About Me: A Work in Progress

Phase II is now in session. I recently left the workforce to give life a try. I plan to travel, to write and to work on my photography skills. A camera has always been my traveling companion, even when it was just a small Kodak that used 126 format film. I might just run away to Spain . . . or Italy . . . or Vietnam . . . too many places to choose from.Β So much of the world still to see, and I am going to give it a shot over the next few years.

Originally from Minnesota, I spent twenty-five years migrating up the West Coast, following the fault line from Los Angeles, to San Francisco, and then to Seattle. For the last nine years I have called Northern Virginia home.

Join me as I look back as well as set my sights on the future. It’s hard to move forward if you don’t know where you came from.

I’m the one on the right.

1960

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My former boss told me I have a good eye for details so yes though not working anymore I noticed things especially to fellow blogger that I often follow. Cheers!

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Hi Marie – I’ve nominated you to join in the 7 day nature photo challenge . The challenge is to post a photo of the natural world each day for 7 days (and to nominate another blogger to participate). I’d love to see what you can come up with – but only if you have time.

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Hi. Normally I would welcome the challenge but I am getting ready to go to Europe for almost a month on Monday and so far behind that I don’t think I can commit to it. The first week of travel I will be taking a photography class in Venice. Excited for that. ☺

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Hi. Thanks for stopping by. I admire your decision to give up security for adventure. I visited China (Beijing and Shanghai) in 1984 and 2005 (Beijing). The changes in time were incredible.

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Hiya Marie > Yes likewise great to follow. I like your photography very much. Wow > I would have absolutely loved to see China back in 1984 to now. When I got here in 2005 the subway was just two lines. Did it even exist in 1984? Its fast fast fast here

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I feel I have a new friend. Will follow you as well. Thoroughly enjoyed your taking up my entire morning. Nearing 75 and a full time artist since the 1960s, I will never get to retire. But I am really good at faking it! Hope to someday cross paths.

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“…I look back as well as set my sights on the future. It’s hard to move forward if you don’t know where you came from.”
Beautiful words; “ask that your way will be long, full of adventures, full of instruction..”, just as the poet Cavafy advises.
Nice meeting you!

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I see you escaped from VA. I retired about 18 months ago and have spent much of it traveling. Off to Germany and Austria in a couple of weeks. I see you retired from law enforcement. I worked in the Hoover Building in DC when I retired, though not an agent. Thanks for visiting.

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Thanks for stopping by. I changed to Fictive earlier this week. After two years with another theme, I decided I needed to refresh my site. Changing made me realize how consistent you need to be with post formatting. I had to go through and edit lots of posts, especially the font size. Not sure how you manage to do two blogs. πŸ™‚

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I too changed my blog theme when I changed the ‘idea’ of it to no longer promote the novels I wrote under a pen name (Elizabeth Krall) and just to share my photos — and like you, I had headaches of formatting! When I started up the flower blog after that, I made sure to use the same theme though with colour differences. Just lazy. πŸ™‚

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I think your plans sound great – and you are realizing them. This Autumn I have taken a year off (…and I don’t plan on coming back to my old job again) Good luck with the rest of your life! I’m just starting to get the feeling…

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Hi, Terri. I love retirement too, though I think I will have to take some temp jobs to support my travel habit. πŸ™‚ Off to Istanbul for a week in mid April. I checked out your blog. Very nice.

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Hello Marie-

“Retirement” is an interesting point to reach in life, to be sure. I resist saying I’m retired… looking at this journey as “re-inspirement!”

Thank you for stopping by my blog and giving it a “follow.” I hope you will enjoy my nature-related posts. I’m also trying my hand at hosting a weekly challenge and invite you to take a look and participate as topics interest you-https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_event/unless-earth-friendly-friday/

Happy to meet you-
Jane

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Hi Marie, thank you for following my blog. Looking at your posts and pictures, I’m kinda jealous thinking of how very long I’ll be working, haha… Have fun on your travel adventures!

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Thanks. I am excited because I am leaving for three weeks in Sri Lanka in mid-January. I did manage to squeeze lots of travel in during the years I worked, though much of it was just in the US. I do love to experience new places.

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Hi Marie, thanks for your follow and welcome to retirement! You’ll soon be wondering how you ever fitted work in πŸ™‚ Your blog is so diverse with all things I can relate to… Enjoy your travels and I look forward to following your journeys. Have fun!

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Thanks. I am enjoying retirement. You’re right about the time issue. I keep wondering how I had time to do anything before. I guess I crowded everything into the weekend. Glad to hear you are enjoying it a couple years down the road.

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Thanks. I am having a great time exploring. I just come back from two weeks in Namibia. It is hard to explain how wonderful it was. Your Africa trip sounds amazing.

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So glad to find your blog. You have a wonderful eye for photography. Thanks for stopping by mine and joining the challenges. I look forward to reading and seeing more of your experiences.

Cheers!

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Hi there!
Thanks for following. I’m a happy camper now you are joining me as I trip around by RV, plane, car and time machine to the past.
Comments, compliments, critiques and wisecracks are most welcome.
You have a great blog. β€œSee” you again soon.
Which Way Now 101 aka Carol

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