Reflections of myself in others


When someone smiles at me, I realize that I am probably smiling at them. One of my highest priorities in life is to see people smile back at me.

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Only when I am surrounded by my sisters and my daughters can I truly be myself. When I watch them, I am watching myself.  When I see them laugh, cry, be goofy, be angry, I am seeing a modified reflection of myself. I am a part of them and they are all every part of me.  Even when I am not with them, they are with me.

“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fun with friends is when I am also most myself.  Smiling at others to have others smile back at me is what makes me feel most myself.

“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘aw shit, he’s up!”

― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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

The number three and Distance from Seoul


Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.

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As terrible as I am with numbers.. I love them.  I grew up on statistical commercials such as “Three out of four …”

Or, even the commercials that don’t specifically state numbers but use words like more than or less than.

Really powerful, RIGHT?!?

We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.

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My special number is three.  I have two sisters, two daughters, and two grandkids.  My birthday is the 3rd month on the 30th day.  Like a book, I have a beginning, a middle and eventually I will have an end.  I’ve only found three leaf clovers.  “I AM SAM” is sort of my favorite thing to say.  Weird right?!?

But enough of that.  Ailsa’s theme this week was photo’s with numerals.  I also do not take that many photos with numbers in them. However, I actually did on my trip to Seoul.  I hope you enjoy.

Counting …

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A Photo That.. reblogged from August 2012


Well, I usually don’t do this but I’m re-blogging one of my old favorite posts. This post was put together based on a contest that had already passed. I liked the idea so much that I decided to follow the post challenge and submit this blog based on that challenge. It’s still one of my favorite posts and I’m actually inspired to try to follow this idea on an annual basis. It was fun looking back and I want to thank the most recent commenter on this post who reminded me about it. Thank you blueribbonfair…

I hope you enjoy.

The Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots photo challenge was held in January 2012. I wasn’t blogging back then but someone sent me the link thinking I might enjoy the challenge and they were correct.  The photos highlighted on that site were amazing.  I’m not competing in the contest obviously, but it was just a fun way to go back over some of the photos I have taken over the past few years and see what would fit where in each of the following 7 categories.

Even though I know that the contest is over, and you should also be aware of this, I wanted to participate whole-heartedly in this past contest that will reap me no reward other than my own personal satisfaction.  So here goes. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them and revisiting them.

For the purpose of the contest I had to choose 7 of my own photos, one for each of the following categories:

  • A photo that…takes my breath away

  • A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

  • A photo that…makes me dream

  • A photo that…makes me think

  • A photo that…makes my mouth water

  • A photo that…tells a story

  • A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

I like some of the following blogs for their amazing photographs and style, others for their incredible wit and ability to entertain.  Other’s largely because they offer guidance on some topics I am interested in, like food, travel and photography reviews. Finally, I feel these particular blogs have something to contribute to the blogging world and the world in general.  So in no particular order, here are some of my favorites.  I will probably edit the list to add more, but these are just off the top of my head.  Thanks for reading all.

Emma’s Life UnravelI Miss Me TooUtesmileTahiras,  Beyond Paisley,Where’s my BackpackGrandmother’s MusingsSued 51  

Ancient things in Bangkok


I’m back after 5 weeks of being away.  I spent a week in Bangkok, Thailand where I met up with some great friends and mostly lounged and did a little sight-seeing.  I then moved on to spend 3 weeks in Vietnam traveling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Min City.  My final week was back in Nepal in a city about a 20 minute flight from Kathmandu.  It was work but felt like a continuation of my vacation.

I will start off by incorporating some of my travel photos into some of the theme/photo challenges I missed out on while I was gone.  The first one being Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Ancient.

While in Bangkok I went on a river boat tour and we stopped off at an old temple named Wat Arun that sat along the Chao Phraya River.  It was amazing.  The steps to climb to the top of the temple were about 8-10 inches wide and each step was at least 2 feet tall.  Apparently this temple is a representation of Mount Meru which plays a large part in the Buddhist religion. There are supposedly 3 symbolic levels that emanate from the central prang.  The first level relates to all realms of existence the middle is where all desires are found or gratified and the 3rd indicates six heavens within seven realms of happiness (according to wikipedia).  This temple was built sometime in the17th century and is said to represent the radiations of the rising sun.

Though there are approximately 31,000 Buddhist temples spread out around Thailand, this was the most impressive one I saw on this trip.  It’s named after the Indian God of Dawn, Arun and was most impressive right at sunset.  Many of the “prang” are decorated with seashells and bits of porcelain which glitter in the sun and are stunning when the sun is rising or setting.

I hope you enjoy.

Other blogs representing Ancient that I really liked.

  1. Travel Theme: Ancient | Ese’ s Voice
  2. Travel Theme: Ancient | Edge of the Forest
  3. Travel Theme: Ancient | Geophilia Photography
  4. My lens and universe: Ancient
  5. Oldies but goodies
  6. Travel Monkey/ ancient
  7. More ancient Quotidian Hudson
  8. Retirement and Beyond/ Ancient
  9. Travel Theme : Ancient / Purba
  10. Wolly Muses – Ancient
  11. Beyond the Brush
  12. Stefano Scheda
  13. Ancient – Ailsa’s WTT | Ouch!! My back hurts!!