Preparing for Winter


Remember the little tale about the Ant and the Grasshopper? Well, this picture is neither an ant nor a grasshopper, but a bushy-tailed squirrel busily gathering berries for winter.

Busily preparing for the winter months to come

Busily preparing for the winter months to come

I got this shot outside the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence.

  1. Daily Prompt: The Effort behind sucessful blogging | tokʞaali’s blog/site/ɹǝʌǝʇɐɥʍ
  2. Daily Prompt: Effort | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  3. Success Enough | Daily Prompt: Secret of Success | likereadingontrains
  4. Diary of a Mud Run | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  5. Effort | The Magic Black Book
  6. jennifermarshcurtis
  7. How do you spend your Sundays? | We Live In A Flat
  8. Success! Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  9. Effortless Blogging? | The Ambitious Drifter
  10. Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy | ourmulticolouredlife
  11. The Secret of a Soldier | Beyondpen
  12. The Lurker’s List | What It Takes to Become a Successful Blogger
  13. A Successful Blogger? What the what? | Emotional Resonance and Rocket Launchers
  14. Daily Prompt: Secret of Success | My Atheist Blog
  15. It’s good enough for me… | thoughtsofrkh
  16. There’s No Shortcut To Success! | Creative Mysteries
  17. Aiming for Zenith! On My Way to Success | Things To Rave About
  18. Daily Prompt: Secret of Success | Under the Monkey Tree
  19. “Secret of Success” | Relax
  20. Daily Prompt: Secret of Success | littlegirlstory
  21. Daily Prompt: Secret of Success « Vicariously Poetic


Walking with Harry

You can still go walking with Harry Truman in his hometown of Independence, Missouri

You can still go walking with Harry Truman in his hometown of Independence, Missouri

Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was a walker. He began each morning with a brisk stroll — much to the consternation of the Secret Service agents who had to keep up with him.

Today, in his hometown of Independence, Missouri, you’ll find his favorite route turned into an official “walking trail“. It’s a 2.7 mile walk along the sidewalks in town. Along the way, you’ll see the familiar figure of history’s most famous walker on these bright blue-and-white signs.



  1. Nature’s Contrast | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Enjoying Nature |
  3. Russian accordionist | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Picking Flowers | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Walking through Stroitel of Belgorod Region, Russia. March 8, 2012 | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Welcome to Russia |
  7. My first walk | The Magic Black Book
  8. A Walk in the Clouds | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  9. My philosophy on shoes | tokkaali’s blog/site/whatever
  10. Daily Prompt – These boots are made for walking. | Kate Murray
  11. Things I Think Pre-Coffee : These Boots Are Made For Walking | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  12. Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking | Postum.Scriptum.
  13. These Boots Were Made For Kicking! | alienorajt
  14. Fall Walk | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  15. Walking The Essex Coast | The Essex Coast
  16. Unknown Chuck Taylor Sneakers | Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking | likereadingontrains
  17. Daily Prompt: Walk « Vicariously Poetic
  18. Shoes – I have no shame | mostlytrueramblings
  19. Resting – Zermatt, Switzerland | alternative.reality
  20. Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking | littlegirlstory
  21. What Ever Happened To My Connies? (Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars) | The Jittery Goat

The Aliens Are Landing

When I saw today’s DAILY PROMPT, I knew exactly what picture I should use. When playing around one day, I made this silly picture of alien ships landing.

Yeah, it’s FAKE.

Don't worry. It's not real.

Don’t worry. It’s not real.

This was actually a photograph I took of the Mississippi River in Illinois.

  1. Icicles on the house | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Time |
  3. Getting By: Fake Equilibrium | The Magic Black Book
  4. My “Seasons” Calendar 2013 | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. The Ambiguity Of Fences | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Peking to Paris 2013. Belgorod, Russia. Sports and racing complex “Virazh” June 19, 2013 | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Pants on Fire | Lost in Translation
  8. Zenit Camera | Bright Moments Catcher
  9. Raindrops on the windows | Bright Moments Catcher
  10. You’re lying | contrailsonmyheart
  11. Pants on Fire | Geek Ergo Sum
  12. What you know…or you think you do | MC’s Whispers
  13. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | Under the Monkey Tree
  14. The Last Lie… | The Rider
  15. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | View From The Third eye
  16. Daily Prompt: Fake | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  17. Poseur | Poesy plus Polemics
  18. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire « Mama Bear Musings
  19. Mikki only plays with humans | We Live In A Flat
  20. My Ex-BF is Getting Married | Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | Being a Huntress
  21. If you doubt the lies to be true just ask the blind man he saw it too! | jennifermarshcurtis
  22. Daily Prompt: Pants On Fire | Vagabond
  23. The Algebra of Truth | clarior e tenebris
  24. This Girl Is On Fire | Upstairs Productions
  25. The secret to telling porkies is to not reveal the truth. | thoughtsofrkh
  26. Are Them Pants on Fire? | floatingsheep
  27. kevindeisher
  28.   | The Jittery Goat
  29. “Pants on Fire” | Relax
  30. All art is fake | The Ambitious Drifter
  31. Hope* the happy hugger
  32. I Am OK* | Not a Punk Rocker
  33. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire | mostlytrueramblings
  34. “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince | Unconventional Wisdom From The Rabbit Hole
  35. The Day I Broke the Rules… | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  36. Daily Prompt: Fake. | 3rdculturechildren
  37. 10 Day Blogger Challenge – Half Way There! | fibijeeves
  38. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | Moments Thru Lens
  39. Pants On Fire: Little White Lies | suzie81’s Blog
  40. Ooh look, your nose has grown! | alienorajt
  41. The Big White Lier! | Everyday Adventures
  42. I’m OK | Life is great
  43. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | pandora’s island 2
  44. Believe it or not… | Life & Times
  45. Daily Prompt: Pants On Fire|Lies of the Heart | Reject Reality
  46. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | My Atheist Blog
  47. Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  48. The Last Lie We Told | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  49. Daily Prompt: Definitely a Fake | Far from Done
  50. Liar, liar, pants ablaze with molten embers | polysyllabic profundities
  51. The Opposite of Love is Not Hate…wp daily prompt | Daily Observations
  52. Little Lucy Liar | Maggie’s Stories
  53. What if I told you? Would you believe me? | Okay, what if ?

