Week 30 - Inspiration: Exit

"Every exit is an entry to somewhere else.” - Tom Stoppard

#dogwoodweek30 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

#dogwoodweek30 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

French Friday: On y va!

« Savoir où l'on veut aller, c'est très bien; mais il faut encore montrer qu'on y va. » - Emile Zola

…et aujourd’hui j’y vais! Demain, je serai encore à Paris!

…et aujourd’hui j’y vais! Demain, je serai encore à Paris!

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

Je reviens....



"America is my country and Paris is my hometown." - Gertrude Stein

Yep, I just booked a flight -- Paris in February encore une fois!

French Friday: Avignon

le 21 septembre 2018 (264/365)

« Sur le Pont d'Avignon, l'on y danse, l'on y danse; Sur le Pont d'Avignon, l'on y danse tous en rond... »

Pont St. Bénézet aka Le Pont d'Avignon

Begun c.1234 AD and abandoned in 1644, spans half-way across the Rhone River

L'Hôtel de Ville - Avignon

Le Palais des Papes - the seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century papal schism. 

On the Horizon

September 4, 2018 (247/365) "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss

La Rentrée -- "the reentry" -- I love this French expression for back-to-school. As much as I relish summer's languid pace, September makes me eager for change. As Jordan Baker told Daisy Buchanan, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby). It's hot and humid today, but soon, we'll be enjoying cooler weather, cozy sweaters, fires in the fireplace, hot cider, football games, and the beautiful fall colors. School starts today, and even though I never really left this summer, I am ready for The Reentry. As I begin my 25th year in the Pewaukee School District, I am excited to discover what's on the horizon.

French Friday: Monaco

le 15 juin 2018 (166/365) « Tout le monde semble vivre plutôt bien à Monaco. » - Roger Moore

French Friday: Versailles

le 11 mai 2018 (131/365)

« Tout ceci est ridicule! » « Tout ceci, Madame, c’est Versailles. » - Marie Antoinette, le film


April 19, 2018 (109/365)

"Texas is a blend of valor and swagger." - Carl Sandburg

Flags at half-mast to honor the life of First Lady Barbara Bush who died on Tuesday

San Antonio

April 16, 2018 (106/365) 

"Remember the Alamo!" ...and the Riverwalk, the ducks, the flowers, the margarita…