I miss you Sam!!

I miss you Sam!!
I miss you Sam!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!"
- Wallace Stevens

Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment."
- Ellis Peters

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with 10,000 people. The hardest is with one.
- Joan Baez

Organized spectators
heads covered
in the approved
British Milliner's style
green box hats
and stuff;
crowding together,
standing in heels
feet together,
hands clasped in front
of their
top coats.

The mild breeze
swishing leaves
this way and that,
as the necks
move in Unision
not a tennis ball,
free birds
and squirrels
an occasional
kid with a frisbee....

on a great summer day,
Wimbledon of life.....
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at March 13, 2010 7:55 PM

The best contraceptive for old people is nudity.
- Phyllis Diller

Make yourself necessary to somebody.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little song on our roof at night--
And I love the rain."
- Langston Hughes,

Shadow Shot Sunday!

It's shadow sleuthing time
again! Are you ready for some fun? Shadow Shot is hosted every week by Tracy over at Hey Harriet and it is the most fun ever!! And once you start, you can't get enough! So click on the icon, sign up and start chasing shadows!

After an almost balmy January and February and all the spring flowers and flowering trees blossoming out a good month to six weeks early, March rolled in with dark, heavy skies, lots of rain and some of the coldest temps of the winter. Sunshine and shadows?? Forget about it!! So, I had go looking for some old ones!

Hopefully when April rolls around our deck will look like this again!

I do like this shot because you not only get colored shadows but reflections as well!

And the stairs leading to the thick Irish Moss!

Of course, Sam will be glad to see the sun again, too!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
- Kahlil Gibran

Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.
- Kahlil Gibran

The soil, in return for her service, keeps the tree tied to her; the sky asks nothing and leaves it free.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.
- Mark Twain

Fewer things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain

Ethical man - a Christian holding four aces.
- Mark Twain

You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
- Kahlil Gibran

Best Singles Ad

Single Black Female......
This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It is reported to have been listed in the Atlanta Journal.

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Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society.

Examine the Myths

As I got more and more involved in photography and the whole political/economy scene was becoming more and more heated, less and less productive, I took all mention or discussion of them off my blog simply because I didn't want to fight with anyone and because it was taking away the joy I found in blogging. But today for the first time in well over a year I read an article that confirmed what I've been wanting to believe, but was afraid I was just being Ms Pie-in-the-Sky as I've frequently been called. The article is by a favorite of mine, Paul Krugman, New York Times Op-Ed columnist, and while I'm not going to discuss it here, I would like to recommend it to those of you who perhaps have some of the same fears and misgivings that I have had.
And now I shall take up my camera and return to the skies and all the beauty there is to enjoy!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sky Watch Friday!

Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and myself. Each week hundreds of people from all over the world share their skies with us. Click on the icon, sign up and share yours with us as well! It's a wonderful way to see and to share the beauty that lifts the spirit, warms the heart and delights the eyes!

As Spring struggles to push aside the gray and the cold, we've been seeing color and variety a lot sooner this year and it is wonderful!

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn. ~Lewis Grizzard

It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. ~Bern Williams

Peace... is seeing a sunset, and knowing who to thank. ~Unknown

The hooded clouds, like friars,
Tell their beads in drops of rain. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes
and a laugh in her voice. ~Hal Borland

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor. ~Thomas W. Higginson

If you cannot answer a man's argument, all it not lost; you can still call him vile names. ~Elbert Hubbard

I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes. ~Author Unknown

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. ~
Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. ~
Rabindranath Tagore

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself. ~Rita Mae Brown

Maxine on the Job!

My 1 day Employment

So after landing my new job as a Wal-Mart greeter,
A good find for many retirees, I lasted less than a day....

About two hours into my first day on the job a very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into the store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.
I said pleasantly, 'Good morning and welcome to Wal-Mart. Nice children you have there. Are they twins?'
The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say,
'Hell no, they ain't twins. The oldest one's 9, and the other one's 7.
Why the hell would you think they're twins? Are you blind, Or stupid?'
So I replied,
'I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am, I Just couldn't believe someone slept
with you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart.'

My supervisor said I probably wasn't cut out for this line of work.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Langston Hughes

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
Langston Hughes

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
T. S. Eliot

Always do what you are afraid to do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Formula One
across the skies
The One In-Charge
sets up
a night here,
a day there,
a cloudy moment
for a burning day,
monsoon leaks
as he hits
some dark
loaded clouds.

Energy Spent,
foot off the
world accelerator,
He relaxes,
somewhere over
looks down
the white exhaust ,
spots someone,
with a camera
and says,
well , I never ....."
Posted by Ugich Konitari to Sylvia From Over The Hill at March 9, 2010 9:07 PM

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

ABC -- H!

Time for a serious look at the alphabet! ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise
Nesbitt and the ABC team, Denise, Roger, Barb, Jay, Gattina, Troy and myself! So click on the icon, sign up and show us how much you know about the letter for the day which is --- H!

H is for Harbor!

H is for Heavenly skies!

H is for Hand!

H is for Halloween!

And last but not least, H is for the Happy, Handsome Humans!

Monday, March 8, 2010

That's My World -- Spring in Seattle -- Well Almost

Time to show the special things about your world! My World is hosted each week by Klaus and the My World team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and myself! Click on the icon, sign up and join the fun!

Spring is beginning to show up quite early this year due to our very, very mild winter -- so different from most places here in the states as well as Europe. So I've just been running around lately with camera in hand. A couple of these are from last spring, but we'll be seeing them soon!

A hush is over everything, Silent as women wait for love; The world is waiting for the spring.
Sara Teasdale

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!
Sitting Bull

Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.
Ellis Peters

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
Mark Twain

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
Wallace Stevens

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
William Shakespeare

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.
Virgil A. Kraft

So much beauty everywhere you look! I do love spring! Welcome to My World!

What Can I Say?

What Can I Say?
I'm interested in almost everything. Use to like to travel, but it's too expensive now. I take Tai Chi classes, swim, volunteer in a Jump-start program for pre-schoolers. I'm an avid reader and like nearly everyone these days I follow politics avidly. I'm a former teacher and Special Projects Coordinator for a Telecommunications company, Assistant to the President of a Japanese silicon wafer manufacturing company. Am now enjoying retirement -- most of the time. I have two daughters, one son-in-law and two sons scattered all over the country. No grandchildren.

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