Thursday, February 4, 2016

What Does The Word Mean? - Part V

The challenge goes on. The challenge to photograph "the solace, nourishment and underlying meaning of everyday words" using David Wythe's book, Consolations. We're now over halfway through the book and it seems to me that the words in the last half are harder to photograph.

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Although I find it difficult to ask for and accept help, there are times that I need someone to hold me up and support me through the tough times.

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There's a part of my heart where I can keep hidden things; secret delights and bits of joy that can be brought out when their comfort is needed. I found this little heart in the center of a plant, a Lamb's Ear.

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"The ability to speak the truth is as much the ability to describe what it is like to stand in trepidation at this door, as it is to actually go through it and become that beautifully honest spiritual warrior, equal to all circumstances, we would like to become."  ~ David Whyte

I stand at the door.
Do I open it?

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Joy is an inner feeling of rejoicing. True joy comes from above: from a God who desires that we find joy, happiness, peace, and purpose in Him.

"These things I have spoken to you,
that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be full."
John 15:11

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I rarely feel loneliness. When I do it is usually when I'm surrounded by others. I quietly stand alone with conversations, friendships, and good times circling around me. I am too shy and insecure to reach our and to participate. I wonder how many doors I've shut on friendships, encouragement, and inspiration because I keep to myself and lack the courage to join in with others

"Solitude is pleasant.
Loneliness is not."
~ Anna Neagle

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Written words
Spoken words
Photographed words

Which to you prefer?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Hiking In The Snow

There are things in our life that we want to do, but circumstances don't always allow them to happen. Such was the case with my desire to get a picture of the Old Mill in the snow. I've wanted to do that for years, but it's in an area with hilly roads that become slick in snowy/icy weather. Finally, I was able to get there in the snow. The roadways were clear, but the snow was still on the ground. I knew it had to have been much prettier the day before when all those trees were covered in snow, but instead of feeling disappointed I decided to just accept what it was and be thankful that I got there at all!

My sister was with me and we decided we weren't ready to head home. We were enjoying the snow and the sunshine, so we headed to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. In the picture above Pinnacle is in the distance covered in snow.

Near the visitor's center is a beautiful quarry. I don't know what type of minerals are in this water, but it is a beautiful blue/green. Beginning at the quarry is a trail that we've never hiked. We debated whether to hike it for about, oh, five seconds and then we hit the trail.

We realized as we began walking that no one had walked the trail since it had snowed. We couldn't decide it that was cool thing or if maybe others knew better than to walk the snowy trail.

As we went deeper in the woods, the trail became less visible under the snow. If the trail had not been marked so well with green paint on the trees, we would never have competed it. Who knows where we would have wound up. At least, we knew we couldn't get lost, we only had to turn around and follow our footsteps out.

There is just something so magical about hiking in the snow. It's amazingly quiet. Sometimes the only sound was the water flowing down several small creeks that we had to cross. 

After seeing all the snow in other parts of the US, it makes me very grateful that when it snows, it's usually only small amounts; six inches this time. Our lives return to normal pretty quickly!  Of course, there's nothing normal about Arkansas weather!  It was up in the 60's today and will be close to 70 tomorrow!