The Race is On

I caught this at Shawnee Mission Park in Kansas:

The Race is On

Come on, hurry up. I’m going to get there first!




  1. First | The Magic Black Book
  2. Wrong way. Taken with HTC One V | Bright Moments Catcher
  3. The Last Leaf | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Who is Bzebza? | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. What’s going on? | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Daily Prompt: Viral – Work in Progress | Let There be Peace on Earth
  7. What is IT? | Upstairs Productions
  8. Wild |
  9. The Gap |
  10. Posing |
  11. Awesome Pizza From Awesome People For Awesome Patrons | The Ergot
  12. First ! | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  13. Let’s take a drive to Changi Beach | We Live In A Flat
  14. Viral | Geek Ergo Sum
  15. Remembering Nana | A mom’s blog
  16. Photo opportunity | Life & Times
  17. Going Viral [Daily Prompt: Viral] | unknowinglee
  18. Daily Prompt: Viral | Under the Monkey Tree
  19. 100 words | dawnyhosking
  20. The First Hit Went A Little Like This | Molly Greye
  21. SEIZING THE MOMENT! Are you ready? | Movers, Shakers, Leadership Makers
  22. New York Times: Daily Blunder | I really just pretend to know stuff
  23. Daily Prompt:Viral | Motherhood and Beyond
  24. Daily Prompt: Viral « Mama Bear Musings
  25. Mommy Guilt | jennifermarshcurtis
  26. Boise Is A Meteorologically Oddity; It Has No Weather | The Jittery Goat
  27. 148. Dancing with the Mouse | kevindeisher
  28. First Contact | The Ambitious Drifter
  29. First… | Apocayptic Wonder
  30. I say tomato… | Sue’s Trifles
  31. prime subject (First) | photo potpourri
  32. A politician can be an idiot | MC’s Whispers
  33. Freinds | cellarfloor
  34. Daily prompt: We live in an accident-free world, but not in a good way | DCMontreal
  35. Daily Prompt: Viral | littlegirlstory
  36. Shoving subjects down students’ throats- Like a Boss | Ideas Opined
  37. A Message to the World | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s


As usual, I had a difficult time making up my mind which photograph I wanted to share for today’s DAILY PROMPT. Although I did have a shot I’d taken of the full moon, I set it aside and chose instead to share a photo I call “Nightfall”. It’s that “magic moment” when darkness hovers over the earth and there’s just a little light left before night swallows up the sun.

Sunset in Illinois



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  2. Godrick Gnomish
  3. Sunset |
  4. Welcome to Russia |
  5. Agrifun: From City Slicker to Potato Picker | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | Fasting, Food and other musings by determined34
  7. Daily Prompt: Nighttime | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  8. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | Under the Monkey Tree
  9. Moon Dream: response to Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. Daily Prompt: Nighttime | DCMontreal
  11. When was the last full moon? | Sue’s Trifles
  12. The Goddess | Sincerely, Ms. Roberts
  13. Moonwashed in Rann of Kutch | Life is a Vacation
  14. A new and different me | Life & Times
  15. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | littlegirlstory
  16. Daily Prompt: The Full Moon | The Land Slide Photography
  17. Think she is being good? | We Live In A Flat
  18. An Evening at the Fair | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  19. Changes the full moon brings | Journey of a Dutch Witch

Time Keeps On Slipping…Into the Future

When the DAILY PROMPT flashed up in my inbox a moment ago, I eagerly opened it, then stared blankly at the words. Time? We’re supposed to show TIME? I looked at the clock, thought of photographing it, but then the words of a song came into my head:

“Time keeps on slipping, slipping…into the future. “

Fly Like an Eagle – Steve Miller Band

With those words, and thoughts of how quickly time passes, I turned at once to the family collage I made.Grotjan and Zungs Family Collage

I’m the little one in the picture on the right…the cute one. 🙂

  1. Worm into the bedroom mission continues | weliveinaflat
  2. Daily Prompt: Procrastination | thecommonmap
  3. The Man who Always Worried | Godrick Gnomish

Oh, What Tangled Webs We Weave

Haphazard. I know what it means, but I looked it up all the same because I wanted to begin from a point of authority.

Haphazard: Lacking any obvious principle of organization.

Sounds a lot like my life…especially my writing room.  Oh, well. As they say, creativity is making a mess, then cleaning it up. I just haven’t gotten around to the cleaning up part yet.
Hapazard has lots of interesting synonyms:
  • Random
  • Chance
  • Accidental
  • Incidental
  • Fortuitous

I’m especially fond of that last one.  Fortuitous. Meaning that something good can come from random, unexpected, accidental happenings in our lives.

That’s how I approach my artwork. I take photographs. I play around. I twist things and turn them with no real thought to design.

Even when I draw or paint, I don’t sit down and consciously decide to make a particular thing. I just scribble, wash colors over the paper, and play around until something emerges. Something I like. Something that makes me smile and say, “Yes, that’s it.”

That’s how I felt in creating this artwork, titled “Webs”.  I hope you enjoy it.

Webs Framed

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