Nick and Lucy

Jane Paterson Basil invited me to join the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I’m enamored with her poetry. It never fails to speak to my heart. Click on her name to read to your fill. You’ll see what I mean.

Today is day four. This is a picture of two furbabies that share my world; Nick, my white Schnauzer, and Lucy, my sister’s Malti-Poo.

Nick and Lucy

Furbabies sleeping

They await their masters call

To run chase the ball

Nick is muscular and tall

Tiny Lucy, alpha dog

Nick and I moved in with my sister, Martha, 15 months ago. This is Lucy’s home first, and Nick is a gentleman and defers to the lady. They have short burst of chasing play and get along well together.

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. Today, I’m inviting Kerlund. She lives in Sweden and has beautiful scenery and a great technique with the camera. You’ll be captivated.

Piano Man

fanatic

(fəˈnætɪk)

n

1. a person whose enthusiasm or zeal for something is extreme or beyond normal limits
2. a person devoted to a particular hobby or pastime; fan: a jazz fanatic.

adj

[C16: from Latin fānāticus belonging to a temple, hence, inspired by a god, frenzied, from fānum temple]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002
I enjoy Kevin Spacey’s talent as an actor. I wouldn’t call myself a fanatic. I’m fanatic about music, is a more accurate statement. I really get excited when I discover someone has a talent for music or plays an instrument. Just by happenstance I discovered Kevin’s ability with the harmonica, and his wicked raspy voice. This was filmed November 19, 2014 in a celebration with Billy Joel when he was honored with the Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular song.

Published on Dec 24, 2014

Mark and John

Today is day three of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I responded to Jane Paterson Basil invitation to join in the fun. You’ll want to click on her name to journey to a lovely poem about New Beginnings in Wild Boar Wood.

Wesley Markham with John Fogerty

O the places you’ll go

When you work in entertainment.

Hard labor + amusement

+ the freeways, all good.

You’ll meet some folks

Of all manner of temperament

Every Tom, Bob and Joker

 Even a fella with an instrument.

Bob Fogerty of Credence Clearwater Revival

On a musical video

His guitar strumming and compositions reveals

Under  it all he’s a regular Joe.

This is my middle son, Wesley Markham Haynes. He and his brother both work for the entertainment industry. Mark has traveled the states doing everything from camera work to lighting on television, movies, advertisements and music videos. He’s met all manner of stars.

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. Today, I’m inviting Mihran Malaysian. He informs us of his interest in the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. Mihran is a former runner and says he has some great stories. I hope he’ll take up the challenge.

The Fisherman

This is day two for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. Jane Patterson Basil is my challenger. Click on her name to read the shape poem for her day four post.

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There’s a guy I know that fishes

He catches more that he wishes

His luck is phenomenal

Hauls them by the barrowful

Trout, catfish, bass, and perches

This John Michael Haynes, my youngest son. He’s the sportsman of the family. I have a natural affinity with him.  He’s married to Jodee, and they live in Seal Beach, California with their black Lab, Coal.

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. Today, I’m inviting Maria Brinkely. Marie lives in Queensland where she practices her art in sketches, photographs and poetry.

Mystery, Mercy and Love

The New Testament speaks of several different mysteries. The apostle Paul tells of one of the most important, God’s perfect redemptive plan for man. Colossians 1:26-27 (NIV) “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. That’s mystery.

God’s plan gives to us what we don’t deserve, eternal life, while mercy withholds what we do deserve, eternal punishment. Psalm 17:7 (NIV) “Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.” That’s mercy.

This is the first verse and the chorus of the song The Love of God by Frederick M. Lehman. He wrote the song in 1917 in Pasadena, California, and it was published in Songs That Are Different. The lyrics are based on the Jewish poem Haddamut, written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, a cantor in Worms, Germany; they have been translated into at least 18 languages.

“The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
Refrain
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.”
That’s love.

Joie de Vivre

Jane Paterson Basil, Making it Write,  invited me to Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I’m an admirer and a fan of Jane’s beautiful poetry. We met not to long ago in Blogging University, Poetry 101. It didn’t take me long to appreciate her way with words.

Day One

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Joie de vivre,

Samantha’s jump for joy

is a natural expression of her feelings.

It’s infectious. She’s a carrier everywhere she goes.

Her essence draws people to people to her.

“Just like birds in the air,

I want to be close

to her.”

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you.

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. Today, I nominate Kat Carpita of Dandelion Fuzz join the challenge.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Colleen’s invitation came yesterday, time for Writer’s Quote Wednesday. This week she is focusing on self-doubt. We don’t need to let doubt defeat us; we can use it to strengthen.

I’m bringing for your consideration, enjoyment, and enlightenment the words of one of my favorite artist, Vincent Van Gogh.

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Vincent knew about discouragement, but he still painted. When he had no money for food, he painted. Times came when he was ill,  he painted.  He came to painting late in life and his career was short, he painted. I believe he  heard the voice within many times, he painted.

book jacketYou can see he wrote about his painting, his life his thoughts. His diary is offered on amazon.com. There is only one of this particular copy, offered at $700.00. There are other’s much less costly.

I’m pleased to offer the YouTube video of other quotes from Van Gogh. Much is revealed in this 5:32 video.