Chihuly Dream

Felt like I stepped into a dream last night as we walked through the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanical Gardens. The lights, color and reflections of this area were like a fantasy land.  Thought I’d share it for the Dreamy photo challenge. The women in our group loved the colors and designs but the men wondered “why?” and how all the huge glass had been shipped in. Funny how we are different 🙂

Chihuly Dream

He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth,
with its top reaching to heaven,
and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Genesis 28:12

On The Move

The On The Move photo challenge definitely suits our lifestyle these days! Here are Trains, Planes, Biking, and Hiking shots as we’re on the move…

More Travels…

The Drake Hotel, Chicago

West Baden Hotel, Indiana

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

The Drake Hotel

Who needs Harry Potter when you have The Drake Dragon to protect you? This menacing creature graces the famous Drake Hotel on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. With his piercing eyes, bat wings and frightening fangs he represents power, wisdom and astuteness.


Built in 1919 and refurbished in 1993 this hotel is one of the finest in the United States. Visitors include British aristocracy, American Presidents, and A list Hollywood celebrities. On Christmas Day we had Holiday Tea in the lovely Palm Court with cucumber sandwiches, scones, tiramisu and other delectables.  A harpist played Christmas music as we dined. Isn’t it lovely?

Palm Court

I longed to click my camera non-stop but that would have been uncouth, so I only snagged a few shots. It was a beautiful treat provided by my wonderful brother. If you are ever in Chicago, stop by The Drake, it is well worth your time! Afternoon tea is from 1:00-5:00 daily.

I pray your Christmas was sweet and beautiful. If not…a Savior was born for us. He can change the quality of your life in the twinkling of an eye. He did it for me and He’ll do it for you. For more about my story, click here.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
He is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:11 NIV

Other amazing places…

North Shore, Oahu
Vail, Colorado
Rome, Italy

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Rolling Stone recently named Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado the best outdoor amphitheater in America. We visited this weekend so I thought I’d share its amazing beauty with my WordPress global community. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and many more have played here. If you ever get to Colorado, it’s worth the trip and is not far from Denver.

Red Rocks AmphitheaterRed Rocks from the topRed Rocks looking upRed Rocks Walk


Colorful Colorado

Up the Poudre Canyon

Big Clouds

God Has Blessed America

From John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States (the Declaration of Independence was signed by most on July 2nd):

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

I agree with President Adams and thank God for the truly magnificent blessings he has graciously, generously, and overwhelmingly poured out on America. As someone who has lived overseas and traveled the world extensively, it’s almost embarrassing to think of the riches and peace we have compared to other nations. God, forgive us of any pride in that, because our country was founded upon your truths and that is why we prosper.

We are not perfect and have not always handled or appreciated your blessings appropriately, so I thank you for your mercy, too. Thank you for all you have done, all you are doing now, and I ask you to continue to lead, guide, and bless the United States of America.fireworks with love

Weekly Challenge: Companionable

Mom and Dad

Old friends
Old friends
Sat on their park bench
like bookends…
Can you imagine us years from today,
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange to be seventy

…Paul Simon

I gave this photo to my parents on their 50th wedding anniversary. They have shared such a full life, fulfilled many dreams together, and now are settling into a quiet time in their older age. They are an inspiration to me.

More black and white photos…

Ice Details
Winter is an Etching
Horsetooth Ridge

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Word a Week Challenge: Vibrant…Orange You Glad

I’ve never appreciated orange. It doesn’t match my skin color and makes me look sallow and ill.  But recently I discovered the beauty of it, to which my mother replied, “Good for you, I still don’t get it.”  It’s a unique color that leaves many people wishing for an alternative, but maybe these will introduce you to its flavorful joy.

This little darling comes with sparkles included, wow, just my style!

Orange Vibrant Flower

I love how one flower shows the mixture of yellow and red to make orange. These first two shots were taken at the CSU Flower Trial Garden.

Orange You Glad Flowers

Outside my office at Centerra, Loveland, ColoradoOrange flowers at Centerra 2013 border:

My first post for Sue’s photo challenge.

More flower photos:

Ode to Spring

Field Flowers

Daily Prompt: In Good Faith

In Good Faith” is the Daily Prompt asking us to “Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time.” Here is an excerpt from my book, “Gleaning The Nuggets”, describing how I got real with God for the first time and finally found Him:

  Who could help her get out of this nightmare? She considered talking to a Catholic priest. She had no religion of her own but she suspected she might need an exorcism. Did the Catholics still believe in all that? Surely not, surely a priest would think she was a lunatic and send her home with a couple of Hail Mary’s.

She considered talking to her father. But no, he would think this was just another crazy thing she had gotten herself into. He wouldn’t believe it was real; he would think it was a drug induced hallucination. She had been outlandish and emotionally unstable for so long, she couldn’t blame him.

In the weeks that followed, her ability to work continued to deteriorate. It was early December and her manager, a lovely woman and a wonderful mentor, told Noelle in the kindest way possible to take time at Christmas to get it together. She gently told Noelle that she had worked too hard and come too far to lose it all now. Noelle nodded her head in agreement and murmured that she was struggling with big values and ethics questions but, yes, she would take time to sort it out. She had planned a Christmas vacation; she would take some time then.

For the next few days Noelle paced the apartment in raw fear. That conversation crystallized the seriousness of her position: her job was in danger. That meant that her son’s security, his home, the life she had worked so hard to build for him was hanging precariously on the edge of a cliff. She couldn’t allow that to happen to him. Self destruction meant little to her, but she could not abide Michael’s destruction. She was desperate for answers, desperate to see beyond her confusion.

She paced from the kitchen to the bedroom, pushing her hands through her hair, watching her hands shake, almost delirious with fear. Suddenly, she didn’t know how, she was on her knees with her forehead to the floor and like a dam bursting forth, a rush of words and tears poured out of her like a tidal wave. Her confusion and fears reached a terrifying crescendo and she cried in complete and utter desperation, “God, please save me! Please save me! I can’t see what’s going on! Please give me the wisdom to see what’s going on!” She released all her pent up terror in a single moment and sobbed with such gut wrenching ferocity she thought her heart would rip out of her chest.

High Park Fire collage

Collage of the High Park Fire, Colorado, 2012