Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Photo Challenge: OVER/THROUGH

It's a quiet time as I try to stave off the holiday craziness. It's coming, though! Enjoy these photos while you can.

This happens to be a challenge with all New England photographers responding. This flower through the leaves image by Our Alisun feels like a perfect representation of New England to me.

There's something about the clarity of the writing and the murkiness of everything else that makes me feel like this one represents marriage well.

Our Janet provides us with a perfect send off. The only way forward is through! (Or over, depending on your perspective.)

Now that we've been soothed with pretty pics let's have the next prompt be CRAZY. I feel like that won't be difficult to fulfill.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday December 1st for posting on December 2nd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and CRAZY. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Monday, November 09, 2015

15 Years Ago

Fifteen years ago today I was at a very different job (though not that different) thinking about very different things and I got the phone call that was not just different but unique. This gent had passed.

Some years I think of him all day. Some years I pass the day wondering why the date seems so weird to me and only later realize why.

Still miss him.

Still hope he's proud of me.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Photo Challenge: CHILLS

There were thrills and chills over Halloween in my neck of the woods. How about in yours? Sadly I got not one photo of my pup in his costume but there were plenty of other things to snap. We've got some great ones here.

Our Bethany and family were in Maine as the temps started to plummet. Fortunately their house is on wheels so they could head to warmer climes.

This photo from Our Cindy was the first time I saw the phenomenon of vampire-o-lanterns. They crack me up! Especially with the hephalump sitting there all, "Hey guys, hows it going? No, I am not tasty and delicious at all!"

So basically Our Janet has captured what I'll be like even after death - just sitting around snuggling my dog.

Me and one of my favorites just, you know, chillin' at the library.

Since we're staring down the chute to Thanksgiving I've got Over the River and Through the Woods as an ear worm.  (I know, technically it's supposed to be a Christmas thing but my family sang it year round whenever we went to see a grandparent.) So let's go with OVER for our prompt. I will also accept THROUGH if that moves you.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday November 17th for posting on November 18th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and OVER or THROUGH. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Photo Challenge: ACCEPT

Thanks to everyone who participated despite me not promoting the challenge or reminding you much.  I'm fortunate to be going through a very busy time but am getting to the point where things are blowing through the cracks a little. Sorry!

On to the photos! (And the new prompt below.)

But wait! First, here's a link to Our Ana's photo. It's her birthday today so many happy returns to her! I couldn't download it (and I accepted that!) so I'm linking and hope you'll all click through to Flickr to wish her a happy day.

Can you see why Our Janet submitted this one? Subtle and cool.

Our Cindy plucked my heartstrings with this one. I'm really mourning the end of summer.

Part of that mourning is apparently posting sunflower pics. I guess I'm not ready to accept.

In honor of Halloween and the ever-changing temps let's use CHILLS as our next prompt. Looking forward to seeing your interpretation of this one!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday November 3rd for posting on November 4th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and CHILLS. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Photo Challenge: MEDITATE

It feels like so long since the Pope was here that I'd forgotten the reason for the prompt. Had to meditate on it for a minute. Heh.

Our Cindy makes kayaking look perfectly meditative. I think one person kayaking would be. My limited experience with canoeing tells me that steering with more than one person is less relaxing.

I love Our Janet's deep collection of poppets and tiny personalities and the way she records their lives. Jack Sparrow surely benefits from some dedicated mindfulness time.

What I love about New England girls like Our Alisun is that they have a grasp of the classic. This chills me out to no end!

I don't know. This guy seemed meditative to me.

I'm having a hard time with the seasonal change. Seasons aren't going to change the way they change just because I'm having a hard time, though. I'm going to use this prompt to help me deal. To help me ACCEPT. OK?

Please enter by 9am Tuesday October 20th for posting on October 21st. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and ACCEPT. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

This Day All Over Again

Yesterday Alison and I went to Sean Casey to walk Bear (pictured, left). Viv had generously given us a harness to use with him and the results were marvelous. We saw a lot more of his personality since he wasn't choking himself to get to the next smell.

While we waited for someone to be able to take him back downstairs we saw Sean in the store holding a German Shepherd on a leash and talking to a man.

I thought, "Oh. Oh yeah."

I moved Bear down the way because he isn't a big animal lover so Alison is the one who overheard the conversation. We aren't sure but it seems like the shepherd was being surrendered right then and there. He (or she) was beautiful.

I said "Oh" because today, you see, is the sixth anniversary of my deciding it was time to help Emily die. Turns out this day still sucks.

It helps some to have other dogs around. My dog, Bear, that German Shepherd...

I was supposed to volunteer at a big dog-friendly event all day today. It was a coincidence that it fell on October 3rd but it seemed like a nice way to honor her memory. Unfortunately the weather was crappy so, for our safety, it was canceled.

