Photo of the Week No. 31: “Yaaasss to Yarn”

July 30, 2018

This Photo of the Week features a bright basket of yarn that made me fall “thread” over heels. See what I did there?! LOL. This image was captured at a crafting corner. Though the subject is something so simple, upon closer review, it captures a pretty complex scene. There’s a lot going on with the patterned tablecloth and tools, but the yarn in the foreground steals the show with its vibrant hues. And there’s a stray orange string ever so gently draped across the front of the basket. I also appreciate how the polka dots (I love me some dots!) get a little love, too. Alternate titles: “Cooler Threads Will Prevail,” “Darn That’s a Lot of Yarn,” “From Thread to Toe” and “Thread-to-Thread Format.”

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Photo of the Week No. 30: “Feisty Bestie”

July 25, 2018

This Photo of the Week stars my Bestie in the Westie, Yvette. The pose she’s striking in this image is a familiar one, believe it or not. LOL. Turn the camera on and watch her show up and show out, anytime, anyplace. That’s why I love her! “Go best fran, that’s my best fran!” We were at Brown Estate near Napa a few months ago, and as soon as I started snapping photos, here Yvette goes gyrating and posing. This is one of my favorites from the day: the clenched fist, piercing gaze and powerful posture — it gives me so much life! Get you a bestie who makes you laugh like no other, brings out your inner weirdo, challenges you to get your life, and just adds so much joy when she’s around. Shout out to Yvette (a.k.a. Vetty, Shekinah, Ebbie, and so on) for being my ace!

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Photo of the Week No. 29: “Belding’s Office”

July 18, 2018

Guys, I finally got to step inside Mr. Belding’s office! This Photo of the Week is a snapshot from my visit to Saved by the Max, the “Saved by the Bell” theme restaurant in West Hollywood. It’s been booked for months, so my guy and I were lucky to get in when a friend had a pair of extra tickets. As a kid watching the ’90s teen sitcom, I always dreamed about going on a date with Zack Morris at the Max (and sharing a milkshake while listening to “our song,” A12 in the jukebox — too detailed?), cheering on Bayside (and Slater) at a wrestling match, chatting by the lockers with my girl Lisa Turtle, and even being called in to the principal’s (Belding’s) office (for a good reason, obvi). On Sunday, we had the chance to dine and run wild in the restaurant, and, trust, I took photos of all the memorabilia. Having a separate room set up like Mr. Belding’s office was a nice touch. Super nostalgic! Of course, the wood-paneled room had a desk with a name plate and a framed photo of everyone’s favorite princi-pal, among other trinkets. Run, don’t walk, to Saved by the Max, and let me know what you think!

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Photo of the Week No. 28: “Words of Art”

July 10, 2018

I’m a huge fan of typography and handwritten words in general, and that’s why it’s on display in this Photo of the Week. This particular image was taken at the Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre in the Langa Township, when I visited Cape Town, South Africa, in April. The handwriting (I believe it’s in Afrikaans) on the sign has so much personality. Heck, I’d even choose it if it were a font available in Word or Photoshop. What struck me about this scene is there’s something about the way the sign — colorful chalk and quirky handwriting and all — is positioned at the threshold of an arts center with the artistic elements of the building in the background. It’s a work of art in and of itself.

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Photo of the Week No. 27: “Plumes of Peonies”

July 2, 2018

I haven’t met a peony that I didn’t like, and seeing these here peonies was love at first sight. That’s why they’re the star of this Photo of the Week. At first glance, my mind takes me to tropical settings, thanks to the popping pink color on the flowers, the vibrant green leaves and the red branches in the arrangement. These flowers look like they’d be in the lobby of a swanky hotel, but reality this image was taken at a café. Always take time to smell the roses photograph the peonies!

