High Above Kayla

There isn’t time,
So brief is life,
For bickerings, apologies,
Heartburnings, callings to account.
There is only time for loving,
And but an instant,
So to speak,
For that.
–Mark Twain

DSCN1578 (2)Just before dawn, my Daughter and I  made the familiar predawn drive from her home to the Denver International Airport. It’s been an excellent visit with my Broncos loving family.  Goodbyes curbside, and I am off to the TSA before catching a quick flight back to the high desert. Once the plane received a good de-icing the flight was quickly airborne, giving a nod to Kayla below us. In  the next hours 480 flights from Denver would be cancelled. What a joy to spend a few days with my family,  totally miss the approaching storm. AND……

Not even once in Colorado did anyone suspect I remain a Panther’s fan.

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Making Snow-globes With The Grands

Photo: JoHanna Massey













Happy to be back everyone!

Today’s Music: Carolina Panthers Theme Song

Today, Not Tomorrow

The future starts today, not tomorrow.
Pope John Paul II

IMG_0189I am struck by how the definition of  Future changes as I have gotten old. Once when I thought of future, it stretched far out ahead of me with often very challenging set points that needed daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, decades of focused attention. Future was synonymous with responsibilities to family, jobs, children, bills,  elder care, community ….a very long ever expanding  list that stretched many years ahead in time and space, missing so many details of a day as I looked and thought thousands of days forward.



Now, Future is what happens today, next week, maybe next year, with a keen knowledge that though I am healthy, fit, and full of energy, I have used up the majority of my years in this particular physical body. Clueless  if any part of me transcends this lifetime, or where that spark, essence, spirit part of me will go if it goes anywhere. I’m hoping for some ancient olive tree, or grapevine, maybe the woods between Amalfi and Pontone. Could be Heaven, could be a Redwood Tree in Northern California, …I am leaning towards trees, but would accept a pair of sturdy angel wings.

The pressure is off when it comes to contemplating Future. I focus on the details of this day. Today is my past, present, and future. As ornate and detailed as this angel’s wings. I believe it is true for everyone, no matter what their age or responsibilities. My future today included some housework, a hike, a long distance phone conversation with a dear friend, listening while  my daughter spoke her truth, and creating this post.



This post is in response to WordPress Friday Photo: Ornate                                     And WordPress Daily Prompt: Six of One, Half Dozen of The Other- What does Future look like to you?

I’d like to say the photos are self portraits, as I really did see this woman in the  mirror this morning. I recognized her immediately. An angel statuary I had photographed in Sorrento Italy.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Today’s Music: Funky Space Reincarnation- Marvin Gaye


Camera Lucida: Reflections

“There is, I believe, no person, however insignificant in the world, but, if an account of his life and adventures were committed to paper, would be entertaining in some degree: the follies of our own life, and those we are liable to be drawn into by others, will constantly afford matter for serious reflection.”
Henry Spencer Ashbee

Cohansey River Thaw- Photo: JoHanna Massey

If you are new to my website, Camera Lucida is a regular feature created by Julia at My Red Page where she inspires us to express our creativity through story and/or photo focused on a well chosen and often challenging theme. Camera Lucida is where the very hippest coolest of the bloggers are showing up to submit their work, enjoy,  and be inspired by their fellow Lucidites. I’ve been involved for several months now and it is not only great fun, but I have connected with so many talented people who support and encourage me to my best creativity.

This weeks theme: Reflections

It’s always interesting to look at reflections…are they really the same as the reality?

How many times did you look at your own reflection and wondered if that’s how the world sees you…?

This week’s theme is: Reflections…show us how we look at the world upside down…how we see ourselves from the other side…how water seems to be the borderline between reality and imagination…show us who looks back from the mirror…make this week your own and tell us a story that will make us reflect:)

This is the most perfect theme for me this week as I am sailing Sophia up the Cohansey River immersed in writing Connor’s Reach, and the images that are reflecting back at us from the breaking up of a very long novel writing freeze are exhilarating, and indeed hard work.

I’ll be over to visit with all the coolest of cool ones  soon to see what you have created for this week’s theme, and if you haven’t joined  Camera Lucida yet… we look forward to your arrival!


“Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real,
And you’re just a reflection of him?”
― Bill Watterson

Today’s Music: In My Life- Beatles

The Frog Ocean – My Determined Ghost (Part 1)

“The past is a very determined ghost, haunting every chance it gets.”
― Laura Miller, Butterfly Weeds

Autumn on The Frog Ocean is my determined ghost. My family trees have  roots there. Family Trees that are varied, colorful, and often divergent.  There are members of the clans who by choice never leave, some move a few miles only to return, and some, like myself, who  leave  the Frog Ocean, only to remain haunted when Autumn returns.

You must exercise care when visiting The Frog Ocean. It is  a state of mind as much as  it is real, part of the marshy labyrinthine of not quite solid ground, in the southern most parts of the state of New Jersey.

Peace and blessings,  to those real and spirit alike                                                       All Hallows Eve Approaches                                                                                              When past and present break apart                                                                               And ghosts rule this in between.                                                                                   Hiding in plain sight.

Come back next week for:                                                                                                The Frog Ocean : My Determined Ghost Part 2  where I embrace Halloween as I figure out and play with  my brand new Pic Monkey!

Today’s Music: Tom Watts- The House Where Nobody Lives

Once You Have Tasted Flight

For once you have tasted flight
You will walk the earth
With your eyes turned skywards,
For there you have been
And there you will long to return.
Leonardo da Vinci

It was my good fortune to first taste flight from that slip of a runway at the  Sedona Aiport, Sedona Arizona USA. I have indulged, enjoyed, and savored it since. A heart filled with gratitude to  Lt. Colonel Ricardo W. Mestre,                US Air Force Retired, for teaching me how to fly.

Today’s Music: Beatles Blackbird


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”

Thou Paradise of Exiles, Italy!

 Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy! – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Hiking from Almalfi to Pontone for lunch, climbing steadily upward through the ruins of 13th century paper-mills are the best kind of days.

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.                                                               Giuseppe Verdi

Have a peaceful weekend.
 Todays Music: Shubert- Ava Maria

Camera Lucida: The Sign

“Raven was not thought of as a god. He was thought of as the transformer, the trickster. He was the being that changed things—sometimes quite by accident, sometimes on purpose.”
—Christian White, Haida artist

Julia at My Red Page has chosen The Sign for this weeks theme for          Camera Lucida, her ever growing in popularity and participation photo challenge.

This week’s theme: The Sign

  1. an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else.
  2. a gesture or action used to convey information or an instruction.
  3. a notice on public display that gives information or instructions in a written or symbolic form.

Your challenge this week is to take a photo of a sign that gets your focus, something out of the ordinary or just a snapshot of ‘the simple’ from a new perspective.

Here is my entry:

DSCN0419Arriving home

To Ravens.

On the roof


Not just the season

Was gonna change.



Don’t you think it is time you stopped on over to My Red Page and joined Camera Lucida.?

Peace and Blessings to all.

Today’s Music: Joni Mitchell “Black Crow”