It is DAY ONE here at Out of the Ashes, a brand new collaboration in it’s infancy stage, […]
Image by Patou Ricard from Pixabay I’ve been hemming and hawing for weeks (or months), the pendulum swaying […]
The shy and the extroverted have this in common—that they both fancy they are the center of attention. […]
An American business man was vacationing in a small coastal fishing village. One morning he stood on the pier and watched as a small boat docked. Inside the boat was one fisherman with several large yellowfin tuna. He complimented the man on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
“Only a little while,” the fisherman said.
“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The business man asked.
I’ve had some cool insights and exciting ideas while thinking about the Alphabet Game, and I must say that the letter “P” has been one of the most enlightening thus far.
BUT… I have to back up and talk about the “M” word first… Memories. I realize now that some things really ARE worth forgetting—mainly things that I learned (or absorbed into my unconscious) when I was younger.
D is for Dreams
Everyone knows what dreams are, but I wanted to find a more personal way to describe them. Not the dreams we have when we’re asleep; the dreams we dream when we’re awake. I poked around google and found exactly what I was searching for:
A synonym for dream is HOPE.
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”Guillaume Apollinaire
I’m on the letter “C” today and this quote is perfect. I’m starting with a word that I’m not necessarily a fan of, but I won’t make a habit of that.
Contradiction: a combination of statements, ideas, or features of a situation that are opposed to one another.
Sometimes a professor will say something that totally contradicts what another professor said. That’s confusing, and sometimes annoying, but that’s not why I brought it up.
This morning I drove into Pasadena. It wasn’t a major excursion, but it was in the opposite direction of where I normally travel and everything was unfamiliar. I wish I had taken my camera. It’s the perfect place for street photography, but it was just TOO hot! I wanted to get in—and get out.
I went there to pick up the kit for my drawing class. I’m already enjoying the course. It’s not so much that I’ve learned anything yet (it’s only been two days), or that I even see the possibility of getting really good at it. It’s the fact that I’m putting aside my fear, putting the pencil to the pad, and making an effort.
The path is twisted,
But there’s a cross, in the light,
Guiding my footsteps.
And an update for the road—
My summer break is coming to an end. School starts Monday, and my bag is already packed. It’s been an interesting season, and I’m glad I took the time to refresh and recharge.
The Journey Continues…
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my journal. On the one hand, it means that nothing exciting (or newsworthy) has been going on. On the other hand—and more importantly—the old idiom rings true: No news is good news.
Today marks 1,229 days of sobriety… so that’s good news!
I finally got around to deleting my calendar that was counting down the days to my 3 year sober anniversary. It’s about time, since the date flew by almost three months ago!
Something wonderful happens when it rains here! I saw this ‘end of the rainbow’ a few weeks ago […]
Oftentimes I tell the people I meet about my transformation; how much I’ve changed since entering recovery and […]
Sometimes I look back at my life, and I laugh about my dreams. When I was young, I […]
In days of old I caught ahold Of things experimental. I soon found out Without a doubt That […]
I used to feel invisible, and I was empty inside. You wouldn’t know it by looking at me […]
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from […]
But there’s a “Me” in Mentor. First of all, I wanted to share at least one of my […]
You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site. Frank […]
Just hours after I said that I don’t have much to share these days, all kinds of thoughts […]
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that […]
It’s been tough for me to post lately. Considering the old saying “if you don’t have anything nice […]
Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state. Thomas de Quincey It’s the first day of […]
It’s been about 2 months since I’ve been online here in the blog world and I wanted to […]
In contrast to the black and white image of Cadillac Ranch that I did awhile back, I wanted to do something with color, but something unique. It reminds me of the moon for some reason. Cars on the moon… wouldn’t that be weird!
Well, I am killing two birds with one stone today… …no pun intended! 😉 This colorful creature has […]
In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. -Leo Tolstoy
Don’t trade in your authenticity for approval. The photography book that I’ve been browsing through is really inspiring […]
Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star, And everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are. The Kinks, […]
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado
My journey sure is getting interesting! Every day I learn a little something about myself, about my habits, and about the power of thoughts.
Most people need love and acceptance a lot more than they need advice. Bob Goff I forgot to […]
I mentioned before that I felt I was entering a new season, and… well… I believe that it’s […]
Fish Out of Water! That heading is from a book that I’m reading and I just HAVE to share […]
We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, […]
I found the words this morning! So, I am going to go with it, with very little editing… […]
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of […]
I shot this image earlier and was prepared to post a blue leaf version, but I did another […]
Sometimes I look in the mirror and say… “where did my personality go?!?” Well… maybe I don’t look in […]
Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you. Eckhart Tolle Warning: Reconstruction […]
Awhile back I received a private message from someone about my blog. In the message, they mentioned something […]
Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over… she began to fly.
Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the […]
I’m scrapping all of my old image ideas today.
One year ago yesterday I was checking myself into the hospital, totally polluted. Today is the one year anniversary of my first day of sobriety, so I’m calling this day ONE.
Part One: I didn’t believe in God, so I never really feared going to hell… but then again, […]
“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in […]
Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will. A.W. Tozer
Yes, my glass is always half full (non-alcoholic beverages, of course). And, as my sponsor says… it is also refillable. 🙂
I’m experimenting with glass over images and this is my first test run. The trees were shot at the old zoo today, and in reading a tutorial last night I was led to Image*After, which is where I found the glass.
HALL OF VALOR Liz of Daily Warriors created, and nominated me for the Valiant Blogger Award. Thank you so much […]
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. John Muir […]