31 December 2011


Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, 
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  
~Hal Borland

 One resolution I have made, 
and try always to keep, is this:  
To rise above the little things.  
~John Burroughs

 Time has no divisions to mark its passage, 
there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets 
to announce the beginning of a new month or year.  
Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals 
who ring bells and fire off pistols.  
~Thomas Mann

On this last day of 2011, I spent some time outdoors in the sun. 
Lucky for me, it was 70 in the Valley of the Sun.
My wish is that this new year brings each of you
great things, 
happy moments, 
and special memories.

29 December 2011


When work is busy, chaotic even, 
it helps to get out and do something
creative with my camera.  

The sun was setting, 
I'm standing on a floating bridge,
ducks are swimming around,
calling to each other.
Sometimes I imagine 
its the mother ducks
calling to their ducklings 
that its time to come 'home' 
for the evening.


To think creatively, 

we must be able 

to look afresh 

at what we normally 

take for granted.  

~George Kneller

28 December 2011


just a little
more play
with some

This was
created by
using a red
"party light"

It certainly
brings out
different shadows
and almost textures.

With a New Year fast approaching,
I wonder if any of you are the type
to make resolutions?  When I find
myself thinking of something, the
standard "eat better, lose weight,
exercise more" come to mind first.

I think I'll make resolutions 
not about self improvement,
but more about attitudes and 
sense of well being, like being
kinder to those around me,
smiling more often, or even 
the old fashioned "call Mom
more often".


May all your troubles 
last as long 
as your New Year's resolutions.  
~Joey Adams

27 December 2011


Light can be 
calm and soft.  
~Sven Nykvist

I spent some time experimenting with my new camera
in the low light settings, and the new electric candle lights.
It may take some time to get used to a few of the new
bells and whistles and special things this camera can do,
but I enjoy the  trial and error of learning!

There is a sense of relief for me that the Holidays are 
nearly over.  Lately, Christmas seems to have lost some
of the magic, the allure, the fun.  Perhaps the role of the
media, and the big box stores, has replaced the things
of the past, and there's pressure to buy, perform, do more
than ever before.  Maybe its time we say 'no' to the type
of Christmas retailers want, and go for something really
old fashioned!!

26 December 2011


The Christmas Spirit
isn't something you can taste,
touch, or even play with
It's something you feel inside.
And it's the best feeling there is.

25 December 2011

Santa's Helper

Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It's lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It's higher thought and a greater plan.
It's glorious dream in the soul of man.
~Wilfred A. Peterson

In the spirit of the holidays,

I donned my outfit dubbed

"Santa's Little Helper"

although, not so little, or young,

but I still believe.

Merry Christmas to you!

23 December 2011


Be naughty -----
 ------ save Santa a trip

 “The main reason Santa 
is so jolly is because he 
knows where all 
the bad girls live” 
~George Carlin

“Believe in love. 
Believe in magic. 
Hell, believe in Santa Claus. 
Believe in others. 
Believe in yourself. 
Believe in your dreams. 
If you don't, who will?”
~~ Jon Bon Jovi

22 December 2011


Just a few

bits and pieces.

it has been

one of those

kind of weeks

and the pictures

are fragmented

which is how 

 I've been feeling.

Hopefully, your own week has been a good one.  
We're winding down 2011 and a new year is 
about to begin. Have you had thoughts about 
changes you've been wanting to make?
Come on, admit it, we all think some kind of 
thought such as "this is the year I'm going to ...... "
What will 2012 hold for you??

20 December 2011


It's so easy,
To think about love,
To talk about love,
To wish for love,
But it's not always easy,
To recognize love,
Even when we hold it
 In our hands.

Lots of extra traffic through here in the 
past couple of weeks,for that I want to 
thank you all for following my posts.

19 December 2011


“I wish more people felt that 
photography was an adventure 
the same as life itself 
and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. 
To me, that makes photography more exciting.”
 ~Harry Callahan

I'm a regular at our local library.
About a year ago, I found a book 
of Harry Callahan's work.
I think that was my turning point 
in exploring my own photography 
(and nudity) as art.
(You can see a few samples here )

The mystery
isn't in
the technique,
it's in each of us.
~Harry Callahan

18 December 2011


One little snowflake

with nothing to do.

Along came another and

Then there were two.

Two little snowflakes 
laughing with me.
Along came another, and
Then there were three.

Three little snowflakes 

looking for some more.
Along came another, and
Then there were four.

