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WQW 47: Water Turned into a Winter Wonderland

December 7: Element Water: Snow/Winter Wonderland

Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

– Aristotle

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Sorry I didn’t update this just before it came out! After dealing with the normal animal crises of the morning, I forgot.

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My Take on Snow

I’ve shared this photo several times over the ten years I’ve had my blog, but it is one of my favorite pictures from my dad’s collection of photos that I inherited. And it’s also one of the few I’ve digitized. Maybe that’s why it’s a favorite. 🙂

Indianapolis, Indiana where I grew up. This was my dad’s apartment parking lot. My dad and brother are exploring the drift.

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.”

Vista M. Kelly

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

– Mae West

Sometimes you must have a sense of humor to enjoy a snow drift.

Melting snow leaves its own footprints.

“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on.”

Carol Rifka Brunt

Honoring My Friend Alice Fesperman

Saturday, I received a text that my dear friend had passed. At eighty-six, Alice Fesperman looked 50. She had been the welcoming smile of Woodlake Valley Middle School and Castle Rock Elementary where I taught. She was everyone’s best friend and wanted the best for all of us. Today I want to honor her on my blog. She was one of those unusual people who indeed made everything and everyone pretty, just by walking into her circle of love. She is and will continue to be missed.

“Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees, that one could easily imagine its reason for being nothing more than prettiness.”

Mary Oliver

The Real Alice in Wonderland

Like the beauty of newly fallen snow
Creating a diamond paradise in pine needles
Turning all she touched into dazzling beauty
Wisps of glazed wonder.

Alice lived the Wonderland of her own making.
She loved God and everyone she met, and love drifted back
Heaped high in the winter of her life.
Crystalline youth sparkled in her eyes, her smile.

Alice in Wonderland kept pristine by those who adored her
Never a hair or word out of place
Nails painted, floors waxed ready to welcome guests
To her castle in the foothills of snow-drenched Sawtooth Mountain.

Curating Wonderland, she shared the bounty of her work
Cutting roses, encouraging students, keeping records straight
Untiring, ready to serve - a bowl of soup, a slice of peach crumble
Never spilling a drop, looking like a movie star from heaven.

Embracing hugs, gentle kisses for friends and family
First invited at every party, first to invite young teachers to tea
A thoughtful gift, a kind note, the squeeze of her hand
"You don't have to..." without rancor or guilt

Alice Fesperman now in the Wonderland she deserves. 

© Marsha Ingrao 12-3-2022

“When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”

Chinese Proverb

My heart is broken, and my tears won’t stop.

Sally, Donna, Marsha, Alice pulling weeds at the Woodlake Rose Garden
Sally, Courtney, a student, and Alice getting ready for work at the Woodlake Rose Garden

Play Along with WQW

We are almost at the end of 2022, our second year of Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. I hope you have a wonderful week. If you want to play along with Writer’s Quotes Wednesday, create a post about the topic of snow, ice, or winter, find a quote or quotes that you like, and link your post to my post.

Upcoming on Always Write

  • December 14: Food: Delicious Delights
  • December 21: Holiday: Christmas or Winter Solstice
  • December 28: Reflections on 2022/Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review Voting for the top design for 2023.
Happy Quoting!

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  1. Hi Marsha, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. You wrote a beautiful tribute. Sorry, I have not been around much for the WQW challenge, I took part in Nano this year so my blogging time was very limited. Take care. KL ❤

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    • KL, I totally get it. NaNo takes a ton of time. Did you get your 50,000 words written? That’s a lot of blog posts! I have missed you, though! Thank you for your kind words. My friend Alice was adorable.

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      • I did! I had some writing friends who I wrote with this year, which really helped keep me on track. Now to get the other 30k written so that I finish my first draft of the novel – lol. Have you ever read a Mitch Albom book, Marsha? I’ve read the five people you meet in heaven, and the stranger in the lifeboat. They are fictional stories both of which deal with loss but they have such an uplifting story to them. I think you might enjoy them. KL ❤

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  2. Sorry about your friend, Marsha. I’m happy that you have so many wonderful memories of her and they’ll eventually help comfort you.

    You know I love snow so I enjoyed this but that first shot made me laugh. The biggest, longest-lasting snow “drifts” are generally found in parking lots where they take on the consistency of glaciers and melt almost as slowly!

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  3. Marsha, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. The poem you wrote was a beautiful tribute to a cherished friend, How lucky you are to have walked life with her, for just awhile. Allow yourself the tears, as you know, good for the soul. Your photos are so tranquil. Snow has a way of doing that. I love the Kelly quote about sticking together.

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  4. First of all, your snow pics are gorgeous, Marsha, and the one of your dad’s is astounding–that’s a lot of snow! Again, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. The poem you wrote about her is wonderful, and a real tear-jerker. Love the Chinese proverb. More snow will be added to our winter wonderland Thursday through Saturday. We already have 15 inches of accumulation! What’re 5 more inches? Not a math question, LOL!

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    • LOL 20??? minus the evaporation of a few millimeters. Yes, that was quite a snow. Sorry I missed it! (not!) We were living in Portland where the snow is wet and doesn’t stick too much. Randy must have been out there on a visit, although why he would want to visit in that weather, I don’t know. LOL I’m sorry, I’m forgetting about your 20 inches. Hmmm

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      • We’re not to 20 inches yet, but by the time this winter is over we shall see how much accumulates. Our weatherdude showed a chart that read average snowfall for Spokane area is 8 inches over the last 30 years, then compared to this “autumn” so far–19.1!!


  5. Hi Marsha,
    What a lovely person your friend, Alice sounded! I’ m sure she will stay in many hearts. “Some friends leave calmer waters and are loved, but those who leave a few more ripples are loved even more.” I was also lucky to have a few like that…Love and Peace. xx

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    • Thank you, Joy. Yes, she left love ripples. 🙂 I’m sure we all have friends like that. You probably are one – at least you seem to be as far as I can tell. 🙂 Have a great day.

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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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