metaphors be damned

alone in the faceless crowd, we

weep behind our masks

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Third and Counting

I’m hoping to end up with one of these for each of my grandkids. Here are the previous two:

Photo by Madison C.James
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PPAC #31: In the Woods

For Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge.

I wrote a post last August about the Evergreen Trail at Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center in Vancouver, WA. But I didn’t include photos of the wood carvings that can be found along the trail. These have been carved into still-standing dead trees.

I don’t think I even noticed all of them the last time I was there, but Chules and I went on the trail again this past week, and there they were, just staring at us.

Kind of a fun discovery.

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My favorite white subject for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: the color white.

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The Many Faces of Bold

Bloganuary prompt: What does it mean to live boldly?

Nelly Bly, Library of Congress, public domain via WikiMedia Commons.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, photographer Steve Petteway, public domain via WikiMedia Commons
Rosa Parks, photographer unknown. Public domain via WikiMedia Commons.
Bette Midler, Library of Congress Life, Photo by Shawn Miller. CCO via Wikimedia Commons
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Five Things

Bloganuary prompt: What are five things you are grateful for today?

I am grateful that I woke up to a rosy sunrise,

And for the beauty of early morning frost

Oh, wait… time out!

I started this post yesterday, but then woke up this morning to rain. No problem; I’m grateful for today’s rain, and how it plays with reflections on my deck.

I’m grateful that most of my native plants survived the heat dome of last summer….

and I’m grateful that Mother Earth is better at growing sword ferns than I am.

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Bloganuary prompt: What do people incorrectly assume about you?

Others may assume that I am unassuming,

but my assumption that they assume so

would, indeed, make their assumption incorrect,

would it not?

It is more likely that I assume things about others

that would prove to be incorrect.

But if I’m assuming that my assumptions are incorrect,

then are they really assumptions?

My head hurts now.

The photo above is of Auggie, my unassuming grandpuppy whom I failed to feature in previous posts. Auggie, please don’t assume that I love you any less. You are near and dear to my heart.

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When I write

Bloganuary prompt: What do you like most about your writing?

When I write, I can share parts of me that

would have and will likely continue to be


I can share my sense of humor and remain

blissfully unaware as to whether anyone else

senses my humor.

I can share my self-ascribed wisdom, when

It might otherwise be unwise

to do so.

I can think before speaking, and then

think again before hitting the

“publish” button.

And if a reader doesn’t find me compelling

or funny or wise, I will most likely

never know.

It’s kind of like the freedom of expression

that I otherwise only feel

when talking to my pets.

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Dogs Make Me Laugh

Bloganuary prompt: What makes you laugh?

dog day1
“I’m really sorry I did it. Really, really sorry. Um… which ‘it’ did you discover?”

dog day2
“I don’t know why the cat dug up the water sprinkler, but I scared him away just before you got here.”




“Hmmm. Fruity, black currant, vanilla, buttery… I’d say cab-sauvignon aged in oak.”
“I’d say cherry Pop Tart.”

“Are you sure, brown dog? Bark if I see ANYTHING at all on the street, and twice as loud if I see NOTHING at all?”
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Bloganuary prompt: Who is someone that inspires you, and why?

You inspire me.

Sometimes to be more like you,

Sometimes to be not like you at all.

Sometimes to be more like who I

  know myself to truly be,

Sometimes to be better than I am

  showing myself to be.

Sometimes, you inspire me to want

to be an inspiration to others, too.

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