Weekly Photo Challenge -Street Life

The weekly photo challenge is one of my favorite recurring opportunities to delve into the photo archives and see what I can ferret out to apply to the weekly theme. This week I want to share some photos from my December 2013 mission trip to Belize. This is a set of photos from a village called Roaring Creek outside the capital city of Belmopan. The pics highlight some modes of travel.

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Now I will share some other links to more Weekly Photo Prompt - Street Life responses:

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Walk or Die – Friday Fictioneers – 21 March

We come to another Wednesday which to 100 or so hardy souls means it is time to fib. Okay, maybe tell a fantastical tale sounds more respectful, but either way we are spinning a yarn about something our minds concoct based on a photograph chosen specifically by our gracious hostess with the mostess, Rochelle. This week Rochelle pulls double duty giving us the photo for our subject.

copyright -Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

(Genre:Fiction) (100 words)

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“It wouldn’t hurt you to walk instead of riding that death trap,” Susan barked. She turned to head for the stairs to their third floor apartment. Jim continued his path into the classic elevator.

“This machine will still be working long after we are both dead and gone.”

He could hear her grumbling as she moved on her way.

“Always trying to ‘help me’”, he said shaking his head.

Eighty seconds later he mounted the last steps to his apartment after surviving the first elevator failure in a half century.

“What are you doing?”

“Taking your advice,” Jim said. 

 

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Speakeasy 153 – Remaking Hugo

Okay, so this week’s sentence prompt, provided by last week’s winner, Stacie, must be used as the FIRST line in your piece. And the media prompt is a painting by Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian. Mondrian is best known for his modern work, using primary colours and straight lines, which he called “neo-plasticism.” But his early work was really interesting too. This painting is called Avond (Evening): The Red Tree. You can see the hints of how his work would evolve, especially with his use of primary colours.

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“Looks can be deceiving.”

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Looks can be deceiving. Of course I am talking about the superficial visual looks you first take in of another. To judge the whole of someone by taking the measure of their exterior is nothing more than shallow and selfish fallacy. What if they are having a bad day, or had no time to attend to their looks. You could throw away a perfectly good chance at love over your inability to allow for the vagaries of life.

That is the way I reconciled the difference between the way Hugo looked and what I could see in the way of potential. He was tall, with broad shoulders, a head full of messy hair, emerald colored eyes and a shy smile. But I could see the Hugo hiding and knew I could bring him out. My girlfriends, Courteney and Caitlin said I was mad, that nothing good would ever come of our relationship. I disagreed. Anyone who knows me understands what a challenge means to me.

Hugo was not ready for what I brought to bear on him. He enjoyed my attention, I could tell that much without asking. He bristled at my suggestion to change his wardrobe, but gradually warmed up to the idea. The change following this was dramatic and I think it showed him just what I had in store. He was always looked at like a second class citizen due to his inattention to such things as his wardrobe. My friends were astonished at the change and began to buy into my vision.

As Hugo accepted the idea his personality warmed and the hidden jewel I saw began to shine. A stylish haircut added to his zeal and before long we were crisscrossing the city enjoying events as a couple. It was more than I imagined, but everything I had wanted. Hugo turned out to be a perfect gentleman and showed a side I hoped was lurking beneath.

The trouble began when Allison Whitney, the debutant caught sight of him. He had morphed from near caveman to the closest thing to a prince you would find in our parts and Allison took notice. She began finding her way into our path and making conversation with Hugo. I could tell he was resistant at first, but before long she had enough of his attention to signal trouble.

I tried to pull him back, but it was too late. Allison was much more versed at this game and easily made him swoon for her. My project was a success, just not like I imagined or desired. I felt desolate like the trees in the park as winter descends. How could I let this happen? Why couldn’t I have been enough? 

 

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Trifextra-Week One Fourteen – Satisfy

Trifecta is one of the best challenges I found for writing prompts. Each week the challenge alternates between a long 33 to 333 word challenge and a simple and quick 33 word version. Now we get the word that Trifecta is packing up the shop. It will be sorely missed but hopefully another opportunity will fill the gap.

