Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Panorama view overall (2006.03.25)-1A panoramic view of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Bhurban, Pakistan (known as the White Pearl) nestled among the mountains where the earth seems to blend into the sky.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

  1. Stepping Off the Path | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Flickr Comments
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon / A different view on Krakow | Cardinal Guzman
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Stephen Chapman
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Ese’ s Voice
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge – Horizon « LargeSelf
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | travelicius
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | So where’s the snow?
  9. Horizon (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Steve Says….
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Sappy Chick
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | This, that and the other thing
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Cee’s Photography
  14. WPC: HORIZON « MY WALL
  15. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon Gallery of 75 Photographs
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Joy and Woe
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Wind Against Current
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Photographs by James Collett
  19. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: HORIZON ON THE ATLANTIC | SERENDIPITY
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | The Otter in my Jotter
  21. WPC: Horizon | blueberriejournal
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge – Horizon | Just Snaps
  23. Reticulated Parisian Horizons | follow your nose
  24. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Horizon | Milka Pejovic
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | yarnwuseleien
  26. WPC: Horizon | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  27. A broad Horizon | A Happy and Beautiful World
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge – Horizon | Chittle Chattle
  29. Horizon | Jasper Smits
  30. Photoworld 25-10-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  31. Photo Challenge: Horizon | Drops of Magic
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge – Horizon | The Urge To Wander
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | castelsarrasin
  34. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Sun
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Mind Overflow
  36. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – The First Stab of Love is like a Sunset!!!
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge : Horizon | Jejak BOcahiLANG
  38. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – City trapped in Minds needs Reflection for Wisdom
  39. Approaching NYC | thoughtsofrkh
  40. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Delicate Tree
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Yann Graf – Digital Project Manager
  42. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Delicate Evening
  43. A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Favourite « Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | veryvanessalynn
  45. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Home
  46. WPC: Horizon -Kansas Horizon and Bellowing Bull | Cosmos Wonderland
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | The Mockingbird in Me
  48. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Trees and Lake
  49. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Vision
  50. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – The SUN – Up in the Sky and Beyond reach!
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | A Journey Called Life …
  52. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Foreshadow of Monsoon
  53. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – One Shot, Two Ways – The City
  54. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – Fort
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  56. weekly photo challenge: horizon | A Meditative Journey with Saldage
  57. my hem of heaven | Life through a Lens
  58. Weekly photo challenge: Horizon | Life of a Fallen Angel
  59. Harbour Hues and Horizons | Empire of Lights
  60. North Muskoka River (WPC: Horizons) | photo potpourri
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | What Is It?!?
  62. Weekly photo challenge: Horizon | Simon Hawketts’s Photo Blog
  63. Weekly photo challenge: Horizon | Connie’s World
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge – Horizon | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Today, on Earth
  66. Horizon | de Wets Wild
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Irregular Ventilator
  68. The Hue of Me | Eikons
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Memory Catcher
  71. Weekly Challenge: Horizon 2 | Simon Hawketts’s Photo Blog
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Life Confusions
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | Elämän katupeili
  74. On the Dramatic Horizons of Iceland | Thirdeyemom
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | MKG- Memories-Keepsakes-Gifts
  76. Horizon – A WordPress Photo Challenge! | Life in the Foothills
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon | AMtraveltimes
  78. A Sunrise Shaping the Horizon | Vanilla Feel Good

A Child’s Perspective

I am a 4 year old boy who loves to talk. Actually my birthday is coming in November but I like to say that I’m 4 years old in advance.

I love reading about the Big Bad Wolf and Jack and the Beanstalk and even Cinderella. I can make up my own stories too. That’s the most fun. Today I was telling my Mama the story about a girl called Cinderella and her pet cat that was also called Cinderella. Mama seemed most interested.

Yesterday I took my new book “My Favorite Fairy Tales” with me to school for Show and Tell. I love telling the story of the evil giant who followed Jack with a club when he was running away with the magic harp. The best part is when the giant comes in and says “Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman”.

I was supposed to tell the story to my classmates but when Ms. Faiza told me to come in the front of the class I was just not in the mood. So I refused. Yassin the boy with the curly brown hair had been bothering me when I was trying to draw a dinosaur with a spiky back and I was very cross. After that Noura the girl with the long hair and the Dora bag kept crying during story time and I couldn’t hear properly. To add to my troubles, my Mama had given me something new to try in snack time when I just wanted to eat cookies.

