31 December 2012



Shine On (3)

"Be yourself.

Above all,

let who you are,

what you believe,

shine through

every sentence

you write,

every piece

you finish."

-John Jakes

this was a fun set to do,
to be creative with
even the blurry pic
has an interesting
quality to it.

Shine On!
and I will too :)

30 December 2012

Shine On (2)

 “To shine

and outshine the shining stars,

to take your abilities

to the greatest height,

to sit on top of the world,

you must fortify yourself

with persistence,

the determination

and willingness

to stay in the

same direction

over a long period of time

whatever the cost might be.”

--Ogwo David Emenike, You are a Star

Yeah we all shine on,
like the moon,
and the stars,
and the sun...
-John Lennon

29 December 2012

Shine On (1)

sometimes its something as simple as a country song
you hear on the radio that inspires me to try a photo
with a theme... this is one of them.

The song is by Florida Georgia Line and its called Shine On.  

Baby get your shine on!

Turn your party lights on,

Baby get your shine on!

Don't stop girl,

you know I love it

when you get your...

shine on!


i started this blog
at the suggestion
of someone
special to me....

(which is where the title comes from)

that was over
a year ago,
364 posts ago.
over 1000 photos ago.

i keep going
because of the
many friends
i've made here.

there have been
some days when
i've tempted to
the one person
i was making
pictures for
doesn't look
any longer.

26 December 2012


“How we need that security. 

How we need another soul to cling to, 

another body to keep us warm. 

To rest and trust; 

to give your soul in confidence: 

I need this. 

I need someone to pour myself into.”

-Sylvia Plath

Holidays can feel lonely
even when you're surrounded
by others, by family.
The world seems to exist
in couple-mode
and shuns those who aren't
coupled up.
If you let it.
Make your holidays your own
with your own traditions
and don't let the world's views
give less meaning to your own.
--hugs to each of you from Gal


There's something
really appealing
about the simplicity
of black and white images.
~Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I have always felt a strong pull
to do black and white photos

There's just something
so simple about them
and yet there's a depth
to them, another layer,
if one chooses to look,
as well.

25 December 2012


to all my wonderful friends!

This December,
That love weighs more than gold!

~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

If ...

If you were here,
right now,
I would wake you up
with soft caresses
and kisses
to wish you
Merry Christmas!!

Lights ...

 ..... holidays

aren't complete

without a few lights!

Gifts of time and love

are surely

 the basic ingredients

of a truly merry Christmas.

~Peg Bracken

24 December 2012

Waiting ...

Waiting for Santa.........

I've been a very good girl.....

I hope Santa brings me 
something good ;)

It isn't Christmas
unless I don my
cute lil Santa skirt
snap a few pix
and generally
go all out
with some
good food and
a glass of wine
(or three!)


But most of all,
I'm a part of you people
out there who have listened to me ,
you've given me so much warmth,
so much affection,
and so much love.
-Ernie Harwell

Ernie Harwell may have said that first...
but its also true for me.
Thank you, all of you,
for stopping in,
leaving your comments,
and making me feel

lots of traffic here the last few days,
which inspires me to do more.
Thank you.


Black and white are the colors of photography. 
To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair 
to which mankind is forever subjected.  
-Robert Frank

23 December 2012


When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched,
you begin to discover that it's bottomless,
that it doesn't have any resolution,
that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless.
You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there,
as well as how much space.
Pema Chodron


When an interesting shaft of light

tickles my fancy and my senses

what better way to enjoy

than with a pic or two?

Sadie and I are enjoying
some sunshine
and spaghetti
on this weekend
before Christmas

Whatever your plans are
I hope they're
happy and joyful!

19 December 2012

Always love

“On a cloudy night, 
when nothing seems above,
still, there is love. 
Always love. 
For something, from someone. 
It’s never done. Never.”
-Jeb Dickerson


“Sometimes your joy 
is the source of your smile, 
but sometimes your smile 
can be the source of your joy.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh

18 December 2012

17 December 2012

Keep Looking

"If you haven't
found it yet,
keep looking. 
Don't settle. 
As with all
matters of the heart,
you'll know
when you find it. 
And, like any
great relationship,
it just gets
better and better
as the years roll on." 
-Steve Jobs

16 December 2012

15 December 2012

Mirror'd 2

 I saw this today
and thought yeah
so true! 
So I shared :)

along with 
some of 
my own 
art ...

