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At BHS, the kids made 25 pinhole cameras. The art of making photographs by using the simplest of materials – essentially a box with a tiny aperture on one side – goes back over 160 years. Photographic paper is placed on the side opposite the pinhole, resulting in unique images with a handmade feel. Subjects drawn from nature – leaves, flowers, even insect carcasses – can make very interesting pinhole photos.

Now’s the chance for you and your kids to discover this fascinating, fun historical pastime for yourselves. The Big Camera! plans a two-part event this coming weekend in observance of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 28, you can make your own pinhole camera at A1 Lab Arts, 23 Emory Place in downtown Knoxville. Then, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., come on down to Central Filling Station, the city’s first full-service food truck park, at 900 N. Central Avenue, to create photos and gather with other enthusiasts. Online registration for the whole thing is only $25. And it’ll be an outing unlike any other you’ve ever had.

I am glad I spoke so often of my love for my wife that I came to mind when he saw the romantic graffiti. Sometimes I wonder who painted his public profession of love for his Beth. I know that he had to be considerably younger that I am because he had to be nimble enough to lean over the bridge rail to complete his task. I wonder if he still proclaims his love for his Beth, or has moved on to another. What I do know, is that I am glad that I can claim his work as a way to celebrate my love for my Beth.

I was in a hospital elevator and encountered a nice lady who was a new grandmother. I had never met her before, but that did not seem to matter. Less than a day after the birth of the new child she already had an array of pictures that she was eager to share with the world.

We find ways to tell people about what matters most to us. We are quick to tell others about the people we love or the team we pull for, but there is something more important we need to profess. Hebrews 13:5 proclaims: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” The writer of Hebrews draws the hearer into the picture of the sacrifice at the Temple. But instead of the tradition of sacrificing doves or sheep or even a bull, we are invited to bring a sacrifice of praise. That praise is born in our open profession of love and faith found in the name of Jesus. That is news worth sharing with the world.

“Reverend Donna,” as she is known to her congregation, says, “My husband and I joined TIPL because we see the need of being good stewards over the earth as God has instructed his people to do. Our desire is to get more community involvement and reach out to others who desire to live in a better environment.”

According to its website, “the mission of the Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light is to spiritually respond to the challenges of the climate crisis through upholding the sacredness of all life, protecting vulnerable communities, and caring for the Earth.”

Louise Gorenflo, executive director of TIPL, says the nonprofit’s stance on environmental responsibility is “a moral issue” and that the choral event “was designed to build bridges in the community. Talking about climate change can be challenging for many reasons.” A “carbon tithe” was taken at the event’s conclusion. Funds from such a tithe go to support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, offset environmental burdens placed on lower income and/or vulnerable communities, and finance other initiatives to reduce carbon footprints.

“Celebrating creation/Earth through music is a positive way to message the importance of caring for our planet,” says Gorenflo. “Through music people can feel connected to one another, and some of the issues/divisions surrounding politics, economics, and faith beliefs tend to evaporate. My hope for TIPL, and this event in particular, is to continue connecting with people where they are, enabling us to work together toward climate change action.

“We are called to protect the wholeness of life and to bring to life our love for the Creator. Caring for creation recognizes the utter sacredness and wholeness of life and the mystery of creation of which we are part, and that when we care for creation we worship the Divine.”

“Reverend Donna” agrees. “Prayerfully, others will take environmental concerns seriously, and progress will be made as we strive to live in a better place. Not only for us, but for the future generation and those who have yet to be born. Caring for the environment is a joint effort, and we need people to join in!”

But when you remodel your home, the walls come down, both literally and figuratively. When workers arrive at 7:30 in the morning and don’t pack up to leave until you’re putting dinner on the table, they learn a lot about you. Sometimes more than you want them to know.

I try to convince myself that no one is paying attention to what I’m wearing, but sometimes I feel the need to explain. I find myself saying things like “When you work at home, you want to be comfortable.” Or “You know, I have three pairs of these leggings. I don’t really wear the same thing every day. It just looks like I do.”

It’s embarrassing to be an over-discloser, but right around the time I decide I don’t need to explain my daily hoodie rotation, one of the workers will say, “I see you’ve got your walking clothes on.” And I think, let’s not pretend, we all know they’re my walking clothes, and my working clothes, and my relaxing clothes. Come to think about it, there are at least 20 men in Knoxville who know I’m an outfit repeater and only one of them is my husband.

Most people see only what you choose to reveal to them. They see you at meetings, at the grocery store, or at social gatherings. They see you clean and tidy and ready to take on the day. But when you see people every day, in your home, for an extended period of time, they get to know the real you. Whether you want them to or not.