Piece of the Puzzle

Fingers discovering keys into another world… Child’s joy in music and developing skill cut short by rapping on knuckles from harsh teacher, demanding perfection. Told mom at nine years old that I didn’t want to go back. Piano gathered dust. Child’s mind tuned-out to music, until the Beatles and Sound of Silence (1964) appeared on the magic box. I was ten.

“Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again…”

Poetic lyrics with a message drew me in.

The world showed another layer

Colors came back

I started expressing myself

In the poetic mode in early years

Then drawing and painting joined in

I had started my journey

Where creative acts fed the soul

Then life happened…

After forty years of ‘adult reality’

Creative spark still waited patiently

To befriend me again



V.J.`s theme: Music https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/09/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-76-music/

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Glowing Moment

Dappled light

Flecks of gold

Glowing through branches

Join my walk


Frank’ theme: Glow https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/12/03/tuesday-photo-challenge-glow/

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Satisfying Play

Sudden appearance

Blown in by the wind

Excites curiosity

Satisfies need to play

With eyes of a child


V.J.’s theme: Satisfying https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/02/vjs-weekly-challenge-75-satisfying/

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Abstract Realism in Nature

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes…” ― Arshile Gorky

A water ripple encircled by wisps of floating grass…

Reflections in a pond...

Birch tree shadows across a rocky hill in winter…


Patti’s theme: Abstract: https://pilotfishblog.com/2019/11/30/lens-artists-photo-challenge-74-abstract/

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Sipping Life

Sipping moderation

Taste buds tingle

Relishing the journey

Aging changes perspective

Balance a must

Extremes only in youth


V. J.’s theme: Moderation https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/25/vjs-weekly-challenge-74-moderation/

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Beauty of Winter

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

– Aristotle

“…in winter…you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it; the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” (Athabasca River Gorge, Jasper National Park, Alberta)

– Andrew Wyeth

“The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination.”

– Terri Guillemets


Tina’s theme: Cold https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/11/23/lens-artists-challenge-73-cold/

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Fantasy Tree

“Fantasy and reality often overlap.”

(Walt Disney)

“Fantasy…opens our eyes to an unseen world and trains our mind to see beyond the visible.”

(Bryan Davis)


Frank’s theme: Fantasy https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/11/19/tuesday-photo-challenge-fantasy/

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