On being a Lighthouse and Other Necessities

in #monochromemonday8 months ago (edited)


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A lighthouse is visible guidance to a ship's Captain. Warning of dangerous reefs or the treacherously rocky coasts, they serve as a guide for all who may be lost.

Are you a lighthouse?


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Ethics were his internal beacon on how to live his life. One of my lighthouses.

There was something unique about these elderly people that I saw every day; some on the streets that I walk, some - in my different walks of life. I have memorized their creased faces and the almost frayed clothing they wore, wondered about the slight indication of arthritis in their hands - a distinguishing mark of their agedness. A few of the best lessons in my life have been taught by some of them. “What you are begins with you” or “Respect” They totally understood the importance of leaving some kind of legacy behind. They have all but disappeared from the neighborhood landscape, these keepers of the streets.


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On the rocks sounds so devastatingly tragic, and slightly uncomfortable. After all, position is everything.

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Today is #MonochromeMonday by #Old-Guy-Photos! I know I am running a little late here, but, I think I made it on time. Barely. Hurry! You can still make it! Throw up a monochrome or three.


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A little bit ragged from wear and tear of the season, but, hanging on for dear life. I hope to be just as tenacious if I need to be.


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And when we find ourselves
In the place just right,
We will be in the valley
Of Love and Delight - Shaker Hymn


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We have it so good.
We enjoy it so much.
We express it so little.
It can make your heart shine like the stars in the universe.
The most beautiful feeling in the world.


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As always, there must be a flower. This flower is dedicated to #MondayRed by @Kalemandra who colors my world every single day.

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And just like that, this post is over. From beginning to end, I'll do it again, probably tomorrow. Have an amazing day! Do something fabulous!

I want to take a moment to thank @Old-Guy-Photos for hosting the #MonochromeMonday challenge. Join the tag and have some fun with it!

Have a great week ahead! 💖



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they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,

"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"

warsan shire



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I have had a bit of a rough spell lately, even for me lol...but this post was awesome. You may not know it, but I love all things nautical and especially lighthouses! Thanks a bunch for taking part in MonochromeMonday!

Well, you know I like #TreeTuesday better, right? ;)

There is something about trees that really delights the soul. Perhaps what they do for the world, hand in hand with Mother Nature. But, you know that I am tickled pink you like my lighthouse. I do love them, although I find them challenging to photograph.

#MonochromeMonday is my pleasure, of course.

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I would love to swim there :)
Nice picture

You got me there. I am pretty sure I wouldn't. Thank you and have a great night!

Love your photos...full of story with black & white photography 😊

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. Much appreciated! Have a great night!

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Creases on the face show the map of life!

A lighthouse in the dark everyday with your cheerful face Denise and positive thoughts, poetry and kindness.

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Going to let my hair down and have a wonderful day for sure Denise. Sun is shining blue skies above have yourself a wonderful day too.

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Am I a lighthouse? What a question. Well, I think the best that I could answer is "I AM TRYING MY BEST TO." Safe as it may seem, I am living to be so. To be a lighthouse to guide my little fellow is my utmost privilege in life.

Thank you for being an inspiration, as always, Denise @dswigle. 😍

That was such a sweet reply, Ging. @gingbabida That is exactly how I feel about my kids and hope to always be their light in the midst of a storm in their life.

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello, leaving your words behind.

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Buen dia amiga,inicio admirando esas tonalidades blanco y negro de sus fotos,y a cerca del escrito como desearia ser un buen faro,y es muy cierto wue ya esos guardianes los años han echo estragos con ellos y estan alejados,ya a esas edades quisieran pero no pueden,saludos y muy fuera de lo comun su trabajo por el colorido

Muchas gracias. Siempre pienso en las personas como faros, guiando a otros a un lugar seguro o mejor para ellos.

Estoy haciendo un desafío monocromo, por eso elegí el blanco y negro. ¡Espero que estes teniendo un gran dia!

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Let the waves rolling and keep enjoying the moments :)

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Wow, this red flowers are really pretty and nice lighthouse photography.

Thank you so much @kamrunnahar! I love the ocean and the rocks surrounding the lighthouses. I think they make rather interesting scenery! I hope you are having a great day!

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I'm with @old-guy-photos anything nautical and lighthouses having a special place in my heart <3

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Thank you! I was born and raised on the Atlantic shores of Connecticut and I agree! The nautical still warms me inside as well.

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What an awesome post I do love lighthouses even though i have got very few shots of them thats something i need to work on

I love your question are you a lighthouse, my honest answer is I dont know but it has got me thinking

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Now, that really surprises me! Especially since the kids are in Massachusetts. See here You will be having a blast when you relocate! There is so much to do, you won't miss New York City!

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I know that when you go there, it is for family time, but, that will change once you move up there. I think you will be so very happy, and you will become one of those uppity yuppities who winter in Florida. LOL

Thank you for stopping by and I can definitely say you are a lighthouse, people are always learning from you and you are always helping everyone out, including myself. So, thank you for that and so much more!

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I did do two trips with Lulu to find lighthouses here in CT both times I took a zig when I should have zagged and never found the and that was using a GPS, the only times i generally see then when driving along and can't stop or its a rainy day and not good for photos, but now with your link you shared and thanks so much for that I will try and get to see someof these when we move there

Ohh I know I will miss NYC, but hopefully will find new things and keep myself busy.

I try and help when I can but still am not sure I am a lighthouse

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You just like posting photos that I would love to use as creative inspiration for art.. don't you Denise? Man that lighthouse shot is AWESOME!! Did you take that? Where is that one located? So cool. As always.. A beautifully written post with perfectly complimentary poem :-)

Portland Head Light, which is a historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is actually the main shipping lane and goes into Portland Channel. I believe it is the oldest lighthouse in Maine.

I am so glad you like it. I have a million lighthouse shots, but, of course, you know that is an exaggeration! I have a few less, to be honest.

I take all of the pictures that I post, but once in a blue moon, I may use one to emphasize a point, but, it will always be sourced. Thank you always for such kind, generously worded comments. So very sweet of you! And yes! The words are mine too. :)

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello, leaving your words behind! Have a great night!

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Thank you sweetness. Love you too.

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Love your analogy of the lighthouses! Sad, so many of the seniors are no longer found as part of the street scene! There is so much you can learn from them!
Beautiful monochrome! Something I haven't done much in but it does give a good effect.
Thanks for sharing!

Isn't that sad? It is the way I grew up in a Northeastern neighborhood where elders ruled! I actually don't work in monochromes very much either, only when I have to. :)

To me, they are difficult to picture exactly which one would look good in black and white as opposed to color. I am one of those that doesn't have the vision for that. But, I am learning.

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Isn't that the truth! I love meeting random people of age like that. The things I learn from them is invaluable. Nothing you would read in a book, or sure.

Le sigh.

Life used to be so cool like that long ago and far away. Before people got busy with earning and accumulating more wealth. Elders watched over the neighborhood, teaching guiding and befriending the kids. Times have sure changed.

I hope you are having a great weekend!

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