Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

It’s sweet corn time in Iowa! When I came to preach in view of a call in Iowa 20 years ago next month, one of the pulpit committee members hosted a dinner in which massive quantities of sweet corn were served. I took one ear while others took two or three. I soon found out why…it was like dessert. Therefore, between mid-July and mid-August folks line up at local farmers’ roadside stands to buy a baker’s dozen of these exquisite ears.

The Gates family always brings their daily distribution of fresh picked sweet corn in this 1954 Chevy pickup. This “relic” is always a sign that good eatin’ is just a shuck and a boil (or microwave) away.


Check out the article in our local paper that ran today…”How Sweet It Is.

Donncha Ó Caoimh makes this week’s photo challenge:

Share a photo of what “relic” means to you — it could be your still-running 1979 Honda Accord Hatchback, a historic building in your town, or an old, rusted farm implement poking up through the long grass in a field.

Click HERE for more examples of “relic.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

Weekly Photo Challenge for 7/19/13: FreshThe definition for fresh has a bit of a fork in it – it’s a state (new, recent, previously unknown) and it’s a taste or sensation (cool, sweet, invigorating, refreshing).

With the introduction of this week’s topic, I was not sure what to pursue. However, a couple of items just showed up in my home that seem to fit: fresh flowers and fresh sweet corn.

My wife experienced a slight mishap this past week, requiring “Good Samaritans” to come to her aid. Then, her dear friend arrived at our home this morning with a half-dozen roses. These fresh-cut flowers brightened her day! Grateful for the kindness of friends and strangers to bring aid and refreshment in the midst of pain.Fresh FlowersOne of the tasty parts of summer is fresh produce, and there is nothing that compares to Iowa sweet corn. It is just now coming into season and it is good!

Fresh Iowa Sweet CornIt will be fun to look for some other examples of “fresh” this week.