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Sunset Vibes

Sunset Vibes
Sunset Haiku (Vibes)

Most hearts are heavy
As the world goes crazy mad
While aching for peace

When I took this photo I was trying to capture the beauty of the sunset. I was just amazed at how a picture could never match the beauty of the actual vision in the moment. But now when I look at the scene, it evokes a vibe of sadness. I guess its just the state of the world shading my perspective. It’s hard to stay upbeat but maybe people are starting to pull together. I’m sure grateful for my place in this world.

Sunlight And Shadows

Bridge Haiku (Moment)

Sunlight and shadows
Beckoning and promising
A peaceful embrace

Taking a moment to find peace and calm is a good use of time!

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (April 2017)


Delicate Haiku (Peace)

Delicate moment
In striving to keep the peace
Think before you speak

This seemingly delicate blossom is sturdier than you might think. Without any concerted effort from me, it sprouted up on its own in my backyard! Years ago, someone planted flowers in my yard. It is amazing how they still grow year after year!

Peace is a delicate commodity, easily broken, and needful of our committment.

This is my fourth 2017 post for year three of Cardinal Guzman’s photo challenge, The Changing Seasons. You can post a photo gallery (V1) or a single photo (V2) that showcases your view of the month. You can check out the Cardinal’s page for the general challenge rules and join right in! His photos are fantastic! Like last year, I am planning to add a haiku along with my single V2 photo each month. Even though it has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I like pairing pictures and words; both can still mean different things to different people.

All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. And, I also have a bird header where all my bird pictures are gathered.
Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!

Peace Partners

Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves

Peace Haiku (Please)

We call out for peace
Pleading for others to hear
Like the mourning doves

This pair of mourning doves is always seen together as they venture into my yard for food. I love the gentle flutter of their wings and the soft song they sing.
Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge prompt:

Future Peace

Let There Be Peace On Earth

Let There Be Peace On Earth

“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.” – Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller, song 1955

This week, Future is the daily post prompt that challenges us to share an image that represents the potential of things to come. I consider myself to be cautiously optimistic, a mix of realist and idealist. So, while total peace may seem unlikely in our lifetimes, I believe it is important to strive for peace in our daily lives and in our interactions with others. We may differ in our opinions, but that should not threaten peaceful discussion or the search for common ground.

Finding peace within ourselves seems a first step. Immersing myself in nature, my faith, music and thoughtful conversation are some of the ways I seek and find peace.

How do you find peace? Thanks to you all for sharing a glimpse of your life. I wish you all the best in your journey through this world!

Beautiful Symmetry

Walking Bridge

Walking Bridge

I have selected five photos to demonstrate symmetry for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge this week. The beauty of bridges and walkways, cozy fireside seating, a foggy day black and white landscape, and a peaceful reflective pond is enhanced by balance and symmetry.





Foggy Fenceline

Foggy Fenceline

Peaceful Reflection

Peaceful Reflection

In her challenge post, Cee suggests that we are hard-wired to crave symmetry and I agree. There is something comforting about a balanced scene. It seems that so many of us are striving for balance in our lives. Finding symmetry in our surroundings may add a sense of comfort and calm to our unsettled emotions.

Peace to you all!

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!

Peace, Love, and Power



When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.- Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix had it right!

Love is the answer. We all know this truth. So, why can it be so hard to unclench our fists or to hold our tongues?

Call it human nature. Still, if we want peace, we must be committed to being peaceful ourselves. We must make a conscious effort to choose peace when we can. We must look for opportunities to share the power of love with others.

I would be remiss not to share, that for me, Jesus is love, and I try to follow His way of peace. Prayer brings me peace.

How do you stay peaceful?

A Porch with a View

I often daydream about adding a big covered porch to the back of my house. In my imagination, it would be the ideal spot to relax at the end of a long day, come rain or shine.

I imagine sitting in an Adirondack chair, beverage glass in hand, looking at the menagerie of simple wildlife in my backyard.

The squirrels scurry in search of acorns and seeds. A squirrel, the one with a crooked tail, bravely chases another squirrel from the dogwood tree which he has claimed as his own. Hanging from a branch of this same tree is the red-based feeder where the ruby throated hummingbirds put on a nearby air show. Each tiny bird tries to drink the life-sustaining nectar mixed from sugar and water. Bright red cardinals, red breasted robins and blue jays take flight from oak and elm trees. A large rabbit chews on greenery near the fence line. Mocking birds sing songs in the distance. A woodpecker taps rhythmically high up in a tree.

The clink of melting ice pulls my attention from the display of nature. I feel a gentle breeze and soft rain begins to fall. I say a silent prayer of thanks for peace.

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