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Wow, this is old... way back from 2012. I'm going through some of my old G+ albums and I found this.
This is an old photo with some sort of app-applied filter. For some reason it inspired a short story. I actually still like the story and it's very different than the way I normally write or even think.
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Mrs. Mildred D. Has a Secret
Up in the attic and in the farthest corner is a suitcase. As far as she knows, Mr. D. has never noticed it. He's never asked about it for the 64 years they've been married.
This old suitcase is the secret of her long marriage. It is the reason she has put up with over six decades of thankless household drudgery. It is the way she has dealt with those times when she felt depleted by endless worries and responsibilities. The secret suitcase represented freedom and fresh starts. It was like a talisman against those times when she felt invisible and craved nothing more than to away.
She packed it after the first big argument she and Mr. D. had. That was 60 years ago! Such a silly, insipid argument! Looking back, most of the arguments were silly. She loved her husband with her every breath. And though he was imperfect, she too was imperfect. They balanced each other.
And yet...still she kept the suitcase packed. Those old clothes stopped fitting her after her first child so many decades ago... but it was just the idea of freedom that kept that suitcase there. It was like having an ace up her sleeve. (Mr. D. would love that analogy!) 

He's not well these days. Not well at all. Any hour might be the hour that he leaves her. She sits by his bedside and holds his hand. He cannot speak but he can see her. A thousand memories flash between them; a thousand lifetimes. 

He's sleeping quietly now. With an great effort she climbs the attic stairs. When did they get so steep? When were there so many steps? She turns on the light by her suitcase. It's silly and stupid... but somehow she believes that if she empties this suitcase, her secret get-a-way bag, that somehow she can prolong those precious moments with her husband.

She snaps open the clasps.

Where she expected to see cheap cotton dresses and dulled white gloves;
where she expected to see her oldest hat and comfortable shoes and underclothing decades out of date....

She has instead found pictures of her and her beloved. There are black and white photos of her children too and colorful photos of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There are old love letters from her husband and little notes from her children. Mr. D. has put in simple artwork the kids drew and those the grandkids colored that depict stick figures in complete happiness. She is astounded that such simple figures can convey so much love!

There is much and more of pictures and documents and there is not a single garment or any of the hidden money she expected to find. 

She climbs down the attic stairs. Somehow those steps seem as easy and short as they did 60 decades ago. She has a spring in her step as she enters the old bedroom she and her beloved have shared for so very, very long.

He is awake and smiling. He knows. How did he know? How long has he known?

It doesn't matter. Nothing ever mattered more than this moment between them.
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Ooh I love this story. Thank you.

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SMH!!! :O :P

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Pink is +Heidi Anne Morris color of the day!

#CaliforniaAdventure   #california   #madhatter   #pink  
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Oh yes, +Christina Lihani. How could I forget the #PinkWig !

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Peace at the shoreline
Something I noticed when I am near the ocean...
People have a tendency to make little shrines with driftwood. I love running across love notes in the sand. You know the words will be erased by the waves, but somehow it feels like if they are carried out to sea and that they will be spread from shore to distant shore. I often see little collections of shells and found things like feathers left for the next person to admire. I like when I run across these little surprises. The ocean is a place for contemplation; a place to clean out your mind and appreciate nature. And I'm reminded that all things are like the tide, it brings things in and it washes things out... nothing is permanent.
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Hehehe! They probably would have attacked me before I finished my sentence +Christopher Germano!

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Neon of Pike's Market
Seattle, Washington

Pike's Market is such a vibrant, lively place to visit!
Shopping ranges from fresh flowers to fresh fish, clothing and jewelry, and many shops and stalls featuring items and foods both local and worldwide. And even if you don't intend to buy anything at all, it's worth the visit just to people watch.
I captured some of the neon signs down one of the wings of the market and then played with the photo digitally until I felt I had recreated a bit of the energy that is felt in the market.

#neon   #PikesMarket   #Washington   #watercolor  
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+Christina Lihani lol 🙃🙃🙃🙃😯 no worries x

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#joinindaily  with +Alun Jones 

Today the theme is Fruit
I wanted to reshare this old Scavenger Hunt photo (the theme was "bite").
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Awww, thank you +John Getchel!

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Playing with Mostly Green today with +Heidi Anne Morris!

I saw this at #disneyworld  
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Thank you very much +Kitten KaboodleInc!

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#joinindaily  with +Alun Jones

Today's theme is Sky

#MtRainier   #MtAdams    #washingtonstate
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I'm quite sure you are correct +Chris Davies and thank you!

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Sonic Blooms
at the base of Seattle's Space Needle

Interactive Art
Sonic Bloom refers not only to defining their location near Puget Sound but also to the artwork itself that sings as the public approaches each flower. Every flower has its own distinctive series of harmonic notes simulating a singing chorus. A hidden sensor located in each flower identifies movement and triggers the sound. So if there are 5 people engaging the flowers together, it is possible to compose and conduct music together or by walking through, randomly set off a harmonic sequence.

#Seattle   #washington   #sculpture  
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Thanks for posting the link +Christina Lihani. Well worth looking at the website.

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+Heidi Anne Morris  #coloroftheday  is Blue

Come play!
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Thankee +Windy Sawczyn!

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Pike's Market Sign

I've been in a Seattle kind of mood this evening. Here is a digital painting made from my own photography.

#PikesMarket   #Seattle   #Washington   #ByTheSea  
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Be sure to watch the video that comes with the download +John Getchel... it helps you have creative control over the artwork so that it becomes your work. Tag me if you make something. And it doesn't have to be a whole photo, either. The lamp post on the right is a stand-alone piece I brought in to create depth and distance from the market front (which is at the foot of a hill).
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I live for Artistic Expression... yours or mine, the creative force is the center of everything.
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October 25
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Christina Blair, Christina Miller
I'm here to listen, to talk, to be inspired by you. I love digital art and digital photography.
I'm here because I enjoy seeing new points of view and learning about  most anything. I am interested in how people express themselves through words, art, and photography
I love a little bit of everything - perhaps too eclectic for my own good.

No one who knows me would call me shy but I am an introvert. For every hour around people I seem to need three hours to recharge. 
I think this is because I don't take people lightly. I find myself trying very hard to see, really see where a person is coming from. What I've discovered though, is how difficult I've made it for myself to really share myself. That's one of the reasons I signed onto G+ ... a place where I hope that after decades of really seeing other people, that some will see me in return. 

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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like
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