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Sunday Quote, 2013, Week 9, Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel)

Think and wonder, wonder and think ~ Dr. Seuss

Open Your Eyes! What You Will See!

Open Your Eyes! What You Will See!

Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) would have been 109 on March 2.  Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss.  Thanks for writing funny, witty and wise books that provided us with years of great reading.


Sunday Quote, 2013, Week 8, Hugo

To love another person is to see the face of God.  ~ Victor Hugo

To infinity and beyond

To infinity and beyond

Sunday Quote, 2013, Week 7 Pascal

A million things

A million things

Le cœur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît point. On le sent en mille choses.  ~ Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons which Reason knows not of. One feels it in a thousand things.

Climb — and Photograph — Any Mountain (Travel Theme: Mountains)

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Mountains.   I love seeing mountains, but I don’t like driving through them.   While I like looking at a stunning mountain vista, I don’t like getting too close to the edge.  So climbing isn’t something that I usually do either.   And yet, here are three images I have from doing those things.


I’ve been the driver for a few trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I much prefer being the passenger, as I was on this trip a few years ago with my sister, because you can enjoy the scenery.   I took the original photograph while at a scenic overlook somewhere near Asheville, North Carolina.  A little Photoshop* trickery here, as the original image was really blown out.  I think I captured the colors of what many sunsets in the mountains look like.

Blue Ridge Mountain Sunset

Blue Ridge Mountain Sunset


This was taken on what was really a steep hike, not a climb per se, although there were a few giant boulders one had to scramble to the top of.   Snapped this picture of my son once I was seated safely away from the ledge.  This photo was taken when he was 14 or 15 years old.  Now an adult, he refers to this period of long hair as “a regrettably bad idea”.   I don’t think he follows this blog, but this may prompt him to admit it if he does.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

And this one.   Oh my! was this beautiful.   This was taken at the summit of a hike through the Brazilian rain forest.   I had the opportunity to hang glide from about 1/2 down this mountain to the beach below, but, after toying with the idea for a few seconds, decided to take the safer route — by foot! — back to the beach.   I likely will not have another opportunity to hang glide in Brazil, but maybe some day I’ll try it somewhere else.

Gavea's rock, Brazil

Gavea’s rock, Brazil

Be sure to check out the wonderful photos that others have submitted as part of Ailsa’s weekly photo challenge.   Want to play along?   Post your image of a mountain and be sur to link back to Ailsa’s site here.

Travel Theme: Mountains | Ese’s Voice
Travel Theme: Mountains | lena de almeida
Travel Theme: Mountains | LoganBruin–An Unauthorized Autobiography
Travel Theme: Mountains | To Mother Earth, with Love
Travel Theme: Mountains | StandingStill
Travel Theme: MOUNTAINS part 1 | The Rewild West
Travel Theme: Dragon creeping across mountains | Travel with Intent
Travel Theme: Mountains | Ben Nelson’s Photo (Etc) Blog
Travel Theme Mountains |Alien Shores
travel theme: mountains | bob’s wife
Travel Theme: Mountains | Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches
Purple Mountain Majesty | The Retiring Sort
Travel Theme: Mountains | Wind Against Current

*Used the following textures:  WaterColorArtPaper1 by Earl K Designs and Cherish and Chalk Magic by Kim Klassen.

Happy New Year.

May 2013 be a great year for you.

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Mayans Didn’t Have Time Zones

The Mayans didn’t have time zones, so when precisely did they predict things would cease?    They also didn’t predict their own demise.  But, what if…….

End of the World.  Begin again.

End of the World.  Re-open Tomorrow.

Nostalgia and Common Sense

When I was about 10 years old, I thought my mother was cheap when it came to Christmas tree decorating.  We had only 2 or 3 boxes of ornaments — and I didn’t like any of them!  I always wanted her to buy us more.  After working on the lights this evening, I’ve changed my mind.

I strung 3 long strands of lights, making sure each strand lit before I wound it around the tree.  I had finished about half the tree when I plugged the three strands together.   Sparks didn’t fly, but I did hear one strand pop.  The string of lights was gone, filler for the kitchen trashcan.  The strings were old so I wasn’t surprised that one of them didn’t work.   I just wish it had happened before it went on the tree.   With not enough white lights to finish the tree, I had to switch to strands of the multi-colored lights — after I removed the strands already on the tree.

By the time I checked another 5 strands of lights and placed them on the tree, I was tired. But, since I had opened one container of ornaments, I dug deep to find the motivation to get those 100 ornaments on the tree.   One hour later, my tree, while not finished, looks okay.  I may leave it as-is.

Why?   I’ve reassessed my mother’s tree-trimming days of my childhood.   I think that the small allotment of ornaments she owned was not due to frugality.   She wasn’t cheap; she was tired.  We had exactly the number of ornaments that she had energy to hang once the kids grew tired of decorating the tree.

Hanging ornaments this evening, I thought about those ornaments and grew a bit nostalgic over them.   What happened to them? I wondered.

And then my senses came back to me:  those ornaments are still ugly and I don’t have the energy to put out all the ornaments I already own!


Trees at Sunset