Monthly Archives: July 2015

Flutter By

Flutter By

Flutter By


Flutter By, Butterfly
Gently on the wind

Float on by, Butterfly
Broken hearts to mend

Lift our spirits, Butterfly
Give us cause to play

Give us hope, Butterfly
Change will come our way

*posted in response to the daily post photo challenge:

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (two)

Movie Cover Makeover 070915

Movie Cover Makeover 070915

This is my entry for the new Photo101Rehab cover makeover challenge inspired by Lucile and DesleyJane. This week’s theme is: “Winter’s Tale”, a movie. I haven’t seen the movie so I can’t offer a review. It sounds like a romance story to me. The photo is from my archive and had a soft, mystical feel that seemed to fit the movie tag line. I used the app called “over” to place the text over my photograph.

The Red Door Dream-Part Two


The Red Door Dream-Part Two (Dark Side Thursday)

The red door opens.

I hold my breath, afraid to exhale, afraid to be heard. Air pushes through my pursed lips. My breaths are shallow. Loud ringing in my ears intensifies. As my knees buckle, I reach toward the door frame to catch my fall.

It looks dark inside. I don’t want to go in. I don’t think I want to go in. I think I have to go in. I go in.

The door closes behind me. My eyes strain to adjust to the lack of light. An amber glow on the far wall gives me little respite from the darkness. It fades to black.

I stand still and try to think. Why did I come inside? I want to leave. Holding my arms out to feel for obstacles, I turn around, reaching for the door. It should be right here. Where is it? I keep turning, round and round, in a frantic spin. Or, is it the room that is spinning? I have lost my bearings. Dizzy, I fall to the floor.

I close my eyes against the darkness. Raising my hand to my face to brace against waves of nausea, I make myself take deep breaths. In through the nose, out through the mouth. In through the nose, out through the mouth.

I open my eyes. At the end of a dark hallway, light shines under a door.

*posted as the second installment of a dark story for Andy’s Dark Side Thursday. If you like dark stories, you should read his chilling tale and the entries of other creative writers. To see previous installments of my story, you can click on The Red Door Dream header at the top of my page. Sweet dreams!

Country Market -The Changing Seasons 07

I stopped by the Country Market on Independence Day to buy some homegrown tomatoes and snap some pictures. The Stars and Stripes were proudly displayed at the Market on the Fourth of July, just as I had anticipated. Customers, including me, wearing red, white, and blue, roamed around the market area engaging in friendly conversation.

I admired greenhouse plants and fresh produce during my slow stroll in the summer heat. Tempting fruits and vegetables sat in simple baskets and boxes, ripe for the picking. I selected a bounty of Virginia grown and heirloom tomatoes. The smiling counter clerk wished me a happy and safe holiday as I headed out the door with tomato sandwiches on my mind!

This is my seventh installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

Sands of Time (One Word Photo Challenge-Sandstorm)

Sands of Time

*Sand Storm*

sands of time



each grain

a moment in time

waiting to be remembered

*posted in response to
JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Sandstorm
and Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic

The Red Door Dream

Red Door

Red Door

The Red Door Dream

I see the red door in a dream, partially obscured by swaying tree branches. I feel the soft wind on my face, cool air brushing my cheek. I hear the strong, steady beat of my heart as I step forward. I am unafraid. Time slows. My legs start to feel heavy. I bite my lip and it starts bleeding. My face flushes with heat and my vision starts to blur. I wake up drenched with sweat.

The dream is recurrent. Each time, I draw closer to the door but wake before reaching it. The journey seems endless. The anticipation is agonizing.

Even when awake, I re-live the dream. I wonder if I can make myself reach the door in my sleep. I talk to myself. I tell myself I can do it. It is hard to think of anything else. I look for the door everywhere I go.

Now, here I stand, only inches away from touching the door. My heart starts to race. I am afraid. I don’t know what to expect. I no longer know if I am dreaming. I gasp for air and take an unsteady step back.

The red door opens.

*this post seems to meet the requirements for several blogging challenges as follows:

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge,Door, challenges us to post a photo and consider how the elements might add up to a story.

Laura’s Literary Lion challenge asks us to include the word “bleeding” in our post of 400 words or less.

A late addition to Andy’s Dark Side Thursday which challenges us to create a dark story.

And, I think this photo belongs in Lucile’s Photo101Rehab Clinic too.

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (Premiere Post)

Book Cover Makeover Challenge 070315

Book Cover Makeover Challenge 070315

This is my entry for the new Photo101Rehab cover makeover challenge inspired by Lucile and DesleyJane. This week’s theme is: “THE LONG WAY HOME”, a book from Louise Penny. I haven’t read the actual book yet so I can’t offer a review. The photo is from my archive and had a nostalgic feel to me that seemed to fit the book title. I used the app called “over” to place the text over my photograph.

Here are the details of the new Photo Rehab Weekly Photo Challenge – Cover Makeover!

The challenge is to make a cover for the book, CD or movie that will be shared every Thursday. Every Thursday we will be given the name of a book or movie, etc. and the hosts will share their take on a new cover. We must prepare our own cover by using our archive photos or shooting a new one to go with the theme. Then, we prepare our post and publish it, remembering to Ping Back (hyperlink) to Lucile’s page or copying the link to the comments section of her post. The tag #PhotoRehabCoverMakeover will be used so that we can find other posts in the WP reader.

Join in the challenge for some fun!

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