So when it was time for Show and Tell I was just in no mood to entertain anyone. And anyway Mia the cute girl with blue eyes hadn’t come that day so there was nobody to impress.

When I got home I told my Mama that I didn’t “read” the story like she had wanted me to. She told me I could try again another day.

Well, we’ll see about that.

Daily Prompt: Express yourself

  1. Dapper Ducks (Expression) | photo potpourri
  2. breaking the barrier of sorts | wannabepoet
  3. BROKEN « MY WALL
  4. Daily Prompt: Express yourself – Time for another vacation | littlegirlstory
  5. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself | Under the Monkey Tree
  6. F You! | Crossroads
  7. Part 2 – Sang Out Loud | Shiwanidoez
  8. Duncan’s Monthly Special! #2 | Neva Samaki
  9. Expressed |
  10. If you love to walk | Nature Activities
  11. Running Lines | The Ambitious Drifter
  12. Unsp♡k∈n | ⓜ∈t•ⓐRVh∈∈•n✪iⓐ
  13. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself « Mama Bear Musings
  14. Thanks That Are, Are Better Than What Could Have Been And Never Was | The Jittery Goat
  15. Anniemation Floe
  16. Can anyone teach how to express Anger?? | મન ની વાત
  17. To my anonymous attacker | alienorajt
  18. To Write With a Broken Pencil is Pointless
  19. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Express Yourself – Heartbreak
  20. My brother | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  21. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself | The Story of a Guy
  22. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself | Completely Disappear
  23. Betrayal | dawnyhosking
  24. How To Write A Formal Letter Of Complaint « froodian pseudoanalysis
  25. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself « cognitive reflection
  26. Express yourself to respect yourself (TM Madonna) | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  27. Motherhood and Beyond
  28. Top of the world | smoke&mirrors
  29. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  30. Lost for words | The verbal hedge
  31. My Tongue Jammed | crookedeyebrows
  32. Getting It Out | Tony’s Texts
  33. Tongue jammed | crookedeyebrows
  34. What am I Trying to Say? | The Silver Leaf Journal
  35. No Credentials Required | Charron’s Chatter
  36. On tides and writing… | Wahine Wednesdays
  37. Express Yourself | The Magic Black Book
  38. Rob’s Surf Report
  39. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself | Crow Arrow, Inc.
  40. Express Myself- Not Today! | Dear Yolandi
  41. What You Were | Barefoot on Rainy Days
  42. Daily Prompt: PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPRESSION – ONE LOOK, 10,000 WORDS | SERENDIPITY
  43. Express what? | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  44. Chicken wings | amateurxpress
  45. “Express Yourself” | Relax
  46. Expression… | The Wandering Wind…
  47. Expression- Five minutes of expressions in the life of a toddler. | Kansa Muse
  48. Stunning beauty | Life is great
  49. you and i shuttle | y
  50. Haiku Moment | Nicki
  51. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself | Awl and Scribe
  52. In which nothing is really related yet everything is? | There is no wisdom like frankness
  53. Daily Prompt: Express Yourself | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  54. Having FunTo Make Fun | Flowers and Breezes
  55. EXPRESSION LESS | Parents Are People Too
  56. Perfection | The River Mom

Begging for hope

A middle aged man with a tired looking face and old clothes stood in the scorching sun and waited for the lights to turn red. The family in the Land Cruiser watched as he approached their car. When he came close they looked away. But the child at the back was curious.

“What does he want?” asked the little boy snuggled safely in the car seat and holding a Barney that talked when a button was pressed.

“He wants money,” replied his mother as she put down her fashionable Prada sunglasses from her head to cover her eyes and looked in the other direction at the bright shops on the side of the road.

“Can I give him my cookies?” the little boy suggested. His parents exchanged looks and didn’t say anything.

The man on the road looked at the boy in the car and thought of his own son back home. His heart ached. He wished he could send him money like he had promised, but here he was without a job and a visa and begging on the road so he would not starve. He trudged to the next car that stopped.

It was a red sports car with a young man at the wheel listening to loud music. He drummed on his steering and didn’t even notice the man on the road. His mind was too occupied with his lunch meeting at a five star hotel with the girl of his dreams. He checked himself in the mirror, adjusted his spikes, and then continued drumming.

“There’s no hope here”, thought the man on the road as he again took his position on the divider. The lights turned green and the cars sped off leaving him standing alone, the perspiration beginning to drench his faded shirt.

