Sunday Stills: Christmas #Song Lyric Photo Challenge

Silver Bells on the Christmas Tree

Welcome to the holiday version of the Sunday Stills Song Lyric Photo Challenge!

The idea of this challenge is to match images related to your favorite song lyrics. If this is unclear, it might be best to think of your favorite song(s) and highlight some lyrics with your new or existing photos that help tell the story.

Also, to avoid copyright infringements of published lyrics, only post a few lines rather than the entire song. If you write poetry or your own songs, you can certainly use your work for this theme!

To see how the challenge works, here are examples from Always Write and my example from this summer’s song lyric challenge post.

Celebrating the Holidays!

Now that we are celebrating the winter holidays, think of your favorite holiday music or poem. I am choosing the song Silver Bells.

“Silver Bells” is a popular Christmas song composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. It was sung in the generally known version by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, which was filmed in July and August 1950 and released in March 1951. Since then, artists like Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Judds, to name a few. Source

My favorite is Anne Murray’s version. I feel a real sense of nostalgia as I listen to the joyful lyrics that describe people preparing for Christmas.

Silver Bells

Winter streets of Coeur D'Alene
Snow falls in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style

Holiday Christmas Lights

In the air, there’s a feeling
Of Christmas.

Festive Porch lights

Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile…

Seeing the Lights
Japanese Exchange student and I enjoyed the Christmas lights in 2018

…And on every street corner, you’ll hear
Silver bells…

Christmas tree ornaments

It’s Christmas time in the city
Hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas Day.

Strings of streetlights, even stoplights
Blink of bright red and green

Red and Green Holiday Decor

Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch

This is Santa’s big scene…

Silver bells
Silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas Day!

Silver Bells on the Christmas Tree
Silver Bells on the Christmas Tree

Silver Bells © 1950 Copyright Writers Ray Evans, Jay Livingston; Sung by Anne Murray 1987

A Wordless Celtic Carol

Lindsey Stirling in Concert
Lindsey Stirling in Concert

Even though there are no lyrics to this, who needs them when you watch this performance by Lindsey Stirling! So impressed was I with her electric violin, when the opportunity came to see her perform in concert in Sacramento during Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, we jumped on it, got great seats, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Below is the YouTube version from CMT Country Christmas.

‘Tis the Season

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

― Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

Part of this wonderfully and sometimes chaotic season includes birthdays–mine! I turned the Big 6-2 on Saturday, Dec 4th. For many in the US, age 62 traditionally marks the first year one can receive social security benefits and/or retire from full-time employment. Both my 62-year-old hubby and I are waiting until at least 67 to draw on the benefits. Meanwhile, we still know how to play!

celebrating a birthday
60th Birthday Celebration in 2019

Don’t forget to make time for yourselves this holiday season, and “play” as Marsha suggests in this week’s Writers’ Quotes Wednesdays challenge. Listening to holiday music, walking outdoors, stopping to sip hot cocoa, or even playing with your children/grandchildren is good medicine for our holiday-weary (or covid-weary) souls!

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

George Bernard Shaw
Tree Lighting poster

Tonight, hubby and I are going to an old-fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting a few miles away in the main town of Nine Mile Falls.

Photo Challenges this Week

Each week I am inspired by my fellow bloggers’ photo challenges. I find it fun to incorporate these into my Sunday Stills weekly themes, when possible. As I attempt to connect my images to other challenges this week, I fell short. No flowers or leaves, unless my faux tree and the scene in Balboa Park qualify! In any case, please visit me fellow challangers and play along this week!

Alway’s Write Writers Quotes Wednesday: Toys or Play
Cee’s Flower of the Day
Dawn’s Festival of Leaves
Johnbo’s CellPic Sunday
Jude’s Life in Color: Kaleidoscope

Lens-Artists Challenge: Celebrate

Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are the last week’s links from bloggers who shared their coziest photos.

