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We Survived the Eclipse: Story Through Photos and Haiku


A painting of the eclipse (red because it’s darker) – Art by Khloe



Our tiny view of the eclipse through a pin-hole camera


Boxes, foil and tape,

wondering children marvel

as sky lights shake hands.


Pin-hole cameras



Hayden and Khloe peeking at the solar eclipse


The daytime and night

heavenly bodies dance past,

a peek-a-boo tryst.


Gage trying to see the eclipse…he’s only 2, so was not impressed



Stacking rocks was more enticing than solar and lunar escapades


The waiting is long

Look, play, work, gaze, pinhole view;

Light sliver eclipse.


The PacMan stage (coined by Hayden) of the solar eclipse



Taking a solar break – by hauling bricks


But how? Why? We gasp.

Fleeting, amazing, we stop.

Cooler, darker day.


Mabel was definitely more exciting to Gage than the sun and moon



Putting down bricks, mid-eclipse



Solar Eclipse, by Khloe


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Expecting Spring


tightly closed fists peek

pink wisps bulge with life – spring yearns,

bursts forth, nest and tree alike


The most hopeful of seasons, spring, lies in wait, gathering herself in preparation to leap into the exploding fray of growth, buzzing with energy and promise.


What signs of spring do you see in your area?

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Gingerbread Haiku

wafts of spice tickle

quivering noses and tongues

gingerbread delight

~ Angie Quantrell

There is most decidedly a reason that gingerbread has become synonomous with Christmas.

The scent.

The fragrance of warm spices, the steam of a hot oven, the soft melting of toasted cookies melting in your mouth…

Welcome, gingerbread. Welcome, Christmas.




Waiting is never easy, but manageable. (Photo by Angie Quantrell, 2016)

Stand – lean – patient forms.

Windblown tractor ride groupies.

Next in line, we wait.


– Haiku by Angie Quantrell


Bill’s Berry Farm tractor ride extravaganza, 2016 (Photo by Angie Quantrell, 2016)


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Happy Earth Day!

Blossoms in the spring

By Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell

Happy Earth Day, Earth!

What a wonderful world we live in – beautiful, fascinating, safe, peaceful, dangerous, harsh, mysterious, vast, surprising, and awe-inspiring.

I’m glad I live here.

In honor of Earth Day, I think it appropriate to give a gift.

So I will do something good for the Earth today. Maybe several somethings.


My gifts shall be:

– picking up any trash I see

– making sure I water only what needs water, not the sidewalk, gutter, or driveway

– turning off electrical devices I am not actually using

– planting something pretty (or tasty)

– giving thanks to God for such an amazing place to live

Tulips opened to catch the sun

Earth Day Haiku


Earth home, designed gift

fashioned by God’s mighty hand

habitat for us

Fruit trees in bloom

What will your gift be?

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National Haiku Poetry Day

Monet in the garden

by Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell

National Haiku Poetry Day was on Sunday. I love wrangling words to create a 17 syllable story poem.

Cat in the garden

Ladybug is mine, Mine. MINE.

I can’t have it? Fine. I’m gone.

Fine. You won’t let me have it, I’m outta here.

Cat, photos, and Haiku are mine. Happy Haiku Holiday.