“Three Trees on the Hillside”

Ed Lehming Photography

“A forest is not a wilderness, but a community of souls who speak to one another on the wind.”
– Anthony T. Hincks

Nature creates unexpected patterns, those things that are noticeably different than others. Here, a group of three large trees grows together, sharing the same patch of ground. Their neighbours, are spread fairly evenly, each with its patch of ground, its own source of sparse sunlight and nutrients. Yet, these three grew together, sharing everything, so different that it drew my attention right away.

Beyond them, a lengthened patch of sunlight reveals a path untrodden, beckoning exploration. The light is everywhere, despite the ever present veil of green. Above, bright flashes of blue dance in the sky and into the canopy high above.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100

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#tuesdayuseitinasentence ~ Party

Word Adventures

The party had been underway for a couple of hours when the Chief of the Party showed up and everyone realized their host was a party to the propaganda surrounding the reelection of the tyrant.



Here are the prompt rules:
Make a sentence with the word of the week. Leave it as just a sentence or write a post to go with it.

Try to do it on Tuesday.

Include the hashtag #tuesdayuseitinasentence.

Post it on Twitter and/or Facebook (if you have a public site) and/or Pinterest and/or WordPress and/or any other social media site you belong to.

Participate as many times as you’d like. You can write a different sentence for each platform, but please keep it to one sentence per post.

I will be trolling Twitter for the hashtag, so watch my Twitter feed in the sidebar for retweets. Make sure to connect on Twitter with…

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September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day!

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Here are today’s five thing to know about Cheese Pizza:

  1. About 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza every month.
  2. About 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second in the United States.
  3. The most pizzas are delivered (and eaten) on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday.
  4. The three dots in the Domino’s Pizza logo represent the first three Domino’s Pizza stores.
  5. Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the United States.

Today’s Food History

  • 1643 Louis XIV, King of France (the ‘Sun King’) was born. A gourmet, gourmand and many say a glutton. During his reign food began to be served in courses, rather than placed on the table all at once, and forks came into widespread use.
  • 1698 Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards.
  • 1946 Dean Ford of the music group ‘Marmalade’ was born.
  • 1949

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Reading Links…9/5/17

Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author


Reading Links…9/5/17

Traci Kenworth


  1. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/08/dire-king-by-william-ritter-blog-tour.html Jackaby #4.
  2. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/09/01/eleventh-hour-volunteer-call/ New story!
  3. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/08/31/protecting-bedlam-land-of-discarded-flunkies-part-1/ $2.
  4. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/angelic-fantasy-with-dark-undertones-gylded-wings-by-lnightingale-romance-99c-books/ Is he an angel or demon?


  1. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/09/september-releases-do-post/ Looking for some back to school reads? MG.
  2. https://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/cover-reveal-savage-dragonrider-legacy-1-by-nicole-conway-2/ Never send a hero to do a dragon’s job. LOVE this tagline!
  3. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/friday-book-round-up-spotlights-three-amazing-childrens-books-fridayreads-kidlit-bookreview/ Some picks.

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-dragonfly-wishes-by-pennyh_author-womensfiction/ How do you go on when you’ve lost everything?
  2. http://www.superauthors.com/2017/09/september-2017-new-releases-from.html A little romance for everyone.



  1. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/booklaunch-a-hundred-tiny-threads-by-barrow_judith-honno-howarth-family-histfic-series/ It takes more than love to make a marriage.


  1. https://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/08/29/the-mask-of-sanity-by-jacob-appel-review/ A psychological thriller about living beneath the cracks of society.
  2. https://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/09/01/richard-farren-barber-perfect-darkness-perfect-silence-review/ Horror is when there’s no hope left.
  3. https://coffinhop.com/2017/09/01/new-events-fishing-with-the-devil-launch-con-morte-manchester-vice-weird-winter-wonderland/ A guided tour from the lakes of hell.
  4. https://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/09/01/the-skin-room-by-morgan-fleetwood-book-review/ A nightmarish confession.
  5. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/house-of-spines-michael-j-malone-blog-tour-review/ Brilliantly creepy.
  6. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/look-out-for-i-am-behind-you-by-john-ajvide-lindqvist/ Equal parts heartbreaking and horrifying.


  1. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-gnomon-nick-harkaway/ A Borgesian puzzle-box of identity.
  2. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-insidious-intent-val-mcdermid/ A serial killer who victimizes women at weddings.
  3. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-freefall-adam-hamdy/ Discovering a hidden enemy, Ash and Wallace must fight impossible odds in a networked…

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Water

Dutch goes the Photo!

Welcome to Week 73 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Wow!  You really turned up up last week for the color Blue!  It was great to see the enthusiasm in each of your posts!

After two weeks of colors, I thought it might be time for something a little different, which led me to the idea of Water for a theme. Of course, water comes in many forms, so there is plenty of opportunity to take a creative approach to this week’s theme. Whether the water is in a glass, pond, lake, river, sea, ocean or in the sky, or whether it is liquid or solid (gaseous might be tricky to photograph), there are many ways to capture water in all its glory!

So, I expect that there will be plenty of different approaches to this week’s theme, and I look forward to being surprised by some of them!

To get…

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Fall Writing Prompt Challenge: “You were meant to know the night”

Brave & Reckless

I told myself that I was going to take a break from writing prompt challenges.  I told myself that they are a lot of work for me and that everyone is busy with back to school stuff but. . . then I stumbled across this fabulous prompt.  Thank you Sarah Doughty and WilderPoetry for the inspiration.


Writing Prompt- “You were meant to know the night”

  1. Using the writing prompt above, write a 100 to 800 word original, previously unpublished piece that integrates the writing prompt.  It can be poetry, prose, short fiction or even essay.  The prompt can be used as the title, you can use the phrase intact, or break it up however you want within the written piece.
  2. Pick out an image to go with your submission
  3. Write a brief biography
  4. Send the following to christine.e.ray@gmail.com by midnight on Sunday, October 1, 2017:
    • Your original piece
    • suggested image
    • brief biography

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