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One Community: December

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 Eduarda, are: needle, chair, pillow and speech.

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I work in downtown Phoenix; this bus can be regularly found at a parking lot nearby. Within it, you’d find a team of 4-5 phlebotomists, four benches that recline, two privacy rooms and stacks of salty snacks at one end.

Within this small space — magic happens. Folks line up to donate a pint of blood, which takes 30 minutes or so for the entire process. In return, our health care system, both researchers and actual individuals, have blood when they need it. Theoretically. The most annoying aspect of the entire process is the lengthy questions you have to answer about your sexual history, and if you’ve ever had Mad Cow disease, or lived in a country where you could have been exposed. (If you are in Arizona, you can now do this online before donating. And if you don’t want your blood to be used for research, most hospitals have blood banks that could use your help for their patients.)  The most gratifying aspect is knowing that within 30 minutes, you may have just helped to save someone’s life.

The physical pain of donating is about the equivalent of a minor pinch. I have done squats that hurt more.

If you aren’t a regular donor, and you qualify, I can’t encourage you enough to give back to your community in this simple way. Plus, the cookies at the end are usually pretty good, and your glass of wine at dinner the night of donating hits the spot.

Needle, chair, pillow and speech all in one photo, unless you want a gross shot of me actually donating. You’re welcome.

~K

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One Community: November

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 Colleen, are: gratitude, fun, blue and home.

Gratitude: One Community: November

I am thankful to have a partner who was willing to pick up and move back across the country, just a few months after having gone through the same topsy turvy ordeal. It hasn’t been the best few months since arriving in the Grand Canyon State.  But here we are, in my state. My hometown. With my work blossoming. It takes a kind, patient soul to be willing to even try this. I’m lucky he is by my side.

And Arizona, you really are home. The culture — from fast, idiot drivers that make me feel like I’ve found my chosen people — to salsa, coming on the side with just about any meal, to our “chilly” 70 degree days: I love you.

Fun:

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These didn’t seem like costumes, even though there was a rodeo taking place nearby. These women had dirt on their boots, and creases around their eyes from many days spent outside. They are western beauties. (And yes, that is a gun on her hip. Welcome to the wild west.)

Blue:

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Handpainted Mexican tile wall. Frida would approve.

Home:

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The last guy is “The Arizona Duuuude: Arizona’s #1 Fan.” He gave me a card, and is available for parties. You’re welcome.

 

{Forgive me for being technologically behind, but I can’t get the link up language to work on my site. If you care to play, please visit my tech savvy friend, Sarah, for details.!}

~K

One Community: October

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. Starting this month, we’re opening this project up to anyone who would like to participate!  We would love to have you join us! The link-up will begin on October 5th and stay open for one week.

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 link-up is all about buildingcommunity!

Kara from Sunshine Cupcakes chose the words for October. They are: Plant(s), Bake, Orange and Activity

Plant:

Stary Aloe

I am in love with succulents right now, to the crazy point of joining several succulent-related Pinterest boards. This planter could work just about anywhere. (I’m thinking patio wall edges.) And how about this planter’s stand? Lovely!

Bake:

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It is still too warm in Phoenix to be baking much, but baked casseroles for dinner count. Right? This is the standard Donley family green chile chicken enchiladas. Delicious, but way better day 2.

Orange:

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It is the time for pumpkins. So glad these made the cross-country moves without being harmed!

Activity:

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We went to a Coyotes game this week — the first of the season. We were treated not only to freezing cold temperatures, but also a hat trick. It was so fun!

~K



 

 

One Community: September

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 words were chosen by Rebekah: work, gold, centerpiece and balance.

One Community: September

I’m living in my hometown again, although this is my first time living in Phoenix proper. I logged the first 30 years in the Easy Valley, once upon a time. Now, I conveniently live in a neighborhood not far from work, where the billboards are in Spanish, the laundromat and torta shops fight for customers with loud paint jobs and sign twirlers, and the corner title and loan shop’s flickering neon can be seen from my bedroom window.

My new community is a bit rough around the edges, and I love it.

After the sun goes down, folks come out of their homes. Baby strollers and dogs on leashes and couples holding hands. Giggling girls with Justin Beiber backpacks and bright pink high tops and buns of raven black hair tied on top of their shiny heads after a day at the nearby elementary. Teenagers with arms of tattoos and ripped jeans and voluptuous brown skin piling out of tiny tank tops, leaving nothing to the imagination. (Or helping those teenage boys cool off.) Together we all wander the sidewalks before the night falls, happy the temperatures have dipped beneath 100. We walk off dinner. We walk to pass the time. We walk to talk about our days, or have a moment of quiet, or just make sure the dog doesn’t poop inside. Again.

