Unexpected in common hours

Woods in Spring

“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

 

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Path

 

“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.”   (Anatole France)

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Down the road

Lens-Artists Photo Challenges are published every Saturday at 12 noon EST by one of our moderators. Photos can be submitted any time before the next challenge is announced. You can join this week’s challenge here.

Autumn Soccer

A short update on grandson Ben…

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Grandson Ben, 8-year-old miracle boy extraordinaire, is playing soccer this autumn after a year’s hiatus from the sport.  Last year he opted not to play soccer and concentrated only on basketball and baseball.  But he’s back on a local soccer team, enjoying it, and scoring goals!

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We are so grateful that our little guy (who underwent three brain surgeries at ages 4 and 5) continues to love and excel in sports.

Please join our family in sending out healing thoughts and prayers for another little boy, named Levi, who has been in the hospital for almost three months now suffering from the same problem Ben had, arteriovenous malformation in the brain.  Levi, who is 10 years old, unfortunately had no symptoms and was not diagnosed until he experienced a severe brain bleed. His condition was touch-and-go at first, but he is now doing much better, although the prognosis for full…

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Trees

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“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. ”   (Kahlil Gibran)

 

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Agatha Christie

 

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Agatha Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer of detective novels, short stories, and plays.  Especially known for her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, she wrote a total of 66 novels, 14 collections of short stories, and the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap.  In addition, under the name Mary Westmacott, she wrote several romance novels.

Considered to be the most-translated author in the world, she also is the best-selling novelist of all time, with her novels having sold almost 2 billion copies.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Small is Beautiful

 

A few small things I photographed today with my phone while sitting in the sun on my front porch…

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Caterpillar

Tiny mushroom

Tiny mushroom with ant

Grasshopper

Lens-Artists Photo Challenges are published every Saturday at 12 noon EST by one of our moderators. Photos can be submitted any time before the next challenge is announced. You can join this week’s challenge here.

Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Glass – “The Parting Glass”

 

A traditional song popular in Ireland and Scotland, “The Parting Glass” is sung at the end of a gathering of friends.  It is believed to have been known as early as 1605, when a portion of the first stanza was included in a farewell letter, but the first printed version did not appear until the 1770s.  Needless to say, “The Parting Glass”  has been recorded by many artists, and as with many traditional songs, the lyrics can vary between arrangements.

This arrangement is by The High Kings, an Irish folk group from Dublin.

 

Of all the money that e’er I had
I spent it in good company
And all the harm I’ve ever done
Alas it was to none but me
And all I’ve done for want of wit
To mem’ry now I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all

(Chorus)
So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Of all the comrades that e’er I had
They’re sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They’d wish me one more day to stay
But since it fell unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

 

Song Lyrics Sunday

Thanks to This Thing Called Life One Word At a Time for hosting this challenge every week. It’s so much fun!

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: People at Work

 

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Roald Dahl

 

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Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) is remembered as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century.  He was born of Norwegian parents in Wales and became a writer of books for both children and adults,  a short story writer, poet, and screenwriter.

Dahl’s works for children include James and the Giant PeachCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe WitchesFantastic Mr FoxThe BFGThe Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine.

His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red

 

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Prater’s Mill in northwest Georgia

 

Red berries in the snow

Red berries in the snow

 

Red bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker (with a red head, too)

 

Red azaleas

Red azalea

 

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Red and yellow lily

 

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Pic and a Word Challenge: Fire

 

Forest fires

The forest fires were two states away in North Carolina, but the smoke reached our home in Georgia.

 

A fiery sunrise

This amazing sunrise, captured in Rocky Face GA,  makes the sky look as if it were an ocean of fire.

Fiery sunrise at Rocky Face