Four Girls Four Nationalities

Four Girl,s Four Nationalities: American, Taiwanese, Turkish, Japanese

Almost any street photo in San Francisco would be a study in diversity. This just happens to be my daughter (on the left) with students from the language school where she works. Our next-door neighbor counted 21 countries represented at the Thanksgiving they hosted.

Moss, Lichen, Fern and Grass Berkely Native Plant Garden

Moss, Lichen, Fern and Grass Berkeley Native Plant Garden

Everything and everyone mix together in the Bay Area. Any chance we get to share our different cultures is a chance to make a more peaceful world.

I am happy to share these photos for Lost In Translations’s Thursday Special Diversity.

Which Way Challenge 21: One Way To Get Grandma’s House Fast!

Lamborghini on 4th Streer

Lamborghini on 4th Street

Fast! Very Fast! 

Here’s one way to get Grandmother’s house in time for the turkey on Thanksgiving day.

Ghost Car
This, just off the show room floor, Lamborghini almost disappeared in the reflected fall leaves until I noticed some one standing in the street taking pictures of it.
I know this is supposed to be a roadway image challenge but you can see a curb, right?

Selfie of me photographing the Lambo insignia

Selfie of me in the street photographing the Lambo insignia

That’s how shiny the paint job is.
I’m a sucker for a pretty car, because my dad was a car guy who taught me to identify all the 1960’s cars by sight.

What do you pull over to snap pictures of?

Let yourself be silently drawn
by the strange pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.
~ Rumi ~

For Cee’s Which Way Challenge I was a Featured Blogger in her Last weeks Challenge with my Wandering Turkey Image.






Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Not Your Usual Parade Floats

Anything on Wheels Goes in The Solano Stroll

Green Chair on wheels

Green Chair on wheels!

This “float” got the most cheers. Why? Two years ago in the big Yosemite fire, Berkeley Family Camp was destroyed along with these Green Chairs. They were where we sat and relaxed before dinner, read books or played cards with our kids. The Green Chairs meant summer vacation to all of us! Now they are truing to rebuild.

Pups on wheels

Pups on wheels

Happy St.Francis Day!

Friend on wheels

Friend on wheels

I was impressed by the devotion of the not so young man pushing his elderly uncle… the wrong way up the parade route…it didn’t seem to matter they were having a wonderful time!

Dear Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge participants these are not the greatest art photos but hopefully I captured the Joy of our local parade.


Nurturing Thursday: Be Held

There Are Arms Waiting For YOU!

photoYou Are Held
You Are Lovable
Just the Way You Are

Proud Dad showing off his 17 day old daughter at recent neighborhood block party. No one could keep their eyes off of that relationship it was hypnotic
We wanted to hold her
We wanted to be her.

Feel free to add your own affirmations.

Posted for Nurturing Thursday

Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Inside the Mind of Isadora
Jacqueline King
Pocket Perspectives
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Hugmamma’s Mind Body and Soul
Cee Nuener
Meg Evans


Weekly Photo Challenge Contrasts: A Frog, Bridesmaids, and A Bride



A Frog Tale

A dime sized frog showed up on a window sill of the cabin we were staying at over the weekend to attend a wedding. A couple of the bridesmaids were with us. These are not squeamish gals. We all crowded into the small bathroom, to admire this tiny being. I carried it out to join its brethren, then we went back to getting prettied up for the next day. There was talk of hair products and makeup as usual for such events. In the morning when I left my Italian conditioner in the shower I called out:
“The Giovanni is in the shower!”
one of the lovely bridesmaids called back:
Oh! Is that the name of the frog?”

Sometimes the Princess names the frog instead of kisses it, a much better outcome for a modern Fairy Tail don’t you think?

This all started out as post for Weekly photo challenge/contrasts/. Well here we have dark against light, soft against hard, and old against new story. Oh you might enjoy a few images of the girls.

The Bride and Her Dog Pip Lots of contrast here too.

The Bride and Her Dog Pip Lots of contrast here too.

Mia the bridesmaid who named the frog

Maya the bridesmaid who named the frog.

Mia and my daughter Jessie waiting to escort the bride on a windy day by the sea.

Maya and my daughter Jessie waiting to escort the bride on a windy day by the sea.

Which photo has the most contest too you?

The photo’s are inspired by Lens and Pens and the writing was under the influence of  Margo Rody‘s Tuesday Tryout