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My contribution to Monochromia this week! Have you visited this incredible blog yet?

Started by Joe Giordano (thanks Joe!), Monochromia showcases images from photographers the world over! It’s worth a visit!


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Election day in the US is just 2 days away and I thought I’d share a photo of a gift I received after entering the race for the Virginia House of Delegates.

Like many of you, LMA from Suffragette Kitty has become a WordPress friend and supporter of my campaign.  She is a passionate feminist and supporter of the Women’s Movement, and I love her writing.  Early in the campaign, LMA sent me this collection of items from Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott.

“In the days before the 19th Amendment, a wealthy Newport socialite ordered a tea set emblazoned with the phrase “Votes for Women” to make a point to the influential guests who often dined with her. The Alcotts were ardent supporters of the women’s suffrage movement, and today we offer replicas of this tea set and other items bearing the “Votes for Women” motto” (from the Museum Store catalog).

And one more thing:  Thank you for your friendship and support, emotionally and financially, during this campaign.  I cannot thank you enough and I look forward to visiting with you soon!

❤ Laurie



My contribution to Monochromia this week.

It may also be my only contribution to Life on the Bike this week.

43 days to go!

Monochromia: Riding the Storm Out

My contribution to Monochromia this week.


The Roanoke Sound

This was the sky that met me as I left the beach on the bike a couple weeks ago.  Even though the rain threatened (and eventually soaked me), I could not resist stopping to take the shot.

‘Tis Pleasing to Me

My contribution to Monochromia today …


Happy 4th of July to those in the States, and for everyone else … Happy Day!  And if you haven’t visited Monochromia yet, please do!

“Nothin’ to Sneeze At”

Three years with WordPress is nothing to sneeze at!


And what is the origin of that term, anyway?  According to the Word Detective, “To sneeze at” something or someone is a colloquial usage, first appearing in the early 19th century, to mean that the thing under consideration (Three years with WordPress) may appear modest or trivial but is actually at least somewhat important or impressive.

Impressive or not, three years with WP has had a tremendous impact on my life.  I’ll not tie you down with statistics, but instead offer thanks to all of you for being here with me.  Whether you regularly comment, or more randomly “like”, I’m grateful for all of you.  You’ve encouraged my growth as a photographer (Joe has even provided phone and text consults), have followed me on my motorcycle journeys, supported me after my wreck, contributed to my campaign, created beautiful gifts for me, and have spent time with me in Virginia.

You’ve become my friends, and my life is richer for all that you share.

Your photos and drawings, your stories and poems, your creativity and crafts, and your life lessons learned.

My sincere thanks.


See ya on down the road!

What Edna Said

My contribution to Monochromia this week.

Thank you to the lovely Julia at Defeat Despair for introducing me to the poem First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

My last post was a reflection about the fullness of life, and this one is also about life’s challenges.   Have no fear, though.  All is well and I plan to be riding the bike for a little bit tomorrow.



My candle burns at both ends;
   It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
   It gives a lovely light!
Thanks to the lovely Julia at Defeat Despair for introducing me to the poem First Fig
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Inspired by Pauline

My contribution to Monochromia today was inspired by Pauline.


The story, as I noted on my Monochromia post was this:

As we left our Old Town Alexandria restaurant that night, Pauline pointed across the street and said “Look Laurie! That would make a great picture; like film noir” (that’s not an exact quote, by the way).

And she was right! All that was missing was a guy or gal, leaning against the wall, smoking a cigarette.

Well, a tripod was missing, too (obviously), but thanks Pauline, for being the inspiration behind this shot.

So Which Is It – Coming or Going?


This image is my contribution to Monochromia this week.  As always, I encourage you to check out the work of the fabulous photographers who share their work on that fine blog devoted to B&W Photography.

Late yesterday, I finally edited the photos from a trip that I took almost 2 months ago.  After planting some trees this morning and spending the day knocking doors and introducing myself to the people in the 12th District, I’ll be back to post the images.

Enjoy this day, my friends!