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This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote. If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Be sure to link to the most recent post, not my page. I don’t see links to my page. 

For More Ideas about Rain…

Check out these early-bird participants. This challenge runs until next Tuesday, and they have some awesome quotes, stories, and pictures.

Dollars for Ukraine

Last week I stated that I would donate $1 for every like on my WQW post. I had 62 likes. Donna @ Retirement Reflections has a great post with lots of ways to donate. It is hard to know which organizations to trust. Since our church also raises money for the people in Ukraine, I chose to donate through that organization. Here is the receipt they sent me.

Global Treasury Services via e-mail at donorservices@nazarene.org. Date/TimeMarch 30, 2022 19:20 Amount$62.00

My Choices for Rain

Definition Rain: moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops.

Condensed moisture falls
Seperate visible drops
From the atmosphere.

Found poem - Haiku
©Marsha Ingrao 2022

“The Sun after the rain is much beautiful than the Sun before the rain!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

This quote sounds good, but is it true? It’s romantic to think that because water has a cleansing effect. In Central California, it is true because the unwashed air is so dusty. However, here in Prescott, times before the rain can be beautiful too.

“True, the sun and the wind inspire. But rain has an edge. Who, after all, dreams of dancing in dust? Or kissing in the bright sun?”

— Cynthia Barnett
Dream of dancing in the dust? Or kissing in the sun?

Without water – rain or irrigation – the earth is dangerous to our lungs and can no longer feed us. The Central Valley of California is one of the largest agricultural areas on the earth. Without rain, it looks bleak.

“Dance in the dust? Hmmm, let me think about that one. No, thanks. Kissing in the sunshine, definitely not! A little rain does a body good. It has an edge to it.”
Rainy day in Brisbane

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

— Bill Watterson

Right! Or better – standing in the cover of a building overhang with your mouth agape, amazed at how much is falling and how it doesn’t stop people from going about their business. These next pictures were taken on a summer day in Brisbane. It must be the rainy capitol of the world!

Or taking a river cruise in Brisbane, AU.

Urban Rain for Sunday Stills

 “The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually.”

– Eeyore

 “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”

— Langston Hughes
“No thanks. I’m not sleepy. I color my hair to keep the gray out, thank you very much. Keep your drops to yourself. I came to Hawaii for the sunshine. Rain, rain, go away until I’m back home.”

“You pray for rain, you got to deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.”

– Denzel Washington

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”

– Gilbert K. Chesterton

Even though the Census Bureau classifies urban areas as having populations of 2,500 or more, there is nothing as fun as a small-town parade – even with a threat of rain.

Other Challenges that Inspired WQW Rain

Now it’s your turn.

Have some fun with quotes and rain this week. Or make WQW fit into your blogging plan and enjoy Writer’s Choice Week. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


95 responses to “WQW #13: Rain Has the Edge”

    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love this KL!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for sharing. Did you notice that your link is live already on my post for this week? I figured that people might want some extra ideas besides mine! 🙂

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  1. the eternal traveller Avatar

    I remember that afternoon in Brisbane. One minute it was fine and the next minute down came the rain. It poured. But not for long! Happy memories.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was so fun to watch the people walking through it like nothing was going on upstairs! And we took the bus, too, didn’t we?

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  2. Jim Borden Avatar

    can’t argue with Bill Waterson! and the best part of rain is the possibility of a rainbow…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Never argue with Bill, no matter what his last name is. There is nothing like the joy and surprise of seeing a brilliant rainbow or three!

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  3. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Hi Marsha, a great post. I’ve never experienced a small town parade% we done have that sort of thing here.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Small town parades are the best. You know folks in the parade, in the audience. You’ve probably helped build, paint, or finance one or more of the floats. Or maybe you even get to ride in the parade. I did that the year I was Woman of the Year in Woodlake. That was a kick!

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      1. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

        I am sure it would be a lot of fun. Different from my life in a big city. I don’t even know my neighbours.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          We are so lucky here that we do. It’s like being in a small town living in these condos. We made tons of friends with our neighbors in Woodlake. We had three of them visit us in the past month.

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  4. Rain – WQW | ladysighs Avatar

    […] Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays – Rain […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Adorable, that’s a poem that would go well on a card to my husband.

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  5. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Excellent. That fireman posing in the last gallery is the favourite in this post. Which reminds of this joke:

    I hate those people who knock on your door and tell you how you need to be “saved” or you’ll “burn”. Stupid firemen.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL! That is so funny!

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  6. Zelda Winter Avatar
    Zelda Winter

    I LOVE rain, so this should be an easy prompt–thanks!!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome, I can’t wait to see your post!

