Self-Portrait: In Honor of the People of Portland, Oregon

When I heard that the Trump administration was sending what amounted to a private army to harass peaceful demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, I was aghast. As details emerged about their treatment at the hands of these thugs, most right-thinking Americans were horrified. Tactics employed by these agents of Donald Trump were mindful of a repressive, Third World dictatorship. This mistreatment included being blindfolded with hoods, shackled and thrown into waiting vans, all without identification on the part of these agents, without reading of rights, without charges ever being filed. It’s intimidation. Ham-fisted jack boots unleashed by Trump to crush the neck of a peaceful opposition. It’s a sickening abuse of power.

Carol’s Cheerful Selfie Challenge #1

This is my entry for Carol’s Cheerful Selfie Challenge #1. Thank you to Cee for leading me to it!

This photo makes me laugh. That’s my husband in the background.
You can’t see it very clearly, but that’s the entrance to the Smithsonian Institution, Sackler Gallery for Asian Art. I’m wearing an Hawaiian shirt.

Jez’s WWE Challenge: February 19, 2020

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Jez’s WWE Challenge: December 10, 2019

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Weems Creek, Annapolis Maryland, December 9, 2019

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere challenge

Cee’s FOTD Challenge: December 10, 2019

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The first photograph is a macro of the second one. These are but two of my contributions to Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge. As she posted white blossoms for today’s challenge, I want to do the same. The white poinsettias are not really blossoms, so I want to submit at least one full-fledged white flower.

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So here’s a nice daisy with beautiful white petals.


One Word Sunday Challenge: Overlap

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A big thank you to Cee for bringing this particular challenge to my attention with her beautiful post. In keeping with one of her subjects, I submit these fruit and vegetables that were waiting patiently for me at my nearby grocer’s for Travel with Intent’s One Word Sunday challenge. Their prices are bit higher than other grocery stores, but they have, hands down, the best meats and produce in town. Their name is Graul’s. Given that this is Maryland, one can only imagine the many different ways we have of pronouncing that one!

Fandango with FOWC: Indulge

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“Your Majesty must learn to indulge your husband, the King in these matters,” whispered Queen Pirouette’s confessor, Cardinal des Croix, “my beloved daughter.” As the left side of his body faced the screen in the confessional booth, he cupped his left hand his eyes. He was very careful not to look directly at the Queen. While over the years, he had really learned to love her as his own daughter, he had learned to fear her as well.

You can’t be serious old man! Thought the Queen to herself. “Well, then what is my penance for disobeying my husband, and acting like a Queen instead?” She murmured at the small but ornately fashioned screen on her side of the confessional. In silhouette, it depicted Daniel in the den of lions. How apt! She thought again. This wasn’t the first time that the irony of this image caught her attention.

“My dear,” replied the prelate. “Do you really want to go against King GarGar in this matter? Don’t you think it would be better to defer to his judgement?”

“That’s just like you men!” She answered bitterly. “You simply must stick together!”