Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

This week, the challenge is to show us where your heart is.

“Local” to me is not so much a place as the people you know and experiences you have while being there.

Here is a garden dedicated to my son’s former third grade teacher, Mr. Winford. He died unexpectedly and it was so very sad. He loved kids and teaching. His eyes smiled when he spoke to his students. I feel lucky that at least my oldest son got to learn from him. Gardening meant a lot to Mr. Winford, so it’s fitting the school choose to honor him this way. 

I’m betting he’s still smiling as he watches these kids, having a quiet moment in all the chaos stirring around them on any given day. But here in the garden, they can stop for a bit, rest on the bench, and gather their strength and enjoy the beauty of this place. I know Mr. Winford would love that.


Mr. Winford would appreciate this picture.


But I think he’d like this one more! Mr. Winford is there right with them. That’s what I think!


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Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

For this week’s challenge, share a photo that features H2O; the element of water.

I love the early morning fog. I think it was more foggy on this morning than what you see here, but I hope you get the idea.



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Weekly Photo Challenge – Narrow

This week’s photo challenge is Narrow and I’m in luck! I have just the photo for you. 

From spaghetti to the quiet alley behind your house, this week show us something narrow.

Can you tell what’s happening in this picture? Look closely.


Can you figure it out? 

This is what’s happening.  First of all, we are in San Francisco. A bus is making a left turn into the lane of this cable car (in the foreground, on the right side). People in the middle are those who are holding on the poles on the outside of the cable car, including my son with the cool shades (because he’s too cool!). 

What made it a tight fit was the parked car on the left side of the street (not seen). The whole time I thought, “Must we do this!” I was on pins and needles, but had to take a photo. I think my son might even be a bit worried in this one.

I have a feeling this wasn’t the first time this has happened. They seemed to know what they were doing. My favorite thing are the expressions of the bus passengers, almost as they couldn’t be bothered or as if we weren’t there at all. 

Me, I’d say it’s a close call! That’s public transportation for you. Always an adventure!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Partners

This week’s photo challenge is Partners.

Whether two of a kind or ten, give us subjects that are in sync with one another — show us partnerships.

I’d like to share some photos of some very hungry and friendly goats. They are urban partners. The partnership is pretty simple: we have weeds and they’ll eat them.

More than 150 goats participated in this weed abatement program, helping to reduce fire hazards and to help the soil with their low nitrogen manure. Thanks, goats. Good job!

Vegetation management is traditionally handled by a tractor. Our feasting partners provide an environment-friendly alternative and they are more than willing to help us out. A few weeds, no problem. Heck, they’ll eat anything.

So, don’t get too close. They might eat your shoes! Not to mention the electric fence.

Busy at work:



Partner feeding:


Partner posing:


Would you look at that predator dog! Partner watcher. Good dog:


Pausing for a photo op:


You deserve it. Nice work, goats! 

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On Humanity


Here’s a beautiful, collaborative post of all the qualities that make us human with words by A Frank Angle and photos by Ray Laskowitz. Enjoy.

Please stop by Frank’s blog and tell him I sent you. He’d love to meet you! 

A Frank Angle

RLHumanity “Burger” on trumpet with his band, TBC, at a second line on St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans

The majority of the world is good – I’ve written those words on past posts here because I believe it. Even when the news constantly reminds us about all the evil, I continue to believe the majority of the world is good.

Humanity is a term that refers to all of us. All … not all with a but or except … simply all. Regardless of skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, location or any other qualifier or disqualifier, humanity includes the characteristics human beings have in common.

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. (Brian Tracy, author)

RLAcceptance Men in support of the Lady Buckjumpers second line in Central City, New Orleans

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

This week’s photo challenge is Earth.

Share your vision of our magnificent Earth through your lens.

Since the Earth is 75% water, I choose a photo of our beautiful Pacific ocean. It amazes me that only 5% of this vast liquid space has been explored. It makes me wonder what’s out there for us to discover.

In the meantime, I hope we can respect our oceans so we can continue to enjoy them as only oceans can be enjoyed.


for whatever we lose
(like a you or a me)
it’s always our self
we find in the sea.

– e.e. cummings

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

This week’s photo challenge is Admiration.

Show us someone or something you admire (and tell us about them, too)!

I admire independent bookstores! This one below is a store called Face In a Book. I just love the name. Who knows what treasures await inside for a youngster who enters. It could be the beginning of a lifelong love of reading and books.


I visited this store yesterday in honor of the Independent Bookstore Day.


Such an inviting store with lots of displays and special touches.


With everything close by and in reach, including a section for local authors.


A great visit and I bought a book I can’t stop reading. Everyday should be Independent Bookstore Day! Don’t forget to support your local bookshop. We can’t take it for granted it will always be there.


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