Friday, October 28, 2016

Focus On You

by Judy

 'The Golden Days of Fall' theme has given us so many beautiful photos to oooh and ahhh over in our flickr group! Thank you all for sharing your favorite golden photos of fall with us.

Today's Focus On You photo is from Brenda England (BMME on flickr).  She has so much dreamy golden goodness in this photo, I just couldn't resist it!  Brenda, we are so glad that you are sharing your beautiful photos with us! Please be sure to visit her flickr stream where you will see many more glorious photos, and in just a couple of days, be sure to check our Monthly Focus tab at the top of the blog to see what next month's focus will be.  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Politically Correct

by Linda

Let me apologize in advance, sorry to mention the unmentionable. Also I need to apologize because I seem to have had a change of heart regarding all the current chaos that is surrounding the political environment we are now embroiled in.

For most of the past year, I have been, honestly, disgusted with the media, the candidates and all the chatter that this year has placed on social media. It seems this years battle has been especially nasty and too many people are following suit. I tried to look away from things that did not align with my own thinking. But then I asked myself, why was I really doing that? Because this past year has been politically amazing.

(she's crazy!)

I began to think that this year has been unprecedented. I asked myself why was this the case. Well, we have a woman candidate for starters, we have a businessman candidate that defeated every career politician along the way to the nomination which goes to say "anyone can be president". But honestly, no matter who the top 2 candidates were, social media played a huge factor in pretty much every facet of the campaigns of these two. And don't forget about the other candidates that are not prominently featured. There are several.

This has been the most contentious election year I have witnessed in my lifetime. I don't think this was the case in previous elections, at least it was not played out for all to see. Social media has allowed many private details that we would probably not be aware of, to become front and center. I'm sure there have been contentious elections in the past but there was never a way to broadcast that to the entire population before. There was social media for the past few elections but it was still in it's infancy. Not too many on Twitter, no live Tweeting and no Facebook live. I have followed all the current and potential candidates on Twitter and, I must tell you, even when I had to hold my nose and plug my ears, it's been fascinating.   

So, I have reversed my thinking about this whole mess of an election and have to admit, I'm gonna miss it when it's over. I believe many things will change other than who lives in the White House. There is a groundswell coming from the people on both sides of the election, this is going to be the root of change. I also believe that one of the greatest things about this country is we have the power to vote. No matter who you like, get out and vote. Don't think your vote doesn't matter because "well, my candidate's gonna win/lose anyway" because that doesn't matter. You're voice matters and that is what will be heard on November 8. Do it. It's a privilege a lot of people around the world don't have. It's an honor to select the people we want to represent us. It's the Politically Correct thing to do!

And BTW, I early voted! Now I'm going to sit back and watch the final act!

 Did you?


Happy Halloween!

Don't get scared! Go vote!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall in the Midwest

by Deanna

I live in the midwest, that can be good news or bad news depending on the time of year, day of the week, or time of day. I am referring to our broad range of weather that can bless us or curse us with its ability to change from hour to hour. Right now we are in that golden time of the year when the leaves begin to turn into their breath-taking colors showing off their reds, golds, yellows, oranges, and purples.  Me and my camera are happy campers right now, but believe me in a couple of weeks we will probably be barren of colors until spring. And, yeah, don't ask me when that is. It's part of the curse of the midwest, sometimes it comes, sometimes not. But right now I am totally enjoying these golden moments.

I am truly blessed with the places very close to my home where I can wander to my heart's content. The Morton Arboretum is but a 10 minute drive and with my membership I can go anytime, The Spring and the Fall are my favorite seasons, each with their own assests. Spring with the fields of daffodils, blue bells, and magnolias and Fall with its glorious colors and late blooming anemones and hydrangeas.

The birds are gathering to begin their flight south and soon we will be void of the colorful robins that grace my yard in the spring and summer. Some (?) winter here, but most migrate south and return in the early spring.

Even the squirrels have been busy gathering and foraging in preparation for winter. The squirrels around here do not hibernate, but stay and live off their reserves with an occasional trip to the bird-feeders that neighbors provide.

My other favorite place to wander is our city's riverwalk. Situated in downtown Naperville, it provides a pleasant gathering place to stroll along the DuPage River enjoying the sights and sounds that surround the area. When I walked there yesterday I ran into an old friend, witnessed an engaged couple having their portraits taken, many dog walkers, and those just taking a leisurely stroll both young and old.

Last week at the arboretum the yellows and golds were coming into their prime, this week along the Riverwalk, the reds are making their appearance.

Even the junipers are producing their red fruit...

Along with all these golds, yellows and reds there is an occasional purple that stands alone. Not your typical fall color but beautiful on its own.

Since we had such a warm September the colors this year are later than normal which is fine with me, just that much more time to enjoy. I hope you are having a colorful fall, if not please enjoy mine.

PS - Go Cubs!!  (the Chicago Cubs have not won the World Series in 108 years) Time for a win!
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