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Let Us Build Bridges   Leave a comment

Selma, Alabama is the Ninth Poorest City in Amarica Per Capital (August 10, 2021)
Selma Gave America the Right to Call Itself A Democracy

We still have many bridges to CROSS,
So come on ya’ll and LET US!

Let us start, Yes you and me
With a simple and easy decree,
To do something simple, EVERYDAY,
To uplift Ourselves and Our Families,
In small, Nugget-size Ways!

So,

When STONES are THROWN to Slay
Us ALL,
We Must, We WILL, We SHALL, build
bridges instead of walls!

And so,

We catch their stones and build
bridges of Respect and LOVE for
Ourselves, Our Families, and ALL
Communities who share this World!

We catch their stones and build 
bridges because, EVERYONE 
matters equally in the World!

— from “REFLECTING on Selma Alabama” by D. Olivia Jones

Santa Catalina Indian Paintbrush   Leave a comment

Santa Catalina Indian Paintbrush — Image by kenne

Love is like wildflowers;
It’s often found in the most unlikely places.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is Still Time   Leave a comment

fourwindowspress

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

But there is still a sunrise this morning,
red for rain.
We can still count the stars in Orion
and see the night sky.
There is still a dog at the end of the bed.
He is a guardian of our souls.
There is time to reach beyond smallness
that resides in our hearts.

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Posted September 19, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Hiking Box Camp Trail   Leave a comment

Hiking Up Box Camp Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

The Tucson basin

Santa Rita’s to the south

Hiking Box Camp trail

 

Leaving the tall pines

An existential moment

Illumination

— kenne


Last Day In Short Pump — Mission Accomplished   4 comments

Cayden, Audrey, Joy, Robin, and Cayla (August 15, 2021) — Images by kenne

With the arrival of Robin late afternoon on the 15th, we were able to spend time with all the Morris grandchildren —
missioned accomplished! This image captured the shared pleasure of all, especially that of grandma, Joy.

Cayla practicing her new found skill of tying bows

Kenne and Cayla in Backyard — Image by Joy

While spending time with the Morris’s, we were able to spend most of our time outside. When we were inside, we wore masks.

Cayden and Cayla

Children of the pandemic

Very accepting

— kenne

Celebrating Audrey’s 13th Birthday — A Photo-Essay   1 comment

Celebrating Granddaughter Audrey’s Birthday in Short Pump (August 14, 2021) Photo Essay by kenne
(Click on any image to see in a slideshow format.)

We planned our August road trip to be in the Richmond area for Audrey’s 13th birthday —
I collect moments.

— kenne

“I close my eyes
Only for a moment,
then the moment’s gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes, a curiosity

Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground,
though we refuse to see

Now, don’t hang on
Nothing lasts forever
but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money
won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind.”

— Kerry Livgren, guitarist in the band Kansas

“What am I doing this for?”     Leave a comment

Sand Morning Glory, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina (August 12, 2021) — Image by kenne

We do not need to know ‘how’ or ‘where,’

but there is one question

that we  should all ask whenever we start anything:

“What am I doing this for?”

— Paulo Coelho

Cutting a Toxic Person from Your Life…#350     Leave a comment

The Last Chapter

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Recently, I made the decision to “block” an individual from my life. This was not easy! I felt it necessary as I do not want nor am I able physically to deal with the drama. In doing so I gave careful consideration to what it meant to be “toxic”. They met all of the criteria, and the drama was draining me of what little emotional energy that I possessed during this difficult time of my life.

The time I have, I want to put toward completing the book that I am working on, and trying to put those in my life that wants truth and not lies. A life time of lies have been overlooked, and much of it does not help me conserve my strength. I have not posted for awhile, but felt this was a good subject, there may be others who have held onto toxic situations and…

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Posted September 17, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly   Leave a comment

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

There was a young man who said,

“Though it seems that I know that I know,

what I would like to see is the ‘I’ that knows ‘me’

when I know that I know that I know.”

— Alan Watts

 

Posted September 17, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Golden Columbine On Box Camp Trail   1 comment

Golden Columbine On Box Camp Trail (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Mountain rains

bring out wildflowers

yellow and orange

in a sea green.

— kenne

Praying Mantis   1 comment

Praying Mantis — Images by kenne

In today’s world, “even the mantis has stopped praying.”

Visiting Family In Short Pump, Virginia — Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

Images by kenne (August 13-14, 2021)
(Click on any of the images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

We arrived in Short Pump in the late afternoon on August 13th, where we would spend the next three days with Jason and family. 

Short Pump is a suburb of Richmond, Virginia. The population was 24,729 at the 2010 census. 

This posting is the second of three that will be shared of our stay in Short Pump. 

Here’s a link to the first posting — https://kenneturner.com/2021/09/09/time-with-grandchildren-at-swimming-pool-a-photo-essay/

The older grandchildren will be part of the third in this series of three postings on our visit to Short Pump.

— kenne

Sullivan Island Beach Scene   1 comment

Sullivan’s Island Beach — Photo-Artistry by kenne

"Let me disclose the gifts reserved for age
   To set a crown upon your lifetime's effort. 
   First, the cold friction of expiring sense
Without enchantment, offering no promise 
   But bitter tastelessness of shadow fruit 
   As body and soul begin to fall asunder.
Second, the conscious impotence of rage 
   At human folly, and the laceration 
   Of laughter at what ceases to amuse.
And last, the rending pain of re-enactment 
   Of all that you have done, and been; the shame
   Of motives late revealed, and the awareness
Of things ill done and done to others' harm
   Which once you took for exercise of virtue."

-- T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets


Greater Roadrunner Painting   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner (August 3, 2021) — Painting by kenne

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly   Leave a comment

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly — Images by kenne

my symbol of life

rests on a nearby flower

wings keep on moving

— kenne

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