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What I have Learned Lately…

(This post contains photos of a skinned elk and may not be enjoyable for everyone.)

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Life is entirely too short…

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Death means life…

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Life means death…

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Because others die, we get to live.

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When we are young we can’t wait to be old…

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When we are old we wish we were young…

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Rarely are we content in the moment.

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Every moment is part of the story…

Relationships are the most important part of the story.

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If we make time for the relationships we love… in the end we will have a better story.

my weekend

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five hours at a high school football game….and not much to show for it…..other than this shot of the Byrnes’ visitor seating an hour before the game. I am going to another one tonight to try and do better.

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BMW Z3 and Z4 Homecoming weekend. 500-600 cars return to their birth place with their owners.

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This is one of the owners, Peter from Pennsylvania. He has been coming down for seven years for the BMW Homecoming weekend and is known as the guy with the hat. “It is a family event.”

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This is Reall from Anderson, SC which is 1 hour and 17 minutes away from the BMW plant in Spartanburg. The Anderson Housing Authority thought the BMW Homecoming would be a fun outing for the community to go and look at people with cars that cost over $30,000.

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From the BMW Homecoming I went to a local hunting club’s opening day of dove season.

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A group of 15 men return each year for food, stories and hunting. “It’s like Christmas,” I was told.

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And Sunday morning, back to Walker’s Chapel church for Sunday school and service. I was amazed by the condition of the well loved Bibles.

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Then Monday with the Jones family. He works at BMW, she works at Reidville Elementary, Sam Jones is the Byrnes High School field goal kicker and Nick Jones is an aspiring minister and football star. They are the all star Reidville Family.

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And this is the new Reidville family. They are moving from North Carolina to live here, in a subdivision that was once a peach orchard. The family includes five home-schooled children who are named after people in the Bible.

As you can see, I am having a tough time with focus but I am hoping all these encounters and adventures will come together in the end.

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The narrow boats at Three Mills Mooring sit on the mud twice a day. This gives Brian and his son Darren at least four good hunting hours for the worms, that they sell for tropical fish food. Darren says cloudy days are ideal because the worms rise close to the surface so they don’t have to dig as deep. The boaters say they will miss hearing Brian and Darren swear at each other outside their windows as they rush to finish before the water rises again.

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Darren says worm work is hardest on your arms and back. Today he has a hole in his waders and his legs are cold and wet. After the canal improvements they will have to try and find somewhere else to hunt but they will keep coming here until the very end. Darren, 28, likes the work and hopes to keep doing it as long as there are places to hunt.

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