Instead I spent the day hanging with Ed. We went on a long walk, he got a huge pig ear, we napped hard, we went to the pet food store, we took another walk, and now we're torturing the cats. Well, one of us is.

When I sit on the couch Ed sits in the middle, right up near my feet. It's been cold so he's really been snuggly, even begging several times to sit on my lap. Emily had her spot at the very far end of the couch. She only slept in the middle when two humans were here. There was plenty of room here on the couch for her today but she wasn't here to fill it.

She will never again be here to fill it.

So, as we do every year, please have a treats for everyone day in her honor. Not, sadly, solely in her honor.

Please read this wonderful tribute Nancy Davis Kho wrote to her late co-worker. Also, please send your love to Our Audra who said goodbye to one of her beloved shelties, Wylie Coyote, pictured below.

Love them as fast and deep as you can. It'll be over before you know it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Updating Here or, actually, There

I updated my Performances and Appearances Page. Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Photo Challenge: STEP

A lot of funny choices here. I can never predict what will show up for a prompt. That's the very best part.

Our Bethany offered several options and I chose this for the humor and the history.

Our Lisa has been hiking her butt off for a couple of months. So many steps!

You should see Our Janet's other entry because it's really gorgeous. I'm a sucker for Dave's goofiness, though!

I am powerless against the cute of tiny feet. Did Our Cindy know this?

I went super symbolic on this one. The step was doing this photo shoot and working to build my business.

The Pope is coming to my town tomorrow. I will not use pray as a prompt. I will use MEDITATE, though. That's a compromise I can live with.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday October 6th for posting on October 7th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and MEDITATE. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Saving It All For You

I've been saving articles all over the show but never sharing them with you. Let's get on that!

It's nice to lead off with something light. Tom Hardy is a big dog lover. This basset hound confirms.

Some misguided (and ridiculously repressive) parent in TN is called to have The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks banned in her kid's school. Our Cindy, an actual scientist in the relevant area, took that on gloriously.

I learned something about Madeline Kahn and Clue I never knew before.

A brave and courageous abortion providing doctor has added some information to his patients' paperwork. Added information. Surely that's against the law in TX.

The short version of John Oliver's review of a particular sex education curriculum is "Learning nothing would have been better than learning that."

Fellow LTYM team member, Deborah Goldstein, lays out some critical information about interacting with lesbians if you're not one. There are too many great lines for me to give you a quote to start. Just go read.

I have been bitching and moaning about cyclists in NYC more and more lately. Even though some of a native New Yorker backing me up in my slightly conflicted but genuinely angry view.
my best friends are cyclists (yes, I know what I did there). I'm glad to have

I never really framed my difficulty in living with other people like this but it's so true. I understand why it was not enraging but exhausting for me to live somewhere that leftovers never survived.

"I'm so tired but I can just go home and eat that last serving of beans and go to bed."
"I ate those."

So a woman ran a marathon while menstruating and without wearing feminine hygiene products. I have run into some widely differing views on this one. I don't think it'd be for me but running a marathon isn't for me so that's not surprising. Also, I thought there'd be more blood.

I have been listening to the Nerdist podcast a lot and so hearing some stories about terrible fan interaction. Some of them have made me feel bad about my, mostly very normal, interactions with people I admire. Neil Gaiman, as usual, makes me feel better.

Maggie Mason's short recollection is delightful in so many ways.

In news time this happened ages ago but let's bring it back to the front. Hillary Clinton met with some Black Lives Matter members after the excitement where a Bernie Sanders rally was shut down and not handled very well. There are videos of the H Clinton meetings.

A Tumblr highlighting everyday activists. Very cool.

By the way, if you really wanted to see the Stonewall movie please know how the story has been altered.

Brett Easton Ellis gets properly taken to school in 140 characters or less.

I'm still thinking about Sandra Bland. I hope that you are, too.

At BlogHer in July one of the keynotes included a pitch session for women starting charities and businesses. A woman named Majora Carter stole the show! She valued her passion, her intelligence, and her vulnerability and it paid off. It was amazing to watch.

Let's end on that  up note, too. Well bracketed. Whew!

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11 Straight From The Camera....Phone

Now a tradition.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Photo Challenge: SAVOR

You should really hit the Flickr pool for this one because there are ones I couldn't include that are indeed mouth watering.

Today is (I think) the first day of High School for this busy lady. I savor every moment she can spare.

Our Janet has titled this one "Savor Your Friendships." That says it all, don't you think?

Our Cindy savoring coffee, The Highline, her vacation. Looks like bliss!

How come we have not seen more pictures of this guy (girl?) from Our Alisun? So sweet.

There is nothing, I think, like watching a dog savor something. Our Laura clearly has the scritching down to an art.

As today is the first day of school for kids in NYC I think STEP is the challenge. Do with it as you will.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday September 22nd for posting on September 23rd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and STEP. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.