Poem of the Week


By Carl Sandburg

See the trees lean to the wind’s way of leaning
See the dirt of the hills shape to the water’s
way of learning
See the lift of it all go the way the biggest
wind and the strongest water want it.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In or On the Water


Day trip in Sumatra, Indonesia

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s challenging us to share black and white photos with a cute factor. It’s open to personal interpretation so I expect a lot of variety. For more black and white photos from this week click here.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth


Chicago, Illinois

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos highlighting texture. What textures will you share?


New York, New York


New York, New York

If you want to see more fun, smooth fotos, click here.


Sepia Saturday

California Historical Society : Sepia Saturday Theme Image 417


This weeks prompt shows happy people wading in the water. Now that we’re getting some warm weather in the Midwest, thinking about sunny days spent swimming seems reasonable.


State Library of New South Wales, 1908

These friends sure have great smiles and modest suits.


Florida Memories, 1949

Even my friends and I could do that.


Nationaal Archief, n.d.


Improvised sunscreen, Nationaal Archief, n.d.

To see more responses to this fun in the sun prompt, click here.

Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday Header

Sepia Saturday Header

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream . . .

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt led me to seek out row boating photos from the archives of Flickr Commons.


Above a lass named Mary Price is out for a row with a young man near Eastpoint, Florida. Florida Memory dates the image between 1898 and 1912.7680378546_b7f30e7234_z (1)

The Australian National Maritime Museum is looking for help dating and placing this photo. Anyone who can help, please click here.


Above is the Stanford University crew rowing on the Hudson River between 1900 and 1915. The image is from the Library of Congress.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

Suzhou, China

Suzhou, China

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

Bad Luck

My Water Heater

My neighbor across the hall came home yesterday and thought someone had snuck into her apartment because there were mysterious bolts and things on her bathroom floor. Turns out that her water heater, a rather big tank attached to her wall had started to come detached and not in a good Zen-like way. The screws at the top had come out.

Luckily, it didn’t completely fall off and she wasn’t using the shower when it did. Yikes!

Thankfully, our liaison promptly called some repairmen who started to examine and fix it. I was called over to watch at one of the more comical points when they propped up the tank with an old piece of wood.

Last Thursday another member of our team had some misfortune as she fell when exiting a restroom stall. She’d forgotten that there was a step down. In China there often is so be careful here! There’s a lot of places where it’s easy to trip.When she landed she put her hand out, and thus fractured her wrist. She has been to the Shandong Provincial Hospital, a huge facility that reminds me of a train station as there’s so much coming and going.