"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

Monday, January 31, 2011







Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Magpie Tales #50

Directions in Life
right or left
seems so simple but later
will haunt me

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rules, Regulations and Laws

A Silly Law in Hood River, Oregon

Juggling is strictly prohibited
Without a license.
What? Are you kidding?
It doesn't make sense.
This is silly and who wrote this law?
That idiot unable to catch a chain saw.

Good thing these guys were in Portland, Oregon
and then last but NOT least:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

Fence Shadows Captured

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Six Word Saturday

My husband's hard working mountaineering boots

Whether cross country skiing or just outdoors
these faithful boots from the 1980's are still used.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Aunt Alice, Aunt Nell and Elise

Three Extraordinary Women
Ignore your age
Remember your youth and play
as you did before
My Grandmother Elise was born in 1893 and was an
amazing woman. A child who endured great hardships;
her parents divorced and her father took her from
her mother and put her in an orphanage.
Her mother rescued her and they had to make their way
cross country on foot to a safe haven with family.
She grew up with her cousins Nell and Alice.
Married at 22 and a widow with two sons at age 26.
The photographs I have of her as a young woman
and a mother only show her delight in life as she takes
her children cross country skiing or camping during rare vacations.
She worked all her life for the same company and when
she was forced to retire at age 65 they had to hire
two people to replace her. She died at age 96.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Body Language

The tilt of the head

Hand pushing away

Toe tapping instead

Of walking away

The silent whisper

of a body motion

Evokes a glimmer

In hopes deep ocean

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lake Oswego Library Event

Four dancers in the library stacks?

Our library sponsors all sorts of afternoon
events ranging from poetry readings to dance performances.
A few days ago the BodyVox dancers came and
amazed all of us with their grace, style and creativity.
Here is a link to a youtube film that says so much

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Magpie #48

I hear you
humming with me magically
such sweet notes
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...a new photo every day....

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

Summer Self Portrait
Photo taken this summer while wading in the
surf. We were in Manzanita, Oregon for a
week of fun and relaxation.
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Journey and the Road Ahead

Our Journey Together
Do we take the road less travelled
The fork in the road that's only graveled
Or do we take the super highways
Ignoring those intriguing secret byways
We'll take the wiggly road that's off the map
Rather than drive through life just taking a nap.

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Six Word Saturday

Here's my contribution to Six Word Saturday!

Two chickens. Six eggs a week.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The Games We Play- Magpie 47

There once was a game called twister

That I would play for hours with my sister

We would contort our limbs about

Turning this way and inside out

Until all of our joints had blisters

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