Haiku

Enter December

Haiku ~

Enter December,

A time of laughter and mirth, 

Christmas tide and cheer.  ~

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c2020

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Angels

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Angels have been mentioned throughout history and depicted in art, sculptures, stained glass and many other creative expressions across the millenniums. Regardless of your personal beliefs, they can be found in many cultures and religions. They are most seen as messengers or protectors sent to help you even when you cannot see them. They have been a favorite image to capture from the very beginning of my photography days. Since I can’t take a picture of a real angel, I capture them where ever I find them. I haven’t really shared them much with others until now. I hope you enjoy my collection of angels that I post. Here is the first one. I would love to hear from you if you love angels too. Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

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Photography ~ Places I’ve Been

Glasgow Cathedral or High Kirk, Glasgow, Scotland.

Here are some images from my 2016 trip through Scotland. I captured these with my old Nikon D50, which I have kept as my backup camera. I was so surprised when we arrived at Brig O’Doon… I thought it was only an imaginary place! I am so intrigued by the centuries and centuries of history when I travel in Europe and all the beautiful sites. I have no idea of who painted the man with the bird on the building or why, but it is just beautiful. If you know more, please enlighten us.

Thank you for visiting today ~ terre

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Sunday

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

 A Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

                                               Lord make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon,

Where there is doubt, faith,

Where there is despair, hope,

Where there is darkness, light,

   and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much

seek to be consoled, as to console,

To be understood, as to understand,

To be loved, as to love,

For it is in giving that we receive and

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

If this prayer speaks to you, please feel free to share. Thank you for visiting today.  ~ terre

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Photography: Black and White

Photography Every Day Things

Photography: Black and White ~ Every Day Things. Whirlygig turning in the wind. ~

ISO 800, 1/125th sec, f/5.60, focal length 38.00, cropped.

Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

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Haiku

Poem Haiku Clouds billow against the sky

~Haiku~

Time waits for no one,

clouds billow against the sky.

Gather while ye may. ~

 

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(c) 2020 tch

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Poetry ~

Poem ~ The Right Words

 ~ Finding the Right Words ~

 

Uplifting and bright, today starts early

a new slate waits for the story.

Mine today, these hours to come no more.

                                                             Time to start but not to hurry.

 

Some eyes stare at the glass half empty,

though it is half full sparkling and bright

a new day simply to bleed, sweat, and write,

a long day creeping into the deep of night.

 

Pages written or not is the writer’s plight.

Either way fret not, or have a glass of wine,

 tomorrow is a new day bringing yet another night.

  ~ terre

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(c) 2020

 

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Photography ~ Indiana Fall Road Trip

Otter Creek Covered Bridge, SE Indiana, USABlack and White Photography, Fall, Indiana, USA

Caterpillar with Medium heavy coat

What a beautiful warm Fall day in Indiana! No problem with social distancing on this great day to be out. Just out looking to see what I could find and capturing more images towards my goal of photographing all the covered bridges in my state. Warm days like this is a true gift as we know there won’t be  many more before old man winter is blowing his icy breath. Maybe the not too heavy of a coat on this wobbling caterpillar is a prediction that this winter will be a more mild one. Hope you liked this little sharing of Indiana. Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

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Haiku ~

Full moon, blood moon, glows.

Blue moon, old man in the moon.

At last, the Hunter’s Moon. ~ 

 

Thank you for visiting Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons.   terre

(c)2020

 

 

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Photography ~ Places I Have Been

One of the things I miss most about todays world is the ability to freely travel. There is no better way to connect with other people than to share time, food,  and learn about their world.  It is so meaningful to share hospitality and just being in the moment with another within their own culture. I believe it is true that our world shrinks and can become more caring as we learn about each other’s culture and people.  While on one of my many walks,  I just happened to come across these beautiful doors while exploring about Rome. To say there is so much to find in Rome is an huge understatement! This is truly where  I learned and understood the phrase ‘Rome was not built in a day’.  Besides all the beautiful art, architecture, and friendly people… they have great music, wine, coffee, and make a great margarita to just sit and sip in one of their lovely piazzas. Yes, I enjoyed everything about Rome, including actually walking on the very same road as some of the greatest Roman rulers, and so much more. Oh, someday  to go again. ~

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Haiku

Color changing leaves,

Apples, cider, and pumpkins,

Crisp, clear, morning air. ~

 

Thank you for visiting Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons    ~ terre

c. 2020

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Photography

 

Rustic truck and Bread sign
Unexpected Finds from the Past

It’s fun to find something you didn’t plan on when you started out. Great Americana!

