My Travels, Photography

•June 18, 2012 • 2 Comments
"Jones Bridge Park/Chattahoochee River"

“Jones Bridge Park/Chattahoochee River”

Spending time in Georgia with family, we visited the Jones Bridge Park which is a beautiful spot to picnic and swim. We had a glorious, relaxing, Father’s day there. Just a few pictures to share.

"River through the trees"

“River view”

"Ducks preening"

“Ducks preening”

“Having Fun in the water”

“Going upstream”

“Left behind?”

“Sunset on the Chattahoochee River”











Photography, Happy Father’s Day June 17, 2012

•June 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment
"Dad checking out the roof  before Father's Day Saturday"

“Dad checking out the roof Saturday before Father’s Day”

Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there, not forgetting the first time dads, the adoptive dads, the step-dads, the grand dads, and everyone who takes care of someone in the role of a stand in dad. May you and yours have a wonderful, memorable day.


Looks like a face in the trees

Looks like a face in the trees

I tried taking a picture of a Jet plane whizzing through the trees just outside the house, and captured this cool image of what appears to be a face in the trees instead, “can you see it”. Really cool pic.

Photography, Late Bloomers, Recognizing the inevitability of Aging

•June 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Tahitian Sunrise

I recently enjoyed a movie titled “Late Bloomers”, and something occurred to me regarding age. In so many cases, as regard to humans and aging, society get hung up on the numbers. However, when we stop to really analyze the facts, aging is all too inevitable. We adore our favorite foods, but once we purchase them do we expect them to last forever?, how about our pets that we claim are an extension of our families, don’t they get old and die. So why is a person’s age so relevant to their abilities or usefulness. I thought the older one gets the more real life experiences they have to share with the younger set, but this seems to be the contrary. The aged in our society are now treated like something contagious, like village idiots who should be seen and not heard. I have seen this behavior in my place of business. I believe it’s time that intelligent folks who are in this category, who have a voice  speak up for our older friends and relatives. The Aging in our society, definitely have a wealth of knowledge to offer, for a very long time.

Photography, Slow Down, Stop and Smell the Flowers of Spring “Don’t worry be happy”

•June 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“Magnolia Flower” Spring 2012

I have been in a slight creative funk, not paying to attention as the flowers bloom and fade. I had to remind myself to breathe through all the daily grind, and foolishness that tend to distract. This is me getting back my edge, getting into the game of really living up to what is important; enjoying and sharing all the goodness life has to offer.




"Purple Hibiscus"

“Purple Hibiscus” Spring 2012

We all need to take a step back and share some small idea of what is beautiful, we never know who it touches at just the most difficult time in one’s life. I have great respect for all the bloggers that inspire me in getting up and being creative on a daily basis. Thank you guys, I will take a big girl pill and get back on track. “I can do this”



Jobless collecting Social Security early

•June 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Forced to Early Social Security, Unemployed Pay a Steep Price

By MOTOKO RICH | New York Times – 13 hours ago






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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — This retirement oasis in the desert has long beckoned those who want to spin out their golden years playing golf and sitting by the pool in the arid sunshine.

But for Clare Keany, who turned 62 last fall and cannot find work, it feels more like a prison. Just a few miles from the gated estates of corporate chieftains and Hollywood stars, Ms. Keany lives in a tiny mobile home, barely getting by on little more than $1,082 a month from Social Security.

“I would rather be functioning and having a job somewhere,” said Ms. Keany, whose pixie haircut, trim build and crinkling smile suggest someone much younger than her years. “I really don’t enjoy living like this. I’ve got too much to do still.”

As a baby boomer, I totally relate. I decided after being out of work for two years, for the first time in my adult life. To start collecting benefits, and looking into other was of surviving, even though like the woman in the news item, I have so much to still offer, coupled with a new degree completed in 2011. It is getting really scary with this downward spiral in the economy and lack of employment.




Photography, Toco, Trinidad & Tobago

•May 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Toco, Trinidad & Tobago

One of my many summer getaways are usually on a Caribbean Island (I’m an island girl by birth). In Florida, we celebrate the first big beach day on Memorial day, but that slipped out of our fingers because of the threat of hurricane Beryl. I cannot wait for my first day at the beach, as soon as the waters calm down. Hope everyone has a safe happy, summer. As I like to say “Free your mind and the rest will follow”

Arthritis and Exercise

•May 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Patient information: Arthritis and exercise (Beyond the Basics)

AuthorsMaureen R Gecht-Silver, MPH, OTR/LAlison M Duncombe, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT Section EditorRN Maini, BA, MB BChir, FRCP, FMedSci, FRS


Exercise is known to have benefits for people with arthritis. However, many people with arthritis do not exercise, often because of joint or muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, or joint swelling. This can lead to loss of joint motion, stiffness, and muscle weakness and tightness. These problems can worsen fatigue and can cause joints to become unstable.

However, exercise can decrease pain and can enhance quality of life. Exercise is most beneficial if it is done on a regular basis. Most people can find a way to exercise without increasing their symptoms.

This topic describes the benefits of exercise for people with arthritis, including disease-specific exercise recommendations.


Stick with it — A number of factors can improve the chances of sticking with an exercise program long-term, including:

  • Follow a simple regimen
  • Set attainable goals
  • Understand the importance and benefits of exercise
  • Interact with others while exercising (ie, with exercise groups)
  • Follow up regularly with a healthcare provider, such as a physical therapist or personal trainer, to provide encouragement and to make adjustments to the regimen

Exercise in a supervised setting may improve the chances of continuing long term, compared with unsupervised, home-based programs. However, people who are self-motivated and exercise at home may enjoy the benefits of equal effectiveness, lower costs, and more convenience.

(Excerpts from Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions)

The foregoing was a topic of discussion among my gym buddies this past weekend. I actually found myself mentoring some older girls, who were joining our group with some trepidation. I explained that my sports medicine doctor had given me some expensive injections to my knee, and that it worked for a few weeks. I went on to advise them that, if they were not going to at least try some simple exercises, I believe from experience, that they would be stiff and sore all the time. I found for myself, I could no longer do high impact exercises, and was advised by my PCP not to do so, but I kept moving as much or as little as I could, depending on how I felt that day, I could remain flexible and relatively pain free. Everyone will be different, because we have so many different types  arthritis, and pain levels to deal with. But movement definitely helps, at least for me and my exercise buddies who meet for two hours, three times per week.

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