Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life (The Joy of Art) 2

For this week’s challenge, Cheri asks that we, “document the movement (or stillness) of a street: tell a story with your snapshot, capture a scene that reveals a bit about a place, or simply show us where you live — or a path you often take.”

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that brings a street to life.

– Cheri

Baltimore’s Gaia joined Hawaii artists, Prime, Solomon Enos, and Estria to create a mural of Queen Lili’uokalini and King Kalakaua.

Baltimore’s Gaia joined Hawaii artists, Prime, Solomon Enos, and Estria to create a mural of Queen Lili’uokalini and King Kalākaua for this year’s Pow Wow Hawaii.

Queen Lili’uokalani succeeded her brother King Kalākaua after his death in January 1891. She was overthrown in 1893 by a group of advocates of a Republic for Hawaii led by Sanford B. Dole. This was after she sought to amend the Hawaii constitution to restore some of the power lost during her brother’s reign. Ironically “Aloha ‘Oe” was composed by Queen Lili’uokalani.

Pow Wow Hawaii is a week-long event that started in 2011 to celebrate art and culture. I know the event brings life to the neighborhood of Kaka’ako. I think the art that remains continues to give the street life too.

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Finding Joy) Inside 2

Common WaxbillReal joy means immediate expansion. If we experience pure joy, immediately our heart expands. We feel that we are flying in the divine freedom-sky. The entire length and breadth of the world becomes ours, not for us to rule over, but as an expansion of our consciousness. We become reality and vastness.
― Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace

Go to Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside to see others’ response to the challenge.

When Angels Cry (Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective) 2

When Angels Cry
When Angels Cry

Yes, I’ve finally learned
That love is just a four letter word
Hope is a four letter word. — Janis Ian

It’s the last line of Janis Ian’s song, “When Angels Cry.

When I was trying to decide what to photograph for this week’s WordPress photo challenge, the glimmer of the angel’s tear caught my eye. She watches over the grave of our Welsh Corgi, our true angel. I know he would not want to cause tears unless they were tears of joy.

That is why I spent time looking for songs about angels crying until I found the perfect one to go with this photo. During the process I found other songs about angels crying that I also liked including:

  1. Doro’s Even Angels Cry
  2. Jars of Clay’s song by the same name, Even Angels Cry
  3. Mariah Carey’s Angels Cry

All four songs are excellent, but Janis Ian’s song spoke to me for the purpose of this post because it really describes our angel.

Although I do believe angels can cry, this angel’s tears were simply raindrops as you can see in the second photo below.

Not tears.

Raindrops, not tears.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned 2

We all get caught up in our lives and forget there are so many who have worse problems than we do, so today I am grateful that I had parents who supported me, and I salute children in foster care who have so many obstacles to overcome. May the world become a kinder place for them and may their families heal from whatever destroyed them. Bless everyone who helps them with this goal.

This post is inspired by the WordPress weekly photo challenge:

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that shows us abandoned.

– Cheri