#WQWWC 5 New Beginnings

Thank you so much to Autty Jade who is hosting this week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesdays Writing Challenge. To join her is easy. Pick a quote then write a response.

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

Steve Jobs

Heaviness of Success

A cinquain by Marsha Ingrao

My success, my life 
did not feel heavy, Steve Jobs
Rooted, comfy, loved 
Appreciated 
even with my endless faults.
Success in Woodlake 
Bound when I drifted.
Success felt like fuzzy socks 
To leave - start over?
COVID-19 hit 
No projects sheltered in place 
House troubles assailed

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”

Alan Cohen
Battleground question
Was leaving running away?
No? So let’s move on.

I hope you all are having a Happy New Year’s Eve. Here are a few more quotes that inspired this post and I hope will inspire you as well.

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”

Germany Kent

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Socrates

Pictures from our New Beginning

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”

C. JoyBell

Vince is so thrilled with this move that he quoted this author. I did not even know it was a quote until I sat down to write this post.

Living in Prescott is a new beginning every day. We are making friends in spite of COVID 19. The colors here in real life are the colors you see in the art work of Arizona. Never did I dream that a sky could be turquoise and coral, but here is proof – not Photoshop.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

C. S. Lewis

Vince is-74, Marsha-69, Cindy, Vince’s sister-68. Puppy Girl-11, Florabella-14, Snowbella-1, Moji -2 Nutter Butter-2

Proof that we are not too old to dream a new dream, C. S. Lewis.

“Never forget, Today, you have 100% of your life left.”

Tom Hopkins

Vince and I make our final move next week or the week after. Cindy is looking for volunteer work. The cats and Puppy Girl will stay put at Cindy’s until the move is complete.

“Don’t be afraid of new beginnings. Don’t shy away from new people, new energy, new surroundings. Embrace new chances at happiness.”

Unknown

Maybe a move is not the New Beginning on your horizon. But this year celebrate New Beginnings in the little ways.

  • start a new project at home or at work
  • finish an old project
  • make a new friend
  • call an old friend
  • start a blog (trust me, this leads to lots of new beginnings!)
  • get a new pet like Charli
  • volunteer
  • set worthy goals
  • decorate your soul (thanks Abigail)
  • write a book
  • drop old successes (thanks Steve Jobs)

For more of #WQWWC this week visit guest host, A Day in the Brine.

The Journey is a State of Mind: Guest Hosting for #WQWWC #5 New Beginnings

My long-time blogging friend is the first guest host of #WQWWC. This week’s topic, “New Beginnings” has many facets, your life, your goals, a new year full of promise.

Autty shared a beautifully illustrated raw and vulnerable story of her life and her hopes for the future. Share what matters to you using quotes that reflect the meanings you choose to highlight in “New Beginnings.

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A Day in the Brine

For a long stretch of time, I nuzzled through the moon-bathed Past like a mud-caked armadillo. Without thought, an armored little automaton, I snouted through nests of blaspheme vine and toppled barbed-wire fences, scrabbled about pale, mortuous spines of driftwood, and plashed into oiling, mist-cloaked swamps.

It seems my mind went on pause sometime shortly before she died.

“My characters are drifters and searchers and they look for something. The journey is a state of mind for them.” -Wim Wenders

Something wound round me, protective, choking, like a strangler fig. A pinhole sparked through the muscled arms of roots, providing a strange, light-and-shadow-view of the world.

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” -John Milton

I always loved dead and withered things. The the smell of sun-baked bones and the exhaust of moldered leaves glinting like tar…

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#CBWC: Fences from “Sea to Shining Sea”

This week Cee challenges photographers to take or make black and white pictures of fences. It just so happens, that thanks to Cee’s former challenges, I love photographing fences.

Out of 2,100+ photos that answered to the category of fences on my phone, I picked three that I thought would make good black and white photos.

The first one was obviously taken in Arizona, not so obviously in the Coconino National Forest on April 18, 2017. Cameras are slightly misleading, but oh so helpful in trying to find information. This picture was not taken in the heart of the Coconino National Forest, but you’re headed that way when you arrive at the Son Silver West Art Gallery.

