French Friday: Un Nouvel Endroit

(348/365) « Bonheur, amour, confiance, cela dépend de toi d'ouvrir les portes du changement. » - Vincent Pelonero

15-17 avenue Paul Doumer

The past several times that I’ve visited Paris, I have had the privilege of staying in my friends’ apartment in the 16th arrondissement. I will miss this amazing view of the Eiffel Tower — especially when it sparkles at night, but I’m excited to discover a new neighborhood and to stay in this lovely apartment that I found on Airbnb.

salle de bains

Christmas Decorations



“And the needles of the pine trees, freshly washed to a deep, rich green, shimmered with droplets that blinked like clear crystals.” - Billie Letts

One Piper Piping...

(345/365) “We wish you a Merry Christmas…!” XO

Christmas Card

Week 50 - Composition: Golden Ratio

(344/365) “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.” - Ella Woodward

 Glitter Gold Latte at  Goddess and the Baker

Glitter Gold Latte at Goddess and the Baker

Often called Fibonacci, the spiral leads the viewers eye to the subject, compose your image using the Golden Ratio. #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek50

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas



“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas tree
Piper + tree

MU vs. UW

(342/365) "Ring Out Ahoya with an MU Rah Rah...!” 💙 🏀 💛

Marquette Hall

French Friday: La Paix

(341/365) « Insistons sur l'amour, la gentillesse, la compréhension, la paix. Le reste nous sera offert. » - Mère Teresa


Tomorrow, the Eiffel Tower and several museums, restaurants, and shops around Paris will be closed. Throughout France since November 17th, increasingly violent demonstrations have occurred every weekend by the group known as the Gilet Jaunes | Yellow Vests. The situation is deeply troubling and I pray that it will soon be peacefully resolved. I do understand the Gilets Jaunes’ motivation to protest planned tax increases on France's already exorbitant fuel prices; yet, I certainly do not agree with their methods which have escalated to violence, injuries, and damage to both private property and historical treasures. Last weekend, a riot at the Arc de Triomphe resulted in the destruction of Le départ des volontaires de 1792, aka La Marseillaise -- depicting Marianne, the embodiment of the French Republic.

Am I concerned about traveling to Paris in February? Yes and no. Yes, I am cautious about safety issues, but then I always am when I travel. Despite what we see on the news, not all of Paris is in crisis, not all Parisiens are protesting. Tourists are not the target of these protests, but they aren't inherently protected from them either. I want my fellow travelers to fall in love with Paris like I did the first time I visited (and indeed every time I return). Ultimately, I do believe that bad things can and do happen everywhere, and that we can't be ruled by fear or what-ifs. Nonetheless, I will be extra diligent as I plan our trip.

He Sees You...

(340/365) ... and he sees me! Happy St. Nicholas Day!


Week 49 - Vision: Look Back

(339/365) We need to look back to see how far we've come. If you were Captain Ahab, which skill/week would be your whale?

SS Advent Calendar

When I look back on this year's #Dogwood52 Challenge, I think my two weakest weeks were Week 2 - Composition: Color Harmony (since there isn't much color in Wisconsin in January and because I'm not a fan of saturated color in my images) and Week 6 - Alternating Rhythms (I love the photo of Piper running through the fresh snow and the shadows cast by the bare trees, but I don't think that this picture really met the challenge). So I looked way back to this photo taken on trip to San Sebastián/Donostia, Spain. I love the symmetry and and the colors of this building in the Constitución Plaza. The grey and yellow are opposites on the color wheel and thus fulfill Week 2's challenge, while the repetition of numbered windows, open and closed shutters, and wrought iron railings against the white washed walls creates a pleasing alternating rhythm...Though, if I'm honest, I really chose this photo because it reminds me of an Advent calendar. #dogwoodweek49

Winter Lessons



"How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!"

- Thomas Wentworth Higginson