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“Legendary Inheritance.”


Fifteen years have passed since international Dodgeball star Lucas Leonard Lopez was seen on the court. However, his eldest son Lewis Leonard Lopez has followed in his father’s footsteps playing Dodgeball and graduating from his father’s alma-mater Potemkin University where he has led the Dodgeball team to four NCAA championships. The young phenom has chosen to forgo the international Dodgeball draft and became a walk-on … Continue reading “Legendary Inheritance.”

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“Natures elegance.”


Elegance is a word used to describe items of style and beauty. Outdoor photography captures natures elegance and ever-changing views of a Fort Myers Florida sunset. This, Key West sunset, reveals nature’s canvas of creative changes of elegance.   Vivid flowers effortlessly captivate your eye with elegant colors. The anhinga sometimes called snakebird displaying its elegance while drying its feathers. Capturing the morning elegance of a … Continue reading “Natures elegance.”

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“A lifetime of Jolly degrees of happiness and varnish layers of love.”


During anyone’s life, there are jolly times filled with degrees of ups and downs, covered with varnishing layers of love. A life is filled with degrees of changes with reflective layers of varnished ideas, and dreams, building confidence for the future and although there will be regrets, sad and depressing times cherish the jolly pleasant moments with friends and family. For my blogging families who … Continue reading “A lifetime of Jolly degrees of happiness and varnish layers of love.”

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“Relocate.”


For a weekend I relocated to Northern New Mexico in search of winter landscapes to photograph. My destination was the ski area in and around Taos New Mexico. I found sparse regions of snow and residents who were surprised by the lack of snow they usually would have experienced around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I did capture photos along the winding two-lane roads as I … Continue reading “Relocate.”

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“Gorge.”


The images do not reflect the cold temperatures, of the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos New Mexico of the magnificent engineering marvel of the bridge, draped in the beauty of a morning sunrise. One of America’s highest and most famous bridges, the route 64 crossing of the Rio Grande near Taos, New Mexico was completed in 1965. A well-proportioned cantilever truss with an attractive, curvilinear … Continue reading “Gorge.”

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“Sparkling at any age.”


The word “age,” is a noun, defining the length of existence from the beginning to any given time of life. Existence is the sparkle of life to be celebrated every day you awake to breathe. For many, the vanity of humanity is superficial when you deny realities reflection in a mirror. WordPress daily word prompt. Continue reading “Sparkling at any age.”

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“Procrastinating Pressure.”


The significance of procrastinating pressure to complete goals is sometimes a necessary emotion when you find snippets of excuses to forgo what should be done. With thirty days to write 50,000 words, it may seem daunting at first, but with proper and essential preparation it possible to find success. Spending each day including Thanksgiving taking bites of the writing challenge, I forged a one-way road towards completion knitting together … Continue reading “Procrastinating Pressure.”

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“Atmospheric; Short story”


Three months ago Jill and I decided to take a break with a tropical island weekend getaway. On our last evening, I dressed adorned in my best island attire with a collared asher blue shirt, with dark blue buttons, a pair of tan Bermuda shorts, and brown leather open-toed sandals. Jill was dressed in a multi-colored floral sundress with white sandals and a white orchid … Continue reading “Atmospheric; Short story”

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“Droolling mushroom hunters.”


Hiking in the great northwest of the US brings you into contact with many types of people. My first encounter with mushroom hunters began with the honk of a horn from a passenger van when I slowed on the roadway searching for a turn to a hiking trailhead near Mount Hood National Forest. I pulled over to let the two passenger vans pass, and I followed … Continue reading “Droolling mushroom hunters.”

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“Music’s dubious riffs.”


During our annual concert, my high school’s jazz ensemble was playing before a packhouse of parents, students political dignitaries. We played several pieces that excited the whole audience who stood to applaud our performances. Our final piece was always my favorite as the first chair trumpet began their solo riff followed by the dueling solo by the first chair Alto Saxophonist answering back. The music … Continue reading “Music’s dubious riffs.”

