Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something rare: a family heirloom. A cloudy day in a normally sunny desert. A sad frown on a cheerful kid’s face. Or anything else you think of as scarce and singular. When we moved into our home in 2003, in Australia, a well-established family of possums lived…

Good Enough

We spend a quarter of our lives in childhood and three quarters getting over it.  There is no milestone to which I can pin the underlying sense of not being good enough.  Our father ran my brother and I like we were part of a platoon; just the two of for goodness sake, I mean…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

  This week’s challenge is posed by Krista, a WordPress worker bee. Spare has many connotations: it can mean one too many, or sparse, or even to release something from harm. I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations! Bonus points to those who tell the story behind their “spare” inspiration. In Spring last year we spent…

Clocks

The first grandfather clock to stand in Beau and Mamie’s (my grandparents) home was housed in a highly polished mahogany casing: it kept the household on a strict routine, a week at a time. The clock chimed the quarter, half and each hour with majestic tone, reverberating through the house.  It stood in my grandfather’s…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

Many of us are in the midst of colorless winter, and, for me, the drab tends to seep into my daily mood. Grey days, stark tree branches, muddy snowmelt, and a dimly shining sun make it difficult to remember the beauty of a warmer season. For this week’s photo challenge, I wanted to seek brightness:…