Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos showing animals: farm animals, forest animals, you name it. I’m sharing animals I saw at the Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo.

What will you choose to share?

Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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Mural Monday

North Clark St., Chicago

North Clark St., Chicago

My first Monday Murals post, which is graciously hosted by Sami. Check out other murals from all over the world, by clicking here.

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Silent Sunday

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Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

LaoWhy 86, who’s fluent in Chinese and lived there for years, longer than I did, explains how China’s beginning a big campaign to win the hearts and minds of Westerners.

He’s always interesting.

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Sepia Saturday

Jean Weil In ABC Studios Making Transatlantic Phone Call : Jewish Women’s Archives (Sepia Saturday 574)

Every week Sepia Saturday gives bloggers a visual prompt. This week’s prompt has inspired me to comb through the Library of Congress archives for images of radio.

Great Lakes Naval training station radio class., None. [Between 1909 and 1920] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016821840/.

Harris & Ewing, photographer. Radio., None. [Between 1910 and 1920] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016855303/.

Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. Radio Station Studio. United States, None. Between 1980 and 1990. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2011635985/.

People Watching a Radio Broadcast. 1981. KWY. https://digital.library.temple.edu/digital/collection/p15037coll3/id/71095.

Radio still entertains and informs today. I’m listening now to Open Line on WMBI as I always do as I blog on Saturdays.

If you want to see more Sepia Saturday posts, click here.

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Sculpture Saturday

Saturday Sculpture encourages bloggers to share photos of any and all kinds of sculptures.

To join, you need to:

1. Share a photo of a sculpture on your blog.

2. Link or ping back here to No Fixed Plans, the new hub for the challenge.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try.

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Which Way Challenge

I love the greenery surrounding this trail in “The Grove.”

Hosted by Alive and Trekking, the weekly Which Way Challenge inspires bloggers to share photos of ways including: 

  • Roads:  gravel, asphalt, cobbled, dirt, freeway, expressway, highway, bridges
  • Indoor walkways:  hallways, aisles, people movers
  • Outdoor walks:  sidewalks, paths, trails
  • Stairs, elevators, escalators, or steps
  • Railway tracks, monorails, ski lifts
  • Runways and tarmacs
  • Ferries, canals and locks
  • Parking lots, private driveways
  • Tunnels
  • Signs of any kind:  directional, informational, store signs, wind vanes
  • Maps that are posted as signs
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Weekend Coffee Share

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, it’d be in the shade in the morning before it got up to 90°F (30°C). I wilt in the heat.

Tuesday I went walking at The Grove, a nature center not far from me that I’d never been to. They have a wonderful center where you can see live snakes, huge turtles, reptiles and a wide array of taxidermy.

The Kennicott family moved to The Grove in the 19th century and their son Robert was a naturalist. Robert explored Illinois and Russian Alaska.

Sunday I went to St. Mary of the Angels for their tri-lingual (English, Spanish, Polish) mass and Corpus Christi procession. The children were encouraged to wear their first communion clothes. Two little girls strew flowers at the front of the procession.

Yesterday I got my haircut. I went into the city and taking the train was quite nice. The cars are super clean and there aren’t many riders so you aren’t crammed together. I wasn’t totally surprised that a lot of the shops along my 4 or 5 block walk were out of business. Quite a shame.

I finished reading Stanislaus Lem’s Solaris after watching both film adaptations. I’m not a sci-fi fan, but this was compelling. I’ll put up a review soon.

My library’s renovated lobby opened up. It’s very modern, with lots of self-check out machines, which are very expensive. It’s nice and airy, but it’s a pity that there’ll be less human contact. I suppose that’s our coming Brave New World.

Today Illinois is now in stage 5 of COVID Reopening. As I understand, this means if you’re fully vaccinated you don’t need to wear a face covering inside venues. Also, large buildings can allow 60% occupancy. There’s no need to sign up to attend church. Churches are still offering online services.

To read more Weekend Coffee Shares, click here.


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Cee’s Black & White Challenge


Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of faces of any kind. As always, we’re encouraged to be creative.

What will you share?

To see more wonderful pictures, click here.

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Thursday Door Challenge

Thursday Doors is a weekly blogging challenge allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

To get to the hub where you’ll find links to dozens of doors, click here.

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