Working with

 Life is a mirror 
and will reflect back to the thinker 
what he thinks into it.   
-Ernest Holmes


“I know that mirrors give us

a false sense of confidence.”

I continued. “The reflection

that we see everyday has

nothing to do with how

others see us.

The glass lies.”

-Rasmenia Massoud, Human Detritus

Just a little sepia play today...
here's hoping your days
are going well
this holiday season!

14 December 2012


Ever get sick and tired
of being sick and tired?

A quick trip to see my doc
and fill my Rx,
I am now on the mend.

To perk myself up,
I bought some
new jammies.

They're not
overly sexy
but they are
cozy and warm...
just what I needed!

"Wear cute pajamas --
you'll never know who you'll meet 
in your dreams!"

11 December 2012

New Bra

Been feeling a little under the weather lately,
so today I decided to wear a new colorful bra
under my plain ol' work clothes. 

eHow.com says "Always wear sexy underwear/lingerie 
under your regular clothes. 
This will make you feel sexy, 
which will in turn cause you to act sexier.

Now, I'm not sure I acted sexier today at work,
but it certainly lifted my spirits just a bit.
So I thought I'd share a quick pic
and lift your spirits as well!
(Sadie the pup looks on and doesn't seem to care one way or the other...)

09 December 2012


 “Happiness doesn't lie in conspicuous consumption and the relentless amassing of useless crap. Happiness lies in the person sitting beside you and your ability to talk to them. Happiness is clear-headed human interaction and empathy. Happiness is home. And home is not a house-home is a mythological conceit. It is a state of mind. A place of communion and unconditional love. It is where, when you cross its threshold, you finally feel at peace.”   -Dennis Lahane

Today, I have been doing a lot of pondering.  Three years ago, I was lucky enough, or blessed enough, to purchase my own home.  It's small, only 1056 square feet.  But its my refuge from the rest of the world, a place to rest, to dream.  (and take pictures, of course!)

The holiday seasons are upon us, and nothing we do will stop them from arriving. 
No matter which holidays you celebrate, I hope its a joyous love-filled season!! 

06 December 2012


“...and her dreams that didn't happen, 
that couldn't have happened 
because she'd pinned them 
on somebody 
too broken and unattainable 
to love her back.”
― Janette Rallison, My Double Life

05 December 2012


“A person doesn't know 

true hurt and suffering 

until they've felt the pain 

of falling in love 

with someone 

whose affections 

lie elsewhere.”
― Rose Gordon, Her Imperfect Groom

“I didn't call you because I'm tired of you only wanting me around when you need something.
I'm tired of watching you be in love with someone else -
someone, incidentally, who will never love you back.
Not the way I do.
― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

04 December 2012


“If you don't receive love 

from the ones who are meant to love you, 

you will never stop looking for it.”
― Robert Goolrick

03 December 2012


“For so long, it was just my secret.
It burned inside me, and I felt like
I was carrying something important,
something that made me who I was
and made me different from
everybody else.

I took it with me everywhere,
and there was never a moment
when I wasn't aware of it.
It was like I was totally awake,
like I could feel every nerve ending
in my body. Sometimes my skin
would almost hurt from the force
of it, that's how strong it was.
Like my whole body was buzzing
or something. I felt almost noble,
like a medieval knight or something,
carrying this secret love around with me.”
-Carolyn Parkhurst, Lost and Found

02 December 2012


I stepped out into a chilly
morning to check my flowers,
hoping they weren't too cold
in the night air ........

..... Of course

I had to snap
a few pictures

..... for you :)

My series of pix this week are for and about
unrequited love - that love you have for
someone who can't return it back to you.

Think back to high school crushes,
a college friend you loved but never dated.
Me, I fell in love with my best friend.
But it wasn't meant to be.
and it still hurts.