Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Share the Joy: Being

I got a hit of JOY from this quote:

Be yourself. Life is precious as it is.
All the elements of your happiness are
already there. There is no need to run,
strive, search or struggle. Just be.
           - Thich Nhat Hanh



It's as simple as that, if you don't get all wound up
in expectations and shoulds. 
Just be.

Bloom. . . even if it makes you feel like
you're a show-off. 


So what?

Shine your light. 



You never know who'll find her way
because you shared your light.

Where did you find JOY this week?

To play along and share the joy:





1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.

3. Then click the NEXT box
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post so you'll entice people to visit.

(If you just can't get it to work, email me
and give me the URL of the post you're adding
and I'll take care of it).

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  

5. Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!



Saturday, September 24, 2011

Substitution



Yesterday I showed you two cover designs
and asked you to choose which you liked.

I had started from scratch and redesigned
the cover because I didn't like
the graphic designer's proposal.

But in order to use the image I chose,
I had to re-title the book.

A couple of you left comments (or emailed me)
asking why I didn't use my own photos.

And a dear friend objected to changing
the REAL title to match the image I'd chosen.

SO. . . . back to the drawing board.

What about this instead?



and just to muck up the waters,
I've done a second design using another cover photo.





Feedback, please. . . 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What do you think?

I need your help. 

The graphic designer came up with a cover
 for my poetry volume, but I didn't like it.

So I've chosen new cover art and tried my hand at layout.

# 1 



# 2





Which one do you like best?

I need your comments on the "Comments" 
background color preference
and whether you like the title
ascending (as in # 1)
or horizontal (as in # 2).


p.s. The white box is where the ISBN goes and of course
the watermark will disappear when the photo is purchased for use.

The photographer/artist is Elena Vizerskaya.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Old and New



What gave me JOY this week?
Going to a baby shower for a mom-to-be
that I've known since she was a little girl.


You met her last year for her April wedding


and the year before that on Valentine's Day
when we shopped for her bridal gown.

Then later in the same day, I got to find out
what happens to cheerleaders when they grow up.
Wasn't really looking forward to the class reunion,
but it was more fun than expected.



Photo by Rich Sittner

That's me on the right, Judie in the middle,
Patsy on the left -- and our cheer coach Joanne standing.
I know, she looks great and is 8 years older than we are.


What gives you JOY?

To play along and share the joy:





1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.

3. Then click the NEXT box
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post so you'll entice people to visit.

(If you just can't get it to work, email me
and give me the URL of the post you're adding
and I'll take care of it).

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  

5. Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Travel Lust

I don't have any travel plans this fall
and I'm feeling the urge.



Where would you escape if you could?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Favorite Faces Series: Day Five

Another favorite face. . .




festive coloring, but sad eyes.

He looks alone in the crowd.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Oops!

How time flies -- it's already Thursday
and I haven't put up Share the Joy.

Could it be that I'm having too much fun
sharing my Favorite Faces?



Where have you found joy this week?

To play along and share the joy:





1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.

3. Then click the NEXT box
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post so you'll entice people to visit.

(If you just can't get it to work, email me
and give me the URL of the post you're adding
and I'll take care of it).

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  

5. Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Favorite Faces Series: Day Two



I think she defines "adorable."

Monday, September 12, 2011

Favorite Faces Series: Day One




Egyptian woman who bakes pita bread
 at a roadside restaurant near Saqqara.

I altered this photo using an opaque chalk filter treatment.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Birthday Tutu


For the life of me, I don't know why
I can't get Blogger to cooperate today.
It keeps turning my font blue, underlining,
 and changing fonts for no reason at all.

All of which makes it unreasonably hard
to tell my story.

Imagine me, outside yesterday morning,
the anniversary of my birth,
around 9 a.m.

I'm in the back yard, 
which borders on the very ritzy private golf course,
with men in little carts whizzing by, looking for their balls--
golf balls, that is - and me decked out in the
Birthday Tutu.

I'm setting up the camera on the tripod and then trying,
to no avail, to get the self-timer working.

In other words,
I was a photo failure on my birthday.

So here, courtesy of my youngest son Gavin,
is the promised image:




And thank you, Gavin, for not fainting
from being with a mother in a red tutu
and a sparkly tiara.
Now if you have a birthday in October or early November
and you'd like to humiliate your children by wearing
the birthday tutu made by Deb and first modeled by Beth,
please leave me a comment saying "Hell yes, I'll wear it!" 
and I'll pick the next winner.

The requirement?
Wear the birthday tutu on your special day, 
snap at least on photo and post it on your blog,
then hold a contest to pass along the tutu. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Share the Joy: Playing



A dose of JOY

Playing with the boys. . . .






And on that theme,
my favorite scene from Top Gun. . .
(did I mention my ex was a Top Gun pilot? SIGH)






Where have you found joy this week?

To play along and share the joy:





1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.

3. Then click the NEXT box
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post so you'll entice people to visit.

(If you just can't get it to work, email me
and give me the URL of the post you're adding
and I'll take care of it).

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  

5. Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!