ISO 800, 1/160sec. f/6.3 26mm. original shot and color.

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Photography: Nature

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        Looks like this dragonfly brought his own flags to start the race. ~ terre

 

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I have written before about my favorite vacation spot to visit in South Carolina. However, I am missing it this year as many of you are probably missing going other places. So I will not whine and be thankful for all the times that I have been able to visit and know more times will come. I wanted to share this little bird that I would see every time I would go. I thought he was a permanent resident until I decided to learn more about him. I found that he also visited at the same time every year…. just like me! The male painted bunting is such a lovely creature. A bird with a coat of many colors. Who knew?

Taken May 2014, Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina, USA.                               
D50, ISO 800, 1/80 sec  f/6.3  270 mm, cropped only 

Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

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Haiku

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Riots in the streets,

Stay away from the windows.

Lay down, sleep in peace. ~

 

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Photography

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With all of this staying home stuff, I’ve had some extra time to start looking through some of my older images. This was taken more than a few years ago (2007) when I was contemplating whether I wanted to venture into digital photography. Yes, I can hardly believe that something that I love now was met with having to be dragged… kicking and screaming into the new age. I so loved my Minolta SRT101 at the time, which by the way I still have keeping company on the shelf. You know just in case I may need again someday. So being cautious about my investment, I bought an inexpensive FinePix A340 just to give it a go. By now, I had almost forgotten about this camera until I pulled up the file information on my computer linked to this image.

This jellyfish was shot on a quick road trip stop at the Atlanta Aquarium. I was greatly surprised by this image that was captured. Just proof that some fun things can happen even when you are first learning and really don’t know what you are doing. That is not to say that I have stopped learning as that will never happen. So keep on shooting and happy exploring, but with camera in hand.

Jellyfish, FinePix A340, Shot 1/25sec., f/3.1, 7.3mm, ISO100

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The Writers Life: Words

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Finding the Right Words

Uplifting and bright
today starts early
a new slate for the story.
Mine today,
these hours to come no more.

Some eyes stare at the glass half empty,
but it is half full sparkling and bright,
quenching the writer’s thirst,
the long day creeping into the deep of night.

Pages written or not
is the writer’s plight.
Either way fret not,
for tomorrow is another day
bringing yet another night.

~ terre

 

c2020

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Haiku

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                                 Brilliant colors paint
                                                       the sky of sunset and dawn.
                                                                             Artists capture not. ~

 

 

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Poetry: The Echo

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As I lay sleeping

familiar faces do I see.

These long forgotten fragments

of people once so dear to me.

 

Some sneak in

with more than an impression.

I never think of them

when I’m awake,

that would be an obsession.

 

These visitors who once

our lives briefly crossed,

we all took our separate paths.

Now they come gently in the dark,

a friendly, welcome haunt.

 

I see me as I remember me.

I feel the warmth of the noon sun.

Someone ever so kind has stopped

to help me with a gentle embrace.

The gesture is so real.

 

The wildflowers sway in the breeze.

Even the weeds are alive I see!

It is happy here as I dream.

I’d like to stay forever,

please don’t change a thing!

 

Then the picture changes.

I hate to leave.

Another face from a more recent time,

has come to rescue me.

 

In the abyss of my mind,

those souls traveling years apart

can meet and share company

within my heart.

 

When I regretfully awake,

whatever became of them?

Did they get lost

or did I?

 

I hope they’re happy.

I hope they know

however much,

I love them too.

I wonder though,

do they also dream of me?

 

Thank you for visiting today!  Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

c2019  tcholland

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Haiku

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When I dream of you,

We are together always

wherever we are.

 

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c2019.

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Photography: Travel

 

Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa(1)The hubs recently surprised me with a road trip where I didn’t have a clue where we were going from day to day. We also have in our family sort of a contest to see who can get to all fifty states first. Imagine my surprise when we went here to see where “Build It and They Will Come”!  Plus, Iowa is now one of the three new states we got on this trip. This was a very fun and memorable trip!

Nikkon 7200, image/jpeg, ISO 320, Exposure time 1/500sec, Shutter speed 1/500sec, F-Stop f/8, Aperture Value f/8, Focal length 35.00mm, no flash, Edits +crop. 

