The Blossoming of a New Hobby

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Point and Click.

Point and Click.

Point and Click.

That is really all I know about photography.

Each time I retrieve my cameras form storage, I have to begin again with how to cut them on and find the amatuer settings for Point and Click.

Today, I set up a hobby center for my camera paraphernalia.

There is even a camera club in my area that I am hoping to join and begin learning  more advanced photographic techniques. Anything I learn will be more advanced what where I am at the present!

Until then, I have batteries awaiting, and cameras in the chute.

Soon…. The world could be on the cusp of a new  Ansel Adams. (I cheated. I don’t know any famous photographers’ names. I remember him from his American West pictures.)



Written for The Daily Post: June 17, 2017. Blossom

Creating “Home” from an Empty Nest

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As the next fifty years of life await me, I am contemplating the process of restructuring what “home” looks like.

No longer will four or five people be in sleeping bags in the middle of the living room binging on a Superman or Star Wars movie night.

Breakfast is for one… and it can be almost anytime I want to have it.

Late nights are now a night-on-the-town after 7:00 pm.

Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny have seemed to have left change-of-address notices.

I can sit and read as long as I want to read… unless my Shih Tzu has other plans.

There is no one else to blame for bringing junk food into the house.

Someone entering my house on tiptoes after midnight is now a burglar.

I am not sure what a new “home” includes….



Written for The Daily Post: June 16, 2017. Create.

Missing for a Total of Two Months

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It has seemed like forever since I have written anything for my blog.

An avalanche of adventures and entanglements, milestones, and complications pummeled down in a mere few days.

Something needed to be placed in a holding pattern… personal time for the blog was put on the chopping block.

As each new adventure becomes either interlaced and welcomed, or disentangled and discarded, I hope to find time to rejoin my writing family.

You have been missed.



Written for The Daily Post: June 15, 2017.  Total. 

Let There Be Light

Once the temperature cools from a possible afternoon storm, I will be checking out the lights to brighten my outdoor oasis. (This is not mine- I swiped it from Google,) 

From here I will enjoy many grand evenings with a book.


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Hemp-yarns will be used to install the ties for the hanging lights.


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If bugs are friendly, I might even enjoy it tonight?



Written for The Daily Post: Yarn. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

The Chuckles of Achievements

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The drive to conquer…

To always be besting the previous marks…

It begins as a little lad bravely jumping the narrowed-width of a mud puddle with a friend.

You both do it several times.

There is bragging and backslapping going on until you realize that neither of you are winners….

You were both successful.

Even at five… That will not do.

One of you dares the other to try to jump the mud-puddle from the long side.

It’s not dangerous- at least not in the death-defying way. The puddle might be as much as an-inch-and-a-half-deep.

There is a pre existing danger, however. You are both in your good school shoes.

You know how the rest of the story goes.

Even at sixty-years-old… little boys have the drive to conquer… To always be besting their previously high marks.

I think that is one the true aspects of a life-worth-living. Without having a mountain to climb, and ocean to cross, or a score to best… life is truly kinda dull?



Written for The Daily Post. Chuckle. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

Opaque Conclusions

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Opaque Conclusions




An initial interest… Research… Establishing a quest… More research… collecting results… Fine-tuning a more honed question… Even more research…

Two of the loves of my life have these steps in common.

In one, archaeology, often you can dig and unearth artifacts that will assist at the drawing on a more honest conclusion.

In astronomy, however, the fine-tuning of a quest can be years in the making and years in the next execution of steps to discover a minutia of information in order to establish the more comprehensive honing of the next set of questions.

Neither of these ambitious hobbies are an exact science… no matter what the textbooks may say.

The research can be exact to the finest of intricacies… but…

Opaque conclusions… that’s why the answers are called theories!



Written for The Daily Post: Opaque. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. 

The After-Vacation Doldrums

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Knowing that after a week- actually ten days- of vacation… waking up at 5am in the morning for a normal day at work might be quite a jolt?




Written for The Daily Post: Jolt. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.