Weekly Photo Challenge ~ ‘Reward’

The WPC for the week is ‘reward’.In between a day at work and the night’s routine,I love to go for a drive down to the river.  It’s a definite reward as I turn up the music and roll down the windows and take in the sights.  It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful and unique each sunset is.  It’s as though the sky is a masterpiece canvas that’s just repainted every evening. If I have enough time, I’ll oftenRead more


…today…well, let’s just say that I’m glad that soon it will be yesterday.  It was full of non-stop demands and falling short and constant effort with very little to show for it except for the wake of messes left behind by the hurried rushes of the day. It was full of stresses and needs and the desire to push through things that just aren’t pushed through easily. Alexander had his horrible days.  And today, well today was just one ofRead more

Black and White Sunday ~ ‘quiet’

The sun was just beginning to set as this photo was taken.  My son and I went to the river to get a breath of fresh air and take some photos.  There was still snow on the ground from the week before (which doesn’t happen too often in this part of North Carolina!).  The river was rushing with all of the melted snow coming down from the mountains, and it was only about 20 degrees out, so we were quiteRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ “Rule of Thirds”

The Weekly Photo Challenge is “Rule of Thirds”.  As I looked through my photos, I realized that I follow this rule quite a bit. A great majority of the photos I take don’t have an image front and center.  I guess I kind of like things “off-center” at times! Although I like order, I am often drawn to non-symmetrical views of things, for sure. Maybe that’s because the older I get, the more I realize that life is so incrediblyRead more

…a few thoughts on waiting…

When I was a little girl I knew the names of all of the birds in the backyard.  Not just birds.  Trees as well.  And fish in the nearby ponds and rivers.  You see,  my Dad is a teacher at heart.  We spent a lot of time outside and there were always a lot of teachable moments that he took advantage of.  I’m thankful for that. I’m not sure whether it was my Dad or my mom, or both or neither,Read more

Where Courage is Not…

“Where courage is not, no other virtue can survive except by accident.” Samuel Johnson I sit on the couch and watch the images on the screen as my husband flips through the channels.  The news reporter speaks of ice and snow,  traffic accidents and a plea for people to be safe and not venture out if not necessary.  I sit in my warm home with a blanket and a cup of coffee after a full day at work. The channelsRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ “Symmetry”

I love Bridges.  They kind of make you aware that you’re on your way to reaching a destination.  There’s the beginning.  There’s an ending, and there’s an in between. They are metaphors for so many things, and one of those is the journey that begins with the loss of a loved one.  And that is what the following poem is about…with a bridge as the metaphor. The Bridge of Grief An ending………………………………………………….A beginning A bridge between the two. The distanceRead more