31 August 2016
"There is only one
true love affair;
the one with yourself.
All others are
expressions of it."
- Hemal Radia
"The surface of the Earth holds subtle health-boosting energy.
All we have to do is touch it and become truly alive.
Simply by getting outside, barefoot, touching the Earth,
and allowing the excess charge in your body to discharge
into the Earth, you can alleviate some of the stress
continually put on your system."
None of this is new to me, but today I just had to put it
in practice. Stress levels at work seem to be rising --
of course, that could be all the stuff for Holiday rolling in --
and I haven't been sleeping well, either.
So I took myself outside after the sun had set (it was 107 today)
and now that the ground was cool enough, I set myself down
and took deep breaths, breathing in clean air, and letting go
of all the "dirty stuff" of the day.
Here's hoping for a better night's sleep!!
30 August 2016
29 August 2016
“Life isn't always about fireworks.
Your fireworks will come, Sarah. And they'll fizzle out just as fast.
Life's an experience, not a destination.
All of us have the same destination,
but not one of us has an identical experience.
You'll find someone who will be there
when the fireworks fizzle out and the sky turns black and love you just the same.
That’s the one to hold onto.”
― Marilyn Grey, Bloom
28 August 2016
Lately it feels like
I'm burning the candle
at both ends.
Changes at my job
has meant an increase
in responsibilities while
still having to deal with
a co-worker who is .....
not up to the task of
his job requirements.
And being his direct
that I must deal with auditing his work,
correcting his errors, and then
reporting it to management.
Which sometimes feels like a
full time job in itself.
Frankly, I'm of the mindset that sometimes it's easier to just
do it right myself the first time rather than delegate it to someone
who ... doesn't. It would be one thing if he was a "newbie" but he's
been doing the same job for 5 years now and still makes the same errors.
In any job, it happens. However, my position deals with a lot of
what we term "compliance issues" - rules to be followed as set up
by the DOT, or state and local authorities. For example,
when shipping aerosol cans, the box has special markings,
and the actuator must be covered by a protective cap.
That's not a company policy, it's Dept of Transportation.
When we don't follow the rules, my company
opens itself up to liabilities, be it in the form
of fines, or, God forbid, an accident waiting to happen.
Which means lately, weekends have become my sacred time,
down time, to do nothing but walk the dog, read a good book,
watch some TV .... anything that isn't going top speed for
9 hours straight! Happy Saturday!
27 August 2016
26 August 2016
“It’s not a bad lesson to learn in the
bleaker months: how you view a storm
is a question of perspective; provided
you find the right rock to watch it from,
it could be the most incredible thing
you’ll ever witness.”
― Dan Stevens
My house sits a half mile from
a freeway that runs east/west
and when something is going down,
it's the freeway that the local helicopters -
news media and police/rescue -
follow to get across the Valley.
Every once in a while, one goes
screaming across the sky
when I'm in the backyard
taking photos..... oopsie!
25 August 2016
“Be peaceful like a mountain.
Be loving like a flower.
Be wonderous like thunder.”
― Debasish Mridha
“You can dance through any storm if thunder is music to your ears.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo
24 August 2016
“When you come out of the storm,
you won’t be the same person
who walked in.
That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
I love a good thunderstorm,
a rain storm, or even just wind.
When it starts blowing and
there are clouds on the horizon .....
all I want to do is be out there,
to be a part of it! To be me!
Feeling the power of the wind -
something we can't see,
but we know is part of the Universe -
is amazing to me!
22 August 2016
Ever wonder if you can
pull off something you've
That metal sculpture of
the cowboy silhouette
leaning against the fence
was my thought ......
Sometimes I'm just plain silly
21 August 2016
Some days .... aren't easy
When I have a day off work,
I look ahead at the number of hours
I have in order to do things that need to get done
.... and somehow time gets away from me.
When the list of chores is long,
finding a way to pull some creativity out of that
isn't always easy.
And sometimes in my mind's eye
what I'm hoping for in a shot
doesn't appear in the lens.
maybe next time.
20 August 2016
19 August 2016
Maybe this is a little out there,
but I found where someone was
making photos using their scanner.
And I thought hmmm..... this could
A little sage, a little Moon Lagoon (eucalyptus)
from my backyard .....
Not sure what to think about this.
definitely wouldn't get any full body scan
out of my scanner! lol
more practice might make it more interesting ....
18 August 2016
Music has always moved me
and this song in particular
captured my attention and I became
obsessed by it for about a year.
Freddy Mercury, of course, was
an amazing artist,
but there's something about this song .....
When I hear this song
I remember a time when I .....
was feeling lost and alone,
trying to find myself, my own way,
and someone helped me along the way.
It wasn't meant to be, but everyone who
crosses our paths, whether for a day,
a season, or a lifetime,
always leaves a part of them
So thank you.
Itoshiki oshieo idaki
Let us never lose the lessons we have learned.
17 August 2016
The Day is Done
The day is done,
and the darkness
Falls from the
wings of Night,
As a feather is
From an eagle
in his flight.
― H.W. Longfellow
I'm sitting here chuckling as I read this
I was looking for something about "rest"
and if any of you were fans of the Brady Bunch
as I was in the 70s, you'll recall this poem being
read by Mike Brady during a talent show,
while his sons accentuated parts of the poem
with humorous bits of reality .... in this first
stanza, someone drops feathers on his book.
