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RIDING THE TIDE

First of all, I want to say “Hello… it is good to be back!” Even if it’s only momentarily. For now. It’s been a little over a month since I’ve been active here on the blog. In traditional time, one month is not long at all, but by today’s standards – with social distancing and […]

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I’m Reminded

I’m reminded, Of my younger days…  Growing up, Was on my mind…  A house,  A yard,  And picket fence. The perfect mate,  I hoped to find.  I’m reminded, Of growing older… Staying young, Was my desire… Smooth skin, Thin shape, Longevity. The extra income, That this required. I’m reminded, Of how far I’ve come… Looking […]

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It’s My Party

Life is like a balloon. If you never let yourself go, you’ll never know how far you can rise. I’m featuring a new portrait today, inspired by Ragtag’s Word of the Day: Party. My great niece looks a little shy back there, hiding behind all of those balloons, but don’t let her appearance fool you. […]

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Blow Me Down

Restless travelers, Summer winds whistle and whip, Westward journey ends. I may be going a little crazy with the ocean scenes and birds lately, but the gulls in this image were screaming the word “whip” to me. Can you here them? Anyway, we’re in the middle of a heat wave here, so anything that resembles […]

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Treasure Fishing

One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions. I’ve had this image of some fishermen hanging out for a while now, and there’s something about it that I just love. That being said, I’ve gotten a little creative with the […]

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Say what?

The dictionary is my friend, I’m never without meaning. The thesaurus is a wizard, Turns “picking” into “gleaning.” And when I’m feeling feisty, Schmutzwortsuche’s how I play it. I’m never at a loss for words, I just don’t know how to say it. Word of the Day Challenge: Schmutzwortsuche (shmootz-VOHRT-zoo-che)Verb: Looking up rude words in […]

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Imperfections

Aging ivory goddess,  Edges decomposed,  Perfect imperfections,  Unguarded and exposed. Vulnerable and brittle, Beauty fades to rust, Love remains eternal, Body returns to dust. I’m getting to that age. The age when you realize that your petals are falling. Ha! Or the structure is weakening. I’m not fretting over it though… I’m seriously embracing every […]

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Fragments

As wings touch the sky, Fragments of eternity, Scatter ‘cross the sea. I have to admit that I’ve already visited my thesaurus twice today. Don’t ask me why I feel the need to confess this… it just feels right. Plus it explains why my haiku—written for Ronovan Write Haiku Challenge: Meet & Part —contains neither […]

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In the Beginning

Let’s start anew! After 3 years and 10 months of being on this blog, and while suffering from COVID-itis (also known as having extra time and trying to make good use of it), I’ve decided… WHAT THE HECK, let’s go back to the beginning. Something I’ve realized is that our stories get old. They become […]

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Lucky Horseshoes

PART TWO. “It’s time for bed you two.” Aurora shouted from the kitchen. “Five more minutes.” Davey said, making a face as he pulled the covers up over his head.  “Please mom,” Ethan pleaded, “Grandpa’s telling us a story.”  Aurora was smiling at the doorway now, drying her hands and nodding permission. “OK, but lights […]

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Lucky Horseshoes

A SHORT STORY, PART ONE. The old man started coming around the day that Billy Clyde knocked me out. It was the end of third grade, right before summer break. School let out early and it was too muggy to take the bus. Burt, the driver, always sweat real bad and on days like this, […]

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Give Thanks…

NO MATTER WHAT Hmmm… well isn’t that a wee bit grandiloquent?! Between the Word of the Day, grandiloquent, and the weekend writing prompt, peristeronic, I’m beginning to think that I need to keep a thesaurus and a dictionary at my desk!  Grandiloquent: Language or behavior is very formal, literary, or exaggerated, and is used by […]

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Night Sky

Celestial sphere, Eternal light in the dark, Eyes fixed upon you. Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Eye & Light

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Pigeon Play

Aristocratic urbanite,  Invisible ruler of the air, City dwellers and sophisticates, Ne’er concede that you are there. Peristeronic transient,  Lurking in the shadows,  ‘Neath the underpass. An epicurean scavenger, Devouring feasts, Foraged from the mass. Metaphoric peregrine, Prophetic symbol,  Sent from above. Your ancient meaning,  Oft misconstrued, Luminous messenger, Of luck . . . And […]

