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Blogging 101 – Day Eleven: Make a Prompt Personal

Writing prompts can be a blogger’s best friend: when inspiration is low and fresh ideas few, responding to someone else’s question can do get you out of a slump. There’s no need to treat them as requirement, though; prompts work best when you personalize them to fit your interests and perspective.
Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on a blogging prompt.

Even though I have seen these blogging prompts, I never had the desire to participate in them because I can’t write on command. I am not that good. When I write is because I have been inspired in some way.
I admit I wasn’t very hopeful but when I went to their page, I found this.

The Kindness of Strangers
When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!

When I read this, it instantly took me back to a few years ago…
First, I want to share this video.

I know this is just a commercial but it’s beautiful and I like to think that these kinds of things can happen to some people in real life and that people are able to give without expectations.

Anyway, this video reminded of how about a year or so I experienced someone giving for just the sake of giving. That was a first for me.
We had lunch at a lovely restaurant that overlooked the ocean. It was a nice time and nothing extraordinary happened, just two people having lunch together enjoying each other’s company with lots of laughs.
When it was time to pay the bill, the waitress simply smiled at us and said it was all handled.
“What do you mean?” I asked.

Her smile grew wider and said a customer paid for our lunch as she handed us the receipt.

Now it was my turn to be shocked. Across the receipt, it was written paid in full by another patron’.

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I was quite perplexed and I am sure it showed. I just didn’t understand why a complete stranger or strangers would do this for us. Believe me we aren’t anything special.

“Who did this and why?” I asked her as I started to survey the restaurant to see if I saw anyone that looked responsible….
She simply replied that they didn’t want to be known.
She smiled at us told us to enjoy this act of kindness and left.
End of story.

Funny thing is that this isn’t a story or a commercial it is real life and it happened to two regular people. It left a great impression on us and we talked about it until he dropped me home.
Truly one a great reminder on how some people can be generous. Makes you feel good for humanity.

Several months later, I “paid it forward”. It wasn’t planned but when I was at a Starbucks I just suddenly felt the need to buy whoever was behind me their cup of coffee or tea. I have to point out that I that time there was no one behind me. I gave barista 6 bucks, told her what I was planning, and told her if there was any change for her to put it in their tip jar.
What happened next is for another blog post but it turned out better than I could have expected but you know what? It felt good.
Writing all of this down is making me want to do it again… 🙂

Photo 101 – Day Nine: Warmth

Photography means “drawing with light,” and when you snap a picture with your camera, you use and record light to create an image.
When we’re out and about, we use the sun — our most abundant light source — to capture our scenes.
Today, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source. And if the sun is nowhere to be found, don’t worry! You can interpret warmth in a different way.

I was playing around and this is what I came out with… just a simple iris flower opening up to the warmth of the sun.

day9 -- warmth

Leave me to bask
In the warmth of this tranquility
Even for the smallest while
Before the frigid cold consumes me…

Photo 101 – Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines

A good photographer is a constant observer: always watching and studying a scene, from patterns in city traffic to movements in nature.
A photographer notices big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — but also the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches in the Nevada desert:
Capture the natural world with your camera: document a moment outside, big or small. From a panorama snapped during your morning hike to a close-up of a leaf in your yard, we invite you to document this wondrous world around us.

I read these words “A good photographer is…” for my next assignment and I froze. That ugly negative voice appeared in my head telling me – well — I won’t tell you what it was telling me and I rather tell you that I pushed those thoughts aside and went hunting. 🙂
This is my interpretation of my natural world, the natural lines the stormy clouds created with the sun behind them and the moon rising above.

day8 -- natural world

Photo 101 – Day Seven: Big

Today, let’s go big. Whether inside or outside, photograph something of massive size. Feel free to interpret big in your own way, and get creative with your shot. Capture all or just part of the subject. Place it in the foreground so it takes up the entire frame. Or shoot it from afar so it appears smaller — yet still prominent.

My interpretation of big.

The moon was so bright and big that it was hard to miss. I took the first shot with my iPhone and then raced to my car to get my Canon and try to focus on the moon.
There’s are my results.

Sigh
I wish I had a zoom lens… 🙂

Photo 101 – Day Four: Bliss

What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas?

Bliss: complete happiness, great joy, paradise, or heaven.

 

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How could I choose a single moment of bliss?

“I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens.”

A refreshing ocean breeze;
A warm sunshine;
A drop of rain;
A wave of joy;
A captivating sunset
A glimmering moon;
A friend’s shoulder;
A child’s laughter;
A beautiful smile;
A soft whisper;
A lover’s kiss…

I simply cannot choose just one
Please don’t ask me to.

Photo 101 – Day Two: Street

Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road blanketed in snow, an alley near your apartment covered with murals, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes

day2--mural

Riding here, I can’t see your face
What has caused you to come to this troubled place?
Atop a horse that is one with the night
Why are you here? this isn’t your fight
My hand in yours leading the way,
You beg me to go, so why should I stay
Darken eyes with hair swept over your face,
Why have you come to this forsaken place?

Back on his horse and riding away
Just riding, away
Back on his horse riding away
Away
The shadows shoot by under the moon’s silver rays
Until the dawn of the day

Taking your hands gentle with grace
Now we are here is it the end of the chase?
Hearing the ocean, the wind in our tree
You’re still bound, please just be free
Staring at me, your touch full of grace
Is it the end of the chase?

Rare Glimpses

sunset glimpse

Our sunset is absolutely stunning
As I get a preview of your splendor
You leave me so I can shine bright

Even in the midst of the darkness that surrounds me
My stars always will tell me stories of you
And your day clouds will recite great tales of me

I really couldn’t ask for anything more
I will treasure those rare glimpses
When you are setting and I am rising.

 

Battle between feeling and not

Sunset over the lake

Some days as I watch the sun set
I feel everything at once
Other days when I am at home
I feel nothing at all

I do not know what is worse
Drowning in the lake
Or
Perishing from the unquenchable thirst

It is a constant battle
A war between
Remembering and forgetting
Somewhere between happiness is found