Annu Miarabilis


Happy New Year!!!

Annu Miarabilis (n.) (phr.) – Origin: Latin – Definition: A remarkable or notable year in history; a year of wonders and miracles, used to speak hopefully of the future.

happy new year

The year 2020 has brought us so much negativity and bad news. The world news corps sharing their 24/7 pandemic of fear. COVID-19, an actual pandemic, has caused millions of people to lose their lives or at minimum, their way of life.  Fire, politics, racism, riots, masks, online education, all followed by memes to mock it all.

Based on the above negative aspects of last year, I have decided on a new personal writing/photo challenge for 2021. Words – happy words, weird words, words relating to travel, words that sound funny, words that represent my identity, words that I have never heard of before, words that might very well be made up.

So here is a toast to 2021 with the hope that it will take off in leaps and bounds, turning into an annus mirabilis.  With love and memories to all past travels, smiles, hugs, and kisses and hoping all of these things can resume!!!!

Paul; sadje; charlotte; vincent; Phil; Sandra; Pooja; Debbie; TrangWanderlustigEugenia

B & W Challenge


I was very recently nominated to compete in a 5 day B & W Challenge. The goal was to each day pick and post one favorite B & W photo I have taken.  Anyone who knows me will absolutely not be surprised that I could not seem to focus on just one thing and therefore did not exactly follow the rules.  After perusing over 300 photos I finally narrowed it down to “some” of my favorite photos.  I like them so much I thought I would share (and in some cases re-share) the entire grouping here.

These photos represent only a few of my favorites from New York to India.  I love them because they express everything from sadness to pure chaos.  There is just something about a black and white that is timeless and beautiful.  I hope you enjoy.

Other posts I enjoyed

Masking the obvious


Of course it’s close to halloween and of course we are doing a blog on masks.. makes perfect sense.  Last year I took the post into the realm of masks we hide behind as people (31 Days of Randomness, Masks and Faces) this year.. well.. I took it literally.

Let me start by saying that some things just do NOT need masks or any special coverage for halloween!!! They are cute and surprising and funny with or without.  that would be my own kids, my grandkids, my neighbor’s kids, my sister’s neighbor’s kids, etc.

Other people, usually adults, actually probably do better with a mask.. for sure. Or at least feel that a mask makes them more clever or interesting. In fact, it usually does. Whether it be for halloween or just to make a statement.

Bottom line, masks are fun.  Hope you enjoy.

“Don’t you know that a midnight hour comes when everyone has to take off his mask? Do you think life always lets itself be trifled with? Do you think you can sneak off a little before midnight to escape this?”
Søren Kierkegaard

 

Masked posts:

A few of my favorite things – 2013 in review


Thanks to all who have been following my blog, commenting on it and actually enjoying it.  I really appreciate your comments.  I mean I really, really do.  I have enjoyed and have been inspired my many of your posts as well.  Thanks again to all who have stopped by and even nominated me for special awards. In honor of the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year I am going to highlight the past year with some of my favorite, favorite photos from 2013.

I left Venezuela in December of 2012 and from Venezuela went and visited my children in Washington State, from Washington, I took a train with my youngest daughter and her son to Chicago and then went on to New York.  After a few weeks in New York I traveled down to DC and on to North Carolina for a week.  After North Carolina I went back to DC and began an 8 month Nepali language course.  During the course I had several old friends visit me in DC.  Some friends were from the military and some were from high school.  I took trips to New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Richmond, VA.  I went to wine tastings and food festivals.  Finally I passed my Nepali test and WOW.. ended up in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Those are the nuts and bolts.

What happened emotionally for me was some beautiful births from family and long-time friends.  My sister got married and the wedding was such a touching and emotional event for me. I can’t adequately describe to you now nor to my sister at the time at how proud of her I was and glad I was to be her sister. I had emotional break downs with my older sister who got me to laughing and re-thinking my state. Man I love that girl.  I was able to meet up with family and friends I haven’t seen for so long and it was like time had never passed.  There was a completely unexpected death of a very amazing young friend that shook me to the core.  I’m still dealing with some of the emotions that came from that. I was able to find a very old and dear friend that meant so much to me for so long and from that I had to come to terms with some truths about life and love.  Letting go and reconnecting, meeting new friends and re-affirming long time friendships. I have spent a lot of time this year coming to terms with who I am and what I’m willing to accept and realizing that there are some serious changes in me that need to take place. There was awe, joy and great satisfaction at people, places and things and personal accomplishments.  There was shock, horror and extreme emotional despair at people, places and things and a new-found understanding of life in general. I put up way too many photos here but there were tons more that could have been used.  No photo can clearly express how I am feeling at this moment of remembering all of these things and right now there are no more words to say.

To all, have a prosperous and happy (focus on happy) New Year. Stay safe.

I hope you enjoy.

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.  ~Edward de Bono

Have a safe and happy new year.

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WPC: Unusual POV or My FoR


Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV from The Daily Post

I like odd angles and I definitely have an unusual point of view on most things.  I like eccentric and odd things when it comes to people, places and things.  Sometimes this attribute helps me adapt to new situations and sometimes it causes me to run away from certain “normal” things.  I’m pretty sure this will be my last post in the U.S. so it was a perfect theme for saying good-bye to the area.  The following are photos from Philly, DC and Maryland.  Some of the photos I really enjoyed more because after I took them I struggled with whether they were real or not.  Some of them looked so unreal that I actually increased the distortion with a quick and subtle edit.  I hope you enjoy.

So many I liked, Check them out

  1. Photo challenge: an unusual point of view | Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG
  2. Off the Wall | Lucid Gypsy
  3. Unusual as usual | Le Drake Noir
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Tvor Travels
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual Point of View « Life&Ink
  6. A Refreshing Point of View | Travel with Intent
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Khana’s Web
  8. WPC: Unusual Point of View. | Anotherdayinparadise2’s Blog
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV « The Neophyte Photographer
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Thrifty Finn
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual POV Via My Cat Blue | Serendipitous Cookery
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: An unusual POV | Stefano Scheda
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Create A Beautiful Life
  14. From the other side | Purple Rosemary
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Bams’ Blog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV « Jag gör världen vackrare
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ An unusual POV… | Lakshmi Loves To Shop
  18. 9-8-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV (#2) | The Quotidian Hudson
  19. An unusual point of view | Zimmerbitch: age is just a (biggish) number
  20. Unusual Point of View | Rebecca Barray
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual Point of View | Sailing Pups
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Far from Done
  23. WPC: Unusual POV (Ways to focus on 100 meters) | What’s (in) the picture?
  24. Dandelions and Other Foreigners | Writing Between the Lines
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | WryGrass
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV #2 | From Ground to Home
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Never clip my wings
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge – An Unusual Point of View « LargeSelf