Share Your World – 2015 Week #14

What type of music relaxes you the most or do you prefer silence?

I love music, but I need to listen to it. If I am not paying attention, and it’s playing in the background, it’s noise. Either I am fully engaged or I want silence.

When I do listen, it’s usually classical music, probably because that was where my love of music began. When Garry and I are traveling, we listen to folk, or country, even older music from the forties or fifties. We are nothing if not eclectic.

I cannot listen to music and drive alone. I find music more distracting than words. Tell me I’m not the only one.

Show us a two of your favorites photographs? Explain why they are your favorite. If you are not a photographer, think of a two favorite scenes in your life and tell us about them.

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It was a terrible winter. I took this picture at the end of March. By the calendar, spring was well underway. No one told the river; it was partly frozen. The snow was piled so high I had to go to the road and shoot down. The snow was higher than I am tall.

Manchaug Falls, August 2011

These two pictures were taken less than a mile from home. They remind me that New England is amazing, filled with extraordinary natural beauty even when we are buried under 10 feet of snow.

dogs with bishop and gar

As for this last picture, I love the look on Garry’s face. I love that Bishop photobombed the picture. I love that everyone looks happy.

What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)

Garry and I watch seasonal movies. For Christmas, we watch “Christmas Story” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” We view “The Ten Commandments” at Easter/Passover. There are others. Movies are a language we share. They have memories and meanings that are special to us. Personal memories not shared by anyone else.

If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself? Or if you are younger than 25 what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 50?

I’ve gotten to a point where it makes more sense to figure out what I would tell myself at age 50. In which case, I’d tell myself to get better medical care. To take the time to go to Boston and be seen by experts. To not take the word of local doctors with dubious credentials. I probably wouldn’t listen to myself. I never do.

Categories: Music, Nature, New England, Photography

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14 replies

  1. I’m totally a background music kinda person… as I read through posts tonight, I have Music Choice 70’s on in the background. I’ll have the radio driving to work, then the Mecca muzak to keep me going through the work grind tonight. Dead air can drive me crazy sometimes….

    I’m glad you included the photo of the blue eyed dog again! I love seeing that one….


    • When I was younger, I could have background music playing all the time and I could tune it out. These days, it intrudes. I am grateful when I can simply turn it off. It really bothers me in public places, especially when it is obnoxious and loud.


  2. That waterfall photo is amazing. I grew up with classical music and music from the 40’s and 50’s and even earlier. On a Sunday there used to be a listeners request programme and generally it was the older generation who wrote in for their favourite music from war time – so Vera Lynn was a definite favourite. Also the photo from Garry with your babies is so much fun and full of love.


  3. I remember when you first posted that photo of Garry and your kids, they are all do adorable. 🙂

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  4. That waterfall is beautiful, and that photo of Garry and the gang is one of my favorites too. Bishop’s eyes crack me up everytime I see it !! 🙂


  5. Some folks can ignore or put background music IN the background.., I can’t. Like you, I was raised on classical so, having been a musician, and, to a degree, I still am I get involved even in an elevator or supermarket. I hear things others pay no attention to. Of course some of it is pure crap and I wish it wasn’t there and the good stuff is insulting in the way it’s being used. When driving I tend to lean more towards talk radio, or classic pop/rock.., but then the friggin high powered commercials get to me. What’s a music lover to do…???


    • I don’t know if I am a music lover, but it gets to me on a visceral level. I don’t hear music as much as I feel it. It sucks me in. Like you, elevator music annoys the crap out of me. I hate the way they play it everywhere. I can’t listen to it, but I can’t ignore it. I’m still trying to find THE definitive version of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. someday 😍


  6. I love it every time you post that photo of Garry and the dogs 🙂


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