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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

 

 

Orchestra

I published this poem in October 2016. Today’s Daily Prompt prompted me to look for this poem. I would like to share it with you again.

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Acrostic Poem – MUSIC

                                   M aster Conductor of Orchestra

                                   U niverse of planets and galaxies He directs

                                   S ynchronizes the quantum leap and obits

                                   I n dark mass, they exist

                                  C horus joins to sing the praises

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Daily Prompt: Synchronize

Triathlon

The Showers of Blessings

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Mercy Rossi, my daughter, and Will Rossi, her husband participated in a triathlon in June 2015. They were in a competition, but not with each other! They did swimming first. In the process, she was off track a little bit. He waited for her. They came out of the water almost at the same time. It was just a few minutes apart according to the timer of my camera. They did bicycling second. Will was just a couple bike lengths ahead of Mercy. He always was within her sight. Finally, they did running. Again, they were running side by side. He might have been a few steps ahead sometimes.

They came to the final stretch, they were holding hands, pushed through the finishing line together, both with their hands in the air, and big smiles on their faces!

I was honored to be there to join the cheering team…

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Guest Blogger – Mercy Rossi, Zion National Park

Daily Prompt: Climbing

It is a pleasure to introduce my guest blogger Mercy Rossi, my daughter. She will take you on an exciting trip. before they went on this trip, they took rock climbing lessons!

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The fall of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Zion National Park.  We were awed yet again by God’s beautiful creation.

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The sun moves towards the horizon, casting shadows on majestic rock formations, which draw thousands of visitors each year.

We did an overnight camping trip along the West Rim trail.  Sometimes in life, we lose sight of what’s truly important, but being in nature helps us regain our focus.

Alone in the wilderness, I gaze out over the deep canyons, breathing in the sweet air slowly, appreciating being present in the moment.

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The light breaks through the trees in a soft and gentle way.

This was our first canyoneering trip together.  It involved trusting one another, trusting ourselves, trusting the equipment, communicating well, overcoming fear, and I saved the best for last – having fun and memories of being outside of our comfort zone together!

There are many quotes about hard work but this one I find captures what we experienced during this trip: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” – this was true of canyoneering but also true of life in general, whether it’s overcoming a difficult situation with a good friend or a partner or something more personal like being hurt by a loved one.