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January 10, 2015

Warmth on a Wintry Day

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The December 26, 2014, WP photo challenge seems more applicable today, January 11, than it did on the 26th, when the sun shone brightly against blue skies and jackets were barely needed to go outside. The good weather  continued on the 27th, affecting snow tubing that just barely was not cancelled due to the efforts of snowmaking machines. The wonderfully unseasonable December finally caved in to the bitter cold and snow beginning January 6, 2015. Thus, I take on the WordPress photo challenge today as the temperature outside is a bone-chilling 20 degrees, albeit the sun is shining brightly and the whipping winds have calmed down.

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December 27, 2014

Warmth on New England Beaches

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WARMTH ON NEW ENGLAND BEACHES

As the holidays end, and the cold of winter sets in, dreams of the warmth of summers past on the beaches of the New England coast begin floating, like kites in the wind, through my head.

The WordPress photo prompt for December 26 is warm: show us your take on warmth. And so, I go to New England pictures of past summers on the beach.

Someone came along to snap this photo of me at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, New Hampshire

Someone came along to snap this photo of me at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, New Hampshire

It can't be that cold...jackets????

It can’t be that cold…jackets????

Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts

Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts

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December 21, 2014

Seasonal Enthusiasm…Or Not

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SEASONAL ENTHUSIASM…OR NOT

 Traditions are difficult to maintain in a nomadic lifestyle combined with normal life changes. I could never quite keep up with the triple holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve—while settling and resettling in new communities. Now, however, we’ve been settled for a while…or at least, until we must move again.

My husband Monte and I have begun what I think is a new tradition tied in with my December birthday.

Last year Monte wanted to take me to a Christmas buffet at a restaurant at our local airport.

“Only if we can go dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus,” I said.

We had a great time.

We followed up that experience with being the Claus couple while ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. This, it seems, encourages more giving and gains lots of smiles.

This year we repeated the performance. Afterward our lunch we went shopping. Each place we ended up with photographs, which will complete this post on getting seasonal.

DeNunzio Restaurant at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Latrobe PA

DeNunzio Restaurant at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Latrobe PA

Is his beard really real?

Is his beard really real?

At Office Max...

At Office Max…

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December 20, 2014

December Yellow

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YELLOW IN DECEMBER

On the Diamond in Ligonier, PA

On the Diamond in Ligonier, PA

‘Tis the season…SAD (seasonal affect disorder) initiated by dark, drab days and depression brought on by unfulfilled holiday expectations, stress, and bad memories.

The WordPress photo challenge for December 19, 2014, is yellow: Away with the colors of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Show us what “yellow” means to you.

Yellow. The color of sunshine, what many people not joyous in the season crave. Sunshine—its cheerfulness, warmth, happiness and energy. It evokes pleasant feelings.

I leafed through my recent photographs and discovered yellow in clothing, nature, art, and signs.

Start with a yellow hat...

Start with a yellow hat…

Add a yellow shirt...

Add a yellow shirt…

End with yellow pants.

End with yellow pants.

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December 6, 2014

Gone Off My Christmas Card List—But Not Forgotten

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“GONE” OFF MY CHRISTMAS CARD LIST“BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”

Note: This article is a cheat, as it combines two 2014 WordPress challenges:

listing, and gone but not forgotten.

‘Tis the season for suspense-building lists, the December 2 daily challenge began. Everybody loves (or at least loves to hate) a list…I invite you to breathe new life into the established genre of the end-of-year countdown list.

Then on December 5, before I tackled the above challenge, the WordPress weekly photo challenge asked writers to show us what “gone, but not forgotten” means to you.

Hmmm, I thought. I’m just about to tackle my Christmas card list. Over the years many persons have been “gone” off this list—persons who have died, but are not forgotten. I decided to make a list of these persons, with some photographs, and to write one sentence about them. The first ones will include photographs: gone but not forgotten.

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Albert and May Isabelle Briskay, my grandparents, who cared for my older sister and I until we were about 7 and 9 years old; I recall his sitting in a chair smoking cigars and her making me stand on a stool while she pinned the hem of a dress she was making me.

BRISKAY, MAE ISABELLE WALKER

Albert Adam Briskay (Borinsky)

Albert Adam Briskay (Borinsky)

Nancy Lipsius, my mother, died too early, since she was just beginning to share her life stories with me—it had been a slow journey getting her to talk about her life.

My mother, Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

My mother, Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

Robert Cornell, Chief Photographer in the Navy, my father—whom I only met twice and not until I passed age 30—is remembered for his tremendous photography.

