The true mystery of the world

is the visible

not the invisible.

Oscar Wilde

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouhette


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One Single Flower. I was saving this rose for a special occasion…

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.

It is not the conviction that something will turn out well,

but the certainty that something makes sense,

regardless of how it turns out.

Vaclav Havel

The Miracle Mile

We should be too big to take offense

and too noble to take it.

Abraham Lincoln

I’ve seen tall buildings before, but the “Miracle Mile” in Chicago really is something else.

The weekly photo challenge: Big.

One Word

What is the use of a fine house
if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.

Henry David Thoreau*

A daily one word writing prompt. You have sixty seconds to write. No hovering or hesitating, the clock is ticking. I won’t spoil it for you by giving away today’s prompt, so here’s an earlier effort, warts and all, just to prove I usually do edit.


 to cap it all another thing went wrong. like it had been going all day. there are just days you wish you could start over. or scratch out. but they too are a part of life. and everyone experiences them. you’re not alone in this.

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This week’s DP writing challenge is to do “something completely different”.

* The quote comes from a word a day, another quirky and charming site.


O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem

By that sweet ornament which truth doth give!

The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem

For that sweet odour which doth in it live.


When this week’s photo challenge was delayed, Thirdeyemom stepped into the breach with her own challenge: Colors.

Splendid Silent Sun

Give me the splendid silent sun,

with all his beams full-dazzling.

Walt Whitman

Blazing Away

The blazing fire

makes flames and brightness

out of everything

thrown into it.

Marcus Aurelius

This little rose is certainly doing it’s best to brighten things up!

Light and Shadow

A weed is but an unloved flower.

― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

St. Peter Has a Smudge Tool!


I am told that I talk in shorthand

and then smudge it.

J.R.R. Tolkien

The clouds really looked blurred even to the eye.