THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY – OUR FUTURE ENVIRONMENT

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Tomorrow it will be my pleasure to talk about artist Katie Paterson, for whom books remain completely bound with the future, the earth and the paper they’re printed on. This relationship inspired her project “Future Library,” in which she’s commissioning authors to help write 100 works to be kept in the trust for 100 years. They will be published in a limited-edition anthology in 2114, on paper made from 1,000 Norwegian spruce trees planted near Oslo last year.

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STRENGTH – WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY

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I have always believed two things about difficulties in life.

  • Problems are lessons that need to be learned.
  • God helps those who roll up their sleeves and help themselves and gives you the strength to do it.

bernadette

This is written in response to Silver Threadings Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge.  Here is how to participate:

http://www.silverthreadings.com

SENIOR SALON#36

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am astonished and delighted with the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their artistic vision. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

TAP ON THE FROG TO READ OTHER BLOGS POSTED TODAY.

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 9

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

I had very many things to be thankful for this past week.

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MY VERY DEAR FRIEND FRAN COMPLETED HER TREATMENT FOR CANCER.

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I AM SO THANKFUL THAT IN ADDITION TO BEING A WONDERFUL HUSBAND, I AM MARRIED TO A VERY CARING PHYSICIAN.

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MY DEAR FRIEND KIM INVITED US TO USE HER SEA ISLE CITY BEACH HOME

AND WE WERE GREETED BY THIS RAINBOW.

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

PLEASE ADD YOUR POST AND TOGETHER WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

I am sharing this post today with my fellow writers at Two Writing Teachers.  You might want to stop over there and take a look at this wonderful site.

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity  to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

APPARITION – #WRITEPHOTO

I entered the cool darkness of the chapel and felt immediate relief from the heat and the harsh glare of the sun.  I went seeking some time to gather my emotions.  As usual, after a visit to Andrew, my heart ached with sadness.  I felt anger at the waste of his life and futility that there was nothing that could change his situation.

I suppose I went to the chapel seeking the answer to the question that has haunted me for 15 years.  WHY?  Why Andrew, why me, why should our family have to experience so much pain?  My brain knows there is no answer but my heart still seeks it.

I glanced up at the window and saw this ghostly apparition.  A figure surrounded by sadness but offering consolation.

I left the chapel again knowing that there is no answer to why but there is consolation if you look for it.

bernadette

This post is written to a photo prompt.  The above prompt can be found at: Thursday photo prompt – Glimpsed – #writephoto, at svincent.com.

I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES

“I believe in miracles
Where you from, you sexy thing?”

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A light hearted response to the prompt at Silver Threadings miracle.

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FEMINIST FRIDAY

 

Annie Oakley’s birthday was celebrated on August 13.  When I read the biography about her that was written to celebrate her birthday I was very moved by how this woman used what talents were available to her and cultivated those talents to lift herself out of poverty and have a life of her own making.  I thought that you might want to learn a little more about her during this Olympic Competition time because I am sure that she was a gold medalist.

The following comes from Biography.com

Early Life

Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Moses (or as some sources say, Mosey) on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio. She is remembered as one of the leading women of the American West.

Both Moses’ father and her stepfather died when she was a child, and she went to live at the Darke County Infirmary, where she received schooling and sewing instruction while helping in the care of orphaned children. She returned to living with her mother and her second stepfather in her early teens, when she was able to help the family by hunting game for a grocery store. She earned so much from her skills that by the time she was 15, Moses was able to pay off the mortgage on her mother’s home.

A Wild West Star

After beating him in a 1875 Thanksgiving shooting competition, the following year, Moses married Frank E. Butler, a top shooter and vaudeville performer. The two embarked on a union that would last more than half a century. They began working together professionally in 1882, after Butler’s male partner fell ill and Moses took his place. She took on the stage name of Oakley, believed to be taken from a Cincinnati locale.

Annie Oakley met Native-American leader Sitting Bull in 1884, and he was so impressed with her manner and abilities that he “adopted” her and bestowed upon her the additional name “Little Sure Shot.” Oakley and Butler then joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885. The couple toured with the show for more than a decade and a half, with Oakley receiving the spotlight and top billing while Butler worked as her manager, assisting Oakley with her stunning displays of marksmanship.

Audiences were wowed. She could shoot off the end of a cigarette held in her husband’s lips, hit the thin edge of a playing card from 30 paces and shoot distant targets while looking into a mirror. She would also shoot holes through cards thrown into the air before they landed, inspiring the practice of punching holes in a free event ticket being referred to as an “Annie Oakley.” Oakley even entertained such royals as Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II—and shot a cigarette out of the kaiser’s mouth.

Continued Performing

After Oakley and Butler were in a railroad accident in 1901, she was partially paralyzed for a time, yet she recovered and continued to perform. She did stage work in the 1903 melodrama The Western Girl and joined the Young Buffalo Show in 1911. Oakley and Butler retired in 1913, settling in Cambridge, Maryland, and adopting a dog, Dave, who would become part of their later shows.

Oakley was a top earner for the Wild West Show and via her additional exhibition work, sharing money with her extended family and giving donations to charities for orphans. During World War I, Oakley volunteered to organize a regiment of female sharpshooters, but her petition was ignored, so, instead, she helped to raise money for the Red Cross with exhibition work at Army camps.

During her retirement, Oakley pursued such hobbies as hunting and fishing, and taught marksmanship to other women. In the early 1920s, Oakley and Butler were involved a car accident in which they were both severely hurt, but she did manage to perform again for a time in 1924.

Annie Oakley died on November 3, 1926, in Greenville, Ohio. The news of her death saddened the nation and brought forth a wave of tributes. Butler died on November 21, 1926.

Legacy and Media Depictions

Part of Oakley’s lasting legacy is the Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your Gun (1946), based on her life story, with the initial run starring Ethel Merman and later Broadway incarnations starring Reba McEntire and Bernadette Peters. Other media treatments of the markswoman’s life have appeared as well, including the 1935 film Annie Oakley (which is noted for being historically inaccurate), the 1950 film adaptation of Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton, and a variety of books geared toward both children and adults.

 

Biography.com Editors
Website Name

The Biography.com website
URL

http://www.biography.com/people/annie-oakley-9426141

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“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you’ll hit the Bull’s Eye of Success.”
—Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley You Rock!

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SENIOR SALON#35

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am so excited about the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their artistic vision. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

TAP ON THE FROG TO READ OTHER BLOGS POSTED TODAY.

Musing About The Last Week Of Summer

The last week before school starts.  The streets in the Haddons are so very still.  No buses and vans transporting children to school.  Just the background musicians of summer – crickets and cicadas.

As I took my morning walks this week, I became aware once again of the beauty of our Haddon region.  The abundance of flowers, the intensity of their colors, and the sweet smell of honeysuckle remind me that this is truly a week to savor.

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One of my favorite things this week has been to observe the change in the sunlight.  Our morning light is still pregnant with moisture and I am looking forward to the return of crispness that reveals all this beauty with a sharp contrast of light and  shadow.

Alas, I came upon the precursors of the end of this peaceful, beautiful season –  LEAF

Enjoy the week – hustle and her friend bustle are just around the corner.

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
― Kenny Chesney

bernadette