Monday, August 31, 2015

Last Days of August: Photos and Latest Favorite Quotes

August was a good month for photos--and for quotes, too, actually. Enjoy!

August 2015 on walk
"Downtime is where we become ourselves, looking into the middle distance, kicking 
at the curb, lying on the grass or sitting on the stoop and staring at the tedious blue of 
the summer sky. I don't believe you can write poetry, or compose music, or become 
an actor without downtime, and plenty of it, a hiatus that passes for boredom but is really 
the quiet moving of the wheels inside that fuel creativity." --Anna Quindlen

August 2015, skyward surprise
"Be prepared as you write to be surprised by your own writing, surprised by what 
you find out about yourself and about your world. Be ready for the happy accident. 
Open yourself to the numinous, to the shapes and shades of language, to that first powerful 
thrust of story, to the character that develops away from the surprise of the exact and perfect ending. You are--after all--the very first reader of what you write." --Jane Yolen

August  2015 and fishing on the Scioto
"Everything we do, even the slightest thing we do, can have a ripple effect 
and repercussions that emanate. If you throw a pebble into the water on one side 
of the ocean, it can create a tidal wave on the other side." --Victor Webster

August  2015 at a roadside rest
"For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance 
changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life--the 
light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding 
atmosphere which gives subjects their true value." --Claude Monet

August  2015 on a roadtrip
"One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things."--Henry Miller

August 2015, catching an elusive moment
"All my life I've looked at words as though I were 
seeing them for the first time." --Ernest Hemingway

August 2015 and backyard favorites
"In a meadow full of flowers, you cannot walk through and breathe 
those smells and see all those colors and remain angry. We have 
to support the beauty, the poetry, of life." --Jonas Mekas

August 2015 , a most beautiful day
"These beautiful not exist as mere pictures--maps hung upon the 
walls of memory to brighten at times when touched by association or will...
They saturate themselves into every part of the body and live always." --John Muir

What favorite images or words are you taking with you from August of 2015? What writing goals have you set for September?


  1. What lovely photos! I can't wait for the fall here so it will be cool enough to take some. It is so hot I can't go outside unless it is early in the morning and at night you get bitten. You live in a lovely place!

  2. Hi, Terri, glad you liked the photos :-) As for hot days in FL, I'm sure they do keep you indoors, but the potential for beauty is awesome in your state. I love FL. However, I've never lived there year round--so I have a choice as to when to visit! Enjoy your photo shoots when you get the chance. You'll catch some fantastic shots, I'm sure...

  3. Your pictures are incredible, and I especially relate to the quote by Jane Yolen. It's really why we write at all.

  4. Thanks, Cathy, and I second the motion on the quote by Jane Yolen. Except today the Quindlen quote resonates with me...a little downtime just to imagine and daydream appeals to me today!

  5. Your pictures make me feel nostalgic for summers past and eager for the autumn to come. Wish I had your eye for taking photos.

    Favorite words? How about these? "... for some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you... We may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and really pay attention. An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, and this is a great gift." (Ann Lamott in BIRD BY BIRD, p. 15)

    My goal for September: write something worthy of the reader's attention. :-)

  6. Oh, Peggy, what a great quote from Ann Lamott--and a great reminder. Pay attention :-) I'm with you. I want to write something worthy of the reader's attention, but in addition, I also want to open my eyes to details around me that will find their way into that writing. Tall order in busy times, but well worth shooting for (no photography pun intended!!). Have a great week. Thanks for stopping by...

  7. You clearly have that eye for detail. I bet your writing is filled with all the wonder you see!

    Happy Labor Day - and a good week of labor to all of us!

    1. Thanks once again, Peggy--and happy Labor Day to you, what's left of it!

  8. Love the pictures Kenda. The flowers are a gorgeous pink :)

  9. Thank you, Rachna. Appreciate you stopping by :-)

  10. Lovely photos! What a treat, thanks for sharing with us. Your creativity extends beyond writing, I'm thinking. :)

  11. Glad you enjoyed, Karen--and thanks again for hosting me today on your blog. It's was a real treat!

  12. I agree with Karen, Kenda. These are indeed beautiful photographs. I feel as though I went on your road trip as well, breathing in the words of wisdom you found. I have joined your blog and will certainly be back for more inspiration. I enjoyed your interview on Karen's blog. You are correct. It is vitally important to stop and take a walk and leave the computer behind. I love walking in a park or forest. I love camping with the kids, although there is no quiet found there. As for September's writing projects, I'm still trying to smooth out my memoir about attending college as a mother of five. Again, nice to meet you, Kenda.

  13. Oh Kenda, I forgot to mention that I love your blog and the idea that your posts are a torn sheet from a writer's notebook. All the best!

  14. Victoria, so glad to meet you, and thanks for the follow. And, wow, a college student and mother of five? How do you do it?! What stories you must have to tell :-) I'll be checking in at your blog, too, to read some of those stories. Good luck in all your writing--and with all your family adventures!

  15. I really like the lure in the water. It's so peaceful. I did a road trip in August too!

  16. Thanks for visiting, Southpaw--and the lure picture is a special one. It was taken the day we took my mom, who suffered a stroke last year, fishing at the river near where she lives now. It carries special memories. Sure hope you enjoyed your road trip, too...

  17. Beautiful photos! I love the hot air balloon. I'd like to ride in one someday. Thanks for the inspiring quotes, too.

  18. Hi, Lori--thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the photos and quotes. And, yes, a hot-air balloon ride would be so neat!