Inspiring Blogger Award ~ fighting Domestic Violence

I was just nominated for the Inspiring Blogger Award by Prego and the Loon.  Thank you so much for bestowing this award upon me, Prego and the Loon.  I am truly honored and humbled that you chose me amongst the many fine people who comment on your blog, and those who are also nominated for this award.

You are not alone.

Prego and the Loon’s blog tells the story of her horrific life with domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband.  She recounts her stories in beautifully written prose; the most frightening events, the fear, the haunting memories, the worries for her life and her son’s, the “what if’s”, the never ending terror, her efforts to straighten out records, and her recovery.
Please seek out Prego and the Loon’s blog.  You will read about a a strong woman who broke loose of the horrifying life she was in. You will learn more about domestic abuse,  and books that helped her begin a new life. If you are a victim of domestic violence yourself, please visit her blog.  Reading her words can help you gain the strength to break loose, too.

I also suggest this post by Purposefully Scarred: “Domestic Violence: Resources Reaching Around the World”  Purposefully Scarred is an excellent blog, dealing with raising awareness for survivors of (all kinds of) abuse.  There are lots of great resources here too.

~YOU ARE NOT ALONE~

To those who suffer from abuse of any type: You are not alone. There are people to support and help you everywhere, even people you do not know yet.  Take a chance.  Knock on a door.  Reach out to another blogger, pick up the phone and call a number in your community, speak to a friend who will help you, a pastor, a counselor, a doctor or nurse.  If the first person doesn’t work out, try another one.  Don’t give up.

We need to spread the word about Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and all other forms of abuse, until people no longer have to deal with such atrocities.  When our fellow human beings are suffering from abuse and its accompanying elements: fear, stress, threats, nightmares, depression, terror, injuries, death, etc, it should be our top priority to help and support them, and then work to rid the world of it.

Let’s work together to help people live happy lives, fulfilling their dreams.

Thanks for reading.

Judy

Weekly Photo Challenge & Sunday Water Dragon Post~”Misty Morning”

Two posts with one image!  The theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is “Near and Far”.   Jake’s Water Dragon Sunday Post theme is: “Morning”.  Today I decided to combine them.

This photo made me think of what mist on the moor might look like in Scotland or Ireland.

“I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.” ~Pete Hamill

“Misty Morning”   *click for larger image*

“A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.”~Proverb

This photo was taken from our hotel in Mackinaw City, looking across a bay and into the Straits of Mackinac.  Mackinac Island is to the left of the photo and a 20 minute ride by ferry.
Mackinaw City is located at the south end of the Mackinac Bridge, at the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  (see my post from last week).    Despite the different spellings, both names (Mackinaw & Mackinac) are pronounced the same: “mack-in-aw”.

Compared to the slow pace of Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City is busy!  Souvenir shops, restaurants, tee shirt shops, motels and pasty shops abound.  Click here to find out about our yummy Michigan pastys…and the history behind them!   Click here to find out more about Mackinaw City.

Thanks for bearing with me on the double theme!

Judy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

MERGE

Over time, water merges with rock, eventually eroding the surface and turning it into sand.

Merging together, water and rock become a visual piece of beauty through the eyes of an artist.
The water, in a fluid state, contrasts with the hard surface of the rock, but visually combined they make a pleasing creation. 
Different substances, yet they unite as one image for the photographer and the artist.

The Virgin River meets with the rocky surface of the Zion canyon walls along the Riverside Walk trail.

Thanks for reading my blog!
As you may notice, I’m still sneaking photos of Zion in here. 😉

Judy

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Canyon View

Dear Blogger Friends….

I’m on a trip in the Southwest U.S.   Today I’m sharing a photo of the Grand Canyon with you.   I will return shortly.

I apologize for not answering comments and visiting blogs.  I’ll play catch-up when I get a chance.

I have taken 1000 photos so far!   So, I’ll have lots of images to share with you!

Take care….

Judy

A view of the Grand Canyon

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Create~ “to cause to exist; bring into being. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort.”  (the Free Dictionary online)

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I created the image,  found the quote online and placed the quote on the image.  I can’t  say I created the tomatoes!  But I did plant them and care for them! 😉

Judy

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“A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”? (Gertrude Stein)

The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.
~Author Unknown

……….

Roses from my garden,

Giving me smiles every day.  

When the roses fade in fall

I have  memories to keep me smiling

Until summer again comes my way.

Judy

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WaterDragon Weekly Sunday Post: Water (H2O)

A wave crashes toward the shore on Hutchison Island, Florida.

Water is beautiful.  It’s beautiful to watch, especially when you’re at the ocean and the waves are “high rollers”~ huge monster waves, one after another, crashing onto the beach.
It brings the board surfers and the kite surfers out to play.  The ocean sparkles in the sunshine, beckoning people into the water to cool off.   But water can be dangerous, as well as beautiful.

When you are at the beach it’s good to keep safety first in your mind.  It’s best to choose a beach with a lifeguard.  If you can’t, beware of tides, by carrying a copy of the local tide chart with you.  When tides come in, and if the waves are rough, a dangerous rip current/undertow can pull you back, making it hard to get to shore.   If you are caught in a rip current, always swim parallel to the shore, until you can get help, or until you can work your way to the shore.  Areas that say: “Swim at your own Risk”…mean just that.  There can be a severe drop-off,  unseen rocks or other debris,  and undertows.   Always keep watch over your children and employ the Buddy system.  Never swim alone.  Teach your children to look for the signs/flags on the beach.

Flag warnings: Green flag: All clear for swimming, but keep an eye on the color, situations can change quickly.    Yellow flag: Caution.  There may be potential for strong undertows, high waves, etc.  Only swim where lifeguards are present.
Red flag: Strongest, most serious warning.  One red flag means the water is very rough, there are strong undercurrents, and you should only swim if you are a strong swimmer.
Once again.., keep close to a lifeguard.  Two Red flags means the beach is closed and no one should be swimming.
Many people perish in our beautiful seas because they either ignore the signs or they do not understand the coming and going of the tides.  Be safe!  Swim smart…and enjoy our beautiful ocean water.

Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship II

I tried to find this photo for the challenge and it turned up in my husband’s computer!  So here’s my Friendship ll photo!

 Though miles may lie between us, we’re never far apart, for friendship doesn’t count the miles, it’s measured by the heart.
~Rozina Hasham

At the beach with Gail on St. Simons Island, GA.

  Good friends who don’t see each other often can pick up right where they left off the last time they met.  They can talk all day about what they’ve missed in each other’s lives.   But sometimes friends don’t need to talk at all.  They often share the same thoughts and feelings anyway.  Just sitting side by side, two good friends can enjoy each other’s company, the scenery, and searching for that elusive cormorant bobbing up and down in the waves of the St. Simons sound!!! 😉

In friendship,

Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
– Thomas Jefferson 

School friends together “Up North” in MIchigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Thanks to all the friends who’ve made my life full of Sunshine!  I love you!

Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

We’re singing the “Ocean City Blues” in this photo!

Ocean City, Maryland

It’s a nice breezy day; a few whitecaps sparkle in the blue water, and a young man flies a kite on the sandy beach.

Ocean City, Maryland.

Thanks for visiting!

Judy

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