A Life in the Day (My Town of Old – A Short Photo Walkabout)

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Santa Rosa History

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Today’s”Note to Self” (Keep the Beat. Share the Love.)

Greetings Peeps! Here’s a bit of Monday Morning Cheer with which to start your day…and carry forward! Put THAT on your list of things to do, sister! :)

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Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

Originally posted on Quintin Lake Architectural Photography Blog:

Saint Catherine's Monastery below Mount Sinai

Saint Catherine’s Monastery below Mount Sinai

Mighty granite walls protect the monastery

Mighty granite walls protect the monastery

Much of the walls have stood for 14 centuries

Much of the walls have stood for fourteen centuries

Cross carved in the granite walls

Cross carved in the granite walls

At one point in history all of the doors were sealed up, and entrance was made through a lift, which was also used to haul up supplies.

At one point in history all of the doors were sealed up, and entrance was made through a lift, which was also used to haul up supplies.

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

The building sits in the wildest imaginable location

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

Detail of window in the corner buttress

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

The route to Mount Sinai starts at the left of the monastery

Lift structure and modern entrance.

Lift structure and modern entrance.

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right) inside courtyard

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right) inside courtyard

Bell tower, Built in 1871

Bell tower, Built in 1871

Cross carved in the granite walls

Cross carved in the granite walls

The monastery contains the Katholikon, various chapels, a amosque , library and cells for the monks.

The monastery contains the Katholikon, various chapels, a amosque , library and cells for the monks.

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right)

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right)

Saint Catherine's Monastery below Mount Sinai

Saint Catherine’s Monastery below Mount Sinai

The monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, is the oldest active Christian monastery in…

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The Persian Flaw

I really love this post, by The Quick Brown Fox, discussing her time at the ‘Loony Bin’, addressing depression & ‘recovery’, travails with knitting, lessons learned or at least pondered. Authentic, relatable (I found), entertaining, funny, heart-felt, honest. Thank you Diane, for perfectly expressing your imperfections. We all are little bits & pieces God. Wholly Holy.

In regards to the above, it seems I am no longer linked to this wonderful post by The Quick Brown Fox. Could it be she’s jumped the fence? I will have to search to find another such reference…

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Remembering the real Syria

Originally posted on Road Essays :

I had just been kidnapped. Bundled into a car and taken to an unknown destination somewhere in the old city section of Homs.  My kidnapper loomed over me, knife in hand.

“You must eat more,” he yelled, slamming the knife forcefully onto the table. “More!”

Dutiful hostage that I am, I forced another spoonful into my mouth.

Enforced eating isn’t a usual hostage torture procedure but then there are no dank cells or handcuffs here. Instead it’s just endless cups of tea, huge plates groaning under the weight of food and more smiles from the gathered crowd than you could ever expect.

This was my Syria. 

Yet again, I’d been kidnapped by a local family and brought home for lunch.

All I’d wanted to do was buy a bottle of water when I wandered into Nizar’s shop in the midday heat. Instead, he’d quickly locked the shop, hustled me into…

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10 Best Documentary Movies About Photography & Photographers

I love photography & the art thereof. I don’t have the patience to acquire the practical, technological skills. I prefer to be unencumbered & snap here & there while on walks with my iPhone (& maintain my ’15 minutes of fame’ on little Flickr gallery).

I admire & am thankful for those who do have the patience & the talent. For those of you who appreciate this art form, professional or not, check out this link:

10 Best Documentary Movies About Photography & Photographers.

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Solstice Transformation – Shedding the Past and Creating the Future

Originally posted on Mommy Mystic:

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” - Albert Camus

The Solstices are my favorite ‘power days’ of the year. Here in the northern hemisphere, the December Solstice is our winter solstice, and in the preceding weeks we move deeper and deeper into the womb-like cave of long, dark nights. On December 21st, the earth reaches its tipping point, and we welcome back the gradual return of the light. Connecting with this natural cycle, and energetically linking our own shedding and transformation with it, is tremendously powerful. Its the reason so many cultures around the world have linked this day, and the period around it, with retreat, contemplation, and transformation.

From an energetics perspective, I like working with a 6 week window, 3 weeks before Solstice and 3 weeks after, in a very conscious way (although I view the whole Solstice energy…

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