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Close to Home

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu

The only thing that can be counted on is change.  I have been faced with many changes in the past couple of years.  My son, Jeremy, married the love of his life, Abi, and moved to another town to begin his adult life.  I

Scavenger Hunt 23 Reveal

Scavenger Hunt 23 Reveal

“Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you.”
― Mitch Albom

Six years ago I joined a community of photographers I discovered who were doing a photography scavenger hunt on Google Plus.  I loved the idea of participating in a hunt and was absolutely amazed by the creativity I saw in the images that participants were creating for the hunt.

Although the hunt began years before I discovered the group,

My Favorite Place

My Favorite Place

“You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced. You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes.”
― Pat Conroy

Charleston, South Carolina is clearly my favorite place on Earth.  Whenever given the opportunity, I will

Fourth of July in My Town

Fourth of July in My Town

“Travel is the only context in which some people ever look around. If we spent half the energy looking at our own neighborhoods, we’d probably learn twice as much.”
― Lucy R. Lippard

I live in the same town I have lived in for most of my life since I was ten years old.  Spending that much time in one place allows you to grow roots and enjoy the traditions of a place.

My town is one of the best places to spend

Foggy Morning on Roan Mountain

Foggy Morning on Roan Mountain

“I must go in, the fog is rising.”
― Emily Dickinson

I worked hard to get everything done Thursday afternoon so I could be in bed by 6:00 p.m.  Certainly not my typical bedtime, but I knew my alarm clock going off at

A Visit with an Old, Dear Friend

A Visit with an Old, Dear Friend

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.”
― John Muir

 

There are certain friendships that are so deep and special that you can go for long periods of time without seeing each other, yet when reunited, it is as if no time has passed.  I had an experience similar to this Saturday when I had the opportunity to visit an old “friend”.  That old friend is

The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place

“The world is quiet here.”
― Lemony Snicket

In May, I was given the perfect gift, the gift of time in a place where I could find peace.

The trip was an absolute perfect combination:  time with

Scavenger Hunt Round Thirty-One

Scavenger Hunt Round Thirty-One

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reveals for the thirty-first round of the scavenger hunt I participate in have come and gone in a blink.   This week the winners of the hunt are being recognized.

I started participating in the hunt around hunt sixteen.  I have found