He had come to the country on a visit visa hoping to find work as an electrician. His family of 8 had many expectations of him and had believed that better days were coming. But his visa expired and he still hadn’t found any work. He was willing to do any kind of work but there were hundreds like him in the city and not enough jobs. He had no money left and was forced to beg. Sometimes a kind soul would hand him a few dirhams and he would eat that day. At night he slept at the bus stand.

He would stand at different places each day. He didn’t want to get noticed. He would keep walking if he saw a police car patrolling the area. He didn’t want them to stop him and ask for papers he didn’t have.

He waited for the next batch of cars to stop at the red light. A grey Mercedes slowed down and the driver of the car, an elderly Emirati recognized the man on the road from the day before. He remembered how guilty he had felt for not doing something. After all he had been blessed in every way and it was his duty to share those blessings with those less fortunate than him. He opened his window and signaled to the man on the road.

“Do you want work? Can you work as a gardener?”

The man nodded.

“Here is my address. Come tomorrow morning.”

The man on the road could hardly believe it. He had heard of the generosity of the locals. Was his luck finally changing?

Weekly Writing Challenge: Point of View

  1. Weekly Writing Challenge: the Difference Point of View Makes | Awl and Scribe
  2. Rashômon | Fish Of Gold
  3. A Matter of Perspective | Quest for Whirled Peas
  4. Breakfast | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  5. The Exit Interview | A Girl Divided
  6. The New York Cabbie | Stories From My Mind
  7. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Difference Point Of View Makes | imaginations
  8. A matter of thinking | Master Of Disaster
  9. Dear Children: The Bad Apple | Gnome Lover
  10. Weekly Writing Challenge; The Difference | terry1954
  11. Top Posts — WordPress.com
  12. smoke&mirrors
  13. Keeping it in perspective | Spinning a Yarn
  14. An open letter to the people who conserve Nature « The Vast Nothing
  15. Points of view | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  16. Point of View – Crossing Over | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  17. Perspective. Whether you like it or not. | 6 of One…
  18. Voices by the Side of the Road……(Weekly Writing Challenge WP) | Daily Observations
  19. Voices by the Side of the Road | Daily Observations
  20. The Rape of Miss Katie Malone (# 1) | Rolbos ©
  21. Different points of view
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: A Parallel Life | Brush Strokes And Scribbled Thoughts
  23. out of view | Work in Progress…
  24. Twelve | scribbles in the chocolate box
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge : The man, The woman, and The Neighbour | Lost in Adeline’s
  26. point of view | yi-ching lin photography
  27. heroes are made and | y
  28. Point of View: The Interview | Adventures in Neverland
  29. Weekly Writing Challenge: the Difference a Point of View Makes | Spiritual Biscuits
  30. Weekly Writing Challenge | At the corner of 14th & Oak
  31. Goodbye Earth [Plzzz don’t read – it’ll make you go mad.!@#!!] | flutteringpages
  32. If you were in my shoes | Stevie’s Words
  33. The concert | Motherhood and Beyond
  34. The Quiet Explosion | Hand of Ananke

Another me?

What if you could create a clone? Would you do it and if so what would you make your clone do that you don’t want to? What if your clone ends up better at doing things than you are?

If I had a clone I would make her do the groceries for me. Oh, you said clone and not servant. I see, but still come on surely she could help out. I mean I HATE doing the groceries.

First of all you don’t find parking; you have to hang around until somebody leaves. Once you’re inside you have this long jumbled up list that you have to go through. Vegetables and fruit first, stand in queue to have them weighed. Then bakery stuff, then on to the meat section. The meat! I have the chicken cut up, “Skin off, 16 pieces and 4 equal packets”, I tell them. How hard is that, but they always get it wrong. Next is the frozen stuff which is usually out of stock. And then comes the hundreds of cans of diet coke which my husband has added to the list. Then on to everything else, well, you get the picture.

I’m sure my clone would be better than me at getting the groceries; I always seem to go in each aisle twice. But wait! I need to get the stuff for my son’s snack/lunch myself; she wouldn’t know the right things to get. I guess I better do it myself.

How about the driving? I could ask her to chauffeur my son around. Since she’s my clone she would obviously be careful. But that would mean that I wouldn’t be picking up my son from school and I do love hearing his stories on the way back. So, maybe not.

Maybe I could make her go to tiresome parties I get invited to. But what if she doesn’t have my diplomacy and answers back to one of those meddlesome aunties? It will be even more awkward for me the next time I meet them. No, that won’t work out either.