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“Wildlife Neophyte photographer no more.”


I have been fortunate in photographing wildlife in their natural habitats. However, these photos were taken at the Brantly Lake State Park near Carlsbad New Mexico and my campground neighbors were two men from Arkansas who brought their Harris Harks and one Falcon to the New Mexico desert to practice their skills at hunting the local wildlife. I know many of you will go “ugh,” but, … Continue reading “Wildlife Neophyte photographer no more.”

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“Temporary photos.”


Landscape photography changes minute to minute, hour, by hour and daily at the White Sands National Monument in  New Mexico. In these photographs, I capture a temporary moment in time, that are fleeting moments of windblown shifting sands and clouds across a sunset. Not one photo is precisely the same with winds moving clouds across the sky and sands across the lands in many directions. WordPress photo challenge. … Continue reading “Temporary photos.”

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“Centenarian love, passion, marriage, and dancing.”


The annual sweetheart’s dance has become a coveted gala event for the 190 residents at the “Living Years Village.” And again for the third year in a row Edgar and Elizabeth Harden gingerly, soft-shoed around the dance floor strutting to the harmonizing tunes of their 1940’s big band favorites. The residents seated at their dinner tables surrounding the dance floor watching in amazement while taping … Continue reading “Centenarian love, passion, marriage, and dancing.”

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“Ghoulish.”


I have never really liked Halloween since the horrible calamity of 1975, for which my father tells the story with the smiling gleefulness of a teenager like it was yesterday. The events of that night have left me traumatically scared for which I have endured nightmares until this day. I was a child only 5-years of age when my mother dressed me as Casper the … Continue reading “Ghoulish.”

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“Autumn Fluffy.”


The end of green summer leaves leads to the transformation to various bright colors. During an October hike with crisp, breezes blowing red, yellow, purple, orange, magenta, and brown leaves floating softly to the ground. My fluffy soft wool knit cap and sweater against my skin warms my thoughts of holidays ahead. I consider drinking something warm, coating my mouth, throat, and heating my insides … Continue reading “Autumn Fluffy.”

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“Mirrored Gratitude.”


With their annual Halloween party two days away, Erica stood in the mirror admiring her Cleopatra costume. She adjusted the black wig with a gold beaded headpiece while marveling at the matching earrings and choker necklace. She began studying the costumes sleeveless top with brightly colored gold pyramid sequined edgings, and she moved closer towards the mirror she noticed that with no bra on she … Continue reading “Mirrored Gratitude.”

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“Identifying Trademarks.”


The identifying trademarks were visible when the border officer lifted the tarp to reveal the cylindrical barrel. This story began after my best friend Charles and I attended the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders Football game Nov 16, 1997. Charles and I met and became close friends when we were 23-years-old, in the Marine Corp and after our time in the Corp was completed … Continue reading “Identifying Trademarks.”

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“Cacophony: A band parents story.”g


My next door neighbors, Clifford and Joyce Ingram’s raised 6-children, who were born two and three years apart. When their eldest child Cynthia began playing the drums in the local elementary school band no one expected her siblings would follow in her musical footsteps. As the years passed their home was filled with the sounds of a Tenor & Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, French Horn, and … Continue reading “Cacophony: A band parents story.”g

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“Enlighten.”


Enlightening moments in time brings life into focus. (M. J. Leake) After thirty-nine years of marriage, three adult children, one hysterectomy, and a husband I share a love with that make me giddy as a school girl when we have a date night. I’m have become aware that I cannot control what I cannot hold or touch. I’m unable to influence or persuade my adult child, … Continue reading “Enlighten.”

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“Expected Release.”


After 9-months, of preparation, which included doctors visits, painting a nursery room, assembling baby furniture, storing diapers, infant clothing, and installing and securing the infant car seat in the new van. The wife and I walked in the park, walked the halls of the local mall and waited patiently for the expected birth of our first child. The release date has come and gone but … Continue reading “Expected Release.”

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“Express.”


Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively? I use words creatively in sentences, paragraphs, short stories and soon to be novels. Writing is my passionate form of expression rooted deeply in my emotions forged from my past responsibilities. I move forward into my future as a writer of all forms and genres. 🙂 Expressing myself … Continue reading “Express.”

“Brave, heroic, courageous, and daring.”


The above words are used to describe acts done by a person that if given a moment of thought many people would not perform for any reason. A person is considered brave, heroic, courageous, and daring because they did what they were supposed to do. (M. J. Leake) WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Brave, heroic, courageous, and daring.”

“Risk?”


What would your daily life be without risk? Most people try to avoid risk and some at all cost while many people take a calculated risk. Since the beginning of time risk has evolved with insurance to cover death, injury, property and just about anything else. Eons ago someone cracked an egg ate the yolk raw and I bet some gaged while someone thought to … Continue reading “Risk?”

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“Ascending.”


Life is like ascending a mountain one foot after another to accomplish what is desired. Standing atop of an accomplishment is a personal goal and time to reflect upon the journey it took.  After ascending and conquering any of life’s challenges builds confidence to propel you to handle whatever life puts before you. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Ascending.”

“Cloaked.”


A 5-year-old girl in a playground stops to look at the flight of a butterfly. She runs around mimicking its movements to understand the butterfly’s flying motions. Several years later she learns the basics of flight and is mesmerized enough to become an aeronautical engineer. Many of life’s mysteries are cloaked in darkness but a lifetime of learning builds wisdom shining a light upon those … Continue reading “Cloaked.”

“Exceptional Mistake.”


Mistakes are a part of life because life comes with morals but not application instructions. Mistakes of the heart usually provide a second chance. Mistakes are failures to learn from while building the knowledge and stamina to try again. So, mistakes will be made but don’t ever be afraid to try. Mistakes become exceptional building blocks of life-long learning. Without mistakes, you can never become … Continue reading “Exceptional Mistake.”

“Inflated elastic beauty.”


The elastic balloons cover the grounds as far as the eye can see. Ground crews hold lines as the balloons are inflated reaching heights towering towards the sky. Thousands of photographers and spectators gather every year to witness this the 46th year Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and the visuals are always memorably mesmerizing. Just about every country is represented, along with corporate businesses plus the … Continue reading “Inflated elastic beauty.”

“Fashionable Beauty.”


Hiking a forest or desert trails with only the sounds of your footsteps crunching the ground quiets your soul to experience a believable sense of silenced spiritual connection. Natures natural landscapes expose and excite the emotions that are neither superficial or tamed. It is the genius of Mother Nature. No one can deny the emotional stimulating beauty of Mother Nature. WordPress daily word prompt. Continue reading “Fashionable Beauty.”

“Popular outdoor activities interest continues.”


For baby boomers, it is believed that upon a certain age exciting, interesting outdoor and athletics activities are limited, curtailed, or not done based on age. However, for the active baby boomers, those assumptions are being destroyed with a vengeance. Remaining young in your heart, mind and more importantly, your body’s health is the popular trend in the fields of athletics sports as revealed in … Continue reading “Popular outdoor activities interest continues.”

“Hiking a slot canyon.”


Ever since I viewed photos of slot canyons in Utah’s Zion National Park, I have dreamed of hiking within the vertical rock walls reaching towards the sky allowing glimpses of sunlight into the mystical formations designed by nature over millions of years. When there is a threat of rain, the possibility of flash floods increases causing torrents of water to fill the narrow canyon walls … Continue reading “Hiking a slot canyon.”

“Focused, divided attention and multitasking”


The term “laser focused” is associated with academics and athletics. To reach this level of concentration takes months, years and decades of mental and physical training. Some people believe multi-tasking is an attribute and advantage when parenting more than two children. But, multitasking comes with a cautionary tale of wisdom. “It is better to devote your mental and physical attention to one thing at a time … Continue reading “Focused, divided attention and multitasking”

“Humanities pampered planet?”


