Week 22 - Storytelling: Stranger

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.” - William Butler Yeats

#dogwoodweek22 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #strangers

#dogwoodweek22 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #strangers

Week 5 - Composition: Symmetry in Landscape

“It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.” - Henri Poincaré

Week 5: Use Symmetry in a Landscape to create a new viewpoint for this week's image. #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek5

Week 5: Use Symmetry in a Landscape to create a new viewpoint for this week's image. #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek5


"That's the reason a bird can sing -- On his darkest day he believes in spring." - Douglas Malloch

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Early Bird

“La meilleure façon de réaliser ses rêves est de se réveiller. | The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up.” - Valéry


I have always been a morning person. As I get older, I find myself rising earlier and earlier. My alarm goes off at 4:45 every weekday morning so that I can take my time getting ready and be in my office by 6:15. I love that quiet hour before the work day begins when I can catch up on news, make lists, and be creative. Even on weekends, although the venue is different, the routine is nearly the same. I don’t consciously set an alarm, but Miss Piper ensures that her breakfast is served by 5:00 AM! Rather than “sleeping in” on weekends, it feels even more luxurious to enjoy an hour or so reading, sipping coffee, watching the birds outside our window, reflecting on the past week and planning for the next (with a snoozy beagle on my lap, of course). Affording myself the time to ease into the day ultimately increases my productivity.

English educator and theologian, Philip Doddridge surmised that “the difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning for forty years, supposing a [person] to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to [one’s] life.” Imagine the gift of ten extra years — that’s motivation!



Cardinal in snow

“If a cardinal should appear, a loved one came to bring you cheer. A memory, a smile, a tear, a visitor from Heaven’s near.”

Silver and Gold

(337/365) “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.” - Girl Scout Song

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Piper had a busy day yesterday, she met a turtle and spent the afternoon with Roxie!

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A Pony for Christmas


Christmas Pony 1

"There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse" - Herman Melville

(This angel certainly charmed me!)

Christmas Pony 2

Early Bird



“Dawn-giddy birds chirp as if every morning is a special occasion.” - Terri Guillemets

Pumpkins + Kittens

(287/365) “It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens." - Cynthia E. Varnado

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What a Character!

October 11, 2018 (284/365)

"As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people." - Joseph B. Wirthlin

This rainy week has certainly been a character-builder, but orange you glad it isn't raining today? 🤣