Choices

Life is full of them.

Work. Volunteer. Chores. Play.

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And then there is WordPress.  Posting our own blogs and visiting others.

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After visiting as many of you as possible, it’s time to move on for the night.

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I’ll be back soon with photos from time on the water and time on the bike.

A New Milestone

It’s been two weeks since I’ve posted!  Where did the time go?  🙂

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Thankfully, in between closing down the old practice, opening the new, and campaigning for Delegate, I was still able to find a few moments with the camera.

This first photo is from Carson’s Courtyard, a little resting spot in downtown Radford, created with Community Development Block Grants.

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On another day, I stopped by the American Legion Building.  Built in 1928, the building has served as a temporary courthouse, Catholic church, daycare center, Radford Arsenal hiring office, dance hall, voter registration office, polling place, and home to Main Street Radford.  The American Legion members have started a restoration drive to raise funds for this historic building.

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On July 4th, I rode the motorcycle to visit a few of the communities in the 12th District.

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One of three covered bridges in Giles County, the Sinking Creek Covered Bridge was built in 1916.

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This next one was taken with my new Samsung Galaxy.  Those of you who know me well, will realize that I have changed phones after 15 years as a Blackberry user.  Not sure it was a good move yet …

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The Newport Parade

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was followed by the Blacksburg Parade,

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and then it was back home to the City of Radford for music and fireworks.

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A few days later, the campaign office was buzzing with the sound of volunteers and staffers working the phone bank.

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So thankfully, despite the pace of life, I’m still finding moments to pull the bike over and enjoy the view.

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Next Stop:  Your Blogs!

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.

Monochromia

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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!
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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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The Road Ahead

The road of life offers many opportunities and challenges,

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and sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the two.

Sometimes the direction seems foggy or unclear,

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with obstacles blocking the way.

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Soon enough though, the way will be made clear, and we’ll see the future as it should be.

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The world around us will be peaceful once again,

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while the spirit, made stronger because of the struggle, soars.

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This small collection of photos was taken at various points this past week, a week that was filled with far too many twists in the road, and not near enough opportunities to use my camera.

I’m quite sure that many of you experienced the same.  Let’s all just breath … it’s going to be okay.

Gifts

Weekends away offer many gifts.

Time with friends and the chance to fill up with the good things in life.

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Loud laughter. Quiet Conversations.  New card games.  Old music.  Much wine. Not enough dancing.

Nourished by meals prepared together and shared around a large family table.

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Long walks and talks, and peaceful moments at the river’s edge.

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Early morning photography sessions and late evening songs around the campfire.

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And arriving home rejuventated, with major life decisions made.

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Gifts indeed.

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And We Breathe

The women rush through the kitchen door, hands burdened with bags of food from a quick run to the store, and faces burdened with the cares and worries of the day.  Each one feels sure she is the only overwhelmed one in the group, but very quickly realizes that she is not alone.

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The house is cluttered with the detritis of the week … piles of mail on the table, various pairs of shoes scattered about on the floor, books perched on every surface … but the porch chairs have been brushed clear and the table tops are clean.

The food is quickly laid out on the table,

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flowers placed in a vase,

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and the candles are lit.

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The talk that initially bursts forth after being surpressed all day eventually calms, and the women begin to relax, surrounded by friends who know and understand.

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The porch offers a welcome respite from the world, even if temporary.

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And we breathe …

The “Pinking” of October

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When I heard about National No Bra Day I was appalled and angry on behalf of the women (and men) who have battled, or are currently battling, Breast Cancer.  If you have felt a similar concern about the corporate “pinking of October”, please check out these 4 bloggers (the first 3 are new to me) and their recent posts, and then make sure that the money you spend on “pink” in October really does go towards research.

Because that’s what it’s all about  … Saving Lives … not just breasts.

To quote Cancer in My Thirties “We live in a society that makes a huge hoopla about breast cancer while at the very same time trivializing the seriousness of the disease.  How can we be so contradictory?”

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Cancer in my Thirties:

http://cancerinmythirties.wordpress.com/

http://cancerinmythirties.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/national-no-bra-day-and-breast-cancer-awareness-month-or-please-put-that-pink-can-of-soup-down-put-your-bra-back-on/

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The Art of Breast Cancer: The Art of Living and Dying, While Trying to Keep Them Separate: 

http://www.artofbreastcancer.ca/introduction-to-art-of-breast-cancer/

http://www.artofbreastcancer.ca/fifty-shades-of-pink-the-rant/

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The Accidental Amazon:

http://accidentalamazon.com/

http://accidentalamazon.com/blog/2013/09/29/fifty-shades-of-pink-and-still-no-cure/

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And then there’s Mae, one of my favorite bloggers!!

Mae’s Day

http://maesday.wordpress.com/

http://maesday.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/pink-is-in-the-air/