What would our planet look like if the extinct land animals were to return? Would we make room for them to live in the wild? Would we stop clear-cutting the land allowing extinct animals to live in the wild? What would our planet look like if the extinct aquatic mammals and animals were to reappear in the oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams around the world? … Continue reading “Humanities pampered planet?”

Leaf, needles, and a forest.”


Hiking the trails within the National Parks, National Forest, and National Conservation Areas can produce a feeling of irrelevancy for whatever is going on in the world. Standing motionless staring at enormous Ponderosa, Jeffery and Sugar Pine trees with Douglas, White, and Red Fir trees in the distance, within a forest of green blocking the sky from view. The silence is golden yet broken, with … Continue reading Leaf, needles, and a forest.”

“Mighty is the music of our lives.”


  Mighty is the sound of instruments to create the music of our desires from within our soul. Without the sound of instruments to create the music from our hearts, would humanity be calmer or would we be more violent? Mighty is the music of my life, surrounding my heart and soul of who I have become. The evolution of Music 1400 BC 2016 AD … Continue reading “Mighty is the music of our lives.”

“A tentative short story.”


Recreating a time from the past can be an adventure. Malcolm & Ethel Marshall, lived thirty-three wonderful years in a beautifully appointed retirement transitional housing community. They both retired at the ages of 67 and 65, and they are parents of three adult children, grandchildren and a couple of great-grandchildren. They were veterans of the US Army during World War 2, and they traveled the … Continue reading “A tentative short story.”

“An iconic American road.”


I was traveling south along Nevada route 95 when I wandered into Las Vegas to visit family and to check out Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. When I told my uncle of my, intentions, he thought Red Rock Casino where after a great buffet dinner, I toured the casino and discovered a sports bar with eighteen television projectors directed at a wall, combining three giant-screens, with … Continue reading “An iconic American road.”

“”Penchant for poo.”


As a child growing up, I always had Labrador Retrievers as pets, and one of my chores was picking up after the dog. When I became an adult, I swore never to get another dog to avoid picking up poo. My kids grew up with cats a lot easier to pick-up after. Several weeks ago I went to visit my father when his 15-year old … Continue reading “”Penchant for poo.”

“Disobey.”


I learned very early in my childhood before I started school that acting bad or being bad brought about a spanking or a scolding at the least. When I began school the report cards had a section labeled “disobeying,” and based on previous scoldings I knew never to have that box marked. One of my friends did, and he received the standard neighborhood parental discipline, … Continue reading “Disobey.”

“Sympathetic Peculiarities.”


The peculiarities of life and death manifest itself before, during, and after stressful painfilled tragic events. Personal reflections and contemplation about life, its meaning, and understanding its purpose are our thoughts during these times. Remembering the past, appreciating and enjoying the beauty of life itself is the goal we all can understand. Sympathetically remembering the past to learn from, and moving forward beyond the peculiarities … Continue reading “Sympathetic Peculiarities.”

“Overcome.”


The word “Overcome” is over used, because everyone’s daily life is filled with moments, hours, days, months, and years of challenges. Without challenges, life will become boring and lackadaisical, and who would want to survive such a life? Whenever feeling overwhelmed and challenged, always remember this time will soon pass. (M. J. Leake) WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Overcome.”

“Anticipated Crescendo.”


As a traveler, I have encountered many others who’s mentality like mine is filled with the anticipated experiences of the journey and destination. The journey has numerous crescendos of discovery around the next corner, whats over the hill, and viewing an infinite horizon filled hope and anticipation. “A finite mind limits their imagination to travel.” (M.J.Leake) WordPress daily word prompt   Continue reading “Anticipated Crescendo.”

“Elevating my knowledge of West Wendover NV.”


My travel mission was set to photograph the Bonneville Salt Flats with a refuel top off in the town called West Wendover, NV en-route to Reno NV. However, it’s been my custom to stop at the visitors center of all towns and communities. I was greeted by both of the two wonderful ladies in the photo below who informed me of their towns historic facts, its significance with … Continue reading “Elevating my knowledge of West Wendover NV.”

