Dining on the sidewalk in Naples, Italy

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #118: Communication

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge had me thinking. Do we only communicate with others by talking head to head, squeezing in words whenever we can as people we saw in Naples, Italy, (above photo) were doing? Is talking aloud the only way we share our thoughts with others? Or is there communication in silence as […]

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Sunrise with surfer -- Pawleys Island SC

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 108: Sanctuary

Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself. Gautama Buddha Although a sanctuary can be a place of permanence, it may also be a temporary respite, a place for contemplation and solace. A refresher, if you will. And for the past 35 years or so — maybe even longer — our sanctuary has […]

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 107: Winter

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. Anton Chekhov Since we’re not accustomed to dealing with harsh winters — after all, we live in the South — we find cold weather (especially if snow is involved) to be novel enough to make us happy. Our contributions to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge […]

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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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