Poetry Tuesday: C. L. Odell

Self loves C. L. Odell’s poem in the 24 June 2019 New Yorker.

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Geraniums, Front Porch, August 2019

PEONY

An excerpt

So let me have this now
before the blossoms
take my absence
from the yard

and I am again only one-sided,
a living thing responsible
to live, finding myself in tall grass,
whispering back.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE: YELLOW

The theme for the week is YELLOW.

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Self was cleaning out son’s room when she came upon a box of legos. Was fascinated by the little people and their yellow heads.

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The box contains all of son’s Matchbox car collection. There’s a yellow car at the very top.

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My Life of the Party Rose has two colors of blooms: pink and yellow

Stay tuned, dear blog reader. Stay tuned.

Photo A Week Challenge: STILL LIFE

Self LOVES still life. Taking pictures of things are a lot of fun.

So happy to join the Photo A Week Challenge this week.

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Still Life with Reading Material: Home in Redwood City, August 2019 (Self brought that shell all the way from the Philippines)

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More Redwood City: Dining Room, July 2019

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And Still More Redwood City: Front Porch, July 2019

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Lens-Artists Challenge # 57: TAKING A BREAK

Self’s current book, Mihaly Czsikszentmihalyi’s FLOW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE is a very, very interesting book.

Her son and daughter-in-law were Psychology majors at Claremont, the school where the author taught. In fact, she read about him in the Claremont Graduate University alumni magazine, The Flame.

She is trying to practice Flow thinking (see graph below). She is trying to achieve “complexity” in her consciousness. This will be her project for the rest of the summer.

She thinks this goal is very much tied in with the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: TAKING A BREAK.

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Today, she walked downtown, which she hadn’t done in two weeks. Courthouse Square was empty. Nevertheless, the trip was not in vain, for she saw a movie: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Is this a ‘Flow’ experience? Self thinks it is. Watching movies is one of self’s most enjoyable activities.

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Mid-Afternoon, Courthouse Square, Redwood City, CA

And, she spends A LOT of time in her garden, where her efforts are repaid with gorgeous blooms like this one, on her Sheila’s Perfume rose:

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Sheila’s Perfume, last week of July 2019

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Shades of Pink: Nadia Merrill Photo-a-Week Challenge

Self was inspired by viveka‘s fabulous post on this challenge on her blog, my guilty pleasures.

The prompt is from Nancy Merrill.

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Hydrangeas on Self’s Front Porch

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U.S. First Class Stamp

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Razzleberri Fringe Flower, Backyard, March 2019

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items

It’s always a good day when self can participate in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week, it’s 5+ Items:

Simply make sure there are at least 5 items in your photo.

Without further ado:

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Backyard, Yesterday Evening Around 8 p.m.

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Front Porch: Self has about six potted hydrangeas.

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One More from the Front Porch

Love summer. Love flowers.

Stay tuned.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns

For this week’s Fun Foto Challenge, PATTERNS, self is posting pictures from Lovejoy’s, an English-style tearoom tucked away in downtown Redwood City, CA, only a block from the library; and a picture of a plant with bright orange flowers that just began sprouting in her backyard. This winter saw heavy rain, hopefully in a month or so there will be tons of flowers blooming.

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Tea at Lovejoy’s, downtown Redwood City, 1 March 2019

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Adorable Porcelain Cup and Saucer, Perfect for Tea!

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About to Bloom: 28 February 2019

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Monotones (One Single Color)

Cee Neuner has very interesting prompts. This week’s is MONOTONES. Love it.

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Lake Annagmakerrig: 4:30 a.m., 8 November 2018 (Just realized that it’s too light in the photograph for 4:30 a.m. DUH! The photo is time-stamped for California time, which is eight hours ahead of Ireland. The actual time in Ireland when self took the picture was 12:30 p.m.)

It amuses self to think about how the first color that usually comes to mind when one thinks of Ireland is green.

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Clouds, Annaghmakerrig: 7:30 a.m. (California time, which means 3:30 p.m. in Ireland), 7 November 2018

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Fatsia, Backyard, Redwood City: 11 a.m., 26 September 2018

Suggested Places in Oxford for His Dark Materials fans (Courtesy of Twittagazze)

All locations in Oxford (or adjoining):

His Dark Materials locations:

  • Exeter College (Jordan College in the books)
  • The Bodleian Library
  • Oxford Botanical Garden (Lyra and Will’s Bench is here)
  • The Pitt-Rivers Museum
  • The Covered Market
  • Christ Church
  • Story Museum (to see Philip Pullman’s head-of-chapter drawings from His Dark Materials)

The Book of Dust locations:

  • Walk Paths Along the Isis
  • Port Meadow
  • Wolvercote (a 1-hour walk from Port Meadow): The Trout and the nearby priory
  • Jericho area: Juxon Street and The Butterfly Tattoo
  • The Ashmolean
  • The White Horse Pub next to Blackwell’s

It was a spectacularly beautiful day. Self started out from Oxford City Centre and made it all the way to the Oxford Botanic Garden:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Places People Live: Redwood City, California

It’s been several weeks since self has participated in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

This week’s prompt is: PLACES PEOPLE LIVE.

Self has lived in Redwood City, California since 1992. Redwood City is halfway between San Francisco and San Jose.

She has flowers on her front porch, and shelves and shelves of books inside:

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Front Porch, September 2018

A back room overlooks her deck:

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Back Room: September 2018

Her backyard has a lot of trees, including three figs, an apple tree, and a laurel tree:

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Backyard, August 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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