Deep Freeze

In my new home I find myself outside of time, of routine and of purpose. I’ve had the bounty of living in very purposeful places over the last decade, able to hit the ground running on every landing. Here I have dropped down with a soft frozen thud; there is meant to be purpose here, but in sub-zero temperatures it’s difficult to spend much time outside in our new location, and working from home I see little more than the four walls that surround me.

The silence stretches out solidly enough that a frozen barrier has been extended between me and the rest of the world. Are we waiting for the summer sun to thaw us out? Like the maples in our yard, will I sit here looking skeletal and barren, yet inside teeming with life waiting to burst forth with the coming of a distant spring?

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Posted in response to Daily Prompt: “The Outsiders” –  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/daily-prompt-outside-2/

Sun-soaked city

I took this photo of the Amman skyline late one afternoon, in the five-minute window when the sun was painting the buildings a fiery orange before dipping quickly away below the opposite horizon. One of Amman’s most famous mosques crowns the cacophony of windows and roofs, against a pristine and spotless sky.

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Posted in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon.

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV | Behind the lines

 

 

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During our recent trip to Jordan, we enjoyed experiencing many amazing sites rich with the history of many civilizations that have passed through over the millennia. However, not all sites were accessible to us, and we remained separated from them only to peer from a distance at the poorly-maintained ruins and garbage discarded on the other side.

I highlight this experience in the above shot of the Amman Nymphium. The first chooses not to focus on the historical site itself, but rather on the fence that was the object of my own tourist’s focus and frustration.

The same shot, but this time bringing the ruins into focus is included below, for comparison. Personally I find the above version much more striking.

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Posted in response to An Unusual POV

Family without borders

This photo was taken of me (on the left) and my two sisters, at my youngest sister’s wedding in Guyana in January.

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Three years ago my little sister connected with her husband online through a mutual friend, and over time, long emails, and Skype dates they fell in love. She went to Guyana last year to work as an English teacher, and get to know him better in person. My husband and I went to visit them a few months later, and seeing them together, it was not hard to understand why they loved each other so much. We were overjoyed when they announced their engagement and plans to marry, and we all flew down for the wedding.

I love my little sister and brother-in-law so much, and wish they could be with us. Unfortunately our government continues to reject my brother-in-law’s application for a visa, originally to visit, and then for study (after being accepted and paying tuition in a technology program).

This picture shows our connection to each other, as sisters, but also her connection to her husband, his country and culture. Through their lives and love I hope we will all learn to build a world that allows for such union of peoples and countries, across borders and perceptions, and that they and their children will be able to call both countries their home.

Posted in response to Daily Prompt: Opposite Day  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/daily-prompt-opposite/