I spent the last few days trying to decide if I should participate in Na(tional) Blo(g) Po(st) Mo(nth) this year. I found no information about NaBloPoMo 2017–not even from Blogher, which normally hosts and offers prompts and support for participants–so I decided NaBloPoMo would be a no-go for me this year. The blog goddesses had … Continue reading NaBloPoMo 2017: To Blog or Not to Blog? [Black and White Photo Challenge]
From 2016-2019 I participated in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and wrote a blog post every day in November. Earlier this year, I thought I would do the same this month, but by mid-September, I knew there was no way I could commit to NaBloPoMo while battling pandemic-fatigue. I reminded myself that I “blogged” every … Continue reading Give Me a Second to…Release…in This Moment
When I viewed the A New Moon Rises: Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera exhibit at the Huntsville Museum of Art in June, I was literally “over the moon” to find sunflowers on the moon! What? You didn’t know there were sunflowers on the moon? Well, there are! I shared photos from the exhibit in … Continue reading Sunflowers in the Cosmos!
I’ve been receiving sunflower cards all year, and there are many I have yet to share on the blog, so I’ve decided to end NaBloPoMo 2019 with Sunflower Week. This is the perfect day to begin, since I ended my last Sunflower Week exactly a year ago. The card above was made by Love Noter … Continue reading Cloudy Days and Sunflowers
Out of Sunset’s Red William Stanley Braithwaite Out of the sunset’s red Into the blushing sea, The winds of day drop dead And dreams come home to me. — The sea is still,— and apart Is a stillness in my heart. The night comes up the beach, The dark steals over all, Though silence has … Continue reading Sunset: Stillness and Dreams
On this final day of NaBloPoMo, I’m sharing an excerpt from Kahlil Gibran’s “On Religion” from The Prophet, which is one of my forever favorites. Today, I’m thinking about work, my students, and all the grading ahead of me. I’m also thinking about separate conversations I’ve had this week with a long-ago student and a … Continue reading Who Can Separate Belief from Occupations?
During my hour-long escape from my office last week, I ran into Amanda, a photographer friend who does amazing work. Naturally, we started talking about photography. She exclaimed she needed motivation and inspiration. I remarked that I wanted to do “creative photography.” In that instant she gave me a one-minute lesson on adjusting my position … Continue reading Mini Lesson in Creative Photography
Yesterday, one of my besties, Aleta, sent a morning text filled with encouragement for the day and a beautiful poem, a reworking of Psalm 23 by Japanese poet, Toki Miyashina. She wrote: The poem speaks perfectly to our need for peace and calmness of mind as we rush through our days of madness. Meditate on … Continue reading Psalm 23 Celebration Freebie: We Did It Again!
Happy Holidays! When I wrote my last NaBloPoMo 2016 post, I planned to share (soon after) the photos from a post-Thanksgiving walk through the “Tinsel Trail” at Big Spring Park in Huntsville, Alabama. The end-of-semester wrap up, holiday preparations, and sheer exhaustion hindered that effort, but I cannot let the holiday season pass without sharing … Continue reading Walk the Tinsel Trail with Me!
Today is the last day of NaBloPoMo! I actually blogged every day for 30 days straight. Let me tell you. This was not easy, but it was worth it. Not only did I get caught up on some blogging but I reminded myself that I can find time to get things done “no matter what.” Most … Continue reading 30 Days Straight–We Made It!