OK I know. I could ask her to watch over my son while my husband and I go out for a late night dinner and movie. That would be fun. But what if she wants to go the next time with my husband? Would my husband even know the difference? No that is NOT fun! That would be so weird.

Actually the whole concept is weird. Having a clone. What would it be like? Hearing what you sound like and seeing your mannerisms. And what would she be to my son? Would my son consider her his mother too? Or his aunt? No, No this is too weird, I don’t like it at all.

After all, who needs a clone anyway?

What if you could clone yourself?

The Hills are Alive…

“The hills are alive with the sound of music..”, the music of birds chirping and the gentle swishing of the fresh air. This is Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, built on the foothills of the Margalla hills. I miss the beautiful scenery of Islamabad, my hometown. It’s called “Islamabad The Beautiful” and with reason. Its natural greenery still leaves you in awe, though it has diminished over the years as new residential colonies and highways were built.

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My favorite places are the Trail 3 hiking trail in the Margalla hills and the Monal Tree house restaurant. I have seen many places around the world, but this restaurant is the most beautiful place you can sit and eat and enjoy the atmosphere. The view is breathtaking and the food isn’t bad either.

monal

I find the hiking trail tough to climb but once you reach the top the view is really worth it. I like that they have not tampered with the natural beauty of the place.

Just two hours from Islamabad is a hill station made famous for a big hotel constructed there, Bhurban. Further on comes Ayubia and Nathiagali. I miss the snow and the freezing cold of Nathiagali and the spectacular scenery all the way through.

Living in Dubai, they have everything, they built the tallest tower of the world, artificial islands, they even have ski slopes in one of the malls, but they can’t match the beauty of natural landscape. And they can’t build mountains. At least not yet.

Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home

  1. Clutches | The Magic Black Book
  2. Dogs Feel At Home | The Ambitious Drifter
  3. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Awl and Scribe
  4. I don’t wanna miss a thing (but I do) | Neva Samaki
  5. Where My Heart Is | thelifeofagirlsite
  6. Where the Heart Lies | tinypurpleme
  7. Daily Prompt: HOME SWEET VIRTUAL HOME | SERENDIPITY
  8. Gentle Hills and Fields | Reinvention of Mama
  9. Daily Prompt: Home « Vicariously Poetic
  10. The Sick Story | Mind of a Mouse
  11. It’s almost, but not quite… | thoughtsofrkh
  12. Daily Prompt: Home | VNA Images
  13. Yoga Class | I’m just Super Saiyan
  14. Home is where I put my hat… | Kate Murray
  15. Confessions from the Cracked Pot (Part 3) | JC Bride ~
  16. Cornish Lavender: fiction | alienorajt
  17. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Whimsical Eclecticist
  18. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Steve Says….
  19. Under the Moon at Home | Misifusa’s Blog
  20. Home Sweet Home | mostlytrueramblings
  21. Dublin, Ireland | Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis and Me
  22. Home is where heart is | sylphontheloose
  23. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Myas – A Tragic Lady But No TB
  24. Food sweet Food | Life Confusions
  25. Why Home Sweet Home Is The Best Place To Be! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  26. Saying Goodbye Is Like Drowning (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  27. Home – Post a Day Photo Challenge | Tidbits n Treasures
  28. When Birds Come To Roost ‘Ere | Spirit Lights The Way
  29. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Wordz on a Page
  30. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  31. Home Is Where The Jobs Are | mutatiomagistra
  32. Missing Home | Flowers and Breezes
  33. World War One, Coincidences and Family Birthdays | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  34. Daily Prompt; Home Sweet Home | terry1954
  35. Home Sweet Home | SimplySage
  36. What’s to miss when I’m gone? | Rob’s Surf Report
  37. Home Sick: flash fiction | Motherhood and Beyond
  38. Home Sweet Home- Daily Prompt | The Rider
  39. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  40. Please get off my bed | The Otter in my Jotter
  41. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home 2 « Every day adventures in Asia (mostly)
  42. Daily Prompt: Away Sweet Away | My Atheist Blog
  43. Donna’s home tour of the flat | We Live In A Flat
  44. What is home? | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  45. This place I call home | Madhura’s Musings
  46. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sand | Under the Monkey Tree
  47. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | James’s Journal
  48. Home Sweet Home ♥ | Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Exactly? I don’t know.
  49. Not All Who Wander Are Lost . . . | meanderedwanderings
  50. Psst…I Need Your Help? | Cheri Speak
  51. Home Sweet Home | The Nameless One
  52. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  53. The Conundrum | What’s In The Pot : Farewell
  54. Where Does The Red Brick Road Go? | Just Visiting This Planet
  55. Where the Heart Is | Real Life Co.
  56. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | Moments Thru Lens
  57. Home Sweet Home | jane1davis
  58. Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home | My Heaven | Silver Wonderland
  59. Home Sweet Home | My thoughts on a page.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

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I love wearing bright colors. It makes me happy. I have all colors as long as they are bright. I don’t wear white or brown.

