WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – ILLUMINATION

Morning mediation…

Sitting
Legs crossed
Mindful
Present
Winter sun floods the room
It warms me

20130112-194353.jpg

Evening illumination…

The sun drops out of the sky
Colors morph
Pink, purple, red,
Fireball yellow
Then gone
Just til tomorrow

20130112-194442.jpg

Click here to go to WordPress and more Challenge entries.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLANGE – REFLECTIONS

The family that shades together, stays together.

(Ugh!  Sorry.  I couldn’t resist.)

reflections

Reflection.  Keeping it light.

And yes, I am not happy to be having my picture taken.

For more to reflect upon, click on the WordPress logo or tap some of the links below. word press

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection | West Coast Kayaker
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | qudslaw’s Blog
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Kashmir Reflections | Sue Ann’s Balcony
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « From My Horizon
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge:Reflections « illuminating the invisible
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections « Just Fletcher
  7. Reflections on tea, çay, chai and my personal, globalized reality | Slowly-by-Slowly
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « MaanKind
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Refections / Mirror Painting « Advocacine’s Blog
  10. December 1: | Family, Photos, Food and Craft
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | soumyav
  12. Black Swan | Colline’s Blog
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | joy cannis photography
  14. tarts « yi-ching lin photography
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « बंजारा
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Milners Blog
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Jaajaabor
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « Just a few photos
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « Stefano Scheda
  20. Reflections I « A Happy and Beautiful World
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | blueberriejournal
  23. Weekly photo challenge : REFLECTIONS « maxidiehexi
  24. Spikes. « Luddy’s Lens
  25. What dreams may come | The Temenos Journal
  26. Challenge Photo de la Semaine – Reflections « Paris en photographies
  27. LJ [whatever] Photo Challenge: Reflections « LJ.returns
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « warmhotchocolate
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « aa negoro’s photoblog
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection | lizabethlacey photography
  31. Reflections | authenticallyannamarie
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | ilargia64
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Meg Travels
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections « Say Cheese!
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « beyondpaisley
  36. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: REFLECTIONS « Francine In Retirement
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Freedom is in the tears that reflect joy « Purnimodo
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections in the River Alva, Portugal « Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | The Way I Live Naturally
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection | Julia’s Place
  41. Weekly Photo challenge: Reflection | s1ngal
  42. Reflections | Cloud and Mountain
  43. Reflections II: Quietness « A Happy and Beautiful World
  44. Weekly Photo Challege: Reflections in the Morning | ♢ Mike Watson
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « Life&Ink
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « Last Train to QVille
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: REFLECTIONS « Smart n Trendy MOM
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Across the Bored
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Wanderings of an Elusive Mind
  50. Dutch Hospital Reflections | The Wanderlust Gene
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Reflections’ | Campanulla Della Anna
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections 2 | Across the Bored
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « I Am an Afterschool Special
  54. *Shards of Blue* « Eclipse
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Pam Tanzey, Artist
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foggy Reflections | Humbled Pie
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge : Reflections | myelectricaldiary
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Anotherdayinparadise2’s Blog
  59. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: REFLECTIONS « Nam Writes.
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection | The Serenity Space
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Alastair’s Blog
  62. photography ~~ reflections (weekly photo challenge) | vintage french chic
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge-Reflection « FrontRangeScribbles
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « Ghazwanie mind(ed)
  65. Top Posts — WordPress.com

DAILY POST: AUDIENCE OF ONE

I’m not one to be doing a daily post – daily – but this one’s different.  I’ve been wanting to write to Stan Wischnowski,  the Executive Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, but who am I and would he even listen?  So… to get it off my chest, I dedicate this post to Mr. Wischnowski.

Dear Sir,

I am a huge fan of Lisa Scottoline, published author and Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday columnist.  But here’s my gripe.  I don’t know what Ms. Scottoline is getting for her column, Chick Wit, which is sometimes funny, sometimes hysterical, and sometimes, well, ok, but I think I could do this.  I think I could write the same material for half the price and twice a week at that!  I mean, I have pets I could write volumes about, and a 90 year old mom that would keep readers in stitches for days on end.  Not to rival Ms. Scottoline, but I’ve also got the two ex-husband senario going for me,  and a list of ex-boyfriends whose stories I could weave into gut-busters.  So what’s the deal?  Does a person have to be famous to, ah, get famous?  Does a person have to have “experience” in order to get experience?  Kind of a catch 22 if you ask me.

