The Daily Post – Photo Challenge – Minimalist

Exhibit at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France…



Handmade broom in Germany…


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Weekly Photo Challenge – Descent from Montmartre

Descent inside Sacre Coeur Cathedral (the signs said ‘only 300 steps’ – I was sure it was many more) and the Montmartre hillside during my trip to Paris this past May…. I’m sure I walked at least 9 miles each day ….

May 2014 Europe Trip 549May 2014 Europe Trip 582May 2014 Europe Trip 590

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Refraction

Refraction of the sunrise light through damaged triple pane glass….


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The Daily Post Photo Challenge – Cover Art – The March of Time

A book cover inspired by my recent trip to the d’Orsay Museum in Paris….

The March of Time

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Dreamy – Sleepy Cat

A beloved cat, who passed years ago ….  T.C. the cat …. comfy in her perch ….. in between naps ….  she was the kind of cat whose motto was “don’t call me, I’ll call you” … but beautiful and cuddly when she wanted to be ….


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Ode to the Selfie

Photo credit: / Foter / CC BY-NC

Photo credit: / Foter / CC BY-NC

As Shakespeare once said in one of his sonnets,

and how would he take to having a selfie taken and the

vanity therein?


“Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye,

And all my soul, and all my every part;

And for this sin there is no remedy,

It is so grounded inward in my heart.

Methinks no face so gracious is as mine,


No shape so true, no truth of such account;

And for myself mine own worth do define,

As I all other in all worths surmount.

But when my glass shows me myself indeed,

Beated and chopp’d with tann’d antiquity,

Mine own self-love quite contrary I read;

Self so self-loving were iniquity.

‘Tis thee (myself) that for myself I praise

Painting my age with beauty of thy days.”

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The Daily Post – Mouths Wide Shut – Picky Eater

Are you a picky eater? Share some of your favorite food quirks with us (the more exotic, the better!). Omnivores: what’s the one thing you won’t eat?

What won’t I eat?  Since I was a little toddler, I won’t eat sweet potatoes, cantalope, parsnips, cooked carrots, any vegetable that is sweet, except I do like tomatoes that have a sweet edge.  Call me crazy, but when I was 4 years old, I had an uncle-in-law who force fed me sweet potatoes and that was it for a lifetime.  I do occasionally try to eat them, such as, I had them in a savory rosemary flavored soup which was really quite good (and not sweet tasting).  I have tried to taste sweet potatoes with the marshmallow topping cooked on top, but frankly, all I liked was the marshmallow topping!

Cantalopes are the same way, being as they are melons, they sure don’t taste like watermelons!  I’ve never been able to swallow them!

I do like raw carrots, but not cooked carrots – go figure!  It’s that cooked sweet taste.  I will in general, eat a raw sweet vegetable, but forget about getting me to eat it cooked!

Oh, and don’t even get me started on a pile of cooked spinach, bleah.

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