So for this challenge I looked up the relation between colors and personality types.

Pink symbolizes love and affection, Red is the color of vitality and strength, people who like Purple are are highly individual, fastidious, witty and sensitive, Blue is for soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, Yellow is the color of happiness, wisdom and imagination, Green is the color of harmony  and balance, Orange is the color of youth, strength, fearlessness, curiosity and restlessness.

(Read more at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/favorite-color-personality.html)

These are probably too many traits for one person to have, maybe I have some of them, but the colors I don’t like to wear are White (symbolic of purity, innocence and naivete) and Brown (stamina and patience). The patience bit seems to be true.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | This, that and the other thing
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Flickr Comments
  4. Weekly photo challenge: The Hue of you | Something more to think about
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: The hue of you | So where’s the snow?
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | The Ambitious Drifter
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | A Note To Life
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Figments of a DuTchess
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Let There be Peace on Earth
  10. Cyclorama, Gettysburg National Military Park | The Photo Reel
  11. The Colors of Bipolar | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | yarnwuseleien
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | photo potpourri
  15. Mauve matters | Detours by Deepali
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Hue | AMtraveltimes
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | castelsarrasin
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Under the Monkey Tree
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | The Temenos Journal
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: The hue of you | Stephen Chapman
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue Of You | Steve Says….
  22. weekly photo challenge: the hue of you | Curls n Skirls
  23. sands of time | yi-ching lin photography
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge – Hue | Chittle Chattle
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge – Hue of You | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge; The Hue of You | terry1954
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge : The Hue of You | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Ese’ s Voice
  29. The Hue of Us | de Wets Wild
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge – Hue | Just Snaps
  31. WPC: THE HUE OF YOU « MY WALL
  32. WordPress weekly photo challenge: the hue of you | Milka Pejovic
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge : The Hue of You – Birds | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  34. Photoworld 18-10-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  36. A Week of Stones – 2 « Nearly a Post a Day for 2013
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  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You (Sunset Colors) | artandkitchen
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  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  44. Down Dirt Roads: House | A New Day
  45. Colo(u)r Me Red | Today, on Earth
  46. Hue | Monochrome
  47. Hue are you | Thin spiral notebook
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Hue of You | nancy merrill photography
  49. Weekly photo challenge: The hue of you. | Connie’s World
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Irregular Ventilator
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Bams’ Blog
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | ILEANA PARTENIE
  53. Nurturing Thursday: Visit The Farmer’s Market | Light Words
  54. THE HUE OF YOU | A Journey Called Life …
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge – The Hue Of You | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Northwest Frame of Mind
  59. The Dye of My “I” | True Stories
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | V A S T L Y C U R I O U S
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge : the hue of you | Mon beau manoir
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You – Joy and Woe
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  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Saindo da SêMente
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Chrisroxxs
  66. hue-photo-challenge/ #photography #poetry | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Sigoese
  68. 132 | jotpegi.me
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Hue(s) of You | 2812 photography
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | The World Is a Book…
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of Me | Lucid Gypsy
  72. Red, deep red… | Pseu’s Blog
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | Elämän katupeili
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: A Hue Of Me!!! | Musings&Rants
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | ilghepardo
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Blue of Me | Jake Kuyser
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | travelicius
  78. Verde y naranja/Green & orange | Neva Samaki
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: A Hue of You | Stories of The Wandering Feet & Mind
  80. The Hue of You. Daily Post Photo Challenge | Destino
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You – Long walks and dark chocolate
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You | littlegirlstory
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  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You (Oegstgeest) | What’s (in) the picture?
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A Journey of Ten Years

Phuket Zoo - Orchid garden & us (2003.10.25)Ten years ago I married a man whom I hardly knew. The match was arranged by our families and I gave my consent after a brief meeting with him in the presence of all our family members.

