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    Poem: A Dark Vision ( Day 21 )

    The Challenge for Day 21 Today’s challenge is to “Write a Confession”. It could be about a time you messed up, maybe even felt like a failure. And here’s the important part…What have you learned from it? Could it help anyone else? So I decided to share a poem with you, one I wrote when I was going through a period of depression. At the time, I felt so alone, so lost, so helpless. I remember looking at my reflection in the mirror and not recognizing the person staring back at me. It was as if I had left my body and no longer understood that I had any connection with…

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    Compassion ( Day 20 )

    The Challenge for Day 20 Today’s challenge is to write on the theme of Justice and what changes you would like to see in the world. I’m going to focus on Compassion because I think it is the best way forward for saving the planet. Read on and let me explain why…   Compassion What does it mean to have compassion? Is it the same thing as empathy? Empathy means feeling the emotions of others, but sometimes it can be over-powering, even leading us to despair. Just think how often you have to turn off the TV because you can’t take any more of those awful scenes. The children going…

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    Christmas Open Mic

    Christmas Open Mic I was delighted to be part of this year’s Christmas Open Mic hosted by Pauline Clooney.  I’d never been at this type of event before and found it really interesting and great fun too. Pauline had invited along both current and past members of her creative writing groups. Basically, we each took turns at reading pieces of our own writing.  There was a nice mixture of poetry, short stories, and novel extracts. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous when my turn came around, but I guess everyone felt the same. On the night, I decided to read a few poems: Prism Spluttering Silence Dance…

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    Christmas Home Time

    Christmas Home Time Today I saw my first Reindeer Car, so I know that Christmas has well and truly arrived! I’m not really a fan of all the commercial hype. It seems to suggest that we can’t have a happy Christmas unless we spend, spend, spend. The list is endless…Decorations, kitchen equipment, furniture, clothes, gifts and enough food to feed a small village for a week. I’m not a Grinch, though, because I still do all the Christmas stuff and there are certain things about it that I love. One of the best parts is sharing time with the people I love, so I’m thrilled that both my son and…

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    Balance

    Balance     Photograph: Balance This is the photograph “Balance” that won the judges’ award at the Happy Snappers camera club exhibition. As I said before, I was absolutely delighted to receive this award. We all submit our pictures, but we do it not thinking about winning anything, it’s just nice to participate. Sometimes I think that my images are a bit too left of centre to do well in competitions, I tend to break rules rather than follow them. The creative spirit, I guess…Or maybe just being awkward!? Anyway, it was a lovely surprise to see this picture win the judges’ approval. Background When I first spotted this picture in my…

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    Old Files, Lucky Finds

    Old Files, Lucky Finds One of my December targets was to start backing up the photographs from my PC onto an external hard drive. The first step was obviously to find a hard drive! That meant rooting through several “jumble boxes”…You know the type that is full of old leads and chargers and you have no idea what belongs to what. While searching through one of the boxes, I came across a hard drive that I hadn’t seen since I moved house a few years ago. In fact, I didn’t even remember having it, so was curious about what might be on it. In amongst the house-moving documents, I found several…

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    November Review Cavewoman Blog

    November Review Setting monthly targets has turned out to be one of my better ideas. It has helped me stay more organised and focused than usual and there is a certain satisfaction in achieving the targets. So how did I get on with my ten November targets? Well, I had mixed success, really. I seemed to achieve better in overall goals, rather than specifics, but that’s okay too. I think I was over-ambitious in some areas, while not challenging myself enough in others. Here is my November Review, see what you think.   Organization My November review tells me that this area still needs a lot of work, but at least…

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    Ten Favourite Inspirational Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes Coming across a great quote can be very therapeutic, at least that’s been my experience. Sometimes it’s all I need to jolt me out of a creative slump or help me put things into perspective. Everyone probably has their own favourite inspirational quotes, words they reach for when the going gets tough.  The following is a list of my ten favourite inspirational quotes. They range from the whacky to the deeply philosophical and probably reflect the wanderings of my mind! I hope that you enjoy reading them and perhaps come across an interesting one that you haven’t read before.   Ten Favourite Inspirational Quotes  “The two most important days in…

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    Happy Snappers Award

    Happy Snappers Judges Choice Award I was delighted to take part in this year’s photography exhibition by Happy Snappers Camera Club and really thrilled to receive the Judges Choice award. There was a fabulous array of photographs on display and it was a great honour to have my picture chosen for this award. The image is titled “Balance” and I shot it at a beach in the UK, not Asia as a lot of people seem to think!   The Happy Snappers award looks stunning and is a testament to the club’s attention to detail and artistic appreciation. The plaque will certainly have pride of place in my home. It’s always exciting to…

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    Noelle and Rosamund Ffrench, Photograph c 1903

    Noelle and Rosamund Ffrench Photograph This photograph of Noelle and Rosamund Ffrench was taken at Hill’s Studio in Galway city around 1903. It is a fairly typical child portrait of the times, though a little more relaxed than most. I love the way that they added a country feel by the use of props, like the gate and spade. Props were very important in those days and helped to convey the story behind the image. Indeed photographers often used them to distinguish between girls and boys at a time when very young children of both genders wore dresses. That is why so many vintage photographs of girls include dolls, while…