Monthly Archives: June 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: FLEETING MOMENT

Two monsters came to scare us — But they were only monsters for a fleeting moment — just as childhood itself only lasts a fleeting moment. Ask any parent — (Addendum: Blogger friend Martin, of Thoughts from Finchley, sent along … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE (3)

“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs —” A cliché, yes, but that doesn’t make it any the less true. And more often than we acknowledge, creation begins with an act of destruction.  You can’t make vegetable soup, in … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE (2)

Children are naturally, instinctively creative. But creativity is harder to come by as an adult, at least it is for me, what with “grownup” inhibitions and fears getting in the way. But I love classical still lifes, and I will … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE (1)

I’ve got a strong hunch all of us are going to go to town on this one! So I’ve decided to begin at the beginning, with productions by the most creative humans on the planet — CHILDREN. Children create as … Continue reading

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Things being as they are in Northampton, which is, after all, a smallish town — When you go out to eat or club you’re likely to meet “your Uncle Max and everyone you know”. But there is one place — … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE (2)

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vale and hill When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden — madeleines! Here they are, packed close together, delicious lemon-y French mini-sponge cakes baked … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE

They seem to be huddled close together for warmth, don’t they? Photo was taken back in the Berkshires the winter before last, which was of an extreme snowiness (in contrast to last winter here, which had almost none). Seems odd … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Mindfulbalance:
Better is one handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and grasping after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6 Often our lives become so driven that we are moving through our moments to get to better…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FRIENDSHIP, or Why I Like My Own Salad Dressing Best

I’m a good cook (no-bake) but without any distinguished recipe inventions or any of that stuff — Just a good everyday cook. But one thing I stoutly maintain: my salad dressing is the BEST. People always comment on it, want … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FRIENDSHIP

Some ten miles south of downtown Tucson, AZ, on desert land of the Tohono O’odham tribe, is the church of San Xavier del Bac Mission, a baroque confection founded by Jesuits and completed at the end of the 18th century. … Continue reading

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