Colors quickly fading

Life turning into black and white

Spontaneous responses denied

Rules of engagement fall apart

Unable to hide in distractions

Holding onto rare moments of peace

Yearning for the normalcy of habits


V.J.’s theme: Habits https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/20/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-80-habit/

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Fragility of Aging

Psyche entangled in fragility

Ebb and flow of life force distracted

Pain an unwelcomed visitor

Unraveling quality of daily life

Subtraction overwhelms

Healing stands elusive

Photography sits in the freezer

Waiting to unthaw

Journey altered


  • A visit to my chiropractor in early November, 2019, altered my life unexpectedly. Something he did to my lower back, opened the door to unbearable pain.
  • Once considered a man of healing, now the unwitting antagonist.

V.J.’s theme: Subtraction https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/13/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-79-subtraction/

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Windows with a View

Never hesitate to open new windows in your life.

(Mehmet Murat Ildan)

Scenic view from Curious Thymes restaurant, Sudbury, Ontario. A foggy, drizzly autumn day a few years ago. Sadly it no longer exists.

The view outside a lounge in our hotel in Honolulu.

Aquarium window also in Honolulu.

Looking out the helicopter window overlooking the scene above Kauai, Hawaii.

Rare, vivid, winter sunrise looking out my sunroom window.


Amy’s theme: A Window with a View https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/a-window-with-a-view/

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Unlikely Portal

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ” (James Joyce)

Candle in a mirror

Illuminates portal

Entrance to possibilities

Creative energy surges


**These images were created by using my sectional mirror (below) and a candle.


Frank’s theme: Portal https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2020/01/07/tuesday-photo-challenge-portal/

V.J.’s theme: Action https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/06/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-78-action/

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Wintry Illusion

I see my thoughts reflected in the open waters

Accepting the illusion of warmth from the cold, setting sun

My heart is tranquil in this frigid moment

Knowing that transformation is inevitable


*Happy New Year to all those who have supported me on WordPress.

Cee’s theme: Hot of Cold Things https://ceenphotography.com/2020/01/02/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-hot-or-cold-things/

Patrick’s theme: Illusions https://pixtowords.com/2019/12/29/illusions-pic-and-a-word-challenge-213/

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Embracing cycles of life

Pausing to feel grateful

That I’m still here


V. J.’s theme: Pause https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/16/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-77-pause/

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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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