January 1, 2018

Pictures and Quotes: 2018 Begins

Right now I feel annoyed at Blogger because an accidental keystroke deleted a long post and I can no longer retrieve it the way we used to be able to! So I have to start over, and the good news is, this is going to be shorter. The bad news is it won't be as gentle or detailed because I am feeling stressed over the loss of almost an hour's work. Onward...

I'm linking to Random-osity, City Daily Photo, and Monday Murals.

The Good: The January Theme for City Daily Photo is Photo of the Year 2017. I selected this one from almost a year ago because it stands out in my mind as representing the year 2017. A woman at a peaceful demonstration in front of the historic Shenandoah County Courthouse holds a sign saying "Hate does not make America great."

I'm grateful that we have the freedom to express ourselves.
The Random: I read today's Daily Word in search of inspiration for the new year. The topic was "New Beginning." The essay moved into a meditative exercise: "I move my attention gently and purposefully into my heart space. I become fully present in this moment, taking a deep, conscious breath. I ask myself, What is mine to begin?"

I made an illustration of the idea using a photo of Front Royal at night.

The Fun: Back in Woodstock, the town has encouraged artists to decorate utility boxes. This one has a famous quote from J. R. R. Tolkien: "Not all those who wander are lost."

For the New Year: I wish you freedom of expression, a vision of your life's path, and the ability to wander as you desire.


  1. Nice set of words - and when things seem crazy, I like the next bit of the JRRT words 'deep roots are not reached by the frost'

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  2. Hello, the utility box painting is awesome. We do need the freedom of expression. Great post! I wish you and yours all the best in 2018, happy New Year! Have a great day and new week!

  3. Happy New Year! Sorry to hear about the loss of work. I know how frustrating that can be. These are all great choices and are very creative.

  4. Happy New Year, Linda. I love that first image with the sign. It looks great processed like that. I hear you on the frustrations losing a long written piece. I hate that and usually have to step away and try again another time because I'm angry and that's not good.
    Wishing you the best!

  5. Happy new year for you all.
    I prevent losing posts, by keeping a Word doc where I write my texts and when posting I just copy and paste it to the blog. This way if one day my blog vanish into the space I have all texts (and also photos) archived.

  6. Sorry you lost your first post, but I enjoyed your recreated one! Love your first photo, and totally agree with the lady's sign. Thanks for a bit of inspiration to start the new year.

  7. Nice sentiments and beautiful art on the utility box. Happy New Year and thanks for visiting Rosyfinch Ramblings!

  8. I love that Tolkien quote!

    I've had that happen with a keystroke. I remember once losing an entire post in my writing blog that way.

  9. Fantastic mural. So realistic. Happy New Year. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

  10. oh no, i am sorry about losing your post, how frustrating...i want to re-do my blog but am afraid i'll really mess it up! the artwork on that utility box is amazing! happy new year linda!

  11. May your new year be far less frustrating than loosing all of your hard work on this post! A happy, healthy, and prosperous 2018 to you!

  12. Happy New Year Wishes

    All the best Jan


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