Chief Navy Photographer Robert William Cornell

Chief Navy Photographer Robert William Cornell

Photo by Chief Navy Photographer Robert W. Cornell

Photo by Chief Navy Photographer Robert W. Cornell

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November 29, 2014

WordPress Photo Challenge 11/28/2014: Things That Converge

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PHOTOS OF THINGS THAT CONVERGE

 Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together. The November 28, 2014, WordPress photo challenge asked us to explore the ways lines and shapes can converge in interesting ways through photography.

My first photo, taken in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, aptly speaks to art—which here is converged with an unlikely object, a parking meter:

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My second photos converge in more than one way. They represent a convergence of two towns, which were for a time sister cities—Ligonier, Pennsylvania and Ligonier, Indiana. A second convergence is of art and structures.

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The third convergence is of the lights and walls in the Squirrel Hill Tunnel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo taken from our moving car.

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My next photo was taken at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. It shows water converging with the sand

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November 22, 2014

Photographing Angular: wp photo challenge 11/21/2014

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PHOTOGRAPHING ANGULAR

The November 21, 2014, WordPress photo challenge is angular:  show us what “angular” means to you.

Unfortunately, the best photograph I found is an archive photo taken of, not by, me. Still, I share it because it strikes me as the best photograph representing angular.

Jamestown (PA) Fair 1995

Jamestown (PA) Fair 1995

The following photographs were shot by me.

Volant, PA

Volant, PA

 Ligonier Township, PA

Ligonier Township, PA

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November 15, 2014

My Writing Achievement Photographed

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MY WRITING ACHIEVEMENT:

FLIGHT OF VALOR—

PHOTOGRAPHED

The November 14, 2014, WordPress photo challenge is challenge/achievement: show us a photo that says “achievement” to you.

My writing is where I’ve recently achieved much. So how do you show writing in photographs?

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I’m constantly asked when I will complete my novel. It’s coming. Slowly. Because this historical romance uses real names (from the post-American Revolution)—General Henry Knox, General Henry Jackson, William Duer among them—I must use caution in my historical detail. This takes time and concentration.

It was likewise with my magazine article that was published just last month. It took me almost four years to write.

The article, about a musical piece, Flight of Valor, which was commissioned by the Somerset County Community Band and honors Flight 93. I’m certain you recall that the September 11, 2001, Flight 93 crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

I took the music, which follows the events of the day, and interspersed stories of Westmoreland County persons involved in the after-crash activities. I interviewed many persons, and verified their statements with documents. The article is just under 4,000 words. This is my latest writing challenge/achievement, published in Westmoreland History, a publication of the Westmoreland County Historical Society in Pennsylvania.

Back to the photography. I turned to my art workshop editing and made collages of the article against a backdrop of the original Flight 93 memorial site. This is the result: FLIGHT OF VALOR 02BE

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Read about the music  Flight of Valor: Honoring United Airlines Flight 93 Victims . To purchase the expanded article in Westmoreland History contact the Westmoreland County Historical Society, (724) 532-1935, history@westmorelandhistory.org  or stop in at their location at 362 Sand Hill Road – Suite 1,  Greensburg, PA 15601

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November 8, 2014

More Minimalist Photographs

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MORE MINIMALIST PHOTOGRAPHS

In April 2014 I attended a Westmoreland Photography Society (Pennsylvania) meeting. The topic for the night’s photo critique was Minimalist Photography . Wanting to know what photographs to take or cull from my archives I looked up minimalism in photography on the Internet…

The WordPress weekly photo challenge for November 7, 2014, is minimalist photos: An artfully executed minimalist photograph is anything but mundane. It illustrates a moment in time, or an artistic perspective, with simplicity and grace.

I had just completed reviewing some of my 2003 New England photos when I checked out the week’s photo subject. Thus, I decided to use some of them for the minimalist photo challenge.  The scenes are mostly those of The Isles of Shoals: Beauty, Mystery, Intrigue . The isles are a group of islands 8-10 miles off the Maine/New Hampshire shoreline. We took a boat ride to the islands and spent a day there on our 2008 visit to New England.

Some of the photographs were taken on the island, while others were taken from Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, New Hampshire.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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November 1, 2014

Descending Laurel Mountain in Ligonier, PA

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DESCENDING LAUREL MOUNTAIN

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.

ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY (ROUTE 30E)

Below:along the Lincoln Highway en route to the crest of Laurel Mountain

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The WordPress photo challenge for October 31, 2014 is descent—experiment with your point of view and angle, or go even deeper with the theme.

I decided to play descent straight, having just taken another set of pictures while descending Laurel Mountain. The pictures were taken by me through the car window as my husband drove  along the steep descent

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