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Monday, January 31, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails."
...William Shakespeare

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What is Normal any way?

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"In a world where change is inevitable and continues,
the need to achieve that change without violence
is essential for survival."
...Andrew Young

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Poem: Oh No, They Will Be Singing Amazing Grace Soon

Wrapped up in blankets
like an Egyptian mummy
wrinkles winding down
a brown corduroy face
streaked with frozen tears and hot blood
a homeless woman was dying.

A Salvation Army Band played
Onward Christian Soldiers
a nearby vendor sold hot chestnuts
women wearing "White Shoulders" perfume and fur coats
took the revolving door to shop
ignoring the pain of an old woman with mahogany eyes.

Curious wheat haired boys whispered
they fled in the December wind
as sirens screamed.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"I think we all have a little darkness in our bellies. As an actor,
the challenge of tapping into that,
reaching down into that sadness or anger,
is very therapeutic."
...Kevin Bacon

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pink Saturday - January 29, 2011

Howdy Folks! If you would like to participate or look at Pink items posted click here: http://howsweetthesound.typepad/my_weblog/. Thank you Beverly for being our hostess.

Now this is the way to end a day looking at Pink skies, drinking a hot chocolate, and then checking out what other blogs have posted. Take care. I hope to see you all next week.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life,
for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live."
...Bertrand Russell

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Season 4, Episode 29

Lake Michigan is my muse. It seems I go there time and time again. The lighting is always different. Even the shoreline changes with waves coming in and going out, then freezing, then melting, it is so exciting.

One time my younger son had a photography assignment in high school to go to one place every week for one month. Since he choose Lake Michigan as his theme and didn't drive that made me responsible to drive him to and from the lake for four weeks. It was winter. On one trip, we arrived to find balls of snow scattered everywhere on the beach. He actually went inside a wave that was frozen. My heart stopped. To save him I climbed inside to bring him out. It was awesome to stand in the cave made of frozen ice. I placed my finger over my lips to express the need for him to be quiet. He was talking a mile a minute in a loud voice not understanding the danger he was in. All I could think about was the cave would fall in on us. I took his hand and led him out of the frozen wave. Never have I seen this before or since. It was a sight to behold!

The kid in me is always ready for a "new" adventure. It can be a morning sunrise or seeing a sunset; it doesn't have to cost a lot of money just moments are my specialty. Capturing a beautiful moment.

Yes, it can be cold sometimes. Other times it is too hot and uncomfortable. But I arrive to seize that moment in time.

Lake Michigan, Ice, Sky-January, 2011.
If you would like to participate or view other skies from around the world click here: http://skyley.blogspot.com/. I tip my hat off to all the skywatch team.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Whenever you are in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it that factor is attitude."
...William James
American Philosopher 1842-1910

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"It is your work to clear away the mass of encumbering material of thoughts, so that you may bring into plain view the precious thing at the center of the mass."
... Robert Collier
American Motivational Author 1885-1950

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

1/26 Outdoor Wednesday - #107

If you would like to participate or view other posts with an Outdoor Wednesday theme click here: http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com. Thank you Susan for being our hostess.

It was a pretty cold day down at Lake Michigan when this photograph was taken in January, 2011.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise
will sooner or later have to find time for illness."
...Edward Stanley

Monday, January 24, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Sharks are as tough as those Chicago fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent."
...Dave Barry "Sex and the Single Amoeba: What Every Teen Should Know

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Snap, Crackle and Pop

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Do right.
Do your best.
Treat others as you want to be treated."
...Lou Holtz

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Collection - Italian Men and Women

What fun it was to change color format to black and white format and then zoom in on just the face then crop in free download program called Picasa. This is what happened. Scary huh?

Some of you who have followed lightandvoices know that I collect Italian Men and guess what I found a woman at Stein Mart and here she is.

Cropped above image to focus on her face and what she is holding in her hands a bowl and bread. Now she stands in the kitchen on top of the refrigerator.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, but it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found?"
...J. B. Pristly

Friday, January 21, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"When we choose not to focus on what's missing from our lives
but are grateful for the abundance that's present
we experience heaven on earth."
...Sarah Ban Breathnach

Skywatch Friday - Season 4, Episode 28

Lake Michigan Sunset, January-2011.
It is going to be 9 degrees today for a high. Brrrr. I'm retired so lucky me, I can stay inside where it is nice and warm and cozy.
If you would like to participate or view skies from all over the world click here: http://www.skyley.blogspot.com. Thanks to the skywatch team!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest
form of thought, and that gratitude
is happiness doubled by wonder."
...Gilbert K. Chesterton

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go."
Author Unknown

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

1/19 Outdoor Wednesday #106

Lake Michigan is still open water with chunks of ice gathering here and there. These curious Canada Geese may have been looking for a hand out. I wonder why they didn't fly south?