The neighborhood has pockets of beautiful desert landscape, intense views of Piestewa Peak , oh the sunsets. The sunsets! These showgirls use every hue in the box of 64, and perform nightly for free — something we can all appreciate.

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Work: because survival in the desert is work this time of year, even if you only dart from from one air conditioned space to the next.

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Gold: So many great examples in the flora and fauna on a quick walk around the block. The desert is a shy beauty, but when you are patient — you can find her gems.

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Balance: Holding on for dear life, praying the next storm is gentle — or better yet, that there is sun in the forecast.

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Centerpiece: Green and turquoise and knitting. Because it is still my house. What else would you expect?

-K

 

One Community participants include:

Sarah is a life-long Missourian who shares her home with her husband, two sons, and an old grumpy dachshund. Like every good Midwesterner, she can (and will) talk to you at length about the weather.  Sarah blogs at www.beautyschooldropout.net 

Colleen lives with her handsome hubster and two feisty felines in Portland, Oregon. She loves rain and sun (in that order), words and pictures, and chatting up the neighbors. She blogs at: www.underaredroof.com

Rebekah lives in Kilkenny, Ireland with her husband. An American by birth, she’s discovering what it means to be an expat on the Emerald Isle. She blogs at Honeysuckle Life.

Kara is a cheerful nerd living in downtown Phoenix, AZ with her law-studying husband and an anxious pound puppy. She works full time in the mental health field but in her off time enjoys sunshine, great food and the occasional craft beer.  www.sunshine-cupcakes.com 

Wife and Mom to a houseful of boys in sunny San Diego; word geek and all-kinds-of writer; maker of things both creative and useful. Sue is now blogging again at nobaddays.wordpress.com 

Teresa lives in Massachusetts with her husband, college aged daughter and two crazy cats.  She is a creative spirit who tries to find the lesson, blessing and humor in everything and she blogs at http://laughteramongtears.blogspot.com

Stephanie is a lifelong Wyomingite with ranch girl roots.  She has her own marketing and graphic design business and in her free time, she enjoys knitting, fishing with her boyfriend, and team roping.  She blogs at: www.nowicanseethemoon.co  

Eduarda Schroder is a curious, visual creature who believes all pictures tell a story.  She hails from Mozambique, via Portugal and NJ, and now is desert rat living with her husband and two teenage daughters in Chandler, AZ.  http://of-blue.blogspot.com/

 

 

Apache Land

Earlier this week, I was able to travel to the White River Apache Reservation in north eastern Arizona. I had never been to the reservation before and was interested to hear about the work our department was doing with the tribe. We attended a tribal health meeting – and then had a bit of time to see sights on the reservation before heading back to Phoenix.

It was one of those Arizona Highways kinda days. Bright blue skies, heavy white clouds, a flood of golden light. I was thankful we had time to wander before piling back in the car. A few shots, namely from the Theodore Roosevelt Boarding School site where Apache children were once housed and “educated.”

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~k

One Community: August

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, Sarah selected our words.
{I fell back on photos in my flickr account that work; all pertain to my life in Arizona — none are new. Adjusting to this new routine is still keeping me busy!}
Ice cream
Homemade ice cream sammies
Homemade treats for a warm day
bright
orange, print
Runuculus — my favorite flower
numbers
Kitchen scale

The best kitchen tool for gardeners

Splash

Pool at the Clarendon

The pool at the Clarendon — one of my favorites in Phoenix 

One Community participants include:

Sarah is a life-long Missourian who shares her home with her husband, one (soon to be 2) son(s), and an old grumpy dachshund. Like every good Midwesterner, she can (and will) talk to you at length about the weather.  Sarah blogs at www.beautyschooldropout.net

Colleen lives with her handsome hubster and two feisty felines in Portland, Oregon. She loves rain and sun (in that order), words and pictures, and chatting up the neighbors. She blogs at: www.underaredroof.com

Rebekah lives in Kilkenny, Ireland with her husband. An American by birth, she’s discovering what it means to be an expat on the Emerald Isle. She blogs at Honeysuckle Life. 

Kara is a cheerful nerd living in downtown Phoenix, AZ with her law-studying husband and an anxious pound puppy. She works full time in the mental health field but in her off time enjoys sunshine, great food and the occasional craft beer.  www.sunshine-cupcakes.com

Wife and Mom to a houseful of boys in sunny San Diego; word geek and all-kinds-of writer; maker of things both creative and useful. Sue is now blogging again at nobaddays.wordpress.com.

