Taken aback

Hey, I put some new shoes on!*

I had a great weekend.  It was good to get out of the chair and away from the computer screen.  Well, not completely away.  I visited a few blogs, answered a few comments, checked email, explored new possibilities.  That sort of thing.  But I spent more time away than here than usual of late, and that was lovely.  I have to tell you that my post on Friday was a bit of a shock to me.  Not when I posted it of course, because I knew what I had written.  I was surprised when my mind and fingers found themselves in agreement about not participating in NaBloPoMo this year.  I hadn’t consulted myself about it.  It was just there, the decision, in spite of having made preparations to participate.  I am pleased I followed my heart.  Once I hit publish on Friday’s post, I felt a sense of great relief.

*From Paolo Nutini‘s New Shoes.  The song is semi-appropriate for my recent life and times.

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Eye of newt

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”

~ Dexter Kozen

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Ripples of light

Early this morning

Whenever someone awakens fully,
it effects human consciousness
at a collective level.
It is like dropping a stone
into a dark murky pond.
Ripples of light!
Not one word need be spoken.

~ Leonard Jacobsen

I’ll tell you how the sun rose
A ribbon at a time. . .

~ Emily Dickinson

The music.  🙂


The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.

~ Henry David Thoreau

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Saturday Sundry

Remember my photographic tribute to Pink Martini?  The rhododendron flowers in the martini glass made such a lovely display that I put it on the dining room table as a centerpiece.  Later in the day I noticed a beam of sunlight streaming through the blinds and highlighting the martini glass.  This did not need much in the way of post-processing.  I resized it for the web, adjusted the contrast and sharpened it a bit.  I had the white balance on the camera set to “open shade” to give it a warmer color.

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Pink Martini

M and I went up to Cleveland last night for a concert.  Pink Martini played at the State Theater, and wow’d us with their eclectic, retro and multilingual mix of music.  Their lead singer, China Forbes, is recovering from an injury to and surgery on her vocal cords.  Storm Large is standing in for her on their current tour.  If you’re unfamiliar with the music of Pink Martini, you can listen and watch here.  CoolCleveland.com has a short article about the band here.  As a little homage to the band and as a reminder of a fun evening, I played around with some pink rhododendron blossoms in a martini glass this morning.  (What?  You were expecting the Tuca Tuca?  Oú est ma tête?)

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In the pink

I believe in pink.  I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.  I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.  I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.  I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.  I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

~ Audrey Hepburn

I’m bringing out my girly side today.  I am not a girly-girl most of the time, but every now and then I surprise myself (and others) with the part of myself that loves pedicures, pretty clothes, and the color pink.  The unnatural pinkness of the above photo is courtesy of Pixlr.  Working with a point & shoot camera, I don’t have the option of using filters so this is the next best thing as far as I’m concerned.

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