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Join the Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic #blogginghero #writingchallenge #review

Sue Vincent is a fabulous writer and a generous supporter of the blogging community. Now it’s our turn to be there for her. Click the link below and read on. You can also find out more on Sue’s post The inconvenient walking dead… #Covid #cancer #carers

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Sue Vincent is one of those special bloggers that inspires people all over the world. Readers have long been galvanized by her posts about mythology, about ancient ruins and medieval churches, and her daily #midnighthaiku. Even more have participated in and grown as a result of her #writephoto prompts. In addition to posting her prompts, Sue has tirelessly supported other bloggers by sharing others’ responses to her 19,000 and counting followers.

Recently, Sue has been faced with a new and difficult challenge: lung cancer. You canfollow her blogto find out more directly from her. The Covid pandemic has served not only to pose a specific threat to a person with a severe respiratory illness, but it has caused loss of human connection through self-imposed quarantine.

Now it’s time for Sue to receive something back from the community she’s been a cornerstone of for a decade. Let’s bring the…

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107 – Winter

This week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107, Ann-Christine invited us to look at the difference in the winter when we compare the Northern Hemisphere with the Southern Hemisphere. 

The first time I saw snow was my first year in Portland, Oregon. It was in November. I walked along the hallway from one classroom to the next. My eyes glanced through the floor to ceiling window. A thin layer of white stuff drifting down in the air. I stopped and observed. Each layer above seemed to get thicker and whiter. I realized what happened and called out while jumping up and down, “It’s snowing. It’s snowing!” Some male students walked by and looked at me. Probably the last time they saw and heard of it was from their little kids.

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When I finished school in Portland, I went on to Seattle Pacific University for my second graduate study. The city welcomed me with seven inches of snow. When the snow came to a pause, I put on my knee high, custom made leather boots and my leather gloves to make the first snowman. The leather gloves got hard and stiff after they were dry. My boots were fine, probably they were made differently.

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Is winter warm or cold? I think winter is warm because it’s the time for events such as Christmas concert, Christmas light cruise, Christmas parties with family and friends, and my daughter’s birthday the day after Christmas.

One New Year, we visited my sister’s family in Vancouver B.C. We couldn’t go skiing in Whistler B.C. because the heavy fog came in. We managed going to a nearby mountain for my husband, niece, and nephew to do snowboarding.

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Back home in southern California, our chorale started rehearsing for the Messiah concert first week of November, leading to the two performances before Christmas. This is the highlight of the year for me.

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The adult fellowship group at church has many Christmas parties. One year we had a catering dinner at a deluxe retirement home. The chef built a gingerbread village every year. He made one gingerbread house at a time throughout the year and froze them. By early December, he assembled the village with a train track and an electrical train going around it.

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The last two years, we went on the Christmas Light Cruise and watched the Christmas Boat Parade.

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Two years ago was the first-time snow and Christmas met. My husband and I went to Portland, Oregon to spend the holiday with my daughter’s family. I saw snow before the plane landed and was so excited to have a white Christmas.

Most exciting of all during Christmas time is my daughter’s birthday on the day after Christmas. Here, Mercy opened the birthday card from her daughter Autumn.

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Is winter warm or cold in your part of the world? I would like to hear from you.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107 – Winter

 

 

Tips & Advice: General Life – Personal Finance (Guest Post by Miriam Hurdle)

I’m so excited to be a guest on James J. Cudney‘s blog today. I invite you to head over to read this post about Personal Finance. I love to hear your kind comment.

It’s the next installment of the General Life segment in the Tips & Advice feature on the This Is My Truth Now blog. If you’re new to this segment, scroll toward the bottom to learn more about it and me. Today’s topic continues our guest posts with Miriam Hurdle who will talk about personal finances.

Miriam and I met a couple of years ago through our blogs. After chatting about books, life, and poetry, we began following one another and became friends. I thoroughly loved her book, as you’ll see in an author spotlight I published earlier this year. Today, I’m thrilled turn the floor over to her as she tells us all about personal finance – a topic that is dear to my heart and should be to yours too… especially with the rough economy we have right now. Let’s spend a few minutes listening to her advice…

Guest Post by Miriam Hurdle – Personal Finance

 

When it comes to money, I’m not a big spender. I never was and never will be. Yet I couldn’t save big money from years of working, let’s say, several thousand dollars. I had no control over the financial situation in my former marriage. After the divorce, my night gradually turned into dawn. Regardless of the huge amount of attorney fees and other expenses from the unpleasant stage of life, I slowly but steadily recovered, marching on to set goals for personal financial freedom.

