Performance Anxiety

Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.  ~Brendan Francis, Irish poet and writer

Dallas here.

I have a bone to pick with my mama and that flute of hers.

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Rushing To and Fro

Once you stop rushing through life, you will be amazed how much more life you have time for. ~Author Unknown

Chipmunk scurrying
Where ya goin’, Little Guy?
Too busy to talk.

Note: I’m participating in WordPress’s 2018 Photo Challenge. This week’s topic is A Face in the Crowd. I took this shot while visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden with my son a couple of years ago and this seems as good a chance as I might ever have to show it to you.

Sweet Dessert

Deliciously sweet

Booze, mint, cream, and Oreos

St. Patrick’s Day treat

 

Note: I’m participating in the WordPress Photo Challenge for 2018. This week’s topic is Sweet, and you have until next Wednesday if you’d like to participate. For anyone interested in making this yummy Southern dessert called Grasshopper Pie, here’s one recipe.

Sunday’s Gem — Ruby

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

One of four “precious” gemstones (the others being Diamond, Sapphire, and Emerald), Ruby is red Corundum, an aluminum oxide mineral with chromium responsible for its rich, red color.

Considered by many to be the most powerful gemstone in the universe, Ruby ranges from an orangey-red to a purplish or brownish red. The most prized color is “pigeon’s blood,” pure red with a hint of blue.

Unheated rubies from Mozambique; photo from http://www.gemstoneuniverse.com

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Touring the Land of Lincoln

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.  ~Lin Yutang, Chinese writer and inventor

I’ve been from coast to coast and north to south across these great United States, but I imagine that, despite its faults, Illinois always will hold a special place in my heart.

And since this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Tour Guide — what’s special about the place where we live — I’ve prepared a number of photos to show off some of the Land of Lincoln in its glory. If you click the first photo, you can view them as a slideshow. Please enjoy:

Right on Schedule

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver, African-American botanist and inventor

Dallas was making a terrible barking racket yesterday morning. At first, I thought he’d cornered a squirrel, but then I caught sight of these migrating birds. Geese, perhaps?

Racing for the outside, I was stunned at how many there were filling the sky overhead, snaking their way to points northwest of here. And the noise they were generating! Well, listen for yourselves:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/254210788

Isn’t Nature amazing?!!

 

Making Music Together

Son, dog, and music
Just three special things I love
Making my life full.

The idea behind Beloved, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme, is to display a photo of something that is dearly loved. Well, gee, that’s not hard, is it? We all have something or someone we love. Here are the instructions if you’d like to join the fun. And before you ask, Dallas does not sing to my flute; he seems to have a preference for brass instruments!

Stepping into Bravery

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~Dan Rather, American journalist and TV news anchor

My flute teacher has been trying for weeks to tell me I’m ready to play in a group.

That a real band setting will teach me things I can’t learn by doing only private lessons.

Logic tells me she’s right, but oh my. I’ve been playing less than two years. Who’d want me in their band?

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Various Rainbows

Rainbows make me smile
Storm finished; sunshine returns
Easing the tension.

These shots were taken at different times of the year following different storms. Rainbows in the sky promise a spell of quiet, happiness, and peace.

Note: This collage is my interpretation of Variations on a Theme, this week’s topic in WordPress’s 2018 Photo Challenge. It’s not too late to get in on the fun, you know!

You Can’t Fix Rudeness

Whoever one is, and wherever one is, one is always in the wrong if one is rude. ~Maurice Baring, English man of letters (poems, novels, essays, war correspondence)

Dallas here.

While Mama is otherwise occupied, I thought I’d interrupt my afternoon snoozle for a few thoughts. I know you’ve missed hearing from me!

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