celebrating a birthday

Sunday Stills: Sixty #Birthdays

This year, 2019, marks 59 years of my existence. I was born in December, so for most of 2019, I am 59. Being that I was born in 1959 makes this my golden year, I’m told. I have to admit that it has been a golden year, albeit a little tarnished with stress and surgery, …

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pink autumn leaves

Sunday Stills: Honoring #Pink

October has always been a reflective month for me. For one, many family members share birthdays this month (more about this in next week’s Sunday Stills challenge). Secondly, I enjoy the visible weather changes in October, with Autumn finally making a more-than-vague appearance, the cooler days and sometimes cold nights, and the overall feeling that …

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lines in a jump center

Sunday Stills: All #Lined Up

October kicks off another month of Sunday Stills photo challenges, but did you know that Becky B, square photographer extraordinaire, is back to hosting her squares challenge this month? October’s theme is “lines and squares.” Why not join in for Sunday Stills this week and post some lines and squares for both challenges! Think of …

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summer's end signs of autumn

Sunday Stills: Signs of #Autumn

The official start to fall begins with the Autumnal equinox on Monday, September 23 this year. Not much in the way of fall leaves just yet here in Sacramento, Northern California, as we are still experiencing our normal warm temps (upper 80s, low 90s). Luckily, the heat only lasts a couple of hours each day. …

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Sunday Stills Photo Challenge: Layers

Sunday Stills: Seasonal #Layers

It was two years ago that the now-defunct WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge had “layers” as its theme. It seems like the right time to experiment with some layers for the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge this week. I thought I would approach this week’s Sunday Stills' theme with a seasonal look at layers. Fall Layers I …

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Perched hummingbird

Sunday Stills: The Essence of #Zen

The idea of “Zen” seems to be everywhere I look these days. I have to admit that I googled the definition just to be sure I understood its components. Zen: a state of calm attentiveness in which one's actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zen The essence of Zen is attempting …

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Graphic Taste of Summer

Sunday Stills: #Tastes of Summer

This week we celebrate summer (some are celebrating winter) with this week’s Sunday Stills theme TASTE. The month of July is all about the food where many folks taste new foods while enjoying holidays and vacations. This year's California State Fair, going on now here in Sacramento, added the new tagline "and Food Festival" to …

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Blue and purple hydrangeas

Celebrate #Blue with Flowers

These blue hydrangeas have inspired me to share their loveliness for not only two photo challenges today, but to introduce a daily journal challenge for the month of July. Journaling in July Journaling has been a challenge for me most of my adult life. I did keep a journal when I was between 18-20 years …

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Molten Delta Sunset

Sunday Stills: #Stillness of Summer

If you reside in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice arrived on Friday, marking the longest day of the year. I acknowledge my friends in the southern hemisphere as midwinter has arrived! Is the notion of stillness even possible during the summer? For most of my adult life, summer was constantly go-go-go, with work demands …

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sunday stills graphic header

Sunday Stills Moves to Hugh’s Views and News June 2 and 9

Hello, Sunday Stills fans! Just a reminder that the Sunday Stills photo challenge can be found over on Hugh’s Views and News hosted by Hugh Roberts on June 2 and June 9. Please visit Hugh and link to his photo challenge prompts! Themes are published on the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge page. June 2 finds …

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What I’m Doing on My #Summer Vacation

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you recall that my job as a part-time university lecturer gives me summers off! I spent 35 years as a public park and recreation practitioner working every summer with no days off and putting in lots of overtime. Summer was a season to get over …

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Sunday Stills Photo Challenge The Lonely Playground

Sunday Stills: The Lonely #Playground

In my world, a lonely playground is just wrong! Together, we can fix this serious problem. Kids, you work hard every day. It's time to show your parents just how hard you work. After all, your primary job is to play, and the third Sunday in May is "National Take Your Parents to the Playground …

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Brodie's home and missed his orange pillow.

Sunday Stills: It’s a #Dog’s Life

Did you know the last Sunday of April is National Pet Parents Day? Hooray, because I am one and I bet you are, too…or maybe so in the pawst! For this week’s Sunday Stills photography challenge, let’s celebrate the pets that make our lives so much richer! We make a lot of sacrifices for our …

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