Narrow: The Washington Monument

In mid July, we took a family trip to Maryland for Roshini’s  graduation and we seized the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Washington, D.C.  In response to the photo challenge, Narrow, I’ve elected to interpret this challenge by sharing two shots of the Washington Monument. I snapped both photos with my cell phone. Scroll to the end for a photo of the graduate:)

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Here are some facts about the monument:

  1. The Washington Monument is the nation’s foremost memorial to George Washington, the first president of the United States.
  2. The 555 foot tall obelisk is the tallest building in the District of Columbia and by law, no other building in Washington D.C. is allowed to be taller.
  3. Inside the Washington Monument are an elevator and a 897-step stairway.
  4. The outer walls are made of white marble blocks from Maryland and The obelisk is also made of granite, and sandstone.
  5. The interior walls contain 193 memorial stones installed on its east and west interior walls. The memorial stones start at the 30-foot level and continue to the 450-foot level.
  6. It is the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk.

Content taken from this website: http://www.american-historama.org/1881-1913-maturation-era/washington-monument.htm

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The Proud Graduate!

Perspective from Nature’s Vivid Colors

In April of this year, I stopped to gaze at the compelling beauty of nature’s vivid colors and I decided to take a few photos. In response to this week’s photo challenge, Look Up, I’m sharing two shots of the same tree. As you may notice, I took one photo looking up from under the tree.

Through the lens of my camera, I got a different view of the tree. As with these photos, I have to remind myself to stop and look at situations from different angles, with a fresh set of eyes to gain other perspectives. 

As I write this post, I’m reminded of the film, “Dead Poets Society” in which Robin Williams played the role of an English teacher, John Keating. Keating gave his students a valuable lesson on perspective when he stood up on his desk and asked them the reason for him standing there. Keating said,  “I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.”Perspective by Elaine RampersaudPerspective2 (copy) by Elaine Rampersaud

Globe Planter

A tilted view of the planter

Re-purposing an old globe into a planter

I’ve been organizing my study, packing away books, tossing things out, and basically doing boring stuff for the past few days. However, on Thursday, I took on a fun project. I re-purposed an old globe. I created a planter that is now a “world class” one among the few that we have around our home.

Last week’s: Photo challenge- Off-season. summer can be an off-season time for school, but now with my re-purposed globe planter, we can all learn a little something from it.

Steps to make the globe planter:

  1. Mark the area that you want to cut with a permanent marker.
  2. Get an old knife with a pointy tip.
  3. Light a candle and heat the tip of the knife.
  4. Insert the heated knife on the line you drew. The heat melts the thick plastic material.
  5. Repeat step 4 until the top of the globe is off.
  6. Place a plant in the planter.
  7. Admire your re-purposed globe!

Additional things I need to do:

  1. Paint the bottom of the base, so it doesn’t rust.
  2. Make holes in the bottom of the globe to let out water.

Thank you for stopping by!

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Vivid Apples in the Big Apple

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is vivid. I like taking photographs. I’d like to share vivid apples taken in the Big Apple in front of the Trump Tower. At first, my niece and I draped ourselves on the apples for dramatic photos, but got a serious warning from the security not to touch the apples! We were under the watchful eye of the security for the duration of our photo-taking session, so we simply stood as close as possible to the apples…boring poses:)

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Longer than a School Day

I walked my endurance event in seven hours, 13 minutes, and 24 seconds. However, those afflicted with incurable illnesses are the true examples of endurance. I lift my hat off to them!

This week’s photo challenge is about endurance. Here is my finish line photo of my marathon (June 6, 2010) and an excerpt from my marathon training documentation. Saturday, May 15, 2010.

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It felt as if I had just gone to bed when I was startled out of my sleep with the noise of the radio at 3:06 A.M! I quickly sat up, rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, and sprung into action. My clothes for today’s training were already laid out since Thursday night. Yes, Thursday night. Hey, it was my first 20 miles of walking (at one shot) ever in my life. Armed with my bag with all my gear, peanut butter sandwich, and my coffee, I left home for Kennedy Park (Coconut Grove, FL).

The 20 miles training was a character building experience for me. It took me 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 54 seconds to complete the distance. This time included: bathroom stops, water stops, stretching, shaking tiny grains out of my shoes, and rubbing my covered cheek with biofreeze. Oh my goodness, I didn’t know that someone’s behind could experience such intense pain.

