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Black and White Blossoms

Fluidity

Before I dig into any New Lifestyle, New Me updates, I thought I’d share some thoughts I’ve had on this COVID-19 dilemma, social distancing, and how it’s helping me come up with some new ideas. Staying away from crowds, as I’ve mentioned, hasn’t been difficult. Dealing with the recent rains, on the other hand, was …

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As the Crow flies

Dignified hunter, The dark ruler of the sky, Wings spread, you’ll fly… high. I captured this crow in our neighbors tree the other day and decided he was worth the (computer) time and struggle. He was all alone—practicing social distancing I suppose—and we connected for a minute or two before he lifted his wings for …

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When Life . . .

Gives you Lemons. Life has definitely thrown a curve ball. A part of me wonders if it’s the perfect opportunity to postpone my New Lifestyle, New Me adventure, but the other part of me—the pushy and persistent side—will just not let that happen. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this crazy, twisted, and often …

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On the Bay

Drop-ins at the Bay, Laugh and Play Pitter-patter, Welcome intrusion. Last night I decided that using borrowed images, or upcycling my own (which I’ve done here) is about all I can handle at the moment. Besides my old laptop looking tired, programs are running WAY to slow lately. This one’s an old photo from South …

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Chair on a bridge

The Hot Seat

This chair was abandoned on a bridge near my house and I thought of the Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge (2020 Week 12) when I saw it. It’s an interesting setting with all of the metal bars on the bridge; so many lines and shadows! Normally that bridge is open during the day for …

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Giant Fruit

If people could shrink, Food would last so much longer. That’s just what I think. Written for the Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Shrink & Think That was a tough Haiku! There was no getting around those two words without using some kind of humor. It’s not my favorite, but it DOES go with the featured …

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Two Flowers

the Shutdown

In the Quietus The earth’s music could be heard We stopped to listen In this period of quietus, I’m working on photographs of almost every flower we have in our yard. These are in a pot near the front porch. I was drawn to the splashes of dark pink, and the way they contrast with …

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Plum Blossom

In its Infancy

Stars and blossoming fruit trees: Utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity. —Simone Weil What a beautiful quote. I thought it paired well with the plum tree blossoms. I saw them all over our baby tree this afternoon, when the sun was shining bright, and I just knew that I had …

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Words of Advice

How to stick to your goals no matter what— 1. Stick to them. 2. No matter what. Word of the Day Challenge: Advice

Amhráin Ghrá

May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load. Irish Blessing If Google translate is working today, Amhráin Ghrá means Songs of Love. We need more of those today. If it’s not, if there’s an error in what my title says—and I’ve just said something insulting—please forgive my ignorance. 😉 Just trying to spread some …

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The Skinny on the Mini

It’s time for another Food Fun Fact! First of all, I am no nutritionist. I say this because 1) there really ARE experts in the field who can tell you what foods are good for you, and what foods you should avoid, and 2) everybody has an opinion. Part of my lifestyle change involves investigative …

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Black and White Flowers

Rhapsody in Black & White

Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!  henry david thoreau I thought I’d do something different for my new series Going Green. A black and …

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The Quest

They came in droves and they filled the store, Faces straight, they were on a quest. Carts overflowing, non-perishables, That they’d safely keep in their nest. An innocent act, at first it seemed, But some… oh they failed the test. They bought, and they bought, and they piled it HIGH, Leaving nothing, not a stitch, …

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Trees on a mountain

Down to Earth

First things first: I made it to 10,074 steps today… Yay! Second, it’s just weird out there. I took my mom to the store today and—after zigzagging through the aisles for what felt like hours—I realized that making “healthy food choices” will be MUCH harder than I anticipated. Why? Because there was NO food to …

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Land of Make Believe

I wanted to stay up and do something before bed. I am NOT adjusting to the time change at all, and I am not a fan of staring at the ceiling until God knows what time. So, I thought I’d try something more constructive. Earlier this evening I had dinner with a couple of friends. …

