Sunday, August 29, 2010

One Single Impression: Empty

The prompt for OSI is empty.

your thick voice echoes
through the canyons in my heart,
sky-bright and empty.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Shoot Out--Shooter's Choice

This week's assignment from FSO is shooter's choice.  I decided this would be a good opportunity to share some of my past favorites that really represent Vineland, NJ to me.  As some of you may know, I have lived in Vineland for about two years now.  I moved here to be with my then boyfriend, now fiance', John.   Living with many trees behind our apartment, we see many birds as you see above and below.

One thing I have always loved about living in southern New Jersey, especially the less populated towns, is the variety of trees. 

Also, another aspect of Vineland that I like are the farms and ranches.  One family even has llamas (which I hope to someday photograph and share here).  Many have horses.

There is also an outside shrine nearby dedicated to Padre Pio.  This angel was photographed there. 

Every year we get a winter wonderland behind our apartment.

About ten to fifteen minutes from where we live, there is Wheaton Village, which is a glass museum.  Every year in June, they have a Fantasy Faire.  These dancers performed there.  The museum itself has some beautiful and amazing pieces.  It is amazing all the things that can be made with glass not to mention the beautiful glass art!

One of the best surprises I discovered in moving to Vineland are the flowers.  Across from John's old apartment, there was a huge field of sunflowers--my favorite flower--oh the sudden and simple joys of life!

I hope you all have a sunny day and that you've enjoyed your visit!!  By the way, I just launched a new blog about mindfulness if you want to visit me there, too.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Give Me Another Helping of "The Help"

I recently finished reading "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett (Amazon Link). There has been some controversy about this book in terms of its historical accuracy. However, this issue does not concern me at all. I enjoy historical fiction for what it is. This novel has merit beyond factual information. Through the genuineness of the characters and relatability of the themes, the novel has literary value. "The Help" follows three characters' paths living in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's. Two of the narrators are African American who work for households as maids. The characters come across as real and likeable. Racial tensions are always under the surface in this book as well as gender issues. What's beautiful about this book, though, is that it captures universal human experiences of love, loss, and connection. Also, the book gives you just what you expect some of the time and then takes a turn when you don't expect it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As any good book should be, it was like a delicious, satisfying meal leaving me wanting a second helping.

(Check out my new blog on mindfulness at findingelsewhere)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Friday Shoot Out: Roads and Pathways

This week's Friday Shoot-Out topic comes from me!  You can read my reason for the topic at

Photography is a hobby of mine.  One of my favorite subjects to shoot are pathways.  The shot above I took on a "photo walk" I took with my fiance's daughter. 

I took this shot on a photo walk as well.  This shot kind of makes me think of a girl with a lion, tinman, and scarecrow skipping along (and her little dog too).

The three above shots I took just because I love taking pictures of roads.  I take my camera with me everywhere because you never know when your eye will have a vision.

I recently went whale watching and shot this bridge in Cape May, NJ.  We did not see any whales but we saw many dolphins. 

I also spent a week at Wildwood, NJ--it has the best boardwalk!  You can see a roller coaster in the distance.  The beach is also very long--plenty of room for everyone!  Below is the sign you see as you leave the boardwalk.

Hope you enjoyed.  You are now leaving the blog of fame and happiness.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

One Single Impression: Connoisseur

The prompt from onesingleimpression is connoisseur.


Coffee lingers on my lips;
Emerald leaves echo through my eyes;
a sweet song sails along the breath;
your carress runs its way up my arm;
Scent of rain hovers in molecules on the edge
of dousing everything in pieces of the sky.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Shoot-Out: Smells

This week's shoot-out topic is smells suggested by Nanu.  I think it is a great idea to use one sense to evoke the other.  Above is a fresh, delicious smell.  I took this shot because I liked the way John had cut the watermelon--very geometric or something.
Who doesn't love the smell of flowers and that earthy smell of pungent soil!

I love the salty smell of the sea.  There is just something about the ocean air that is energizing and healing.
John fills the apartment with coffee smells for me.  He doesn't drink it but makes it for me every morning.  Above is pre-creamer/splenda; below is post creamer-splenda.
Hope you enjoyed!!