If you are reading this then you are probably using a computer of some kind: a Mac, PC or Smartphone. You might have taken the liberty of customizing your lock screen or working screen background. You may have adjusted what happens when your computer is idle by turning on a screen saver of some ilk (it’s here we drop the smartphone which usually turn off). Screen savers originated as a result of a problem of image burn-in on the old CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors where if you left an image on long enough, it literally becomes burned into the display and nothing will remove the ghost image.
We returned from several trips this past weekend. I think we’re done with major trips, kenneling and pet-sitting activities for a while but you never know. So where does that leave us? Continue reading “What To Do”
Message summary: To make an adventure truly enjoyable, pre-planning is a must for those who have to watch what they eat and drink.
A day doesn’t go by when you don’t hear about someone who has a physical condition that limits what he or she can do or eat. Adventuring adds a new level of challenge when we have to consider and make allowance for this. Continue reading “Adventuring with Challenges”
In an earlier epistle I commented that sometimes a picture could be enhanced by words. I then blithely went on to talk about how to make a picture or combination of pictures speak for themselves without words.
Recently I read an article that repeated the saying “A picture is worth a 1,000 words” and I had an “ah-ha!” moment. And that thought was…”sometimes, not all the time, a picture is literally worth a 1,000 word essay”! Whether the essay is an explanation of its environment and setting, or the feelings and emotions felt and depicted in and through the image, there are times when words will add another layer of color and hue to it.
National Geographic gets this. Guess it was time for me to understand this applies to my personal collection of snapshots. Continue reading “A Picture is Worth…. Part 2”
I was browsing through some photos on one of our home computers when I ran across this photograph. In of itself, it is an okay photo however two thoughts percolated through my mind but could be summarized by “it’s always good to have company no matter how deep the water.” Continue reading “Oh Cay…”
…are only golden when you have a choice. For those of us who for one reason or another have managed to have our hearing damaged, silence is a bittersweet concept. Continue reading “The Sounds of Silence…”
Dedicated to all of us, for we all suffer the pain of loss and our internal stories of regret.
First birthday. A time of joy and cake A time of presents more for the adults than the children who are entranced by boxes, crinkly paper, balloons, ribbons and sounds A time to remember and celebrate From the first smiles to out loud giggles From rolling and crawling to the first faltering steps to running at breakneck speeds But then time slips by... And the past becomes a shadow Hugs that are but memories Snuggles that are missed Laughter and wonder that have faded Photographs, videos, doodles, drawings, writings and cards are our time capsules Snippets of moments some beautiful, some enchanting, some upsetting Providing ways to observe the changes and take note of who this person is becoming Messages from tiny scratchings on various media to live video and artwork drawn with care giving us a clue into the heart, mind and soul of others And a memory, song, place, smell, and story can catapult us back... to where we can experience and re-live how we felt the joys we felt the smiles we shared the hearts that were joined in an unending symphony of gratitude Here's to dreams -- fulfilled and unfulfilled to joy and wonder -- experienced and shared And as we remember our grief amid the whirlwind of loss may friends surround us keep us hear and listen to us So that they too may know who once walked this world who once discovered a smile in the simplest of things who once shared a secret or message shining light into even the darkest crags And with that... help ease the loss Quell the regrets And focus on the blessings and lessons imparted by their presence in our life
Although it can be applied to anyone who has experienced a personal loss, this article helps those who have lost a child express themselves and aids others in understanding their loss. Whether mother, father, son, daughter, family or friend, grief strikes us where we are most vulnerable.
Please read with care…and understanding. Give a hug to those who are close and to those who have lost…
Do you have a route you frequently drive or walk? An example would be the commute to work. You acknowledge where you are going, jump into your car, shut the doors, buckle the seat belt, turn on the car, put it into drive or reverse depending on how you parked the day before, then start on your journey. You know your destination or at least may have a clue on how to get there with the assistance of a GPS, a memorized route or written down instructions. You proceed down the highways and side streets based on the location of your destination, and before you know it you are either at your destination or snarled in traffic waiting to move forward to your final goal.
In railing against the ebb and flow of modern crazy-busy schedules, sometimes it is time to put our feet up (for those who are able) to sit and ponder. The immediate visual, as this is written, is to look down at our shoes, sneakers, flip-flops, boot et al and imagine them perched nicely upon a rail…deck, fence, porch, or guard rails made of wood, plastic or metal.