July Photo Challenge 2019

July Photo Challenge 2019

I am successfully past the half-way point of this 365-day photo challenge, and I am somewhat embarrassed by the lack of variety this month.  At first, I thought that the pictures were too random–you are about to see everything from the Winston skyline to watercolor jellyfish.  Then I realized that there are 2 pictures of soccer fields, 2 pictures of desserts, 2 pictures of an insect on a flower, 3 pictures of American flags, and 4 pictures containing water (not including the watercolor jellyfish).

But these photos tell the story of July pretty well.  I’m not too upset about the redundancy.

Simple Joy Saturday #56

Simple Joy Saturday #56

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

July’s edition of “Enjoyable Reads” is dedicated to short stories because I’m currently enrolled in British and American Short Fiction.

1.  If you have 5 minutes and love a good plot twist, then you need to read “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin.

2.  If you have a little more time and don’t mind sad endings, check out “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather.

3.  And if you just need a good laugh (and you are willing to read for a little longer), then read “Xingu” by Edith Wharton.

P.S.  American short fiction might be my favorite genre.

P.P.S.  I did read several books from the 100 Books Bucket List this month, but none were good enough to recommend.

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Soar-asota

Soar-asota

I used to claim that I was afraid of birds.  Wings and the beaks make birds completely unpredictable—you never know when those feathered appendages will flap.  The problem with my claiming this fear, however, is that ducks are my favorite animal (and flamingos are probably my third favorite animal, following after jellyfish).

While on a family trip in Sarasota, I realized another flaw in claiming this fear:  I photograph birds a lot (here’s evidence from Arizona, Michigan, and my own backyard).  In fact, I let a snowy egret wander within 3  yards of me so that I could get a good picture.  I guess I will have to find a new fear.

 

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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30 before 30: Four-Year Update

30 before 30: Four-Year Update

Before I begin, allow me to express my shock that I am twenty-four years old!  I feel old…but also young…sort of rickety…but also fresh… Can anyone relate?

Anyway…you’re here to read about the exciting things I did this year.  Here you go:

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Happy Places

Happy Places

Before my parents began the long drive from Massachusetts to North Carolina, they dropped me at the Boston airport so that I could fly to Michigan to visit my grandparents.  I only spent about 2 days with my grandparents, but we had a great time and made some memories.  Besides visiting my happy place (Windmill Island), we also stopped by one of my mom’s favorite locations, Big Red.

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