Month: January 2017

I Love Birds

I’m cheating again. Today I am not only grateful for flowers, I am grateful for birds! Today I had a special moment. I had mentally decided to take a day off from photographing things, when I heard a familiar sound out front, by the wash. Anyway… here are a few pics, straight outta camera. Love this guy!

A Bird in La La Land

I made a mistake in my post last night (early this morning) about the roses. I started out merging two separate flowers, but it was actually an overlay of the same rose that I ended up doing. Not that it matters, but I realized that this morning. They just look different because of the overlay effect. This is another crazy bird that I saw in the river of Los Angeles, or as Marcus calls it; “La La Land”. ūüėČ I’m definitely in a colorful mood lately. I’m going to pick up my first 5×7 in a few minutes and work on framing my first colorful photo (well, first photo since I decided to go into the frame business). Wish me luck! Peace and Love! ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you so much to Rev. B. Keith Haney¬†https://revheadpin.org for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! And for your lovely blog that continually lifts my spirit. The Light Breaks Through is right! I have never been nominated for an award before- so as I said– I am both humbled and excited, to say the least! Coming up with seven things to say about myself is a challenge. Since my blog contains the story of my life, it‚Äôs very hard to think of something that hasn’t been said already!¬†I will certainly do my best. The Rules Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog Post about the award Share 7 facts about yourself Nominate at most 15 people Tell your nominees the good news! 7 Facts About Me: I was¬†the pitcher for a¬†girls fast pitch softball team for about¬†seven years, and¬†was voted All-Star player for five years in row- pitching several no-hitter games. I’m a bit of a tomboy (do they still use that word?). The “jeans only, no …

Dark Places

Last night I had¬†an amazing God shot and this image works perfect for the story. Anyone following my story¬†knows that I’ve been my own worst enemy for the better part of my life. I overthink, doubt myself, and self-criticize. Just before bed I was¬†pondering my previous stories about my angst, my fears, and¬†the imaginary THEY’s that I’d been conforming to please (although I did come up with some REAL). Who’s Out There? I was thinking¬†back to my talk about¬†the enemy’s whispers in¬†parts¬†two and seven- when I brought up the question: Who told me those things? That’s when it happened.¬†Genesis 3:11 WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED? I’ll tell you right now that this must have come from God because I can’t even remember how or why it¬†burst into my head! And never have I pondered the question that God asked Adam and Eve, or imagined that it meant something more than how it appears on the surface. But last night, I knew that¬†it was important. Who DID tell them?? I discovered that there are …

Eyes Wide Open

For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience, they are none the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their being, their spirit. -A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

It’s a Magical Day

Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Magical is my mood for tomorrow. I’ve already decided that. I¬†caught a few minutes of a show my mom was watching…¬†and a teacher was telling his student that her imagination was magical. I think I must have seen¬†the best part of the program.¬†I realized that I’ve been leaning too far toward the¬†serious side—so I’m going to let my imagination run wild. I also realized something. Since I came to believe,¬†my imagination has grown tremendously. Sometimes I see my circumstances in the shape of a cartoon. I’m serious! Little animated analogies¬†run through my head, and¬†I’m hoping to use that as a tool in my¬†writing soon. The original image was taken at a park, in Brentwood Tennessee. Blessings!¬†

Electrifying Energy

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.¬†Henry_Miller Today my mood is Electrified. I took this shot today—inside of an old train.¬†The original actually came out OK, but¬†I wanted it to GLOW. I think it worked!

Sweet Ecstasy

My mood today is Ecstatic! Perhaps doing the right thing really DOES pay off. After my meeting I was visited by a hummingbird and not one, but TWO of the parrots—although now I am thinking that maybe they were¬†parakeets?

The Dancer

The music begins as I close my eyes. I feel the wind, as the curtains rise. To my partners arms, I approach with grace. I feel his hair brush across my face. Caught in the moment, only we exist. Heads all turn, as our bodies twist. He lifts me with ease, and I touch the sky, imagining clouds are drifting by. I’ve choreographed this scene on the stage, we stop in time, as I search the page. A tear finds its way, things aren’t what they seem. My eyes are now open. it was only a dream

Imaginary Blockades

We must remember that everything in this world has God’s fingerprints on it—and that alone makes it special. Our inability to see beauty doesn’t suggest in the slightest that beauty is not there. Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough or with broad enough perspective to see the beauty. When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul! – Rabbi Harold Kushner

The Missing Component

Today my mood is COMICAL. Are you done with that plate??? It seems like I’ve been missing LAUGHTER lately. I recall mentioning that I was going to keep it light this year. Time to reclaim my humor. Laughter is timeless.¬†Imagination has no age.¬†Dreams are forever.¬†Tinkerbell

Thinking Positive

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale My mood for¬†tomorrow is Industrious. I’m already thinking ahead! As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains. James Allen, As a Man Thinketh ¬†

