Wait…what? Look closer…

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So….my first reaction was….Spelling Mistake!! ¬†ūüôā

I noticed this sign in passing a couple of times out along on Wolf Grove Road…..and always uppermost my thought was why would someone create such a visible sign with such a glaring error?

Well, finally, last Wednesday, as I was coming towards home, I saw – and this time REALLY took notice – of this sign. I decided to stop and look at it more closely. Driving by I tended to only REALLY read the “Erace Violence” part.

As you can see now up close, perhaps there’s more than initially meets the eye?

Hmm….the Middleville Museum hosted this event….on Sept. 10th, and it was the 13th when I stood in front of it. ¬†Aside from that though, you can see what looks like various forms of…..racing? ¬†Walking, running, and biking. ¬†Aha! ¬†My mind registers now….perhaps not so much a mistake but as a way to add double meaning to the word ERACE ie. ERASE. ¬†The object is to raise awareness about violence and erasing it and using a RACING event to get people involved in a positive way.

I’m going with that last interpretation. ¬†ūüôā

 

 

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Six Word Story #17

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Boldly colourful painting welcomes store visitors.

 

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Outside of a quick, casual glance at the ground as I hurried into the store yesterday – it was raining at the time! – I didn’t pay THAT close attention to the painting.

However, as I was leaving the store with my two purchases from The Granary, which sells bulk items and vitamins and various natural soaps among other things, I couldn’t help but then properly notice the pretty sidewalk painting at my feet.

Naturally, I had to go back inside.  I paid my compliments to Christa who was then working in the store.  She told me it was another employee, Jane, who had done that painting, as well as all the other like creatively drawn smaller signs dotted in and around the store.  I asked her to please pass along my compliments to her for such a beautiful and cheerful greeting!

 

 

 

A high-flying sunset

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Mesmerizing sight;

From the wing of an airplane,

Just as beautiful!

 

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A couple of photos that I re-discovered from July of 2007 on a flight from Blenheim to Auckland on the first stretch of my journey back home from New Zealand to Canada.

In a small propeller plane where every passenger has a window seat – a single row of 10 seats on both sides of the plane’s cabin – I felt lucky that I had one of them facing west where I could watch this unexpected and breath-taking view.

I have seen sunsets over oceans and lakes and over hills and valleys.  A sunset with its burst of orange colour and accompanied by fluffy clouds is pretty wherever you see them.

 

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So spectacular in design….and one feels embraced in warmth.

 

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I had zoomed in a little more with my camera to see what lay beyond those clouds, and it looks like a whole other kind of world over there.

 

Last night’s little visitors

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Lightly effortless,

Suspended in calm stillness,

Nocturnal visit.

 

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There were a few tiny cute visitors congregated outside the front door and along the window yesterday evening.

What a wonderful surprise greeting us!

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These three were gathered higher up at the entrance, while one frog remained independently alone near the bottom….also attached to the window glass.

 

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About 2 centimetres in length….and I enjoy marveling at their amazingly strong legs and their well-adapted tiny fingers and toes.

 

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Upside-down…..and

 

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…..right side up.

 

 

Auto Mechanics Recreate Renaissance Paintings

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery….” as it’s been said, and I agree, particularly if it’s well done and with a fresh, new twist to it – ¬†as these ones are, using photography and some good-natured models. ¬†ūüėÄ

Like this one, for example….

 

Mechanics Classics.1 from article, Aug. 12, 2017

 

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Check out the link below to see more of these creatively inspired paintings-photos.

via Auto Mechanics Recreate Renaissance Paintings

Overcoming Tremendous Challenges As They Pursue Their Dreams

I enjoy stories

Reading them, hearing them read out loud, listening to a storyteller.

Among my favourites are those featuring people who were faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges and with their inner strength along with the love of others at their side, they managed to climb those mountains and reach the summit.  And what a joy it is to witness them in those sweet moments of their achievement.

I give you two such stories that were shared with me a couple of weeks ago.  They feature two different young people whose big dreams Рat their particular summit Рwere to share their love of singing.

Here are youtube links to watch, and I hope they bring you inspiration, as they did for me.

The first one features a young lady, Kechi Okwuchi…

 

 

 

And for the story featuring Christian Guardino, I couldn’t find a link that had everything combined, so the first link gives you his performance, and the second one gives you his background story.

 

 

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Outdoor Wall Murals #1

 

When someone imagines what it looks like when a lightbulb bursts apart Рfrozen in a moment of time.  Perhaps even filmed it and then simplified it into one frame.

And THEN….the major task of painting all those details onto a large wall.

Including the thin stream denoting the flash of orange light – what an effect!

 

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Note:  I saw this on the side of a red brick building in a section of old Montréal, Québec,  last week.

 

Starting to see them more….and more

 

About a week ago I was walking along a main street in downtown Montréal, Québec, with some friends, and as we came to this intersection, my attention was momentarily diverted to this parked car with a cable coming out of its front side slot and connected to the pole just a few feet back on the sidewalk.

Cool!

An electric car? At an electric charger?

