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

Thought for Today and I Goofed — AGAIN!

Bountiful Harvest
Bountiful Harvest (Photo credit: coreycam)

“Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined. And spreads a common feast for all that live.” – James Thomson

I write when I am inspired.  That means instead of writing a new blog post each day I write as I feel led and schedule my posts ahead.  But sometimes I goof and things post immediately.  I re-schedule these as quickly as possible, but my subscribers may receive notification of a new blog post that isn’t actually there.  I apologize for these boo-boos.  I started out on Blogger and learning WordPress has been taking more time than I expected.  Please hang in there with me as I keep learning.

“There’s No Spot Where God is Not”

When I discovered this music video I knew I had to share it with you.  So turn on your speakers, sit back and get ready for a real day brightener.  The tune is catchy and I guarantee you will find yourself humming or singing this throughout the day.

Thought for Today

Orangeville Park in Orangeville, Ontario in th...
Orangeville Park in Orangeville, Ontario in the fall of 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.” — Eric Sloane

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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