"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

Friday, August 31, 2012

Pausing for a moment to read...

I'd rather read than watch TV and most of
the time I read mysteries, novels based on history
and other frivolous and sometimes grisly subjects.
Russell primarily reads what he calls "real books".
In other words non-fiction.
Every once in awhile I come across a line or two
in my reading that resonates and stays with me.
Here's one such example:
"Our job is to enjoy the earth and take care of it.
Worry robs us of our faith
and our joy and gives us nothing in return."
  This is from a James Lee Burke novel Feast Day of Fools
A grisly suspense novel that if one pays attention
 has some gems and lessons to learn in between the dire action.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Eric Alder's Monday Photo Prompt 8-27-2012

Riding the rails
Allowing your mind to drift and ponder
Creative commuting

this fine photo was created by Eric Alder
of BifocalUnivision
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Magpie #132 The Big Room, 1948, by Andrew Wyeth

So starkly cold-please light a fire
And while the candles are glowing
We'll warm up our old icy bones 
Watching flakes softly snowing 
This is our safe haven
Away from petty issues
We tell the house-
We've been gone too long 
We really have missed you.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt- 8-20-2012

Stretch your wings
Ascend to new heights
Cut old strings
Let your life take flight
There are no stings
No limits to fight
Only songs to sing
With new beginning life lights

My hopes for all who struggle with todays challenges

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Magpie Tales #131- The Oracle

Under Windsor Bridge, 1912, by Adolphe Valette

The oracle looks
Seeing past mist and fog
Global chaos 
World War I began two years after this was painted.
The world has never been the same since.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Eric Alder's Monday Photo Prompt 8-13-2012

Higgins Lake, a large lake in the middle of Michigan
Photo by Eric Alder

 There once was a sailor named Bob
Who sailed blue waters for the Mob
Whether in fresh or salt water
He did what he oughter
Cuz he didn't want a nosejob

Whether on a lake
Or bobbing in the sea
It's always fun to sail
Just you and me

Zihuatanejo, Guerrero Mexico
photo by Kathe Worsley

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Magpie 130 Image by Francesca Woodman

Emerging from the pearly nacre
Salacia firmly held onto her shell  
To use for calling Delphinus
Since she didn't want to yell

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt 8-62012

Relic of an ancient time
Of an erased civilization 
Disease and death brought by sea
Photo by Eric Alder of Bifocalunivision
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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Magpie 129 Compulsions

A Dinner Table at Night, 1884, John Singer Sargent

There once was a lady from Champs
Who had a serious passion for red lamps
It annoyed her husband
Saying "You have over a dozen
why couldn't you have collected stamps?"

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