12 photos of 2014_StaatsI was reading another photographer’s blog and she had posted her 12 favorite photos of the past year.  With a nod to Kim Manley Ort, I culled through 4,142 images to pick 12 photos that were my favorites.  Some have personal meanings, like the family photo after my mother’s death or the Royal typewriter that has been passed down through my father’s family.  Others transport me to a cold winter morning (much like today!) or an unusually emerald-green lake with a sandy beach in north central Minnesota.  The year took twists and turns that weren’t expected, yet I’m learning to embrace the changes, meet the challenges, and appreciate each day that is given – with joy and wonder.  May the coming year be filled with 365 such days!