Me in the Middle on a Virtual Sketchwalk

For the months of March, April and May ~ I’ve been traveling!

Virtual Traveling!

Virtual Reality, Consciousness, Reality

Image by Pixabay

Virtual Sketchwalk is a Facebook Page with 849 (and growing) members.  At the beginning of each month, the Admin ~ Kate Powell ~ posts around 100 plus photographs of interesting places, local and foreign.  Sketchwalks involve a group of artists who meet up at a specific location and spend time sketching together at that location. Virtual Sketchwalk brings together artists who might not be able to travel yet still can enjoy sketching and learning about the area.  It gives us a chance to practice our skills and then share our artwork with each other on Facebook.  Each of us can choose from the photographs and we can sketch as many as we want.  It’s fun to see the different interpretations that evolve from each person.

My previous post on the Virtual Sketchwalk for December, January and February  is HERE.

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March ~ Tasmania Australia

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Photo by Debi Taylor-Ross

March 2019 Ross Tasmania 2

Sketch by Mary Lou

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Photo by Debi Taylor-Ross

March 2019 Tasmania B #1

Sketch by Mary Lou

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Photo by Phil Parsons

March 2019 Tasmania E

Sketch by Mary Lou

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Photo by Debi Taylor/JJ Harrison

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Sketch by Mary Lou

April Virtual Sketchwalk was People Sketching and I didn’t participate.  I was doing the The A to Z Blog Challenge 2019

In May, we were all saddened by the fire that destroyed much of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. I was amazed that some of the beautiful stained-glass windows survived. When Kate chose Paris as our May Virtual Sketchwalk I seized the opportunity to take up the challenge and try to sketch the window. Now I can say I tried! It was not an easy challenge. 

Photo by Joyce Harbin Cole

May 2019 Paris~Notre Dame #2

 

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May 2019 Notre Dame #4

Where will we go next?

Globe, Hand, Global, Concept, Abstract

Image by Pixabay

 

 

A Grateful Nation: Remembering Those Who Died in Military Service

This about says it all for me. I don’t know anyone who died in military service. I do have a great grandfather, grandfather, uncles, brother, husband and son who served. ❤

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Monday is Memorial Day here in the US. We tend to celebrate this holiday with department-store sales and cookouts, but it’s meant to be a time for reflection, offering honor to those who gave their lives in military service and to the loved ones they left behind.

To all the Gold Star families who have lost loved ones during military service, I send my personal well-wishes, to go along with the thanks of a grateful nation.

Do you know anyone who died in military service? Can you share their story in the comments?

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Me in the Middle of Poms

  • ” Saw the previews but not the movie yet…previews were questionable!”
  •  “I would rather see a documentary about the older ladies who dance for an NBA team”
  •  “Meh… I don’t see how 60 going on 16 is funny.”
  •  “Not interested at all, but I bet my mom and her bestie will see it. I would go just to watch those two react.”
  •  “I think it looks hilarious…must be cause I’m same age as some of your moms! 😉😊 Fun GNO movie!”
  •  “Just saw the promo on TV. 🙃 I liked Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Cher’s movies in their day. Great role models! I don’t see how they show us classy aging women through trying to act and look like teeny boppers. Just my opinion. 🥳 And I’m a classy aging woman who likes to have fun! 💚”
  • “The preview has rubbed me the wrong way, but I am keeping an open mind. It may be that the preview was crafted by young marketing people who are totally out of touch with the audience for this film, while the film works well.”
  • “Why do older men get to be brilliant undercover people or astronauts, and older women are either getting sweaty over 50 Shades (Book Club) or trying to hang out with teenagers? It’s ridiculous.”
  • “With everything going on in the world today, it would be worth the laugh!”
  • ” It’s a lighthearted comedy. I’m looking forward to seeing it with my midlife girls!”
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  • “Thinking about getting the “old” rally squad together to go watch”
  •  “I think the trailer was WONDERFUL! I can’t wait to see it! Looks like there are a lot of important messages in this movie!”
  • ” It looks like fun!”
  •  “Totally mixed. Not all older women want to exercise like that—I’m more into bedroom sports as it took over 60 years for all the things to get into the right places. 🙂”
  •  “Why make movies that make older women look silly?
    Hide or report this.”
  •  “I adore Diane Keaton. I think it’ll be a fun movie. Lots of chuckles and laughs. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie. :)”
These are just a few of the comments that were made on a popular midlife Facebook Page. Just seeing the variety of opinions peaked my interest in going to see the movie for myself. The trailer was enough to confirm my thoughts that older women just don’t need to be trying to fit into impossible molds, and be dismissed and put down for developing more challenging talents.
When a friend of mine asked me to go see it with him I jumped at the chance to see if my critique was right. His interest in going was increased when I told him about the line in the trailer “I was hoping that you would be a man. There’s not enough erections around here as it is!”  😀

