Once in a while, I love to check out Young Adult books. After this one that I just finished, I think I might do that more often. I don’t remember from where, how or when I first heard about The Sky Is Everywhere(by Jandy Nelson). I don’t even remember reserving it at the library, but apparently I did, because I’d received a collection notice for the book. As soon as I started it, I was hooked. I brought it along with me wherever I went and would pull it out to read whenever I had the chance –while waiting in the car to pick up the kids, while on the train, while on the bus. I didn’t care that others would see me chuckle to myself or wipe tears from my face. I love the quirky little poems and also how they’re scattered and “found” throughout the book. I love the cool dorkiness. If you want a great read, definitely check out The Sky Is Everywhere.
I got out of the train, saw a couple looking at their phone and their tablet, obviously tourists. I walked up to them asking if I could help. It turned out that they were looking for the War Veterans Cemetery. Right before I got off the train, I was thinking to myself that I should walk around and take some pictures, seeing that I already had the camera out with me. I offered to lead them to the cemetery myself and once there I decided to walk the hiking trail all the way home –in my high-heeled boots, up and down the trail, let me add. If I’d taken the minibus, I could’ve been home in less than 10 minutes. Instead, it took me 1.5 hours. Painful though my feet are now, I’m glad I did what I did. Because…. look what I found!
When someone lets me cut in on their lane, I make it a point to raise my hand to acknowledge their kind gesture. I appreciate it, too, when they do same when I let them in. A favor deserves a thank you –in whatever form one can manage. It really does make my day when I see bus drivers raise (or wave) their hands when another lets them in. There’s nothing like a little road courtesy and kindness to keep the good vibes going.
I wish that just by looking at this picture, I can feel the warmth of the fire. It’s been pretty cold here the last few days. I know it’s nowhere near as cold as where most of you are, where it’s snowing and all, but 11oC is pretty cold for here.
I used to shy away from shooting in the too-bright sun, but now I actually love what it gives me. Especially when there are objects to partially block it, giving me some great shadows to offset the brightness.