Arts and Culture · Flowers · Poetry

“The Earth Laughs in Flowers”

In celebration of all that blossoms in May, I’m posting paintings by the American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) alongside “flowery” quotes from Emerson, O’Keefe, Okakura and Heine along with a Tennyson poem punctuated by a listening larkspur and a whispering lily. “The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson “Nobody sees a flower –… Continue reading “The Earth Laughs in Flowers”

Arts and Culture · Grand Canyon · Photography · Wilderness · Wildlife and Ecology

Photos Soon To Be Available for Purchase

I’m delighted to announce that my photographs will soon be available for purchase at Grand Canyon National Park and via an e-commerce site I will launch later this month (I’ll post a link when the site is good to go)! The Grand Canyon Association, the park’s non-profit partner, features only a handful of photographers and my… Continue reading Photos Soon To Be Available for Purchase

Arts and Culture · Cosmos · Dark Sky Initiatives · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Grand Canyon · Nature · Science · The World · Wilderness · Wildlife and Ecology

The End of Night? From The Starry, Starry Night to the Overpowering Street Light

For nearly a year now, I’ve had the privilege of living and working in Grand Canyon National Park. In late June, I was among some 1,100 attendees participating in one of the four nights of the 24th annual Grand Canyon Star Party. Astronomers from across the country, operating nearly 50 telescopes that were set up behind… Continue reading The End of Night? From The Starry, Starry Night to the Overpowering Street Light

Arts and Culture · Music · Poetry

Drink in art each day so worldly cares won’t obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in your soul

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The silk tapestries seen here represent the combined… Continue reading Drink in art each day so worldly cares won’t obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in your soul

Arts and Culture · Christian Faith · Nature · Poetry · Politics · Social Media · Societal Issues · Travel · Wildlife and Ecology

I’ve Finally Started Tweeting

I’ve finally opened a Twitter account. I’ve begun posting there on Christian spirituality, wildlife, wild places, art, travel, photography, companion animals, poetry, literature, soundscapes, habitats, books, writing, politics, social issues and… You’ll find me under D.F.G. Hailson. I hope you’ll look for me and will connect with me there. Of course, I’ll still be blogging… Continue reading I’ve Finally Started Tweeting

Arts and Culture · Companion Animals

All Things Snoopy

On October 2, 1950, three kids – Charlie Brown, Patty and Shermy – appeared on the funny pages of seven newspapers. Over the next 50 years plus – via television specials, a Saturday morning cartoon, books, live theater productions, recordings, amusement parks and 17,897 comic strips – these three, along with Snoopy, Woodstock and others… Continue reading All Things Snoopy

Arts and Culture · Christian Faith

George Beverly Shea: A Life Lived “On Pitch”

Beloved gospel singer George Beverly Shea, 104, of Montreat, N.C., soloist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, died Tuesday evening following a brief illness. News of his passing has taken me back in memory 22 years. In 1991, the Graham Association created a profile of my life and ministry for airing during one of the… Continue reading George Beverly Shea: A Life Lived “On Pitch”