What I Got Hubby for His Birthday

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. . . a picture with an $18,000,000 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT ZAGATO.  I guess it costs so much to pay for all those letters after the name.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Container

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The Make-up Challenge

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You’ve seen those news clips where folks, in protest to the overuse of Photoshop and extreme makeup, show before and after pics, marking how beautiful the person is even without all the extras.  Well, when I was at the Santa Barbara Zoo, there was a similar exhibit going on.  This is the California Condor with make-up.

This one below is without.  :-)  Of course, I might just be stretching the truth a bit.

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I hate formal attire . . .

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It is in the eyes . . .

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My Teacher Carried a Shotgun

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Another one-room school story

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My teacher for grades one through eight brought a “shotgun” to school every day.  It contained a mysterious white powder and rested on her big, wooden desk at the ready.  She appeared as a terrifying specter in my young life:  demanding, critical, and sometimes physically abusive.  In that one-room schoolhouse in the idyllic Canadian countryside, she towered.  She was tough and unquestionably in control.

Whether it was sweeping the hardwood floors, printing, coloring in the lines, cleaning the fish tank, singing in the choir, nothing was ever good enough.  She required perfection.  I was not, however, a perfectionist and so I lived in terror of her criticism.  I was one to find art in the process more than the outcome, and so my insecurities under her tutelage grew.  I always felt inferior.

My supportive parents did much to soften the psychological blows on my sensitive nature, but one day some…

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A Super Spooky Moon

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A Super Moon

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Color Me More Desert

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A Blessing

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