Tell us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us OUTSIDE.

My Black and White Tuesday post included the news that I was posting a color photo of the evening sunset from the same Ferry trip on my new Facebook page.  Several of you clicked over to take a look (thank you!) but Vastly Curious sent me a very nice note asking if I could also share the photo here for anyone who doesn’t use Facebook.

Daily Prompt Outside

If you have successfully managed to stay outside the reach of Facebook this post is for you.


Photographers, artists, poets: show us SPEED.

Every September the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce hosts the Edmonds Classic Car Show filling our downtown area with hundreds of classic cars, live bands, great food and a lot of families having fun. We always stop by and Ryan and his cousins race from car to car trying to choose their favorite(s). Sometimes the bright colors win, sometimes the incredibly loud engines win and a few times originality has been the top feature.

When I saw today’s Daily Prompt: Speed I couldn’t resist showing a few of our family photos from the past two car shows. The cars return September, 8th 2013!

The First Lost Tooth


From the moment he lost his first tooth Ryan insisted he would keep them all forever.  The Tooth Fairy was kind enough to leave this first one behind, along with a shiny silver dollar…

Ryan’s teeth continue to fall out but while the anticipation of a visit from The Tooth Fairy has diminished, he still wants to keep them.  Now I find teeth in pockets, on the floor of the car and tucked in dresser drawers long after they left his mouth.  A quiet little sign that he is growing up in bits and pieces, too old for some myths and stories but still wanting to hold on to the excitement of loosing a tooth and keeping a souvenir.

Posted as part of the Daily Prompt:  First.

Standing Out in a Crowd

When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us STANDOUT.


Last weekend my family definitely stood out in the crowd.  Every year we come together for one big party to celebrate birthdays, cook a huge dinner and take at least one fun day trip as a group of goofy tourists.  My sister Erica organizes matching t-shirts and party favors around a theme and this year’s choice was Lego.    Now you know where my Wonder Woman mini-figure came from!

Not to be outdone by a group of 11 in the same t-shirts, pointing at a mountain, Ryan had to take it one step further and strike a pose all his own…that’s him fourth from the left on one leg.

Credit for this photo belongs to Erica who blogs at the lovely Growth and Possibility.  She has some beautiful photos and fun stories to share about her life and travels and if you enjoy my blog I know you will have a great time reading hers as well.

Posted as part of the Daily Prompt:  Standout

The Artist’s Eye

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ART.

Michelle W. – The Daily Prompt

My usual approach to a Daily Prompt post is to trust my instincts and write about the first thing that comes to mind.  This rule isn’t working for me today though as I am struck by so many different ways to respond to the challenge of showing art. I’m not sure how to choose a focus or if I even want to raise one form of art over another as my ideal representation.  I could dust off my Art History degree to write a serious post about how art and it’s appreciation  evolves with societal changes and the passage of time, but maybe a few photos of some favorite or ground-breaking pieces would communicate my point more clearly.  Of course I also love gardening and nature so images of the land and plants should represent another form of art. If I expand my thoughts a little more there is dance, literature, music, theater and photography to consider.  Even a great speech is part of the arts experience when delivered with emotion and honesty.

Instead of spending all night looking for the elusive, perfect photograph to portray my ever shifting vision of art I decided to post a picture that just makes me happy.  It shows a great ending to a beautiful day with family, yes another form of art, and I hope you like it.


What I Like About Travel

One of the things I enjoy most about travel is the chance to experience a brand new view during very normal moments. I’m sure most of us have been disappointed by a sub-par hotel room with an uninspiring view of the parking lot but I don’t take pictures of those mistakes… I do however take pictures of wide open skies and landscapes in new-to-me colors.

One mile from my home, in any direction, the view is pretty much guaranteed to be dominated by trees.   As my ideas for this post started to come together I stepped outside to take a few photos trying to find the sky through the trees.

Don’t get me wrong, I love trees and the shade they offer but every once in a while I really want to see an open horizon.

