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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles. This week, Ann-Christine invites us to look at the world from different angles and interpret what we see. I found a few quotes and a few sets of photos. The quotes may not refer to any photos so I do not link them together.

“The first impression of a new subject is not necessary the best. Seen from a different angle or under different condition it might look even better. Always study a three-dimensional subject with one eye closed” – Andreas Feininger

“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue…” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has never been before.” ― Anne Rice, Pandora

 

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The buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain include Valencia Opera House, Hemisferic, Prince Felipe Museum of Science, Oceanografic, and Agora. They were designed by Santiago Calatrava. The photos included are the two views of Hemisferic which is a splendid Laserium, Planetarium and IMAX cinema.

 

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Whenever weather allows, my camera is ready to take photos from the airplane. It was snowing on this day before Christmas. Portland, Oregon doesn’t have heavy snow and I was happy to get a bird eye view and a close to the ground view of the somewhat snowy landscape.

 

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Every time I look at these photos of the peacock, I was glad my camera snapped them. It was not too often I could have a behind the scene view of the peacock.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #55 – Dreamy Dreams

The theme this week from Ann-Christine for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is: Dreamy. I will tweak a little bit here. The photos I chose present dreamy images, but the quotes I picked are about dreams.

 

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Driving to the top of Haleakalā, the East Maui volcano (in Hawaii), the tallest peak is 10,023. feet.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

 

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Yellowstone National Park

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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A helicopter riding with the glacier landing on Chugach Mountains in Anchorage, Alaska.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

 

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Mudpots in Yellowstone: Hot springs that are acidic enough to dissolve the surrounding rock. Typically, also lack water in their systems.

“I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.” – Jonas Salk

 

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Driving along a river in Anchorage, Alaska

 “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

 

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Old Faithful, the most famous Geysers in Yellowstone, erupts every 90 minutes.

“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” – John Updike

 

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Overlooking the mountain range on Pacific coast from the airplane.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

 

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Fog came in after nightfall in Key West, Florida.

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence

 

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Sunset on the west coast on the way from California to Oregon

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #55 – Dreamy Dreams

 

 

Flash Fiction Challenge – Mary Chase Perry Stratton

July 4, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using your choice of microhistory from Keweenaw National Historic Park. Be historical, funny, or flagrantly fictional. Choose a character, time, place, or event. Be as creative as you want in telling the story. Go where the prompt leads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Welcome to Pewabic Pottery. How can I help you?”

“I want to take a pottery class.”

“That’s wonderful. Let me show you around.”

“Great. Who is in the picture on the wall?”

“She is Mary Chase Perry Stratton, our co-founder who started Pewabic Pottery in 1903.”

“Wow, a woman who did it 116 years ago.”

“Yes, when she was 36 years old. She studied art with the sculptor Louis Rebisso when she was 20.”

“Do you have anything she made?”

“We do, and pictures too. She lived to 91 years old and did many projects.”

“She is my inspiration.”

 

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Flash Fiction Challenge – Mary Chase Perry Stratton

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #52 – Serenity

The theme from Tina for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is: Serenity.

These are a few of my favorite places of calmness, peacefulness and serenity.

 

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Chinese Garden, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Los Angeles, California, USA

Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform. – Pythagoras

 

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Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington, USA

The waters are in motion, but the moon retains its serenity. – D.T. Suzuki

 

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Maui, Hawaii, USA

Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace,  joy and serenity. – Nhat Hanh

 

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Newport Beach, California, USA

Peace is the simplicity of heart, serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, the bond of love. – Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #52 – Serenity

 

 

To a Daughter Leaving Home by Linda Pastan – re-post

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On May 27, 1932, Linda Pastan was born to a Jewish family in the Bronx. She graduated from Radcliffe College and received an MA from Brandeis University.

Among her publications are – Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998 (W. W. Norton, 1998), which was nominated for the National Book Award; The Imperfect Paradise (W. W. Norton, 1988), a nominee for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Linda Pastan lives in Potomac, Maryland.

I feature two of her poems. The first one makes me laugh and think. When I first read the title, I thought she was writing about her daughter going to college, or at a wedding. When I read on to the last line, I could feel her heart. Yes, our children leave us in different stages and different circumstances.

