Archive for July, 2012

This Weekly Photo Challenge was a tough one for me. I don’t have a manual camera where I can manipulate the aperture or the shutter speed. I went through my photos and found two pictures my husband took of me interacting with some sea gulls. The wind was blowing my skirt and the plastic bag I was holding and the birds were flying.

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One of the ways that Jake defined silence for this week’s topic is this:  Silence is also referred to no sounds uttered by anybody in a room and or area. My interpretation: nobody takes notice or addresses neglected things. To me, neglect is a form of silence. The object is silenced and stilled from its purpose.

I came across this building the other day. I’m not sure if it was a house, or just a shed.

These horses are no longer surrounded by children’s laughter.

This boat has been abandoned, full of debris, near the water…so close, yet so far.

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Zoee meet Mr. Lobster, Mr. Lobster meet Zoee…

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Kafka said, “a book should serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us.”

I love this quote; it appeared in Anna Quindlen ‘s 1998 essay called “How Reading Changed My Life,” which I just read yesterday; it’s a keeper for my bookshelf. Reading it reminded me that I do have a passion in life: reading. It may never lead to what it lead to for her (becoming a best-selling author), but it is a worthwhile passion none-the-less.

The essay is short enough to read in one sitting, but full of food for thought to be savored. It is broken up into four sections each preceded by a quote about reading, so you don’t HAVE to read it in one sitting if you don’t have the time (but you’ll WANT to read it all at once).

The first section presents a picture of a young girl feeling “alone” in her love of books and likens the passion to read to the urge to run away from home, a driving need to be somewhere else. I related completely when she talked about her mother chastising her for not going out to play like other kids.

The second section intersperses history with a story about the person who affected her reading life most as a child. She also has theories about why women in particular read and comments on the existence of book clubs.

In the third section she names the book that really made an impression on her as a child, interspersed with more history and a discussion of banned books. She touches on the personal and subjective nature of defining an “important” or “great” book. I love that she provides some digs against literary critics and college English department chairmen.

Finally, the fourth section touches on the importance of reading in general, whether it is “literature” or “fiction.” I have always lamented spending so many years reading Nancy Drew books because I didn’t know any better; she made me feel okay with that. She also talks about the future of reading as technology moves us forward. I found this REALLY fascinating, given that it was written almost 15 years ago! The same things are still being said in 2012 about hardcover books going away, but they haven’t yet!

She finishes with a few reading lists, always fun. This essay is timeless and is worth a reread.

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Yesterday was a glorious day: clear, sunny and not too warm. I took a 4-5 mile walk around town. I love this time of year; it is a time of flowers and flags, and houses dressed up for the holiday. People spend all spring in their yards just to get ready for 4th of July barbecues.

I find this house too cute with its many decorations (some might think it too much, but I love it). I think someone has a lot of pride and has spent a long time in the yard.

And the side yard (and back) are cute too!

This yellow house is bright and cheery; a typical American Cape. I love the buntings on the windows.

The owners of this house have been working on it for a while and have transformed the yard (despite it being flooded several times because they are next to the river). I can’t wait until they finish their renovations on the outside of the house; I think it is quite old. I love the old buntings and flag because they match the house.

Finally, my favorite house. It looks very “American” because it is a red, white, and blue farmhouse. It looks especially great dressed for the Fourth of July.

The antique blue and white car out front is the cherry on top!

To all my followers in the US, have a safe and happy 4th of July!!

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Jake’s topic for today is Valuable. One thing I have learned during the last few years is how subjective that is. I have possessions that are supposedly worth money and have value, but only if someone wants to collect them. Because of the recession in the US, things are only worth what people are willing to pay for them. If people don’t consider them a “need,” these things are worth nothing.

When my grandmother died our family all had to pitch in to clean out her house so it could be sold. Some of my brothers asked for pieces of furniture or antique items; I asked for photographs. I place a lot of value on memories and remembering the past. I hope to put them together and display them someday.

I have a guitar I bought at a yard sale many years ago. The guitar has the autograph of a Country Music Hall of Fame singer, Hank Snow. I thought it might be valuable. Countless emails later, a guitar expert told me that it was a mish-mash that someone “customized.” The case is worth a few hundred dollars, but the guitar is only worth the music that is played on it.

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