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CoLoReVolvE

It’s official. The world revolves. Or is it evolves? For the last four and one-half months, I can literally use my fingers to count the number of times I’ve left the house to do something fun, interesting, or worthwhile. It wasn’t until the past month or so that the situation started to affect my mental […]

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Dangerous Lies

Secrets encrypted, Lies decoded and exposed, Message self-destructs. Well that was an interesting prompt! And I may have just summed up 2020. So far. What is real, and what is fake? It’s so hard to say, but—as the haiku alludes—don’t look to the media for answers. As you will see in the credits below, the […]

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Love’s Poetry

Nuances. The rhythm slows, Lights flicker, A room once bright, Is now dimly lit. Hearts ache, Bittersweet, The pieces laid out,  Never seem to fit. The clock races, Time stands still, A story ends, But will never quit. Weekend Writing Challenge: NuanceWord Count: 38 Image by Myriam Zilles from Pixabay

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In my Dreams

Stargazer, Romanticist, Wishful thoughts and schemes. Nonconformist, Wanderer, I’ll see you in my dreams. Composite image and poem written for RDP Wednesday: Nefelibata Portuguese in origin, derived from “nefele” (cloud) and “batha” (a place to walk), it literally translates to “cloudwalker.” Noun – daydreamer; a person lost in imagination; an unorthodox person who doesn’t abide […]

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Self-Talk

Stop all the babbling,You big baboon. Just shut up…And kiss me you fool. A humorous reminder to talk nice to yourself today… Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Chimpanzee & Kiss Image by Andre Mouton from Pixabay

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Coloring: Day 2

I’ve never been able to help the fact that I’m easily amused. I’m extremely grateful for this fact—especially during these past few days (or weeks, or months)—when it’s so easy to be moody. I know that my coloring projects aren’t “originals” but they are dear to me nonetheless, so I’m going to share them damn […]

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Rise Above

Everything is fleeting. Whether big or small, Good or bad, Right or wrong, Happy or sad, Life is ever changing. You can still fly, You just need to flap a little harder. And once you rise above, The wind will catch your wings, And you will soar.

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Inspiral Me

I’m happy to report that my inner child is still ageless. Well, I had a little fun today, and it made me feel like a kid again! I had some big ideas for art projects that I wanted to do, on Adobe Illustrator, and I couldn’t seem to get it together. So… I found some […]

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No Strings Attached

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left. AUTHOR UNKNOWN I absolutely love that quote. If I had to live by it—on the other hand—I’d be in big trouble. Ha! A part of me is joking, laughing at my own […]

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Eyes on the Ball

On top of the world, The world’s at your fingertips, Keep eyes on the ball. The featured image is a fun little composite piece that I made for my haiku. It was originally about “insignificance,” but the man on top looked too large to be unimportant. An oversized ego perhaps! As it turns out, I […]

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Free at Sea

Day after day, He drenched her with love, And she was nothing but cavalier. He tried and he tried, But to no avail, Until his breaking point was near. She woke one day, To find he had gone, She had driven him from his turf. He stood and he stared, As the waves crashed down, […]

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Seagull

Waiting

Things aren’t exactly normal right now, And I’m afraid I’ve lost my bearings. So I will wait here, Be still, And know. Three Things Challenge: Normal, Exactly, Bearings Photo by me. A little seagull near the ocean, sitting tight and sitting pretty. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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In Our Hands

We weave the pattern, Love dwindles, or ripples out, It is in our hands. As you can see, I’m still experimenting with my portrait/visual communication ideas here. This is actually a fun and entertaining way to spend my “at home” time, but I still find myself rushing to get things done as if there is […]

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Better Together — Out of the Ashes

It is DAY ONE here at Out of the Ashes, a brand new collaboration in it’s infancy stage, and we welcome you to come and follow us along. Life is full of “new beginnings,” and many of our contributors have been there—oftentimes more than once. With our combined talent, creativity, knowledge and experience we hope […] […]