Beach Walk Reflections

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Cath’s Camera

Easin’ Along Image shared in comments

Frost on the Moose Dung

Graham’s Island

Green Dreams

Hugh’s Views and News Image in Comments


A Birthday Post for Me! Light Words

Loving Life

NEW Manny’s Adventures

Musin’ With Susan

Picture Retirement

Philosophy Through Photography

Retirement Reflections Image shared on Instagram

Robert’s Snap Spot

Stevie Turner

This is Another Story

Travel With Me

Une photo, un poème

Woolly Muses

Working on Exploring

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
  • Tag your post “Sunday Stills.”
  • Title your blog post a little differently than mine.
  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be posted all week.

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Sunday Stills weekly photo challenge is easy to join. You have all week to share and link your post. I look forward to your favorite holiday songs highlighted with some of your new or favorite photos. Have a wonderful week!


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Sunday Stills: In Your World of #Blue

I am on the catwalk

Sunday Stills this week is all about “Blue.” Why? Because I am helping Becky B promote her July Squares photography challenge, which is, you guessed it, BLUE.

I am also continuing with Journaling in July hosted by Sue of Sizzling Toward Sixty.

The journal prompt for today, July 7th is “My Favorite Quote and Why.”
I thought about this for a while. As a blogger, I get inspiration from my own images and many inspire a quotation. I love John Muir quotes as you know, but two quotes really stand out and have been anthems for my life.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

When I attempted to learn how to windsurf at age 49, I thought I would die trying. I wanted to be a part of my new husband’s (then boyfriend) life, so I took on the challenge at the expense of various body parts. Sailing in the delta is challenging enough, but in Baja, Mexico, the waves can crash over your head.

Windsurfing in Baja
Windsurfing in blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico

In this photo, you might not see my body language quaking in fear as I’m already in waist deep water navigating the shore break and kite surfers. But I got myself into a water-start position, as the wind pushed up the sail, which pulled me up and onto the board. I had a great time!

Do I do something every day that scares me? Probably not, but that quote is a great source of inspiration to get off my a$$ and learn something new.

This next quote resonates strongly with me as I get closer to 60. I have taught university classes in leisure and lifestyle development and love to see the lightbulbs go on when we talk about aging and leisure in class.

“Man does not cease to play because he grows old, he grows old because he ceases to play.”

George Bernard Shaw
I am on the catwalk

In this photo, I’m walking the catwalk on the campus challenge ropes course. This catwalk is 30 feet high, situated between two tall pine trees and anchored by telephone poles. I don’t know why the students are always so fascinated when their professors take part. I’m not afraid of heights and we are harnessed in. A trained Challenge Course staff person is below belaying the line, but it’s nerve-wracking for sure.

Facing our fears is healthy especially done in the context of play and leisure.

My last photograph simply shows me doing my photographer thing. Ironically, I took none of these photos for the challenge today and I ended up being the subject.

Photographer in Blue

Oh yeah, and they are all blue!

I’m making my photos square today to submit to Becky B’s Blue July Squares.

Say hello to our new bloggers who have joined Sunday Stills in June! PhotographyOCD and Savoring Sixty and Beyond. Big thank-yous to all the faithful bloggers who participate each week!

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme.
  • Title your post a little differently than mine.
  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week. Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Show us your world in blue this week!


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Sunday Stills: The Lonely #Playground

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge The Lonely Playground

In my world, a lonely playground is just wrong! Together, we can fix this serious problem.

Lonely Swing Set

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 Day!”

National Day Calendar
children at play in the park
Over 1000 public parks in Sacramento County

Today is the day! If you don’t have a kid to take you to a playground, you can certainly find a great playground in which to play!

Even the dogs have a safe place to play when the swimming pool shuts down for the summer.

Public Pool Dog Playground
End of Season Event, Doggy Dip Day

Where do you like to play? Your playground can be anywhere or anything.

Retreat ladies enjoy a mountain hike at 7000 feet in South Lake Tahoe.

Hikers navigate a snow field in May
Hikers navigate a Sierra snow field in May

Hubby juggles while waiting for the wind to come up for windsurfing.

Juggling while waiting for wind
Juggling while waiting for wind

Windsurf gear patiently waits for the kids camp participants.

Windsurf Playground
Windsurf gear waiting for kids’ camp

Now, don’t they all look happy?

Kids Windsurf Day Camp
Kids Windsurf Day Camp

It is time we opened the gates to more leisure places!