SATISFY  (transitive verb)
1a : to carry out the terms of (as a contract) : discharge
b : to meet a financial obligation to
2: to make reparation to (an injured party) : indemnify
3a : to make happy : please  

 b : to gratify to the full : appease
4a : convince
b : to put an end to (doubt or uncertainty) : dispel
5a : to conform to (as specifications) : be adequate to (an end in view)

- See more at: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/#sthash.IJWejIXc.dpuf

So, you’ve got your usual 33 words, thanks!

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 Kendra’s heart swelled when she saw the trail of rose petals leading toward her bed room. Len was up to the task of her birthday. He knew just how to satisfy her heart. 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside

The weekly photo challenge is one of my favorite recurring opportunities to delve into the photo archives and see what I can ferret out to apply to the weekly theme. I consider my photo bucket, no copyright infringement intended, to be pretty deep and usually can pick some appropriate representations without much effort. So here we go with the Inside theme.

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My son inside a deep sea suit.

My son inside a deep sea suit.

My daughter in more undersea gear at the aquarium.

My daughter in more undersea gear at the aquarium.

Now I will share some other links to more Weekly Photo Prompt – Inside responses:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | autopict
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Journeyman
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: inside | Journeyman
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | The Ambitious Drifter
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Ese’ s Voice
  6. Inside …spring (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  7. Artlessness Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  8. Inside | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Stephen Chapman
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Hope* the happy hugger
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Flickr Comments
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside | Moments In Life
  13. Photo Friday and WordPress photo challenges |
  14. Offspring within C3PO: Weekly Photo Challenge | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  15. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Milka Pejovic
  16. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside – Toy Fruits Sweets & Cakes
  17. Inside Blue | The Artist as Pilgrim
  18. WPC: Inside |
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Cardinal Guzman
  20. Inside Black | follow your nose
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | A mom’s blog
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside #shotwithmyphone | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside | Chittle Chattle
  24. Inside | Rebecca Barray – Writer/Photographer
  25. Photoworld 14-3-14 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  27. Just Snaps
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside | Just Snaps
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | This, that and the other thing
  30. Putting The i In Inside… | Steve Says…
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Ritva’s Art – Photography
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Inside Scoop on Corn Island | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | one hundred thousand beats per day
  34. Weekly photo challenge: Inside | Connie’s World
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Cee’s Photography
  36. Inside The Healing Pillar In Nara | The Urge To Wander
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | The Silver Leaf Journal
  39. Spring is here ! | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Outreach
  41. Burg Eppstein | Empire of Lights
  42. Inside the Apostle Islands Ice Caves | The Human Rights Warrior
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Point, Shoot, Blog!
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | castelsarrasin
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | بيسان
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge | Inside the Box | PonderTheIrrelevant
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Words4jp’s Blog
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | alifemoment
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside – Pictures of Lily | Tim Wolverson – Photo Blog
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | ILEANA PARTENIE
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside a Mexican Home | my cyber house rules
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | stenoodie
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | TinaBHH
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Lex on the go …
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside – I still have my uses |
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside « LargeSelf
  57. Venice’s Secret Garden | Jaspa’s Journal
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside / Outside | marthalisek
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside the Cu Chi tunnels | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Wind Against Current
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside / The Basket | The Big Bike Boom
  63. THE GARDEN INSIDE – A BIRTHDAY BOUQUET | SERENDIPITY
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Pa-BLAM!
  66. Offcourse it should be a red one! | Words ‘n Pics…
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | A Maniac’s Menagerie of Motley Thoughts
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Morrighan’s Muse
  69. Leaf Inside Snow | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  70. Mario and the Frozen Temple | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Photographs by James Collett
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | lcsoup’s walk today
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: inside | Matt von P
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: inside | Russels Lof
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside | Joe’s Musings
  78. Inside | Beyond the Brush
  79. weekly photo challenge: inside « wise monkeys abroad
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE | Lost in Translation
  81. Two Destinies | Crazy Art
  82. Inside Baseball | Love in the Spaces
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Mirth and Motivation
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | The other pictures.
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside | Escape from Chaos
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Diary of Dennis
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Lucid Gypsy