One budgeting rule is the 50/30/20 rule.

  • 50% on needs (groceries, housing/rent, bills & utilities, health insurance, car payment/transportation)
  • 30% on wants (shopping, dining out, hobbies, entertainment, travel)
  • 20% on savings (savings, emergency fund, loan payment)

The other one is the 70/20/10 rule.

  • 70% for living expenses (rent, house payment, food, clothing, gasoline)
  • 20% for savings
    • 10% for retirement (IRA, 401(k), company pension)
    • 5% for emergencies (car repairs, medical expenses, unemployment)
    • 5% for specific goals (vacation, car, school tuition, a new computer)
  • 10% for debt (student loans, car payments, credit cards)

I didn’t follow any rules from the start. Once I regained control of the finance, my focus was on meeting basic needs and paying off any debts. It was a blessing to work in the public school when the health insurance was part of the benefit, and 8% deduction of salary toward retirement was mandatory with 8% matching fund from the school district. Any part of the wants was not in consideration for years. But I started saving as soon as I could.

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Discover Prompts, Day 14: Book

Ben Huberman at  Discover, WordPress posts a Daily Prompt throughout April. The prompt on day 14 is Book. He invited us to post something about a book.

 

My daughter and son-in-law read to their first baby, Autumn from day one of her life. No wonder her natural love about everything is reading a book. She loves to be read to and also loves to read by herself. My daughter has a website where she posts daily of Autumn’s photos. I picked several photos from December 2018 to April 2020 to show that she got caught in reading. She used to pick one book at a time and brought it to us to read to her. When I visited her in February, she wanted to bring six books to the couch for me to read. The bottom book did not quite align with the top five but she didn’t want to drop it. After several tries, she picked up all six books to bring to me so she would listen to them without interruption.

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Trading places with little Nora. April 13, 2020

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Reading aloud to herself. November 14, 2019

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Deep thinking about what she was reading. November 6, 2019

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After she asked me to read this book again and again, she read it by herself. June 15, 2019

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The museum has a reading room for her. March 15, 2019

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My daughter commented, “When she is really quiet, I know what she is up to.” January 10, 2019

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My daughter commented, “I came into her room and found her reading. December 20, 2018 (She was 15 months old.)

 

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge #79: A Window With A View

This week, Amy invites us to explore “A Window With A View” and asks us to share some photos we’ve captured through windows.

“Throw open your window and let the scenery of clouds and sky enter your room!” – Yosa Buson

Summer Palace, Beijing

Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Several years ago, nine people from our extended family traveled to China and Hong Kong. While in China, we visited Beijing, Xi’an and Guilin. This photo was the view from looking out the window of the Summer Palace.

 

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Great Wall, China

The tour guide took us to one entrance where some of us went to a steep side of the Great Wall and some went on the other side for a leisure walk. The Wall seems to go on forever from the view of the Wall window. As of Jul 31, 2019, the length of the Great Wall is 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers).

 

“I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.” – Bill Withers

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I saw this beautiful design of a mirror at Laguna Beach, California where we visit often. After positioning myself several times, I found an angle to take this photo without seeing my reflection in the mirror.

 

“The window of opportunity opens and closes as fast as a camera’s shutter.” – Warren Criswell

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Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Hubby and I went to Spain three years ago for our anniversary. We visited Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona in that order of our itinerary. I love the architecture in Spain.

Alhambra is the palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Granada. The name Alhambra, signifying in Arabic “the red,” is probably derived from the reddish color of the tapia (rammed earth) of which the outer walls were built.

 

“My favorite journey is looking out the window.” – Edward Gorey

Innsbruck, Austria

Our hotel room in Innsbruck, Austria

Hubby enjoyed the view from our hotel room in Innsbruck, Austria.

When we travel, hubby likes to have a hotel room with a nice view. I argue that we don’t stay in the room long enough to enjoy the view. Eventually, I understand that we are not “on the go” all the time during the trip. A window with a nice view makes our stay pleasant.

 

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #79: A Window With A View

 

 

 

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