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Good morning friends, come out to my Prescott patio and listen to the rippling waterfall, windchime, and chirping birds. This week it’s finally warm enough to enjoy. But Vince and I are on a mini-vacation in Scottsdale this weekend where the temps soar into the 100s.

Last on the Card

As I drank my coffee on June 1st, I organized the last few pictures on my card for Brian’s Challenge, Last on the Card. These dessert willow flowers were so pretty, that I snapped a few pictures while Puppy Girl walked along Blooming Hills Drive on May 31st.

Unfortunately, the very last picture I took as a trio picture, and it wasn’t stellar. The one I thought was going to be stellar, the fourth one, was somewhat blurry in the part that was supposed to be the clearest.

“In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing.”

T.S. Eliot “What the Thunder Said”

T.S. Eliot never knew desert grass. The green grass is mostly plastic. The rest is mostly brown or using too much water. We have a tiny green grassy area for Puppy Girl and friends to enjoy. Trust me plastic grass just doesn’t fill the bill. 🙂

Weekly Reading

Did you get weekly readers when you were in grade school? They were news highlights and current events puzzles written months in advance. Those four pages kept us busy for at least a half-hour while the teacher graded papers. I don’t think they taught us T. S. Eliot’s  ‘mythic method’ for writing poetry, though, so I’m still learning.

Eliot didn’t want to be understood as he complained that critic, “Edmund Wilson, who reviewed The Waste Land upon its publication in 1922, had ‘over-understood’ the poem (not ‘over-interpreted’, but ‘over-understood’, you’ll note).” Summary and Analysis 

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

T.S. Eliot

Thanks, that’s encouraging, T.S.

I finished (sort of) the book of T. S. Eliot’s poetry even though I didn’t understand the Hyacinth girl with “flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere” (The Cowsills) or Tiresias the blind seer. Apparently, I’m not alone in my lack of understanding judging from the number of analyses that have been written about his poetry. What it did for me is to remind me of how familiar writers are/were with the work of other writers (or should be – or are expected to be).

  • Shakespeare
  • Homer
  • Greek and Roman Mythology
  • Bible
  • James Joyce
  • Charles Dickens to name a few sources Eliot used.

With a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a LONG lifetime of reading, I expected more of myself when I started reading T. S. Eliot’s poems. Since finishing this short book, it’s been like buying a new car. Suddenly I see that make of car on the road everywhere. So it is with T. S. Now he is ubiquitous. It may have been worth the wade into the mud called the “Waste Land.”

Other Challenges that Influenced this Post

Brain vacay – a retreat back to the wordless peace of photo challenges.

CBWC – Peaceful

Lakes, mountains, and loved ones.

Thursday Trios

The busyness in the backgrounds makes the three birds hard to see but I thought they were cute and I wanted to include them anyway. Vince asked me who the girls were, and they were a perfect trio sitting there on the curb of Courthouse Square waiting for the band to strike up the music.

Manny is blown over by “two lip” admirers.

LAPC #202 – Minimalism/Maximalism

Sofia created a challenge for us this week that I struggle with. Minimalism is not easy, but to me, it is more striking than maximalism.

A Corvette with an artificially minimalized background Vince thought it looked like a poster.

I forgot to even take my phone when we headed out practically before dawn to a car show this morning in Scottsdale. Vince took all the pictures, and I came home and played with them while he played poker for a few hours. We both had fun. You will see more soon, but for now, here is my attempt at showing examples of minimalism and maximalism at the car show.

It’s cropped but still busy.
Let’s go “Back to the Future” in this brushed aluminum DeLorean

You might recognize the background from one of my April PPAC posts, “What Do Big Cats Eat in a Scottsdale Shopping Center?” In this picture, the cats are part of the maximalism, in my opinion even though I cropped this picture to feature the car.