  88. WPC: What’s For Sale Inside the Pail? (Thailand) | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | ArtKorppi
  90. A Look into Cuban José Fuster’s Fantasyland | Thirdeyemom
  91. Inside the outside | Le Drake Noir
  92. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | six degrees photography
  94. A view from Inside | Depth of Feelings
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Picture the Pretty
  96. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Beijing Daily Photo 2
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Musings
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | What Is It?!?
  99. One Day Old Chicks Inside a Brooder | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  100. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | My name is Ellie and this is who I am.
    1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside « Leya
    2. Weekly Photo Challenge – Floating Inside My Mind | Isadora Art and Photography
    3. Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE | MAGGIE’S BLOG
    4. Inside Harmony | A Journey Called Life …
    5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | paintedwords
    6. 3-14-14 Getting Inside The Weekly Photo Challenge | The Quotidian Hudson
    7. Weekly Photo Challenge : The Inside of Things / Bagian Dalam | bambangpriantono
    8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | 2812 photography
    9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Spacious Interior | puncta lucis
    10. Inside, Outside, Inside | Mary J Melange
    11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Witrian’s Photofolio
    12. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
    13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Edge of the Forest
    14. Inside view | marsowords
    15. Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE OUT | V A S T L Y C U R I O U S
    16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | mommyneurotic
    17. Locked – Forever and ever!
    18. weekly photo challenge: inside | Del’s other stuff…
    19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Geophilia Photography
    20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Memory Catcher
    21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Ruth E Hendricks Photography
    22. WPC: Inside | dadirridreaming
    23. Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE | Captured By Kylie Photography
    24. Hamster babies in a shoebox (Daily Prompt: Inside) | Photo0pal Photography
    25. Inside uShaka | de Wets Wild
    26. inside the light at the end of the tunnel | memoirs of an unremarkable man
    27. Photo Challenge- Inside | eat less sugar you’re sweet enough
    28. AT HOME – INWARD AND INSIDE | SERENDIPITY
    29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (I’m Done With Winter) | Laughing Through Life
    30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside a Basin | littlegirlstory
    31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | WorldwideFriends
    32. Flying inside the lines | See Diving
    33. Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside | An Evolving Scientist
    34. From Inside the Boston Elevated in San Francisco (Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside) | The San Francisco Scene–Seen!
    35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Retired2Travel
    36. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside – Boil, Boil, Toil and ……..pasta! |
    37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
    38. Logos Compilation | Crazy Art
    39. Uninvited Dinner Guest | Holoholo Girls
    40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Shoot ‘N Go
    41. weekly photo challenge: inside | bob’s wife
    42. Inside: Who Does it Better than Cats?
    43. WPC: Inside | blueberriejournal
    44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Ireland under a Rainbow) | What’s (in) the picture?
    45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Travel-Stained
    46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | tagnoue
    47. From Within | Weekly Photo Challenge | Focal Breeze
    48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | thereviewparent
    49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | f-stop fantasy
    50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Indira’s Blog
    51. Weekly Photography Challenge: Inside « Minute Moments
    52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Life Confusions
    53. Inside | Eye of Lynx
    54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Wright Outta Nowhere
    55. Weekly Photo Challenge: “Inside” – Inside the Marcipan Museum in Szentendre, Hungary | My Notebook
    56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Bark Time = everything and nothing
    57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Hole in a Hedge) | What’s (in) the picture?
    58. Inside- Weekly Photo Challenge | The Rider
    59. Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE | girltuesday speaks
    60. Unusual Things You Find Inside a Garden | TRAVEL WORDS
    61. wEEKLY pHOTO cHALLENGE | iNSIDE | the TEMENOS JOURNAL
    62. Eye don’t think so… | thoughtsofrkh
    63. Inside Salisbury Cathedral | Eyes to Heart
    64. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside | The River Mom
    65. INSIDE an ancient bronze-age village | Ellen Gregory
    66. View from Inside | Colline’s Blog
    67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | From My Horizon
    68. The Blog Farm | Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside
    69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Mia Musings
    70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | imagination
    71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (the Jewelry Box) | Ana Linden
    72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (II) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
    73. Trapped inside | Thin spiral notebook
    74. Thinking Inside The Box | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
    75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | The Approximate Yogi
    76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside ~ The Ocean | In Da Campo
    77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside ~ Corridor reloaded | Aylin’s Wonderland
    78. Come peek inside.. Weekly Photo Challenge | Patchwork Ponderings
    79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | YSalma
    80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Today, on Earth
    81. inside | yi-ching lin photography
    82. Weekly Photo Challenge: inside | Jottings and Writings
    83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Life Happens
    84. Puppy In a Pestel | Lillie-Put
