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Peace and Destruction

This is a peaceful scene of a Japanese fisherman fishing off a bridge in the mountains.  This hand painted and signed Japanese silkscreen painting has something that is not so very peaceful associated with it though.  As a matter of fact it is the opposite of peace and relates to utter and complete evil. and destruction.  Perhaps you will be able to understand what I am referring too with a little more information to follow here.

The painting was given to my father-in law by an architect in Detroit, Michigan many years ago when he was working with him on some projects as a contractor in the Detroit area.  My father-in law, Albert Petrucci was close friends with an architect named Minoru Yamasaki who gave him this painting at the conclusion of one of the projects they worked on together.  Minoru came to Detroit in 1945 and started out working for a firm called Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, and then went on to form his own firm called Yamasaki & Associates.

Minoru Yamasaki is best known for the design of the original twin towers called the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  At one time, the towers were the tallest in the world at 1368′ and 1362′ tall.  The towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001 when al-Qaeda Islamic terrorist flew American Airlines planes into the buildings. The buildings stood for more than 30 years and were leveled within 1 hour and 42 minutes on that fateful day when almost 3000 people were murdered.


John 10:10 KJV

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 14:27 KJV

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nether let it be afraid. 


Raging Storm




Life is like a raging storm

rain, thunder, and all

You’ll fly up high into the sky

and you’ll be soon to fall

Out of the nest you’ll fall so far

travelling far from home

making a life for yourself,

making yourself a home

Life is like a raging storm

everything’s unexpected

Life is so chaotic

and the chaos is reflected

in everything you do

A simple pattern can be found 

but life does not hold any pattern

as it races against the ground

Life is like a raging storm

a mass of darkened clouds

But even though it can be hard

the eye of the storm can be found

amidst the roars and crashes of thunder

lies the eye of the storm

Make your journey back up from down under

back to the place you were born


Author – Kyle Smith – my 14-year-old nephew

My Love For You

OceancloudsPublic Domain

GOD’S mighty ocean – PD

My love for you is like the ocean

Deep and wide

My thoughts for and about you are like the tiny particles of sand that form the boundary lines of my mighty waters

The waves crash in repetition going only so far

It is in them that I speak your name every time they visit the shoreline and I think of you again

The seagull flys high above giving thanks to me for the fish beneath

The mighty whale tosses and turns and spouts my water high above before descending below

Each of my creatures I have made for you to enjoy because I love you

My waters provide moisture for your crops and a life source for your body

Without my waters and my love for you – you would not exist

Never forget “my love for you.”