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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Reflection ...

Photo Credit - My Original Photography  


As I sit and reflect on past days
Only certain words come to mind

Others placing their lives on hold
To help, In a time of need

Strength that I have never witnessed
Family connections that began years before

Siblings that could rule the world
Strength from a place, deep inside

I will never forget this time
A self promise of paying it forward
To Return
To Give Back

A  Diverse Vision
A New Perspective
A New Lease on Life

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Traveler's Notebook 101

Photo Credit - Speckled Fawns


I have always been a lover of stationery, but my newest obsession is the Traveler's Notebook.

As pictured above, this notebook is made of leather, can hold up to 8 notebooks and a few other inserts. Inserts can range from folders, to zip pockets, to picture holders. The amazing feature is that all these notebooks and inserts can slide out and easily be placed into another similar notebook. (Notebooks having just a sewn spine to easily crease and remove).The changeability of ease, is so great. At times I only want to take a few things with me, other times I would like to take everything!

You can use this as a planner, journal, sketchbook, art journal, scheduler, etc. Each notebook can be used for each aspect of your life - Fitness, Health, Kids Schedules. Etc ...

This notebook originated in Japan as the Midori Traveler's Notebook. This is the real notebook. All others that have followed are faux midori's but beautiful, just the same.

I would love to know what you all use as a calendar, planner, journal ... 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Inner Excavation Sharing ...

Today I decided to do something that I do not usually do.
I wanted to share some of the work from a class I am currently taking.

Here are some short poems I wrote in Liz Lamoreux's 
online course.

This is from Week 1 - Entitled, Just Write ... 

4 Prompts Given To Start  ... 

I Begin ... I Am ... I Stand Alone ... I See a Man  

I Begin …
Each morning with a cup of coffee
Giving my brain a jump start 
Preparing me for the day ahead 
Usually a traffic filled ride 
Horns blaring 
Grateful for good music 
Thoughts swirling in my head 
Wondering what the day will bring 
Thinking of weekend plans ahead 

I Am … 
A modern day woman with an old soul
Seeker of authenticity in all things 
One who continues to believe
A wide eyed explorer 
In search of the next best photo 
Or words that will resonate
After I am gone 

I Stand Alone ...
With my unique ways of thinking 
In a world with no steadfast rules 
At times, in a room full of people 
With my feet firmly planted 
Surrounded by light 
With no apologies and no regrets 

I See a Man …
Near the water's edge
Who relates to my story 
He shares his own truth 
Both heartbreaking stories 
A chance meeting 
Two souls collided
One car pulled away
Followed with one tear

I enjoy writing shorter poems with meaning. Please let me know if you find yourself doing the same to capture your thoughts of the day or of any moment ... Love hearing from you! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A New Journey Begins ...

Much Has Transpired Since My Last Post ... 
Some Good News ... Some NOT So Good ...
Some Ups and Certainly Some Downs ...

The Ingredients That Life Offers Up To All Of Us ... 

The doors that have recently closed for me have thrown open new ones.
I have been given time to shift my attention to a new passion of mine. 
Conceptual Photography. 

Recently, I took Catherine Just's "Begin Deepening"
 10 Day Online Course ...
Conceptual Photography is very new to me.
It seems to have come along when I needed it most.
I am easing into this new art form with comfort.
I find it aligns with my love of writing and storytelling

Here Are a Few Examples 

Self Portraiture- The Real Me 

Storytelling -The New Journey Series

Self Reflection - Only Words

What doors have opened for you lately? 
I would love to hear from you ... 

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Photography by Kristine Dubuque Ortega 


Rest when the body asks for it 

Eat, play and explore

Always be alert 

Ask for comfort when needed 

Adapt to change

Welcome others with gladness 

Enjoy nature's surprises

Chase after what you want

Take time to get pampered

Use the sun as a source of heat 

Pounce on good opportunities

Let go of what no longer satisfies

Take breaks 

Ponder for a moment or two

Find the place in the world that suits you 

Appreciate the simple things 

Show gratitude 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Glance Into the Month of May ...

It seems when we need an escape, we head off to the ocean. 
A place where we can reconnect to after a long winter season. 
The first trip is always the most meaningful to me. 

All Photos taken by Kristine Dubuque Ortega 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Early Morning Thoughts ...

Early Morning Thoughts ...


I awake to hear tires on the pavement ...

I feel a cat paw on my hand ...

My husband sleeping soundly next to me ...

Is it Sunday?

Or will the beeping begin going off soon?

No, It is the weekend - One more day before the routine begins ...

Thinking of things that need to get done ...

And how I seem to fall short lately ...

I am glad that I have kept up with on-line classes

That I thoroughly enjoy ...

If they could only make housework

Just as pleasurable ...

Trying to incorporate a few more hours into each day ...

And an extra day on the weekends ...

Needing to start benefiting from the extra daylight hours ...

My mind turns to how we need clothes for upcoming family events ...

How I need wrapping paper, self tanner, nails manicured, etc ...

I dose back off to sleep ...

Noticing the alarm clock in the early morning light ...

3:52am ...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Live What You Love ...

A Few Things I Love ...

Morning Coffee

A Favorite Song On The Radio

Coming Across a Great Quote

Sharing a Hearty Laugh

Collaborating with Other Artists

Spending Time With My Family

A Warm Shower 

Returning to The Old Ways of Doing Things

Visiting a New Bookstore

The Comforts of Home

Replacing Hot Chocolate for Lemonade

Watching a Favorite Movie

Going from Winter Boots to Sandals 

Finding an Unexpected Photo Opportunity

Hearing From An Old Friend

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Saturday Mornings ...

My Original Photography 

Saturday Mornings

Sipping my coffee in my living room
Thoughts of the upcoming weeks swirling in my head
At peace knowing I have done the best I can
The washing machine is going, preparing for a new week
A favorite movie, Julie & Julia is in the background
One of our cats gives a howl to let himself be known
Comfy clothes replace dress pants and tops
Our street hums with passing cars
The house feels warm and comfortable
No time restraints, no deadlines
A phone call to my folks to check in
Perfect afternoon for a nap
Rainy day in New England
Three Words
Home Sweet Home

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Anthropologie & Bella ...

As many of you know, I love sharing things I come across and fall in love with ... These are two items I never mind finding in my mailbox ... Anthropologie Catalog & Bella Grace Magazine ...

Ever since I took Bella Cirovic's Online Course - A Flame in the Frost - (She mentions this catalog to search for images that speak to us to place in our journals) - I ordered this catalog - The artistry and dreamlike photos make my heart sing. Bella Grace is a magazine that I learned about through many of my UK friends. This magazine is like no other. It has amazing photography, thick book like double fold-over covers, with articles and prompts for you to try ... I cannot wait to dive in and dig a bit deeper into myself with a delicious cup of coffee this weekend!