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”
“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.
Continue reading “Quotes from the Masters: Plato”
Ailsa at Where’s my Back Pack has chosen Flowers as this week’s Travel Theme.
I had always wanted to have a flower garden but circumstances didn’t allow for it. When I moved to my current location, time and temperament aligned and I was given carte blanche Continue reading “Travel Theme:Flowers”
Jake’s Sunday Post challenge this week is Road.
Taken in the Andes on the main transport route through the mountains from Santiago Continue reading “Sunday Post: Road”
Julia’s prompt for the 100 word challenge this week is …. the line was drawn …. here is my take Continue reading “100 word challenge”
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)
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”
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”
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”
“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”
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)”
Another writing challenge … “write 33 words about someone who took a giant leap”. There’s an obvious challenge in trying to say anything in just 33 words but here’s my go at it. Continue reading “Trifextra: Week 25”
Ailsa at Where’s my Back Pack has chosen Tradition as this week’s Travel Theme.
Water Sellers, or Guerrabs, in their traditional dress in the streets of Casablanca in Morocco. For a Continue reading “Travel Theme: Tradition”
Taken inside the glacier atop Jungfrau, one of the main peaks in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. The map shows the location of the Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside”
“Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.” Victor Hugo
Our dreams and fantasies lie behind a veil of mist, just Continue reading “Quotes from the Masters: Hugo”
Due to time away I am really late, over the wire really, with my interpretation of The Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming. This is an interior photo of Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming”
For more about Write It Now – WIN – click here. For previous WIN posts, click here. This week the prompts are: 1. What did you really enjoy doing? What games did you play? 2. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did some of these dreams come true? 3 Did you have special places to play or hide? Did you have … Continue reading WIN #7 Being a Child (birth to 6 yrs)