Expressions

“Experience every emotion. Each has its own beauty, I promise.” – Varvara, singer If concrete can be so expressive…there’s no limit to what we can do. But seriously, who knew concrete had such a broad range of emotions??

Meet the Neighbors

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together.” – Unknown And look at how creative my neighbors are! Our neighborhood’s snowman/woman game is on point this snowfall. Made this morning’s run one of my favorites of all time. Meet nearsighted, patriotic reindeer snowman. And…

Before and After

“Humor is reason gone mad.”  – Groucho Marx I was searching through my photos for something this morning and found this silliness from a few weeks ago. These still make me laugh out loud. Before: My kitchen candle looked like a little old Zen master. After: Then I lit him. Cling tightly to humor wherever…

Be Nice.

I saw this out my car window yesterday and it made me laugh out loud. Man, I love this sign. Don’t you wish sometimes that you could be this blunt? Nice people: come on in. Not-nice people: out. Wouldn’t life be so much simpler? But of course, as I smile and as difficult as it…

Little Surprises

I’m gonna be honest. Sometimes I wish I could be a fast and serious runner. The early-corral-assignment, knows-all-of-her-PRs-by-heart, badass type of runner. But the longer I do it, the more I realize that it’s just not in the cards for me. I’m slow. Running doesn’t come naturally for me. Plus, the only thing shorter than my stride…

Old St. Joseph Had a Farm

Had to share some of the kid drawings from my church’s school. So. Stinking. Funny. My personal favorite: The Last Supper. GOLD.

Not the Easter Bunny…

Aw, man. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that since 2011, I’ve documented at least one photo per year of chocolate Santa casualties in stores at Christmastime. Here’s some news: apparently the Easter bunny isn’t immune to the aggression. Come on, is it really that difficult to figure out it the chocolate…

I Am Lucky

From the imaginations at my church that brought you “I’m Not a Turkey” and “What Happened to My Snowman,” may I present “I Am Lucky.” “I am lucky to have toys so I can play with my brothers and so we won’t get bored. I am lucky to have trees so I can have fresh…

Found

Nemo! I live for photos like this. And this. A  leprechaun dinosaur in the neighborhood. Weird people are awesome.

What Happened to My Snowman?

From the students at my church who brought you “I am Not a Turkey” (post here), may I present “What Happened to My Snowman?” “Snowmen shouldn’t go to battle! They would get shot! They would melt! They might get hit by a tank! Finally, they can’t drive tanks! Snowmen shouldn’t go to BATTLE!!!” “Snowmen shouldn’t sit by…

Always Be a Unicorn

“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.” Recently I posted about a photography hike and how embarrassed I was about looking weird to other hikers. I’ve thought a lot about that day, trying to understand what I had been so worried about. I finally realized that what made that incident unusual is…

Tree Skirts and Santa Shirts

When I glanced at our Christmas tree this morning, I noticed that our new tree skirt appeared to be in a ball under the branches. Upon closer inspection, I realized our Violet was that “ball” and our skirt was just fine. It was just hard to tell where the skirt ended and the cat began….

I’m Not a Turkey, I am Cracking Up

In light of upcoming holiday dinner preparations, the second grade students at my church’s school are doing their part to help turkeys escape their fate by giving them disguises. This had me laughing out loud in the hallway as I passed through. Oh my gracious, these are priceless. Enjoy a sampling below. “I’m not a…

Obviously

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel And if who/what she wants to be requires a cape for her holiday baking, she absolutely should wear a cape. Because bakers are superheroes, too. Not pictured: this little girl’s twin, donning a matching cape.

Music and Memory

Yesterday during my run, I heard notes from a saxophone lift above the usual whistles, hollering, and grunting of the high school football field. At first I wondered if the band was rehearsing on the track. But as I passed by, I noticed this young musician practicing on his saxophone on the bleachers.  Surprised, I…

Always Remember…

You are braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem,  And smarter than you think.” –A.A. Milne Since the mind behind Pooh Bear said this, I’m going to trust it is true. Because Pooh is never wrong. But if you figure out how to accomplish all of the above, please let me know. Because sometimes it’s…

And Again…

Another glasses sighting. (And another.) This is so weird. If there’s a message there, I’m sure not getting it.