Wordless Wednesday (Freedom Riders Edition)

This is the fourth (and last) of the Poetic Winter Photography Challenge. This week’s theme is calm.
My son and I visited the Freedom Riders exhibit this past Sunday for classwork he had to do.

The exhibit was held at Tallahassee’s Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, which has closed its regular operations due to budget issues.

Even though the museum is mostly closed, some of the kid activities were still there:

A chance to get things whipped up into a frenzy remains.
But it is still possible to create calm:
Wayne (not surprisingly) wanted to do a lot more playing with the leftover youth-related activities than reading of the historical information about the Freedom Riders. I guess being there, reading the material and looking at the pictures, is a start.
But my sense that it is almost impossible for a  2012 12 year old (or a 47 year old mom, to be honest) to really understand the courage and risk that the Freedom Riders exhibited in 1961 leaves me feeling unsettled.
Non violence, in times like 1961, was not “calm.” The Freedom Riders experienced something related to each week of the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge.
Solitude – sometimes making the right choice means doing it by yourself
Warmth – the original Freedom Rider bus was set aflame by Klansmen
Passion – the Freedom Riders were consumed with protecting constitutional rights
Calm – although it was tested over and over, the Freedom Riders maintained a commitment to nonviolent activism
 “The Freedom Ride created an unbelievable sense: Yes, we will make it.
Yes, we will survive.’
Congressman John Lewis, an Original Freedom Rider
The Poetic Winter Photo Challenge is sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Faith of Sweet Violet, Rebecca of Bumbles and Light, and Alicia of Project Alicia. Thank you all for the work you put into sponsoring this!
Poetic Winter Photography Challenge

Wordless Wednesday (Everyday Passion Edition)

This week is the third of the Poetic Winter Photography Challenge. This week’s theme is passion.
Last week, we focused on demonstrating passion on Valentine’s Day.

In fact, we piled on the demonstrations of love.

But for me, it’s what happens on the routine days afterwards that

tells me I am loved, passionately.

Want to keep your marriage strong? Never stop courting her. If you develop
 the mindset that you need to win her heart every day, then very good things
will come to your marriage.

–Mark Merrill, President, Family First
(This quote is from Mark’s blog “Top 10 Everyday Passion Killers.”)

The Poetic Winter Photo Challenge is sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Faith of Sweet Violet, Rebecca of Bumbles and Light, and Alicia of Project Alicia. Next week’s theme is “calm” – the linky will be up on Friday, February 24 and you can find it at any of these sponsors’ sites! Join us!

Poetic Winter Photography Challenge

Wordless Wednesday (Construction Disturbance Edition)

This week is the second of the Poetic Winter Photography Challenge. This week’s theme is warmth.
To get from our house to work/school is pretty much a straight shot – 10  miles or so – west on  Highway 90. Highway 90 (also known as Mahan Drive) is perpetually under construction. It even has its own FourSquare checkin:

Perpetual construction, especially when it slows down the morning commute,
can leave us all feeling a little “chilly” toward the process.

It’s really nice of a local church to remember that these workers are just doing their jobs.
And to extend the warmth of thanking them publicly.

The Poetic Winter Photo Challenge is sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Faith of Sweet Violet, Rebecca of Bumbles and Light, and Alicia of Project Alicia. Next week’s theme is “passion” – the linky will be up on Friday, February 17 and you can find it at any of these sponsors’ sites! Join us!

Poetic Winter Photography Challenge

Wordless Wednesday (Winter Playground Edition)

Finally! My Wordless Wednesdays have structure again thanks to the Poetic Winter Photography Challenge. This week’s theme is solitude.
Somewhere, a little boy or little girl is snuggled into a warm home, knowing that the playthings of spring are looking forward to their return:
A bunch at a time:
In twos…..

Or alone…..
These pictures were taken in Bainbridge, Georgia, at the Earl May Boat Basin and Cheney Griffin Park.

The Poetic Winter Photo Challenge is sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Faith of Sweet Violet, Rebecca of Bumbles and Light, and Alicia of Project Alicia. Next week’s theme is “warmth” – the linky will be up on Friday, February 10 and you can find it at any of these sponsors’ sites! Join us!

Poetic Winter Photography Challenge