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Rising Up in the Dark

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. CARL JUNG This is one of the most exciting posts I’ve written in a while. Since face masks make me feel sick, and they’re still required everywhere you go here in Los […]

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Chiseled Thoughts

Positivity, Thoughts chiseled with good intent, Like an open book. Greetings everyone! I’ve been experimenting with some techniques to create some new forms of visual communication. I was inspired after looking at graffiti and wall murals, and I started wondering what it is that I love about them so much. I think that, for the […]

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I Choose Peace

Image by Patou Ricard from Pixabay I’ve been hemming and hawing for weeks (or months), the pendulum swaying back and forth; from feeling as though it’s my responsibility (as a human being) to talk (or keep talking) about current events—to the polar opposite—thinking that it’s the last thing I should even consider. It’s been harder […]

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The 70’s to Today

A Life in Rap Gallivanting, and Bar hopping. Living it up, and  Hotel bopping. Race with the Joneses, Some name dropping. A 401K, and Wife swapping? Dieting fads, and Pill popping. Sucking it up, with Sugar free topping. Trade bra for a mask,  Boobs flopping. Zoom meditation, and Online shopping. Word Count: 46 Weekend Writing […]

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Having a Vision

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese proverb My new laptop is working great, but the screen is VERY small. My little old eyes (that need cheater glasses) were not too thrilled with the size. So… I decided to get creative, and I’m using an old television as a […]

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Shelter in Place

Storm intermission, Seductress teases through glass, Fragile barricade. Greetings everyone! My new PC is finally here, and I am back in action with Photoshop—and a few other new and exciting programs to get creative with. I’m feeling things out tonight, and I thought this somewhat serene image would go well with Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: […]

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The Stranger

Be kind to the stranger, The one you don’t recognize. An untold story simmers deep, Beneath her burning eyes. Lend an ear to the stranger, Hear how her heart has bled, Offer comfort, give her strength, As she travels the path ahead. I have to say that the reason I worked on this portrait today […]

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Winds of Change

The sky is ablaze, Logic is lost in anger, Winds of change are here. I needed to work on some art, and post some words today. Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Anger & Logic sort of landed right in front of me at the right moment. I’m doing a lot of praying over here. Black lives […]

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Midnight Mayhem

I’m stirring up mayhem tonight, and I’ll probably kick myself for it later. My garden photographs are waiting to be sorted, and my short story still needs an ending, but I REALLY wanted to work on this portrait—so here I am—finishing up in the wee hours of the night. Actually, the “mayhem” I’ve added is […]

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A Pause

Beautiful pauses, Cloaked in fragrant petals bloom, Life is not a race. Happy Hump-day! I’ve taken a few pauses lately, to photograph some of the wonderful things in our backyard. This little butterfly (or moth?) caught my eye recently. It didn’t move much, so I’m assuming it was enjoying its own little time-out, soaking in […]

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Recalibrating

Would you believe that tomorrow marks the beginning of WEEK TWELVE of my New Lifestyle, New Me project? Wow! It feels as though I’ve lost part of my life somehow—like my wall calendar has this huge red “X” scratched across the month of April or something. And half of May too! Not to worry. As […]

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Red Solo Cup

Country songs, red solo cup— Metaphors for simpler things. Faded Glory, holding tight— To the memories that they bring. I wanted to try something creative tonight. I’ve had a couple of long days and it’s nice to take a pause, and stop (over) thinking. I took this photograph at a country music festival some time […]

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Late Night Fiction #7

Franky with a “Y” For anyone just joining, this is an ongoing short story that I’m having some fun with. Previous scenes can be found HERE, if you’d like to read them. This scene won’t make much sense if you don’t, but you could certainly give it a whirl. I hope you enjoy! SCENE SIX Noah’s […]

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Late Night Fiction #6

Franky with a “Y” For anyone just joining, this is an ongoing short story (that is slowly becoming long-er). It was written in my Creative Writing class a year ago, and I’m sharing (and editing) it now… just for fun. Scenes One through Four can be found HERE, in case you’d like to read them. […]

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Bare feet, Salty Hair

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil gibran No rhyme or reason for this one here. I was looking into my archives, thinking about more feather close-ups, and I just fell in love with these feet. My new classes started […]

