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One Community: June

June 5th

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and community with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

This month’s four words from Kara are: road, float, sprinkler and oasis. Note the theme. Kara and I are both Arizona natives and by the first week of June, everyone in Phoenix is thinking, “Wait. Are we really doing this again?” It is still a dry heat this time of year. The monsoons will begin in six weeks, and then our excessive heat gets a layer of humidity on top. (No cherry offered.)

Friends, this isn’t a news flash. It gets really hot in the desert in the summer time. As such — a few photos to meet the theme:

NYC

Road: One year ago I was living near NYC. I am so incredibly thankful I had last summer to run around this frenetic, smelly, culturally rich, intense town. I will always look back on that snippet of time with fondness, wishing I’d spent more time simply wandering. And eating Ess-a-Bagels in Central Park. And staring at art in the Met. And photographing the melange of city dogs.

Kayaking the Hudson River

 

Float: Summer in Arizona means finding water. We are under an “extreme heat advisory” this week because it is 110-plus. There are rivers you can “float,” although these adventures have become less fun the older I’ve gotten. (“Show me your XYZ for a beer?” at 18: made me blush. At 34: I want to call his mother and wear long sleeves.)

I’d rather rent a kayak and float by myself on Tempe Town Lake. Or a pool raft, and float in the privacy of a backyard with a gaggle of my friends’ kids playing in the shallow end.

Matty's sprinkler

Sprinkler: This is a crazy recycling project gone right. Need a slow sprinkler for your summer garden? An orange juice bottle, some tiny holes and tape will do the trick. (Matty, the Pink Golfer, made this one once upon a time.)

Pool at the Clarendon

Oasis: The pool at the Clarendon. I love this boutique hotel in central Phoenix, in part because one of my favorite restaurants is in the lobby. As such, one may eat tacos and sip palomas poolside — which might be my idea of heaven.

If you are interested in playing along this month, do so here.

 The One Community photo project is all about the connections between us even though we all live in different places.  Please join us by linking up your blog post with photos.

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One Community: May

May 5th

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

Each month, one of the hosts picks four words for us to interpret through photographs of what we see around us in our daily lives.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.

This month’s words, selected by Sue are: five, recipe, remember and mother.

One Community: May

Someone is turning 5 next month. I am deep in planning a ridiculous dog birthday party and homemade cake.

One Community: May

Caught up with my brother in Denver last weekend and managed to visit Moe’s for my favorite afternoon in Denver. Moe’s bagels, Cody and bright blue sky.

One Community: May

Hey! Remember this guy? Adam Mack is alive and well in Denver. We had fun betting on the ponies with the Kentucky Derby last weekend.

One Community: May

Mom, sorry to ruin the surprise but this is the best Mother’s Day card ever. You’re welcome. (Also, you raised a smart ass.)

If you are interested in playing along this month, do so here:

Thanks!

~K

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One Community April

April 6th

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

Each month, one of the hosts picks four words for us to interpret through photographs of what we see around us in our daily lives.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.

This month’s words, selected by Rebekah are: spring, flowers, purple and rise.

These orchids were blooming in a medical office in Dallas. I visited it this week for work and asked the practice manager how in the world she got a grocery store orchid to bloom in huge bows of blossoms.

One Community Her response?

“I read the directions.”

One of my favorite books remains The Orchid Thief. The associated film, Adaptation, is brilliant if you’ve read the book. Also — this glorious bloom embodies spring flower, purple and the rising of the season.

Want to contribute next month? Sue has selected the following four words for May: five, mother, recipe, remember. We post on the 5th of each month. Play on, playa’.

~Kelli

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One Community: March

March 5th

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

Each month, one of the hosts picks four words for us to interpret through photographs of what we see around us in our daily lives.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.

This month’s words, selected by Sarah are: shower, calm, green and friendship.

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I love this shower curtain, and the new curved shower rod I recently installed. It really does give enough extra room in a small space to make charging the powerless drill worth while.

One Community March

 

Whenever I seek calm, I go to nature. Long hikes, time in the garden, a good swim in any body of water that won’t kill me from pollution or predators. I am so thankful to my friend Duda for giving me a flat of tomato transplants this week from her community gardening efforts. The woman is a friend through thick and thin. They were planted under a crescent moon, and therefore an iphone flash light app, when I finally got a chance to garden. Also: planted far, far away from the neighbor dogs.

One Community March

 

I love steamed green lima beans with a dash of garlic salt and pepper. I steam bags of these a couple times a week and add them to just about any dinner that needs a bit more. I miss the lima bean dishes of South America.

