As a break from all the serious stuff we've been discussing lately, I thought I would offer a virtual tour of some of the pictures we have hanging in our house. Every one of these pix (with one exception) are thrift store finds. I think you'll find there's a common theme in them.
This painting (shown below) deserves special mention, because it's just that: an original painting. An older woman in our church -- quiet, unassuming, recovering from a hard life -- hides the most astounding talent as an artist. She is forever giving her art away and doesn't believe anyone would ever want to pay her for her talent. Instead she donates most of her art toward community fundraisers (raffles, etc). She agreed to paint a picture for us in exchange for -- are you ready for this? -- fresh ground beef. This was the result.