Broke WP topic rule to offer ideas “We think therefore we blog!”

 My nomination originally posted on Amanda Ricks site — Surprising lives: Click on the highlighted  link to learn more abut the award.


I have been recently nominated for the “Real Neat Blog Award”  by Amanda Ricks. Thank you so much Amanda for considering me for the award nomination. I normally shy away from the public spotlight and would rather concentrate on producing articles for the WP Weekly Photo Challenge.

 Amanda’s blog is always informative and offers her readers new perspectives on old ways of considering life and things in general. She readily admits that she is discovering her online presence and “creative voice”. She expresses herself well, interacts easily with her readers and is always interested in learning new things. 

In this particular instance I am very grateful to be part of the WordPress blogging community and more than willing to participate in this kind of award event.As a nominee it is my responsibility to perform a few fun duties. These duties are listed on next page.

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WP Photo Challenge: Broken

Originally posted on Reflections for my Soul:

That Little Red Truck 2

This past January I took some pictures of this Little Red Truck that sits on the side of the road.  I believe it is a good example of “Broken” for this weeks challenge.

Make sure you check out the Little Red Truck from January!

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W. P. Photo Challenge B-r-o-k-e-n Even mannequins have bad days




“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion . . . . I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” – – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


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Friday I was shopping for a new pair of casual dress slacks at a nearby mall and stumbled upon this forlorn and lonely looking mannequin sitting all by itself near the store’s entrance. 

When I first passed by the figure I paid it no mind. “So what”, I told myself, “it’s just another dumb store mannequin meant to highlight some type of instore sale. No big deal.”  

After spending a fair amount of time in the store locating sales personnel, discovering a pair of slacks I like and trying it on in a cramped fitting room I finally meandered through the store towards the checkout station.

On my way there I overheard a number of female shoppers complain that they were exhausted from shopping and that their feet were killing them. One mentioned that a friend they were supposed to meet at the store did not show up and neglected to send them any type of message by cell phone.

These revelations persuaded me to change my attitude toward this inanimate store promotional fixture. The comments helped breathe a new life and meaning for it in my way of thinking.

I realized that the figure sitting quietly on the display shelf was indirectly offering harried shoppers the opportunity to realize that they were not alone in their shopping frustrations.We all have bad days.

The emotional rescue and understanding this “dummy” offered shoppers was available only to those who took the time to appreciate the fact that “it” was even there.

Broken spirits and resolve could be uplifted by this almost invisible entity.



W. P. Photo Challenge – Enveloped Gnarled debris limits movement



Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” —  Lao Tzu

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If you have ever complained about not having enough space to work in or you feel that the walls are crushing in around you then remember these construction site workers.

When buildings are demolished the remaining debris must be handled carefully and then hauled away. This is a time consuming operation.

Many times the work site is filled with sharp metal protrusions waiting patiently and silently for an unwary individual to come onto the scene and walk into a hazardous situation.

The arrival of the on site clean up crew helps to  lessen the odds of unwanted accidents.



WP’s Forces of Nature Challenge Quiet force leaves subdued chaos

The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.   —  Paul Auster.

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Earlier this week, on May 5th to be exact, Mother Nature launched an unexpected snow storm that caught both the weather experts and local residents by complete surprise

The forecast gurus had predicted warm weather and sunny skies for that day and the chance of precipitation was extremely low…around 10 percent. Many folks were more than eager to set out their lawn chairs and fire up the old barbecue for some outdoor cooking.

When we woke up that morning and looked out our windows heavy amounts of thick wet snow covered the streets and sidewalks and a thick fog hung low over the morning sky. Quite the unexpected gift for Cinco de Mayo.

This was a wet snow which meant it would be difficult to shovel from the walks and patios. Heavy snow removal equipment had been placed on a non-commissioned basis. Snow plows and street cleaning graders had been put to rest for the season. 

If this round of white material did not melt immediately then the area would be in deep trouble.The day’s temperature rose and helped to melt the snow that had accumulated overnight. This was a blessing.The water from the melting snow gurgled playfully as it trickled easily down street gutters and into nearby sewers.

Two days later the last remaining remnants of this storm melted easily away in the sun’s warming rays. Streets and sidewalks were clear and both anxious children and concerned parents breathed a loud sigh of relief. It was after all a spring day and there was baseball, soccer and outdoor picnics to prepare for and enjoy.

Sometimes the relatively subdued forces of nature can be just as harrowing and upsetting as the more forceful natural weather disasters that the season flings our way during the summer months.


W. P. Photo Challenge – Intricate Tree exudes intricate patterns



Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” —    Albert Schweitzer


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Have you ever noticed that the simpler things in life have a natural sophistication, splendour and intricate structuring all their own?  An individual snowflake or that pesky grain of sand stuck between your toes at the beach possess an individual personality that makes it unique in the universe.

That grand old tree in the front yard that you have been meaning to chop down or prune back when the time is right does have certain characteristics that makes it a unique if not at times an under appreciated entity existing right outside your front door.

I once again decided to look out my patio door’s window and try to visually appreciate and share the natural splendor and beauty of a tree that has withstood the ravages of many years of vacillating weather patterns, summer droughts, winter blizzards and spring thaws.

That familiar and affable tree appeared to be more than willing to have me pick up my camera and somehow attempt to capture its good, better and best profiles. Streaming sunlight, the right camera angles and of course chance enabled me to capture the magic and the uniqueness of this tree.



Weekly Photo Challenge Motion 2 Continual motion needed for job



Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” —  Sam Ewing.


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In a recent Word Press Challenge – Ephemeral ( I wrote about the challenges that one two- man municipal cleanup crew faced when trying to cut and clear away the many over hanging branches that were adjacent to many city streets and pedestrian sidewalk areas.

The weather on that particular day was far from ideal but the crew members continued to perform their jobs to the best of their ability. The winds blew, the ground was slippery from the recently fallen snow and temperatures were frigid. A tough work scenario made that much more difficult by the inclement weather conditions.On that day the two-man work crew did their best and succeeded to clear away a large amount of dead branches and tree limbs.

Earlier this week I was awakened by the roaring sound of a hand held power saw and wood chipper busily engaged in the task of cutting away dead trees branches and limbs from tall trees that were located on a nearby schoolyard. The job began about nine a.m. and once again a two-person crew worked diligently and professionally to maintain the safety aspect for the school children. 

One employee Mark ,secured inside the basket of a cherry picker’s overhang mechanical arm , handled the cutting and trimming aspect of the assignment. His partner for the job  Sarah — a single parent with two dependent school aged children to support – worked the ground level clean up operation. Sarah had activated the wood chipper’s motor and waited patiently on the ground while Mark skilfully trimmed at the tree’s branches and twigs.

The two employees working as a tightly knit team worked efficiently and had the job site cleared up in about 30 minutes. When Mark finished his part of the job he helped Sarah with the raking and the cleanup of the area.

In the previous article I centered my attention more on the cutting and trimming aspect of this difficult job. This time I decided to center my attention on Sarah’s role in the completion of the task. The job as you can readily appreciate requires stamina, skill, patience, flexibility and of course dedication.