Throwback Thursday: Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse began as the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse in 1883. Construction began in 1884 and was completed in 1886. It was first lit in November 1887. In the 1920s the Lighthouse service added indoor plumbing and bathrooms in the keepers’ building. In 1925 electricity arrived at the light. The name was changed to Ponce de Leon Inlet in 1927.

When the Lighthouse Service was abolished in 1939 the Lighthouse was transferred to the Coast Guard. During World War II, the keepers quarters were  turned into barracks for the Coast Guardsmen who protected the light and stood watch against enemy submarines. In 1953 the lighthouse became automated.  The Coast Guard abandoned the Light Station in 1970 when a new light was established at the Coast Guard Station on the south side of the Inlet.  Two years later the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association was founded as a non-profit, organization to restore and operate the property as a museum. In 1972, the Light Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of only a handful of 19th Century Light Stations to have all its original buildings still intact.

TDZ Retrospective: Compass

Originally posted August 18, 2013.

As the sailor locates his position on the sea by “shooting” the sun, so we may get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are right when and only when we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position. A.W. Tozer

Taken near Bocca Grande, FL

Taking a stand on moral issues can be difficult in a society that glorifies tolerance, political correctness and individuality. Whose moral standards does one adhere to? What happens when one’s personal convictions collide with that of another? Is it intolerant to maintain one’s personal standards with those around us claim it is old-fashioned, closed-minded or even hateful?

Like Tozer I believe that God is the starting point for moral standards.  What I may think is right is often influenced by my personal knowledge, emotions or circumstances. The constant in my life is God. He doesn’t change.

It isn’t intolerant to have personal convictions and standards. One important element of my faith is the conviction is that God’s Word (the Bible) is the standard for my life. It is the foundation of my moral compass. There are absolutes.

At the same time I also believe that the Bible has guidelines for how we should treat others. Just because you don’t agree with someone doesn’t mean you should be rude or inconsiderate.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. Psalm 111:10 NIV

Throwback Thursday: Sky

From July 5th, 2011, this is one of my all-time favorite shots. It was taken in Cedar Key, Florida.

I took this at Cedar Key, Florida.  We had gone on the sunset cruise. The public pier is on the left hand side. It is the new concrete one that was built after the 2004 hurricanes wiped out the old ones.  On the right hand side is the old Sea Breeze restaurant.

TDZ Retrospective: A Masterpiece

Posted April 14, 2013.
057 I made this Piggy bank as a gift several years ago. When The Big Guy was a grad student I was able to use the studio in the student center. The studio was run for and by students. The prices were good plus it was convenient.

I worked on Piggy for several hours until she looked just right. She was so cute. Everyone in the studio agreed Piggy was adorable. Piggy was left to be fired and finished. I was really excited about my masterpiece. When I create things there is a sense of pride in my work especially if I create it as a gift for someone.

062When I returned a few days later to pick up Piggy and some other pieces I was disappointed to find that something had gone wrong in the firing process.  Piggy was perfect except for little dent marks on top.  The student manager offered another product on the house. She went off on a long explanation how Piggy was to blame for the problems. It was hard to “fire” Piggy and that no one ever made piggy banks. Instead she kept offering me a cute panda or elephant “piggy bank”. She didn’t understand why I didn’t want a panda or an elephant. They weren’t the same. Dejectedly I set Piggy at my workspace and selected another piece. The manager started to take Piggy away. When I stopped her, she was amazed that I still wanted a damaged product like Piggy. Well of course, I wanted Piggy she was my creation. I invested time into Piggy.

057Many times we are like Piggy. We were created for a purpose.  However we have gotten messed up with dents and dings from life. It doesn’t mean that God wants to throw us out. He wants to redeem, re-purpose and even use life’s dings for our good.

Like Piggy God can still use us. We use Piggy to collect spare change. All of the spare change is donated to missions, World Hunger Day, Operation Christmas Child and other charitable causes.


TDZ Retrospective: Laundry, Dishes and Faith

From August 5, 2012

Household chores are a challenge for me. It seems that there is a constant battle to maintain a somewhat clean home.  I do try to keep things clean and my house is actually fairly organized. (No clean and organized are not synonyms.) Between, work, life and having ADHD it is just hard. Actually my struggles with maintaining a clean home are normal for adult women with ADHD.  I have discovered several things that help me keep things under control. If I can stay on-top of the laundry and dishes life is good.

Ever noticed if you leave one towel or the floor or even one sock somehow a pile of clothes appears out of nowhere. It is as if the clothes jump out of the closet while I’m at work each day. It seemed like that no matter how hard I tried we always had a pile of laundry to wash. Or even worse a pile of clean clothes that never got put up. It always seemed we ran out of clean clothes at the absolute worse time. So there was a constant struggle to do just enough to get by because I never had time to catch up. Dishes were another source of turmoil. I would try to cook healthy meals but never have the time or energy to clean the kitchen after dinner. After a long day of work, fixing dinner and of course trying to squeeze in some laundry I just couldn’t face the kitchen. Then the sink would seem to take over my whole kitchen. Just walking into the room and seeing the mess would zap all energy out of me. I felt defeated before I could even start.  Two baby-steps I learned from The FlyLady were to have a shiny sink every night before you go to bed and system for doing laundry: one load in the morning, swap in middle of the day and one load at night.  Usually I just do a load when I come home in the evening and maybe one before going to bed. When I do those two simple things life and my house is easier to manage.  Another thing I learned from the FlyLady is to have daily routines that “automate” the house and ones life. By sticking with simple routines like picking out clothes for the next day and packing lunches at night life is much easier. While my mornings still start why too early it is less hectic.

So you may be wondering what faith has to do with dishes and laundry. Well the Christian life has routines or  disciplines that make things less chaotic as well. Routines like prayer, Bible Study, worship, service and just some alone time with God.  These are the building blocks that help be stay connected with my faith. When I neglect these routines my life begins to become cluttered with junk.

  105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,    a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105, New International Version)