Four little snowflakes 
dancing a jive.
Along came another, and
Then there were five.

Five little snowflakes having so much fun.

Out came the sun, and Then there were none!

17 December 2011

Wear Red

When in doubt, wear red.
~Bill Blass

Brevity is the soul of lingerie. 
~Dorothy Parker

i hope each of you is enjoying your holiday season,
whatever that means for you and yours.
Its always a busy, stressful time of year for so many of us,
it's my wish that you find some time to stop and enjoy the moment.
The joy of Christmas stays here inside us

16 December 2011

Red Joy

The real joy of life is in its play.

Play is anything we do 
for the joy and love of doing it,
apart from any profit,compulsion, 
or sense of duty.

It is the real joy of living.
~Walter Rauschbusch

 “I do it for the joy it brings,
cause I'm a joyful girl.
'Cause the world owes us nothing,
we owe each other the world.”
~Ani Difranco

15 December 2011

79 %

In a current women's magazine,
they reported the following:

100 men voted on the looks they want to see women in (and out of):

79% of men want a peek at cleavage.

I don't know what the other 21% of the men preferred.....  *smile*

14 December 2011


 The rose speaks of love silently, 
in a language known only to the heart.

You’re where I belong
Like red on a rose

13 December 2011



Christmas waves 
a magic wand 
over this world, 
and behold,
everything is 
softer and 
more beautiful.
~Norman Vincent Peale

With the Holidays fast approaching,
life is a bit busy for the moment, so
just a quick post for a next few days
with  a thought or two from me to you!

May your holiday be decorated 
with the most precious of gifts!

12 December 2011

Q & A

When I first posted pix of my guitar,
I was asked, "Do you really play?" 
(Original post can be seen here )

To answer a few questions, then, 
yes, I do play.  Do I play well?  
Not so much. hehehe  It's been so 
long I'm down to basic chords, which
barely gets me through a few ballads, 
hymns, folk tunes.

This guitar was a gift from my parents
when I turned 12 years old.
(If you do the math, that's 40 years ago!)

I still have it, as you can see.  It is well worn,
and much loved.  My son can play it well, 
much better than I ever did.   It's a joy to be
able to listen to it still being used.  
Even though the music selections have changed.  :)
If there's something you'd like to know,
as always, feel free to email me at 

11 December 2011


A little slice of the ordinary
from the Valley of the Sun.
In keeping with Holiday Traditions,
the Christmas Tree is up,
and I'm in my Santa Hat!

 With a large collection of
ornaments, one of my favs
is the high heel!

My new camera has
a new "fish eye" tool
for taking interesting 
perspective pix.

Seeing is believing, 
but sometimes the most real things in the world 
are the things we can't see.
~Polar Express

And of course,
I needed to try out
the "fish eye"
for a pic!!!
(This looks odd to me!)

Though I've grown old 
the bell still rings for me, 
as it does for all who truly believe.
~Polar Express

Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.

Many thanks to all of you
who take the time to look at things here...
I hope each of you are ready 
for your Holidays! ~~Gal

10 December 2011


December and 67 degrees
here in the
Valley of the Sun!

I decided to take
a book,
and my lunch,
along with a cool drink,
out to sit on my patio.

It was heavenly to feel
the sun wash over me.

As I read my story, this jumped out at me, and made me laugh out loud!
This is an exchange between father and son, after the girl leaves the son :

"When it comes to love I'm as dumb as the  next guy, who's as dumb as the guy next to him.
Kind of like dominoes.  Men are dumber than dirt when it comes to love."
"So its hopeless"
"No.  You just have to learn to understand how women think."
"I'm listening."
"How many pairs of shoes did [your dog] Jett chew up before you got her to quit?"
"About a dozen."
"But you didn't get rid of her after she ruined two pairs. or four. or ten."
"Hell no, I loved her, and I was determined to train her."
"That's how women think. They love us, and they're determined to train us."

(From James Patterson's "Kill Me If You Can")

09 December 2011

The Sun

The sun is 
a phenomenal symbol 
to tap into when we need 
and healing 
in our lives.

Lucky me,
I took part of the day
to enjoy some
here in the Valley of the Sun!

Keep the sun
in your thoughts to .....

Renew creative energy.....

 Rebuild vitality.....

reawaken radiant love.....

Increase your passion for life!!

Love is a passion for life shared with another person.
~Terry Goodkind