One of the most frightening times of my life was when I found out that I would be in charge of the conduct, schedule and safety of a group of seventh-grade boys at a church ministry’s summer camp, but looking back on it, I wouldn’t change a thing.
That’s me, Jack Gienke, camp counselor, at the top-right of this photo with the “W” cap, ready to take care of several middle school boys whose parents trusted me with their most-prized possessions. But as I reflect back on that summer of 2015, and reflect further back on the time of my life when I was around their age, I recall fond memories and life-changing experiences for me and for these boys. Photo by Jack Gienke
Graduation will be here before we know it, and countless thoughts are going through the minds of seniors, concerns about the future finding a place alongside thoughts of wonderful memories made in college.
The longstanding tradition of Commencement is not only a day of historic significance in the life of every university, but more importantly a day of significance in the life of each graduating student who walks across that stage and collects a diploma. It is an ending and a beginning, thus the word, “commencement.” Photo Courtesy of MBU Communications
In the somewhat crowded genre of television legal dramas, the original run of “Law & Order” continues to stand out years after it ended due to its memorable cast and great writing. The show ran for two decades and ended 10 years ago, but when found in syndication or on Peacock still manages to feel fresh.
The famous New York City skyline provides the iconic backdrop for the long-running TV drama series, “Law and Order.” Photo courtesy of Pixabay
The Lumineers released their third studio album, “III,” in September 2019, adding another release to their catalog of stripped back folk rock the band is known for. The record itself is an emotional journey through the story of a family and its generational battles with addiction and familial neglect.
The Lumineers perform at Brixton Academy in London, England, in April 2016. The band’s debut self-titled release, “The Lumineers,” is a certified triple platinum in the U.S. and Canada, and their sophomore record, “Cleopatra,” is certified platinum in the U.S. as well. Photo by Drew de F Fawkes.
One of the founding tenets of our country is the right of the citizens to have a role in their government, and they do this by voting. Today, too many people are giving up the right to have their voices heard, especially in local and municipal politics. Low voter turnouts and disengaged demographics have led to important elections being decided by a meager percentage of eligible voters.
Twin Oaks Town Hall, located on 1381 Big Bend Road, in Twin Oaks, Missouri, is home to a typical voting station Americans find throughout the country on every election day. Understated and unassuming, but it is polling stations across America where the nation’s most important business takes place each and every election day. Photo by Jack Gienke