"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."

Henry Miller

Spectacular Black Hills scenery: Spearfish Canyon

If driving past 1000-foot walls of canyon rock on an old rail bed flanked by pristine lakes makes your heart spin, you need to take the 20-mile road from Spearfish to Cheyenne Crossing in South Dakota’s Black Hills. It’s a drive for wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, photographers, and dreamers — filled with history and natural beauty. […]

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Alive and well: Deadwood, South Dakota

If you love Wild West history and have a fondness for gambling, drinking, eating and shoot-’em-up tales, you better stop for a while in Deadwood, South Dakota. The town may have a name that makes you think “it ain’t workin’ anymore,” but that would be far from the truth. Consider a brief history of the […]

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Discover Prompts: And the winner is . . .

As I mentioned in my post Joke/No Joke, I’m proud to say that we successfully posted 30 interpretations of the Discover Prompts in 30 days! And, thanks to you, our readers, we have the top five, most-viewed posts to share with you. As always, we love your comments, links, and likes. 5th Place: Discover Prompt […]

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Discover Prompt 1: Joke/No Joke

When Discover Prompts were first introduced on April 1st, 2020, I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t have a joke to tell, or even an old April Fool’s joke that I used to play on my Dad each year — yes, the ol’ cardboard-in-a-gum-wrapper trick! So, I’ve saved my Joke post ’til last. And then a […]

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Discover Prompt 30: Grateful

The final day for writing based on the one-word Discover Prompts is finally here! And I must say, I’ve enjoyed the exercise of daily writing and trying to find photos to match the themes. Today’s word is Grateful, so here goes. I’m grateful that . . . Elton John has rescheduled his Knoxville concert originally […]

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Discover Prompt 29: List

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey Are you a list-maker? A list-follower? Or a little bit of both? During this time of sheltering in place, we’re slowly but surely (well, sort of) checking off a list of things to do. To complete. To put to […]

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Discover Prompt 28: Focus

Instead of focusing on circumstances that you cannot change – focus strongly and powerfully on the circumstances that you can.” Joy Page When I heard we’d be sheltering in place in Knoxville for a couple of weeks (or more), I remembered a project, stored in a back bedroom closet, that needed attention: a hand-painted needlepoint […]

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Discover Prompt 27: Team

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford For more than fifteen years, we’ve been part of a team — a Habitat Global Village team — that builds houses in international locations. It’s work, of course, but it’s also a rush — working together with people from the […]

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Lens-Artists Challenge 103: Surprise

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.    Ashley Montagu As we moved through the dark streets of Hanoi on a tour of street food with a chef for a guide, everything was surprising: the crowds at the Night Market, women […]

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A Quiet Moment: Lens-Artists Challenge 102

I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. Chaim Potok On a recent journey through the Great Smoky Mountains, we understood Patty’s Lens-Artists Challenge for this week: “A Quiet Moment” since, we, too, were searching for the hushed beauty […]

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One Single Flower: Lens-Artists Challenge 101

The world needs who you were made to be. Anonymous Southern magnolias have been a part of me all my life. From the time I was born in Louisiana and then moved to Arkansas and Tennessee, I’ve never been without these gracious gems of trees, towering over lawns and stately homes (humble ones as well) […]

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Old and New: Lens-Artists Challenge #99

Nothing attracts attention like a red dress. Laura Bush With a challenge from Amy (The World Is a Book) to post juxtapositions of old and new, we were reminded of our day touring Angkor Wat near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Unexpectedly to us, a number of visitors had arrived onsite with the express purpose of having […]

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