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  1. Saying “Goodbye” — Louis Dausse of Paper Models International


     For almost four decades a familiar, beloved, figure in the world of paper model enthusiasts, PMI's Lou Dausse, holding one of the paper models he loves: a P-47 Thunderbolt American fighter plane. (Photo courtesy PMI.)  The rarified ether Carolyn Hobbes is breathing in the Rockies must be giving her clairvoyant powers. How else could she have read my mind? I was just about to blog this page as she was posting the following message to the Crèche Guild:

    I am so ...
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  2. Nostalgia — Real or Imagined?

     A 1920 vintage nativity, fresh out of the box from Germany, features soft colors, deep embossing — and 88 years worth of nostalgia?  It seems Saying “Goodbye” — Louis Dausse of Paper Models International hit a chord, because I've been hearing from enthusiasts who were touched by the Dausses' adieu after 35 years in the paper model business. You also found in their story much you could relate to.

    Carolyn Hobbes laments that "The Internet is taking over, [and] paper ...
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  3. A Nativity in Stained Glass

     This close up of the Nativity reveals a tender moment of the Virgin and Child — stained-glass window, Chapel of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Atlanta.  Holy Week (Orthodox Easter was a week late this year) found me traveling south, through Saint Louis, Nashville, and Atlanta. While the rest of my team flew, I'm covering the distance of over 1,150 miles by car. It's so much easier to pack all my camera gear in the van, and there are all those churches and beatutiful ...
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  4. A Basilica Carved Wood Nativity

    The predella of the altar of the Blessed Virgin of St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa, is adorned by polychrome wood carvings of the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, and the Finding of the boy Jesus at the Temple.A testament to faith and art — a magnificent Gothic Basilica set amidst the corn fields of Iowa

    One expects to see cornfields and rolling hills in Iowa — but a Basilica?

    Yet, that's what the small sign on Highway ...
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  5. An Antique Crèche, A Gift from Svatava Vizinová

     This "Antique" crèche is a reprint of a 1900 vintage nativity, and features a new back, complete with Gothic window, courtesy of Crechemania.com After my Basilica videos, I decided to give up all the Photoshop cutting and pasting — and try an X-acto knife, instead.

    The reason? Creating a new back for a lovely Czech nativity that my friend Svatava Vizinová sent me for Christmas.

    "It was printed in 1900," she writes, "in Vjperty Town. This is a reprint, of ...
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