Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

The gift was unexpected.  A thank-you gift for hosting a shower from a bride-to-be who now lives in Portland:  this lovely bamboo cutting board in the shape of Oregon. And a sweet little box with a thank-you note attached. And inside?  The freshest of eggs from her mom’s Rhode Island Reds. Doesn’t get any better — or […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

  This special place, Acoma Pueblo, is known as “Haaku,” a spiritual homeland for an eternal dwelling. One of the oldest continually inhabited communities in the U. S. where almost 100 people live year-round with no running water or electricity, New Mexico’a Acoma Pueblo Sky City is open for tours on which you can take […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

Just seeing a six-year-old Birthday Girl jump repeatedly up and down for the experience of entering the Ticket Blaster® at Chuck E. Cheese may be reward enough for those of us who’ve never had the pleasure. It’s the culminating experience of an event that incorporates rounds of singing, eating pizza, and playing games to your […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Some balloons at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta 2014 were notable for their imitation of familiar characters, but others were notable merely for their symmetry and color.  As they floated skyward with little more sound than the click of camera shutters in the background, these peaceful, geometric balloons were simply poetry in motion. For more entries in the WordPress […]

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Travel theme: Details

The Great Cake Bake in Knoxville draws entries from some of the area’s finest bakers, cake makers, and even some novices interested in dabbling in the art of embellishment. With proceeds from admission tickets going to Dolly Parton’s Imagination of Knoxville initiative (to send books to children in Tennessee each month free of charge), cakes […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

Want scale?  Look no further than Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle! Scaly fish.  Scales to weigh fish.  Or scales in your hand if you let the guys toss one “atcha”! And on a scale from 1 to 10, I’d rate this hug from this always-smilin’ fishmonger a 10 plus! For more entries in the WordPress […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

One of the joys of driving the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is stopping to watch the old mill wheel spin. Looking down the wooden sluice gives depth to the years-old process of funneling water down to the wheel. As the outside wooden wheel turns, a heavy stone mill […]

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Travel theme: Doorways

While roaming through Fort Clinch State Park at Fernandina Beach, Florida, on a weekend when re-enactors were not only in costume but also in character, Bert wandered into a spacious room to take a look at an intriguing doorway.  The “guard” moved in, seizing the moment to talk about the prison cell behind the door. […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Some lucky elementary students in Knoxville celebrated their 100th day of school this year by dressing as centenarians. Their paths to self-expression varied. Costumed little ones donned beards, wire-rimmed glasses, canes, etc., and paraded around the hallways as only tottering 100-year-olds can do. You could see ’em bent over, shuffling, and saying “Eh???” whenever their […]

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