AUGUST 18, 2013 2:54AM

Night Call

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     The waxing moon intrudes, casting shadows, shining where it meets a reflective surface, illuminating in silver and blue the leaves and grass and creatures moving beneath its view. Facing down-moon, pretending my own eyes gaze unrevealed, I search for the night folk.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 2:12AM

Nor Blade of Grass

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     I have not always been a blabbermouth, although you may not have to search far nor wait long to know my opinion on any given subject. A new friend once described me as the "most decidable person" he had ever met. I took it as a compliment, as… Read full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2012 1:10AM

Dear Friend,

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grafixtogoDear friend,

     After many months of silence and neglect, I come to you to ask for your remembrance. Yep. I have missed our chats, correspondences, gives-and-takes, and what-not. You may recall I started my own business, shop on the Square, paying the rent, and re… Read full post »

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JUNE 21, 2012 4:32PM

Hunting for Catfish *

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     Out on a Limb's Re-Post Open Call sent me back to the end of May, 2010.  I chose this story because it sounds like summer.

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    Today, I saw these carcasses hanging on f… Read full post »

MAY 31, 2012 6:33PM

Crumpled Paper

     Sketching a crumpled piece of paper is harder than I expected. I give it to you as it is. I would rather photograph it.

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     I used a Pilot V Ball Extra Fine pen to make the sketch, as I do not like graphite so very… Read full post »

MAY 24, 2012 2:40PM

Draw Me Some Rum

I am so far behind, but cannot resist the challenge. Thanks, greenheron!

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APRIL 18, 2012 3:50PM

Living with Hope

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     It wasn't so very long ago, I just figured I would be dead soon enough. It is a poor woman's way of dealing with some overwhelming stress. I was in denial, measurably so. If I knew my life were short, then I couldn't be expected to shape up, toe… Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2012 11:23AM

She Survived the Titanic *

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Part One:

    The local 6th graders have been learning about the history of the ship Titanic, and its fateful voyage. The daughter of one of my friends participated in this class, and shared some of her adventures with me.

 

      The d… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2012 5:57PM

justice for some

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MARCH 21, 2012 4:29PM

How To: Post Big-Ass Photos

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     You may know that I am a lazy writer, but tend to photograph my world A LOT, and post those images here. Some of you are kind enough to look, rate, and comment. OpenSalon's I Love Life is having trouble uploading large size images on her posts here, being limited… Read full post »

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MARCH 20, 2012 5:39PM

Pattern Repetition

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     I tell my stories in my sleep, thinking to write them down and sound them out for show, but no. They are locked up for now, content to ruminate and compost, age and alter, with no other minds to engage them.

     I can't stop photographing… Read full post »

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MARCH 2, 2012 4:25PM

Spring Rain

     After a summer unknown in living memory, of more than 70 days of temperatures over 100 degrees, of the worst drought ever recorded, of the worst loss of trees and wildlife that one season has ever claimed, we had what passes for winter around here. Some people are… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 5:43PM

Falling in Love - At My Age?

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      I really thought about this, back when the cancer diagnosis came in. I wondered if I would die then, alone. Sure, I have friends, a daughter, a son. There's a difference. I wanted to know if I had something left to give, something worth sharing, with someone wh… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2012 12:46AM

Work View

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     I've been running a business for awhile, but only lately have I done so on my own. In early December, I opened the doors on my graphics design shop on the square in downtown Hamilton. 

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     My front window looks out to… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2012 8:18PM

My Monkey Feet ~ w/photo!

Fernsy has been talking about shoe fashions, specifically the odd ones. I mentioned that when I wear my five-toed shoes, I call these my monkey feet.

 

When I posted this photo on a social network some time back, I wanted people to know that these really help all my toes… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 11, 2011 10:01PM

I'd Like a Little Pottersville, Please

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     I watched "It's a Wonderful Life" again the other day on television. It's not something I do every year, but I've seen it often enough I can recite whole scenes. (That may not sound like much, but I lack the memory skills of the true thespian.)

   &nbs… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2011 11:03PM

Makes Me Barfy

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      I opened my own business last week. Happy days are here again, wish me luck. Probably half my budgeted monthly expenses have been pissed away with little things that must be bought any time you move, like trash cans, light bulbs, extension cords, munchies for… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2011 10:29PM

I've Changed

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Your poured your love, filled me up
You shone your heart, helped me grow
You shared your soul, kept some of mine
When I could stand, you let go my hand
When I could walk, you stepped back

 

And now

Now I've changed
I stand, I walk, half a soul with none… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 12, 2011 8:06PM

gayfeathers

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     We got almost four inches of rain this week, a blessing beyond measure. Our drought still exists, those water tables are still at historic lows, but we are grateful. The plants and animals are delighted. Suddenly, from the previously crispy-fried dead grass, new gras… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 10:07PM

borrowed dogs

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     I'm looking around the big main room of the lodge, the room with the Santa-Claus-sized fireplace and hearth. I count seven dogs:

Pepper is a Blue Heeler.
Castle is a  South African (short legged) Jack Russell Terrier.
Keesha is a German Shepherd.
Addie is a tin… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 10:34AM

Speed of Flight

     I could have driven from my house to Platoro, Colorado in about twelve hours, but no, that is not how it happened.

     Since my flight was on a Thursday morning, and I am poor enough to save a ten-day parking fee, I drove to the Metroplex… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 12:58AM

Wildfire

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     So far, no wildfires in Bosque County, but today was a bad day for firefighters in Texas, and a worse day for many homeowners.

    There is not a whole lot I can do to help. I make no outdoor fires or sparks. I smell the air.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 11:49PM

The Texas Good-Hair Punt

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Thanks to amymh2011 for her comment/inspiration.

     If the presidential campaign trail gets Rick Perry out of Texas, I am not complaining.

  © diana ani stokely 2011  Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2011 11:54PM

Texas Ain't So Bad ...

     Wildfires are burning out of control at Possum Kingdom Lake - covering about 7,000 acres. Evacuations are completed and worried homeowners are watching planes dropping water, as the terrain is too rough and too dangerous to get to in any other way. 

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  … Read full post »

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AUGUST 21, 2011 2:53PM

The Fiddler

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     As I took my coffee mug to the sink to rinse, I saw a  little spider in the corner. I have a pretty straightforward approach to varmints in the house: If killing them will make a big mess, I shoo them out the door. If they are small,… Read full post »