Travel Theme: White

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…
We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
~Mother Teresa
(Peacemaker) If you would like to join in this travel theme in honour of the International Day of Peace, here’s what to do:

Create your own post and call it Travel Theme: White. Put a link to this page in your post so others can find it. Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes.

May peace and beauty be yours wherever you go.

Watching the rain

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
~ Umberto Eco

Travel Theme: Texture

I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it… I always want to see the third dimension of something… I want to come alive with the object.
– Andrew Wyeth

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

…with some of my favorite people.

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best
in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—
this is to have succeeded.”

~ Bessie Anderson Stanley ~

I always enjoy seeing what others take on the challenge is each week. You can see many more great interpretations of “Everyday Life’ by clicking here or on one of the links below.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far


© Joy Cannis and Even A Girl Like Me, 2012

“Who doesn’t get excited when seeing an engine roaring down the track
and hearing the whistle blow, announcing it’s presence?
If only the engine could talk and tell us where it’s been.
Oh, the stories it would tell.”

© Joy Cannis and Even A Girl Like Me, 2012

“The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.”
Audre Lorde

© Joy Cannis and Even A Girl Like Me, 2012

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
C.S. Lewis

© Joy Cannis and Even A Girl Like Me, 2012

“‘How shall we build a fortress?’ he asked.
‘Brick by brick with mortar in-between.
All the while praying that it will withstand all forces of man.'”

© Joy Cannis and Even A Girl Like Me, 2012

“Endurance is patience concentrated.”
Thomas Carlyle

© Joy Cannis and Even A Girl Like Me, 2012

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Isaac Newton

There are so many interesting depictions of the challenge this week. View them all here


Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

“It happens before you know it…the handprints get higher and higher…then suddenly they disappear”

So embrace every moment. There is no time to waste. Live, Explore, Make Memories. Relish the thought of sticky handprints and dirty soccer shoes. In the time it takes to clean them off, the season has passed. Look around, at all of the beauty in the making.

For more renditions of “Free Spirit” click here.

Five Minute Friday: Change



© Joy Cannis and Even A Girl Like Me, 2012

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.~Paulo Coelho

The topic for this week’s FMF post could not be more timely. Selfishly I like to think that God put it on Lisa-Jo‘s heart just for me.

I am experiencing change all around me. It’s not all bad, but unsettling nonetheless. The quote at the top of the page came from attempts to calm my nerves through hours of reading what different authors say about change. It sums it up well for me right now.

Change is a funny thing, it brings to the surface two very strong, competing emotions, fear and excitement.

Fear of the unknown.
Excitement for what the future holds.

For me, today, in this moment,
Change = Adventure.
I’ll keep you posted.

All that you touch
You Change.
All that you Change
Changes you.
The only lasting truth
is Change.
is Change.
~Octavia E. Butler


Wanna participate or just read more takes on the word change? Click here