After the engagement he would come to visit me at home as I had not agreed to talk on the phone. I felt that unreserved phone conversations could lead to misunderstanding between two people who hardly knew each other. After all we had all our lives to get to know each other.

It may sound bizarre that two very educated people in this day and age agreed to get married without knowing each other. But ten years down the road we have found love and respect for each other, the ability to be comfortable with each other and let each other be comfortable in our own spaces. We have been together in sickness and in health. We trust each other and look after each other. We are independent people and yet we depend on each other. We may not hold hands in public but we share an intense attraction for each other.

We have got on each other’s nerves and got into arguments but I never remember having stopped talking to each other. There have been bad times too but we never gave up on each other. We just worked things out.

We both have a fondness for travel and discovering new places. Together we have seen 8 countries from the Far East to Europe to the United States. Not only were we learning about new cultures and people but also little by little of each other. It has been an exciting journey.

Yesterday we had gone out at night because my husband wanted to buy a screen protector for his new phone. It was out of stock and we decided to go home but stop for coffee on the way back. As we reached near the coffee place my husband asked me if I was up for it and I told him I was too tired and that we should just head home. We had stopped on the red light when a car apparently out of control crashed through the divider and towards us. It stopped just in front of us. The driver and the passenger were unhurt but if we had decided to go to the coffee place we would have been in the left most lane and surely would have been hit.

It was a scary experience and when I saw that car coming towards us I called out to my husband. That was my first reaction. After a while we both realized how close we had come to being hurt badly. We could have been in the hospital on our anniversary.

Instead, by the Grace of God we will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary tomorrow night with our amazing son and close family next to the beautiful Dubai fountains.

A journey of ten years,

Around the world and with each other,

Are marriages made in heaven?

Yes maybe. For beyond us it is rather,

The factors that come into play

That bring two people together.

But then it’s up to us two

To make things work face to face

Never giving up on each other,

And forever praying for God’s grace.

Weekly Writing Challenge: My Funny Valentine?

  1. I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  2. MY FAIR LADY – GARRY ARMSTRONG | SERENDIPITY
  3. Daily Prompt: Unconventional Love – Strangely True | SERENDIPITY
  4. MY STRANGELY WONDERFUL ROMANCE | SERENDIPITY
  5. My Funny Valentine | Vampire Maman
  6. Hallmark holiday | Mindful Digressions
  7. False Expectations | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  8. Playlist | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  9. Fragrant valentine | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  10. Valentine’s Day Can’t Insult My Intelligence if There’s Snow | Bumblepuppies
  11. Love Surrounds You | ReFreshing Life
  12. Lessons from the Ghosts of Valentines Past | The Femindiary
  13. Day 25: Why I Married a Man who got me a Hairdryer for Valentine’s Day | The Ravenously Disappearing Woman
  14. Validation Day – Valentine’s Day from an Honest Woman’s Perspective | Shoot the messenger
  15. Weekly Writing Challenge| Single Awareness Day | Amy (and The Teddy With Sunglasses)
  16. my first valentine | Musings of a Random Mind
  17. Afraid of Valentine’s Day? | Myammy! Moving in together at 50…
  18. Weekly Writing Challenge: My Funny Valentine. It’s Not Always FUNny. | Tales from the Motherland
  19. I’ve been alone for a long time | “The Ish,” presented by the Bohemian Rock Star
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  22. Weekly Writing Challenge – Valentine – The Hopeless Unromantic |
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Minorities in Pakistan

28th May 2010: In nearly simultaneous attacks against two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan of the minority Ahmadiyya Community during Friday prayers, 94 people were killed and more than 120 were injured

16th February 2013: At least 84 people were killed and 190 injured after a bomb hidden in a water tank exploded at a market on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan; the victims being of the predominantly Shia Hazara community

22nd September 2013: A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 78 people in the deadliest attack on Christians.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights defines Human rights as follows: “Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status.”

However the minorities of Pakistan are even denied the right to live.

Belonging to one of the most hated minority communities in Pakistan, the news coming out from our bleeding homeland just strengthens our decision: We are not going back.

Things are just going from bad to worse. Who can turn the flow around?

We have been living in Dubai for the last 3 years now. After my son was born, my husband made the decision of applying abroad for a job. He was offered an excellent opportunity and we wasted no time to avail it.

We live in peace and without fear. My son cycles every day to the park nearby and I don’t fear that someday he might not come back.

