and more, “Words and PHOTOGRAPHS for the Journey.” I am still, first and foremost, a writer; but the photographs have been helping me out more and more.

Not that I’m getting any complaints! In fact, the first three months of 2022 have seen record numbers in terms of views (over 50,000 to date), and over 7,000 people are now signed up as “followers.”

So today I’m focusing on three categories: Family. Food. Max!


After such a fun visit here in NC, we already miss our Miami grandchildren so much. Both the older siblings are wonderful with Geoffrey, but David is unusually sensitive, and he goes out of his way to be a helpful and compassionate big brother (Miami photos by Naomi).

Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, Max plays his role to perfection, especially when it comes to taking care of Grandma Grace.


Food photography tends to be a challenge because I am always so focused on getting the recipe right, making sure the timing is on cue, serving the plates, and then getting on with the eating part!

But I would be remiss if I didn’t say we have had a good food week thus far. Chili for the wintery reprise; grilled chicken and sun-dried tomatoes with goat’s cheese and asparagus; pan-fried Grouper with a lemon butter caper sauce. Are you hungry yet?


This week’s perfectly beautiful 50-degree weather, featuring Carolina-blue skies and sunshine, set up well for some afternoon walks with Max.

There are a lot of reasons to clear my head nowadays, and walking the dog is one of my favorite mental-health initiatives.

Another effective intervention, of course, is reading scripture. So I will close today’s post with the following words from The Psalms:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121

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