Isn't it amazing how long this Canada Goose can stand on that cold patch of ice.

This Canada Goose kept following me.

Guess, this Canada Goose needed a drink.

I love all the patterns this Canada Goose is walking on.
If you are interested in participating or seeing other blogs with Outdoor Wednesday posts click here? http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com. Thank you Susan for being our hostess.
I hope you will visit lightandvoices next week. Take care.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go."
...Dr. Seuss

Monday, January 17, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Imagine the possibilities."
Author Unknown

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them."
...Don Cherry

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pink Saturday - January 15, 2011

H-e-l-l-o......Ladies and Gentlemen. I'm back! This week my son, Norm and I went to the Smart Museum, University of Chicago, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637. Before we went in to see the exhibit, I had a wee bit of time to use my digital camera that I just happened to take along with me. And this is what "we" saw, PINK ICICLES! Holy Catfish, I said, yes I said, PINK ICICLES. Who would ever think that could happen; but it did. Here is the living proof.

Image was taken straight out of the camera; but was cropped. That is all. Pink on icicles are a reflection from the pink painted outside walls around an elevator on University of Chicago campus.

If you would like to participate or just oooh and ahhhh over pink posts click here: http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/. Thank you Beverly for all your hard work week end, month out and how many years have you been doing this?

Going to go put on a cup of hot chocolate and then look at all the lovely pink things posted this week. Happy New Year to all.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do now and do it."
...William Durant

Friday, January 14, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."
...John Burroughs

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Season 4, Episode 27

Lake Michigan Sunset, January 2011. It was a very cold day but lovely pink clouds showed up to end the day.

If you would like to participate or view other blogs who have posted skies from all over the world click here: http://skyley.blogspot.com. Thanks to the skywatch team for all their work for making this post possible.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally."
...David Frost

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it."
Author Unknown

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

1/12 Outdoor Wednesday - #105

If you would like to participate or view other blogs who have posted an outdoor theme click here: http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com. Thank you Susan for being the hostess.

Wilmette Harbor, IL 2011.

Reflection, Lake Michigan, 2011.

Fragile, 2011.
Last time I visited Lake Michigan these three photographs spoke to me. I remember that it was a very cold day but one which revived my spirit even if I couldn't feel my fingers; my soul captured the feeling of gratitude. I claimed joy for the rest of the day. And so it is.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Happiness can not be found through great effort and willpower,
but is already present,in open relaxation and in letting go."
From: A Spontaneous Varja Song (First Verse)
By Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche

Found this quote here: http://www.peterrussell.com/Odds/Gendun.php

Monday, January 10, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"The conversation of friends
is the space between the words."
Author Unknown

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Goals - 365 Days of Quotes

"Beauty can be found in beginnings as well as in endings
for they are each a part of life's journey."
...Author Unknown

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to diffentiate between what you do know and what you don't. Its knowing where to go to find out what you need to know, and its knowing how to use the information you get."
...William Feather

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Do you have the patience to wait
Till the mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself?"
...LAO-TZU, Tao-te-Ching

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Follow your bliss."
...Joseph Campbell

1/05 Outdoor Wednesday - #104

If you would like to participate or view other blogs who have posted an outdoor theme click here: http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com. Susan, thank you for being our hostess.

I couldn't peel this clementine by hand; so I took out a knife and began peeling it. I realized that the rind looked like a flower. John, my husband, thought it looked like a starfish. What do you think it looks like?
Hey, I thought clementines didn't have seeds. Oh well, there were only a few seeds to deal with. I bought a whole box of clementines. My husband and I can eat them until we drop. Hope to see you next week.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"If you enjoy living, it is not difficult
to keep the sense of wonder."
...Ray Bradbury

Monday, January 3, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Guess what? When it comes right down to it, wherever you go, there you are."
...Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"It takes courage to grow up
and become who you really are."
...E.E. Cummings

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes New Year's Day 2011

"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
...T.S. Eliot