Finding the Good

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There are days when I cannot listen to another newscast, I refuse to hear another political analysis, and I opt out of conversations about politics or the environment, crime, terrorism or refugees. Some days I cannot listen to any more challenging news. At those times I feel like I need to cover my ears and sing “La, la, la, la, la…” loudly enough to drown out the voices of fear, doom and gloom. I have …

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The Difficulty of Being Human

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How are you? If you’re like me (and most people) you will answer “Fine,” whether you are fine or not. Occasionally I will answer, “Terrific!” when I’m feeling great, but I almost never say, “I’m feeling a little sad today,” or “I’m in a lot of pain today.” It’s the open secret in which we all participate. I often think, no one wants to hear about my difficulties and most often others must think the …

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Photo Play This Week

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I recently downloaded a trial copy of the Topaz suite of photo editing tools and I am experimenting with them to see which, if any, of them I might be interested in purchasing. I created this impressionist view of Medicine Lake using Topaz Simplify plug-in on a photo I made last September. It’s fun, but I think it no longer looks like a photograph. What do you think? Photo play is an important part of …

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Signs of the Season

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This morning I spent an hour wandering around the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum noticing how the first signs of fall are definitely visible. With all the rain we had in August some of the hiking paths are muddy and messy. The crab apple trees have more apples on them than I’ve ever seen. “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple.” ― J.K. …

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Butterfly Bliss

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Today I spent the morning at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Blooming Butterfly exhibit. All I can say is, WOW! Butterfly Bliss What a blissful morning. If you haven’t yet been there, go soon. It’s only open through September 6. To learn more about the exhibit click HERE. There are many beautiful butterflies and moths of all sizes, shapes, and colors and it’s quite amazing seeing them flutter all around you. “Butterflies are not …

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Life is Good!

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I have been feeling strangely quiet in my writing life recently. My life is good—and full. I count blessings each day. I am feeling better than I had been feeling most of the spring and summer and I am full of passion for making photos. My grandkids are living near us for the first time since they were born and I love the sound of them bursting into our house full of energy and joy. …

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