Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

In confined spaces, everything  becomes pronounced, re-framed in a constrained, yet focused way.  For this photo project, I decided to let the photos speak to you before I add my interpretations of what they represent. What do you see inside each shot? Where are they located?

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

What do these shots tell you? Do you recognize their location? When you think of inside shots what ideal image comes to mind? Tell me about your photo vision of inside?  Come back later for my story.

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Friendships: Something So Strong….

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Friendships: Something So Strong….

Friendships: Something So Strong….

Friends … something so strong
Memories from childhood play
Coursing through our veins

What is true friendship to you? True friendship is like a rock by the sea. The waves crash against it but it stays steady and strong…

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia

Friendships: Something So Strong….

Friendships: Something So Strong….

Friendships… like rosebuds
Unfurl, blossoming with time
Deepening the love

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Reflections: At A Crossroads…

“Occasionally we find ourselves at unexpected crossroads with more than one opportunity from which to choose… Linda Lee Chaikin

Reflections: At A Crossroads...

Reflections: At A Crossroads…

We reached an impasse
The crossroad to the unknown
Time won’t wait for us

In life, we sometimes reach a point of indecision; a crossroad. At that point, we must stop and reflect, look back and then move forward. What crossroads have you had in your life?

“Stand at the crossroads if you will, but if you’ll not choose, I’ll move on without you” Jacqueline Carey

Reflections: At A Crossroads...

Reflections: At A Crossroads…

At the great juncture
Our secrets and fears stood guard
A crossroad unclear

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Musings: A Steadfast Love…

“Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.” Euripides

Musings: From Steadfast To Surrender

Musings: From Steadfast To Surrender

Love; a steadfast rock
From steadfast to surrender…
When two become one

Love; is wealth unsought
From surrender to steadfast
Liquid to solid

Some see being steadfast as a negative and surrender as a weakness but we need both… Love and life Life are about balance. How do you view love? Steadfast love? Surrender?

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Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years - Wisdom

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years – Wisdom

Wiki/Dictionary.com does not provide a word origin but notes the phrase emerged in the 1950s. Unconfirmed sources say that Merrill Lynch Investments used the phrase in an advertising campaign. The traditional golden anniversary occurs at 50 years of marriage, a mark that few couples would have seen prior to the 1950s, and golden years might bring up thoughts of people of sufficient age to have a golden anniversary, which would then imply people over about 65 or 70 years.

Everything Changes
As the cycle of life ends
Golden Parachutes…

The wisdom of age
Measured words of compassion
As the twilight dawns…

What are the Golden Years? Have you ever wondered where the term Golden Years originated from? The blockqoute above tells us. However, when I think of Golden Years, I imagine being bathed in light as I lollygag on a private beach. After years of serving our fellow men and women, the fortunate amongst us might get a golden watch or parachute – a way to retire in style.  It was an important  rite of passage and all working folk looked forward to it. Nowadays, most don’t. The world of work has changed.

Alas, in our modern disposable world, the elderly get shoved to the side as all things new, youthful and glittery replace them. Our young billionaires are under 40 and have a different perspective on the world of work.  For any of us who choose to not learn new things and instead, hold unto old ways and habits, the train of technological advancement speeds by. We must stay motivated to keep up our pace with the changing world. We are never too young or old to learn new skills or imagine something better and golden so, I choose not to despair…

“Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” Henry Miller

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years - Retired

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years – Retired

A beginner’s mind
Wise choice for retirement
The passage of time

We waste time whining
The bell tolls, Life passes by
We search for lost time

When I was young, my parents were vibrant and busy. They seemed invincible, immortal and, like every child, I imagined them living forever.  My Dad passed away before he could slow down enough to enjoy his golden years.  My Mom met hers in a way she would have never imagined or wished for.  So while some of us imagine elderly life in shimmering gold, and others view  aging as a joyful or sad event, what remains inevitable is that we will all  – AGE – and eventually pass away.

How else can we define the golden years?  I see the golden years as a gift; a time to reflect on how we served others; on how we loved our family and friends; on how we forgave ourselves for our mistakes; and how we helped strangers. Then we can sit back and enjoy the warmth and love of those around us… glowing in the light that shines from our hearts.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” Robert Morgan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Cloisters, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – The Cloisters Garden, New York

After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they saw. I’ve always found this important point fascinating. Think about it. Even with the Weekly Photo Challenge, participants submit blog posts with a wide range of interpretations on each given theme.

