Unexpected in common hours

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau



“The woods put forth their blossoms”

The woods in Spring

Budding trees

Budding trees2

Budding trees3


“Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.”  (Virgil)

What I Found on My Walk Down the Road: Grape Hyacinth

Many people plant hyacinths in their gardens, but this was growing where it had never been planted.  It’s interesting how I frequently find along our road, plants that have never been there before and that never appear there again.  One-hit wonders.


“Here hyacinths of heavenly blue, shook their rich tresses to the morn.” (James Montgomery)


Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bikes of Any Kind

Bike race

Bike race

And more leisurely fun

Good friends on bikes

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  (Albert Einstein)



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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise

Just after sunset


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A great post from my aunt’s blog. She is an American television and movie actress and an attorney (yes, all of that) who now lives in Nice, France.


During those moments when I am not thinking or over-thinking everything else, I ponder “wisdoms” or “philosophical quotes” or “Up to My A.. in Aphorisms”.  The one that is getting my attention this week goes like this, “If you could really accept that you weren’t ok, you could stop proving you were ok. If you could stop proving that you were ok, you could get that it was ok not to be ok. If you could get that it was ok not to be ok, you could get that you were ok the way you are. You’re ok, get it?”  That will give you something to think about when you are over-thinking everything else.

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Back when, I read a book called “Don’t Push the River, It Flows by Itself” by Barry Stevens.  It involved a catchphrase of the 1960s and 1970s — “don’t push…

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The Blush of Spring

From my “photos only” blog which I seem to have neglected as of late…

captured for a moment

The blush of spring

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

The building doesn’t look so large until you see the people standing in front of the steps.

In front of the Golden Dome
In front of the Golden Dome, the administration building at the University of Notre Dame


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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

Basket weaving at Oconaluftee Indian Village, Cherokee, NC

Working on a basket


This week we are challenged to do some visual storytelling with our photos.  See more stories or join the weekly challenge here.



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Leaves or Trees

Looking through the trees at the St. Augustine lighthouse

St. Augustine lighthouse through the trees


Trees in front of home of the lighthouse keeper


Anastasia Island trees


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One Word Sunday: Tasty

At the Mountain Fresh Creamery

Thanks to Debbie at Travel with Intent for hosting this photo challenge.  It’s been a while since I participated, but I couldn’t resist submitting the photo of my sweet daughter and grandson and his blue ice cream.