Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

The Weekly photo challenge from WordPress this week is Merge. The world is made up of many things. There is a saying that opposites attract, and this is true for relationships and other things. Let’s see what you can MERGE in a photo!

I have more fun with these bear slippers. Most people do a double-take when they see them, because they look so “real” when I’m walking in them. They actually look like they belong on me. 🙂 Kids have either been fascinated by or scared silly by them. Dogs and cats even react to them (one cat got so scared it “peed it’s pants” and ran off and hid). Rarely are these slippers ever ignored…

To me, they merge reality and fantasy into something almost believable!

Here are some other takes on Merge that I think are interesting:

  1. http://creativityaroused.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/ 
  2. http://ronmayhewphotography.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  3. http://greywolfphoto.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  4. http://cherylandrews.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  5. http://bodhisattvaintraining.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  6. http://outandaboutinthecity.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  7. http://thedailypost.me/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  8. http://davidrwetzelphotography.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  9. http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  10. http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  11. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/

What does merge mean to you? Does this photo portray merge in your mind? I’d love to hear your comments.



Wheat, Oat, Hemp Bread Recipe (Machine)

I’m in a six-week seminar that is teaching me how to teach. On Thursday It was my first presentation and I was being videoed. The class was listening intently as I spoke about hospitality… until the fire alarm went off! So I was asked to start over. And guess what? After a few minutes the fire alarm went off again! On the third try, I was able to do the whole presentation.

Now, I don’t know about you, but getting up in front of people is not my favorite thing to do… especially when it’s being videoed and critiqued by the others. And, having two fire alarms kind of messed with me. But, I survived. 🙂

It helped that I had the bread machine going in the classroom and served bread just before I started. The more you can involve the class, the better. And through the bread, the butter, the home-made jam, the plates, and the specially folded napkins, I was also showing them hospitality… doing the little extra things to make each person feel special and cared about.

True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person. – Kathleen Norris

I didn’t take pictures of the plates because I was in class. And, the bread was done with the timer on the machine, so I couldn’t supervise the process. But here is a picture of how the bread turned out:

Wheat, Oat, Hemp Bread for the bread machine – one 2 lb. loaf

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 4 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast


  1. Place all ingredients into pan of bread machine in order listed. Make a well to put the yeast into so it doesn’t touch the liquid.
  2. Bake on basic setting . Cool at least 15 minutes on wire racks before slicing.

The verdict?

Everybody said it was really good! I will make it again.

The verdict on the video? I’ll find out on Tuesday when I get individual feedback from my teacher.

The verdict on the fire alarm? I think my presentation would have been better if I hadn’t been interrupted twice, but there was grace extended. 🙂 And hopefully it won’t go off again during my next presentation…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement #3

Okay, I promise this will be my last post for the weekly photo challenge. 🙂 This time I’m including photos that are absolutely still, but imply movement, at least to me. Maybe I just have a good imagination!

If you squint your eyes, don’t the lines in the pavement look like a dancer with her arms up in the air? 🙂 She is moving wildly!

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

This one is a photo of a journal cover I made with polymer clay (and a hot wheel car). It’s called “Life in the Fast Lane.” I loved the contrast of ideas… a journal that you write in by hand, with a race car. Again, do you see the implied movement? 🙂

You win some, you lose some, you wreck some. – Dale Ernhardt Sr.

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

Okay, enough imagination on my end. 🙂 What do you think?

Here are my other two challenges for movement:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement #2

In my last post I included photos of two paintings I did that represent Movement: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/06/weekly-photo-challenge-movement/

In this post I’m including photos that show natural movement… Fire and Water. The first two are actually smoke from a wildfire that forced me (along with 32,000 other people) to evacuate. (It came to within about a mile from my home). The second two are moving water. I wish we had had more of the water (and rain) so the fire wouldn’t have been so disastrous…

Better a little fire that warms than a big one that burns.
– John Ray

From little spark may burst a mighty flame.
– Dante Alighieri

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
― Laura Gilpin

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” ― Emma Smith

The Weekly WordPress Challenge: Movement. Share a picture that means MOVEMENT to you!

One other interpretation: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/08/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-3/

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting Moment

On Tuesday of this week, I was evacuated from my home because of the Waldo Canyon Fire near/in Colorado Springs, CO… the biggest natural disaster ever in Colorado. Things can change in an instant!

I find being near water brings peace (even when I haven’t had to flee an inferno of smoke and flames :-). I visited a park today with my nephew and his children (who I’m staying with while evacuated) and took this picture. This tiny waterfall, in Boulder Creek is only about 6 inches tall. But look at all the fleeting bubbles! (I had no idea what the challenge would be when I took this).

“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.” – Fulton J. Sheen


“Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own” – Adam Lindsay Gordon

I’m so grateful to find out I have a home to go back to even though it’s not out of danger yet. I could have lost everything… gone, in an instant! Many people did, including friends of mine.

(This challenge asked for a fleeting moment on the street. I realize this picture is not on a street, but it says a lot about about the topic for me, especially under my current circumstances. I hope you understand…)

Has your life ever changed in an instant? Please tell me about it in the comments.

My Wildfire Evacuation – Waldo Canyon Fire

I’ve never been evacuated before in my life, until Tuesday. The worst natural disaster in the history of Colorado took place… and I was there.

The wildfire started on Saturday. We could see the smoke from where we live, but weren’t overly concerned about it. It was about 15 miles away. There was a lot of space for that fire to cover if it were to put us in any danger. We were warned that we could be evacuated, but no one (including the police and firefighters) thought it would actually come to that.

Fast forward to Tuesday. I was kind of disappointed that I hadn’t gotten any pictures of the fire. Either I didn’t have my camera with me when the interesting photo opportunities showed up, or it didn’t really show the intensity of the situation. All that changed in the afternoon. I went out on my balcony around 4pm and took some shots. You can see some of them here: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/26/wildfire-mandatory-evacuation/

It got worse and worse. I had a visit from the “head honcho” asking me how I was doing and making sure I had a place to evacuate to if it became mandatory. I had already pretty much packed my bag just in case at that point. The building was becoming somewhat hazy from all the smoke, despite all doors/windows being closed and air conditioning on.

At 8pm we got the word to evacuate. The wind had shifted and we were now in danger. I was able to borrow a car from a friend and leave the city.

It felt like I was leaving an inferno. Flames and smoke were billowing into the air everywhere I looked to the west of the interstate. I had no idea if I would come back to a building or not, and even if the building was still standing, how bad the smoke damage would be. I was in emergency mode… cool, calm, collected, and doing what needed to be done. I drove the 1 1/2 hours to my nephew’s house.

This is where I evacuated to… my nephew’s basement where he does rock climbing practice. So now I can dream about rock climbing. I assure you, that would only be a dream, as I have no desire to actually do it! 🙂

I found out this evening that my building is safe although not completely out of danger yet. Such good news! Some people will be moving back in tomorrow. I think I’ll wait a little longer to go back.