Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Threshold

My friend’s husband needed a kidney transplant and had been on the transplant list for some time.  During one of their visits down to Southern California just before he had to start some protocol to lower his white blood cell count, I took them to see the Hollywood sign.  And while we, the girls, were taking our pictures with the sign behind us, Craig turned around to watch the setting sun in the horizon just above the L.A. Reservoir.

Even though the sun wasliterally in front of us, and therefore, not a good way to take a picture, I snapped this one because it just struck me at how it mirrored just where he was in his life.  How close he was to getting a kidney!  How close he was to getting a chance at a normal life, where he could go back to school, get a job and work without having to worry about his home dialysis schedule where he had to be hooked up to those tubes for up to 10 hours a night.

It’s one of my favorite pictures of Craig, and now that he’s got his new kidney and after almost two years of close calls as his body struggled to adapt to the donor kidney and the endless medications, he’s back to school and enjoying life.  He even started posting his poetry online.  And such breathtaking poems they are, too.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

In this week’s challenge, I’d like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

Beginning. Hello, 2014. And hello and happy new year to our readers, old and new. This week’s theme might be obvious, but I couldn’t help it — it’s a simple and common word, yet can evoke very powerful, emotional images.


Nonet 2/365

It’s new beginnings that we yearn for
when everything is new and bright
roads paved with our intentions
filled with promise and light
So we step forward
each step filled with
hope anew

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

When was the last time you captured “joy” with your lens? Your five-year-old opening the hoped-for gift on Christmas morning? A puppy quivering with excitement when his best friend gets home at the end of a long workday? A colorful riot of flowers, or a sunset in an explosion of orange and pink?

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, show us JOY.

Spending the afternoon riding trains at Travel Town in Griffith Park with my little prince.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside



I often wonder what my son sees
when  he looks outside of his world
beyond the familiar walls of his home
like peering within a rose, unfurled

Does he see how much I fear for him,
of what awaits him out there
where people don’t understand him
where judgment awaits him, so unaware

But I can only do the best I can
to shelter him from my own fears
maybe all this despair is unfounded
as I’ll watch him grow through the years




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea


The Sea. What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel? Do you remember the first time you went in the water? Had a wave crash on you? Felt the sand burn your feet? Do you feel more peaceful around water? Do you hate the beach? What’s the most interesting thing about the sea for you?

I almost drowned in the ocean when I was little and so I don’t like dark water.

But that didn’t mean I didn’t get in the water – just not the deep water part, if I could help it.  I remember when I was learning how to windsurf and while I loved the feel of the wind in my hair and all that, and the way you can control the sail to go where you want to go, the moment I looked down, all my courage left me for I was literally in deep water and all I could hear was the Jaws theme playing inside my head (I’ve only gone scuba diving once, too, and the moment that theme song played in my head, I just about hyperventilated underwater).  I still remember how my windsurfing instructor said, “you were doing so great but when you looked down, I knew it was all over.”

In the Philippines, where I grew up, the sea isn’t as rough as it is in Southern California.  It’s calm and clear and I didn’t mind being in the water – as long as I could see the sand below – you know, just in case sharks make their way in shallow water and all that; and jelly fish, you gotta watch out for those little suckers, too.

But the first time I went into the water in Manhattan Beach, the surf just about knocked me out of my bikini and that was the end of that.  Wouldn’t that have been a sight!  Maybe I’ve waded in since then, but I’ve never been in the ocean water higher than my knees since 2000.  And I don’t mind it.

And when I went to the east coast, spending three weeks on the shore in Ocean City, New Jersey, I’d never seen an ocean as gray as the Atlantic.  But you’ll never see me in that water either.  I say ocean water because I’ve gone river rafting and skinny dipping in the Nevadas – and as far as I know there are no sharks there.

And if I can help it, I can’t even rest easy seeing my little boy get in the water, even if it’s at Mother’s Beach where the water is supposed to be shallow (but it isn’t really, but then that’s me talking).  Maybe it’s the near-drowning experience from when I was little, but it’s a nightmare for me just watching my little one wade in the water with no concern for anything but the joy of being in the water.  And because he’s on the spectrum, it’s enough to send me into hysterics.  So I leave the beach-going to Mr. M, who loves the sea and fishing and surfing and all the things I absolutely don’t like.

And after discovering the Sierra Nevadas in 2001, I discovered that I much prefer the sound of the wind rustling through the trees more than I do listening to the waves crashing on the shore.  So as much as the sea is beautiful and all that, I’ll take the mountain any day.

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