Teresa lives in Massachusetts with her husband, college aged daughter and two crazy cats.  She is a creative spirit who tries to find the lesson, blessing and humor in everything and she blogs at http://laughteramongtears.blogspot.com/

Stephanie is a lifelong Wyomingite with ranch girl roots.  She has her own marketing and graphic design business and in her free time, she enjoys knitting, fishing with her boyfriend, and team roping.  She blogs at: www.nowicanseethemoon.co  

Eduarda Schroder is a curious, visual creature who believes all pictures tell a story.  She hails from Mozambique, via Portugal and NJ, and now is desert rate living with her husband and two teenage daughters in Chandler, AZ. http://of-blue.blogspot.com/

 

 

One Community: July

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 words were selected by Sue. They are: nostalgia, season, celebrate and Red, White, and Blue!

Nostalgia: 
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Nothing brings me home like a good board or card game. I am enjoying these summer nights, playing cards after dinner and walking Nelson. The fireflies come out and our yard puts on a show. 

Season:

Morristown, NJ

They don’t joke around about this being the garden state. I’ve never seen such color.

This is is the season for blooms, moss, and rain. 

Celebrate:

Morristown, NJ

High five! One of many public pieces of art in Morristown, NJ. 

Red, White, and Blue!:

Morristown, NJ

I dare say there is nothing more patriotic than the man who could have been king, but opted for democracy instead.

Thanks, Georgie! 

 

One Community participants include:

Sarah is a life-long Missourian who shares her home with her husband, one (soon to be 2) son(s), and an old grumpy dachshund. Like every good Midwesterner, she can (and will) talk to you at length about the weather.  Sarah blogs at www.beautyschooldropout.net.

Colleen lives with her handsome hubster and two feisty felines in Portland, Oregon. She loves rain and sun (in that order), words and pictures, and chatting up the neighbors. She blogs at: www.underaredroof.com

Rebekah lives in Kilkenny, Ireland with her husband. An American by birth, she’s discovering what it means to be an expat on the Emerald Isle. She blogs at: www.honeysucklelife.com 

Kara is a cheerful nerd living in downtown Phoenix, AZ with her law-studying husband and an anxious pound puppy. She works full time in the mental health field but in her off time enjoys sunshine, great food and the occasional craft beer. She blogs at: www.sunshine-cupcakes.com

Wife and Mom to a houseful of boys in sunny San Diego; word geek and all-kinds-of writer; maker of things both creative and useful. Sue is now blogging again at nobaddays.wordpress.com.

Teresa lives in Massachusetts with her husband, college aged daughter and two crazy cats.  She is a creative spirit who tries to find the lesson, blessing and humor in everything and she blogs at http://laughteramongtears.blogspot.com/

Stephanie is a lifelong Wyomingite with ranch girl roots.  She has her own marketing and graphic design business and in her free time, she enjoys knitting, fishing with her boyfriend, and team roping.  She blogs at: www.nowicanseethemoon.co  

Eduarda  is a curious, visual creature who believes all pictures tell a story.  She hails from Mozambique, via Portugal and NJ, and now is desert rate living with her husband and two teenage daughters in Chandler, AZ.  She blogs at: http://of-blue.blogspot.com/

 

 

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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 are: door, yellow, breakfast and sweetness.

Door:

A few of the interesting “doors” in our new neighborhood:

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Yellow:

Fields of flowers in bloom on the Appalachian Trail.

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Breakfast:

I love being able to start the day with French press coffee. With a lot of milk, that’s all I need until midday. While waiting for the coffee, I scramble a couple eggs and whatever protein is left over from dinner for a burrito. I wrap this in tin foil and have it ready for D to grab on his way to work. (Cherries not included.)

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Sweetness:

Baking for friends. I love the house to smell of cinnamon and all spice. I love the way brown sugar melts into a puddle of deliciousness with butter when whipping up banana bread. This week I baked a few small thank you loaves and made cupcakes for house guests staying with us while working in the area. No time for breakfast in the morning? Fine. Grab a couple of these and a cup of coffee to go and you won’t be cranky at 10 am, tapping your toe waiting for a lunch break.

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Other One Community participants:

Sarah is a life-long Missourian who shares her home with her husband, one (soon to be 2) son(s), and an old grumpy dachshund. Like every good Midwesterner, she can (and will) talk to you at length about the weather.  Sarah blogs at www.beautyschooldropout.net.

Colleen lives with her handsome hubster and two feisty felines in Portland, Oregon. She loves rain and sun (in that order), words and pictures, and chatting up the neighbors. She blogs at:www.underaredroof.com

Rebekah lives in Kilkenny, Ireland with her husband. An American by birth, she’s discovering what it means to be an expat on the Emerald Isle. She blogs at Honeysuckle Life.

Kara is a cheerful nerd living in downtown Phoenix, AZ with her law-studying husband and an anxious pound puppy. She works full time in the mental health field but in her off time enjoys sunshine, great food and the occasional craft beer.  www.sunshine-cupcakes.com

Stephanie from Wyoming.  Her blog is www.nowicanseethemoon.com

(If you are interested in participating, shoot me an email: africankelli@gmail.com)