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Update:Photo Contestant (Me) Needs Your Vote or Vote for My Sister

I’ve entered Landscape Dreams Photo Contest and I would appreciate your vote.

If you like my either of my entries, please do me the honor of voting for it. Clicking on the picture and sign in.  When the link takes you there, it asks you to log in-you say yes-then it asks if you want to do it though facebook-yes to that-then it gives you an app for facebook-you just hit cancel on that and then -finally you get to input your login for facebook and get to the picture- there is a tab that says “vote for this entry”-, hit that and then it should work and of course the number of votes go up by 1vote by hitting the VOTE button:

Sunset Majesty

 Sunset Majesty

 Sandia Dreaming

Sunset Before the Storm


You might like to vote for my sister, Bernadette Buechler’s entry: Sunset Tapestry Over White Sands


Photo Contestant (Me) Needs Your Vote or Vote for My Sister

I’ve entered Landscape Dreams Photo Contest and I would appreciate your vote.

If you like my either of my entries, please do me the honor of clicking on the picture and vote by hitting the VOTE button:

Sandia Dreaming

Sunset Before the Storm


You might like to vote for my sister, Bernadette Buechler’s entry: Sunset Tapestry Over White Sands

“Over In A Sigh”–Life on Planet Earth

The Anchoress writes:

It’s good to remember that our time on earth is short.  — that, as Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton said, “we are made for eternity” and not just for our brief sojourn, here. Read more here.

Psalm 90

Our span is seventy years,
or eighty for those who are strong.

And most of these are emptiness and pain.
They pass swiftly and we are gone.
Who understands the power of your anger
and fears the strength of your fury?

Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.

For the Love of Horses II

For the Love of Horses

Abandoned Barn – Photography

Amish Boy in the Tall Grass

Fully Human, Fully Alive!

This is what we all looked like at 12 weeks in the womb. Legal to kill in all 50 states. Anyone think its not a person?

Congratulations to My Grand Nephew and Foxtrot Battery

Photo credit :Bernadette Buechler ( my sister-extrordinaire)  and Willowtree Studio

And while your here please say this prayer to St. Michael for Foxtrot Battery and all our military men and women around the world.  These are dangerous times!

Michael, Michael of the morning,
Fresh chord of Heaven adorning,
Keep me safe today,
And in time of temptation
Drive the devil away.

Photography by Joann Nelander

Click for My Photo Gallery

On a Visit of the Pilgrim Virgin

Pick me up, dear Mother
Your visit means so much to me.
O, how I need a mother.

I gaze at your image,
And you engrave it on my heart.
The beating of my heart,
Reminds me of my mortality,
And how you were
At a moment in time, Mary,
The young virgin with Child, in Nazareth,
Living life on earth
As I do now.

O,  how I wish to live
In your purity
And simplicity of heart.

Here I am
At your feet in supplication,
Pleading peace,
That I might live
In the spirit of Shalom.

Here is my kiss.
Remember me,
As You gaze on your Son.
Engrave my name upon His heart,
As  your fire of love blazes
In His presence.
I am love,
Awaiting the embrace of Love.

Copyright Joann Nelander 2012

Seeing is Believing? What Do You See?

While bicycling, I came upon this tree.

I was stopped in my tracks by what I saw.

On my next ride , I took this  photograph. 

What, if anything other than a tree, do you see? 

Scourging and Crucifixion imaged in living tree

Flowers and Drunken Bees

Flowers in the rain
Petals open to sustain

Life that is and is to be
Crouched in hidden expectancy

Bees by colors in delight,
Arrested, nay, beguiled, alight.

To sip and gather on furry feet
Nectar and pollen of life so sweet.

Flower to flower in drunken run
Dance the mystery now begun.

by Joann Nelander

*    “A hapless male bee, blind drunk with the flower’s overpowering pheromones, might well mistake a toadstool for a suitable mate” a tidbit from Wikipedia

Patriotic Blessing

The little boy in this photo carried this American flag with him up to communion at this morning’s Mass. What a blessing!

Happy Spring-time Everyone! First Day!

Snow Angel

Our Lady of Snow

First Day of Spring

Ahhh, Waters of Spring!

Faith for Living

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Mother and Child

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Solemn Moment

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Heart to Heart

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Living Faith

Adoration at the Grotto

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Solemn Reminder of Death in Haiti

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The caption reads:

Black ribbons tied to a metal cross flutter in the wind on a hilltop above the mass grave site where many thousands of earthquake victims are buried, February 21, 2010 in Titanyen, Haiti. Bodies have arrived every day since last month’s 7.0 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.2 million homeless. Called Haiti’s ‘Valley of Death.’

The Man and The Eagle

The Story

Checkout Joan’s Rome for her interesting coverage of the Pope pilgrimage with a personal touch:


Rallying Point for Citizens

InstaPundit on behalf of Simon Jester:

Here is where we could use your help. Submit your t-shirt ideas. Send us articles about dumb government. Even send us pictures of you and your neighbors at a tea party, esp. if you are sporting a Simon Jester! We will publish your pictures down there in the gallery, investigate your articles and give our take on them, and some new designs are already in the works. We aim to be a source of information and a rallying point for citizens who love the liberty inherent in all men and codified in our founding documents.

More Nebraska

More Nebraska!gone1


Nebraska flashback-

Nebraska Tunnel Walk  9/11

A Heavenly Bit of Alma, Nebraska










So, if Alma is for you, check it out!

Ash Wednesday Photo Mosaic

A Thousand Words

theologienne's Ash Wednesday Mosaic

Complements of  Flickr

More – O Happy Day – Ordination Video

Update: O HappyDay:


Procession of the Cross


The Candidate for the Sacred Priesthood –  Jeffrey Neil Steenson


Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan


Calling and Presentation of the Candidate for the Priesthood  Jeffrey Neill Steenson


Prostration and Litany of the Saints


Ordained and Invested


Kiss of Peace


Greeting by Rev. Fr. Scott Mansield


Presentation of the Gifts by the Steenson Family




A Few Words


Recessional  – Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Neill Steenson


Recessional and Blessing by Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan

Thanks Be To God!

What Do You See?

Everyday I drive down this street and slow down in amazement.


Do you see what I see?  Tell me what you see!