of the things you have to do today…

Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,

between “green thread”
and “broccoli,” you find
that you have penciled “sunlight.”

Resting on the page, the word
is beautiful. It touches you
as if you had a friend

and sunlight were a present
he had sent from someplace distant
as this morning—to cheer you up,

and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is that also needs accomplishing…

~ Tony Hoagland, from “The Word” in Sweet Ruin.


Poem Source: Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels. Photo: (via Newthom)

Paying it Forward…with Sunshine

Lesser Flamingo by Tejas Soni

I’m red faced.  This post, and several other Pay it Forwards, are coming in the next week or so.  Thank you Ellie @ The Muse Is Working, Barbara @ 365Guitars and Sheri @ Theothersideofugly for your Sunshine Award nominations.  I’m paying it forward by nominating the following bloggers who bring a ray of light in my daily reading (with a slant towards photos and photo shares):

  1. Carol @ Flowers, Trees, & Other Such Gifts of Nature (Simple. Spectacular. Spellbinding. Shots of flowers.  Mixed with inspirational quotes.) 
  2. Anake @ THE WAY I SEE IT (Gets me thinking. Eclectic shares. Look forward to it each morning.)
  3. Seth @ SETHSNAP (Prolific photography of shots in and around Cincinatti and elsewhere.  Amazing.)
  4. Tom & Kat @ hovercraftdoggy (Mix of photography shares.  Can’t miss posts. Creative. Wondrous. Thought-provoking.)
  5. Cristi @ Simple. Interesting. (Wave upon wave of incredible city and scenic shares.)
  6. Maralee @ Through My Lens (Landscape and Nature shots in and around Oregon. Love her work.)
  7. Linda @ A Nature Mom (Nature. Family. Captured in awesome way.)
  8. Nitzus (Family. Landscape.  Dream-like shots of Australia, New Zealand. Two places on the top of my bucket list to visit.)
  9. Sylvia @ Another Day in Paradise (Amazing blend of family and nature. Warmth.)
  10. Val @ Seattle Inspired (See site.  Think imagination and creativity. Never disappoints.)
  11. David @ David R. Wetzel Photography (Potpourri of ordinary and extraordinary shots of life)
  12. Scott @ Scott Marshall Photography.  (Scotland.  Bucket List.  Incredible shots. What talent Scott has.)
  13. Patrick @ Canadian Hiking Photography.  (Simply Wow shots of home.)
  14. Inga @ Inga’s Angle (Spellbinding shots of NYC…)

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