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Step, Step…

Step to my Lou Today is the first day of my week two addition: The 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge. Maybe it’s just that I’m an optimist, but after receiving my step tracker I can see how this device will become a motivational tool for me. It’s like a little cheerleader, clinging to my body, …

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Knock Knock

Who’s there? Banana. Banana who? Banana split so ice screamed! With all of my talk about eating, I thought some “food humor” was in order—accompanied by a free Pexels image. I’ve been wanting to share some of the information I’m discovering out there—tips and tricks or what have you—but I’ve held off for fear that …

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Phase II

Week one has come to an end and I’m happy to report that I’m down 4 pounds. What’s even better? It’s the beginning of week TWO! Now it’s time to shake things up. I’ve been reading the book I mentioned before, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, and it has inspired …

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Empowered

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts I thought I’d create this composite piece to express how I’m feeling this evening: Empowered. Nothing earthshaking has happened. The scale hasn’t tipped and my willpower crumbled again at the sight of …

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Stealing the Spotlight

The shy and the extroverted have this in common—that they both fancy they are the center of attention. Robert Breault I think that quote is excellent. In Developmental Psychology we learned about the imaginary audience in adolescence, which is the belief that others are acutely aware of and attentive to one’s appearance and behavior. This …

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Cartoon

Road Rage

I’m at the end of Day 3 and I’ve had an enlightening afternoon. I thought I’d write down a few tidbits before bed. I’ve been hyper focused on food—and the fact that I want to eat healthy—but all that focus really does is make me want to eat. Next week part of my plan will …

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Vintage Camellia

Intricate Details

I think the Everything Red series is fading. I haven’t run out of ideas, but I guess that anything we do needs to be done in moderation. That includes red images. Maybe I’ll come back to it when we’re well into spring, when bright colors dot the landscape. For now… I’ve seen enough red. 😉 …

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Red Sunset

Red Sky at Night

Heaven’s bursting light, Curtain of Crimson and Gold, Darkness lies in wait. Tonight’s Everything Red is a recycle/redo of a glorious sunset and a Haiku. Photograph was taken with my cellphone, from outside one of my classrooms. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I saw the sky light up in red. It was so …

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Body Image

Body Image

It’s Day TWO and my motivation level is starting to skyrocket. I’m learning exciting things about my body type. Apparently I’m an apple? It’s really interesting to discover that “where” we store excess fat tells us something about what’s going on inside of that amazing body we live in. Speaking of our amazing bodies, I …

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New Lifestyle, New Me

THE LAUNCH It’s Day One of my Lifestyle Makeover. The starting line was originally set for a week from today—my sober anniversary—but the first of the month makes more sense. It also gives me one week to tip-toe into the whole idea. Just to get this out of the way, and since I’m going to …

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Roses

Nostalgia

Butterfly kisses, Sweet memories, pure and chaste, Taste of innocence. Today’s Everything Red is another recycling project; a collage of red roses with a guiltless white. It stands out like a sore thumb… the white sheep of the family. There’s some symbolism there I’m sure. Reusing the old arouses nostalgia… it’s a great way to …

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Crows

Counting Crows

One for sorrow, two for bliss—Three for serpent’s mournful hiss. Four for treasure, five for tricks—Six for the rose that pulls and pricks. Seven in the garden, eight in the sea—Nine for the nine that watch from the tree. Nightmares are silver, dreams are gold—Ten for the wish in ignorance told. —Marcella Pixley, Without Tess …

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Abstract Art Exhibit

The Exhibit

Let the fire inside you burn. I’m having a fun time with this new series. The possibilities are endless, and I think of new things every day. I’ve recycled some older pieces for today’s Everything Red. The red abstract is from many moons ago, and the shadowy aesthete is my youngest son—posing in a photo I …

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Rescue Abstract Art

Rescue 27

Sometimes a dramatic rescue is a simple act of showing up. This piece is all about Gil. I think of him when I see red, especially if it’s an emergency vehicle. He’s the kind of person that just shows up. I’m extremely grateful for his friendship, ear, wisdom, and his extraordinary ability to point people …

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Strawberry

Sweet & Sour

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. François de la Rochefoucauld It’s National Strawberry Day here in the States! I accidentally stumbled on this fact last night, so I searched the garden high and low this morning for a celebratory fruit. And here we have it… one beautiful RED strawberry, …

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Signs

Get up and go!

