W P Weekly Photo Challenge Humanity The many sided spirit of being human

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being YOU: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”     Wade Davis.

The spirit of humanity is sharing, caring, empathic and flexible. It involves a whole range of emotions and helps us to relate effectively with our fellow human beings. It is a condition of mind that needs to be nurtured over time and is as delicate in its nature as it is strong in its resolve.

A few such moments of expressed humanity are shown above….from teaching a new dog the rules of the road…to a brother and sister sharing a hug at a birthday reunion…to a young child sharing a social moment with her cat and neighbors. Memorable moments in the social structure of our personal development.





W P Weekly Photo Challenge Adventure! Many adventures involve challenges

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. — Jawaharlal Nehru.

As human beings we all crave a little adventure in our lives. We attempt to avoid the humdrum and seek out those instances  that are rewarding. worthwhile, unique and of course fun. The best adventures are those that challenge our notions of ourselves and lead to personal growth.

The folks pictured above struggled valiantly with that mini scooter that just seemed to have a mind of its own. It teased and cajoled and challenged the father and his son to not only repair an elusive problem but also reap the benefits and fruits of their labor — an exhilarating ride on that darn mini bike.

The father appeared at times to be stumped by the technical aspects of the repair task …but he did not despair and in the end his grateful son was able to cruise freely about the deserted streets of a nearby cul-de-sac. Needless to say both were happy that things worked out for the best.

It turned out to be an enjoyable afternoon for both of them and probably bonded them closer that they would have been before the incident. The challenge and the promise of adventure



Word Press Photo Challenge – Dialogue Listening to Apple Pear’s Silent Dialogue

“The artist is the confidant of nature. Flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.” —- Auguste Rodin.

Sometimes a dialogue can involve visual elements and not necessarily an interplay of spoken words.  In the case of the Chinese apple pear the line of communication is usually one sided. The familiar protective covering on each apple pear should be clue to the fact that this is a special fruit that merits your attention if not personal inspection.

Apples and pears are closely related members of the rose family but, and this is important to note, the Asian apple pear effectively blurs the line between the two fruits. Scientists are baffled as to how to describe the hybrid fruit but taste aficionados prefer eating it as opposed to mincing words about its inherent merits.

The brightly colored Asian pear has a crispness, texture, size and at times roundness of the most superlative eating apple. In a real sense it is special and the growers and shippers of the pear treat it in a special way. Thus the special shipping coverlet helps protect it from bruising during shipping and super market handling.

Customers in super markets who buy the apple pears do not truly understand the need for the white coverlet remaining on the pear after it has been placed in the grocer’s fruit and vegetable display areas. They consider it an inconvenience and a nuisance.

Managers in some of these stores order their staff to throw away the coverlet and let the fruit remain in display cases unprotected. This lack of dialogue subjects the fruit to undue bruising and mishandling.

This is the time of year when the Asian apple pear begins to appear on many super market shelves. If you have never tried the pear do yourself a flavor and pick one soon. You will be glad you did.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Fray 2 The sometimes frayed arm of the law?

I live across the street from a mini mall. I happened to look out my bedroom window this afternoon around 12:45 pm and noticed that  three police officers were concealing themselves in the shade of a large tree that effectively managed to hide them from passing motorists . Two of the officers were wearing safety vests and a third appeared to be coordinating the traffic safety operation.

In the space of 45 minutes the traffic control members effectively stopped 10 speeders who carelessly drove past a nearby school zone . The street was almost devoid of traffic but this group of drivers sped past the school on their way to their destination.

Many might suggest that the officers were being sneaky in their efforts to apprehend careless drivers. Others would heartily applaud their efforts to ensure the safety of our school children.

However you feel about this issue realize that not all drivers are reckless. Many have just developed frayed driving habits over the years and need the occasional traffic citation to help them realize the error of their ways.

Remember to drive carefully. The kids are back in school and depend on you to be mindful of them and their safety.



Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge Fray

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”   William Blake

For this week’s challenge I thought I would voluntarily go out on the proverbial limb and march headlong into the fray and highlight the graceful yet tattered nature of a tree that stands outside my patio doorway. It’s form is elegant, it’s bark weathered with a hint of mottling suited for a tree of such an advanced age.

It is also a youthful tree that never fails to produce new green leaves every spring and a fighter that does not give up despite the fact that many of its extended branches are dried, creaking, cracking and sensitive to strong summer winds that accompany many evening thunder storms.

It is an inspirational tree as well that has managed to weather many severe storms in its day and still has the resilience and the panache to go on and not give up despite its aged appearance.



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