“Structure,”


The structure of nature can sometimes have no structure at all. The Bonneville Salt Flats white sands are a living sight to witness. The white sands distinguish no structure, only a blindness of white. The smoky haze from western fires dims the mountain’s outline leaving a blindness of white as far as the eye can see. Only the distant sound of tires screaming along the … Continue reading “Structure,”

“Educated?”


The word educate is applied to every travel destination I encounter. There is something to learn no matter how many times I have visited any location. In the US just about every community has some form of fall celebration, and many are called October festival to raise monies for charities local communities, but more directly it is a time to drink apple cider or beer. … Continue reading “Educated?”

“Fright, flight, courage, and gumption.”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fight or Flight.” Write about your strongest memory of a heart-pounding, belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?   Jeb Collier, was a 17 years old, standing 6’7″, 140 pounds, with beautiful strawberry colored hair and the face of a twelve-year-old. He enlisted in the US Army as a Military Policeman … Continue reading “Fright, flight, courage, and gumption.”

KHAT- A Grandfather writes a letter to his newborn Grandchild and It’s very Inspiring!


Originally posted on Education Motivation Inspiration:
This letter from Grandfather to his Grandchild which will Blow your Mind because it has got all the major life experiences and things listed in it that every person should know. You will find yourself related to the letter if you hear every word in it. Check out the awesome letter. Dear Munna… Welcome to this World… This is… Continue reading KHAT- A Grandfather writes a letter to his newborn Grandchild and It’s very Inspiring!

11 Things Mentally Strong People Would Never Do


Originally posted on Education Motivation Inspiration:
Mentally strong people know how to manage their emotions, behavior, and thoughts and implement them to achieve their goals. They are the ones you need to follow to get mentally strong. Here are something mentally strong people never do. 11. DWELL ON MISTAKES Mentally strong people don’t waste their time dwelling on mistakes. They just sit down analyze it once and… Continue reading 11 Things Mentally Strong People Would Never Do

“Faintly simmering and being beckoned.”


I stood in the doorway of the kitchen watching my mother cooking and preparing the Thanksgiving dinner as I drooled with excitement wanting to sneak a lick of the bowls she recently mixed the german chocolate cake and its accompanying frosting. Although the aromas of faintly simmering pots filled with potatoes, assorted greens, and the infamous gravy sit on the stove. The crown jewel smell … Continue reading “Faintly simmering and being beckoned.”

“Halloween Neighborhood-Lessons.”


There was a time in the 60’s, and 70’s when the mystery of keeping your home secure during the Halloween season was something you passed on to new neighbors. I had new neighbors who moved in two weeks before Halloween. They were a young couple without any children and the wife thought she would bake several dozen caramel popcorn balls to pass out. On Halloween … Continue reading “Halloween Neighborhood-Lessons.”

A Perfectionistic Mindset


Originally posted on E. Denise Billups, Writer:
Recently, I stumbled across the term Impostor Syndrome, or Fraud Syndrome, and was surprised by the number of successful writers who experience this phenomenon. Clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes identified impostor syndrome in 1978, as feelings of fraud and self-doubt suffered mainly by high-achieving individuals. Despite their success, the person believes they don’t deserve recognition and… Continue reading A Perfectionistic Mindset

SOME GHANAIAN SUPERSTITIONS


Originally posted on Mum C writes:
That Africans are superstitious is a well-known fact. But since I do not live in all the countries in Africa, I will enumerate a few of the superstitious beliefs in Ghana, my homeland. These superstitions, though most times crude and detrimental to our well-being, also protect certain things we have. I will be glad if we can take the… Continue reading SOME GHANAIAN SUPERSTITIONS

The (Im)Perfect Me…!


Originally posted on Giggles & Tales:
I wanted to be perfect and I keep striving for perfection  Hard as I tried to be perfect, I kept discovering the imperfections And I began to clean out the imperfect me but hard as I tried to clean and wipe out my imperfections I make more imperfect marks as I cleaned Imperfect stains dotted the surfaces And I… Continue reading The (Im)Perfect Me…!