What I Have Yet To Do In My Life

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I belong to a writers group and each month we pick a prompt or topic to write about.  Last month was “One thing I have Yet To Do Or Want To Do But Haven’t Done”.  This is what I wrote.

I’m not sure I can name one thing I want to do, there are so many.

I want to:
– write a book about my life – a memoir maybe.
– make at least another 2 or 3 books of my photos.
– travel to Africa, China, South America, Hawaii and several more places.

I’ve lived a full and fulfilling life.  I’ve had romances and lovers and husbands.  I’ve traveled to numerous places.  I’ve overcome challenges, obstacles, fears and life threatening health issues.

Almost every day, I try to brighten the lives or days of people on Facebook by posting and sharing my photos of the beauty of the world.  I’ve given my photos away to charitable organizations, and I hope to continue to do both for a long time.

I’ve volunteered for and donated to several organizations including LifeCare Alliance (Meals on Wheels), Dublin A.M. Rotary and the Rotary Foundation.

So one thing that I want to do – nah.  Innumerable things – yeah.

But deep down inside me, it all narrows down to one or two things:
– One – Leaving a legacy – something that says “Roberta was here and she made a difference”
– And two – Furthering and enriching the growth of my soul with experiences and knowledge.  I believe in reincarnation, and I have to believe that the suffering I’ve endured was for the growth of my soul.

In the spirit of both of those things – leaving a legacy and enriching my soul, I have signed up to volunteer for two weeks in Cuba in January 2018.  I will be working with the Cuban people to teach English and also working with seniors.  I’m excited to be able to do this, and I’m looking forward to making a difference and to getting some great photographs.

So I will end there with those two things that I want to continue to do….

© Roberta Kayne 2017
Photo of the Merced River at Yosemite National Park at Sunset
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What Is Relating?

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What is relating? “It’s being so aware of the other person that, even if you have your back to them, you’re observing them. It’s letting everything about them affect you, not just their words, but also their tone of voice, their body language, even subtle things like where they’re standing in the room or how they occupy a chair. Relating is letting all that seep into you and have an effect on how you respond to the other person” ~ Alan Alda. I found this in his most recent book “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?”
I saw these people looking at the sunset along Hwy 1 at Big Sur, California and thought it was very touching. Usually I try to find the right quote for my photo, but in this case, I tried to find an image in my library to match what Alan Alda said.
Fuji X-T2, XF 10-24 @ 13mm, ISO 250, 1/950 @f9.
Sharing the beauty of the world, one photo at a time.
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Yosemite Falls

 

Yosemite National Park has to be one of the most beautiful parks in the US. Everywhere you look, there is another breathtaking scene or something majestic to look at. The weather changes by the minute, going from hot and steamy to cool and foggy to cloudy and rainy and back to cold and snowy. Photographing this park was so wonderful for me that I had to go back just 5 months after my first visit. The photos I’ve shared are just a few of the thousands that I took. This one is a view of Yosemite Falls that thousands of people see each day when visiting Yosemite.The falls are flowing more than normal because of the huge amount of snow they got this winter. So I was fortunate to see all of the waterfalls when the water was really gushing!

Sharing the beauty of the world, one photo at a time.

Golden Hour at Half Dome

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“A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time… Everything was touched with magic.” ~ Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer & photojournalist. It was awe-inspiring to see the sunset light up Half Dome at Yosemite National Park.

I wasn’t feeling well the evening that I took this photo, and we were going to go to the clinic, but halfway there, we found out that it was closed.  So we turned back to where our group was, and decided to take a few photos by the car while waiting for them to finish.  I saw that the sun was starting to light up Half Dome, so I ran over to Sentinel Bridge and started shooting.  It is wonderful to be in the right place at the right time.  This brought me joy, and I started feeling better (with the help of a few medicines).

Here is a photo of me waiting for the group.  Roberta at Yosemite phone photo 5-4-17

Sharing the beauty of the world, one photo at a time.

Reflections at Yosemite National Park

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“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” ~ Claude Monet. Reflections at Yosemite National Park.  Sharing the beauty of the world, one photo at a time.

Franklin Park Conservatory Orchids

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“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” ~ Rumi.

Franklin #Park #Conservatory during the #Orchid Display. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens presents multi-faceted, art- and nature-based exhibitions throughout the year. Annual favorites include Orchids, Blooms & Butterflies and Merry & Bright, all of which are developed, designed and installed by Conservatory staff. Special, temporary exhibitions by national and international artists are presented each year.

Sharing the beauty of the world, one photo at a time. #FranklinParkConservatory

Who Is My Hero

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Who Is My Hero?

Do I have a hero?
Who is my hero?
There are so many people I admire
Some of whom I will never tire
People I love listening to
People who tell stories
People who lead other people
People who are brave and courageous
People who have that lovely gift of conversation
People who are talented
Who can write music
Who can play music
Artists who share their lovely gifts with the world
Musicians who play the piano like angels
So many angels
Gifted photographers
Gifted artists
Gifted leaders who see an injustice and work to right the wrongs
They work to feed the hungry
Heal the sick
Those people are my heroes

Who is my hero?
She dances like the light
She paints like she is part of the painting
She sings like an angel

Who inspires me?
Who walks with me?
Who guides me?
Who sees my talent – my gift – my song – my light?
That’s who my hero is

Who is my hero?
She loves me
She guides me
She cares for me
She knows me
She sees the beauty in the world
She shares that beauty with the world
She wants to make the world a better place
She wants peace in the world
She feels the pain of the world
She inspires other people

Who is my hero
My inner goddess is my hero
My inner child is my hero
My inner diva is my hero
My spirit goddess is my hero
My guiding angel is my hero

Who is my hero
People who understand me
People who hear me
People who see me
People who understand my gifts

Who is my hero
People who understand you
People who hear you
People who see you
People who understand your gifts

Who is my hero
My wonderful energy healers are my heroes
My friends are my heroes
My sister is my hero
My brother is my hero
My mom was my hero

Who is my hero
What is a hero
How do I know who is a hero
How do you know who is a hero
Are you my hero?
Who is my hero

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Photo taken in Pompeii, Italy 2016