Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 4 – A Reblog From Dr. Tanya

Way to go Dr. Tanya, you’re first out of the gate this week for “Lynn’s Picture Prompt Week 4.”

In her post, she brings up creativity in a most unique and exhilarating way.

This is post you do not want to miss reading.

It’s short, but something we all can relate to.

Take a read here of Blogging Inspiration Strikes Unexpectedly.

Again, thanks so much to Dr. Tanya for participating this week.

Be sure to tune in next Tuesday, July 14 for our Week 5 Prompt. Hope that you take the opportunity to scribble up a few words and lines and join in the fun.

Thanks again.

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Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 4

Good thing for WordPress scheduling…cause we’re on vacation. Hard to believe we’re already onto Week 4.

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche.

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Ths picture this week of buoy markers on a beach, was taken in the eartl spring(Easter long weekend) a few years ago at Six Mile Lake Provincial Park in south Muskoka.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

This was taken in the spring a few years ago at Six Mile Lake Provincial Park, not far from the “old homestead.”

Looking forward to your thoughts!

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Lynns Tuesday Picture Prompt #3 – A Reblog From Sadje

This is becoming a regular, yet exceedingly welcome occurrence over here.

Once again, Sadje(Keep It Alive) has created a profound entry using the Week 3 prompt. It is so very appropriate given the times we’re living in.

Now, if you’re thinking of simply passing this by, don’t.

Take the time to click on over and read the short, but poignant piece.

Have a look at her post here – Week 3 Prompt.

Thanks, Sadje for taking part.

Stay tuned for our Week 4 prompt coming Tuesday, July 7.

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Thoughts From The Wilderness – Close Your Eyes …. Open Your Mind

I wrote this back on July 2 last year after a July 2(Canada Day) adventure to the City of Owen Sound, located along the pristine shores of Georgian Bay.

Just off the main street, there is an alleyway filled with graffiti artworks. This was but one of many that lined the walls along both sides of the alley.

“Close your eyes – open your mind”

Society and the world right now is without a doubt, teetering on a precipice.

We’re left with seemingly two options. First, keep our minds closed and firmly slammed shut; continue on the same path we’re currently on; take just another step or two and tumble off the rocky ledge into a bottomless crevice of further decay and destruction that the world may never crawl out of.

OR secondly, open our minds and take at least one step back from the edge. When our minds are open, it allows us to be and fly free from the constraints of our own bias, see through it to creative, problem-solving beliefs.

Open minds will lead us to change.

Open minds lead us to love, forgiveness, oneness.

Open minds are our hope.

From July 2019 – with a few additions.

Often we hear or perhaps read something akin to “keep your eyes open to the opportunities and the world around you…”

Not a bad approach, but is there not one part missing with the above phrase?

What about your mind?

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On a doorway in an alley in the downtown of Owen Sound

Our eyes are but one aspect of seeing, observing and reacting to the world around us.

But, isn’t or doesn’t our mind play the biggest role in all of “what we’re seeing?”

Our eyes only take in what our eyes take in.

Our eyes don’t make the judgements; our eyes don’t jump to conclusions before there is enough information; our eyes don’t observe with predetermined biases and prejudice; our eyes aren’t filled with hate and anger.

It is our mind that judges; jump to conclusions; it contains the biases and prejudices; it is filled with hate and anger. A closed-mind is also filled with fear. A despair so deeply embedded within their psyche, that opening up and exploring the depths of their own mind is simply too frightening.

In a bizarre way, closed-minded people fear their own closed mindedness.

It is a closed mind that has those things.

A mind shut so tight, that there is not a hope in hell of anything that doesn’t fit within a narrowly defined paradigm ever having the chance of busting through. A closed-mind slams shut the possibility of original thinking.

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An open mind provides fertile ground or an opportunity to go from judgement to understanding; from jumping to conclusions to be willing to listen; from biases, prejudice; hate and anger to love and acceptance.

Our eyes may be as open as they can possibly be.

However, it is our mind that determines what we actually see.

A closed mind has taken the world to – bias, bigotry, racism, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia, but to name a few examples.

I came across this quote earlier in the week.

“a closed mind is a dying mind”

At no other point in the history of the world do we now need open-minds, more than we do now.

The world and us in it are faced with two choices.

Take another step towards the edge of the precipice or take a step back and open our minds to change.

You decide.

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Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt #3 – A Reblog From Kate

Kate(Aroused by Arete) took this week’s prompt and created something in all honesty, each one of us needs to read and take heed of.

A strong and necessary message to the entire world.

You can find here post here – Frozen

Thanks so much Kate for taking the time to create a timely submission.

Stayed tuned for our Week 4 prompt on July 7.

And feel to let your creative juices flow if this or any of Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompts trigger something that needs to be said.

 

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Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 3

Wow – it’s week 3!!

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche.

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

This picture of leaves frozen in a creek was taken back in 2018, at the McCrae Lake Conservation Reserve located not far from our “old homestead.”

