July 27: Sun/ or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review

Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays (Photo or Writing Challenge)

Sorry, I’m late today, friends. Normally I post at 9:00 am, but I got lost in Lightroom sorting and processing photos – AGAIN!

Featured Bloggers for WQW #27: Agreeable Animal Amigos

Thank you to those who linked.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW

This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 

For More Ideas about Sun, End-of-the-Month Stuff, or Writer’s Choice…

Good Advice about the Sun

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman
Taken in 2002, of a young girl and her shadow holding her arms at a diagonal, practicing being dramatic.

When the Sun Don’t Shine

“It’s the artist’s business to create sunshine when the sun falls.”

Romain Rolland
Taken at sunset on June 16, 2021, in Prescott, AZ.

Western states like California, Hawaii, and Arizona are popular states in which to live because they have so many days of sunshine. Constant sunshine seems essential for those who have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and are depressed if they don’t see the sun for a few days. Like four to six percent of the population, my husband suffers from this type of depression. This post should help people like Vince who suffer from this.

Unedited picture from my iPhone 12 mini taken at 7:30 pm on July 25, 2022, in Prescott, AZ. Diagonal lines between the clouds added drama.

Tips to overcome SAD

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.”

David Viscott
Introducing shy Baby Moji who grew up to be Diva Moji. She’s showing off her acrobatical skills on the chair.

Here are eight of fourteen tips I listed from an article in Everyday Health

  • Get enough vitamin D
  • Keep a journal
  • Keep moving
  • Plan a vacation to the sun
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Consider antidepressants
  • Engage in social and mind activities
  • Use bright indoor lights

Photography Tips for Great Sunlight Pictures

Speaking of making my own sunshine, that’s what photography and blogging do for me. I’m learning tips for taking and processing photos every day. Eighty-two thousand people loved the eleven tips that photographer Darren Rowse shared about photographing in harsh sunlight. Here are my favorite three tips that require no camera know how.

  • Move to the shade or create shade with your body or another object.
  • Use a filter. That’s a good idea to protect your lens anyway.
  • Shoot silhouettes.
Taken on the Road to Hana in Maui, HI – definitely in the shade – original photo with no edits.
under a pier at Avila Beach, California

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

Louisa May Alcott
Nutter Butter and Moji, local mulberry tree-climbing champs were living their dreams in the golden state.
Under a tree looking up in the Bunya Mountains, Queesnsland, AU
On a jovial note, sometimes you get lucky and get a UFO in the process.

I love backlighting and silhouettes. These pictures come from shooting directly at the sun. This is one of my favorite rose pictures from Woodlake Rose Garden in Woodlake, California.

Some of you photographers might know why I got the lasar beam shooting through the banana plant in Woodlake Botanical Gardens in Woodlake, CA. I thought it was super cool
Poof! I just got disintegrated!
Darren Rowse suggests that the time of day is important when planning your photo shoots. According to my Bridge and Lightroom Classic Metadata, the actual time this picture was at 1:57 am on May 4, 2018. Hmmm – not real!
Reflections are an indication of sunlight, and who doesn’t love reflections? This is Bravo Lake in Woodlake, CA, taken on March 28, 2017, at 8:34 am. That is probably accurate.

Muted Sunlight

Other than direct shade, clouds mute the harsh sunlight beautifully.

A picture my husband took with his iPhone during our Accidental Vacation, the road trip of a lifetime.

IRL (In Real Life)

We are having another blogger meet-up if anyone happens to be passing through the Prescott area on September 15th. Let Janet of This That or the Other Thing, Lisa from Micro of the Macro, or I know if you are interested in meeting us for lunch.

Lunch at noon at the Cellar Creekside, September 15th Right of Highway 17 on Highway 169 going into Prescott Valley. RSVP

What About Your Experiences?

Remember if you are researching a topic, you have found a gold mine of quotes. I summarized articles, and the name or website behind the post adds the gravitas I might lack about a topic. Don’t forget that songs count as quotes, too.

Have a sparkly week.

Other Challenges

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99 responses to “WQW #28: Livin’ in Sunshine Even When the Sun Don’t Shine”

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for linking to both challenges, Ju-Lyn. This post fits perfectly for both. 🙂

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  2. Ju-Lyn Avatar

    So much in this post Marsha ….
    Great music, of course – one of my favourites Katrina & the Waves songs.
    And of course, tribute to the Sun, without which there would be no life.
    Yet we take it for granted, and I am glad that you gave SAD time & space – too many suffering from it without even realising it.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Ju-Lyn. I’m sure I have a touch of it. We all need to get out and enjoy the sunshine more as long as we are careful to protect ourselves. It makes our world so beautiful 🙂

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      1. Ju-Lyn Avatar

        It all comes down to balance yet again, doesn’t it? Not always intuitive or easy, but it sure is fun trying!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Balance is what we all need. 🙂

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      Great post, Greg!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Have a great week. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous post for WQW this week, Sadje. 🙂 Shine on!

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Many thanks 🙏🏼

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    2. joylennick Avatar

      What fascinating photographs, Marsha! I too took many with an ‘ordinary’ camera many moons ago. Ancient photographs can bring so much pleasure. Here’s to continued ‘happy snapping! Cheers! xx

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      1. Marsha Avatar

        Thanks, Joy. I’ve rediscovered my old photographs using an app on my phone that digitizes them. It’s so cool and it is called Photomyne, if you’re interested.

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  8. Suzanne@PictureRetirement Avatar

    Marsha, I am glad you mentioned SAD. I’ll bet many people experience that without knowing what is happening. A good dose of sunshine and some vitamin D will work wonders for what troubles you. Here is my link to Sunshine Vhttps://picture-retirement.com/2022/07/31/17175/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous photos, Suzanne!

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  9. LianaB Avatar

    Wow – thanks for the tips to combat SAD- and your sunny pictures and words. Here’s my take on sunshine from the depths of our NZ winter. https://lightwritelife.wordpress.com/2022/07/31/wqw-july-27-sunshine-or-winter-which-would-you-choose/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Your post is amazing. New Zealand is such a beautiful place, and I don’t see too many pictures of it posted online.

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  10. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    looks like the sun is shining plenty or you captured it just right with your lens Marsha!
    Those little rascals. Nutter butter and moji are always the cat’s meow. 💖💖💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy. They are our cat’s meows, for sure.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love the snowshoe picture! 🙂

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  15. fenlandphil Avatar

    I like this quote:

    “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.”

    Walt Whitman

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know. We tend to seek the shade (and should if we want good pictures), but if we want to overcome our problems, we have to face them and let the shadows trail us instead of blocking our paths. 🙂

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  16. Gift N. T. Avatar

    Great photos and tips, Marsha. I enjoyed your creative captures of the sunbeams and lights and shadows. The purple UFO and the photo taken under the Avila Beach pier have to be my favorites, but I love Moji and Nutter Butter (nice names) and the lines between the clouds too. My first time seeing them.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, for your kind words, G. Moji got her name from emoticon because her face and voice are so expressive. Nutter Butter obviously from his coloring.

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  17. bloggingwithjrp Avatar

    THIS IS JUST ABOUT MY ALL TIME FAVORITE. The photos are stellar! The kitties made me smile. Ditto all the positive things your readers have written.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Monica, you are so funny and super sweet. You say that every time. It’s so weird when you sit down to write a post like this. I had planned to go in a different direction entirely, then I gathered quotes – and off I went in an entirely different direction. You should really try it. My post today BTW has a link to the post I did about all of Jack’s horns. 🙂

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  19. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – I clicked on the John Denver song to listen while reading this post. Beautiful combination. Thank you for the uplift!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Don’t you just love him, Donna? He was one of my favorites when I was young.

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  20. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Wonderful photos for this week sunshine theme. I also liked our words ending in “L”. 😀 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee.

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  21. KL Caley Avatar

    Great post, Marsha. I love all the different times of your photos, that’s dedication. I seem to have dropped off the animal round-up: https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2022/07/23/pets/
    I have prepared a post for this week which should come out Saturday (I’m taking a little time away this weekend as we’ve just found out a family member is terminally unwell, so I’ve scheduled a few posts to publish at times when I know I am away). Thank you for continuing this marvellous prompt. Take care. KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, KL. I’m so sorry about your family member. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  22. Kirstin Avatar

    These are so great Marsha! I love those songs too. Several came to my mind.

    Here’s my link. https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2022/07/wqwtheme-sunshine.html

    Here’s my link to last week as well. https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2022/07/wqwtheme-amazing-animals.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome posts, Kirstin!

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  23. Lisa at Micro of the Macro Avatar

    I love your photos & quotes, Marsha. The sound of John Denver takes me back to my childhood. We had an aunt live with us who was 8 or 10 years older than me, and she used to have an 8-track of him that she played over and over! I think I still remember the words to those songs! And that Katrina & the Waves tune is one of my favorites! Thanks again for the mention & I look forward to our meet-up! 🌞

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Lisa. I love both of those songs. I remember dancing all over the house with some friends (as adults) to Walking on Sunshine. So fun!

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  24. wideeyedwanderingspoonie Avatar

    Great shots! I adore the laser beams 😉 lol

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Bam! I still have no idea how that happened, but I felt like a screen producer of a sci-fi movie when I saw it. 🙂

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  25. Photos by Jez Avatar

    Amazing post, Marsha 👏 So many images to enjoy. I see you like interesting lens flare effects as well; I also enjoy shooting into the sun. My favourite time of year is spring or autumn when the sun is low in the sky & you can interesting effects through trees & great elongated shadows 😃 My favourite shot was under the pier, so many contrasts & shadows to enjoy 😁

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jez. I liked that one as well. The water makes so many interesting photographs when coupled with light. You are especially good at getting great reflections. 🙂

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      1. Photos by Jez Avatar

        Thanks, Marsha 😊

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Of course!

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  26. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Ah, sunshine. That John Denver song is one of my favorites.

    Some beautiful images, Marsha. You’ve got some natural light leaks that compositors work hard to introduce into their images.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      So how did I do it, I wonder?

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      1. photobyjohnbo Avatar

        I think you had the camera in the right place on those backlit shots and light leaked onto the sensor from refraction through the camera lens system. (Just a guess.) 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Well, I’m glad to spring a photo leak! 🙂 Thanks John. Continue to feel better. 🙂

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  27. Norah Avatar

    Walking on Sunshine is a good one to get in the sunshiny mood. So is Stevie Wonder You are the Sunshine of my Life. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wZ_b_uUAdQ

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I do love that song as well. 🙂 How are you my sunny friend?

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      1. Norah Avatar

        Full of sunshine and cold. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Glad all is well with the world, then. Cold where it should be and hot in its place.

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          1. Norah Avatar

            Exactly! 🌞❄

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  28. KK Avatar
    KK

    An awesome post with full of positivity. I always love sunshine and its message. Baby Moji is superb.👌💐

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, KK. We adore her.

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      1. KK Avatar
        KK

        You are welcome!

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  29. willowdot21 Avatar

    A wonderful post full of everything to bring sunshine and joy. Music, cats, views sea and sky. Enjoy your meet up would love to meet you all but I am on the other side of the world so will only be there in spirit 💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We will name drop, so you will be part of us. xxx

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      1. willowdot21 Avatar

        Thank you that will be lovely 😉💜

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’ll let you know how it goes.

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          1. willowdot21 Avatar

            Thank you 💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Adorable photos, Aletta.

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        Thank you ☺️

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  30. Aimer Boyz Avatar
    Aimer Boyz

    Great water shots, Marsha. Especially the Road to Hana Maui one.
    The cats in the tree couldn’t be cuter and thanks for the John Denver song. Such a distinctive voice 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Those kittens in the tree are my babies, of course. 🙂 Thanks for the compliments. 🙂

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  31. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    It is definitely one thing that I appreciate about AZ…those 300+ days of sunshine. Do you know when we first moved out here, my mom complained that every day was so boring because it was always sunny? LOL
    And taking photos in the sun is so challenging. We know that we should do it around sunrise or sunset but that isn’t always convenient. And being retired is all about convenience, right??
    XXOO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Your mother should move to Prescott. It is anything but boring. I love the rain, but it does depress me after days and days of it. Rain keeps you inside all day, too. I grew up in Indiana where it rained all summer and had blizzards during the winter. YIKES!

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  32. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Avila Beach and the road to Hana – happy memories!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Very much so. 🙂 Bunya Mountains same thing! 🙂

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  33. Tofino Photography Avatar

    what kind of tree was it that you were under?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It might have been a Bunya Pine with Strangler Vines growing up it.

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      1. Tofino Photography Avatar

        they are a interesting tree and apparently dangerous for several reasons!
        https://theconversation.com/bunya-pines-are-ancient-delicious-and-possibly-deadly-96003

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          My friend Carol told me that dangers were all around us as we hiked. I was glad I had on sensible shoes. 🙂

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        2. Marsha Avatar

          PS, watch for falling pine cones! Great article. Thanks for the link. 🙂

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  34. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    What a sunny, fun post to read, Marsha! I’m glad you went with “sun” which will help inspire more for Sunday Stills this week! Plenty of sun in the desert! Can you believe that I still suffered from SAD even living in both Northern and Southern Cal? I guess I’m one of the 4% along with Vince! Having a pet helps with the depression that SAD brings–Moji is adorable! In dark Eastern WA, I can feel it coming on by February, and this past year, we had enough sunshine with snow on the ground that I escaped SAD by the skin of my snowshoes 🙂 Love your sunbeams, aliens, fairies, and sunshiny pics, my friend, and high fives on capturing those unedited ones! Wow! Thanks for sharing the tips as well!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for the beautiful response. I think I have it today. We are having monsoons for days. I have to sneak in my walks between downpours. I need to do something that will get me some exercise and perk me up. 🙂

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Send me some of that rain!! Feel better!!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I can’t complain, we need it so badly. 🙂

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  35. restlessjo Avatar

    I am enamoured of John Denver. Sunshine almost always makes me smile.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Me too, Jo. Today I’m ready to see the sun again. Bring it on! 🙂 I can’t complain, though because we’ve been in such a drought. Vince thinks a canal or pipeline should be built between the Mississippi and the western states that are so dry to alleviate flooding there and having no water here.

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        That sounds like an excellent option, hon.. One I imagine the government are investigating?

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          They haven’t mentioned it, LOL.

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  36. bushboy Avatar

    Great gallery of sunshine photos Marsha but that kitten on the chair is priceless 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You would love Moji. She has so much personality. 🙂 (And she talks) Mostly just says, “Huh, or What?” She also does bird imitations.

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