Ok, I admit it, I'm nerdy to remember that skit.
You can watch it here ... its 3 minutes.
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest.
Use both and overlook neither.”
― Alan Cohen
16 August 2016
Just a little backyard time, watching Sadie run about
before the wind kicks up, or a thunderstorm rolls in.
Why does all the fun stuff happen
when I'm either at work, or in bed?
15 August 2016
Oh the things you can do
I love to learn new things,
but sometimes it can be
so time consuming!
As I get older,
I often wonder if I have
lost the art of patience.
They say as you get older,
you become more patient.
Maybe I'm jumping the gun
before the real patience kicks in!
Now if only photoshop could
help a person stand up straighter,
smile a little more ...... :)
14 August 2016
We mark time with them:
how long we've been married;
how old we are;
when we started a certain job
or something as mundane as a blog.
Yes, it's been 5 years since I first
started posting on ForTheLoveOfGal.
Sometimes, I'm amazed at how time flies.
And other times, it's just one day at a time
and let the rest of the pieces fall into place.
I've gone back and forth with this blog,
wanting to post, wanting to quit,
but mostly wishing that what I'd hoped
to achieve had happened.
But again, I just do my thing and let
the rest of the pieces fall into place.
As of this moment, there have been over
56k visits to this blog. Probably most are
the same few of you, checking in every day
to see if there's something new.
For you faithful few,
thank you so very much
for taking the time to visit :)
Here's to the next five years ....
“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose.
It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.
You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth.
It just is.
You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten.
They’re all different without trying to be.
As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine.
It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others,
that their natural light becomes distorted.”
― Marianne Williamson
Like a tulip,
we're all unique.
13 August 2016
12 August 2016
Being good to yourself isn't corny ...
it's part of respecting yourself
as a worthy human,
no matter your relationship status
or day of the year.
Not sure where I read this,
but it seems appropriate for me.
Sometimes we forget to take care
of us. We get busy doing for others,
or with our jobs or housekeeping
that we forget to do the things
that make us feel good,
make us feel alive.
For me, that's making photographs.
Another little top I found in the back
of the closet - one last photo before it goes.
11 August 2016
They say if you
throw away old things
you make room
for new things.
Or maybe it's
if you want something new
throw away the old.
Either way the saying goes,
it has become my mission lately.
I'm trying to clean things out,
make room for new.
Or maybe it's more that I'm
cleaning things out so my kids
won't have to ..... later. lol
So a photo shoot with old things that are being tossed!
10 August 2016
A fav shot of mine! I feel like I look ... relaxed.
Lately I've been doing a lot of reading.
I know I've talked about being an "old soul"
before, and its a topic that continues to
"Have you always felt older than what your age reflects?
Are you solitary, thoughtful and intuitive?
Do you feel like an outsider constantly looking into a society
that doesn’t feel like your home?
If so, you may be an Old Soul."
I observe my family, and sometimes am a part of it all,
but most times, I am on the outside looking in.
There are parts of me that know that I cannot live my life
as they live theirs. I'm ok with that, but there's a small
part of me that wishes I could. I've finally come to the
conclusion that it's ok to be different; sometimes life makes
us feel like we're missing out on something important.
But I've found that in reading up on the topic, I feel at home
with those who describe themselves as introverted, eccentric,
preferring solitude and/or non-attachment,
where empathy and quiet wisdom have meaning and context.
And maybe that's a little too much for this blog,
but ... it's me, being me.
09 August 2016
In the right light,
at the right time,
everything is extraordinary.
Ok, maybe it's not "extraordinary"
but I'm having fun experimenting
with filters, light and editing.
and of course, being my own quirky self!
08 August 2016
“Owning our story can be hard
but not nearly as difficult
as spending our lives running from it.
Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky
but not nearly as dangerous
as giving up on love and belonging and joy—
the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.
Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness
will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown
Making these photos
puts the vulnerable side of me
out there into the world.
Thank you for allowing me
to share myself without fear.
Although there's always a
little fear, to be honest.
But that's ok, it's good to take chances.
Embracing our fears makes us stronger.
07 August 2016
“If you can love someone
with your whole heart,
even one person,
then there's salvation in life.
Even if you can't
get together with that person.”
― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
This is one of my fav authors,
but when I read this, I realized
that sometimes this is how life is.
Have you ever met someone and
thought "Oh yeah, I love this person",
even though you know in your heart
that you could never be together?
I've had that once.
Sometimes I get reflective on things like that.
A sign of growing older ... lots of reflecting.
06 August 2016
“All that is important
is this one moment in movement.
Make the moment important,
vital, and worth living.
Do not let it slip away
unnoticed and unused.”
― Martha Graham
Sometimes the urge to take photos
hits me at odd times of the day.
Which makes it that much more difficult
because I need to find light, or create light.
And sometimes, I just turn the camera to
self timer and dance....
most of what I get isn' t worth publishing,
and then there's this.
Makes me smile ... or dance!
05 August 2016
Here in the Valley of the Sun
we have a monsoon season -
July and August are typically
rainy, hot, and humid
with thunderstorms that pop up
out of nowhere on any given day.
My parasol won't protect me
in the middle of a storm ....
but it's fun for photos!