    85. Inside Flowers – A WordPress Photo Challenge! | Life in the Foothills
    86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Pat and Al’s Adventure Continues…
    87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Northwest Frame of Mind
    88. What & Where — Inside? | Exploratorius
    89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Foto Challenge
    90. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Discovering Ranch Life ~ Photography
    91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Across the Bored
    92. Weekly Photo Challenge: “Inside” the Ocean | SABAS LOG
    93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | belgradestreets
    94. Inside outside | Words ‘n Pics…
    95. Looking Inside……..(wp weekly photo challenge) | Daily Observations
    96. Beauty inside (weekly photo challenge – inside) | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
    97. Inside: Weekly Photo Challenge | Destino
    98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Lipgloss and a Backpack
    99. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Momus News
    100. WPC – Inside | FOTO PROSA & CRAZY ART
      1. Inside « Jag gör världen vackrare
      2. Weekly Photo Challenge: I’m Inside | The Ambitious Drifter
      3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside – an American car wash | parislux
      4. Stained Glass Windows | When the Door Closes
      5. “Inside” a Mother’s Heart, Berlin, Germany | Life is a Vacation
      6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Or Outside?) | Pilot Fish
      7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside the cockpit | Deliciously Doing Nothing
      8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside – The Mist | derwentvalleyphotography
      9. Inside the Cal Academy of Science | the intrinsickness
      10. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside | imexcited
      11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Game Starter
      12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside « The Neophyte Photographer
      13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Tomatoempire
      14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Day One
      15. Enter the Graffiti | artishorseshit
      16. Inside – Weekly Photo Challenge | “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”
      17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Ezhealthcents
      18. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside :2: | Belo Horizonte daily photo
      19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Shmamaland
      20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside the Aquarium | Albatz Gallery & Blog
      21. Nature | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
      22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Hadorable
      23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Last Train to QVille
      24. 3-15-14 Inside A Followup To the Weekly Photo Challenge | The Quotidian Hudson
      25. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: INSIDE | Francine In Retirement
      26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Occasional Stuff
      27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | happyface313
      28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Nature in the Burbs
      29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside — Cartagena Style | That Montreal Girl
      30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Pretty Packed
      31. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: INSIDE | Words We Women Write
      32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Arl’s World
      33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Auntysocial
      34. weekly photo challenge: inside | It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Thoreau
      35. Weekly Photo Challenge-Inside | WoollyMuses
      36. weekly photo challenge: inside | Musings of a Random Mind
      37. 198. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Sofie’s Diary
      38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Life of a Minister Mom
      39. WINTER LIGHT IN THE DINING ROOM | SERENDIPITY
      40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Bams’ Blog
      41. Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside | travels with toby
      42. “I’m just swimming au naturelle,” he lied smoothly. | Babsje Heron
      43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Stephen Kelly Creative
      44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Lonely Travelog
      45. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – INSIDE. | VITHIKA
      46. weekly photo challenge : inside | Time To Be Inspired
      47. Inside 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge | Kanlaon
      48. True Blue | Travel with Intent
      49. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | picturingpositive
      50. outside looking in | the REmissionary
      51. From Inside the Last Days of Joe’s Cable Car (Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside) | The San Francisco Scene–Seen!
      52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | ms. diplomacy
      53. Sydney-inside a garden (weekly challenge) | pdjpix
      54. Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Inside’ | Campanulla Della Anna
      55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Ireland: Clifden) | What’s (in) the picture?
      56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside Komanskop | Rolbos ©
      57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | mydogablog
      58. Inside to safety | Zimmerbitch: age is just a (biggish) number
      59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | Border Crossings
      60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Johnson lesson) | PRIORHOUSE blog
      61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside – A Resting Ant. | Helen’s Photomania Blog
      62. Inside the Yellow | WPC: Inside | SimplySage
      63. Inside the glass | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
      64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
      65. Caught inside a Kikuyu garden: a memorial to Karen Blixen’s lover, Denys Finch Hatton | Tish Farrell
      66. To Dive Inside a Pistachio Dream | Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It
      67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | En snögummas tankar om livet
      68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside | A Day In The Life
      69. Weekly PhotoChallenge: Inside | Finale to an Entrance
      70. What is it inside of ? | Summerfield84′s English blog
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Weekly Writing Challenge – Golden Years