John, Ryan and I spent last week away from  home for a long awaited family vacation. Thursday’s forecast was for a very hot day but we woke up early and drove to my Aunt’s house in hopes of a short hike before the heat sent everyone indoors. Our reward was finding ourselves surrounded by new terrain and uninterrupted views of bright blue sky.

Open sky is something I always look for when travelling, what is on your list?

To see more great travel stories and methods take a look at the Daily Prompt: Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

Bookworms and Words

Tell us about the last book you read (Why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?). To go further, write a post based on its subject matter.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WORDS.  By Michelle W. on June 16, 2013


Every month I like to feature a book that opens with a great first line.  I quote the line, share a few of my memories about reading the book and include recommendations from past reviewers; my past choices are posted here.  For May I decided to take a slightly different approach and instead of selecting a book based on the authors opening sentences I chose one based on how those words made me feel.  I have read Terry Kay’s To Dance With The White Dog countless times and it always makes me cry but I thought my emotional reaction to the story would make a good beginning for a new post.

Well, June is half way through and I have yet to post my re-read review of To Dance With the White Dog as this time around the story hit too close to home.  It is still a wonderful novel but my life experiences have changed since my last read and the connections I feel with the characters and story line are not something I want to write about now.  I still recommend it though and will likely pick it up to read again in a few years if my old, well read copy holds together.


Sam Peek’s children are worried. Since that “saddest day” when Cora, his beloved wife of fifty-seven good years, died, no one knows how he will survive. How can this elderly man live alone on his farm? How can he keep driving his dilapidated truck down to the fields to care for his few rows of pecan trees? And when Sam begins telling his children about a dog as white as the pure driven snow — that seems invisible to everyone but him — his children think that grief and old age have finally taken their toll.

But whether the dog is real or not, Sam Peek — “one of the smartest men in the South when it comes to trees” — outsmarts them all. Sam and the White Dog will dance from the pages of this bittersweet novel and into your heart, as they share the mystery of life, and begin together a warm and moving final rite of passage.  From the back cover.

“Terry Kay is a perfect writer for those who love to read. His prose contains
music and passion and fire. His work is tender and heartbreaking and memorable.”
(New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy)

“This short book moves
like poetry….A loving eulogy to old age….A tender celebration of life, made
poignant by death being so close at hand.” (Los Angeles

“To Dance with the White Dog is what literature
is — or should be — all about….Kay is simply a miraculous writer….This
book…burns with life.” (Anne Rivers Siddons)

“A hauntingly beautiful
story about love, family, and relationships” (The Most Reverend Desmond M.

“A master storyteller.” (The Atlanta


My photograph for “Words” is an image of the box Ryan gave me for my birthday last week.  I love the simple yet heartfelt message and will use it to store the small gifts he has given me for birthdays and Mother’s Day.

My birthday gift from Ryan.

Daily Prompt: Everyday

Is being “normal” — whatever that means to you — a good thing, or a bad thing? Neither?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us EVERYDAY. The Daily Prompt – Michelle W.

After seven years our “Everyday” is about to change.  This playground at Edmonds Elementary is where my son’s school day has begun and ended everyday from Kindergarten through sixth grade. The wonderful group of 45 kids have shared everything for seven years but soon they will be split between two larger middle schools.  Ryan is going to miss the camaraderie of this great community but at the same time his excitement about middle school is building and we are all looking forward to the next step.


Photographers, show us JOURNEY – The Daily Post

Journey - Spring Break 2012

Spring Break 2012:  Four beach front Island cabins filled with 9 adults, 7 kids and 4 dogs.  Boat access only, no grocery stores , plenty of warm clothes, hiking, exploring and great memories.

Daily Prompt: Green

Green Yard 1

Today in the Daily Post the photography prompt is Green.  I almost posted this iPod picture a few weeks ago but in the end decided the finished image was too green to fit with my other photos.  Today it gets a second chance for a moment in the sun.

This is a small view of my back yard in April.