Celebrating World Photography Day 2018

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“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long a we remember it.” L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

Photography has changed the way we visualize our lives in retrospective.

A photo holds the story behind the sunrise, the emotions of a wedding day, the hope for a sleeping newborn resting against a mother’s shoulder.

Photography stops time so that we can return again and again to the moment.

This photo, taken many years ago, brings back the ocean breeze that tossed my hair, the bright sunshine that penetrated my sunglasses, the white sand that invaded my sandals, and the delightful companionship of the photographer, who continues to share my life’s journey for over forty years.

May we continue to leave our footprints in the “pixel sands” of time.

Happy World Photography Day!

The Open Door

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How many doors can we walk through at a time? In my world, I can only go through one door at a time. Why then, do I always have the propensity to choose the closed door?

“When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”  Alexander Graham Bell

Ideals and Destiny

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There are things in this world that are bigger than you and me: mountains, oceans, and the sky.  Perhaps the greatest stretch for humanity is to live up to our ideals and fulfill our personal destinies.  Carl Schurz, (1829 – 1906), with all his life experience as a German revolutionary, American statesman and reformer, and Union Army General in the American Civil War, can give us a fresh approach.

“Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with you hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.”  Carl Schurz

Start

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Today, I will start.  Start to enjoy, to smile, to laugh, to think, to care, to love…to be.

“There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

Prepare to Stop

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We all wait for a sign to move, to begin, to speak, to laugh. It’s about action, movement, progress, all of which is associated with personal productivity and value.  Sometimes, we must heed a different message, especially when the sign is blocking your path.  Stopping may be the only choice.  And maybe, it will be lead to a life-changing experience.

“Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.”
Mary Catherine Bateson (daughter of Margaret Mead)

Un-Birthdays are the best!

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“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.”
Lewis Carroll

 

They say that when you have a birthday, you start your life anew.  Lewis Carroll, who brought us Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, reminds us that there are another 364 days to celebrate a new beginning.  And that’s the best un-birthday present of all!!