Photo Friday – Highland Park Dentzel Carousel

Photo Friday - Dentzel Carousel - Highland Park, Meridian MS

Earlier in the month, I attended a two day professional development in Meridian, Mississippi. Meridian is famous for many things – including being the home Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman and Father of Country Music; the international headquarters for Peavey Electronics; and the birthplace of many musicians and actors. In the past month, I’ve brought you pictures from the Causeyville General Store as well as the Gypsy Queen’s grave. This week I bring you photos of Meridian’s rare Dentzel Carousel, one of her other prized attractions.  If you are going to visit Meridian to see their Dentzel Carousel, don’t be misled by the website linked above. You can’t plan to just show up between the hours listed and expect to take your $1.00 tour. Call the number that is listed and arrange for your tour; don’t be disappointed like I was. If you just show up, I can almost guarantee you will be stuck looking through grimy windows at beauty you can’t get anywhere near. No tickets for you. If, however, you do make the proper arrangements, you’ll find out a ton of wonderful information – like not only is a working, restored Dentzel Carousel rare, but having a small, stationary…

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Visual Storytelling – Day 30 – New Orleans Halloween

Visual Storytelling - New Orleans Halloween

New Orleans is a place uniquely situated for a holiday like Halloween. If you’re at all sensitive, you can feel the history and spirits reaching out to touch you, whisper to you, send a chill up your spine. or it could just be the hurricanes or hand grenades or sazeracs. I prefer to think of it as the spirits, though. You can’t have a city that has over 300 years of history – brutal at times, deadly too many times to count, mysterious and mystical. When you bring in the mysticism piece – all of the myths, misconceptions, and truth that surround Voodoo/Hoodoo – it’s a wonder you don’t see the scepters floating through the Quarter. Whatever it is, New Orleans is ready for Halloween. *all photos taken with my iPhone 5s in the Camera+ app. Editing done in Camera+, and text added with the Little Moments app.

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Buda, TX - old grain silo

This past weekend, Sweet Husband, his mom, and I made our way to Austin, TX for Uncle Bubba’s (my mother-in-law’s brother) wedding. We stayed at a hotel a little bit from Uncle Bubba’s house, and from the very first time we made our way from the hotel to UB’s, I noticed an old, rusty barn and other buildings sitting in the middle of a field. Everything but the silo was still sitting on skids, so the collection had obviously been moved to that location. From the moment I saw them, I knew I wanted to take pictures of them. Since I get up too damn early even on the weekends, I was able to head out Sunday morning around 7:00 just as the sun was coming up to do just that. I don’t know their stories. I have no idea how long they’ve been there or what their purpose will eventually be, but I have to think that it has to be something in store for such a collection to make its way to one place. I do know that I wanted to climb the fence and crawl around in them – get closer and take them in. The “No…

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Tuesday Thanksgiving

Tuesday Thanksgiving graphic

Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel. This week, the following things are making the list: Safe travels. We went to Austin this past weekend – a 9 hour drive one way – and we got there and back with no problems. The truck did us well, and while her transmission might be going, she’s not gone yet. Sweet Husband. He finished his last grad school class last night. He has to take comps on December 6, and he will graduate in May, but he’s all done. I’m so very proud of him. He didn’t necessarily want to be a teacher, which meant that he would need to go to grad school, but he did it because it was what we needed at the time. He’s such a good teacher, too! Neither one of us may stay in education for much longer but it’s been what was right for the time. I’m so grateful to have a partner who is willing to…

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Weekly Retreats

Weekly Retreats - Link Round-Up

I read a lot of blog posts during the week – I kind of consider them like a little retreat during the beginning, middle, or end of a day – thus the title of this series of posts – weekly retreats. I try to remember to collect the best of them here for you each week so you can be as entertained or prodded or as moved as I am. This week, the following things are making the list: This post from Chalene Johnson on Facebook. A great reminder for me. I might not be doing what I want to be, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be serving my purpose while I am waiting to get where I want to be. You don’t FIND your purpose, you honor it. The job and circumstance you have CURRENTLY are just as important as your higher aspirations. Serve your purpose where you are. Why Don’t You Do Something Good – Fat Mum Slim. This is a great reminder to put that energy out there into the world. What can you do this week to brighten the lives around you? How to Use Canva for Custom Graphics – Random Little Faves. Vicky…