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Yesterday I got to see the movie! We both got a kick out of some of the characters and some of the lines were down-right funny. In my own opinion, Diane Keaton’s character wasn’t the one who made the movie. The character who best represented a positive approach to aging was Sheryl played by Jacki Weaver. She best represented the message that the movie was attempting to bring to the audience. “We’re all so worried about what everyone is thinking. When, of course, what really matters is what we think of ourselves.” Her reminder to her friend that you were dying yesterday and you’ll be dying tomorrow so you might as well ‘dance’ is a reminder we all can hear over and over again. The movie falls flat in many places, at least for me, yet I liked the way these women rallied around each other when they were dismissed and put down for following their dream. I especially liked their strength when they stood up to any demeaning and abusive behavior aimed at women, both young and old.

All in all, I have to say I agree with the Rotten Tomatoes Rating of the movie. It was worth going to see purely for my own reflection on how I choose to go forward in my life as a classy, aging woman who likes to have fun.

POMS

#AtoZChallenge2019 Reflection

 

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When I reflect on my experiences during the 2016 and the 2019 A to Z Challenge I’m struck by the difference the second time around.  In 2016 I was a newbie to blogging and very unnerved by the intensity of the build-up to A to Z Challenge 2016.  There was so much to learn and others seemed to know so much more about the whole experience.  I scheduled ahead some of my posts but, for the most part, prescheduling was random.  I was very ambitious in what I wanted to do.  I wanted my theme Lessons Learned’ to reflect my life journey and what I’d learned looking back. When the Challenge ended I put it in book form through Blogger to share with my family.

In the 2019 A to Z Challenge, my approach was much less intense and stressful.  I planned ahead and I prescheduled my posts.  This time I chose a theme less ambitious yet very interesting for myself and others.  There wasn’t as much anxiety and worry about making a mistake. My theme was April World Holidays and I learned a lot:

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Sketch by Mary Lou

I realized that this is LIFE also.  Having a vision. Preparing ahead.  Not worrying about mistakes.  Do what you can. Be open to learning and, most of all, have fun!

Here are a few of my A to Z Blogger Friends that I met along the Challenge 2019 road:

1)Arhtistic License 

2) Best Bookish Blog

    3) Charles Health ~ Author

4) Hopes and Dreams

5) Hot Dogs and Marmalade

6) Katy Trail Creations

7) Martha Reynold Writes

8) Sue’s Trifles

9) The Sound of One Hand Typing

10) Trisha Faye

11) Word Wacker

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Here are my STATS for April 2019. Much less than the 2016 Stats. And that’s okay! I tried to focus on those blogs that fit best into my own website theme which is supporting a positive healthy aging in midlife and beyond. 🙂

Stats for april 2019

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter Z

 

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Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

Zoo Lovers Day

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Image from Pixabay

“Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is observed.  This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day.

A few zoo facts:

  • The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765.
  • The United State’s first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York.
  • There are 350 zoos in the United States
  • Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had more than 9.8 million annual visitors.
  • More than 3.2 million people visit the San Diego Zoo each year.”

Zoo Lovers Day

 

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

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(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019