Rauma’s Church of the Holy Cross (interior photos)

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Well, the title pretty much says it all. A year ago, my Finnish language course took us on a field trip to the local medieval church. A bit of cultural edification for the foreigners, I suppose. It was actually a nice little tour, though keeping up the with guide’s spoken Finnish was still a bit difficult for me at the time. I might just go visit with the little guy and do it again now that my ear has developed some. The fun thing about this tour was that they also took us upstairs to visit the big pipe organ, …

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Past lives and pet portraits.

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Some time in early 1998, I had a brief stint as a pet portraitist for charity. People would send me their pet photos, I’d paint them and the owners would receive the original work as well as a set of matching printed note cards in exchange for donating to a worthy cause. Then school started taking up more of my time and I fell out of touch with the people I’d been working with. It’s not something I’ve really followed up on since then, but I’ve been thinking about it lately because of my recent crafting renaissance. My skills have …

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