Chain link fence may stand in the way of a leisurely swim
A fence is safe but the pool is happier with people swimming in it!

My spring semester ended this week and summer vacation is nigh. I’m off to play!

Mother's Day Kayaking
A happy Mother’s Day for me kayaking!

I hope you can get out and play today. Take yourself, your dog, your kid or your grandchild to the playground this week!

Show us your version of your favorite playground for Sunday Stills!

Playing in the Trees

Students hanging out in the trees

Students hanging out in the trees

Mid-October finds me longing for trees decked out in Autumn splendor. Here in Northern California, as the nights get cooler and the day time temps hover in the upper 70s, the leaves have a couple more weeks to go before we see significant color changes.

For now, as I post for Sunday Trees hosted by Becca at “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea,”  I will have to settle for some photos of leisure and play time in the trees.

Last weekend, I had arranged for one of my recreation classes to participate in the campus Peak Adventures Ropes course. Facing their fears, they embraced their opportunity to climb up trees over 40 feet in the air to a platform, rope or pole from which to execute the challenge.

In spite of them being harnessed in and belayed by professional staff, students reported the lasting affects of the adrenaline rush of walking across a wobbly rope while looking down on fellow well-wishers.

Student scales a tree showing perspective

And…she jumps!

Student takes the "leap of faith" 40 feet in the air at the Peak Adventures Challenge Ropes Course in Sacramento.

I can’t wait to read their reaction papers!

I am also including these for the Weekly Photo Challenge Scale! Please feel free to participate in these photo challenges!

What did you do this weekend?

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Our Leisure Heritage

Park Swings begging for children

Park Swings begging for children

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.
Laurence J. Peter

Our Heritage of leisure, recreation and play has roots deep in our government infrastructure. Not just here in the US, but in most countries world-wide. This is not a post about a political statement (Heaven forbid!), but rather a reminder of the debt we owe visionaries who set aside public lands and leisure spaces for all of us to enjoy.

Although the first sandlot opened in Boston in 1886, the playground movement didn’t begin to develop until the mid-1890s, when playgrounds were opened in nine major US cities. The playground movement in America began as an answer to the industrial revolution realities of crowded cities and long work days. This idea sought to save poor, immigrant, and homeless children from unhealthy crowded tenement neighborhoods. The reformers believed that “supervised play could improve the mental, moral, and physical well-being of children.” Bachrach, J. “Playground Movement.” Encyclopedia of Chicago.

Think about how you engage in leisure on a daily basis…

Sign for River Bend Park County of SacramentoDo you ride your bicycle on a dedicated trail?

When was the last time you took your kids or grandkids to the local neighborhood park and played on the equipment and swings?

Did you enjoy your backpacking trip on the John Muir trail in Yosemite National Park?

How about that cool dip in the YMCA swimming pool?

I could go on all day. The point is our leisure heritage is alive and well.

Next time you visit a national park, a public playground or any other leisure space, say a quick-thank you to these visionaries: Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, Jane Addams, or Steven T. Mather, among many.

I know school is out for the semester but the leisure educator in me can’t stop extolling the virtues of living a healthy leisure lifestyle!

"The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure"

Remember, May is National Water Safety Month!

May is National Water Safety Month



Have a leisurely weekend!


Communing in the Half-Light

Half light of Tuolumne Meadows sunset

Half light of Tuolumne Meadows sunset


Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike. – John Muir

Today’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light, asks us to share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story. Nothing speaks to me more than how I feel when I am in the mountains communing with nature.

This quote by fellow Scotsman, John Muir, really says it all to me. Not only does he laud beauty and nature (to him, one in the same), but he also spells out where we find our leisure spaces, as well as a place in which to pray.

I always feel closer to God when I am here in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park.

If you follow my blog, you know I am a mountain girl with a lot of wind and water thrown in to balance me out. Seeing the sunset captured in this photo from 2011 as my family and I sat on the granite seat of Lembert Dome, still brings the peace of nature’s grandeur.

As this post is published today, on Good Friday 2016, I am traveling to Yosemite now for a long Easter weekend of hiking, cycling, and pure leisure. (Yes, I only live 4 hours away from there).

Everyone needs beauty...and places to play in...

Easter blessings to you from Yosemite!