Weekly Writing Challenge

JUST A NUMBER

For this week’s writing challenge, we’re asking you to explore what age means to you. Is the the loss of youth, or the cultivation of wisdom? Do things get better as you grow older, or worse? There are many ways to interpret age, often depending on your relationship with the passing of time.

For my response to this challenge I circle back to a prevailing thought that demarcates my life in two parts: the years prior to January 8th 1997 and the days from then until now. What you may ask had such a dominating force on my life? Could it be graduation from high school or college, a new job, the day I got married or something entirely different?

It was the seminal event that changed my entire perception of age and the importance there in. I had an average childhood, you know what I mean, the type where years were like milestones. Thirteen was a big deal because I achieved the rank of teenager. Sixteen meant I could drive, at eighteen I registered for the draft and got the right to vote.

But with the good milestones came the ones not so coveted, like turning thirty. I can remember when I was younger thinking thirty was so old. Something like middle age and even though I wanted to achieve the plateaus that allowed freedoms, I dreaded this magical number. I dreaded it so much that I was a royal hind end when it came and whined incessantly about it.

But that was in 1995. As you may remember from above my important date was january 8th, 1997. This was the date my only sibling, Kevin, died from ColoRectal Cancer. He was twenty-nine, much too young for the doctors and medical professionals to have considered the type of disease that claimed his life. I already knew life was precious before this, but on that day i learned age is simply a number.

As I tell everyone now birthdays are not something bad. The only alternative is to stop counting or surrender to death. I choose to count as many as I am blessed to celebrate.

Other Golden Year posts:

  1. Ilya Fostiy. Amnesia | Crazy Art
  2. Ilya Fostiy. Muse | The Bliss of Reality
  3. Youth Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  4. The Illusive FEAR of Getting Old | Musings | WANGSGARD
  5. Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years | In my world
  6. Looking Back (and Traveling) | JGTravels
  7. Thoughts on Aging | melissuhhsmiles
  8. Yelp for help…… | Obsessive Compulsive Running…….
  9. Youth is a B— | The Backwords
  10. Riding Into The Sunrise
  11. Weekly writing challenge- golden years | A picture is worth 1000 words
  12. The Defining Number | Through The Eyes Productions
  13. I am not my mother | Twisting Suburbia
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge – Perspective | Joe’s Musings
  15. Artfully Aspiring
  16. Wisdom of a Toddler | Artfully Aspiring
  17. I Couldn’t Wait | Fish Of Gold
  18. Young or old? Here’s how to tell | The Crayon Files
  19. The Elders of Us | Wired With Words
  20. Aging with grace and acceptance | Ezhealthcents
  21. I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years | imagination
  23. Thirsty thirties | Scent of Rina
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge: GOLDEN YEARS | Thinking Languages!
  25. Wholehearted living… One day at a time. | masknolonger
  26. You’re As Old As You Feel | A Day In The Life
  27. Social Media has changed me | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  28. Golden Years | Icezine
  29. Counting The Scars/ Weekly Writing Challenge | standinginthestorm
  30. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Golden Years | Mirth and Motivation
  31. Fearless Youth | the intrinsickness
  32. Golden Years | mnemosynesandlethe
  33. Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years | MythRider
  34. i am always looking | y
  35. nobody has said if | y
  36. Age is Just a Number | Random Words
  37. The Age of a New Season | Mary J Melange
  38. Stories From My Mind
  39. It is OK, I am here | jessicadafoe
  40. We’re Still Aging! | theeyelife
  41. Age isn’t defined by a number (unless you’re a minor…). | …Properly Ridiculous…
  42. Working Girl | Never Stationary
  43. Golden Years (DPChallenge) | Between Madness & Euphoria
  44. “Unforgotten” | Cosmic Heroism
  45. And Here We Are, Stuck Moving Forward | A Cool Glass of Lemonade
  46. Age is Just a Number – – Ha! Age is a Bunch of Numbers! | Once Upon Your Prime. . .
  47. Y’alright? | TNT
  48. GOLDEN WHAT? | SERENDIPITY
  49. Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years | KiwiBee’s Chaos
  50. A Letter to Myself…(WP weekly writing challenge) | Daily Observations
  51. Is there an app for that? | the REmissionary
  52. Moving Through the Ages | In the Spaces Between Words and Images
  53. The Miracle | Rolbos ©
  54. Birthday Muttering & The Space Time Continuum | Unload and Unwind
  55. Life is a Terminal Disease, Thank God! | jlaneb
  56. Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years | Thoughts of an INFP
  57. Kids Make the Best Bookies: A Childhood Gambled on God and the Mob | reinventing the event horizon
  58. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Nursing Reunion (Golden Years) | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  59. 48. EMBRACING TOMORROW | Gateway of Infinite Pathways
  60. Weekly Writing Challenge: (Tarnished) Golden Years « cognitive reflection
  61. Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years | Of Glass & Paper
  62. Age is relative… | Hope* the happy hugger
  63. here we are, the | y
  64. golden years | yi-ching lin photography
  65. A master of sugar craft – (passion and destiny) | Travelandfoodworldwide
  66. The Defining Number | Through The Eyes Productions
  67. DP Challenge -Golden Years | My Other Blog
  68. What do age and time really mean? | jenniferannefleming
  69. Things Pondered: Life, Aging and the Meaning of It All | Sweet Tea and Poetry
  70. Maiden, Mother, Crone: all in one | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
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  72. Goodbye my Child | Victoria.K.Gallagher
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Living With the Specter of Cancer – YW WWC 152