Not to be redundant, but I love Lisa Scottoline.  Her  novel, Look Again, kept me on the edge of my seat and begging for more.  I even went to one of her book signings at Barnes and Noble in Cherry Hill, NJ and waited in line to get a picture of myself, with, yes, a famous author.  I have no shame when it comes to well-knowns, probably because I AM NOT ONE!  The line was ridiculous, but I got a book, a signature, and a photo of my husband, Lisa, myself, and Lisa’s now slightly famous daughter, Francesca, who sometimes writes the Inquirer column for her mom.  I guess celebrities get too busy sometimes.  I would never be too busy!  I promise!

In closing I’d like to say, I have nothing against Ms. Scottoline or her beautiful and talented daughter.  I continue to read the column.  Her books are still on my shelf, and I will never stop doing The Inquirer’s Sudoku daily while nibbling on my toast.  But, if Lisa ever gets busy to the point of  “I can’t do this anymore”,  give me a holler.  My dog, my mom, my exes, and my sense of humor are waiting.  Just sayin’.

Respectfully – to one and all mentioned in this communication,

Gemma

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – UNUSUAL

Here I am, a day away from a new Word Press Challenge and I still haven’t posted last week’s entry.  Well, I’m nothing if I’m not a procrastinator, but I can’t chalk it up to that this time.  This one had me stumped.  I don’t know if it was worth the wait, but I’ll be darned if I’m going to let a week go by and not at least attempt to put picture to word.

This is a – ah – lamp at the new Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City where my husband is currently working.  (Credit goes to him for the funky photo.  I just do the posting.)

I know those places have money to burn, but this thing struck me as a rather unusual bit of illumination.  Here I am, struggling to pay the electric bill and well…Must be nice…  Cha-ching $$$

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – CONTRAST

CONTRAST…I can’t believe it’s March already.  But there it was.  The first week of the month and the daffodils were already showing their sunny faces.  The days have been warm and cold and warm and cold and, well, need I go on.  CA-RAY-ZEE!!  But I’ll take it. It’s been the strangest winter I’ve seen in a long time.  Things are changing, weather-wise,  no?  But there’s  nothing that perks the spirit, at least for me, like the first signs of spring.  The second I spotted these beauties, I had to grab my camera.  Just in case we have a snow storm in the next few days.  The ground, still hard and holding that look of winter, seemed in stark contrast to the bright green of the leaves and the brilliant yellow of the flowers.  Let it snow!  I have seen the first signs of spring and that will hold me over, just in case…

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – DISTORTED

DISTORTED?


DiStOrTeD?  Contorted?  You decide.  All I know is that this just can’t be comfortable.

She can sleep in a car

Or swinging from a star.

She can sleep in a bed

Or standing on her head,

In the woods, or a park

In the light, or the dark

She can sleep in a chair

She can sleep anywhere!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,  DR. SEUSS

🙂

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – INDULGE

INDULGE

My Nikon D3000 - YAY!

I’ll have to admit I was a little stumped with this week’s challenge.  Indulge.  What does that mean to me?  Is it chocolate cream pie and cafe mocha, 4 slices of pizza and a root beer float, mint chocolate chip ice cream and then more mint chocolate chip ice cream? No that’s not indulgence.  That’s a normal day.  So I did what I tell my first grader’s to do.  I looked it up in the dictionary.  Here’s the definition I’m going with:  verb: to yield to a wish or desire: allow oneself to follow one’s will.

Man, Oh Man, OH MAN!  Thank you, Word Press!

This girl went out and got herself a camera!  Talk about indulging!  Not having two nickels to rub together, with bills haunting me from all angles, staring down two mortgages, and retirement ( and fixed income) just around the corner, my husband and I walked into a camera shop and said, “We’ll take that one.”  Like it was a puppy at the pound.

I’ve been wanting a real honest-to-goodness camera for 35 years!  Now, I went and did it.  I’ve been clicking on blog posts left and right and each one is better than the last.  Writing, photography, jewelry.  You name it. I see people following their dreams and doing things I only talk about doing, and now it’s time for me to indulge.

Thanks to all that have inspired me.  I’m off to point and shoot!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – DOWN

DOWN

Sitting pretty - looking down from the sea wall

Word Press is handing down the challenge.  They will suggest a topic once a week.  The challenge is to post a blog and a picture with an interpretation of that topic.  This week’s topic is DOWN.  The key word, as I’m understanding it is ‘interpretation’ so here it goes…

If you’re from Jersey, specifically, outside of Newark where I was born, the word DOWN meant one thing:  Down the shore.  When I was a kid growing up, getting to the shore was tantamount to getting to the moon.  Fuhgetaboutit!

That was 50 years ago.

I’m making up for it now.  I went and got me a place down the shore. I’m livin’ in the space age, baby and shooting for the moon.  Now I’m down the shore every chance I get and lovin’ it.

Live the dream.