Listen and Learn

Getting a late start today…but I’m glad I have a chance to share this picture. Few things in life are as important as education, in my opinion. Learning should be fun. Too often it’s presented as a dull and dreadful chore.

Good teachers know how to draw children in to the joy of learning. I got this shot of a group of children eagerly listening to their teacher.

Listen and Learn





  1. Belgorod, Russia from the air balloon. June 2013 | Bright Moments Catcher
  2. Raindrops on the grass | Bright Moments Catcher
  3. Every single day | The Magic Black Book
  4. Sunday trip to Hotmyzhsk of Belgorod Region, Russia. October 23, 2011 |
  5. Rural Russia. Be my guest! | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Bzebza follows Russian traditions | Bright Moments Catcher
  7. Who is Bzebza? | Bright Moments Catcher
  8. Rural Russia. Time | Bright Moments Catcher
  9. Rural Russia. Posing | Bright Moments Catcher
  10. Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits | Under the Monkey Tree
  11. School again ? | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  12. Fifteen Credits – 10 signs your teacher is not that good | Geek Ergo Sum
  13. Fifteen Credits: How To Know When You’re A Teacher | suzie81’s Blog
  14. Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits | Fasting, Food and other musings by determined34
  15. Schooldays | Sue’s Trifles
  16. Spell of the Typical | Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits | likereadingontrains
  17. Who Needs a Classroom to Learn? | The Reluctant Journalist
  18. Is School The Best Time of Your Life? | Eat Read Glam
  19. I wish I’d have known | Butterfly Mind
  20. Yes, I do. But No, I don’t. | thoughtsofrkh
  21. Yes I do, No I don’t | thoughtsofrkh
  22. The Uncle Buck School Of Higher Learning | The Jittery Goat
  23. Junior High [Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits] | unknowinglee
  24. Fifteen Credits : Oh le Joli OS ! | Icezine
  25. Prof | clarior e tenebris
  26. Learning | Hope* the happy hugger
  27. Something to fill in. | ayimas
  28. 147. Finishing School | kevindeisher
  29. Anxious to Advance | AstridOxford
  30. To My Six Year Old Nephew As He Starts First Grade | Mind of a Mouse
  31. Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits | My Atheist Blog
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  33. Call Me Nerdy (Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits) | Running with Reality
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  36. School’s Out Forever… | alienorajt
  37. Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits | The Land Slide Photography
  38. Step-by-stone-step across the stream at Bishan Park | We Live In A Flat
  39. O-H! | Living Because of EDS
  40. Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits or Somewhat Fewer | SERENDIPITY
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  42. duck family (Learning) | photo potpourri
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The Liebster Award

To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. I’m thrilled to receive my first blogging award: The Liebster.  I was nominated by “The Honorable Keithy” from down under in Australia, and yes, Keithy, we spell “honorable” differently up here in this hemisphere.

The Honorable Keithy

Keithy, you have truly honored me by visiting my blog, walking alongside me as I stroll through nature, capturing moments of beauty.

When nominating me, she explained that the Liebster — German for “favorite” — is an award given to small blogs, those with less than 200 followers. It’s designed to encourage interaction and to promote discovery of new blogs.

One of the first things I’ve learned since I began blogging here recently is that there’s a wonderful, supportive community of bloggers, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

To accept my Liebster Award, I must do several things:

  1. Link back and recognize the blogger who nominated me.
  2. Answer ten questions given to me by Keithy.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award.
  4. Create ten questions for my nominees to answer.
  5. Notify my nominees.

So… to begin. As shown above, my nominator is Keithy, whose real name is “J”, and she’s blogging at The Common Map. Please visit her blog and see what she’s up to now.

She’s given me ten questions.

1) If you were a superhero, what type would you be? 

Whatever I’d be, I would have the power of invisibility.  I think I’d probably be more “supernatural” than “super”…maybe a fairy who skipped through the meadow bringing love to the lonely and peace to the world.

2) What do you do in your downtime? Apart from blogging?

I read. I write. I cook. I walk. I take photographs. I do artwork. Mostly, I learn. I’m always studying something. Lately I’ve been brushing up on my Russian.

3) What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

Don’t ever lose sight of your dreams. Work to make them real. Find out what you need to know, and get busy learning it. Above all, do things. Take chances. Fall down. Get up.

4) What’s the one thing you find difficult about blogging? What motivates you to keep going despite that?

