Achievement — Have you just run 26.2 miles, finished a long-term project, or met a personal goal? This week, show us an achievement.

My best achievement seems to be staying alive, but my husband, Garry Armstrong, has won a few awards in his day, Most recently — and memorably — was his induction into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame last September 12, 2013.

It was a well-earned recognition for a lifetime of public service as a television news reporter and journalist.

A fantastic day!


By Hand — What’s the best present you’ve ever received that was handmade by the giver, not store-bought? Tell us what made it so special.

Garry and Divot
Garry and Divot

I’m not sure what to say. You mean, the lumpy ashtrays kids make in school? The kids don’t even think much of them, but we all ooh and aah over them like we have a budding Rembrandt in our midst. Because buttressing the egos of our fledglings is our job.

96-Garry-618Of course, both the nascent Rembrandt and his/her admirers know it ain’t so, but we appreciated the sentiment and good intentions.

So I’ll go with the concept of “not store-bought” as the major factor in this story.

One bright Christmas, Garry had a pictures taken of him and our two dogs, Divot and Pagan. He signed it, and had it framed. Both dogs have long since passed and Garry doesn’t look like that any more, but that was the best gift.

It captured a time and a place that would soon be gone, but because of Garry’s gift, lived with us for decades longer.


Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #20

I thought I’d start with a little traveling’ music. Because there’s something about the open road and music playing. You want to tap your feet, but you can’t, because you’ve got those pedals.

Boston road signs

So you drive faster — if you can and traffic allows — until the sound of the road under your wheels matches the music. Then you just hope the cops don’t nail you for speeding.

road to skowhegan Rt 201


The music and the trees and the road and all the little towns through which you travel become one, part of a single experience. Traveling. Rolling on and it feels like it’ll last forever.

road to skowhegan Rt-201

Maine autumn roads


Share Your World – 2014 Week 45

What is your favorite color? 

For clothing, red and black, in combination. But some of the greens shades are right up there, especially paired with taupe. I’m not really stuck on a single color. It would be easier to list the colors I don’t like.

In what do you find the simplest of joys?

Nice weather. A comfortable, sunny day does it for me. And a camera!


Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

I’d love having a little photo studio. A clean white room with a lighting setup. Good for portraits, but cozy enough for product shots.

What is at least one of your favorite quotes?

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. — Robert Hanlon

If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. — Michael Crichton

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  — Arthur C. Clarke


Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! — The Red Queen, Lewis Carroll‘s Through the Looking-Glass