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Weekend Unwind – The Belated Edition

Weekend Unwind Graphic

Sometimes despite our best intentions, the world and time gets away from us. I had such great intentions last week. I was going to get all of my posts done and scheduled before we left for our trip to Austin Friday morning. And then if I couldn’t get that done, I was going to at least have things ready to roll so I could be updating with minimal time during our trip. And then I was going to find time to at least throw up some photo posts. None of that happened. Sadly. It all started when my work computer got taken from me to reverse an update that I had installed. It was supposed to have been back to me that same afternoon – Wednesday afternoon – but it wasn’t. And that’s when things began to go off the rails for me. An evening of not getting things done turned into a mad scramble to not quite get things taken care of. In the process of reversing that update, all of the photos that I was working to get processed for the site were lost. (they weren’t a total loss – I have most of them on my home…

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#reverb14 – October Prompt – Where I’m From

#reverb14 - Where I'm From - MFA Grain Towers in Aurora, MO

Last December, I participated in project reverb, a reflective writing challenge meant to close out the year and prepare for the new year. One of the groups hosting reverb prompts decided to continue the reflection through the year and sends out a monthly prompt. The prompt for October for #reverb14 is as follows: Origins | Get back to our roots. Where are you From? Is it California, Minnesota, China, Ireland, Earth? Do you know who you are? How you tell people where you are from, and why? For this prompt, I’ve decided that the appropriate response is to complete a “Where I’m From” poem ala George Ella Lyon.   I’ve written probably a dozen different iterations of this poem – every time I teach a class and use Lyon’s poem, I write my own. Of course, finding one of them now would be beyond my capabilities. That’s OK, though, because it’s easy enough to create a new one. Where I’m From I’m from teachers and hillbillies and fractured families that have tenuous grips on reality. I’m from the Ozark foothills, golden waves of grain, and endless miles of corn fields. I’m from ice-cold creeks that run clear, holding water moccasins and…

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Darcee Getting Married

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Darcee Getting Married - Algiers courthouse new orleans

For awhile I’ve been meaning to take part in You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out’s Song-ography weekly post. It’s kinda right up my alley – photography, music, thinking…all things I love. I see the post each week, think about it, and then promptly forget. Last night on my Facebook page, I shared Kathy’s latest post and mentioned that I always intend to participate, and what do you know – she replied and said that it wasn’t too late. So. Here we are. This week’s song is Lou Reed’s “A Perfect Day.” I am fortunate that I have a wealth of very recent pictures that fit this song, thanks to my friend Darcee – who just so happened to get married to Cameron in New Orleans on October 16. Does it get more perfect than that? It doesn’t.

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Visual Storytelling – Bees in the Goldenrod

Visual Storytelling - Bees in the Goldenrod at Gumbo Acres

Every month I intend to participate in the Fat Mum Slim Photo-a-Day photography challenge. I usually do well the first few days – perhaps the first week – and then I get busy, I forget to look at the prompts or I automatically click off the notification for the app. This month, though, I’m doing much better at participating. I’ve gotten behind a few days, and I think right now, I still need to do “Q” and “T” for this month. The secret to this month’s success versus others? I took a look at the list of photos for the month, and I’ve spent a little bit of time “pre-shooting.” I understand that for some people this might be cheating, but one of the things that I’ve learned about myself recently is that if I’m going to be successful, then I need to plan for that success. I go to work in the dark. I don’t really have the opportunity to take photos during the day. But. I can certainly spend time once a week or so taking a look at what photos are coming up that month and think about how I can capture that idea. I find that…

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Tuesday Thanksgiving

Tuesday Thanksgiving graphic

Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel. This week, the following things are making the list: A weekend at home, with little to do. Sweet Husband and I seem to go-go-go, and while there is nothing inherently wrong with that, occasionally it wears a body down, particularly when we are go-go-going in opposite directions. It was nice to be home together, just relaxing. Celebrating with friends. One of my dear friends (whom I don’t get to see enough…because I don’t make time for her. *sigh*) got married on the 16th. It was an honor to be included with her family and the very small, close-knit group of friends as she and her husband embarked on the beginnings of their new life. There’s just something about weddings, y’all. Gotta love them. (especially when they’re not mine!) And speaking of weddings and marriage – Sweet Husband and the easiness that is our relationship. It’s not to say that we don’t have our issues because…

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