Finding the Perfect Place

IMG_7475.JPGFor photos I tend to have trouble finding a perfect place. Recently, I found that my kitchen floor is the best spot for potted plants. But, finding the perfect place for me is more than photography. The perfect place can be a spot for relaxing like the spot on the couch where I like to read and watch movies on my computer. Another spot is taking a nap outside on the front porch swing on a nice day. But, the perfect place is a spot that can be relaxing where you can find time to contemplate and let the day go.

IMG_7344.JPGRelaxation is something I find in one of my favorite places. Whether it be playing with my camera sitting on the kitchen floor or bundling up in a blanket to take a nap on the porch when it is chilly out. The perfect place is a spot that is simple that can be quiet and peaceful.

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D-Day Remembrance

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On June 6, 1944 the landing on the Normandy beaches occurred. This epic invasion was a turning point in World War II as the Allied forces moved up on the beaches to rid Europe from the tyranny of Nazi Germany. Many of us have seen movies, like Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day, that portray the events of D-Day. On this day members of the American, British, and Canadian Armed Forces all marched on the beaches to stop a mad man. Many of them gave their lives, not only for their country, but for the world to be at peace.

The Normandy Landings that took place on June 6th, 1944 are remembered today. There are twitter posts, photos of the events, and articles showing commemorations in Normandy and other countries where soldiers had served.

Just Reading

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While I was having computer problems I spent a lot of time reading. From David Sedaris to V.C. Andrews, I was able to keep myself entertained with an old hobby I have forgotten. As I read and reread several books I discovered how much I missed reading. I had forgotten how much of a stress reliever reading was for me. Entering into another world is something that I really missed.

IMG_8027By reading I was able to enter a world without pictures that flash before my eyes on a computer or television screen. Instead I was able to use my imagination to bring the characters, scenery, and actions to life in my own head. Reading is something that I have been able to use to allow my imagination to flourish. Today, the use of technology might have taken that away from some as they rely on movies and television shows.

IMG_7990.JPGHowever, it was someone else’s pure imagination that brought the book to life. The story in a world completely separate of the one that I live in now was created from another mind. When reading the imagination can run wild as you think of what the author had imagined. Entering into another world helps me relax because I am temporarily leaving behind the one I am in.

IMG_8031.JPGA world completely different from mine. Another world where my struggles and anguish don’t matter, yet someone else’s does. Getting my mind off my problems through reading is something that has helped me.

As I look back on the past month of computer problems, I am rather thankful I was able to pick up a book again. No interruptions and no screens flashing allowed me to enter a world completely separate from mine. Another place created from another mind with a story to follow. Books are truly a treasure as they bring you to places that allow your imagination to wander.

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Memorial Day

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Photo from: http://asmdss.com/meme/a-collection-of-memes-to-help-people-understand-memorial-day

The final Monday in May in the United States of America is celebrated as Memorial Day. On this day, there are marathons of movies like Saving Private Ryan, families get together for cookouts, and many people get to sleep in as they don’t have to go to work. However, too many Americans have forgotten the reason behind this holiday. The phrase “freedom isn’t free” truly matches the real reason behind this holiday.

Today, we honor the men and women who had given their lives to protect our nation. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat there are memes and cartoons reminding us of their sacrifice. Photos of children receiving the flag over their parents grave and spouse crying at their grave are all a grave reminder of why we have this day.

Freedom isn’t free because so many brave men and women never returned to America. The country they swore to protect and defend. The men and women who returned to be buried have every right to be honored on this day. Across America there are celebrations to honor them for their sacrifice. Unfortunately, too many people take this holiday for granted forgetting the reason we have rights other countries do no.

Hitting a Writers Block

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Just like this photo hitting a writers block can leave you feeling like you are in the dark. Today, when I was thinking about what to write about I hit a block hard. Just like this photo I felt like I didn’t know where to turn. So, I took some time to step away from the writing to brain storm ideas. I took a walk, had lunch, and binge watched shows on Netflix.

IMG_7330.JPGUltimately, I found myself typing about hitting a writers block. I find it  odd that I am writing about hitting a writers block when I am in the midst of one right now. Ah, the frustration of a writers block is one that we all must deal with. Eventually, I hope to find myself out of this writers block in the end.

Rain, Rain, Rain

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The past month of April was a rainy month. Unfortunately, it looks like the month of May is going to be another rainy month. Right now there is a thunderstorm where I am in Connecticut. But, never the less rain brings flowers and cools things down in the summer when it is hot.

IMG_0714However, with rain sometimes comes thunderstorms and power outages. Thunderstorms, they are okay, but power outages are not. As long as there is gas in the generator being prepped and ready for one is no problem. Unfortunately, a generator can only last so long and is loud.

IMG_0679.JPGRain, rain, rain it is something that we need. Many people enjoy running out in the rain feeling the water as it falls out of the sky putting their head back to taste a few drops. Many people consider it good luck for it to rain on your wedding day.

Rain is something that is enjoyed and envied at the same time. Rain frustrates some when it interferes with plans, but leads to happiness for others looking for a day to rest. Rain seems to be one of those things that brings both happiness and sadness all in one for everyone.

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Finally Back!

Due to some technical issues I have been unable to blog for the past month. But, now that its over and I can finally blog again. I look forward to sharing my adventures and life lessons from the past month. IMG_6879.JPG

Autism Awareness Day

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The meaning of Autism Awareness Day has a very personal meaning to me. Back when I was in high school I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, therefore I am on the spectrum. I don’t plan on going into details on how I was diagnosed. But, what I can tell you is no two people on the spectrum are the same. There are many things people with Autism have been able to do that they were told they couldn’t. I know there are many challenges I have overcome that others found easy, many of them are social skills. None the less,  I hope you all had a wonderful day. Light it Up Blue!

 

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter! On this day Jesus fulfilled His promise to rise again on the third day. Remember, today is a day of joy and celebration as He has risen.

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I hope you all enjoy today and the Easter Bunny was good to you!

Holy Week

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“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”- Matthew 6:1

This past week is known as Holy Week as the final week of Lent. As this week comes to an end it is a time of reflection of the days since past from Ash Wednesday. Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday all have come and gone and I still think back to the question I asked on my Ash Wednesday post about people understanding John 3:16.

To be honest, I don’t think many people fully understand the significance behind John 3:16. This bible verse commonly comes up around this day (Good Friday) as a reminder of Jesus on the cross. However, how many people actually understand why He did this? He did this for us.

Another question that comes up is how many people use the Lenten season to brag. How many people brag about why they can’t eat meat on Fridays? It is one thing to say why you are not eating meat on Fridays and this gives you the chance to explain. However, how many people bring up the subject themselves as a way to look prideful and better than everyone around them?

As the season of Lent comes to a close there is a constant reminder that many people do not understand the meaning behind John 3:16. Also, the pride some take in themselves for practicing throughout the season of Lent by bragging to others. Lent is a time of reflection. The forty days are a time to remember what Jesus did for us.