Soon 2018 will be here, and I already know what I want the coming year to look like. I want a year filled with peace, beauty and hope. Yet I know the coming year will also have its share of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, political strife and other unsettling events.
Even so, I believe that whatever we focus on expands. That's why I have purposefully selected scenic, peaceful and inspiring photos for my pictorial calendar. That's what I want for 2018.
The new pictorial calendars just arrived and I'm now taking orders.
If you are interested, I'd suggest you order early. Last year I sold out two printings of the calendar and then regretfully had to turn away a few last-minute requests.
Many people purchased extra calendars to give to family members, college students away from home, business contacts and friends. One man bought a calendar for his parents living in England. Another family sent a calendar to Italy for the parents of an exchange student living with them.
Each month features a full-page colorful photo I took around the Kansas City area. The pictures include scenic landscapes, city skylines, historic landmarks, seasonal colors and the natural beauty of the Great Midwest.
The format of the large, monthly calendar allows you to mark birthdays, remember anniversaries, plan vacations and schedule other important events.
Reasonably priced at $19.95, each calendar can be shipped anywhere in the United States for an additional $4.60 to cover mailing.
You may also pay using Facebook Messenger if that is more convenient than PayPal.
As we approach the new year, I'm reminded of what the famed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson once said: "Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again."
Although 2017 will soon be just a memory, I hope we can carry forward the beauty and joy we have experienced this year.