Roses, roses


“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden We just returned from a trip to see my daughter and her family. What a lovely visit we had! But as occasionally happens when I travel, I brought back a nasty cold, sore throat and cough so I’m focusing on taking care of myself and getting well as fast as I can. Here …

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Online Inspiration


When asked by an aspiring photographer, “How can I make more interesting photographs?” photographer David duChemin answered, “Become a more interesting person.” How does one become more “interesting?” One way is to expose yourself to new ideas, creativity, and insights. Think of each new idea or image or experience as a LEGO block. And then think of combining those LEGO blocks in new ways. The richer and more diverse your LEGO blocks are, the wider …

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When Gratitude is Hard to Find


Yesterday was day 10 of my 30 day gratitude practice and the first day of this gratitude cycle when I found it difficult to feel gratitude. With the early advent of winter that came with snow and an arctic blast I lost my gratitude for a while and wallowed in wishing things were different. Life is complex. Luminous and full of grace. Heartbreaking and painful. Gossamer as a dragonfly’s wing. Terrible as a devastating tornado. …

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