Good morning, and welcome to another Saturday Snapshot event, hosted by Alyce, At Home With Books.

We have another opportunity to spark some creativity and share photos we’ve taken, or which have been taken by family or friends.

Share them and link up, if you wish to join in.

This week, I searched the old photo albums again, because I was thinking of a time when my daughter’s hair went from waist-length to a very short pixie cut, compliments of her dad.

That very next week or so, we had a get-together of family members who had traveled to our city.  Here are some of those shots, spotlighting her “new look,” as she enjoyed her cousins in the park.

There she is, on the far right, in case you didn’t guess!  LOL

In the photo are her cousins and her uncle.  The boys don’t seem to be enjoying the photo op very much.

That picture was snapped in 1982.

This next one shows me (on the right), with my brother and the girls.


What did you find this week?  Share, please!












Good morning, blog world!  What sparks your energy, creativity, and imagination on a Monday morning?

Today I was sparked by comments on my Creative Moments site where I talked about how I’d been slacking off a bit on my rewrites.

Encouraged, as always, by the wonderful and supportive remarks, I felt renewed.  Reenergized.  Is that even a word?

So as soon as I did some blog visiting for my Monday Memes post, I opened up my Defining Moments document and began again.

I left off last (with the rewrites) on page 64, Chapter Ten.  After two hours of total concentration on the work, I ended up on Chapter Fifteen, page 117.

Which also begins Part II in the WIP, called Revelations.  Part I is entitled Introductory Moments.

The MC, Jillian McAvoy, has just ended a bittersweet phase in her life.  A love affair has gone wrong, but her book is out there on the shelves.  She has improved her relationship with her daughter Megan.  And across the street, her neighbor Ernestine is remembering the past and the secrets that have plagued her all these years.

What will happen next?  Even though I have the first draft down, my rewriting can turn things around.  Nothing is written in stone.

I like this part.  As much as I have been procrastinating, when I do open the document and begin, I am excited and full of energy.

See what a few sparks can do?  What sparks you on a Monday morning?  What do you look forward to?



Welcome to another edition of A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book.

As usual, our prompt from our leader helps us dig down a bit, exploring those bits and pieces of ourselves.

This Weeks Question: What is your favorite type of art? Or do you happen to have a favorite painting/artist/sculpture/etc.?

Art is in the eye of the beholder.  Isn’t that something you’ve found to be true?  I am enamored of many artistic expressions, but my all-time favorite is PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART.
When someone captures an image on film (or digitally, as today’s technology dictates), we can see another version of art.
Since some of you know that my eldest son is a photographer who has been capturing European images for several years now, I cite him as the perfect example of photography as art.
In my blog header today, I am sharing an image he captured when he was quite young, and the subject was his sister, at age fifteen.
A couple of years ago, he focused on the Berlin Wall, under reconstruction, and showcased the process from start to finish.
The Wall Under Reconstruction

A Piece of the Reconstructed Wall

And here’s one more:

In some ways, this is art twice created:  first, from the painters brush to the wall; and then, captured by a camera.

What are your artistic choices?  Why don’t you stop by and share…..



Yesterday, I couldn’t believe that we were already approaching the weekend, and I can’t believe it’s Saturday!  Time for A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book.

Today’s Question:

This Weeks Question: What’s your favorite color? Or maybe you have multiple favorites, which ones? Be creative with how you tell us if you have time.

I love color!  The more vivid, the better, but especially those in the reds, purples, greens, and occasionally blues….
These colors cheer me up and make me feel ALIVE!  Here are some samples:
Berlin Festival of Lights by Craig Robinson
Potpourri of Toys
Do these illustrate my love of color?  What about your choices?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….


Berlin Festival of Lights: Craig Robinson, Berlin Photographer

Here we are nearing the end of January, and my NaNoBloMo challenge will be at an end.  Unless I sign up for next month, too.

Hmm…maybe not.  I do this kind of thing only occasionally, partly because I have so many blogs.

Today I am thinking of family. Not unusual for me, especially when some of my family members are SO FAR AWAY!  I’m especially thinking of my eldest son, who lives in Berlin.  His web moniker:  Berlin Photographer. One of the ways I feel closer to him (other than Facebook, Skype, e-mails) is to post some of his photos.

I love the one in my header today…and at the top of this post.  The Berlin Festival of Lights is an awesome visual treat, don’t you think?

Recently, I read a book that was set in Germany, albeit Munich.  1920s Munich, with the malevolent presence of Hitler on the rise shadowing everything for the characters in this story.

Straight Into Darkness, by Faye Kellerman, is an awesome read.  (Click the title for my review).

Currently, I’m reading some more books from my TBR stacks: one of them is featured today in my Teaser Tuesdays post.

Okay, now that I’m winding down on this topic, I know that a part of me is procrastinating…avoiding working on my WIP for the ROW 80 Challenge.  Tomorrow will be another check-in, and I’ll have to report that, in the past few days, I’ve missed writing on 1/19 and 1/24!  Not good!

So why is this happening?  I know that I need to tie up loose ends and bring this story to a conclusion.  Even though the characters seem to be leading me, they aren’t heading toward a conclusion.  Maybe they want to hang around for awhile!  LOL

I need to get them under control!  What do you do when you want to end a story and your characters are fighting it?



