oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

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Comfort Food

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Sometimes you just need to sit down

and eat a bowl of ice cream

as big as your face. 


the shadows we cast

What I see is my big shadow entirely covering my little niece as she sits in the grass. What I hope is that I can be a good enough example for her, that my deeds might cast half as great a shadow on her life as that literal one. What I fear is I'll fall far, far short of even half.

What I see is my giant shadow engulfing my little niece as she sits in the grass. What I hope is that I have enough goodness in me that my example will cast half as great a shadow on her life as that literal one. What I fear is I’m falling far, far short of even half.

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You can preach

a better sermon

with your life

than with your lips.

– Oliver Goldsmith 


Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny

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What I see are a bunch of pretty little flowers. What I know is that entire stalk was as big as my thumb.

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If you cannot do great things,

do small things in a great way.

– Napoleon Hill 


Holding On and Letting Go

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What I see is my niece holding on to her cat. What I remember is that cat did not want to be held on to! What I know is I do the same thing all too often – hold on tight to things that want to be let go. And sometimes I don’t hold tight enough to the things I should. But it’s a brand new year, and a good time to evaluate what I hold dear, what I need to put more time and energy into, and what I need to just let go.

Cheers to a new year

and another chance

for us to get it right.

Oprah Winfrey    


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all the ages we’ve been

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What I see is my niece playing tea pots. What I think is, “I used to have hair like that. Golden and shiny and beautiful. (sigh) And now I don’t.” What I feel is old. What I hope is I’m not nearly as old as I’ll get.

The great thing

about getting older

is that you don’t lose all

the other ages you have been.

Madeleine L’Engle   

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No Reason Needed

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Here’s one just because I like it! I don’t know what kind of bug that is, but I’ve never seen one with wings like that. It looks like an optical illusion in some pictures, but I can see clearly here that the wings are split or there are four of them or something. Anyway, I like this photo.

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No reason is needed
for loving.

Paulo Coelho   


Conflicting Desires

 

What I see is my niece looking at her dad and her sister. What I know is that she was perfectly content to be where she was in the shallows but this picture fills me with a sense of longing, as though she is looking at them and wishing that's where she was too. What I think is how often I am filled with conflicting desires. I want to be living on my own terms and doing exactly what makes me happy in the moment, but when I turn around and see what other people are doing, I also want to be with them. I don't want to be left behind.

What I see is my niece looking at her dad and her sister. What I know is she was perfectly content to keep playing where she was in the shallows. But this picture fills me with a sense of longing, as though she is looking at them and wishing that’s where she was too. What I think is how often I am filled with conflicting desires. I want to live on my own terms and do exactly what makes me happy in the moment. But when I look around and see what other people are doing, I also want to be with them; I don’t want to be left behind.

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If neurotic is wanting

two mutually exclusive things

at one and the same time,

then I’m neurotic as hell.

~ Sylvia Plath   

 


walking in the wreckage

We spent a lot of time in this old wreck of a house.

What I see is my friend standing on the sloping upper floor of a collapsing farm house. We loved to walk around in that old house, and though we felt very safe, I know we’re lucky none of us ever got hurt. What I think is a lot of the things I’ve built in my life are kind of like that old wreck of a place we spent so much time exploring. What I wonder is if it’s better to hold on to the old dream as long as I can, or is it safer to walk away when things start to fall apart.

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It ain’t over

till it’s over.

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shell shocked

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What I see is Louis checking out a turtle that’s nearly as big as he is. What I think is some of us are less sociable than others.

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Society is no comfort to one not sociable.

– William Shakespeare  


storms that didn’t come

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What I see is a brilliant sky. What I remember is this is all that became of some ominous looking clouds. What I think is that sometimes we spend so much time preparing for the worst that we don’t take the time to enjoy what is actually in front of us.

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If you spend your whole life

waiting for the storm,

you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

– Morris West  


Something Borrowed

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What I see is a woman being photographed before her wedding. What I feel is happy and hopeful. What I think is that, for just a moment, I’ve borrowed something from her life.

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We keep passing unseen

through little moments

of other people’s lives.

– Robert M. Pirsig


Depth

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What I see is a fish and its reflection. What I think is if you look below the surface, you will find a treasure.

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People say I make strange choices,

but they’re not strange for me.

My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior,

by what’s underneath the surface,

by the worlds inside people.

– Johnny Depp


different all at once

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This picture made me think of my life right now. I’m trying to do all of these things, trying to grow and improve myself. Somehow I convince myself that I can grow in lots of different directions at once, and for a while it seems to work. But then I realize that even though they are growing from the same stem, the fruit is all different. They’re shaped different and colored different. They grow and ripen and shrivel and fall away at different rates. No matter how I try to make them grow together, to nurture them all at the same time, it just doesn’t work that way.  I’ve crushed so much fruit beneath my feet on the way to understanding it’s okay to take it in turns. It’s okay to let one shrivel up and fall off because I’ve put my energies somewhere else. I have time to come back to it; another chance will grow in its place.

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There’s a certain kind of beauty

in the chaos

of wildly growing fruits.


beauty is a light in the heart

What I see is a great sky…with a bunch of ugly trailers in front of it. What I thought when I saw this in person was, “What a shame that I can’t get a better shot!” What I think now is those trailers don’t change the fact that the sky above them is lovely.

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Beauty is not in the face;

beauty is a light in the heart.

– Kahlil Gibran


keeping his cool

What I see is a turtle keeping cool. What I think is that summer is almost over!

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Being cool

is being your own self.

– Vanessa Hudgens


Closed

 

What I see is a quaint little restaurant courtyard, cozy and quiet – that I can’t get to. What I think is, were these gates open to me, I probably wouldn’t have as much desire to get in.

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There are two tragedies in life.

One is not to get your heart’s desire.

The other is to get it.

– George Bernard Shaw

 


missed focus

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Too many times,

when great things happened,

I’ve had my focus on something else.


Flowers

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What I see is various pictures of flowers that I have taken this year.
What I think is that I like sharing them with you.

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Happiness held is the seed;

Happiness shared is the flower.

– John Harrigan


what I saw there

What I see is a pretty little flower on the other side of the garden wall. What I think is that sometimes it pays to be nosy.

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In wisdom gathered over time

I have found that every experience

is a form of exploration.

– Ansel Adams


Peek

What I see is Louis peeking over the comforter to see what I’m up to. What I think is that he doesn’t let much get past his notice.

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The things most people want to know about

are usually none of their business.

– George Bernard Shaw


crab claws as a metaphor for life

I spent last weekend at the river and had the opportunity to photograph the crabs that my dad let go (guess what was for dinner?). What I see is the claw of a female crab, ready for action. What I immediately thought when I looked through the viewfinder was, “the teeth on that claw look just like my dog’s teeth”.

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People are pretty much alike.

It’s only that our differences

are more susceptible to definition

than our similarities.

– Linda Ellerbee


Little Details

What I see is a goose. What I think is there are trees reflected on his bill.

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You can see a lot

just by observing.

– Yogi Berra


Single

I took this photo at historic Kenmore Plantation, while on the walking tour for Garden Week. What I see is a single tulip, framed nicely by all that green. What I think is this picture would not be as interesting if there were a bunch of tulips, instead of one.

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Single

does not necessarily

mean lonely.


A Helping Hand

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Sometimes we need other people

to save us from ourselves.

Whether we’re aware of it or not.