One Community March

 

And, friendship. My God, friendship. Carrie and I were each other’s first “stranger” blog readers. We started our blogs at similar times about a decade ago. Last week I had a chance to meet her in person when she visited Arizona with her lovely family. (I remember chatting with her about her first date with her now husband. And reading her posts after delivering her two children. It was surreal to meet them all, and also — so comfortable.

Join us this month with the One Community challenge and show us where you live! Link up here:

 

Cheers,

Kelli

 

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One Community: February

February 5th

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

Each month, one of the hosts picks four words for us to interpret through photographs of what we see around us in our daily lives.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.

This month’s words, selected by me (!) are: style, heirloom, heartbeat, warmth.

I currently live in what some might call a “transitioning” neighborhood. There are wealthy pockets and very, very poor ones. I’ve never lived in a place that had both ends of the extreme living quite so closely to each other. Trailer parks crammed full of tiny, dented tin homes — with piles of children, kittens and the random chicken wandering the street. One block over? A county island with a private drive winding past custom homes, on acre-plus lots.

For my four words this month — I’d like to show a bit of the style, heirloom, heartbeat and warmth of the Phoenix Homestead neighborhood, tucked in a pocket of the community I described above. The Homestead neighborhood is a historic district in central-east Phoenix. Oddly enough, the neighborhood includes a greek orthodox monastery. It is quiet; you can hear the birds, and this time of year — nearly every bird is here visiting.

One Community: February

One Community: February

One Community: February

One Community: February

One Community: February

One Community: February

One Community: February

One Community: February

One Community: February

One Community: February

It is neighborhoods like these that make me stop and pay attention. There is such a crazy love of color, gardening and community. I imagine these folks are all friends — they swap cans of jarred tomatoes and get together for dinner parties. Needless to say, I’d really like to live on this street one day!

Link up with us, and play along:

Thanks for playing!
~Kelli

 

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Colorful Start

February 1st

A few of the colors from a neighborhood walk. Oh Phoenix, you are so gorgeous this time of year!

Phoenix in February

Phoenix in February

Phoenix in February

Phoenix in February

Phoenix in February

Phoenix in February

 

Phoenix in February

Phoenix in February

Phoenix in February

 

~K

 

 

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Red Rocks

January 27th

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A view from a quick road trip to Sedona this weekend. Oh, Arizona. You are so beautiful this time of year!

~K

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One Community: January

January 5th

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

This is the link code, if you care to join us. All are welcome.

Each month, one of the hosts picks four words for us to interpret through photographs of what we see around us in our daily lives.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.

This month’s words, selected by Sheila are: treasure, silver, resolution and winter.

Treasure: Time with friends and family from far and wide who I had a chance to see during the last few weeks. Love these folks and wish I could keep all of them happily in the same neighborhood forever.

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Silver: A Christmas star and two people who I love most. I hope to return to Colorado sooner than later to be near my brother and his girlfriend, Jess.

One community: January

Resolution: This year, I will read more. Never mind the new Downtown Abbey season starts tonight — I want to spend more time with books and writing. These are a few books I received for Christmas.

One community: January

Winter: Oh, Golden. Clear Creek had some ice dam issue and was frozen beyond belief in December. Imagine an entire street of Golden with cars frozen to the street. This has been a winter to remember, for my friends in Colorado.

I don’t miss slipping and sliding and driving in snow. I do miss those snow days when you curled up with a heavy blanket and a crackling fireplace. Winter in Phoenix means you can go outside without a water bottle.

One community: January

~K

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Whirly Birds

December 19th

If you have ever driven across southern California, you’ve likely seen these behemoths in the distance. There is something about the sheer size of these wind turbines, against the stark, desolate desert, that makes them seem like soldiers in a massive piece of public art.

Visit with the Walsh Family

Visit with the Walsh Family

Visit with the Walsh Family

Also, can we briefly talk about how annoying it is to have people follow your exact steps to take photos behind you? This dude — a stranger — followed me around while I was out wandering around, staying just a few yards behind me and literally standing in my footprints to take the same shots.

Visit with the Walsh Family

Creativity, Mystery Dude, is not found via imitation.

~K

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Escape

December 18th

Visit with the Walsh Family

Visit with the Walsh Family

Visit with the Walsh Family

Visit with the Walsh Family

Visit with the Walsh Family

 

A few photos from a walk through a southern California neighborhood, including a lending library found in a front yard.

December 2013

~K

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