June 2010

Have You Ever Seen a Giraffe's Tongue?

“Whatever is in the heart will come up to the tongue.” -Proverb- journal entry: I love the Phoenix Zoo.  Everything seems to be in a natural state . . . except this “ham”.  She is a character who loves to have her picture taken.  I thought she actually smiled a time or two.  Did you […]

Through Grandma's Eyes:  Mothers and Sons

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” -Mark Twain- journal entry: It is delightful to watch my children as parents.  They are patient and thoughtful.  They worry . . . but I am still the queen of that.  They are physical and affectionate.  They are good […]

Soothing Soaks or Sweet Sachets ?

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” -Henry David Thoreau- journal entry: Ahhhhhh . . . the smells.  I love smells.  Good smells that is.  Here is a aromatic, useful, pretty little gift to give to someone who is stressed, tired, ill, frustrated or even […]

Through Grandma's Eyes:  The Casting Rod

“To a small child, the perfect grandpa is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but is absolutely terrified of the word ‘BOO’.” -Author Unknown- journal entry: It isn’t far to Tibblefork from where we live.  Perfect for an easy couple of hours by the water with a fishing pole.  Grandpa has never been much […]

 Close-Ups of Children from Far Away

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera.” -Dorthea Lange- journal entry: There is rarely anything natural about an expression on the face which knows it is being followed.  That is why I love my camera and my telephoto lens.  I can sit back and walk around and do things […]

Storytelling Photographs

“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house burns down then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is just an inconvenience.” -Robert Fulghum- journal entry: Well.  That is good advice.  It still doesn’t help Holden look through the binoculars at the copper mine far below.  And since he can’t […]

Close-Ups of Children From Far Away

“You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson- journal entry: George looks happy now, but he wasn’t a few minutes ago.  While he liked the homemade pizza, he kept reaching for it until his anxious gestures turned into disappointed cries.  His mommy and I looked at each other.  We […]

Close-Ups of Children From Far Away

“A photograph is a secret about a secret.” -Author Unknown- journal entry: Keepsake photographs happen in the most unexpected moments.  Glancing over as Keeley waited patiently for her cousin Clara to put on her shoes, I saw the sun going down on Keeley’s face.  I realized that I had been looking at the amber light […]

Paper Scrap Family


“As much as I love to converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scenes, for the warbling of birds and the prattle of my children.” -John Adams- journal entry: This is my second family group made from paper scraps.  There are twelve […]

Grandpa's Paper Mache'


“Sometimes I imagined as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland- journal entry: When our children were little, Grandpa, then Dad, made a “paper mache”.  Little hands could drive little cars and play with little animals and fly little helicopters and airplanes on little roads, through little tunnels and […]