Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

May
16

“Some hats can only be worn if you’re willing to be jaunty, to set them at an angle and to walk beneath them with a spring in your stride as if you’re only a step away from dancing. They demand a lot of you.”
― Neil Gaiman

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May
15

BY WATER

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“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of  You are found all the aspects of existence.”
― Kahlil Gibran

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BY FIRE

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Plutarch

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The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

Ferdinand Foch

BY LAND

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 “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

– Aldo Leopold

 

JOY OF A CHILD

“When we are surrounded by what we love, we have joy”

Francine Gassette

Some of these photos have been posted before but I thought they fit the challenge for this week.

What enveloped means to me is to be surrounded by all things that are good for the body, soul and spirit.

The water that purifies 

“The fire that burns within us

The earth that brings  joy all around us.”

Francine Gassette

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May
08

fgassette:

I have purchased one of these cutting boards and was impressed with the skill and design of this artist and fellow blogger. Try one for yourself, you will love it as well. BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

Originally posted on Views from the Hill:

Just in case you think I might have been slacking off in my retirement, here are four recent completions from the Shop at La Taj.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

I don’t like to waste anything, so this one is called EBTKS, shorthand for Everything but the Kitchen Sink. It is an end grain board made up of leftover pieces and the drop from other projects, and has 6 different kinds of wood in it.

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This is made of Cherry, Maple, and Padauk, which is the one in vivid red.

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I’ll go out on a “limb” here and call this one, The Tree. It’s made from Walnut, Cherry and inlaid Maple.

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A Rising or Setting Sun, depending upon your perspective. This one is a favorite and is made from Walnut, Cherry, Maple and inlaid Padauk.

I must thank my local friend who has been encouraging me since the beginning and wishes to…

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May
06

“In three words I can sum up everything

I’ve learned about life:

it goes on.”

― Robert Frost

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Psalm 37:25 

I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.

 

Wordless Wednesday

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May
05

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: PINK

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 Click on below link to take part and see other entries.

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May
03

For Cee’s ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE this week I choose to show some of the odd things I found in a bicycle shop a few years ago.

See how many odd things you can find that you wouldn’t expect to see in this kind of shop. Hint: Look in the background of some photos.

 

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May
02

I love taking photos, as a hobby. I usually don’t perform any editing except to brighten or convert my photos to sepia or black and white.

I was playing around with Photo Shop and this is what happened during my experiment. What do you think?

FROM THIS

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TO THIS

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May
02

TRAVEL . . . TO THE BEACH

KIDS KORNER!

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Pittsburgh has Three Rivers, but no beach.  What a joy for the children to arrive at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh to fine this man-made beach just for them.

This post was created for Where’s my backpack? Travel Theme Challenge: Youngters.  Click on highlighted for more entries.

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May
01

NATIVE AMERICAN ART

While visiting the Cameron Trading Post in Cameron Arizona, I had the opportunity to witness the art of rug weaving in action with rug weaver Elsie Gander as she weaves Navajo rugs demonstrating this intricate art. As well as beautifully detailed Hopi Kachina dolls by carvers such as Touchoney Slim.  Plus an authentic Native American Headdress.

The trading post also houses fine Native American Indian jewelry, historic and contemporary.

In the oldest frontier tradition, trading posts were the common ground where culture, art and community met and flourished.

Visit the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for more entries.

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Apr
30

A fellow blogger in her blog post, reminds us that “Poem In Your Pocket” is on April 30, 2015.  She invites us to share a poem with those we know.  Visit her blog for more information. Click here.

I took this photo at the finish line of the Pittsburgh Marathon a few years ago. I’m sure this runner had in mine the encouraging poem below.

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Don’t Quit

 

 

 

 

 

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–

You may succeed with another blow,

Success is failure turned inside out–

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Edgar A. Guest

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