Photography: Frolicking in the Snow (Post #1)

I’ve spent the past two days taking photos out of the window.  Yes, it’s been cold here.  For the first time (in a long time) the snow has actually stayed on the ground.  For once, I actually don’t mind the snow.  I guess it’s because things get messy when everything melts, it looks a little…

Still Beauty to be Found, a poem

  I stand at water’s edge searching for the welcoming sounds of nature the open-arm embrace of vibrant sun the unforgettable smell of fertile earth and fir It stirs within me feelings of hope feelings of home and a song beneath my chest starts to hum its melodic tune. This is how I revive I…

Photography: California in Winter (Post #5)

I think one of the reason I love going to California in the winter is because there are still so many remnants of nature’s beauty at that time.  It surprises me somehow.  Of course, I’ve lived a good part of my life in places where seasons meant something.  When it was winter, there were snow…

Like Two Passing Ships in the Night, a poem

I hate how we keep meeting like this. Words upon the page between us, stilted breaths and barely an ounce of your essence is present. Perhaps, you shall sigh across the page, your thoughts – meandering. A bit of glinting tinfoil shaken by the wind outside your door demands attention perhaps a nearby bluebird sings…

Portraits Poetry Series #74: Entombed

In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image. With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had…

Photography: Finding Beauty Even Among the Decay (Post #1)

These past two weeks I’ve been quiet, I guess, in many ways.  Things are busier these days as my two oldest have to prepare for SATs, find and fill out applications for scholarships, contests, etc. and plan for their future.  I, for one, am glad I am involved as I never had anyone to help…

Photography: California in Winter (Post #4)

These are a few of the images we took while at Balboa Park in San Diego.  I swear I could spend all day there – no matter how many times I visit.  Even in “winter” the flowers and view are just beautiful.  I’ve also been there during the summer,  but that was back when I…

Portraits Poetry Series #72: Counting Pennies

In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image. With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had…

Conversations 02: Allowing Myself to Make Mistakes

  I’ve been struggling lately and though sometimes it helps to know the reason why, it doesn’t always make things easier.  Growing up, we were expected to always be perfect.  Of course, that is never possible… but we were punished often when we were less than stellar.  We weren’t taken to task just for the…

Conversations 01: Hoping for a Better Future

  I’ve thought about it for a while now.  It seems that things are always changing, whether its my focus or things slowly evolving in me.  I notice it, but have a hard time putting words to that feeling.  I guess it’s a good thing that as I get older, I still try to find…

Begging the Exhale, a poem

Words dance in shatters, they rattle beneath the ribs you can hear them crying out like forlorn, seedless shells dancing against naked trees in a windstorm. They ache to find their voice as they lay quivering, trapped beneath their soulless breath awaiting expression, begging the exhale of birth. (c) Sumyanna 2017   Beautiful image courtesy…