December 7: Element Water: Snow/Winter Wonderland
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”– Aristotle
Featured Bloggers for Last Week
I am super grateful for all of you who visit and post each week. You bring me joy, I learn about the world far and near, and feel close to you and what you are doing in your lives.
- EKLASTIC – THE SCARY FACE BEHIND THE BURNT BUILDING
- KEEP IT ALIVE – NOT ABANDONED BUT SAVED FROM RUIN
- LOVING LIFE – THE STORIES THESE BUILDINGS COULD TELL!
- NOW AT HOME – THE DESERT SANDS TOOK OVER THE BUILDINGS!
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – SNOWY BUILDINGS, BUT NOT ABANDONED. IT’S TERRI’S BIRTHDAY!
- TRAVEL WITH ME – EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE IN BHAKTAPUR
- TRAVELS WITH ALI – ABANDONED BUILDINGS SO HIGH NEAR HONG KONG YOU WONDER HOW THEY GOT THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!
- WORDS VISUAL – EERIE RUINS IN MID WALES
Sorry I didn’t update this just before it came out! After dealing with the normal animal crises of the morning, I forgot.
For More Winter Wonderlands Visit These Blogs
- EKLASTIC – BURNING WITH SNOW
- LADY LEE – A WONDERLAND OF PHOTOS AND POEMS
- LOVING LIFE – YES, IT SNOWS IN WASHINGTON STATE!
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – THE JOY OF SNOWSHOEING
- MAMA CORMIER – BEAUTIFUL LIT SCULPTURES IN TORONTO
- KEEP IT ALIVE – SNOW POETRY AND PICTURES REMIND US OF THE POSITIVE SIDE OF WINTER
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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. 🙂
“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.
“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.
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.