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WQW #13: Rain Has the Edge

Or Writer’s Choice

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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.

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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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. 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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  2. 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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    • 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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    • 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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  3. 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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    • 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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    • 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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        • 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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    • 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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  9. 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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    • 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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