I’m a perfectionist, and I like order. I have problems composing posts at times because even the “visual” editor doesn’t always accurately show how my finished post will appear. Plus, no matter how carefully I proofread, errors slip by me. I’m always editing and re-editing my posts, trying to correct every boo-boo.  Of course, I keep going because I love learning, and I love sharing what I’ve learned with others.

5) What is your pet peeve?

Which one? I have several.  I suppose what irks me most are people who are always late.  If we have an appointment for lunch at 11:30, I expect you to be there at 11:30 or thereabouts, not 12:15 or later.  Of course, it’s not really all that much of a problem. If you’re late once, fine. Twice? You’d better have a good reason. Three times? That’s our last luncheon appointment. I have better things to do than stand around waiting for habitually late people. If our lunch together isn’t important enough for you to show up on time, then I probably don’t want to have lunch with you anyway.

6) What’s the one thing you are missing in your life?

My little sister. She passed away several years ago.  I wish so often she could be here to share things in my life. I miss talking to her. I miss hearing her laugh. I miss her offbeat outlook on life.

7) What’s your worst habit?

Getting sidetracked. I’ll start off with good intentions of doing one thing, but I’ll veer off-course onto something else, and from there, I’ll head off on another tangent, and what was the question again?

8) If you were a color, what would you be and why?

I’d be blue. Not bright, but light and pastel. It’s a restful, soothing color, the color of lakes and rivers, the color of the sky. It’s also a symbol of peace.

9) What is one thing you can do better than anyone else in the world?

Being me.

10) What would be the soundtrack to your life?

I’ve actually chosen several. I’m very fond of Connie Elisor’s Blackberry Winter, or anything by Maurice Ravel.  Well, anything except Bolero.  I love music, so it’s impossible for me to name only one composition to cover my life.


Next, I’ll nominate ten other bloggers. My choices are:

Flowers and Breezes

Often Me

Okay, What If?

Saving Daddy’s Soulmate

Not a Punk Rocker

Mostly True Ramblings

One Mind One Breath

My Mostly Unfabulous Life

Complete Health Circle


Here are the ten questions I’ll be giving them:

  1. What book has most influenced you in your life?
  2. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
  3. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  4. Where would you most like to travel?
  5. Does your car have a name? If so, what is it?
  6. Favorite pet?
  7. What five words would your friends use to describe you?
  8. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  9. What was the last show you watched on television?
  10. Do you believe in ghosts?

I’m thrilled to receive a Liebster!

Thanks so much for thinking of me, Honorable Keithy. I’m off now to deliver glad tidings to ten bloggers.


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

Dinosaur Day

I’ll admit to being a bit flustered by today’s DAILY PROMPT. We’re a busy family. We love to go places and do things, so how could I narrow it down to a single ACTIVITY and choose only one photo?

I’ve pulled up dozens of pictures with activities ranging from gathering around for storytelling to putting up birdhouses. We made scarecrows last fall, and crafted snakes from buttons to celebrate Chinese New Year earlier this year. How to choose? It was making me a bit crazy.

Finally, I settled on a picture I took at “Dinosaur Day”. This was an outing we made to a nature conservation area near Liberty, Missouri, for a special exhibit on dinosaurs. It was great fun because unlike many museum exhibits, this one encouraged a very “hands on” approach in many areas. Some things, of course, like the “dino poop” — yes, we really saw dinosaur poop — were not to be touched.  As though anyone would really want to touch dinosuar poop, right? And the huge snakes were safely in cages where they couldn’t be touched.

But there were many fun things for kids to pick up, investigate, play with and have a great time learning about.  I took dozens of photographs, put together a video presentation, and we cherish our memories of “Dinosaur Day”.

Here’s the picture I chose to share:

At the Activity Table at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

At the Activity Table at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.


P.S. If POOP ever comes up as a DAILY PROMPT, I’m ready!

Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary

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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. 🙂

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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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Change of Seasons

After posting a photo of fall colors yesterday, I’m definitely in an autumn mood. It’s a fairly cool morning here in Missouri, not at all like our usual sweltering hot August mornings.

Although the forecast calls for more hot temperatures in days to come, right now I’m enjoying this delightful morning and looking ahead to autumn.

When I read today’s DAILY PROMPT and saw the word CHANGE, my thoughts went at once to the changing seasons.

Here’s one of my original art works showing our glorious autumn colors.

Autumn Colors in Oil 2