Thursday, September 26, 2019

Moving Beyond Summer

I've traveled different paths each season, 
held onto sweet, treasured moments,
and lingered in their memories
as nourishment for my spirit.
©CV, 2019


Summer sunsets.
Yet, I linger in its shore-lined moments,
snaky river runs that stretch for miles,
placid lakes with the slightest ripples,
and quiet wanderings through country roads.
I savor those peaceful days of simple relaxation
and move on to another season with gratitude.
©CV, 2019


Travel with me across the globe to view exquisite sights by those who, like me, have embraced summer as a time for relaxation and renewal of spirit, body, and mind.  As I pondered the design of my Embraceable Summer Gallery collection, I recognized the need to include mini-galleries due to the volume of creative work offered.  While I will continue to work on the full gallery showcase, I am unveiling the Embraceable Summer Travels Across the World travel log today. Click here at a Google Slides share to peruse my photo essay that celebrates the best expression of summer travel.  You can also find a PDF of the travel log here.


Featured in this travel log are the following creative individuals: 

Embraceable Summer Travels Across the World
@Alaska Tracy
@Math912Teacher
Terje Akke
Jan GeoDown Annino
Jeri Asaro
Linda Baie
Leanora Benton’s Son
Jessica Bigi
Steve Christianson
Dr. Jeffrey Drucker
Devin Hartnett
Rebecca Herzog
Michelle Kogan
Chris Militzer
Linda Mitchell
Janet G. Nestor
DeAnn Pettinelli
Valerie Tilton
Carol Varsalona
Craig Zabransky

Now, sit back and enjoy the Poetry Friday Roundup brought to us by my poetry colleagues.
Each offering will be featured below. 

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*I am off to the theater so I will check back in the early morning hours tomorrow to read and comment on each offering. Everyone is invited to participate in the Poetry Friday Roundup.



43 comments:

  1. Thanks for your lovely words and for putting together a travel log for us this week. Look like we need permission to access it? Thanks for hosting :).

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about the link. I was in a rush to get to the theater and can’t get service on my computer. I hope I opened the link now but not sure.

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  2. The slides are BEAUTIFUL! What loveliness. Thank you for creating that travel log. This week I'm playing with pics from twitter. So many animal pics just beg for a poem. Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Linda, thank you for checking out the travel log, I was delighted when I found your paper collage work in my #EmbraceableSummer collection file. Your animal pics from Twitter were very interesting. I think it as imaginative to peer them with original poems.

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  3. With fall on my doorstep, it was a delight to dip back into summer with your fabulous travel log slides. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting this week!

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    1. Molly, thanks for joining me and sending me an offering of a image poem for the gallery.

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  4. Carol your gallery is lovely and so refreshing, I'd like to dive right into one of those pictures… Thanks for all your efforts, your poetry, and for rounding us up this week! :) p.s. Hope you enjoy the theatre!

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    1. I did enjoy dinner and the musical Sunset Boulevard, Michelle. I kept peeking back to see who was posting their work. I am so thrilled to have so many talented poet friends contributing to the gallery concept.

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  5. Such lovely words to usher us out of summer and into fall... thanks, Carol! I look forward to traveling through the album. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Robyn, this part of the gallery will be one small piece but a beautiful look at what nature provides for our delight.

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  6. Each of your seasonal galleries brings me such joy, Carol. Thanks to you and all of your contributors, and thank you for hosting!

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    1. Thank you for that lovely statement, Kimberly. This creative work brings me immense joy.

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  7. Very nice, Carol! I'm still embracing summer, as we've been having 70-degree weather all week...hate to see it end! Thanks for hosting today.

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    1. (Oh, by the way...my link goes live shortly after midnight!)

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  8. Your gallery of summer left me feeling a wee bit melancholy about summer's end. Thankfully Fall is full of it's own kind of glory. I hope the rain ends soon so we can enjoy it!

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    1. You are so right, Cheriee. Fall is abundantly full of life-living moments. Even rain has its particular beauty.

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  9. Thank you for hosting us, Carol! Hope your theater trip was fun :-)

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    1. My theater trip was so much fun because we were with our friends. We had dinner in an enclosed area of a Japanese restaurant before hand that was charming.

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    1. Glad that you dropped your poem on darkness for Poetry Friday. I had trouble posting a comment at your site at first but I finally got it to verify my email address.

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  11. The calendar may say fall, but at 95 degrees today, summer is hanging on big time! Your galleries don't just reflect a season, though, Carol, they reflect a state of mind. That's maybe what I love most about them.

