The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr

One of the things that I have enjoyed most during the past two months is walking throughout my neighborhood.  I have made it a point to rise before the sun in order to get one walk in before my work day begins.  My dog, Maui, and my camera have been my companions for these walks.

There is an incredible,

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

I have lived in the same community, off and on, since I was ten years old.  I grew up in Tega Cay, South Carolina.  I left Tega Cay, after college, for my first real job.  I lived in Charleston, SC, for five years.  I then moved to Charlotte, NC, for almost ten years.

When my son, Jeremy, was in elementary school, I chose