At about mile 14, my left cheek started to hurt so I began massaging it- yes, in public. We stopped. My coach showed me a stretch which I did on the bench at a bus stop. We walked on some more but the pain just won’t stop. I stretched myself out on the sidewalk and did the “glute stretch” that I know works. It didn’t. I applied the biofreeze on my cheek while someone gave me cover. The biofreeze cooled the cheek, but the pain still radiated down the hamstring. The only thing that stopped/eased that pain was a light jog.

Although the sun was hot and it felt like 125 degrees, I did not give up nor did I think about how much longer I had to walk. I simply put one foot in front of the other. It was when I saw the “Montys” sign I knew that I was almost there. Strange, I didn’t feel tired at that time. I was on a “total high”. My cheeks (the exposed ones) were toasted, the sweat washed off my hair color (just kidding), I smelled like a goat, but I did it. Yes, I did! I now know in my heart, for I have experienced it, that training for a marathon is more mental than physical. I truly have to let my body travel along with my mind.

For those who are afflicted with blood cancers, my 20 miles of training pales significantly when compared to their daily battle.

The Life and Essence of the Streets

I just love going to Manhattan in New York. There is so much going on that there is almost an over stimulation of one’s senses. The streets are always bustling with tourists, workers, and entertainers. Whenever I visit Manhattan, I try to be present in the minutes and hours that I am there and I capture (as best as I can) the life and essence of the streets. Below are some photos I took of street-life.  Which photos make you grin? 🙂

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At Peace in an Intricate Web

We are surrounded by beauty in nature that inspires us to stop and take a second look. Perhaps, we stop long enough to capture an image with our cameras. That’s exactly what I did when I saw this spider. I see spider webs all the time, so what was so special about this one? It caught my eye because it was one of the biggest ones I had seen. It was undisturbed. The spider seemed to be at peace inside its web, oblivious to all that was going on around it. It was alone in its silky, intricate strands. Look closely and you’ll see the beauty of nature.

Today’s blog post is in response to INSIDE– the weekly photo challenge.

Have a great week everyone. I’ve already declared that mine will be wonderful!

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The Intangible Gift

This week’s photo challenge is about  windows. This popular quote by William Shakespeare comes to mind: The eyes are the window to your soul. However, I won’t be writing about this quote today. I have found that the way we interact with each other, the things we share, the gifts we give etc. are windows – glimpses into our lives.

Recently, I got a special glimpse into a child’s world when she presented me with a Christmas gift.

Bianca* eagerly handed me a gift bag and waited quietly for me to open it. In the bag, there was an apple and two items wrapped in white tissue paper. As I took each item out of the bag, I could feel her eyes on me wondering if I would like her gift. The tissue paper loving held a seashell and a beautiful, handmade, red souvenir box from Honduras.

It was only after I asked if her family went to Honduras that I realized it wasn’t the right question. Bianca and her family have never visited Honduras. The souvenir was a gift to her family. She told me that she found the shell at the beach. The apple was part of her breakfast. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed with her kind and loving gesture.

This child gave me a glimpse of her beautiful and thoughtful heart when she presented me with her gifts.

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I displayed her gifts proudly in my home for the holidays. Each time I looked at her gifts, a tender feeling washed over me. As I write this post, I know in my heart that the intangible gift she gave me will definitely outlast the tangible gifts. I feel blessed to have such a loving and thoughtful child in my life. I am grateful for her gifts.

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What Joy!

On June 6, 2010, I participated in and completed a ROCK ‘n’ ROLL  marathon in San Diego. I walked the entire 26.2 miles. It only took me 7 hours 13 minutes and 24 seconds! This week’s photo challenge is about joy I had just spotted a port o potty when my husband took this photo. You’d agree that I had reason to be joyful. Won’t you?

2010 San Diego ROCK 'n' ROLL Marathon

2010 San Diego ROCK ‘n’ ROLL Marathon

Creative Intent

It’s been over a year since I took these photos with the intention of learning how to make this craft item. Have I learned to make it? Not yet, but the intent is still there. I don’t have any idea what it’s called, so if you know the name, please share with me.

I’ve been very busy this week and haven’t had a chance to put pen to paper for a new blog post. These photos are fitting for this week’s photo challenge (one shot, two ways) and help me meet my goal of one post per week.

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