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      1. Zelda Winter Avatar
        Zelda Winter

        🙂

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  7. Tina Schell Avatar

    Call me weird but I love the rain. It makes for wonderful photography as well as a day off to do whatever needs doing at home. The skies are always dramatic before and after and Mother Earth definitely needs more of it! Fun post Marsha – loved the Hawaiian rain shot LOL.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Tina. Rain and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it, especially warm rain like Hawaii. But I hate the mugginess it causes. I love the green it makes, too. I don’t like cold dreary days piled like blankets on each other. I need some sunshine, too.

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    2. Gloria Avatar

      Hi Tina. We’re called pluviophiles.😃
      I love the rain. (Not constant though) The sound of it, the look of it and how it freshens everything.
      Although, when it causes havoc like floods – mmm…not so nice!

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      1. Tina Schell Avatar

        OK that’s a new one on me but I like it! Thanks 😊

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It makes sense the Latin word for rain is pluvia.

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      2. Marsha Avatar

        That’s a great word. You live in the right place!!!

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  8. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    I love how a good rain clears everything up and makes the air smell so fresh. We had some wonderful rain a couple of days ago… loved it! Now, who knows when the next storm will come (fingers crossed).

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love that, too, Janis. I hope it comes soon enough that the earth doesn’t crack from the dryness and long enough for you to enjoy sunshine and the earth to absorb what’s in it already. Rain that just sits on top of the surface because the water table is so high or the clay is so soaked, doesn’t do as much good.

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  9. Gloria Avatar

    I actually love been out in the rain. I find it very refreshing.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It depends for me. Mostly not, though – not fond of cold rain. I loved your post.

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      1. Gloria Avatar

        Thanks Marsha.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You’re welcome, pluviophile. 😂

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  10. When it Rains #100DaysOfOldDays | Rambles of a Raring Writer Avatar

    […] Today’s post is also part of #WQW from Marsha Ingrao on Always Write Blog. Rain Has The Edge! […]

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  11. JohnRH Avatar

    Queue the many, many rain songs! I like the highlight colors in ‘waiting under the overhang’.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That was one of the more amazing rain storms I’ve watched. Not much lightening and thunder like in Indiana when I was a kid, but I wanted to get out there and play in it. I missed the people who were dancing in the rain, though. I remember that some of them did play around. Maybe my phone went dead, but they are still in my memory. 🙂

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  12. Ally Bean Avatar

    Leave it to Eeyore to have a pithy comment on rain. Made me smile. It’s rainy here today, but tomorrow it’s supposed be cold and dry. We’ll see. Spring is a trickster.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, indeed, spring is a trickster! Why do we love it so?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous quotes, pictures and thoughts, Sadje. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thanks a lot 😍

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thank you! 🙂

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            🌷🌺

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  13. Rainy days – Keep it alive Avatar

    […] Written for WQW- Rain has the edge, hosted by Marsha […]

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  14. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Wow, all great shots, but that dust storm image is so moody. I love it!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Unfortunately, that was an all too common scene in the summer and fall. By summer we could no longer see the Sierra Nevada Mountains just 40 minutes driving time away. Here we can see the San Francisco Peak more than 100 miles away every day of the year. Granted the air is thinner in the mile-high city but it is cleaner.

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  15. Clive Avatar

    Thank you again for linking to my blog. I thought I’d replied yesterday but clearly not – at least it gives me the chance to say hello from a rainy England, which I couldn’t have done yesterday!

    Rain, rain, go away, come again another day 😊

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      And that is why England is so beautiful and green.

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      1. Clive Avatar

        In parts 😉

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Every place has their parts!

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          1. Clive Avatar

            Some parts are better than others 😉

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  16. Sadje Avatar

    Thanks for the mention Marsha. Great topic.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, I love what you did with it.

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        My pleasure

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  17. Prior... Avatar

    The watterson and Hughs quotes were my fav today and this post really covered rain in a fun way
    -!- and the photo of the lady covering her head “& rain, rain, go away” was powerful
    ☔️🌦

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That lady was my friend, Elane, who was a child Holocaust survivor. I don’t remember why she was standing out there in the rain. She did not like being outdoors too much. She had flown to meet me in Hawaii for a week. Not too long after that her dementia had developed to a point where she could no longer travel and do the things she loved. So I was glad we had those days.

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        Oh Marsha – how awesome to have such a dear friend – and too bad about dementia – ugh – that is a terrible affliction

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It was. I never saw her in the very last days of her life, but a mutual friend kept me informed and it wasn’t a good story. Eventually her son stepped in and realized the seriousness of her condition. My brother had a hard time realizing when Mom could no longer be left to her own devices and he was angry at me for intervening until he wised up. I think Elane’s son had the same issue.