I worry that he doesn’t eat as much as he should, I worry that he still doesn’t know his phonics, I worry that he doesn’t hold the pen correctly when he writes, but I don’t worry for his life.

It is still true that there are people here as well who spread hatred but they are a few and do not wield the power they have back home. They will not greet us like they would greet others but it is OK. I will teach my son that where there might be some who hate him, there are far more who will love him. Love him for his actions and not worry about his faith.

May God bless every child no matter where he comes from or what his beliefs are. And may God have mercy on my homeland.

“The Human Rights Watch has accused the government of having failed to act against abuses committed by security and intelligence agencies which are letting extremist groups to attack religious minorities….Pakistan’s human rights crisis worsened markedly in 2012 with religious minorities bearing the brunt of killings and repression,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan Director of Human Rights Watch.”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Living History

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The Day the Earth Shook

8th October 2005 8:27am

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 strikes near the city of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan administered Kashmir. International donors estimate the death toll at about 100,000, with an additional 138,000 seriously injured, and 3.5 million displaced.

Abdullah and his younger brother Farooq walked to their school clutching their bags early in the morning as they did every week day. Abdullah was the oldest of 4 siblings and the pride of his father. He loved learning at school and his favorite subject was English. Every year he would get a special prize from his teacher for getting outstanding marks in this subject. He could fluently read the English newspaper to his father who couldn’t understand a word his son was saying but would listen with great pride. His father had only studied till grade 5 and Abdullah was very grateful for the opportunity that he was getting.

His mother used to call him Shahzada (prince) and would sit with him and his younger brother while they ate their breakfast. His sister had not yet started school and the youngest brother was just a baby. Their father worked as a guard in one of the nearby offices and made enough for the family to get by. Abdullah’s schooling was being paid by a government scholarship and they were hoping the other children would follow suit.

The two boys joined their class fellows in the morning assembly. They said their prayers to start the day and some important announcements were made. Then they were escorted to their respective classes by their teachers.

They were halfway through their first class that the ground began to shake.  Abdullah was jolted out of his seat and on the floor. The blackboard fell down and the children started screaming. Along with the screaming and the crying was a strange humming sound. The sound of the earth cracking open. A few minutes passed like an eternity. The ground shook as if a giant hand had got it in its grasp and would not let go. The whole building of the school collapsed.

The screaming and crying stopped and was replaced by an eerie silence more terrifying than even the humming. The silence of death.

Abdullah had crawled under the teacher’s desk and when the walls collapsed around him something fell on his leg trapping him there. It was actually a blessing since if he had moved from there he would surely have been killed. There were no survivors from his class. He drifted into unconsciousness.

When he awoke he was in pitch darkness and he could hear the muffled sounds of people calling out. He tried to answer but his throat was so dry he could hardly utter a sound. Hours passed. He could not feel his leg anymore. He started dreaming. His mother was calling him “Shahzada, Shahzada wake up”.

He woke up with a start. Someone was pulling him out. They put him on a stretcher and carried him to a army helicopter. A man was asking him his name and his address. He couldn’t answer. He didn’t have the strength.

This time when he gained consciousness he was in a hospital. His leg was bandaged at least what had been left of it. Looking around he didn’t Continue reading

Marble is just a rock

Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing, or event from the last month of your life into the glistening marble of immortality. What’s the statue and what makes it so significant?

Personal sculptor? My, how vain we are!

As we approach Eid-ul-Adha we are reminded of the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as a demonstration of his obedience to and his complete submission to God until God intervened and allowed him to sacrifice a lamb instead.

Muslims have been commanded to emulate this sacrifice of an animal (lamb, goat, cow or even camel) every year on Eid-ul-Adha. When they make this sacrifice and see how these animals are at the mercy of us humans we are reminded how we are at the mercy of God.

So when a month passes by with good health for my family and me and without any misfortune I would rather say thanks to the Almighty than have statues made!

It is the good works that you do that makes you immortal and even though I did not do anything big like saving a life, I do feel I did all my duties as a mother, wife, daughter, sister and aunt. I gave away my usual donations to charity and did not (I hope) indulge in any sins. (Although I may have transgressed and done some backbiting, but some people really deserve it don’t they? OK maybe not)

Marble is just a rock and it feels cold. My good works would be in the form of a smile on someone’s face or warmth in their hearts and their willingness to pay forward that good.

Daily Prompt: Michelangelo’s YOU

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