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writer, teacher, movie lover, traveler, reader

Thursday Door Challenge


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Hosted by Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Click here, to see more links to more doors.

Poem of the Week

Concord Hymn

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
   Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
   And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
   Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
   Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
   We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
   When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
   To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
   The shaft we raise to them and thee.

4 Levels: Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love cheesecake?

Well, a lot of people, I suppose, especially if they’re lactose intolerant.

But I do love it and haven’t had it for a while. This is the first 4 level episode I’ve seen that I’d actually go with the pro’s recipe. I’d like to combine the raspberries from level 2 with the oatmeal cookie, no-bake level 3.

What do you think?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of doors, knobs, drawers, cupboards, etc.



What will you choose to share?


Spring 2016 China 076


Click here to see more fun photos, click here.


In Chicago


Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee in person, we’d wouldn’t be at my favorite Starbucks in the downtown of my town. They closed it. I’m sure it was profitable because it was always busy, but maybe it didn’t make as much money as the more sterile locations. I’m not sure where we’d meet, but now in Illinois eateries and cafés are open as long as they only have 25% occupancy rates.

Life goes on. Most days are like every other day.

I was supposed to go pick up books I’d ordered from the library. They just opened to allow people to check out books. Unfortunately, I was busy working and didn’t remember my appointment on Saturday so I missed out. I had to make a new appointment and this coming Friday was the earliest time. I’ve set an alarm so I don’t lose track of time.

Once I pick up my library items, the sooner I can see some movies. I’ve been watching too much news, though we do need to be aware of what’s going on. I’m reading two good books, but it’s hard to read as much as I like. There’s something about the lockdown that makes


Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge



For this weekly challenge Xingfu Mama will make a post every Friday morning. To play along: Create a post with a photo of places one sits or might sit, or art about sitting, and maybe a little background or story about the spot or a picture of the view.

  • Add a tag “Pull up a Seat”.
  • Add a link to your post in the Pull up a Seat comment section, either by writing a comment with your URL or by creating a pingback.

Painting in a Gold Coast art studio, 2018

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Come join the fun!