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Amazing what can happen!

Just a quick note to all my followers.  My last post was at the end of last June.  Since then much has happened to me and to my family.  I won’t bore with details but I invite you to visit my permanent home here on the net.  It is in this space that I will get back to blogging and sharing all that is new and wonderful in my life.  Come visit me.

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Damn those dots…

We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!

I’m not even sure what you would call the style of writing I’ve developed, but it’s mine.  So here’s the back story on that… Instead of college my parents decided I should attend a business school so I could become a secretary like my Mom…now remember it was the 60’s but I wasn’t a radical and followed parents orders so…I went to the best one year business school in our county and that’s when my real life began!

Suffice it to say that you really don’t want/need to learn the whys and wherefores of how I graduated business school and went straight into my dream job of copywriting but because I did my writing style and all of the ‘good’ English composition that I’d learned went out the window.  I spent 12 years in the trenches writing for the largest radio station in Central New Jersey and learned a quirky style of writing that I have not been able to change since that first day on the job in 1968.  Not that I’d really want to change it…it’s become so ME that to change it would be to change who I’ve become.

So let me quickly explain that those damn three dots … are so a part of me that I couldn’t imagine writing any other way.  I don’t even know what the ‘world’ would call them but in radio ‘speak’ they were essential to the copy…they told the announcer to…PAUSE!!!

So here I am, a liberated woman in her mid-sixties writing like she learned in the radical 60’s because an old dawg ain’t gonna learn new tricks.  Besides…with those damn dots I don’t have to worry about punctuation…you get to add the colon or semi-colon or period or comma on your own.  You know how to punctuate a sentence better than I do after all!!!

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Ice Cream Flavor #32 ~ Jalapeno Cherry

The Daily Post asks:

A local ice cream parlor invites you to create a new wacky flavor. It needs to channel the very essence of your personality. What’s in it?
This was such an easy one I didn’t have to hesitate for more than a nanosecond…

Jalapeno Cherry w/Chocolate swirls!

I’m in LOVE with the color red and my very favorite fruits are Dark Cherries…now if they’re covered in dark chocolate I’m orgasmic over them…add that spicy bit of my personality that’s like the mild but hot jalapeno pepper and I’m totally rocking over my new flavor!

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Photoshop CC for merged compositions

It’s summer at the Jersey Shore.  Time for the beach and surfing.  This is my ‘photo’ of the days of sand and surf even if I no longer sit under an umbrella by the sea … I enjoy the scenery just as much.  This is my “Sweet Surfer Boy”.


Kind of reminds me of my first love…a boy named Bill who made my heart go pittypat every time he walked by.  Ahhhhh…for those innocent days of youth.  But hey, we didn’t have Photoshop or Lightroom back then so even tho I may *sigh* with sweet nostalgia … give me these days of high tech when I can take this shot…


and merge it with the shot below and relive those days of nevermore.  Ah, sweet summer!

ImageFor those who are photo and tech savvy here’s how I did it.  I took the Polaroid into Lightroom and using one of own presets I lightened it to match the mood of the beach scene.  I then sent it to Photoshop CC and into a new ‘toy’ I’ve been playing around with … Studio Magic Pro-Panel by  Using the cutout feature I removed the boy and his shadow from the Polaroid and moved him onto the beach scene.  Just a few tweaks and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out for a first try.  I’m sure I’ll come back to this in the future and think how badly I did this!  The learning curve on Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5.5 and Studio Magic are steep and I’m still at the bottom of the hill.  But at least “Sweet Surfer Boy” conveys (to me) the feeling of an early summer day on the soft sands of the beach in Belmar, NJ.

Linking up to Kim Klassen’s Cafe for Friday Finds. I think that this LayerCake program is the BEST find I’ve had all year. Had no idea that I could do so much with a simple extraction. I showed the photo to my 90 yro Mom and when I showed her the empty beach scene she wanted to know where the surfer went 🙂 She just doesn’t get ME 😦 We’ve just finished up with our S2F group on Kim’s cafe and I’m going to miss the friends I made there in the connects and critiques but there is always Texture Tuesdays and Friday Finds!
Kim Klassen dot Com

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Daily Prompt RARE MEDIUM

Describe a typical day in your life — but do it in a form or in a medium you’ve rarely — if ever – used before. If you’re a photoblogger, write a poem. If you’re a poet, write an open letter. If you’re a travel blogger, write a rant. (These are all examples — choose whatever form you feel like trying out!)  Daily Prompt at

My Life 365

Sun rising
Bones creaking
List reading
Life living

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Terminal Time

The daily writing prompt from the daily post at asks:

You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices is working. How do you pass the time?

I’m fortunate in that I was born long before the invention of the electronic age.  While today’s youth needs an iPhone, laptop, ipod, whatever in their hands to remain occupied I have cultivated my imagination.  Although I consider myself a member of this electronic age I am not defined nor limited by it.  So if my flight were delayed I’d pull out a sketchbook and doodle.




Before I decided to limit my artistic pursuits to Photography I always carried a sketchbook, pencil and mini watercolor palette.  I don’t carry the colors with me anymore but I still have everything necessary to occupy my time.  How often in today’s world do you see a child sitting like this…unplugged from anything but her imagination.  In this photo from the 50s you can see that even then I didn’t need anyone to entertain me.  So perhaps we should unplug ourselves or our children more often.  Being tied to electronics limits our imagination and our interaction with the world without and within.


Although I am not participating in this week’s TT I still want to link up to Kim Klassen. She, more than anyone has helped me regain my focus on my true creative outlet…Photography.

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