Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #129

Favorite Images of 2020


Lens-Artist challenges us to go through our photos and share our favorites from 2020. Here’s a few I found.

It was a strange year with no travel since February and a lockdown.

You can see more favorite 2002 photos here.

Hoping for a better 2021.


Which Way Challenge

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Alive and Trekking blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form.

You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets, exits, signs, paths, waterways, canals, railroad tracks, you name it.

See more Which Way photos by clicking here. You’ll be amazed at where people are going.

Thursday Doors

Northbrook, IL

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

Norm 2.0 hosts it and anyone can join.

Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Northbrook, IL

Pull Up a Seat

For this weekly challenge Xingfu Mama will make a post every Friday morning. To play along:

  1. Create a post with a photo of places one sits or might sit, or art about sitting, and maybe a little background or story about the spot or a picture of the view.
  2. Add a tag “Pull up a Seat”.
  3. Add a link to your post in my comment section, either by writing a comment with your URL or by creating a pingback (when you create a link to my post within your post with the chain icon in the editor).

If you like you can use this badge to identify your post or create your pingback.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Windows or Doors

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Each week Cee challenges us to share photos based on an inspiring prompt. This week we’re challenged to share photos with orange and/or green in them, hence the photos above that I took last weekend at a laundromat in Chicago.

From the Night of 1000 Jack o’Lanterns

To join the fun, you just need to check what the new prompt is at Cee’s Photography. Create a post and link or ping back to her blog.

Chinatown, London
Ward 33, Chicago, 2020 (I shared this yesterday as well.)

By the way, the post above does not represent my views. It’s not as nuanced as what I think we need.

Chicago, IL 2019
Northbrook, IL
Chicago, IL

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Wilted, Aging or Dying Flowers

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of bicycles, tricycles or even motorcycles.

What will you choose to share?


Click here to see more fun photos, click here.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Bikes, Trikes, or Motorcycles

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of bicycles, tricycles or even motorcycles.



What will you choose to share?




Click here to see more fun photos, click here.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Trains, Railroads, Etc.

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of trains, tracks or anything related to trains. I happened upon a freight train when I just hoped to get the railroad signals.

canada pacific

What will you choose to share?

train 1

rusty train

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I’ve missed the Starbucks in my town’s downtown. It doesn’t have a drive through, but it’s located in a spot with other eateries and shops. It’s a spot where people of all ages can easily bike to. I was at the Dollar Store yesterday and walked over to the Starbucks to read a sign I saw on the door.

I was hoping to find out when this hub for conversation, meet ups, homework, and creative writing. A knitting group would meet weekly to make blankets for the needy. The staff was usual cordial.

Instead I saw a sign that this location was permanently closed. It said we should go to the Village Square. I wasn’t sure which strip mall was the Village Square. I’ve looked it up. It’s a strip mall adjacent to the expressway. It’s on a very busy street which no kid should be riding a bike along. It’s surrounded by other strip malls. It just isn’t a good replacement. There are loads of Starbucks locations, but many are cold and designed for in and out service.

Now we’re still locked down and not able to sit in a Starbucks even though our state has moved to a new CCP Virus phase when an eatery can have 25% occupancy. I believe we will return to eating inside eventually and when we do people will want a place to chat with friends, to study or write in a café or to plan for small business, knit or what have you. This change was not well thought through.


Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you did during week 9 of the Lockdown. April dragged along and May seems the same. I wrote that last week but it seems we’re just going round and round. People are losing patience.

I can’t believe last week was Mother’s Day. That seems ages ago.


I’d been engrossed in Paul Johnson’s Heroes, which I got via Hoopla, one of my library’s ebook services. One thing I don’t like about these services is there’s no way to renew. You’ve got three weeks and poof! they take back the book. So it’s a longish book and I’m busy so I needed to pick up the pace. Well, Wednesday, though the book’s still checked out to me, when I open it, all I get is a white page, which can’t be flipped. I try repeatedly, then i clear my cache, turn off the device and try again. Same problem. Then I uninstall and reinstall Hoopla. No change. I email Hoopla for help and I still haven’t heard anything. I’ve tried repeatedly to fix this, but all I see is white. I’m not big on ebooks to begin with so I’m even less impressed. I’ll have to buy this book.

(I did check Libby/Overdrive and they don’t have Heroes.)

Last night ESPN showed the final two episodes of The Last Dance about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls. All I can say is “Wow.” Watching the final episodes of this four star documentary was practically a religious experience. So much drama and heart.

Illinois is still locked up tight. The mayor has the lakefront all locked up. It’s a wonderful place to go for a walk, run or bike ride and getting some fresh air, sun and exercise are terrific for general health. I sent the Chicago Tribune a letter to the editor in March suggesting that the City open up this public space and hire life guards to insure adequate behavior like physical distancing. It wasn’t published.

A couple Chicago churches dared to hold services while practicing physical distancing and the mayor threw up last minute Tow-Zone signs in the vicinity of these churches. Then she had all the cars towed. So residents including the elderly and healthcare workers got their cars towed. It could be that churchgoers came by public transit. So this overreach has punished the innocent. What recourse do they have? It’s costly to sue the city to recoup the expense of getting one’s car back. There are more positive ways to modify behavior.

Our governor is very strict on lockdown, yet his family is staying in their equestrian estate in Wisconsin, a state that opened up on Friday, after 7 weeks in Florida in that mansion. It’s horrible that he doesn’t have his family stay in Illinois in one of their residences.

The week at work was quite stressful. More on that later. Suffice it to say our managers are very anxious and they haven’t explained why they’re doing what they’re doing.