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Late Night Fiction #5

The beginning of this short story, which spans across several posts, has now been pieced together on one page. Scenes One, Two and Three can be read HERE. I’ll be adding the new scenes as well—once I’ve worked out any kinks—so by the time you read this the page may include this portion too. I […]

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Our Beautiful Mind

It’s been a long time since I shared an update on my New Lifestyle, New Me project. I’ve been quiet about my progress. Why? Well… let’s just say that I’m beginning to understand why Adam and Eve hid from God after they tasted the forbidden fruit. They failed to stick to the plan. They broke […]

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Bloom of Love

The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart. Unknown It’s after midnight, but I had to get an image in for RDP Saturday: Image. Another rose from one of my quarantine walks. Good Night, and a Happy Sunday to You!

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Singing Lessons

LEARN TO SING, EVEN IF YOU CAN’T CARRY A TUNE! Weekend Writing Prompt #155: Tune (10 Words) —A Little Weekend Humor— Happy Saturday! Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels (text added by me)

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Late Night Fiction #4

I’m including a table of links to hold this story together. Continuing on from night #3 Asher turned to see the woman standing at the doorway, and then his eyes darted away. He couldn’t believe how beautiful she was. Her delicate frame was wrapped inside of his blanket, and the bottom swept across the floor […]

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Yes, Yes, Yes!

Yes to the rhythm, Yes to the beat, If you can’t stand the fire, Then get out of the heat! Yes to the lyrics, Yes to the tune, Swing to the melody, And dance to the moon! This is a celebratory piece for sure. I was procrastinating a term paper in comparative religion, and the […]

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Faith to Fly

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore Another recycled image today! I had forgotten about my “feather close-ups” that I wanted to dig into some months ago. When I saw the Ragtag Daily Prompt: Abstract in Black and White I went searching and found one that […]

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Late Night Fiction #3

Chapter One Continued Asher stood frozen as questions flooded his mind. Was he going mad? Was it a dream? He pinched himself hard and yelped. Shards of glass crunched under his feet as his body shifted. With his eyes still glued to the window, he sidestepped to the broom closet. Suddenly something moved outside. It […]

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Late Night Fiction #2

Franky with a “Y” Continuing on with last night’s story… Chapter One: Scene Two Months later, and miles away, Asher struggled to assemble his router. He was ready to break his silence. He needed to make contact with someone, anyone, but who could he trust? Who would even believe him? The lights blinked as the […]

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House of Joy

Hidden in the sticks, Forbidden love, house of tricks, Lonely man finds joy. I’m sorry. A little rough around the edges there, but what the hell. Couldn’t resist. I’m finding solace in humor and lightheartedness these days. Anyway… this is a recycled image from the old copper mining town of Jerome (Arizona), once known as […]

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Late Night Fiction

This is a wild experiment. I’ve been thinking about where I want to go with my writing, and it occurred to me that I could revisit a short story I wrote in my creative writing class about one year ago today. I’m NOT a writer of fiction, and don’t imagine myself going down that road, […]

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Tree Party

When the zephyr appears, We flutter and sway, A waltz in the wind, An impassioned ballet. If the squalls should arrive, We’ll shake, and we’ll sing, Let loose of the branch, Square dance in a ring. The birds will take part, Building homes for the new, Whistling with joy, Loving chirps, or a coo. It’s […]

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Liebster Award

I’m humbled to share that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award and it is my honor to accept it (and to pass the torch on to some of the wonderful blogs that I follow). A big Thank You and Shout Out to Michael A. Kuch at Kuched.blog for the nomination. I read Michael when […]

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Intersection

Lonely Street crossing, Foggy mind, vision unclear, Trouble lies in wait. This haiku almost sums up some of my recent thoughts. Who would have thought that it could be done in just eleven words. Ha! “Isolation can be dangerous” is another way to say it. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to use this image and saw […]

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Beautiful Storm

I started working on this image during my “time out” yesterday. I feel wonderful today, and very well rested. The beach scene is not quite where I wanted it to be, but it will have to do. For now. Striving for perfection is exhausting, so it’s “good enough.” I’ve come to the conclusion that—even with […]

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