Welcome to another day in the blogging world of NaBloPoMo.

Today’s episode will touch on all the Hump Day events around the blogosphere, as well as on my own family stuff.

Over at Embrace the Whirlwind, you’ll find the new book I’m waiting for…full of family moments.

Then, at Creative Moments, I updated my progress on the ROW 80 Challenge.

Today is my day to pick up youngest grandson Noah at school, and the manicurist is also coming by to do my nails later this afternoon.  All morning, I’ve been cleaning!  In-between those tasks, I’ve been blogging, writing, etc.

Moments with Noah

The book I finished yesterday is reviewed at Chasing Stardust.


Lots of family and friend moments in this one, too.

I started my next read, which I was really excited about…but, for whatever reason, just couldn’t connect with the characters last night.  Maybe today…

If things don’t improve, I’ll have to find another one on my stacks.  My vow:  to read at least one book a week from my Old TBRs (as distinguished from my newer ones).

Now I’m off to do some more writing before settling in to read.



Craig Robinson - Berlin Photographer

Today descended like a dark, cold blanket—no fog, just a lot of darkness, even at this hour.


I could use a lamp like the one in my header, lighting my pathways today.  Speaking of the lamp in my header, my eldest son, Craig, Berlin Photographer, captured this a few years ago.  As I gaze at it, I am carried along fantasy pathways.  Many who have noticed it have mentioned that Narnia springs to mind.

I love images like this one.

Or how about some of these images, captured by the same photographer (my amazing son!) in an old abandoned sanitarium outside of Berlin.

Beelitz Sanitarium

Or how about these decaying images:


Capturing the ordinary moments in our lives in a unique way is the gift of the creative photographer.

I try to capture those moments in the life around me through words.  As a blogger/writer, my journey takes me next to my WIP, in which my characters are leading me along, hoping that I will see the world through their eyes.

Meanwhile, I have posted my Teaser Tuesday for today at my Potpourri blog.

I entered a new header at that site that also conveys ordinary moments in a unique way, from the vision of Mary Engelbreit.

I like the sentiment expressed in this one:  Everything You Want in the World is Just Right Outside Your Comfort Zone.

What is your vision for today?  What thoughts are carrying you forward into your day?


Today I’ve been clicking around the blogosphere, which is where I discovered another challenge for 2011.  It will totally mesh with some of the books already on my stacks.  I love being able to “kill two birds with one stone.”  Satisfying my personal TBR challenge while participating in another.

The Ireland Reading Challenge is hosted over at Books and Movies.

This year, I’m collecting all of these challenges under one “umbrella” at my CURL UP AND READ BLOG. This is also where I document my journey through my TBR stacks, with pages of Books Read and Books Purchased, since I’m trying to exert some kind of control…LOL.

Today I’ve also changed up my blog header here, as well as my background.

Background by Mary Engelbreit’s art work, and header from my own photo collection that spotlights my holiday decorations.

Yesterday I finished reading Mary Ann in Autumn, by Armistead Maupin, and you can click on the title for my review.

Teaser Tuesdays is also an event for today, so check it out.

Hope you’ll pop on over here and see what’s happening.  What inspires you during the holidays?





From my header above, you’re probably thinking that I skipped right from early fall to deep winter—a season wrapped up in snowy images.

But I’m just practicing…and remembering snowy days in the past.

Awhile ago, some of you may remember that little blog called Snow Impressions, which I’ve merged into this one.  That blog featured my two granddaughters, as depicted above, as the “permanent” header.  So then, as in now, it’s all about remembering.  Here’s the STORY.

In the photo (header), the girls were seven.  That was eons ago, as you know, since they’re teenagers now.  Young teens, but still teens.

Now they have Facebook pages and think about all those “teen” things.

But I’ll bet they still remember the snowy vacation at the little “cabin in the woods.”

Here are some updated photos of them.

Fiona - 2010
Aubrey - 2010 - With Youngest Brother

Meanwhile, I’m sitting here on Day 11 of NaNoWriMo, hoping I can keep my creative juices flowing.  I’ve done well so far, but I know (from past experience) that there’s an inevitable slump.  I’m stockpiling my words.  So later, I’ll go over to Creative Moments and write an update.




In a Village Between Berlin and Prague


Hump Day is a hurdle (or a challenge) every week, so I like to do something to commemorate it.

Today, my creative impressions spotlight a photo captured by my son, Craig Robinson — Berlin Photographer.

He captured this photo when he stayed in this hotel that he’d been noticing.  Then he wrote this on Facebook:

Over the last year, each time I passed this village on the train from Berlin to Prague (and back) I said to myself: ‘One day I will stay in that old hotel with the giant rock hanging over it.’ And for 3 nights last week, we did. 🙂

Don’t you love living out your wishes and dreams, even just the small ones?

This month, I’m realizing a dream of mine. I’ve been hearing about NaNoWriMo for months, and hadn’t decided whether or not to join in this challenge.  But then I did, and so far, I’m really excited.  50,000 words in 30 days!  My word count today, on Day 3, is 5655—ahead of schedule.

Is anybody out there participating?  LOL

Judging from the activity and the length of time to load the pages, I’m sure a lot of people around the world have joined this challenge.