We all have family history. The adventures and achievements of our ancestors can trace their way over decades and oceans. Exploits that include the building of nations, fighting of wars and beginning the family tree that branches out over several generations. It is something we are all interested in and proud to share. But what if something darker weaves its way into the family history? What then do we do with it?

Perhaps I have led you down a more sinister path than intended. I am not about to confess my family has a hidden history of law breaking or mass murder that has been hidden. You must forgive my dramatic nature, but I feel when you learn the direction I am going you will understand the reason for my theatrical introduction.

I am a survivor of the ravage of Cancer upon my family. I consider myself a Cancer survivor of a different kind. You see I have never been diagnosed with this horrid disease. However, I have lived through the experience with each member of my core birth family, meaning my brother, father and mother.

There was only four of us growing up and now I am the last remaining member of the group. You cannot imagine the overwhelming loss that comes with this experience. Not only do you lose family members, you lose all the history yo had with them. You know what I mean, Christmases, vacations, or basically any day-to-day experience that created a memory that you cannot share anymore. I mean I am lucky enough to remember most everything, but eventually that too shall pass.

Beyond that however is the real crux of the issue created here. It is the overwhelming dread that one day I will complete the circle of family members that die from this disease. I can remember when my first family member died with this disease, my maternal grandmother who had breast cancer when she died from another cause in 1994. Cancer was only a word then, something that changed lives, but not something with a personal connotation to me.

Over the next 5 years I would lose a grandmother, dear Christian mentor, my brother and father to this abomination. Cancer suddenly became an ominous foe, one that I felt I had to personally battle. To that end I got involved with the American Cancer society through their Relay for Life events, an annual fund-raising weekend with the goal of increasing research and outreach. This gave me the forum to connect with other survivors of the traditional sort and the kind I claim to be.

But the cure is elusive and the carnage continues. After a reprieve of sort Cancer claimed my mother eleven years after my father and cemented my place as the sole remainder of my core family. My burden is knowing that the family history is a very serious consideration in my medical future.

How do I deal with this? Sometimes I deal better than others. I think this is the right time to share another common thread with you. My brother died when he was twenty-nine, my dad was fifty-nine and guess what, my mother was sixty-nine. I know it is a simple coincidence. So was the fact that they all died from the effects of Cancer. But I still have a concern, because this year I celebrate year number forty-nine.

Every time I have an unusual or unexplained pain that haunting thought fights its way back to my conscious mind. My faith gives me peace and that is how I can face the possibility.

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