Uncaptioned

Here’s a black and white, sketchy pigeon. I’m really surprised how much he looks like a cartoon! I’ve been¬†trying to think of a funny caption for him… but I just can’t put my finger on one. I decided to¬†spend at least an hour¬†per day walking around the city, to take in new scenery¬†and photograph new and unusual things.¬†I¬†took a stroll alongside the L.A. River, and it appears that I’m a¬†bird magnet. The¬†river was FULL of them—and the¬†pigeons were loitering in the freeway underpass. It was a great day! —Peace, Love and Blessings—¬†

Joy Gets Sketchy

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Helen Keller This is actually a¬†shop in Jerome,¬†Arizona—an old 1800’s mining town that I visited.¬†It was a wild place¬†back in the day, but it’s now¬†a¬†tourist attraction; full of¬†coffee shops, restaurants, and cool art galleries.¬†This particular building was used as a brothel in the early 1900’s, and it’s now¬†a boutique.

Mysterious

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand. Neil Armstrong That’s the tree¬†that I¬†obsessed over, and sometimes still do. Mysteriously, the moon came into play and now the¬†frame is inside of the moon! Did I mention that my mood tonight is Mysterious?

Lovin’ the Leaf

Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary The featured image is my grandson and his leaf. So cute! Anyway, I’ve had time to think about my rambling thoughts¬†from last night, about my¬†confinement, and I realized how wrong my thinking was. Staying away from the things that aren’t good for me is not confinement at all.¬†It’s like—as they say in the program—knowing that the hot stove will burn you, but wanting to put your hand on it anyway. Feeling confined is almost like asking;¬†How long do I have to wait before I touch that stove again?!? That’s silly! I’m glad I was able to¬†look at things from a different perspective today. And as far as that burnout thing, I got my mojo back this morning and it’s all systems go. Peace & Love!

Confinement

So, don’t freak out… but tonight my mood is confined. I guess that’s a mood, no?¬†Today was absolutely weird. This evening I felt kind of burned out on the photography.¬†Second, I haven’t felt like writing because there is either too MUCH on my mind, or nothing at all!¬†I did say I was going to relax, but my mind was like mush! And then tonight I got a call from a man friend. One that I wrote about in my first story… a man that I pursued. He was a part of the whole big mix of my loneliness- unhealthy relationships- drinking pattern.¬†I felt trapped. Maybe I’m just afraid of what might happen when I step out of this safety net of singleness and get back out there. It’s funny because I was just thinking earlier that since the photography and writing are good replacements for my old BAD habits… if I¬†lost the passion for those things then what would I do next? And then he called. A little bad timing I guess.¬†So now that I’ve …

Street Life

A¬†Grandson’s¬†Kisses are Like Tattoos on Your Heart. This was a fun shot today. My grandson and I noticed the cute little flower dangling near the ground on our way to the donut shop.¬†He’s a pretty cooperative subject¬†if his face doesn’t have to be in the photo. This was the first time I tried a color splash, so I was excited about that as well!

Relaxation

The quieter you become, the more you hear. My mood today is relaxed and I’m going to do my best to stay that way. Last night I came up with a way to address those recurring (and nagging)¬†thoughts that I’ve been having. I’m¬†going to¬†write them as¬†they pop up. Tonight… after I’ve enjoyed this relaxing day,¬†I’ll¬†sit down with and reflect on those¬†thoughts. Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs

What IS the Hurry?

Hurry always empties a soul. Ann Voskamp Today my mood was:¬†HURRIED. What’s funny about the word¬†hurry is that it could lead you to believe that I was hurrying around—doing lots of activities. The truth of the matter is that I hardly moved, and I accomplished very little!¬†All of the rushing around was in my head. I’ve got too many¬†thoughts—on too many subjects—and I can’t seem to nail a single one down and address it. An interesting phrase I heard in my recovery meeting tonight is¬†that we THINK about our thoughts. It’s true!

The Little Things

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir I know I’ve done droplets already, but they never cease to catch¬†my eye and amaze me, so I’ll probably photograph and share them again and again. This camellia shrub is right outside the front porch, so it’s hard to miss. You can actually see a piece of it in A Peek Outside¬†— between our window and the unsuspecting subject. The sun is threatening to come out this morning so I’m hoping to get out. Yesterday I picked my grandson up from school, and the big event was 31 flavors ice cream. I’m not sure which of us was more excited. Sometimes the little things are the biggest things!

Undecided

It seems that I’m¬†doing this¬†Mood project backwards.¬† I wanted to do something with the tree, couldn’t decide between the versions, and then decided to find several moods; one for each.¬†I think the idea was to take a photograph that fit¬†my mood. Now I’m adjusting my mood to fit the image! That being said, I think the mood for the day is:¬†Undecided¬† Time for coffee!