28 May 2012


I care not so much

what I am to others 

as what I am to myself.

I will be rich by myself,

and not by borrowing.

~Michel de Montaigne

Be beautiful if you can,

wise if you want to,

but be respected -

that is essential.

~Anna Gould

27 May 2012


"We were given: 

Two hands to hold. 

Two legs to walk. 

Two eyes to see. 

Two ears to listen. 

But why only one heart? 

Because the other was given 

to someone else for us to find."


 “The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. 
It’s always there, watching, steadfast, 
knowing us in our light and dark moments, 
changing forever just as we do. 
Every day it’s a different version of itself. 
Sometimes weak and wan, 
sometimes strong and full of light. 
The moon understands what it means to be human.
Cratered by imperfections.”
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

26 May 2012




seems to be the

thought of the day.

Did you ever stop to think, 

and forget to start again?  

~Winnie the Pooh


Sometimes I think 

and other times I am.  

~Paul Valéry


(If you're into being fun and creative with pix, 
you can get these and other effects at loonapix.com )

25 May 2012


How often .....
..... do you go barefooted? 

Ever squish your toes .....
..... in the mud??

When did you last walk barefoot .....
..... in a mud puddle?

“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, 
and there is a hippopotamus in me 
that wants to wallow in the mud”
~Carl Sandburg

23 May 2012


 No matter what our age or condition, 
there are still untapped possibilities within us 
and new beauty waiting to be born.
—Dale E. Turner

21 May 2012


sometimes we all need to be reminded
that we're all beautiful 
in our own wonderful ways.

20 May 2012


Tried for the same angle,
wasn't quite the same
but its still noticeable to me!

Hard work and dedication
pays off....
so does help from
my personal trainer, Damien!


“And forget not 
that the earth delights 
to feel your bare feet 
and the winds long to play with your hair.”

 ~Kahlil Gibran


“Ordinary riches can be stolen, 
real riches cannot. 
In your soul are infinitely precious things 
that cannot be taken from you.”

 ~Oscar Wilde

sometimes, taking these pictures
is like baring my soul .....
there are days when
i'm not wanting
people to peer
into me

19 May 2012


“Run your fingers 

through my soul. 

For once, just once, 

feel exactly what I feel, 

believe what I believe, 

perceive as I perceive, 

look, experience, examine, 

and for once; 

just once, understand.”

18 May 2012


 Courageous risks 

are life-giving, 

they help you grow, 

make you brave, 

and better than 

you think you are.

--Joan L. Curcio

17 May 2012


I'll be away for a few days...

6am and the sun is just rising

(I really dislike these little rolls of chubby!)

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning 
and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.  
~Jean Giraudoux

15 May 2012


At the request of Mr. C :

After taking a few shots, its clear to see  it would be a better picture when taken at the same time, with the same camera settings.  Thank you, Mr. C., for your suggestion, and your comments!  ~Gal :)

12 May 2012

09 May 2012


The love of books has always been with me.

I love reading, and read all sorts of things;

typically female, I tend to go through phases

at times by genre: historical romance, mysteries,

thrillers, non-fiction, best sellers.   Or I may

get hooked on a writer and try to read everything

they've ever written.  I've been known to polish

off a book in one day (At my age, it makes my

eyes very tired, though!)  

Sometimes I tell myself I read to escape.
Other times, its just to be imbibed with
something other than my own life.  
Yes, I own a kindle (it can be a very 
handy tool!) but there's something 
about  holding a book, being able to 
turn the pages;  sometimes its the 
smell that I enjoy. 

Someone once said "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."  

For me, its more "When the going gets tough, grab a good book!"  :)

06 May 2012


Just a couple of quick snaps

its been a busy weekend for me

with a night hike in a regional park,

some time spent at a local museum,

and of course, time looking up at 

this spectacular "super moon".

A few of the lights

here in the Valley of the Sun

along with a gorgeous moon.

Hope you had yourself 

a good weekend too!

01 May 2012


After a long working stint
the last  10 days,
it feels good
to just be home,
and all relaxed
in my nightie.

Hope each of you
has been enjoying
your week! ~Gal