Today is the 100th anniversary of the official beginning of WWI — the Great War — the war to end war. Clearly, it didn’t work out quite as hoped.

IT WAS A LOVELY WAR — A WORLD WAR ONE CENTENNIAL

IT WAS A LOVELY WAR — A WORLD WAR ONE CENTENNIAL

Happy Birthday, Great War. It’s 100 years since the day you officially started. World War I (WWI), also known as the First World War, was a nearly global war. It officially began on July 28, 1914, though its real beginnings were rooted in events beginning decades, even centuries earlier.

It was an ugly, devastating war. Four years of slaughter that — technically — ended on November 11, 1918.

The…

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WHITE HYDRANGEA AND PINK CRAPE MYRTLE

WHITE HYDRANGEA AND PINK CRAPE MYRTLE

White flowers are always a challenge for me. When these snow-white Hydrangea threw down the gauntlet, I fought back with my Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS-25.

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Maybe I’ve finally got it?

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It turned out the Crape Myrtle was even more of a challenge.

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It turns out, these huge puffy flowers are hard to get in focus, especially from the long distance I was forced (by fences) to work from.

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CYNICAL ECCENTRICITY: THEY WILL THANK US SOMEDAY

CYNICAL ECCENTRICITY: THEY WILL THANK US SOMEDAY

Marilyn Armstrong:

Now that I reread this, it is so relevant, I thought I’d post it again for you “second time around” enjoyment. WordPress, this is what you get for repeating the same prompts. You get the same responses!

Originally posted on SERENDIPITY:

DAILY PROMPT: QUIRK OF HABIT

Cultivating Eccentricity by Alienorajt

Cultivating an air (or even a full-blown hurricane) of eccentricity should…

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WHICH NUMBER IS AGE?

WHICH NUMBER IS AGE?

Age Old Question — “Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage. But is it a number you care about, or one you tend (or try) to ignore?

Are you serious or just young? Because no one over 65 would posit a question like this without also laughing hysterically, possibly falling down and breaking a hip.

Photo: Debbie Stone

Photo: Debbie Stone

Age it isn’t a number. It’s a number that tells you when you can stop…

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THE LAST CHINESE LILY

THE LAST CHINESE LILY

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I planted a lot of them. In yellow, scarlet, orange, purple. After several bad winters and a few years of partial neglect, followed by complete neglect, there is exactly one Chinese lily remaining. it is deep pink. And obviously very hardy.

My last red lily

My last red lily

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AMERICA - Rich Paschall

AMERICA – Rich Paschall

A view from Chicago, the band

Chicago has been around a long time. No, I don’t mean the city, I mean the band. In 1967, five guys from DePaul University recruited a sixth from Roosevelt University and started a band known as The Big Thing. Soon they recruited a tenor, moved to California, and changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority. In 1968 they released a self-titled, double album that…

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AND MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP

AND MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP

Road Tripping – ‘Tis the season for road trips — if time and money were out of the equation, what car-based adventure would you go on? (If you don’t or can’t drive, any land-based journey counts.)

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Summer Lovin’ – Weekly Photo Challenge

Show us something you love. It could be your favorite novel, the light of the moon on your deck at night, the beach on a hot day, or that special you-know-who. Get creative!


There is so much to love about the summer. Beaches and boats, bonfires and parties on the lawn. These are a few of my favorite things … and people, too.

SUM-SUM-SUMMERTIME Summer Lovin’ - Weekly Photo Challenge Show us something you love. It could be your favorite novel, the light of the moon on your deck at night, the beach on a hot day, or that special you-know-who.
MYSTERY ENDING — DROPPING THE OTHER SHOE

MYSTERY ENDING — DROPPING THE OTHER SHOE

MYSTERY ENDING - WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE

This weekly writing challenge focuses on the “weekly” part — start your post today, and build on it for the next four before publishing. Who knows where you’ll end up?

I promise, if there are developments, I’ll add them.

Yesterday was an easy day. A little humid. A trip to the grocery to pick up a few things, a prescription. A baseball game and the Sox…

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