The Wizard

Back in the day when I was younger (ha!), I had a tribe of friends who all hung out together.  All of us were single parents just trying to make it.  We did just fine, especially when we banded together.

And then there was the wizard …

The wizard was a voice on the other end of a phone line (long before cell phones) who would give us sage advice.  We always had to go through one of our friends to talk to the wizard.  No exceptions.  None of us could get this friend to give up the wizard’s phone number.  It was such a fun game we played.  He made us laugh every time we talked to him.

As it turns out, the wizard was one of our circle of friends.  Funny how none of us put two and two together to figure out that he was always missing from the crowd when the wizard was available on the phone.  Hmmm … maybe we just wanted to believe in this magical, mystical creature; or maybe we just didn’t want the game to end.

This photo is of a pen that I bought at a street fair years ago and as soon as I saw it, knew I had to have it to commemorate the “wizard.”  Namaste’

Wizard.signed

Catching Up with Pictures

Today I decided to put together some of my favorite pics from our vacation last week.  OK, so maybe I’m cheating just a little but I promised some folks that I’d do this.

Picmonkey has a great way to do a quick collage, so I did.  The two cute doggies belong to the lady whose house we stayed in.  Darryl’s sister is a pet-sitter and Bear and Angie’s “mom” kindly offered her house to us while she is away.  We enjoyed spending time and having fun with these two little darlings so much!

The pic to the right is the first thing you see in the lobby of the Orleans casino (where, of course, we made a deposit and no withdrawals).  It seems to me these cool cats should be playing WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHIN’ IN.

The red shoes were actually a ceramic decoration I saw in the hutch in the kitchen and thought they were just so unique.  It looks like they might be a memento from Spain.

And the lovely purple flowers were growing in her back yard.  Since I am a purple lover, they just had to get into the collage.  Click to enlarge the image.  Namaste’

The Color of Kindness

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
~Dalai Lama

Thank you to all my readers who sent good wishes for a nice vacation.  I do appreciate all of you.  I wish I could read all of your blog posts and send my comments.  I’m trying to catch up.  May take a while.

Today’s image is one that I took while on vacation in Nevada this past week.  My sister-in-law, Carryl, got permission from her neighbor for me to photograph this unusual flower. Her yard is lush with beautiful, colorful plants and flowers. I admire people who have a green thumb (and whose husband is a landscaper) :-). I have no idea what this flower is but I thought it to be just lovely.

Kindness (to me) is the color of purple.  It’s also the color I use when I meditate, visualizing the violet flame of healing, forgiveness, protection and peace.  Namaste’

On Vacation

I know; I know! No post yesterday.  Decided to take a short vacation and will catch up with my 366 project when I return.  Stay tuned.  Have camera; will travel. Next post will be Monday, 28th.  Hope everyone has a safe and joyful Memorial Day.  Namaste’