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It’s been quiet around here, I know.

In spite of my best intentions (I was going to blog regularly and fully engage in social media this year, really I was), I have withdrawn from the online world in a big way, doing most of my reading and writing on paper rather than screens. I’ve developed a strong and sudden aversion towards my computer, and all that it contains and connects me to, and find myself leaving my laptop closed for days at a time. I’ve even deleted the Facebook app from my phone. I know!

That being said, I have been having a lot of fun over on my Instagram page. If you hang out over there, come find me so we can connect. :-)

As for the photo, I took it a few weeks ago while visiting the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture in Joshua Tree, a remarkable place that is off the beaten path but well worth seeking out if you’re in the area!

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cabotfencej.jpgI didn’t encounter any abandoned bedsprings while I was in the desert yesterday but I did stumble upon a few ramshackle fences which is almost as good!

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IMG_1471edit_edited-2Thought I’d pop in and wish you all a very belated Happy New Year before January gets away from me and we’re celebrating Cupid and, in the U.S. at least, a vague holiday dedicated to no particular president. It’s been non-stop activity for me this month but I did manage to take a spontaneous drive down to the desert today and it did me a world of good to just poke around and take a few photos, something I hadn’t done in a while. Unusual plant life, decay and dilapidation, and lots of rusty junk…I was definitely in my happy zone. I’ll post more shots over the next several days. Until then, sweet dreams, peeps!

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ImageDisp-27How about that? After falling so far behind, my final post for this project and the last day of the year have somehow fallen into alignment!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has spent time here in my little corner of the Internet this year. Thanks, also, to my subscribers for putting up with this last-minute barrage of posts. I appreciate you sticking with me!

I’ll be taking a little break from the blogosphere but will return to a regular, if less demanding, posting schedule soon.

Wishing you all much opportunity, growth and fulfillment in 2015.

Happy New Year!

(Photo taken with a Canon EOS 500 SLR and Kodak Max 400 color print film.)

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ferris6.jpgA story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. ~ Graham Greene

That being said, I am so looking forward to the new year! :-)

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IMG_5906It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.
~ John Burroughs,
Winter Sunshine

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IMG_6227Took this one last spring but it’s still representative of what’s going on in my yard right now. Frost is here, snow is on the way this afternoon, and my very-confused lilac bush is in full bud!