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#LAPC 137: The Virtue of Softness

Leya/Anne Christine invites us to “Have a strong mind and a soft heart.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

She considers being soft a virtue and an asset. Maybe not always…but almost always! So many things are Soft…to look at, to touch, to listen to… we even have software for our technical devices. This challenge is all about how you want to interpret Soft – we are looking forward to seeing your choices! Please link to Anne Christine’s post and add the Lens-Artists tag.

Relax and enjoy some soft music while you read.

NUTTER BUTTER, SCARDY BOY AND A SOFT BLANKET

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort. … I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.”

James Herriot
2 CATS CURLED UP IN A BLANKET, Nutter Butter and Scardy Boy
“Yes, Nutters, I know you love me.”

SOFT LIGHTING AND BREEZE IN APRIL

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”

Neltje Blanchan
walk around Bravo Lake
silky soft evening encases walkers around Bravo Lake

SOFT COTTON

I was influenced a lot by those around me – there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields.

Willie Nelson
cotton bolls
softest cotton grows in Central CA

Soft Highlights from Woodlake Kiwanis July 3rd Blast

What could be louder than an event built around a celebration of explosives? And yet, in the midst of the it all, there were many moments of softness if you looked around. Join me as I introduce you to the softness of Woodlake, CA.

SOFT BABY SLEEPS ON MAMA’S SOFT LAP

“This is a place where grandmothers hold babies on their laps under the stars and whisper in their ears that the lights in the sky are holes in the floor of heaven.”

Rick Bragg
baby sleeping
baby soft skin

THIS PRINCESS SOFTENS GRANDPA’S HEART

“I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”

Charles Dickens

“The children we bring into the world are small replicas of ourselves and our husbands; the pride and joy of grandfathers and grandmothers. We dream of being mothers, and for most of us that dreams are realized naturally. For this is the Miracle of Life.”

Azelene Williams
little princess
Happy Fourth of July

SHADE SOFTENS THE SUN’S HARSH BLAST

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

Jane Austen
sitting under a shade tent
sitting under a shade tent protects from harsh sun

SOLVE THIS PUZZLE: A SOFT DOG’S SOFT LIFE

“Free food, free lodging, free entertainment; Who said dogs aren’t intelligent”

Steve Reider
Answer – “Feed me and feed me now!”

SOFT SKIN, SOFT TOUCH TATTOO

I’m just delighted to be living, to be able to have a simple conversation, to feel a ray of sunlight on my skin and listen to the breeze move through the leaves of a tree.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
free face tattoos softly applied on soft skin

A TOWEL SOFTENS THE HARD GROUND

When using a public campground, a tuba placed on your picnic table (or towel) will keep the campsites on either side vacant.

Unknown
soft towel
“What’s in the bag, Mama?”

Coming Up

  • Sunday Stills tomorrow.
  • New Story Chat, “Wanda-Lust” written by A. Kid (AKA D. Avery) coming Tuesday, March 2nd.
  • Don’t wait for next week’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays’ topic: Citizenship. Comment or participate today about Fairness.
  • Taking time to ready other participant’s LAPC #137 posts. Here are three to start.
  • Chava
  • Yan
  • Tina

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  1. Quite the exploration of the topic Marsha! Of these the kittens are my favorite (although I’m not really a cat person). They do look so incredibly soft. I liked how creative you were with your examples and the matching quotes. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? 😊

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    • I had the pictures, then I read your post. You are the queen of quotes. They fit so perfectly and add a lot to the article. So I learn from you. I was going to make it a super short post – one word description. 🙂

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  2. Ah – delightful exploration of Soft, Marsha! And I must chime in – the kittens!!!♥♥♥ I always had cats when i grew up – and soft they are. Definately more so than dogs!

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    • Thanks, Janet. Imagine sleeping in 110 degree heat with all those people around, noisy kids on the water slides, playing balls, horseshoes, relay races and music over loudspeakers. I thought he was precious. 🙂

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