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…a sign means something – stop, go, walk, etc. The sign thinks for you. It commands you. A symbol, on the other hand, represents an idea, a process, or a physical entity. But the important word here is represents. The symbol represents something else, something beyond what you are looking at–whereas the sign means only this… Where the sign thinks for you, the symbol asks you to do the thinking–abstract versus the literal.

~Junichiro Tanizaki

A sign painted on a building commanding the passerby to “stop” and “drink…”  Submitted in response to  Dutch goes the Photo’s challenge.


Stone:  Symbol of being, of cohesion, of harmonious reconciliation with one’s self. The stone when whole tells of unity and strength; when shattered it symbolizes psychic disintegration.

Seven Stones:

  • The first stone: become acquainted with the intrinsic power within generosity, gratitude, compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and sympathetic joy. Use their inherent strength to abandon detrimental mental qualities and experience the subsequent easing of suffering.
  • The second stone: familiarize yourself with the inherent strength within intention; that is, each morning define for yourself a small goal to strive for that day with the knowledge that the characteristics of each daily intention accumulates and formulates the meaning and purpose of your life.
  • The third stone: introduce yourself to the innate vitality of acquaintance with the knowledge of and experience with a presence that transcends your ego and nourishes your divine “I”-in-self.
  • The fourth stone: feel the influence within the natural aspect of prayer that releases the consequential merit of your actions, speech, and thoughts to the benefit all living beings.
  • The fifth stone: know the innate authority of remorse that directs you to acknowledge when specific action, speech, and thought are incongruent with personal moral and guiding principles, to set forth the intention to not repeat the offense, and to release detrimental thoughts, including regret, shame, guilt, resentment, justifications, rationalizations.  Feel the release of being freed from an abusive ego and to a self-centered attitude that has the inclination to neglect others.
  • The sixth stone: gift yourself the eloquence within simple acts of kindness absent of expectation: release your merit; share your talent, expertise, or knowledge; surrender your wants for another’s need; greet each person with a half smile.
  • The seventh stone: be attentive to the influence present within a daily mindfulness practice that acquaints you to a state of tranquil single-pointed concentration.

(cited: Meditative Journey with Saldage, B Catherine Koeford)

Nikon D750   f/3.2   1/1,000 s    40 mm     ISO 100

A raindrop resting upon the fragile lace of goats beard, a pesky weed,  an amazing umbrella for Thumbelina. It has been told that an old widowed woman planted a seed given to her from a good witch and within the flower that grew from that seed was a little girl no bigger than the old woman’s thumb.  Fairy tales can be somewhat dark, but not the story of Thumbelina.



“HiveMind” created by Mark Leichliter is found in front of the Old Town Library in Fort Collins, Colorado.  It is made from fabricated Stainless Steel measuring 9.5’H 4’W 10”D. It   consists of a central monolith with two sides faced with polished stainless steel hexagons. On one side these hexes are flat, in essence creating a mirror. The opposite side has hexagons which are rolled to make each one slightly convex – also creating a mirror, but one where the reflected subject is broken up into multiple images.


This double exposure image of “HiveMind” is submitted to Dutch Goes The Art!‘s photo challenge: Art.