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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. It is a reminder to slow down and count our blessings. I have so much to be thankful for today.

This is my first Thanksgiving without my mother. I am thankful to have had so many years to spend with her, sharing moments together, great and small, that would become precious memories. She taught me right from wrong. She made me feel special. I knew she loved me with every breath. I miss her smile and voice and tender touch. She is still with me in spirit and I am thankful.

The person that understands this the most is my brother. We share our beliefs and prayers. I trust him with all my heart. He gives great advice and lifts my spirits. We think a lot alike; although, he is a million times smarter than me! He is thoughtful and loyal and kind. He is a true friend.

I am thankful for my friendships, old and new. To be able to share laughs, tears and ideas with kindred spirits is a gift.

You may not all celebrate this holiday. Still, I wish you all a day of peace, laughter and thankfulness. And, pumpkin pie too! Happy Thanksgiving!

Reflection

Reflection

Reflection

Seeing my brother pull into my driveway with Pal in the passenger seat is one of my favorite sights. My brother is my best friend and Pal is my best pup, so I always look forward to seeing them.

Today, I rushed to get my camera phone when I saw Pal peeping out the window. He seems so interested in the surrounding view. I wonder what he is thinking.

My brother is strong and smart. Here, he seems to be in deep thought. I wonder what he is thinking.

I believe I managed to capture many kinds of reflection in this picture! What do you think?

(For Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic, I took this picture with my i phone 5s and edited with the camera+ app. Edits included use of the portrait scene to adjust lighting, increasing contrast, straightening the shot, free form cropping and adding black framing.)

Saturday Natural (Photo101Rehab No. 3)

Saturday Natural

Saturday Natural

For me, Saturday morning is the time to move at a slower pace and go meet my brother for coffee. Without the weekday press for time, I can think more deeply. I can take time to better appreciate the scenery I may rush past without notice on other days.

It was my brother that first pointed out this tree to me. This morning, my attention was drawn to the simple building and the white bark touched by gentle sunlight. I took a moment to savor the calm scene.

For fellow Photo101 Rehabers, I took this photo through the camera+ app with my iPhone 5s. I did not make any edits. The position of the building may add an element of the rule of thirds.

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