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Wednesday Word

June 27, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 108, spotted on Pinterest, is an on-time reminder that if you’ve still got breath in your lungs, you have lots to be thankful for. If I’m being honest, the month of June has been a bit of a doozy. I was in a car accident, a four-car pile-up on the 405 caused by a girl plowing right into the back of my car during rush-hour traffic. My beloved Lisa McDowell, whom I named after a character in my favorite movie “Coming to America,” ended up being declared a total loss because the repair costs exceeded the actual value of the vehicle. And then I had an allergic reaction to the first dose of my MS medicine. My face, neck and chest broke out in a rash that I’m still trying to get under control. After waiting two months for insurance to approve the medicine and for it to arrive and for me to learn how to inject myself, I now have to search for a new medicine and begin the lengthy process all over again. On the bright side, I walked away from the accident unscathed. My life was spared, Praise God! Plus, I am now the proud owner of a used 2018 Kia Optima! Her name is a work in progress, but I’m leaning towards Vivian Anita (guess why!). And at least now I know what to avoid in future treatment of my MS, and I’m one step closer to finding the best medicine for me. I’m alive, blessed (and highly favored) and very grateful. God has been so good to me! If you’re in the midst of a storm, hang on. It’s not over. If God brought you through tough times in the past, He’ll do it again! Thinking back on past blessings and victories is always guaranteed to lift my spirits. If you’re in need of a smile, I suggest you start there!

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Photo of the Week No. 26: “First She’s Sour, Then She’s Sweet”

June 26, 2018

This Photo of the Week stars my own little Sour Patch Kid, my 16-month-old niece Azalea. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Zae and my family for a little while this weekend. I captured many precious moments of her and her cousins, but this flat out made me guffaw! This is the face she makes when she’s up to no good. LOL. The scrunched nose and wide grin are indicators that Zae is about to run wild. One second, she’s causing mischief. The next, she’s putting her head on your shoulder or at your feet with both arms raised gently asking to be picked up. I love her sassy, sweet personality, and I hope she never grows out of it!

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Photo of the Week No. 25: “Summer Amusement”

June 19, 2018

This Photo of the Week was captured in the throes of fun at the Santa Monica Pier last Saturday for my job’s summer party. This particular image is a case of being at the right place at the right time. As I was chatting with my guy and my brother, I looked up to see the famous West Coaster roller coaster was passing through against the backdrop of the iconic Ferris wheel. This image is a snapshot of whimsy and merriment. To me, it represents good-natured, old-fashioned family fun, as evidenced by some of the riders’ hands in the air and smiles on their faces. Alternate titles: “Party at the Pier,” “At Play at the Pier,” “Wild Ride,” “Rolling with the Homies,” “Screaming, Joking, Straight West Coastin'” and “Screaming Summertime Fun.”

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Photo of the Week No. 24: “Bath Time”

June 12, 2018

If there’s one thing Berkeley, my four-legged rapscallion, despises the most it’s bath time, without a doubt. This Photo of the Week captures the hate pretty well, in my humble opinion. I mean, check out his crooked muzzle. It’s like he’s saying, “Oh, so you really wanna snap photos right now?! Woooooow, Mom! I’m about to cuss.” I also enjoy the detail found in the droplets dangling from the whiskers on his chinny chin chin. And that his shnarly snout is in focus, while his eyes, ears and body are softly blurred in the background.

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Photo of the Week No. 23: “Langa Landscape”

June 4, 2018

This Photo of the Week is one of many from my recent travels to South Africa — the Langa township, more specifically. You guys, it really was a treasure trove of unique sights and sounds. Saddle up, because this isn’t the last of township images that are bound to make the cut as future Photos of the Week. This image is one of the stark reminders of beauty being any and everywhere. To the lay person, this is an unkempt lawn rife with reminders of scarcity. To me, it’s the manifestation of life at odds. It’s where beauty meets struggle. The colors, the half cab of the truck — they demand your attention. I couldn’t look away. Hopefully this image moves you in some way or makes you see things from a different lens.

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