The Sign Says – Good Use For Doorsteps

Daily Prompt: The Sign Says

If you can’t use the steps to get into the house….then…

New Orleans
New Orléans

Use them to…..

Sign in a New Orleans shop
Sign in a New Orléans shop

Inspired by the WP Daily Prompt: Weekly Photo Challenge


Race for Mothers * Friends * Others

WP Daily Prompt: Mom

My daughter and I just came back from participating in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure run/walk, Philadelphia edition. This annual run/walk is held in Philly on Mother’s Day and it’s always a huge turnout. I know women who have survived their battle with breast cancer and I admire their strength while fighting to overcome this deadly disease. Cancer, in general, is affecting more and more people each year – men, women, children – and I pray that in the very near future a cure will be found to eradicate this disease from everyone affected.

What made this Mother’s Day special for me is, this was an inauguration walk for my daughter. I’ve been running for different charities/fundraisers for years (Aids, Diabetes, Cancer, MS, Suicide Prevention, etc.) and have always done it alone because my children lived in a different state that where I live. I’ve taught my children to help others and give back when they see a need or just because, so they do it by donating their time in other ways, just not in runs/walks…until now.

This year my daughter lives with me, so we walked together. I am one of the happiest mothers around!! Smiling, smiling, smiling…


LOVE Park, downtown Philadelphia

Philadelphia Art Museum

May 12, 2013

My hope for today is that all mothers (also include men who are mothering and fathering) have a wonderful and memorable day!

Daily Prompt – Mom:

Weekly Photo: Patterns in Portland, Oregon

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Portland, OR
Portland, OR

I lived in the Portland area for 6yrs and took many photographs around the city. Funny thing is, I never noticed this building until after I moved away and returned for a brief visit. Spotted this building while driving down Sandy Blvd, (the Hollywood neighborhood) on my way to the Portland airport (PDX). Go figure.

It’s a gorgeous building, but I did not see a name on it, so I’m not sure if it’s a church or  just an ornate looking building. Gotta check it out on my next trip.

Or, if by chance someone from Portland sees this picture and know of this building, please feel free to comment and tell me what the building is used for…is it a church?

Weekly Photo Challenge:

Remake – It Takes A Village

Prompts for the Promptless – Ep. 11 – Remake! Rara’s prompt for the Promptless this week is titled “remake”. To “remake” is to make anew or in a different form.

The other day at daycare while picking up our little one, I witnessed a young mother accusing the daycare owner and her staff of stealing her child’s coat. The owner explained to the young mother that the child did not come to daycare with a coat that day. The mother became irate and raised her voice at the owner. All the while the owner spoke to her in a steady tone and calm voice.

The part that got me was the disrespectfulness of the mother towards the daycare owner.  While the owner was talking to the mother, she (the mother) kept looking down at her phone and was texting. Not once did she look the owner in her eyes. The owner later told me that the mother was not raised in a good environment and she’s now passing on her bad behavior to her child because her child does not listen to the staff and throws tantrums.

100 years

To get the best out of life I believe we must continue to evolve and move forward. I say this, but I actually would like to see us return to a time when the village all came together and had a hand in raising children in the neighborhood or community.

Back in the day, children knew they had to be careful of their actions and words because neighbors would correct them, then go and tell their parents and the parents in-turn would do something about the bad behavior. Children were taught to respect people in authority and their elders – not so today.

These days, if you try to correct a child, either they curse at you or their parents are ready to shout at you or sue. More and more I see children having children. Some of these young mothers and young fathers are just that – children. They don’t realize the importance of disciplining their child, or they want their child to be their friend, or they just don’t make time to teach their child and if you try to help, the target you with their anger. Children do not come into this world knowing right from wrong, they need to be taught.

I would like to remake or redo the time when the “village” helped to raise a child.