On Hiatus

I’m afraid that working full-time, freelancing and trying to maintain Steak and a Bible is more than I can manage right now. So this page will be on hiatus for awhile. However, you can still keep up with me a few different ways. If my Christianity blog interests you follow me there or follow it on Twitter (@steakandabible) or Facebook.

If mini stories and photographs from my adventures is more to your liking, I hope you’ll come follow me on my new Instagram account: @julwriter.

I will return to publishing here once I am able to find the time. Thanks for reading.

Two Years Ago: Once in a Lifetime Memories

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Two years ago this weekHarpa Reflected, I hopped on a plane to visit two countries I’d never seen, for a historic anniversary (the 70th anniversary of D-Day). The trip was incredible, despite so much that went wrong.

I flew to Iceland first, desperate to see the strange and wild land on my way to France. I had an incredible first day there in spite of the cold rain that fell most of the day. I walked around Reykjavik, took shelter in Harpa, went horseback riding through lava fields (in the rain), intrigued a cat wandering the harbor and ate.

My second day in Reykjavik couldn’t have been more different, as I’ve explained before. A horrible sickness took hold ruining my day and keeping me in Iceland an extra 24 hours.

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Best Views of D.C.

It’s Cherry Blossom time in Washington, D.C. When hordes of tourists descend upon the city armed with cameras. I generally find the crush of people too overwhelming to take my own camera to Tidal Basin during the festival.

I’ve lived in the D.C. area for more than a decade and before this month, had only gone to see the blossoms twice. This year, however, I decided it was time to try again armed with the right gear (tripod and shutter remote) and the will to get up earlier than most. I went last weekend (peak was supposed to be last week) and had the place to myself, but a disappointing sunrise.

Although I was not rewarded with the best sunrise today, I did capture some beautiful views of my adopted city, spent time with a friend and logged quite a bit of practice with long exposures and sunrise metering. I also realized live view is a huge (but necessary) battery drain and I really need to order a backup battery.

Here are just a few of my favorites from today.

Before the sun:

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Closer to sunrise:

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Dawn in D.C.

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Paying My Respects to the ‘Queen of Crime’

I wish I could recall when I picked up my first novel by Agatha Christie and which title it was. All I know is that as a child sometime after graduating from Nancy Drew, I made my way to the adult mysteries reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the prolific Agatha Christie, who wrote not only dozens of novels, but short stories and playsContinue reading