June Photo Challenge 2019

June Photo Challenge 2019

I’ve officially reached the halfway point of this year-long challenge.  Every month, I end up posting a few photos that I really like, a few that are acceptable, and a lot that I hate.  I’ll let you decide which are which.

Six months down.  Six months to go.

Simple Joy Saturday #55

Simple Joy Saturday #55

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

1. This was the month of Robert Frost in my graduate studies.  One of my favorite poems by Frost is “Accidentally on Purpose,” but I couldn’t easily find a link to it online.  Instead, I will share “Fireflies in the Garden”.

2. I gave myself a break from all the heavy books that I have tackled in the past few months, and I listened to the audiobook Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein.  It is a children’s book, but it is great!  I would recommend it for anyone who loves literary allusions, venerates vivid vocab, or adores agreeable alliteration.

3.  That being said, my favorite book from the 100 Book Bucket List this month was Anna Karenina.  It’s long, but it’s much better than I expected.

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A Glimpse of Saint Paul, or All About PLO Charts

A Glimpse of Saint Paul, or All About PLO Charts

If you saw my post on Thursday, then you know that I recently returned from the Twin Cities.

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America’s Shopping Mall

America’s Shopping Mall

Work met play this week . . . sort of.  I attended a conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, so of course I had to visit the Mall of America.

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A Year Late, A Year Early

A Year Late, A Year Early

I was surprised last week when one of my closest friends asked me to take her graduation photos.  For one thing, I haven’t done many photo sessions since I started grad school.  For another thing,  she graduated over a year ago.

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May Photo Challenge 2019

May Photo Challenge 2019

I’ll apologize up-front for the plethora of boring photos this month.  Some demanding projects at work and an abundance of reading for grad school left me with very little time for photography.  I guess the positive result of my busyness is that you won’t be bombarded with Old Salem photos this month.

Simple Joy Saturday # 54

Simple Joy Saturday # 54

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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*Walking in slowly and hiding my face in shame because I haven’t posted all month long.

May has been busy!  Honestly, I didn’t know if I would even finish this post because I haven’t had time to sit down and think through all of the events that have happened in May.  Hopefully I didn’t miss anything important in this roundup.

Enjoyable Reads

  1. This month, I read 1775 poems by Emily Dickinson.  (Don’t study English if you don’t like poems!) One of my favorites was “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass.”
  2. If you want a shorter poem, “Faith is a fine invention” is also clever.
  3. Out of the very few books that I scratched off the 100 Books Bucket List this month, In Cold Blood was the best.

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