WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: MY FAVORITE PLACE

Paradise isn’t a place.

It’s a feeling.

E. L. Boyer
an outcropping of Anastasia limestone
Sunrise

Toni 3/25/18

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IN A BARRIER ISLAND STATE OF MIND

 

I start the day with happy-go-larky beach music. 

Hutchinson Island coastline

High-octane joy. Sweet.

Indian River lagoon, porch view

 

Seismic waves turn inside out, break, and spit clouds of mist.  At the water’s edge, a Lohengrin-ing couple exchange vows. Cue the sextet.

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Heaven on Earth

 

There’s nothing like a little beach music.

I can’t live without it.  And dancing!  Like *The Carolina Shag.

MALIBU,CALIFORNIA – JULY 15,1956: Actress Natalie Wood dances with actor Hugh O’Brian during the Thalians Beach Ball in Malibu,California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Shagging was born on the beaches of South Carolina.

High-stepping and Hollywoodish, teens in the 1940s cut loose to “beach music.”

 

 

 

 

Beach music.  It’s a cold beer on a warm night with a hot date and no plans for tomorrow.  Now that’s high-octane joy.

 

 

*Grab your Valentine and give it a try!

Toni 2/13/18

 

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AULD ACQUAINTANCE MAY BE FORGOT. BUT NEW YEAR’S EVE? IT NEVER GROWS OLD.

 

Here it comes, New Year’s Eve.  Really, is there a more happy-go-larky holiday than that?   (Well, maybe. St Patrick’s Day, amirite?)

My New Year’s resolution?  I will be less laz.  — Jim Gaffigan

Setting New Year’s resolutions is believed to go as far back as Babylonian times. It’s said that Julius Caesar started the tradition of making resolutions on January 1st as a way to honor the Roman mythical god Janus, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past year and forward to the new one.

Hmm, think back to your resolutions from last January. Did you follow through? Do you even remember what they were?  Right.  Neither do I.

So, why make more resolutions this year?

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The ‘I will be more organized’ resolution. Look familiar?

 

Resolutions, so not for me.

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.  – Brad Paisley 

 

I’m throwing out the rule book (again) this year. I’m setting a goal to set no goals. I’m going to welcome 2018 with a positive mindset about how great it’s going to be. Zero pressure to do anything other than to be present, open-minded to positive change, kind and compassionate to others.

I see no point in setting the same resolutions I used to in the past. Remember that guy Albert Einstein?

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Why perpetuate feelings of failure and inadequacy, that’s so totally negative.

Instead, if it feeds your soul, do it. If it makes you want to get out of bed in the morning with a smile, carry on.

Look ahead, good things are planned for us.

And, finally, be thankful for the victories.  Celebrate them, great and small.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Toni 12/31/17

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