Happy Easter!

I hope we all remember and are thankful today for the resurrection, the true meaning and reason for Easter!

From “What A Beautiful Name~ Hillsong Worship

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

Easter Worship 2019 - 12Stone Church

Easter Worship 2019 – 12Stone Church

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Sweet Auburn / MLK Neighborhood

Big city architecture is always an allure to me, but more gems can often be found by venturing off the main path into nearby neighborhoods.  I wandered into Sweet Auburn and the area where Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and pastored on a Saturday walk about.  There’s so much history there, of course.  But, it is still a living neighborhood combing both preservation of history and families living their lives.  Upon rounding a corner just 2 blocks from the famous Ebenezer Baptist Church, I found this and fell in love with the color and creativity.

Sweet Auburn - Spring at its Best

Sweet Auburn – Spring at its Best

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Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Atlanta has pockets of great architecture, and several downtown hotels highlight this.  I’ve photographed and posted images from the Marriott Marquis (Marriott Marquis Atlanta).  The Hyatt Regency has similarities and is equally compelling.  This should be no surprise since John C. Portman is the architect of both (as well as SunTrust, the subject of my prior post).

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

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SunTrust Plaza

From a Saturday walkabout …. #lovearchitecture :-) .

Steps - SunTrust Plaza

Steps – SunTrust Plaza

Wrap-around - SunTrust Plaza

Wrap-around – SunTrust Plaza

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Track Twenty Nine …

This statin is full of history and architecure!  The terminal was finished in 1909, accommodated up to 50 trains per day in its “hay day,” and its design won an architectural design award in Paris that year.  Original known as Terminal Station, it is now the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.  The hotel property includes the famous locomotive for which the song was named, as well as a number of turn-of-the-century train cars used as guest rooms.

Terminal Station

Terminal Station

Passages 2.0

Two of my favorite small cities are Chattanooga and Asheville.  Each has a small city feel with tons to offer, including an eclectic flare for the arts and creativity.

This small alley in Chattanooga, called “Passages 2.0”, is an example of how the city continues to transform old, historical architecture into new and vibrant creations.  I find something new each time I visit these two unique southern cities.

Passages 2.0 - Chattanooga, TN

Passages 2.0 – Chattanooga, TN


Rock Springs – Like Home

Love this old church, and have shared a post and photo before.  I drive past it every weekend, and I always feel like I’m stepping back in time to my childhood when small, country churches were prevalent in my rural part of the world (Lewis County, TN).  Folks worked hard, and many were rooted in faith at their local country church.  Each church served generations of families and the community.  I’m so blessed to have experienced such heritage and faithfulness.

On my drive-by late yesterday, the sun kissed the rustic whitewashed church front as if God were shining a spotlight on it.

Rock Springs Church - Gwinnett County, GA

Rock Springs Church – Gwinnett County, GA


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The Chosen

From an incredible worship service today at 12Stone Church … God tells us we (those who follow him) should be different, and above all,  love others.

I Peter 2:9-12 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

Do you prefer the color or B&W version?

Worship Him.

Worship Him

Worship Him

Worship Him

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The Little Kitchen That Could

I shared a photo and post in November, 2017 about a beautiful experience Kathy and I literally stumbled into.  You can read the original post here.

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Fast forward a year and 3 months … I received a note (posted below) from Tom Hare, the passionate owner and artist of this fantastic work-of-art cabin.  His note completely made my day, and it reminded me how seemingly small things can have lasting impressions.

BTW – Tom rents cabins and gives tours!
Briar Rose Farm
toms1940ford@gmail.com or Listed on AirBNB

Tom’s Note:

Dear Mark,

I hope things are going good for you, as things are going good for me. Thanks for giving me a new direction to travel in my life. That photo you took of my kitchen changed everything for me. 

As I told you, my cabin made Home Of The Week in two major newspapers in 2018; it was also featured again in both of those papers in an end-of-the-year recap of the best kitchens and bathrooms. My cabin, which came in under $5,000 for everything, was up against $35,000 kitchens in $1,000,000 homes. You can imagine what this did for me and my self esteem- I had to go to town to get measured for a bigger hat. 
I am now trying to get a grant to finish this farm off. Some of my projects include:
  • Building a blacksmith shop
  • Building an outhouse with a flush toilet
  • Getting the spring house working again
  • Signage for the nature trail
  • Getting the saw mill working again
  • Refurbishing my gasoline powered Maytag washing machine (It washes clothes, makes butter and ice cream, and grinds meat! This runs on       1920s technology, and I can’t even get a cell phone to work here)
  • Building a summer kitchen
  • Starting a farm garden like old farmsteads used to have
  • Registering both farms as film locations. 
All of this just started to come to mind after you took that photo of my kitchen. On February 23, a photography club will be coming here for a field trip, and they will want to know what kind of camera and lens you used when you took that photo.
Mark do you see what has happened here? That one photo you took is worth thousand words and new ideas. 
Thank you so much,

Morning at the Museum #1 – Labyrinth

Another fun visit to the High Museum of Art.  We frequent it at least 3-4 times a year.  Exhibits do not disappoint, nor do observations of the museum’s architecture and patrons.

High Museum - Atrium Navigation

High Museum – Atrium Navigation

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Morning at the Museum #2 – Red

The Wait

The Wait

From Exhibit "Lord Blest the USA" ~R.A. Miller

From Exhibit “Lord Blest the USA” ~R.A. Miller

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Morning at the Museum #3 – Traces of Blue



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