On Doors

Door – Old English duru, dor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deur ‘door’ and German Tür ‘door,’ Tor ‘gate’; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin foris ‘gate’ and Greek thura ‘door’

Door – the entrance to a room or building

Door – a hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard

Door – a reference to the distance from one building in a row to another

Door – A structure that opens, closes, swings, slides, shuts, hides, protects, and symbolizes

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” (Milton Berle, comedian)

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” (Confucius, philosopher)

I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” (Marla Gibbs, actor)

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” (George Washington Carver, scientist)

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” (Coco Chanel, designer)

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” (John Barrymore, actor)

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.” (Emily Dickinson, poet)

Listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go. (e. e. Cummings, poet)

 

No matter if it’s old or new, elegant or simple, metal or wood, ornate or plain – a door is a door while being a wonderful symbol and metaphor. Any favorite doors above or below?

All images taken by me  (a nonphotographer in Italy.

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On Arches

Arches can be a noun, adjectives, or verb

Arches are something that curves

Arches span an opening

Arches can be a buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth, angle, arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, inflection, turn wind, curl, and more

Arches can be a principal, chief, mischievous, or saucy

Arches can be deal with archery, architecture, and even be archaic

Arches are commonly associated with human anatomy as fingerprints, the spine, Aorta, and feet

Arches can describe an action or a structure

Arches can span, vault, resist, intersect, rest, and support

Arches can be overbearing, overriding, paramount, primary, dominant, foremost, chief, and more

Arches are associated with gateways, buildings, architecture, national parks, landmarks, St. Louis, and McDonald’s

Enjoy these photos of arches from my trip to Italy. Do you have a favorite?

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Leading Home (as per Elyse)

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Arch and the door

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The passageway

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The ever-flowing water source

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The remaining old city gate

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The cathedral

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The stairs

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The Leaning Tower through the gate

On Time

Time is a dimension, a non-spatial continuum for ordering events

Time is a measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues

Time is an appointed, fixed, or customary moment for something to happen, begin, or end

Time can be continuous or in intervals

Anick Time One

Time is a moment for opportunity

Time is a period

Time is tempo, a rate of speed

Time is the past, the present, and the future

Ancik Time Two

Time is a moment indicated by a clock or a calendar

Time can be a turn

Time can be finite or infinite

Time can be good, bad, hard, or off

Ancik Time Three

Time moves on, but people can call a time out

Time can be a time for being or being on time

Things can be in time, on time, and time and again

Time can be a moment, a beginning, or an end

Ancik Time Four

Time involves a traveling back to do something different

Time can be behind or ahead; something that we have or waste; keep, lose, give, or fight against

Time is a moment, an occasion, an epoch or an instant, wink or a stretch, and even money

Time is something that passes and does not stop, yet people try to manage it

Ancik Time Five

Philosophers have sought to understand time

Einstein explained that time cannot be in isolation from space

There are connections over time, but only time will tell

“Time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me” –The Rolling Stones

Ancik Time Six

FYI: For this post, Steve selected the photos and determined the theme. I, without seeing the pictures, wrote the text to his theme, and then he inserted the pictures. Next time, I’m determine the theme, which will be Connections.

Steve is a long-time friend and a good guy. I encourage you to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He will also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik, LightWavesImages

On a Friend’s Celebration

The month of September was an abnormal month for me in several ways. Through the hectic events, I failed to honor a fellow blogger’s milestone.

I discovered Joe Dempsey when searching for images of the famed Delta Queen riverboat. Since then I found that he is much more than a photographer as each weekly post tells a story – thus I became a regular reader of the Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind. Sometime last month he delivered his 100th post.

I not only appreciate Joe’s images, but his approach is to bring us the good things in life that are right in front of each of us. Some are obvious, while others are subtle. He wants us to see more by taking the time to look and engage. Whether in the form of nature, human endeavors, or simply people that you don’t know or suspect, Joe brings out the goodness that surrounds each of us.

I’ve never met Joe, but through his weekly treks through LA … that is Lower Arkansas … I’m sure there is a good guy at the other end. After all, would you doubt anyone who loves a good lunch sandwich from a rural general store or a Moon Pie and RC Cola for a snack?

A belated happy 100th Joe – and here’s a treat you’ll appreciate.