The Anchor and the Kite

July 30 is International Friendship Day.

While I was growing up I always had a close friend – someone to walk to school with, hang out with, laugh with, do silly things with, and sometimes cry with. Some of these friendships just provide me with memories now. Some have come loosely back together and reconnected with the advent of the internet and Facebook.

There are friends that I meet with over lunch every other Continue reading “The Anchor and the Kite”

Quotes from the Masters: Plato

“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”  Plato

I stumbled through days propelled by demands on my time, and on my focus. My two year-old stepped into the doorway where I could see her. Stop.

Proud as punch, she displayed her choice for today’s outfit – undershirt proudly displayed over her colourful, long-sleeved shirt, underwear over her brown pants,  one sock, shoes on the wrong feet and a beaming smile radiating pride.    I couldn’t tell her so I beamed back at her with words of praise, quietly grateful that this day we didn’t have places to go and people to see.

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WIN #8 Early School Years (6 to 12 yrs)

For more about Write It Now – WIN – click here.  For previous WIN posts, click here. This week the prompts are: 1.Tell us about your first day of school or your first teacher.  How old were you? Did you like school? Why or why not? What subjects did you enjoy? 2. Did your family believe school was important? Are there teachers who particularly helped … Continue reading WIN #8 Early School Years (6 to 12 yrs)

Passing through the Portal

win badge Anxious, excited, apprehensive, I kept close to my mother’s side, within reach of her hand should I need an extra measure of comfort as I watched the other fidgeting five and six-year olds grouped in clusters about the cavernous room, some holding fast to their mother’s hand. It is September, 1955. Continue reading “Passing through the Portal”

Photo Hunt: End of the Earth

Karen at The When I Feel Like It Blog has announced a new photo hunt.

“Show me the place that is “the end of the earth” for you …”

This photo was taken by a friend and travel buddy who passed away not long after our return from this trip.  Ushuaia, Argentina on the Beagle Channel, is the southernmost city in the world.

I have to admit that the next one Continue reading “Photo Hunt: End of the Earth”

Akin to Sellling my Children

I took part in a local art show recently – an annual show put on by the local Pioneer Museum with a percentage of sales going to support their activities.  These are the ones I had showing –

Sanctuary 3, Mont St-Michel, pen and watercolour in the pointillist style.  I found this ‘dotty’ piece very relaxing to do and am trying to find another photo that inspires me to use the same technique.

Alberta Coulee, watercolour and pen – one of the attendees sought me out to tell me how much she liked this one and asked if I would give her lessons.  Teaching isn’t really what I Continue reading “Akin to Sellling my Children”

Quotes from the Masters: Ovid

“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.”  Ovid

We all experience anxiety; when we are bothered by persistent fears or concerns, when we fret, fuss and stew; when apprehension overtakes our days and the swift current of worry seems to propel us towards the brink.

If we can look inward and search for our strength, and look upward to our higher power, if Continue reading “Quotes from the Masters: Ovid”

Sunday Post: Collectibles (again)

Jake’s Sunday Post this week is collectibles.  Twelve years ago, while on a road trip, I stopped in at the musuem in Elkhorn, Iowa, (of all places) and found the cutest little fellow that started me down the road of collecting birds from my travels.

I like the plump, fluffy song birds … mostly, a few Continue reading “Sunday Post: Collectibles (again)”

French Villages

My previous post in this series was Cathar Strongholds.

There are four more villages in this Languedoc-Roussillon region of France that we particularly enjoyed.

Collioure, with its castle, mediaeval streets, and beautiful setting on the Mediterranean, has attracted artists and poets – in the early 1900’s it was a centre for fauvism and such artists as Picasso and Matisse.
The Château Royal de Collioure has a mixed history as a castle, fortress and more recently, a prison during WWII – photo credit to my brother-in-law.

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