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          1. Prior... Avatar

            well we have a family friend down in Florida and her son just stepped up to intervene for her (similar, dementia and she just lost her driver’s license) – one more example of how it can take a while for folks to fully see the decline and take action

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            We like to deny that it’s happening.

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  18. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – I love that you made a donation in the amount of likes that you received. I have already made donations but will now take your lead and do the same (donating in the amount of likes from my next post). Thank you for the meniton and the inspiration!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You inspired me. Thanks so much. Inspiring each other makes blogging even more amazing!

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  19. Zelda Winter Avatar
    Zelda Winter

    I LOVE your haiku–and you shared some great quotes too 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Zelda! I love writing haiku. I need to branch out, but those come so easily.

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      1. Zelda Winter Avatar
        Zelda Winter

        I agree with you–I can usually snap out several haiku in a sitting! 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          They are fun!

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          1. Zelda Winter Avatar
            Zelda Winter

            😊

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  20. restlessjo Avatar

    Poor Brisbane! Warm and wet? Not so bad! The boat trip looked good. We’ve had some good downpours lately. Yesterday evening there was the blackest sky, but with a rainbow. I loved it!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love the rain if I’m not trying to go someplace where I have to look decent. What little hair I have plasters easily. 🙂

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        Mine goes frizzy!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Mine does if it’s just a tiny bit of drizzle. Full on rain flattens it and there’s no remedy. 🙂

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  21. KL Caley Avatar

    I love your haiku, pictures and quotes, Marsha. I love how positive this post is as I know some people hate the rain. I spent my childhood in Scotland where we’re known for our rain. You soon learn not to let it get in the way of having fun. 🙂
    Thank you so much for linking to my entry last week too, much appreciated. KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      The links are a great way to make sure that I follow up and don’t miss anyone. Terri does that, and it sounded like a good plan. I have missed people – until the night before I post a new post. I don’t know how, but it happens, so I’m trying to eliminate that problem. 🙂

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  22. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Good topic – and Cincinnati expects rain tonight – but time will tell what we get. Meanwhile, I have a beach walk about Rain, and I invite anyone to stop by. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2021/01/23/32-rain/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I was just wondering about you last night because I hadn’t heard from you in a while. I’m heading over to read now. 🙂

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      1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

        Many times are schedules don’t line up well. For instance, you post the challenge on Wednesdays – and that’s a day I post, therefore spend a lot of time answering comments. Then time gets away from me – then who knows. Glad I caught this one! Plus, most of March I haven’t visited many places.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I was beginning to worry. So I’m glad you are okay.

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          1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

            Thanks for the thoughts. We are currently in the midst of a family situation, which seems to be on the downside (I hope).

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Those are hard. Wishing you the best, Frank.

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  23. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    On the dry side of Washington, we appreciate the rain when we get it, Marsha. We got a lot more snow in the mountains this winter and already more rainy days than early 2021. What a difference! I love your edgy urban shots of the rainy days, and even here, I watch people go about their business in any kind of weather. We former Californians are still afraid we might melt, LOL!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I got myself into a lot of trouble living in Oregon because I never got over that. Rain in Indiana was warm and inviting. In Oregon it was cold and drizzly. I got into some cars I probably shouldn’t have to avoid being rained on. Luckily, back then, it was safer to do that and no harm came from it, but I wouldn’t advise it now. Better to melt. 🙂

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  24. Kirstin Avatar

    These were great Marsha, I chose a few of the same quotes and there were a few I saw but decided not to share. 🙂

    I love your photos too. I’m sure I have more rain photos somewhere but didn’t have my hard drive with me to look. We were caught in thunderstorm when we were in NYC and had to run 2 blocks to our hotel….we laughed the whole time and made the best of it. Same with when we were in Italy.

    Here’s my link. https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2022/03/wqwtheme-rain-or-writers-choice.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That sounds like so much fun – being caught in the rain with friends or family.

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  25. Jacquie Biggar Avatar

    I like rain- it’s life-giving- and then there’s the rainbows! Beautiful photos, Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Jacquie.

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  26. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    love your haiku found Marsha along with your quotes and pictures! 💖💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy. I still have not progressed past them. I love the simplicity.

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  27. Amy Avatar

    Stuning sunlight! I’m so happy to see these rain captures. Oh, no… rain in Hawaii!
    We have not had rain for weeks until last night. Trees and flowers look so happy this morning! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Are you in Hawaii? This picture was taken in 2014 during the rainy season. I can’t imagine HI with no rain!

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