Celebrating Has Begun

Congratulations Jordan and Dempsey!

My Life Lived Full

This is a special family edition post on my blog today.

With less than 3 weeks to son #1’s wedding, last minute details are being finalized, and the lead-up parties have started.

Krystal – Jordan’s long-time friend from university and his Best Woman for the wedding – hosted a small party this weekend at her home for close family and friends.

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It was all to celebrate 2 very special people – Jordan and Dempsey – and perhaps to engage in some fun and laughs.

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The day started off with pouring rain, but cleared up and was eventually dry enough for everyone to move outdoors.

There was eating, drinking, and more eating ….

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…. a bonfire, s’mores, and silly games …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Krystal advising Gilles on the finer points of … whatever game this was!

… a couple of short speeches, lots of laughs, and…

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Heroes don’t Discriminate #HealingHands #Faith #Inspiration

from Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

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The past few days I have been stunned and saddened by the catastrophic events that have taken place here in Canada and in the United States.

Instead of belabouring the senselessness of these acts of violence I want to focus on the first responders who stepped up to help when it would’ve be easier to look the other way.

Humboldt, Saskatchewan was the scene of a horrific vehicle accident three weeks ago. Sixteen people died and many more were injured. The hockey community, the country, the world mourned the senseless loss. But, the heroics of first responders on the scene and at the hospital filled my heart with gratitude. I can’t imagine the trauma they endured, and I hope and pray they can find peace in those they were able to help.

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A man, half-naked, opened fire on a Waffle House in the Nashville area and if not for the…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites

This is my first photo challenge so be gentle.

This comes from Miriam Hurdle of The Shower of Blessings blog.

I don’t take many family photos; I tend to think of San Francisco as
my family.

I love the people, their kindness; that I can laugh with a stranger
on the bus.

Some of these photos were not taken this year but I don’t consider
a photo complete until I process it.

So these are a my favorites from the photos I processed in 2017.

I may already have posted a couple of these.

This is a shot of kids walking through Clarion Alley in San Francisco’s Mission
District.  It’s one of my favorite shots and I finished it this year, I think.

Kids take a short cut through Clarion Alleybetween Mission Street in Valencia in San Francisco
Kids taking on Clarion Alley

I love this mural. The artist seems to capture the essence of curiosity.

Detail from a Mural in San Francisco's Mission District. It depicts the face of a boy looking with curiosity at something in his hand
Curiosity

My favorite Hitchcock movie is The Birds.  It’s OTT but scary. This photo
is my tribute to The Birds. The title is a piece of dialogue spoken by a
drunk in a bar.

Digitally painted photograph of a flock of birds on a rooftop. The birds are a silhouette against a red, yellow and green background
It’s the End of the World

I found this in my 2011 archives a couple of weeks ago and realized I was
looking at a collaboration between strangers. By taking a photo I
joined the collaboration. It’s absolutely a favorite of 2017 and something
I’m still working on.

Photograph of a sticker of a pen drawing of a woman's face which someone splashed with red pain. Someone else added a left eye in glasses to her forehead.
Her Third Eye

I took this photo through the window of a United flight between Virginia and
San Francisco. There’s something poetic about it.  I recently posted a different edit as an illustration for a poem.

Digital painting of a purple, yellow and blue sunset as seen from a plane
Sunset

Thanks for the visit!

All images (c) Rob Goldstein All Rights Reserved

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from vanbytheriver

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Scene: Thanksgiving Day. T minus 30 minutes.

The bronzed bird is resting on the counter, but you need the drippings to make the gravy.

The potatoes are boiling furiously, and you are waiting to drain some of that starchy cooking water into the pot for the gravy. (A tip you found long ago). The mashing tools are ready and waiting.

You have just rolled out the crescent rolls, which need a short time and little oven space. Good thing those candied sweet potatoes and extra casserole of stuffing are about finished.

The fresh cut green beans have been steamed, and are now in a skillet with butter and sliced almonds on the back burner.

You found out how delicious those fresh cranberries can be, and you made them the night before, while the second batch of pumpkin pies was baking. The first batch was set aside, since you forgot to…

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