The date tells me I was in Sedona with my husband. Sedona is one of those unique cities that lies in two counties, Coconino and Yavapai.

We love to shop when we travel – not necessarily to buy, but to see what’s there. Along Highway 179 on the way to the National Forest is an amazing tourist shop where you can buy any number of decorative items, mostly yard art.

The next photo from Son Silver West would also work well for Cee’s Fun Foto – Catching People Unaware or last week’s B & W Challenge Candid Shots. Maybe she was imitating the iconic Kokopelli dancer above. She needs a flute.

A symbol of fertility, joy, feast, and long life, he (Kokopelli) is also a minstrel, a spirit of music, a storyteller, a rainmaker, a healer, a teacher, a joker-magician, a seducer. Kokopelli possesses the wisdom of age.

Harpo/Harris

You might want to visit or just browse their website. Here is their contact information.

Son Silver West
1476 Hwy 179 Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-3580
Fax: (928) 282-5497
Email: Sales@sonsilverwest.com

Son Silver West

If you have been to Universal City in Orlando, FL, then this fence should look familiar to you. Being the shallow person I am, I liked the curly cues.

The last fence is in Woodlake. Don’t ask me why I only took part of the fence. I think I was trying to keep my shadow out of the picture. Doesn’t this fence have lovely shadows?

So that I don’t bore you with the 2,100 more pictures I took over the years, I’ll stop processing fences and half-fences and wish you all the very best New Year.

What are your favorite challenges, hobby bloggers? As always, I’m thankful to Cee for her consistency in hosting challenges. I love them all.

If you know someone who hosts a photo or writing challenge and wants an interview about their challenge on my blog, Always Write, please contact me.

Our next Always Write Challenge, Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge, #WQWWC, will be hosted by one of my first blogging friends when I started in 2012, Autumn Jade on her blog, A Day in the Brine, with a topic of New Beginnings.

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CFFC: Catching People Unaware in Downtown Prescott

Courthouse Square in downtown Prescott (pronounced Pres – kit) effervesces with interesting people walking around just before Christmas, trying to take their own pictures, watching and listening to bands practice for New Years’ Celebrations, playing ball. Just relaxing. Here are just a few of them.

Posing for Mom

Celebration adds a note of gaiety, festivity, hilarity to our lives. After all, Jesus rejoiced so fully in life that He was accused of being a winebibber and a glutton. 

Richard Foster The Celebration of Discipline

Mom was probably wanting to send a Christmas email or greeting to the grandparents. The kids had done some elaborate preparation for the pictures. They seemed to be having fun together.

Marsha’s Busted – They Caught Me!

Mom There’s a Stranger Taking My Picture

Far and away the most important benefit of celebration is that it saves us from taking ourselves too seriously. 

Richard Foster

Even animals can be a little paranoid and in need of a celebration. This little guy reminded me of our dog – clingy! 🙂

Play Ball

People of our time are losing the power of celebrationInstead of celebratingwe seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state – it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel

My husband saw his chance as the ball rolled toward him. He rolled it back. The toddler’s grin widened to the size of the sidewalk.

Missed it – Again!

Rooted

“Man’s celebrative and imaginative faculties have atrophied.”

Harvey Cox

This guy never moved the entire time we walked around shooting pictures. I decided he must want his picture taken.

You Looking at Me?

“A million dollar question everyone is asking these days is what I am going to do with rest of my life. It is really really very Indefeasible thought. Let you keep it very simple by just being amazing today.” 

Rajesh Goyal

Two girls in blue hair took their service dogs for a walk. I’m not sure what the service was, but the girls had their 100% loyalty. After they crossed the street another lady met them and was asking strangers to ask to go pet the dogs. I guess I’d already broken the ice and the dogs passed with flying colors. Celebration time!

The little service dog was not to sure that this was a celebratory moment. But he was going to do his duty and protect his trainer. It’s not obvious, but he put his paw on his mistress’ foot and gave me the look.

These photos were taken in response to the following challenges. For more great entries click on the links.