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c2019

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Photo Prose

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Shimmery glows of soft pink

and gentle hues of blue,

paints the calm at end of day.

 

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c2019

 

 

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Quilters’ Haiku

Scrap bag overflows,

more colors than the rainbow.

Cut, Piece, Sew, Quilt, Done!

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Photography – Birds

OK enough pictures! I've posed. Time to eat!

(American Cardinal, male. 1/1000sec. f8 600mm, Iso 560.)

Yea, after many years, I’ve updated my camera and added a bigger lens! This is one of my first attempts. I have a pretty big learning curve. Thank you all for letting me share. Thank you for visiting and a huge thank you if you’re a Follower!  –Terre

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Warm, clear morning sun

Blooms wakening, opening

Beautiful day, joy!

 

tch c. 2019

 

 

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Poetry: Requiem for the American Worker

 

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Requiem for the American Worker

I hear America crying

across the flatlands, hill and dale.

Embittered tears of weary souls

the beaten down, the proud.

 

American workers holding on

with a cry in their voice.

Fighting hard to not be counted

among the growing poor.

 

The waitress at night with a babe upon her breast,

The coal miner tired of his long rest.

The automobile worker doing her best,

The bakery is closing, the baker is next.

 

The bus driver without a human load,

The young black man never given a chance.

The hospital worker called off, worries how to pay the rent.

Telephone workers marching, out in the cold.

 

Voices, hands, and hearts

traded for those across the seas.

The small, American farmer

still fighting hard to believe.

 

I hear America crying,

as those “who have”,

with no remorse, no guilt,

build empires upon the workers backs.

Americans trying, trying, and trying.

I hear America crying.

 

 

(Printed with one time American rights, Labor News, Indianapolis, In. Feb 2006.

This Author: tch maintains rights).

Reprinted @ Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons c. 2018.

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12 Tips for Living “Your” Day

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”   –Yogi Berra

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Do you ever float through your day and then wonder whatever happened to all of your time and not accomplishing what you had planned?  I know that I do this on some days and then have to step back and regroup.  The many demands on our time from tending to children, spouses, aging parents, household, and work demands can all add up to more than the 1440 minutes in a day. Wow! 1440 minutes in a day might sound  like a lot to some of you, but then not very much to others. Of course, you have to consider if we are taking good care of ourselves and getting 360 minutes – 480 minutes of sleep every night there is a huge deduction. To those who are committed to getting in their 10,000 steps a day, 1440 minutes definitely sounds small!  But good news, you only have to take 6.94 steps per minute, which is a piece of cake, right? Oh, sorry, I didn’t really mean a piece of cake.

Everyone has the unexpected appear even in their best laid plans. But when it becomes more of the normal and makes you feel like everyone else is in control of “your” days, then new strategies may be needed.

12 Tips for living “your” day:

  • Keep a calendar that is reasonable
  • Have a plan. Don’t just go with the flow.
  • Make a to do list. Prioritize your list with the most important items that have to be done. Determine those that can wait or move to another day, eliminate those that are not necessary or that you really don’t enjoy
  • Not everything or everyone has to be on “your” list. It’s okay.
  • It’s okay to say “No” if it is your own personal time
  • Eliminate or limit activities that do not add quality to your life (checking email, committing to last minute requests, talking for extended time to negative people, checking social media or texts) especially after work hours
  • Be mindful of your attention you give to those you are with. Live in the moment
  • Don’t work consistent overtime day after day, week after week. Do not lose vacation days because you didn’t make time to take them
  • Share what needs to be done. (Preparing dinner together, laundry, taking care of pets, let extended family and close friends help when they offer)
  • Plan ahead & organize. (What everyone needs to take for the next day, quick meals on busiest days)
  • Make “Sleep” a priority.  Even if you have the most chaotic day, enough sleep will help you be more resilient, feel better emotionally and physically. You will be able to be deal better with stress and problem-solving.
  • Make time for yourself. This is not intentionally last, but often that is where time for ourselves fall on the list, if it makes it on the list at all. (Take a short walk somewhere in your day, reconnect with nature, develop a spiritual practice, meditate, be grateful, do yoga, listen to your favorite or calming music, read a good book, bathe with some special body wash)

Hopefully, you can find one tip above that will help to make your days more enjoyable, manageable, more yours, and to end up where you want to be!  Thank you for taking time out to visit today.

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