Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Careful With Seashells


Oh so carefully stacking the seashells, balancing them just so. Our two year old grandson being careful…so unusual.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Sun Salutation


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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Black and White Morning Walk


Morning walks

sometimes in color

sometimes black and white

as I sort out thoughts

to ponder

the shadows


Challenge brought to us by Lens and Pens by Sally

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Extraordinary in Las Vegas


Not what you expected from the title, right? While most people in Las Vegas are ogling the show girls, or staring at cards or slot machine screens, I tend to glance upwards at the architecture, especially at Caesar’s Palace. The image above is the top of a colonnade somewhere within the large expanse of that casino. The architecture there is extraordinary no matter what you think of Vegas, you’ve gotta give it that.

Thanks to WordPress for the prompt for this week’s challenge

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Macro in Black and White


An Asparagus Fern seen in macro and edited in Enlight using an iPhone 6Plus.

More on Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge can be found here.

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A CANARY FLIES THE CANYON – now available on Amazon.com

Angeline M:

Writing a book is not for the faint of heart, and Jo does not fit in that category by any stretch of the imagination. Jo’s new book has just published within the last several days, and can now be ordered on Amazon. I’ve only read two chapters so far, and this is going to be one of those books that is a good read and you don’t want to put down.

Originally posted on the creative epiphany:


Have you ever questioned randomness?

Do you wonder in your life, or any life, whether or not the choices we are offered

are really choices or if fate determines our destiny?

With her third book Jo Ann Brown-Scott offers a fresh and energetic novel about the life-long evolution of a contemporary woman artist. In her characteristically vivid, painterly voice, at times both irreverent and profound, Brown-Scott composes the story of a maverick, free-spirited woman, awarded with creative DNA and privilege at birth yet scarred with a childhood of loss and family dysfunction. Fueled with these ideal circumstances for artistic creative development, the heroine Annie breaks loose to become the Bohemian abstract artist she was born to be.

During her artistic maturation, relationships with three prominent men in her life, a salesman, a contrarian and a Swede bring seemingly random disorder, chaos and instability as her art continues to acquire complexity and growth…

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Nature in My Mind’s Eye


I went out for my walk this morning; out into the start of a beautiful fall day. I’m exploring the new neighborhood and finding fabulous new vistas that take my breath away. Trees on a bed of grass, fences of shrubs next to a freshly plowed field. In those early hours the light is so right, and the birds sing to the glory of a new day. I say a thousand thank yous.

Photo taken with an iPhone 6Plus, and edited in Aquarella to get the painterly effect obtained (it really is how I see it in my mind’s eye).

The mobile photography challenge is sponsored by Sally Donatello at Lens and Pens by Sally. 

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ A Morning Walk in The Vineyards


Life slowly returning to a little bit of the everyday. Early morning walks have been put on my regimen, and renew my spirit. The Universe has so wonderfully placed us a half block from a vineyard, that is really landscaping along the road turning in to our community. Maybe only in California do they use vineyards to landscape the side of a road; so my morning walks lead me there. I had seen workers harvesting the grapes a couple of weeks ago, but some rows still have grapes galore (and they are sweet and delicious). I’m not sure why they were left behind, but I do not think they were meant for my breakfast.


Photos taken with an iPhone 6Plus, using Camera+.  For more on the challenge, visit Lens and Pens by Sally. 

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge~ Black and White at Night


The first night in our new home demanded this photo from the patio. A full moon, hopefully an auspicious beginning. I was running about the house trying to unpack a few things when something told me to just stop, to go outside and be with the beauty of the outdoors for a little while. To breathe. Very therapeutic.

Photo taken with an iPhone 6Plus, and a native filter, Silent Movie, was used.

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I’m slowly making my way back to the world of blogs, and trying to remember to stop more often to take a breather.

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Moving Along


Just follow the path and you’ll be there. But first, you have to realize your path, believe in it, and create it. And that’s what I’m doing. The husband and I are moving. Again. We just moved into the current small apartment one year ago, excited and happy to be here in this part of the San Francisco East Bay. Things change in one year, and for us it has been a monumental change. My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this June, and that has been a game changer. Remaining in this second floor walk up apartment is no longer feasible, and through doctor’s appointments and chemo we are moving. I never thought it possible to take on a task like this, but the Universe and the saints have been with me, and it’s happening now. I read a quote somewhere that says something like if you take the first step, no matter how hard, the Universe will open  doors and help you continue on, but you have to take that first step.

Coincidence, synchronicity, timing? I don’t know. But everything has fallen into place. We’ve found the perfect one story little house near our kids just a little farther east of San Francisco, and in a more rural area that I love so much. And we’re off. I’ll be back soon from the new place. Until then.

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