I found myself letting Mercy go little by little as she was growing up. Letting her go in a way of respect her to become independent but still stay close by to be her support. When Mercy was in fifth grade, she configured my first cell phone. When she was a young adult, she became my friend as remains to be my daughter. At the present, I rely on her expertise and am not afraid to ask.

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To A Daughter Leaving Home by Linda Pastan

When I taught you
at eight to ride
a bicycle, loping along
beside you
as you wobbled away
on two round wheels,
my own mouth rounding
in surprise when you pulled
ahead down the curved
path of the park,
I kept waiting
for the thud
of your crash as I
sprinted to catch up,
while you grew
smaller, more breakable
with distance,
pumping, pumping
for your life, screaming
with laughter,
the hair flapping
behind you like a
handkerchief waving
goodbye.

The second poem evokes my reflection on the question: when am I most myself? I think it is ever since I had cancer. I reflect on life vs. death, health vs. sickness, essential vs. contemporary, personal right vs. relationship. I accept who I am and no interest in pretending. I’m satisfied with what I have and no ambition to acquire “one more.”

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Something About the Trees by Linda Pastan

I remember what my father told me:
There is an age when you are most yourself.
He was just past fifty then,
Was it something about the trees that make him speak?

There is an age when you are most yourself.
I know more than I did once.
Was it something about the trees that make him speak?
Only a single leaf had turned so far.

I know more than I did once.
I used to think he’d always be the surgeon.
Only a single leaf had turned so far,
Even his body kept its secrets.

I used to think he’d always be the surgeon,
My mother was the perfect surgeon’s wife.
Even his body kept its secrets.
I thought they both would live forever.

My mother was the perfect surgeon’s wife,
I can still see her face at thirty.
I thought they both would live forever.
I thought I’d always be their child.

I can still see her face at thirty.
When will I be most myself?
I thought I’d always be their child.
In my sleep, it’s never winter.

When will I be most myself?
I remember what my father told me.
In my sleep, it’s never winter.
He was just past fifty then.

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This is an expansion of Pantoum Poem Form from 4 stanzas to 7 stanzas.

Stanza 1: 1, 2, 3, 4
Stanza 2: 2, 5, 4, 6
Stanza 3: 5, 7, 6, 8
Stanza 4: 7, 9, 8, 10
Stanza 5: 9, 11, 10, 12
Stanza 6: 11, 13, 12, 14
Stanza 7: 13, 1, 14, 3

 

 

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Plan and Spend

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, here are your two words for this week: Plan & Spend

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

 

 

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Crossroad

 

Travel from afar

Crossroad fast approaching

No choice not to choose

Courage needed to decide

To risk promise of unknown

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Please visit Colleen Chesebro to join the challenge.

 

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #133 – Plan & spend

 

 

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Influence and Perception

The words for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #132 are Influence and Perception, #Synonyms Only.

 

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Love of Reading

 

I came back from a trip watching my granddaughter for eight days while my daughter and her hubby went on vacation. It was a wonderful time to watch her play and do new things every day. My daughter started reading to Autumn on day one coming back from the hospital. In the early days, Autumn’s play area and car seat always had books made with soft plastics or fabrics. When she could hold things, board books took place of the soft books. It made this Grandma happy to see her turning the pages.

When she was about 12 months old or even earlier, she recognized and could say “apple,” “ball,” “puppy” and a few other items in the books. When we read passed those pictures, she would turn the pages back to see the pictures and say the names. She loves to pick out the books with her favorite pictures and wanted us to read to her again and again.

My child development background confirms the children enjoy repetition because they love the familiar sights and sounds.

Autumn is 21 months and her vocabulary has grown fast. My daughter couldn’t keep track of the new words she gained and new things she learned to do. During my eight days of watching her, there was a book she wanted me to read to her over ten times. The title of the book is How Kind, about animals sharing with other animals. I also found her reading that book by herself.  I think she enjoys sharing. Upon my daughter’s and her hubby’s return from vacation, during a snack time, my daughter gave Autumn some green beans in a bowl. She gave each piece to her Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma before she ate the rest of them.

 

Child’s love to read

Greatly impacted by adults

Her idea of books

Is no different than toys

Both are fun, enjoyable

 

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Influence and Perception

 

 

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