"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt-
Sunday, December 18, 2011
One last smile
Arms folded over the future
She will wait
When my aunt posed for this photo she didn't realize
that she was poised for her future. Arms folded
over her growing belly her sweet husband took
one last photo of her before leaving to go overseas
to fight in Germany.
Wearing his uniform complete with his Army hat was her
last view of him until he returned safely years later.
Image: Lee Friedlander, 1966
Courtesy of Tess Kincaid
Monday, December 12, 2011
Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Magpie 95 Letting go.........
image by Mostafa Habibi
In front of a buried past
Let waves erase
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Eric Alder's Monday Morning Photo
A fork in the road
A road less traveled?
Or is a crossroad
Leading to my future?
Rain blurs my window
While tears stream down
I know what needs to be done.
Russell and I have struggled with our desire to
move and our reluctance to leave our wonderful
neighborhood and our house and home we have created.
However, our town has changed and we do
need to move on. Our house is up for sale
and we have made an offer on a wonderful
house on a hill with views of mountains.
More news later when I know more!
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Magpie 94 or Respite
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Magpie 93 or Years of Use
Enduring bouncing little feet
Drooling dogs chewing bones
Popsicles and sticky treats
Grownups sleepily snoring
Through TV shows oh so boring
Now all Ol' Red hears is a woosh
The cars are passing by..... swoosh
This book the Red Couch marks the culmination
of the four-year adventure of two award winning
photographers who traversed the USA with an eight
foot long red velvet couch and the dream of creating
a portrait of America. The Red Couch is a stunningly
beautiful diary of a dream fulfilled, a portrait of
America in all her diversity and the story of
Photographers Kevin Clarke and Horst Wackerbarth
Monday, November 21, 2011
Dark mornings-Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Magpie #92 or Snuggling
Curled up warm hugging I'm missing
Watching you sleep sweetly snoozing
Wake up honey- it's far more amusing.....!
I am thankful everyday for Russell-
my best friend-my lifes partner
and all our beloved children and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
image: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Magpie Tales 91 or Choices
Where do I sit
Where do I belong
Can I change my mind
And what if I'm wrong
It's so confusing
This life of mine
So many choices
and so little time.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
Magpie #90 or No Place
Monday, October 31, 2011
Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt or BOO!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Magpie Tales #89 or SPLAT!
There once was a writer Olivetti
Who obviously loved his spagetti
He spilled his sauce
Which made him quite cross
And now his prose is confetti
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt
Crowded Mexico City Traffic
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Magpie 88 or Where Do I Look?
No matter where I look
image: Lee Friedlander, from America by Car
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Saturday, October 22, 2011
The Unecessary Demise of a Tree
the city spent an inordinate amount of money "beautifying"
the entry to the local municipal par 3 golf course.
Drought resistant natives were summarily ripped out
and annuals and plants needing irrigation were planted adjacent
to 3 lovely Manzanita trees.
I noticed that irrigation was put in place and daily watering
commenced. I called the Parks and Recreation department to
voice my concerns about the well being of the Manzanita trees
as it is well known that Manzanita trees require well drained soil
and will not thrive if over watered as they are very drought resistant.
I was assured that the watering was past the trees drip line.
This spring it was obvious that two of the three trees were dying.
I talked with one of the Parks Maintenance employees and he admitted
that indeed the city had "killed the trees by over watering".
A few weeks ago I saw that one of the trees had "disappeared".
It had been cut down. I never saw a notice of the potential removal
or permit posting and I go by this site several days a week.
So my question is this:
Is the city not required to follow the rules that we residents have to follow?
It seems to me that hypocrisy rules here in Lake Oswego.
Below are photos of what is left.
Entry to golf course- note annuals in lower right corner.
One of the remaining Manzanita trees.
Even though it is now October the irrigation is still turned on.
This Manzanita tree is very stressed and may not live another year.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt-or Karma Happens
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Magpie Tales 87 -a visit to Chinatown
Behind Peking Ducks
Hung so low
Peking ducks live in a free range environment for the first 45 days of their lives....
Monday, October 10, 2011
Two for the price of one!
The snug little house was built
There once was a guy named Clay
Who loved to make bricks all day
Til one sunny morning
Without any warning
He left for Spain to make whoopay
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Magpie 86 or How Dare They!!!
As I read the news and sip my coffee
I am appalled at the state of affairs
Mis-using their powers-they sure don't care
Scandalous leaders are white collar crooks
They are far too busy cooking the books
I fantasize a hilarious simple solution
Let's take those papers and swat them like flies!
Watch them run with their power red ties
No possible escape for these pesky 'festations
Lets swat them all with our frustrations
Sweeping them into a deep dark corner
There won't be any hired mourners
Lets toss the lot into the dust bin
These so called leaders committed a terrible sin
They thought our money was theirs to keep.
Swat them again til they're in the BIG sleep.
Image: Michael Sowa - from the Little King
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Luck of the Draw?
Shaking hands roll the dice-
once twice thrice
Providence is not in those bones
Safe harbor is found
In the depths
Of your head and heart
Sunday, October 02, 2011
I'm not Babar nor that circus trick Dumbo
and I'm certainly not the famous African Bush Jumbo
Finally after being faithful 100 percent
I have wings and I'm so elegant
I'm Horton the flying Elephant!*
*"I meant what I said and I said what I meant,
an elephant's faithful, one hundred per cent!"
Famous quote from Dr Seuss book Horton Hatches the Egg
One of my children's favorite book and author.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Life's little moments
Oh boy- I was ready to kill him- you bet
Armed with a rifle -not an idle threat
But then I saw this sign and it made me think
Why should I bother and make such a stink?
He's a miserable bastard and not worth a dime
So I threw away the rifle along with the crime
From then on I only looked ahead and never behind
Living my life with a smile and peace of mind
Monday, September 26, 2011
FOR HEAVENS SAKE!
Mr Crow and I would like the rain to subside
If we wanted a shower we'd go inside
and fer crying out loud-
my dress isn't even sanforized !
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tres charmant-n'est ce pas?
Slither silently swiftly
Ssssss sibilantly softly
Forked tongue tastes the air
Patterned sliver leaves the lair
Hush hush-look into my eyes
and Asp me no questions
And just maybe I'll tell you no lies
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Monday, September 19, 2011
The Vacation is Over........
Monday, September 12, 2011
Magpie 82 9-11-2001
Ashes fall silently on a city
That will prevail
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