Nurturing Ways

Maps Don’t Always Know Everything

DetourI took a long time getting here,
much of it wasted on wrong turns,
back roads riddled by ruts.
I had adventures
I never would have known
if I proceeded as the crow flies.
Super highways are so sure
of where they are going:
they arrive too soon.

A straight line isn’t always
the shortest distance
between two people.
Sometimes I act as though
I’m heading somewhere else
while, imperceptibly,
I narrow the gap between you and me.
I’m not sure I’ll ever
know the right way, but I don’t mind
getting lost now and then.
Maps don’t know everything.

~ Ruth Feldman ~
Nurturing Thursday also offers Learning As We Journey today.
More roads to fallow at Cee’s Which Way Challenge
The poem and the prompts all came my way by my inbox this morning.
I hope you find many road signs today as well.
Love to hear about them.
Many Blessings



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.

Phoneography:Black and White Challenge with Wings










Come see! Come see! We were commanded.
Following, we came into an inner room,
Once there we gazed in wonder.
She was the only one to draw near when the wings unfurled.



I could tell you who these beings are and how this meeting came to be but, of course, I won’t. What I will tell you is that I have been searching YouTube for videos of the Messiah and Googling “Lo An Angel Appeared” (images).
What do you imagine is happening?

All three are the same image, I was attempting a dream sequence. does it work?




For more about Black and white Photography visit the sponsor of this challenge Sally’s Lens and Pens, who has an image similar in shape to this one today..

Nurturing Thursday: A Reason For Fall


Be Aware!

Something old and no longer of use is leaving?
Perhaps something new and inspiring will be revealed?

I am a participant in Nurturing Thursday

Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Tea and Paper
Jacqueline King
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Meg Evans
Bowl of Cherries
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Pocket Perspectives
Hugmamma’s Mind, Body and Soul
Crowing Crone Joss

Nurturing Thursday: You’ve Got The Green Light



Stuck in traffic?
Think of it as following your bliss!  

 Joy is right up there with Heart’s Desire
listen to Luciana Williams she has some down and dirty ideas for what to do when some one takes your joy.


Nurturing Thursday is the brainchild of Becca Givens

Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Tea and Paper
Jacqueline King
Crowing Crone Joss
Carol Carlisle
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Meg Evans
Bowl of Cherries
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Hugmamma’s Mind, Body and Soul
Pocket Perspectives

If any readers are interested in joining the nurturing, you are welcomed to do so … the more the merrier!!

Goat Poem

Mondrian Goat

Goat at Sunset


Goat pokes his sharp white face
into the end of day

Sheep and Cow’s evensong chorus
have awaken mild curiosity

But slit eyed wisdom

The Man with the bucket of oats
has already come and gone.

Carol Carlisle

Margo Rody  Asked us to go for a walk and be open to the unexpected. During Saturday’s ramble at the local Little Farm the setting sun hit the hillside and light up a goat single goat face magnificently! It called for a click from my camera and a poem.
Happy Tuesday!