Lens-Artist #118: Communication – Right from the Horse’s Mouth

Anne Leueen and Baisini the Horse host this week’s Lens-Artist Challenge #118. I’m super late getting in my entry, but when a horse encourages you to enter, you have to oblige even if you are tardy, right?

Manny, from California, and Justin Beaver, from Queensland, meet up again in Hawaii after years on the road and miles apart.

As a blogger, a photo blogger to be more exact, an insatiable drive impels us to communicate. We hope for someone, but definitely putting ourselves out there in the world.

Do you remember how hard communication was when you were in middle school? Yet having friends, sharing secrets, laughing, and listening is how we all learned to communicate. How sad we are that children can’t enjoy this intimate kind of communication without risk. Our schools are distance learning until further notice.

High School and clubs gave students further chances to learn to communicate. These FFA students, Edith and Rogelio, went to the National Competition with their FFA projects and came back to present at a Kiwanis meeting as if they had been making presentations for years. (Which they had been.) Aren’t they adorable?

While I don’t want anyone to get sick and die of COVID or anything else, I wish there was another way besides Zoom to insure that students would not have to miss out on these opportunities for the rest of this year. They can never make it up.

Learning new skills in communication doesn’t stop when we age. Our friend Jack Pizura decided he would learn how to paint after he turned 80. For a while he poured himself into communicating his ideals and what he loved through his art. He showed his paintings in a local restaurant and explained the meanings of some of them in case we missed the nuances. Yes, I had missed the hidden meanings on all of these, but I loved many of his paintings and enjoyed the evening.

These band students had a chance to play during a veteran’s program last year. Every time people assemble they communicate. They plan, they practice, they goof off, and make friends for life. All canceled this year.

In small schools students mingle frequently with the community often during programs. They are a community asset and it is their responsibility to perform and do their best.

The number of badges on this young man’s sash communicates that he has already taken many steps to become a leader. He prepares to lead the flag salute at the Woodlake Veteran’s Day program.

At our Kiwanis meetings, experts and professionals inform us about how their profession contributes to the well-being of our society. On this day the chief of the emergency room from Kaweah Delta Hospital and one of his staff members met with us at 6:30 am to tell us about care at our hospital. That communicated concern and going the extra mile (literally – Woodlake is 20 miles away from the nearest large town, Visalia, CA.)

I want to go out with a bang. Why is that? Because I am glad I live in the United States, in spite of the turmoil we have had, the COVID scare. We have come through so much.

"The bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there." -Francis Scott Key

We look to the skies for a sign. These fireworks give proof that we enjoy freedom for yet another day.

Tomorrow I will go back and enjoy others who joined in this week’s Lens Artists’ Challenge and I hope that you will do the same. Looking ahead to next week, Ann-Christine of Leya will lead the challenge, so be sure to visit her site on Saturday, October 17th at noon.

If I’m still slow next week too, my excuse is that I’m still in the moving process. We are counting down to November 14th. I packed one more room up and secured a moving van to move 20 years of accumulated stuff. Negotiating between companies took all day!!! I still don’t know for sure that I made the right choice, but I paid money, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

In case you have to move in the near future, you can check moving company’s reputations beyond YELP at the Department of Transportation website using the company’s DOT ID number. This was helpful communication because all I talked to were brokers and they all had nice things to communicate about their companies. Yelp did not always agree.

Don’t Forget

You have until next Monday to submit your Double Ennead for the Carrot Ranch Poetry Contest.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

16 thoughts on “Lens-Artist #118: Communication – Right from the Horse’s Mouth”

  1. I love your version of communication, Marsha! Especially as it relates to student experience (or lack thereof) during Covid times. My students are Zoomed Out, and I am happy they can watch the previous video content that was created in my class over the last 4 semesters. The students are really missing out on social engagement and most communication comes in the form of email at school and for those at work. It’s exhausting! Speaking of, I feel your pain packing, and you are doing it in the heat like me! Word to the wise, get a confirmation a week out with your truck reservation! I got called from U-haul last night telling me our reservation for a 20-foot truck got canceled for this Saturday! Talk about communication error, we made the reservation in the local store on September 8! I was hopping mad, but their customer service rep managed to find us another truck that is available at noon on Sunday. Arrgh! So we’re delayed a day, but it happens. Good luck with the packing!


    1. Noooooo! that would be so awful, Terri. WOW! So you reserved a 20 foot. We reserved a fifteen foot and a moving van for our bigger things. I hope we won’t have to store anything and come back for it. I am going to try to sell my antique bed suite, which will give us more room on the truck for things. It’s a challenge to get it all sorted out. 🙂 So when is your actual take off day? How is the house looking? Any pictures yet? I’m excited to see it. 🙂

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      1. I believe they’re working on the septic system. My contractor assures us everything is on track. No pics yet. The home will be built in the factory sometime in November and placed on site in early December. It all goes rather quickly but I’m preparing to live in our trailer if we have to! I hope you can get your things ironed out. I’m not looking forward to loading the truck in the heat tomorrow. You both take care with your loading in this heat, Marsha!


        1. Yay! It will be nippy, but at least everything will be there. We are going to drive our two cars, and Vince is bringing a 15 foot Uhaul truck for all of Cindy’s stuff and some of our immediate stuff. And we have just made an offer on another house for ourselves. Three bedrooms, so plenty of room for visitors!!! 🙂

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  2. Marsha, your photos are interesting, fun, make me smile and I appreciate the action shots. They each tell a story without words. You highlight a very important point. Communication is much more challenging, especially for children. I am hearing how teachers, students and almost everyone is Zoomed out. A really great point on how all of the arts are a form of communication. Unfortunately, most programs are cancelled. Good luck and hugs on your move. Thank you for sharing an interesting post.

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    1. Thank you Erica/Erika There is not much call for these kind of photographs except on Facebook right after the event. So it was fun to have a challenge that allowed me to use them to tell the story. We are excited about our move to Prescott. All new pictures coming up in the next few months. 🙂 thanks for your lovely comment.

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  3. Hello Marsha. Biasini the horse here. I’m so glad you responded to my challenge. I am sorry to know that all these young people cannot meet up and communicate in person because of the Vye Rus. Ma Leueen has told me that her Grand Offspring ( a little colt of a human) is back to school and is very happy to be with his friends again. She told me his school is small and there is no Vye Rus outbreak there. I hope he will be safe. 🐴

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