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

There are questions and mysteries that have surfaced since the day the Earth spin into existence, that are still as mysterious and unanswered today as they were a million, if not a billion years ago.

Questions such as:

– why is the sky blue?

– how come water is wet?

– why is the wife always right?

A year ago, I answered one of life’s enduring and endearing mysteries.

Read on…..

Today will ultimately be viewed by historians and humanity in general, as the day one of life’s enduring mysteries was solved. Dealt with and put to bed, once and for all.

Today we’re answering the age-old question that has been plaguing man since the dawn of time, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Okay, perhaps the question or riddle hasn’t been lingering around since man first walked upright and confounding all who seek to solve it. Nevertheless, the question was first posed in an 1847 edition of The Knickerbocker, a New York City monthly magazine.

It appeared on the pages of the magazine like this:

There are ‘”quips and quillets” which seem actual conundrums, but yet are none. Of such is this: ‘Why does a chicken cross the street?[‘] Are you ‘out of town?’ Do you ‘give it up?’ Well, then: ‘Because it wants to get on the other side!’

Still, the age-old answer to the question, “to get to the other side” does seem slightly “too easy; too matter of fact.” 

What was on the other side that would encourage the chicken to cross the road? You don’t generally cross a road for no reason at all.

Why couldn’t the chicken do what it needed to do on this side of the road?

How wide was the road? Was there one-way or two-way traffic flow?

There is simply insufficient information to determine the “why.” 

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The esteemed folks below(and if they were still with us), might try to solve the mystery with these responses.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Albert Einstein: The chicken did not cross the road. The road passed beneath the chicken.

Sir Isaac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest. Chickens in motion tend to cross roads

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

Rene Descartes: I cross, therefore I am

Martin Luther King Jr.: It had a dream.

Colonel Sanders: I missed one?

All the above responses are most worthy of inclusion in scholarly philosophy journals and science textbooks from leading universities throughout the world.

The real answer to the question, however, is found in the picture above.

It is obvious that the chicken crossed the road to catch the #4 Transit Bus to Main Street Station.

Unfortunately, that gives rise to the question, “Was there no bus going in the opposite direction he could have caught and thus there would have been no need to cross the road in the first place?”

In addition:

  • did he need a transfer?
  • if he missed that bus, how long would he need to wait for the next one?
  • where would a chicken be going in the first place that he would need to take a bus?
  • why didn’t he simply call Uber or other ride-sharing programs?

It looks like we got more thinking and pondering to do.

Good thing I’m on holiday for the next two weeks. I’ll get back to you when I figure this thing out.

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Source: Google Images

Any thoughts to help solve the mystery of “why did the chicken cross the road?”

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Lynns Tuesday Picture Prompt #2 – A Reblog From Sadje

Sadje(Keep It Alive) has taken the bull by the horns and given a wicked and excellent second go with the Week 2 prompt.

Have a look at her post here – Sense and Sensibility

Thanks, Sadje for taking part.

Stay tuned for our Week 3 prompt coming Tuesday, June 29.

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Short and Sweet – Be A Hero

Not sure there is any perfect time to be a hero.

On the other hand, is there any such thing as a good time not to be a hero?

Not really sure on either count.

With the COVID_19 deal ongoing at some stage or another, many consider frontline workers and specifically hospital and medical folks to be true heroes in the face of this crisis.

And rightly so.

Fairy tales and fantasy stories from our younger years, seem to reveal that the heroes contained within them, are often of a more mythical stature that than entire mythical tale they’re found in. We know the type; the look. Big, strong and of great courage. Natural leaders who people unquestionably follow.

But, these are not mythical times we’re living in at the moment. And most of us are not “superhero like” as to be found in the latest Netflix “superhero movie” installment.

Most of us are simply – ordinary.

I have used this quote from one of ‘The Hobbit” movies in previous posts.

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”

Even though, “The Hobbit” is about as “mythical a yarn” as one might get, it is the highlighted part of the quote, “It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love” that perhaps today defines what a hero is.

COVID_19 might be the “dragon” we’re battling at this moment. And yes, all our frontline workers and specifically those in our hospitals, ICU units and emergency departments will be the heroes that “future tales” will record and that future generations will read about.

But, we can all be heroes.

It is the size and strength of your heart and the desire to undertake “small acts of kindness and love” that define a hero.

Each one of us during this ongoing global crisis has a part; a role to play in the COVID_19 tale.

You see, we all can be a Bilbo Baggins character to one degree or another.

It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.

Each one of us can do at least that.

Be that hero today.

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Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 2

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche.

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

The photo for this week’s prompt was taken in the summer of 2019 in the wonderful City of Owen Sound painted in an alleyway of graffiti and other art works commissioned by the City. This and the rest of the artwork is located just off off the main street in the downtown.

If you ever get a chance, check it out!

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog it on my own blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —