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Are Things Going Sideways for You?

Six valuable tips to live on the diagonal.

Lens Artist Patti Moed invites you to join Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #228 to explore diagonals as a way to add visual interest and depth to your photos, as well as a sense of action. Be sure to include a link to her post and the Lens-Artists tag so they can easily find your post in the Reader. If you’re new to the challenge and want to join them, click on this link.

The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.

— William Rounseville Alger
Tip #1 As much as you want to play, put your saw cow to work eating the grass and weeds in your yard.

Bishops move diagonally. That’s why they often turn up where the kings don’t expect them to be.

— Terry Pratchett
Tip #2 Choose your path and stick to it!

“Think, for a moment, of the countless happy childhood hours you spent with this amazing device: Drawing perfect horizontals, drawing perfect verticals, drawing really spastic diagonals, trying to scrape away the silver powder from the window so you could look inside.

— Dave Barry
Tip #3 Remember all the lessons you learned from your toys when you design bridges.

“It’s harder still to say it through a meshed wire. It crisscrossed his face into little diagonals, gave me only little broken-up molecules of it at a time. It stenciled a cold, rigid frame around every kiss.”

— Cornell Woolrich
Tip #4 Don’t say goodbye when your loved one is on the wrong side of the fence.

I am still on my zigzag way, pursuing the diagonal between reason and heart.

– Author: Ruskin Bond
Tip #5 Don’t beat your own drum no matter how reasonable it seems.

“All art is relationships, all art. Design is relationships. Design in a relationship between form and content … Your glasses are round. Your collar is diagonal. These are relationships. Your mouth is an oval. Your nose is a triangle – this is what design is.”

– Author: Paul Rand
Tip #6 To avoid things going diagonally, check for termites before climbing a wooden structure on a steep incline.

Now, don’t you feel smarter and better equipped to face what life throws at you? Join me tomorrow for a new WQW, Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays about winter. Don’t forget to submit your design for next year’s WQ Wednesday Quotes widget.

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  1. Wow, you’ve certainly hunted up lots of diagonal quotes to accompany your shots this week! I love the one from Terry Pratchett 🙂 And your images match the theme so well!

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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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