Why does this happen? Does it have something to do with the breath of our life experiences? The wiring of our brains? our vision? How can we look at the same thing or hear the same music and react/respond differently to it? It’s called Perspective and it is something we can create in photography. I’ve tried to create varying perspectives in the photos shared. Let me know what you think of them? How would you frame them differently?

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Empire State Building, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Empire State Building, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Old New Yorker Hotel, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – New Yorker Hotel, New York

Perspective: a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.
A picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.
A visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
The state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective.
The state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
The faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
A mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.

To make more sense of the word, I reached for a dictionary definition and the interpretations were excellent.  If you read the examples from Dictionary Reference above, you’d find enough explanations to help create photo groups that showcase the term Perspective well. The quote by Marcus Aurelius gives us another way to think about the word too. I suppose this is why eye witness testimony is often challenged in a Court of Law.

Eye-Witnesses are asked certain questions again and again until they stumble: What did you really see? Are you sure it wasn’t invented? Rehashed memory?  We can say that the same reaction applies to  photo-shopped pictures. Can we look at a Photoshopped picture and recognize that what we see might not be the whole story?  In the photos I shared above and below, I used the same premise to create varying perspectives. What did you see that you might not have considered?

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” Margaret Mead

International Women's Day: Inspiring Change

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director: International Women’s Day 2014


International Women’s Day Event on Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment

Timeline of International Women’s Day (IWD)
28 February 1909 – First observed in the USA as National Women’s Day in Chicago
August 1910 – Attendees at the International Women’s Conference in Denmark propose the idea
18 March, 1911 – IWD was celebrated by over a million people in Europe; right to vote, hold public office and end gender discrimination at work were key issues.
February 1913 – Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day. In 1917, it became official in the region.
March 1914 – International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time on Sunday, March 8, and this date has continued as the preferred/official day since.
October 1, 1949 – In the People’s Republic of China, the state council decided that March 8 would be made an official half day off holiday for women in China
1977 – International Women’s Day (marked by the UN since 1975), became a popular event when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the official UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
March 8 2010 – International Women’s Day – the ICRC (Red Cross) drew attention to the hardship displaced women endure (refugees and others at war) and has continued its call to end armed conflict.
March 8 2011 – International Women’s Day – Celebrations took place in more than 100 countries in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day
March 8 1996 -2014 –  Every year, the UN adopts a special theme  to focus attention on for International Women’s Day 2014 is Inspire Change. *See the rest below
Sources: UN Women Watch, International Women’s Day.com, Wikipedia

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as International Working Women’s Day and the theme for this year is – Inspiring Change.  The premise for the 2014 IWD theme is that we still need to not only champion the social, political and economic achievements of women, but also to continue to fight for women’s rights and inspire change globally. When I read about this year’s theme, what struck me was how far we’ve come and how much work remains in the struggle for Women’s equality in an unequal world. Even as more of us leave the home to go to work, our pay is still 77 cents for every dollar paid to our male colleagues, and, the proverbial glass ceiling remains a barrier for women in the workplace. For most women with children, the work day continues when they get home. In countries around the world, women are discouraged from getting an education, and early marriage and domestic abuse continues to rise.

International Women's Day: Inspiring Change

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change


Google: International Women’s Day Doodle 2014
International Women’s Day Doodle 2014

Timeline of women’s rights (other than voting)
1718 – Gender segregation banned in Russia, Taxpaying women allowed to vote in Sweden, Married women allowed to manage/own property in Pennsylvania
1829 – Sati is banned in India
1864 – Elementary schools for girls are opened in Haiti
1873 – Mothers in the UK are granted guardianship for children at divorce
1887 – Universities open to women in Mexico
1900 – A school for female teachers is opened in Egypt
1902 – Foot binding abolished in China.
1986 – Women in Djibouti can stand for election
2007 – Women can serve in combat roles in the New Zealand Defense Force

When I speak to groups of women, I hear the same answer; We want change. We want work and pay equity. We want an end to domestic/spousal abuse and an end to all forms of violence against women. We want representation in higher office and so called non-traditional fields. However, change is not the responsibility of a few. Change cannot happen in a vacuum.  Each of us has a role to play and we can’t do it alone. We can work with organizations that help women and in our communities. What are you doing to empower other women and create change?

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