The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Boardwalk  Atlantic  City  New  JerseyThe  world  famous  Boardwalk  in  Atlantic  City,  New  Jersey.

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Spring Poem – The Miracle Challenge

This poem is for the Miracle Girl and her current WordPress challenge. Visit her blog to read the rules and write your own story or poem from several prompts.

Two Words: butterflies and key

When Spring was juvenile and girlish

polishing her silver key of perfection

brushing her mermaid hair

gathering and coddling

first blooms and baby birds,

she danced barefoot on the verdant grass.

She guided butterflies

as they wove their monarch story

through leaves and vines

and towering houses of the finest flowers.

Then the Big Heat boldly arrived

in a burnished chariot

pulled by snorting steeds

in passionate madness

in total delirium.

Spring was overcome

weakening under his gaze

growing old and frail

under such intense scrutiny.

She tied up her now wispy mermaid hair

and left.

The Big Heat

scornfully overtook the land

driving the inhabitants

indoors to breathe the fragrant blooms

of captive flowers…

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Remarkable Canadian Women

Cynthia Reyes

You know a woman is powerful when she reaches out and honours other outstanding women. 

Blog Photo 100 ABC Women01Dr. Jean Augustine, along with her colleagues Dauna Jones-Simmonds, Dr. Denise O’Neil Green and their team of other fabulous women, are the power behind the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women book and event, both being launched this evening in Toronto. 

Congrats to you and your team!

And congrats to the 100 women being honoured.  The breadth of achievement and talent is outstanding.

I’m over-the-moon pleased to be one of the 100.

So while Jean, Dauna, Denise and team are celebrating the rest of us, I thought I’d shine a spotlight on the organizers, specifically Jean Augustine.

Blog Photo Jean Augustine Jean Augustine was the first African Canadian woman elected to the Parliament of Canada (in 1993). There she served as a cabinet minister and deputy speaker of the house. Among other roles she held before, she chaired…

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By the Mighty Mumford

Any friend you find and develop

Will come at a running gallop…


The best of friends,

A blogger who’s very developed!

A case in point present,

She’s kind to this younger gent…

Answering me

Respectfully, she

Tells me how itwent!

For interest, her stories

Arranged now in poem-like “stories”…

Various shapely

So apes like me (?)

Can easier read her glories.

Her photo illustrations,

In her blog are fascinations…

Beauty commonplace

She helps us face,

Historic combinations.

She is one of the few

For all of this blog renewed…

Her lovely charm

Gentle and warm,

From my beginning on through!

–Jonathan Caswell


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Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Absecon  Lighthouse  Atlantic  City  New  JerseyThis  is  the  Absecon  Lighthouse  and  the  light  keeper’s  house  in  Atlantic  City,  New  Jersey.  It  is  still  an  active  lighthouse  lighting  the  way  through  Absecon  Sound  on  the  north  side  of  the  city.  The  light  keeper’s  house  is  no  longer  a  residence  but  a  museum.

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This spot in Chicago is the epitome of a more than $100 billion problem facing America


A freight train more than 10,000 feet long, hauling hundreds of shipping containers, sits idle in residential Chicago. It’s the middle of the afternoon, and the CSX train is just parked there. Waiting.

At this stretch of railroad, known as the 75th Street Corridor, that scene plays out day after day. Freight trains spend hours waiting for commuter and Amtrak trains to clear a single intersection, blocking their path and preventing the delivery of goods.

The corridor sits in an urban neighborhood southwest of downtown Chicago. It’s widely considered the worst choke point for rail movement in the city, which is the busiest rail hub in the nation. With hundreds of billions of dollars in goods traveling through Chicago by rail every year, each minute those freight trains are stalled, companies and consumers alike are losing money or being forced to spend more for the goods those trains haul.


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Finding Good

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

If you have a healthy news diet, you can easily be forgiven for thinking everything is going to Hell. Then again, that doesn’t seem too healthy. Perhaps “No news is good news” has a resonance far beyond the original intent of the folk saying.

Is there good in the world? Of course there is. People are helping each other and just being decent all the time. Yet in a world always closer together it seems as though there is a shortage of good things everywhere.

The difference, I believe, is what lies just outside of human scale. The world comes to us through machinery – ripped of context, stripped of humanity. It’s up to all of us to provide some context with our own empathy and judgment. Seeing good in the world is indeed about unplugging our brains from the noise and reveling in a good time with friends, a…

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Ready, Set, Go!

Through Open Lens

Vesper Sparrow

F/7.1, 1/200, ISO 320.

Vesper Sparrow

Couples first day at a resort decided to hit the beach.
When the guy went back to there room to get something to drink, one of the hotel maids was making the bed.
He grabbed his cooler and was on my way out when he paused and asked, “Can we drink beer on the beach?”
“Sure,” she said, “but I have to finish the rest of the rooms beforehand.”

Interesting Fact: The Vesper Sparrow responds quickly to changes in habitat; it is often the first species to occupy reclaimed mine sites and abandon old farm fields as they return to forest.  ( )

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