i recall the day


right before the magnolia tree was gone . from heat and neglect

as the wind whistled around my ankles in the softness that is five o clock



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and barefooted warmth clung to the soles of my feet

I gingerly crossed the street to capture the textures and colors

aching to keep it alive . realizing with a click of the camera . this was one way I could

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sharing the blooms and buds and ache at imperfect prose this week



looking & listening

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a broom calls . as do dishes in a sink . along with a parched garden . work at a desk


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yet black and white . square . shade . angles . glass . triangle . reflections . smooth


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request their own distinct . bright voice in the story that is everyday


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moments behind a simple camera suspended . remembered over time


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I invite you to peek into the window at Kanelstrand Organic Living

as my art and thoughts are being featured by Sonya

now off to water the garden

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creating with a wood block .vintage cloth & text . tangled twine

in the kitchen season . among the peonies . in a daydream

with a song in my heart and gratitude for you friends





allow yourself


in this bright that is sun . even weeds teach me to sink low

they are strong when weakness prevails . twigs bend . do not break

a field full of swaying dancers creating a summer hum with me knee deep

in a place of no pressure . no concern . no should .. just being . in the light and song



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sharing weeds with emily at imperfect prose
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at a table

I create bits of art

nothing amazing . only simple

yet as I work with a piece of earth

I am reminded we are just that

and so much more

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abundance is
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route home
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a string of birds created early in the week

in late afternoon light . a soft quiet pocket of each day

now browsing lovely spaces to find links to feature this week as always

I discover reading blog after blog of my friend Char . gone from this world . suddenly

stunning photographer . a space to rest . always the encourager . bottled blooms

Char brought abundance .. a long scenic route to my life

for those of you who wander by here today

know always that you are loved




in my head


when you are feeling a bit off . find comfort
in a unique bloom surrounded by soft green and notice the ant


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when you feel a bit cracked open
rest in the beauty that is old wood and art of peeling paint

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when you feel like you are the only one
remember that you are never really just the only one

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when the fragile parts of life remain
encourage light to shine through the open bloom

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I will



hike to the outdoor chapel . on a hill where the sky feels so close

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marvel at unique blooms of bold and soft shapes . tender yet vibrant colors


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laugh with both daughters in this summer place of work and play

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relax in their home away . tucked in the vast hills of far away tree tops

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embrace it all beneath a west texas sunset over a cool river

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some of these outdoor photos are from my trip last summer

then sisters posed last month on mothers day . a gift

now a needed break from blogging as I reconnect

with two that define joy and art in my eyes

in a land that quietly shines

be well friends

back soon

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cheers to ...


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air conditioning .. old dogs .. warm bread ..

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shades of blue .. cool drink .. slowing down


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her voice on the phone .. singing with him .. woven lives

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afternoon reflections .. with you

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me attempting . to see things clearly . begins with

really knowing a friend . listening to the heart

unfolding in the sunshine

and you . always


the field


teacher soon waves goodbye to a year . hello to june
life's song punctuated by beginning and end

as I happen upon this bloom of cream
among the vast motion of wildflower and weed

a nod to the thorns along with softness
the contrasts of shapes and hue
hidden among the growth surrounding it
while also capturing the sun rays
to fully bloom


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among the flowers with Emily .. prickles and all