Challenges that Influenced this Post

Ongoing on Always Write

  • June Story Chat “The Backpack” by Aimer Boyz coming Tuesday, June 7.
  • WQW #20 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Vacations that Rocked Your World” 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. Cold coffee hit the spot this weekend, and I didn’t lose my cup as we drove to Scottsdale.

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  1. I love your photo of watson Lake. It’s beautiful. Those cars are pretty cool looking too. I used to love the weekly readers at school…and the book fairs were my favorite too.

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    • It was one of the unifying reading that all kids did at the time, I guess. It’s kind of like Dick and Jane books of the 50s. Every kid in the U.S. read them.


  2. OK. Just for fun read my favorite T.S. Eliot: “The Naming of Cats.” I memorized the first part of it years ago, and I throw it out from time to time. No issue with “over understanding.” That thought really grabbed me. Perfect to keep in mind while reading poetry. Sometimes it seems esoteric, but it seems we are supposed to feel it, not understand each phrase or sentence.

    We should be discussing literature when we are together. I love that.

    Also, got a kick out of seeing Manny in the Tulips.

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    • Thanks. We can discuss literature any time, not just when we are together. I do a post called Story Chat. The one this month has caused a tiny bit of controversy, but I think it’s a great story about bullying. I just started reading one of Charles Dickens’s books, The Bleak House. Several people are discussing this story this week. (They’ve been reading it since February and this week is a daily challenge.) You would enjoy their thoughts on the book, and we can talk about it if you want to read that one. I can also read the book you are discussing in your book club and we can talk about it on the phone, online or through email. No need to wait until we see each other. That could be a while. I’ll take a look at your T.S. Eliot suggestion. Thanks for the comment! Always love to hear from you.


  3. I love the three bowls, Marsha and those hummingbirds are too cute. Thanks for playing Thursday Trios. I also love that shot of Watson Lake for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. Very peaceful indeed.

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  4. Manny’s bow matches the tulips. Yesterday Lana was taking Mocha’s temperature. It was very cute! I think I recall the weekly readers received in grade school. I think they were called Highlights or Highlighters. It definitely occupied my week!

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    • Thanks for the comment. I hope you took Lana’s picture. I hope Mocha doesn’t have anything catching! Manny would be very upset to think of one of his stuffed friends being sick. There was also a Highlights Magazine, if you remember that. That was super fun I thought when I was about six. 🙂


  5. You really got some great shots with all the challenges last week, Marsha! Your B&W’s are particularly stunning, especially the Maui and Watson Lake shots! Those cars are such an amazing color, too! Cute on of Manny! Glad to see all is well, we had a busy weekend with family up for Sunday afternoon. Two weeks and we will start the road trip South!

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  6. We loved the Weekly Reader! I’d forgotten.

    You have so many fun things in this post. I love the flowers and your photos and the cars. I don’t think I’ve tried to read Eliot; I’ll have to look into it.

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  7. Marsha, Thank you for the mention and for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. Your B&W photos, the trios and cars are beautiful. You did great meeting the different challenges in one post. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    • Thanks, Natalie. Right now taking photographs is how I spend my week. I enjoy having a place to share my week with others and see how they are doing too. 🙂


  8. love your brain vaca in pics and reading Marsha. the black and whites are amazing.
    great you too a stab at the reading’

    “Suddenly I see that make of car on the road everywhere. So it is with T. S. Now he is ubiquitous. It may have been worth the wade into the mud called the “Waste Land.”


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  9. As always I’m impressed by how you tie these challenges together. With the amount of ground you cover in each post I’m not surprised that you tend to favour maximalism over minimalism!

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  10. Pleased to be included among this wonderful lot of photos Marsha. I love the cars. I am glad your Last Photo met the criteria of not your favourite. Thanks for joining in 🙂 🙂

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    • LOL Hammad! I can reach 88 mph in my car, but it isn’t as stylish as a DeLorean. 🙂 This was a rare find. The entire bunch of cars was exquisite. I’ll be sharing some more on one of Cee’s next challenges. 🙂

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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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