sunday sayings

Nikon D750 f/4.5 1/1250s 85mm 800 ISO

In this hour of longing

Reflection brings to mind each day gone by

And in each one

Was less of sorrow

~Izumi Shikibu (Trans: AS Omori & K Doi, Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

Sunday Sayings post inspired by


dogwood photography’s photo challenge: story telling – modern convenience

Week 40 Story Telling: Modern Convenience (What modern convenience of 2019 can you not live without? Create an image that looks like an advertisement for your favorite Modern Convenience.)

After contemplating this challenge for a number of weeks, the only convenience of 2019 that I need is one that is designed to heal the harmful actions of ignorance.

“..the future is in the present”

Sr Annabel Laity


leaving town

breathing easier…

~Issa (cited: the haiku guy)

Anthropocene … humans reshaping mother earth

Image, Issa’s poem, and videos submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.

dogwood photography’s photo challenge: composition – rule of odds

Week 38 Composition: Rule of Odds (The rule of odds is easy enough to understand and employ. So use the rule of odds in an Urbanscape/Architecture photo.)

Nikon D750 f/3.5 1/500s 28mm

Image submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.

are you ready…

Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics – it’s about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us.

On Sept. 20-27, climate action organizers are planning a Global Climate Strike, with hopes that massive and consistent turnout will make a difference. If you’d like to join the 2019 Global Climate Strike, there are lots of ways you can get involved. And if there isn’t a strike planned in your city, the organizers want to help you plan one yourself. 

“The climate crisis is an emergency but we’re not acting like it,” the strike’s official website reads. “People everywhere are at risk if we let oil, coal and gas companies continue to pour more fuel on the fire.” And yes, though past strikes have focused on students, adults are welcome and absolutely encouraged to take part, too.

dogwood photography’s photo challenge: inspiration – your habits

Week 36 Inspiration: Your Habits (Some habits are good, and some are bad. Your inspiration this week is either.)

repeating patterns… Nikon D750 f/4.5 1/500s 85mm

Image submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.

early morning readings

May I find the Courage to withstand the crumbling of my
delusions so that the light of right understanding guides me on a life path absent of greed, anger, and ignorance.

Nikon D750 f/4.5 1/250s 85mm

” ‘To find a pathway absent of greed, anger, and ignorance’ messages hope that there is indeed a way of life that leads out of this petrified forest in which there looms gigantic trees twisted and bent by an ego intent on creating a self- referenced world. Each tree has been tagged with a label that takes possession of it through the identification of “my memory”, “my feelings”, “my ideas”, or “my dreams”. Circling the trees are multiple pathways carved out by the anger of unmet desires and covered over by entangled vines driven by a need to satiate an unquenchable thirst. For years I have wandered in the shadows of this forest unable to see that it is of my own creation.

I come to a place where I envision myself eagerly before bookshelves, my eyes lightly and briefly touching upon one book’s title and then another, feeling their words tickle my thoughts until I surrender to their unspoken promises. Once engaged by the promising nature of a title, it is hope that opens a book jacket and begins another journey through pages. With the turning of each page, desire seeks the experience of validation within the configuration of a writer’s text. All of this, I believe, is driven by memory traces of how the words of unknown authors enfolded my emotional self as they alleviated the subsequent emotional chaos that followed the death of my father when I was three years old.

Later, literature provided me with alternate threads by which to darn a harmonious, yet delusional, understanding of death, of fatherless children, of a family.”

~B C Koeford (A Meditative Journey with Saldage)