I snapped some photos quickly, so I could catch up with my by-now-further-ahead friends, with the idea of researching at my leisure once I got back home.

 

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Here is another view of the car….

 

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When I described this Chevrolet to my kids, they immediately veered onto talking about the newish Bolt….completely electric car.

Our family is quite excited on the car trends finally moving further into the driving-with-electric technology, as we are keenly interested in people and businesses focusing on renewable energy resources and more sustainable living options.  Moving away from the heavy dependence on oil and onto solutions that encourage treading more lightly on our earth.

Now….as I am pulling these two photos up for this post, I am noticing some differences from the Chevrolet Bolt photos I had seen online. ¬†With more in-depth googling, I have come across the Chevrolet Volt – a hybrid car that still uses gas but also uses electric charging capabilities. ¬†The images of the Volt match the one in my photos.

Fascinating subject!

It’s good to be seeing these types of cars more and more.

And exciting what the future of cars and driving will bring!

 

 

Third one’s the charm

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Quiet and watchful,

Curious, cautious, patient;

A brief encounter.

 

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As I was driving along the back roads yesterday, I was thrilled to see a couple of wild turkeys on the road shoulder and three deer at three other different spots.

As I spied the first two deer, and they me, it was they who decided to leave the scene abruptly.

However, the third deer Рthe one in the photo Рwas not as skittish and even let me back up the car, stop, and catch a better glimpse.  We looked at each other for what seemed a few moments.  And then the deer, satisfied, turned away and leaped further into the woods.

Such an encounter always has me feeling so lucky and happy. ¬†‚̧

 

 

 

 

A Revival of Old-style Communications

Isn’t it interesting that in these smartphone and computerized times there are still people around the world who delight and participate in sending letters – and especially postcards! – to friends and family…..AND even to strangers!

Yes!  They do!

I’ve been drawn back into that world of communications quite recently…just by those unexpected happenstance moments.

The first one occurred on my return flight back from my visit to Germany in May of this year. ¬†The woman sitting on the other side of my husband was on her way to visit friends in Montreal. ¬†And somehow she and I just clicked and we got to chatting – in German – about each of our adventures. Ultimately, we realized that one of our common interests involved how much we both enjoy writing and receiving mail…the old-fashioned way. ¬† So, we exchanged our mailing addresses and have since embarked on a fun pen-pal relationship.

A couple of weeks ago I sent her these two postcards, showing some views of the town near where I live…

 

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And then the second memorable time was when I went to the book store in that town to find some postcards to send. ¬†I was chatting with the owner of the store, and as our conversation was coming to a close, he added on something that had just occurred to him on the subject of postcards and how tricky they can be to find these days in view of all the e-mailing and social media that’s going on.

He told me how his wife had found a website that encourages postcard exchanges from all around the world!  She had just recently started and was enjoying it immensely, and he gave me the link in case I was interested in pursuing this old-style mail exchange.

And yeah!  Was I ever interested!

So, I searched out Postcrossing.com, registered, and was on my merry way to engage in postcard exchanges.  The site is well organized in that from all its members, people wishing to send postcards are given randomly drawn names of other members with their addresses and then are required to send a postcard to that person.  There are codes given with each postcard for ease of recording and keeping track of all the mail exchange activity going on.

The site is super friendly and provides interesting information, as well as a forum and help pages. ¬†It gives stats on the distances being covered with these postcards and keeping track of one’s own personal sent and received cards, along with a wall in which to post one’s favourites.

The fun is in requesting a name for sending a postcard – and you don’t know who it will be, but you can read their personal write-ups on the website once you have been given their name. ¬†You get a little idea of who they are. ¬†And once your postcard has been received by that person and registered with the website, then someone else will get your name…..and THEN…..the delightful surprise at one day going to the mailbox and finding a postcard from someone from another country!!

Isn’t that cool !!

In my case, the first person I was given lives in Germany, and he’s a fellow who enjoys sports and collecting stamps, among other things.

So, I picked this postcard from my town, which shows the statue of the gentleman РDr. James Naismith Рwho invented basketball.  And I picked out a stamp with a Canadian moose on it for his stamp collection.  He sent me a thank-you message when he received it.

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Once I found out that my postcard had arrived all right at its destination, then I was eagerly awaiting the one that would be coming to me!

And I’m happy to say that when I went to the mailbox yesterday, there among a couple of advertisement flyers was a postcard for me! ¬†Interestingly, it came from a young lady, also living in Germany……but from a different area.

Here is what hers looks like:

 

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Cute, isn’t it?

Translated, it means: ¬†“Don’t wait for the storm to pass by….instead learn to dance in the rain.”

So, I went on the Postcrossing website and registered the arrival of her postcard.  And I also sent her a thank-you message.

AND….I have requested my next new postcard recipient! ¬†She lives in Moscow, Russia! ¬†How exciting!!

Exchanging postcards in this way is a bit like travelling, isn’t it?

Yes…even with all of our ultra advanced and cool technology, there are still some old-style activities that provide lots of fun like they used to do.