Thought for Today

Surprised by orange.
Copyright 2008 by R.O. Robbins

“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” — Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905

 

 

Life in Six Words

Lower Pay But Much Longer Life
Lower Pay But Much Longer Life (Photo credit: Keoni Cabral)

If you had just six words to tell your life story, or even a small part of it, what would they be?

This is a “six word memoir” I wrote awhile back:

I wanted revenge. Karma was better.

Believe me, it was.

So what’s your story?  Do you have six words to share?

Thought for Today

Branches from window
Copyright 2008 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.” —– Stanley Horowitz 

We don’t usually talk about how our photos were taken, but if you are wondering, yes this is a photo.  It was taken from the window of a moving train.  The only editing done to this photo was cropping out some of the black background from inside the train and resizing it for the internet.  While it may not be a perfect photo in the technical sense, we like the effect.

Solar Storm — A Big Splash of Color

   

Solar Storm
Copyright 2007 by R.A. Robbins

I like to follow the Daily Post Challenges.  This weeks writing challenge is called A Splash of Color.  Wave color in front of an artist and there is no telling what might happen.

The photo today is of one of my favorite fabric art pieces called Solar Storm.  I could go into great detail about my use of color in this piece and what it means to me — but I don’t do that.  If I tell you what I did and was thinking as I created this work I am telling you to see it the way I do.  You don’t have to do that.  I’m more interested in what the work says to you.

Is Solar Storm whispering anything in your ear, or maybe screaming?  Do you find the color warm and comforting, overwhelming or even threatening?

Autumn from a Train

Autumn from a train 2.
Copyright 2008 by R.O. Robbins

Several years ago Bob and I drove to Iowa to take a scenic ride on a train to celebrate our anniversary.  Autumn in the Midwest can be spectacular and that year Mother Nature outdid herself.  Some of the shots of fall leaves you have been enjoying and will continue to enjoy for at least a few weeks to come are from that trip.  Bob took some excellent shots of fall foliage on this trip.   Some of these photos have “special effects” courtesy of shooting out the window of a moving train.  So take a few minutes to sit back, relax and enjoy autumn from a train.

Thought for Today

Fall leaves from a train
Fall leaves from a train.
Copyright 2008 by R.O. Robbins

“Summer is already better, but the best is autumn.
It is mature, reasonable and serious, it glows
moderately and not frivolously … It cools down,
clears up, makes you reasonable …”Valentin 

Politics and Religion

flag and cross
flag and cross (Photo credit: S. Diddy)

Here in the American Midwest we say we won’t discuss politics or religion.  In reality, we won’t discuss them with people who disagree.  We will talk about both all day long with those considered “like minded.”

This rule is supposed to prevent conflict.  What it does is cause conflict by preventing communication.  The gridlock and lack of cooperation in our Federal government is also in our cities, neighborhoods and even our homes.

Nothing will get better while we choose sides and blame each other.  We must start talking.  Next time you are tempted to shut down a conversation with “I don’t discuss…” perhaps you really should talk about it.   Listen with an open mind and both sides might just learn something

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