Monthly Archives: December 2012

One Last Day

As I sit down to write this, I look through my photos.  For each year, there are approximately 7 months of beautiful photos, followed by 5 months of photos like the one above.  Oh, sure, it was pretty at the … Continue reading

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Back to it

  The park on Christmas day.  This park is hard for me to take, a few years ago it wasn’t there.  It was just a beautiful hillside, overlooking some mountains.  Now it is a developed park, with artificial hills and … Continue reading

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Bleakness of Winter

Each year I try not to be overcome by the bleakness of winter.  This year is no exception.  It already feels oppressive, and we are nowhere near the part of the season that I find difficult…. the period between the … Continue reading

Posted in Depression, Friends, History, Roses | 6 Comments

Five More Days

This is my father’s slide rule.   One of many.  It was in the box I received last summer, the last of the things left in my father’s garage, 18 years after his death, and just after my step-mother’s death. … Continue reading

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December 26

It was a beautiful exhausting Christmas.  It nearly broke my heart to watch my 2 year old granddaughter opening gifts.  Breaking my heart with love and joy that seem to be beyond any of my capacity.  Watching her little face … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

Today I am imagining riding on a donkey when about to give birth.  Going to Bethlehem in order to be counted in the census.  How uncomfortable, how painful.  And yet at the end, the joy of the birth of the … Continue reading

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Choosing the focus

This is a photo I took yesterday from the top of a tall mesa.  I used the “panorama” feature on my phone, so this is actually more than an 180 degree view… though you would never be able to tell. … Continue reading

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  Just like a soap opera, I will give you an update about yesterday’s dilemma.  My daughter happened to call and ask me “What’s going on for Christmas?”  And I was able to say, “You are welcome to come on … Continue reading

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Christmas Dilemma

My daughter’s dog.  Looking at me.  Wow.  There was a time, just a few short months ago, when just looking at this photo would have had my heart racing and hands sweating.  But I got used to this big honkin’ … Continue reading

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The Transient Nature of Blogging

  Feeling sad this morning as I realize that most of my links are out of date.  This blog is only a few months old, and already most of the other blogs I have linked to have ceased to be, … Continue reading

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