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    1. I laughed when I read how hot is in Florida now, Michelle. Thanks for commenting on summer as a state of mind. It still is floating around in my mind, especially since I have so many more artistic expressions to add to the full gallery.

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  12. Oh, “float away” & “ the sandy porch” makes me want to return to June, Carol. Still summery here, but cooler nights prep us for autumn. Will try, but my laptop is in a repair shop, may not be ready tomorrow. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Linda, you can post at anytime when your computer is ready. I would love to hear about your cooler nights prepping you for autumn for my next gallery, Abundant Autumn.

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    2. Hi! Posting now; the laptop is back & seems like new! Yes, time to begin writing about fall for sure! Thank you!

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  13. Welcome back from Theatre Time dear Carol

    Appreciations for this summer journey which can warm hearts now only now but in deep winter. I look forward to returning for a long view. Your design & set up is fun to see.

    Sadly, unexpected family funeral events are occupying me but our crew has joy in remembering an amazing 97-year-old family patriarch who loved God and passed on in natural fashion at the shore cottage he shared with his beloved wife of 70 years.

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    1. While this is sad news, memories can be relived and honored. 70 years of marriage-now that is a wow statement, Jan.
      I appreciate that you said we can look back on the travel guide with pleasure during winter time.

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  14. Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday! Just today I noticed several trees turning yellow and red here and there around town - a sure sign that autumn is coming at a gallop. For me, saying goodbye to summer trees (which provide me with cool shade)means saying hello to autumn trees (which provide me with great bursts of color.) And it occurs to me that EVERY season includes some excitement about trees - in addition to summer and autumn, there are spring (blossoms!) and winter (evergreens in snow!) So I chose a poem to share today called "When I Am Among the Trees" by Mary Oliver. Happy Autumn, everyone!

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    1. Happy Autumn to you, Julie. I took a walk in the woods today with my husband to notice all the gorgeous trees that are just beginning to add a tiny bit of color.

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  15. Summer is lingering a little longer this year, but fall is definitely waiting in the wings! Your lovely words and images do bring a "renewal of spirit, body, and mind." Thank you for hosting today, Carol, and for sharing this gorgeous gallery!

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    1. There is a lingering sense of summer in the air today but also a beautiful dropping of dancing leaves, Catherine. Fall is starting to fall in.

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  16. Thanks for hosting, Carol. What a GORGEOUS mini-gallery! I woke up with a million thoughts racing through my head...stuff to add to my to-do list, etc. It was so calming to look through those images and words! (I could view the slide show with no problem, by the way, but the pdf was not accessible without my requesting access.)

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    1. Laura, I am glad that the slide show added calm to your busy life. Thanks for letting me know about the PDF not being open for public viewing. I always seem to forget that step. Have a great day. BTW, I do not have an offering from you for the summer gallery. Did you send me one? If not and you have one, please send it on.

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  17. Thanks for hosting today! And that mini gallery is breathtaking. I feel like I've traveled around the world this morning. So many of the photos bring such peaceful feelings looking at them. I'm looking forward to the rest.

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    1. Kay, since I have not visited all those sites showcased in the travel log, I just love looking back to see the beauty of summer in those places. Thanks for the comment. Have a peaceful day.

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  18. Thank you, Carol, for this last hurrah to summer! Here in Western New York, we're feeling a nip in the air, so this was just lovely. Thank you, too, for hosting today's roundup. xx

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    1. Amy, thanks for sharing your thoughts about Western NY. I am traveling to Syracuse and Rome next weekend to celebrate my uncle's 91st birthday since his celebration last year was interrupted by a fall and a subsequent broken neck. I will need to connect with my sister before we start packing. It was more summer than fallish today here but it was a glorious walk. Thanks for sharing the link to the roundup on Twitter.

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  19. Lovely collection. I keep missing your invite to contribute. Thanks fo putting this together.

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    1. Jone, I see that you sent me an email with your poems. I have not had a chance to look at them yet. Thank you for your contribution to the Embraceable Summer Gallery.

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  20. How lovely to travel around and see summer from so many different places as the days grow shorter and cooler. Thank you! And thanks for hosting, too!

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    1. Summer is certainly a wonderful season for traveling, Susan. Enjoy your day.

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  21. Appreciate the time put in to pull this together. "Embraceable Summer" is sweatily attractive! And thanks for your little splash of joy over at the water mountain, Carol!

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    1. is it sweltering in DC? Love the comment about the heat and that goes for the other comment about my insta poem at your water mountain.

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