Illuminated

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. Walt Whitman We have been experiencing quite a bit of rain here yesterday and today, but last night I had tickets to the Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo and managed to see it without getting soaked. We were fortunate actually, and barely had to open…

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Gazing Upward

I saw this sunset a week ago, just before my Thursday evening class started. It was beautiful just the way it was, but I wanted to do something with it. I feel like I need a ‘creative reprieve’ more and more these days. Not that anything is going bad, or I am stressed out or…

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Carpe Noctem

I realized this evening that I stay up much later than I used to. I wanted to work on this image tonight because I just love the trees. The next thing I knew it was after midnight again! If you ask me, I think all of the lines from the leafless branches seem to make their own…

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A Reach Away

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. Maya Angelou I just wanted to do something new and unusual today… I hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend!Peace & Love,—Janet

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October Eves

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves. Humbert Wolfe After mentioning the other day how much I love browns and rust, I wanted to do something in earthy tones; something to celebrate October. I’m also celebrating the fact that we…

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Cryptic Clouds

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. Henry David Thoreau I’m hoping to write something exciting here on the blog soon. I’ve been doing a lot in my English class, and I’ve gotten so many new ideas, but lately I feel fortunate just to have enough ‘leisure time’ to work on a creative…

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Happy Anniversary!

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. Oscar Wilde Would you believe that today marks exactly two years for me here on the blog? Another week and I’ll also reach two years and seven months sober. Praise God for that! Time flies…

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Urban Oasis

This summer I went on an interesting hike with my son and daughter-in-law. My plan was to stroll through Ferndell Nature Trail which is basically flat, covered by shade trees, and brimming with plants from all over the world. I guess you could call it an urban oasis. I shot this Elephant Ear there, and…

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Goodbye Summer!

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall. Oscar Wilde This may be a little premature—there are still leaves on the trees—but this year I’m so happy to see summer go that I really don’t care. Yahoo! It’s been a very, very hot summer. With no A/C in our house, and one that’s been out…

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Upside Down

Sometimes you have to let life turn you upside down so you can learn how to live right side up. I’ve been having some weird feelings lately. I think I’d call it “lack of joy,” but at the same time I keep reminding myself to stay grateful. What I’m REALLY grateful for is the fact…

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Bundle of Nerves

Getting ready for an exam today… Being nervous isn’t bad. It just means something important is happening. Michael Jordan Have a beautiful day and stay encouraged!

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Dream Chasers

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell In visiting some images from my past, I stumbled on this photograph I took of some of my friends taking surf lessons. I thought it was a good representation of my thoughts lately; about hard work and determination. One…

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