Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Sometimes life drops blessings in your lap without your lifting a finger. Serendipity, they call it." ~ Charlton Heston

Life is a never ending series of surprises. Some good, some not so good, and others as completely unpredictable as they can be.

Last winter (2018) I received an email from the representative of a publishing company in Italy. They had stumbled across a series of photos that I had taken of a daVinci exhibit at the Elliot Museum in Stuart, Florida a number of years ago. I shared these photos in a blog post. The publishing company was requesting permission to use a couple of my photos in a book to teach French to struggling Italian middle-school students!

My two photos......
I had a short series of email exchanges with their representative, and gave my permission. Pretty exciting!

I received occasional updates on the project and learned, shortly before we headed back north from Florida last week, that the book was complete and they were ready to send me a copy. It arrived in today’s mail!

This is one of those serendipitous experiences. I never would have imagined that two of my photos would end up in a book, let alone one that focused on academically struggling middle-school students. A bit of a full circle for me!

So yes, I can claim that I am now a published photographer - who would have ever guessed!?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s not always blue sky and sunshine in Florida. We are getting some much needed rain, and I’m not minding it at all.

For whatever reason, I was awake well before dawn this morning, and decided to sort through all of my “saved” items on Facebook. We are talking 100’s of “saves” over the last few years.

It was really interesting, and telling, to see what I have saved to look at, or look at again. I can break it down into some general categories:

  • Reading/Watching
  • Nature
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Crafting/Creating
  • Aging/Health/Stress
  • Relationships/Friendship
  • Downsizing/Simplifying 
  • Music
  • Travel
  • Science/Medicine 
  • Global/Social Justice Issues

I deleted about 90% of them. Really, how many recipes for English Muffins, or articles on downsizing can one read? I’ve saved about 50 or so that I now plan to go back and revisit. It’s going to rain all day!

Monday, January 14, 2019

"When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole." ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

We have been back in Florida for two weeks now. It's amazing how easy it is to slip back into our routines. Knitting group for me, golf for Bruce, and of course - all of our Florida friends. I am reminded again of how fortunate we are.

Yesterday we made a trip to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. I know that I post pictures from here every year - but you are getting it again! There is always something new to see and hear.

I feel like this one needs a chalk outline!