A Man’s Best Friend

A Man and His Dog

A Man and His Dog

Join Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Gentle

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

Memories

Frank asked us to share favorite memories this week. In honor of what would have been my dad’s 93 birthday yesterday, March 26, I am sharing memories of John Peter Wallace Friederichs, a wonderful, quiet man who loved to fish, hunt, camp, build things, create things, and learn new things. Most of all, he loved his family. I think of him always. He passed away in 1986.

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Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits from the Past – Week 42

For The BrokenHearted

Ah, a song for a broken heart. There are so many. Hugh went back to 1989 this week with his broken-hearted song. I’ve reached a bit farther back, to 1983. “How am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Laura Brannigan has to be one of the best songs about heartbreak. It speaks to the yearnings of a friend who wanted more—but love never happened. Brannigan’s approach to the lyrics says so much more than Michael Bolton’s later release of the song, which he co-wrote.

 

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Color Your World 2017: Shocking Pink

Shocking Lock

Love locks, Paris, France

Jennifer’s 2017 Color Your World Challenge: Shocking Pink

Travel Theme: Eyes

Generations

Generations, Trinidad, Cuba

Generations, Trinidad, Cuba

When I was in Cuba recently, I often saw fathers and grandfathers spending time with small children. Whether walking to them to school or sitting with them on the front stoop, the mutual affection was heart warming. I took this shot in Trinidad, Cuba.  A number of guide books recommended taking small items such as pencils or shampoo to handout to Cubans, but that seemed patronizing. Instead, I brought along a Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera and took instant photos of people that appealed to me—kids and adults. People were always surprised when the photo paper popped out of the top of the instant camera. Kid were especially excited and would crowd around posing for me. Giving someone a photo created a wonderful visual way to communicate. Sometimes, but not always, I then asked if I could take a picture with my DSLR.  I took an instant photo of this gentleman with his small grandson and then another when the older child came to see what was happening. The two still-developing photos are in the grandfather’s hand.  I had 60 sheets of instant film with me and wished that I had taken more. I ended up rationing the film, 10 or so shots per day.

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Eyes

CBWC: Older Than 50

Past the Half-Century Mark

It finally happened, we are all over 50 years of age.

It finally happened, we are all over 50 years of age.

No, it’s not the tractor or the barn—it’s the sisters. As of last May, all six of us are over 50 years of age. We range from 62 to 50. I’m the oldest but I stopped doing birthdays years ago because I don’t want to be categorized by my age, I just want to be seen as a person. I think not being an age allows me to think young(er) and to be more open to change.

CBWC: Older Than 50

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