“I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.”T.S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
Happy weekend to Natalie and friends,
Fold up your legs in your softest chair, put your arms around them and let’s share our week’s happenings.
Last night as we dined with neighbors, each of us shared a memory from our background and where we started geographically. Earlier Roger had split the room, male and female by moving his chair to hear the male conversations. We females covered the gamut and solved the world’s many problems.
As I drink my coffee this morning, I’m playing with Adobe Bridge and my Black and White Photos today. Cee’s topic is “Two of Anything.” I love photos that focus on the topic, and most of mine don’t have that. I paint with a broad stroke.
Today I chose a picture of Manny and a stranger meeting on the streets of Berkeley taken in 2013 to start experimenting.
After cropping and changing them to B & W, I spent quite a few futile hours trying to make it better.
Which do you like best?
Here are some other images I played around with.
Other Challenges that Influenced this Post
- Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge
- Hammad’s Weekend Skies
- Cee’s Black and White Challenge – 2 of anything
- What’s on Your Bookshelf
- WOTY May update
- LAPC #201 Triptychs
- Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share #71
“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”.T.S. Eliot “‘The Burial of the Dead” a play on an Anglican burial service “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”
The forecast is for WINDY to WINDIER but getting warmer. Based on Eliot’s verse, those dusty souls twirling and milling around high in the air today must be laughing as we here below struggle to breathe. Our whirly gigs and wind chimes love it.
We had several days in the 80s compared to Scottsdale in the 100s. There were lots of new wildflowers blooming, though.
Hammad’s Weekend Skies in May
- Two trips to California from Sacramento to Woodlake on the first trip and Palm Desert for Cindy’s birthday after that.
- A Doggie Faire in Courthouse Square in Prescott
- May Story Chat – Charli Mills’ story got 204 comments not to mention a slew of 99-Word Flash Fiction rewrites from her readers. Thanks, Charli.
LAPC #201 Triptychs
“Your post should have three separate images that are somehow related. There is a special word for this art of three – triptych. The shape may be seen in Christian Iconography and became a common conventional style for altar artworks in the Middle Ages, from the Gothic era forward, both in Europe and overseas.“Leya to see a world in a grain of sand
Curating Other Areas of Life
Uhm… I found a turquoise lizard and saw other cool bird eggs in my neighbor’s wreath.
I took too many photographs that make great puzzles. So … Yeah – lots of wasted hours. I’m not sure how to curate an addiction.
Reading What’s on Your Bookshelf?
I tried, I really did. I would sit down to read and … “drift away.” I got a little bit of the T.S. Elliot poetry book read. Fortunately, it was on Kindle so I could look up every other word.
A Descriptive Highlight
Description writing is hard for me. I love Eliot’s use of personification to describe the smokey London air in 1915.
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzel on the windowpanes. Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening. Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains. Let fall on its back the soot that falls from chimneys.T.S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
I killed my Fitbit. It was supposed to be waterproof, but I guess it didn’t like the spa. So now I can’t brag about my steps. However, I worked out at the gym twice this week and exercised in the pool once. That’s worthy of a pat on the back, I think.
It’s been a busy month for sociability for the Ingrao family. When we came back we had four dinner or lunch engagements, and one more scheduled for tomorrow.
Ongoing on Always Write
- May Story Chat: “As Far As a Former Prisoner Can Go” by Charli Mills – Where your comments become links in the Story Chat Summary post coming on May 31.
- 21 Flash Fiction Challenge Entries – Spinoff this month’s Story Chat
- June Story Chat “The Backpack” by Aimer Boyz coming Tuesday, June 7.
- WQW #19 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Remember and Honor Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives for Freedom.” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time.
- PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) every Friday at 9:00 (ish). The last day to post links is Thursday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time.
That’s a wrap for today. If we drink any more coffee, we will float away and not sleep a wink Have a beautiful week.