V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #48: Compassion

“Compassion becomes real when we recognizeour shared humanity.” – Pema Chödrön. As a young woman, I braced myself against the world by adhering to black and whites – a judgmental stance that was not conducive to relationship building. More self-protective than self-righteous, this attitude only served as a wall, confining me to loneliness. Then in […]

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Harmony

Nature sets the mood,her artistry harmonic (For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: harmony.)

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Nature’s Balm

Questions flood in as evening sets, the initial shock of hearing the ‘c’ word now wearing off. I sleep little, spending way too much time with Dr. Google, without any satisfaction. Ric is scheduled to go into town a bit later, so I take the car early and head to a new trail in our […]

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Preening Season

Beauty of the feathered kindbrings me the upmost joy The males don their brightest colourswhile the females remain shyly coy. Nice to be a spectator, when Spring arrives,the bright display of breeding birds – oh boy! (For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Beauty)

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Home Again

Day one of trying out the new protocols for maximizing energy. Turned off all screens at ten last night, and was asleep before eleven. This morning, I dressed quickly and headed out the door by 7:30. The sun was already up and birds were flitting all about. Ice on the windshield meant I had to […]

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V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #43: Rain

Raindrops, not tears,blur my vision –the line of trees before mea glistening blur.The pounding in my templesis just the steady rhythmof watery drip, drip, drip,not the incessant roarof my blood pounding –discordant is this day. I wrote this piece while stranded in Mississippi, with eighteen hours of driving still ahead of us, and no idea […]

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Paradise Pond Take II

Warmer weather encourages us to get out. We take the short ferry ride across to Port Aransas on Mustang Island. Paradise Pond is our destination. Many others have had the same idea and gather around the opening to the boardwalk. I look for what has caught their attention and spot a bird rapidly flitting about […]

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