Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Doors

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of doors in any way you like.

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I’ve chosen a church door, which last has an arch shape, the theme of last week.

What will you share?

To see more wonderful pictures, click here.

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Thursday Door Challenge

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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).

To get to the hub where you’ll find links to dozens of doors, click here.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Arches, Semi-Circles, Circles

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of arches or semi-circles or circles. 

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What will you share?

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To see more wonderful pictures, click here.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Painted

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.

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Pilsen

What will you choose to share?

 

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Seoul

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In Chicago

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Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee in person, we’d be at a small café called Leonida’s, which now has outside seating. Otherwise, I’d suggest meeting outside as I did with a couple friends. We chatted in the fresh air for an hour or so. It was so nice to see friends without a screen between us.

My family celebrated Father’s Day three times. On Saturday, we had a Zoom with my sisters in Connecticut and Utah and their families. They treated us to a wonderful take out dinner.  To abide by the 10 person government WuFlu guidelines, yesterday my brother in LaGrange and his family came for lunch, which we shared on our patio and my other brother and his family came for a barbecue. So glad we had good weather.

There’s a lot of drama at work and I’m trying to get a transfer. It’s a long shot, but my fingers are crossed.

I’m making good progress reading Proust’s Swann’s Way, the first book of his In Search of Lost Time. The style is beautiful and mesmerizing, so much so that I can only read 15 pages a day to savor it. It’s sad that a small number of hooligans can wreak such havoc.
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I’m gleeful at the prospect of the library opening tomorrow for pick up. It’s been too long. I do still miss being able to select by browsing. One day . . . .

I’m disturbed by the wholesale destruction in parts of the country. If you want to have a piece of public art removed, you can petition your local government or request this at a town hall meeting. Some people see to get high on destruction and they don’t know that some of the statues are of abolitionists and people like Lincoln or Grant who fought to end slavery. Grant sent the national guard to the South to root out the KKK. Yet his statue has been pulled down in San Francisco.

Chicago had a horrendous weekend in terms of violence. Over 100 shot and 13 killed. Some of this is due to the governor releasing prisoners for COVID, but I really can’t explain the rest of it. Lots of theories for the cause (gangs, guns, but few solutions.

In Minneapolis there was a senseless shooting just 2 blocks from my nephew’s apartment. One killed and 12 wounded. I hope they soon find the shooters. I think a lot of the destruction isn’t about justice, it’s about power and evil.

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 this week, I’d tell you I edited a video my team at work did for a nearby town’s Virtual 4th of July Parade. We can’t leave our homes for work so 5 of us made small segments and I put them together added some graphics and music. It was a fun project.

It’s sad that a lot of towns canceled their July 4th festivities and many did so fairly early on. Mine did at the end of April. Two nearby towns are having “Reverse Parades” where people decorate their homes and their neighbors drive by them.

My nephew, who lives and works near DC, was still in town and so his mother had us for dinner. She invited her mother too. We ate outside and had a good barbecue. I like this opening up. Last Monday we resumed our summer tradition of gathering with some neighbors for cocktails and appetizers

I also took my mother to get a manicure. Again it was so nice to be out of the house and see other people. Things were different — plexiglass at each station, no drying machines, when you enter your temperature was taken and the whole process has slight changes. It’s interesting to have so many little changes to every common experience.

 

Yesterday I went to church for the first time since the lockdown. I had to make a reservation and when I arrived there were masks and hand sanitizer available at the entrance. I had my own mask but it was nice that they had some available. An usher showed me to a seat that was a safe distance from everyone else. Few churches have opened so this had a a physically-distanced full house. People in every other row and 6 feet apart but every available row was at capacity by the start of mass.

After mass they had a procession for Corpus Christi, which I didn’t expect. The clergy went outside with the Eucharist (Body of Christ) encased in a gold implement. Followed by the people they stopped at three different shrines to read the gospel and pray. I’d never seen this done at any of the other churches I’d gone to. Quite a surprise.

Which Way Challenge

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St. John Cantius, Chicago

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Alive and Trekking blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form.

I went to church in the city for the first time since the infamous lockdown. This way was a surprise. This traditional church painted the drive and set up a shrine for Corpus Christi.. I’d never seen that done.

You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets, exits, signs, paths, waterways, canals, railroad tracks, you name it.

See more Which Way photos by clicking here. You’ll be amazed at where people are going.

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 this week, I’d still be unable to think of little else than the riots we’re seeing across the country.

I’ve been donating to worthy causes that counter violence and actually help. I’m praying and fasting for peace, justice, respect and kindness.

I have been rereading the sumptuous Swann’s Way, the first book of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. It’s a book I must savor and have to stop to look up references and words so it’s slow going, but worth it. I do need something quick though like a sophisticated graphic novel.

I began tutoring a new student from Afghanistan. Nahid is a young dentist who hasn’t been out of school for long. We’ve met three times and it’s hard for me to plan because it’s hard to determine what her English proficiency is so I’m looking for a free test that gives me a better idea. She’s very passive and we work on Skype. I have to refrain from doing too much of the talking.

My colleagues and I discovered that Evanston, a town we need to recruit in, is having a virtual Independence Day Parade. We’re trying to figure out how to create a simple video encouraging people to complete their census. I’ve also spent time learning about video streaming for work. Lynda.com has a really good course that gives the basics on using Periscope, Google, Wirecast Play and Instagram to stream. I’m rather camera shy so I don’t want to become a Social Media sensation, but I like these tools and I am thinking I could develop a How to Stream course and do it at a library.

A friend of mine suggested some videos to get a wider perspective on the problems of police brutality and racism. I’m halfway through this and it’s provided food for thought.

Sculpture Saturday

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Saturday Sculpture is hosted by the Mind over Memory blogger, I’ve chosen a sculpture from 2012, Chicago

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To join in, what you need to do is:

  • Share a photo of a sculpture
  • Link to Mind over Memory’s post for Saturday Sculpture.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try. To see more sculptures, click here. Then you’ll get to the page where everyone links their posts.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Murals & Graffiti

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Pilsen, Chicago, IL

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of murals or graffiti.

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Pilsen, Chicago, IL

What will you choose to share?

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Pekanbaru, Indonesia

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Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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