You create enthusiasm around you. PANDA EXPRESS Inspiration can come from just about anywhere… including a fortune cookie. So… thanks to my last fast food adventure… today’s Everything Red is about enthusiasm. According to several articles on the psychology of color, the color red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take …

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Girl in Red

Country Fair

Country music is three chords and the truth. Harlan Howard Now that my garden art is dead and gone (the series, not the garden), it’s time to start something new. The journaling just isn’t working for me. It’s not really coming from my heart. I think maybe introspection—and writing about introspection—needs to be done offline. …

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Light and Shadows

Everything looks so different when the light starts to shine.

Blossoms

Faded Blues

The authentic self is the soul made visible…

The Clique

The Clique

The worst cliques are those which consist of one man.

Red Petals

The Mistress

A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.

Wood-Abstract Art

Hieroglyphs

What do you see?

Light Trails

Light Trails

Sometimes you have to close your eyes…

Loquat Tree

Another Day in Paradise

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.

Hawk on a Pole

One Eye Open

On a beautiful day, as I scout the land… I keep one eye open, my lens in my hand. I look down, I look up, and then what do I see? A beautiful creature… who is prospecting ME!

Flowering Pear

Everything Zen

If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.

Wheatgrass

In the Jungle

If I were a flying insect… this might be my view as I make my way through the wheat grass.

Blueberry Blossoms

Blossoms of Light

Little blueberry blossoms, like tiny church bells… shining in their glory.

Forbidden Fruit

A new edition to my series Garden Art. These are two little apples in our new tree.

Bee & Broccoli

Garden Party

I visited our backyard this morning to see how the garden is growing. I may get my Garden Art series going again. My son has gone “vegetable crazy,” so we have lots of fun and interesting (and edible!) plants out there. This is the broccoli aisle… and the bees just love this area!

Abstract Lights

Zenith’s Whisper

Zenith: The time at which something is most powerful or successful.

Abstract Art

Wildlife

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir Word of the day challenge: Nature

Palm Tree Art

Word to the Wise

Wonder is being in a constant state of awe, no matter how mundane your circumstances might be.

Valentine's Moon

Valentine Moon

Valentine’s Day may be about love, but love isn’t just about romance.

colorful umbrellas

Unusual Umbrellas

The mind is like an umbrella; it functions best when open. Walter Gropius

Abstract-Hearts Intertwined

Hearts Intertwined

Forever & Ever Amen I’m interrupting the Alphabet Game for a little abstract fun. A big thank you to Brashley Photography for the challenge, and for the extremely useful instructions on “How to Twirl in Photoshop.” This is my submission for Photo of the Week-53-Abstract, and how fun it was to make!! These are a …

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Surrealism

Under the Stars

Creating Surreal Art for my Favorite “S” words: Sand, Stars, Shells, Saxophone & Silhouettes. A Sprinkle of Solitude too… My favorite way to spend a Sunday. All that was missing was Sushi. 😦 HaHa! See you all Soon!

Rain Dance

You are a melody,A soft pitter patter,A gentle good night,Causing dark thoughts to scatter.You are a symphony,A marching band’s cry,Snare drums & symbols,A parade marching by!A flash upon high,Bass drums echoing low,Earth praises your gift,Rivers once again flow.From foggy panes,I watch you perform,Our spirits connect,You are my perfect storm. —Endless Rivers— The “R” word was …

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Colorful Leaves

In the Quiet

In the Quiet,I’m unheard, I’m unseen,I can run, I can twirl,If I want… I can scream.Just me and my thoughts,Far away from the crowd,Dancing in color,And singing out loud. I wanted to whiz past “Q” tonight. I LOVE Quiet. I don’t think quiet is all about lack of noise either. It’s also about peace & …

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Art: Perspectives

Perspectives on Possibilities

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 …

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Ocean View

Always Optimistic

Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so. David Brooks

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