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Wouldn’t it be great if we, humans, could all just learn to live together and coexist peacefully? I took a series of photos after seeing for myself how this is possible. The lesson came from watching the birds in my area.

Imagine a world where we can all live together side by side in peace. None of these birds make fun of one another because their feathers are different colors, or that some are bigger some are smaller.

A mix of birds

A mix of birds

Imagine a world where we can share without bickering.

Sharing

Sharing

Imagine a world where everyone of us cooperates with others without anger, greed, lust, gluttony, sloth, envy or pride.

Cooperation

Cooperation

Imagine a world where there is no fighting.

No fighting

No fighting

Imagine living in a world of peace.

Living in Peace

Living in Peace

Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world? Think about the trees in the forest. Oaks, pines, madrones, tamarack, all share the forest floor. They do not ridicule one another for the differences in their bark. They do not fight each other for ground. They live in peace.

Every day nature shows us a world living in peace. We, humans, just need to stop and take notice that we too can live in a world of peace.

Here is John Lennon, singing one of my favorite songs: “Imagine.” Credit of the video goes to JohnLennonMusic. The video begins with a commercial (sorry about that) and you can click on the bottom right to skip the ad.

Be well… ^..^

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This week The WordPress Photo Challenge asks us to go into the world of motion. Are you ready?

A glacier breaks and the huge piece of ice drops into the water…

Hitting the water

Hitting the water

Catching a glimpse of Orca as they swim by…

Heading right

Heading right

A turkey buzzard lifts off from a branch…

Gaining momentum

Gaining momentum

Watching a jellyfish swim…

Fanning out

Fanning out

Waves hitting the shoreline!

Small waves roll against the shoreline

Small waves roll against the shoreline

Birds fly and a whale lifts its tail. Another blows out air…

Four whale

Four whale

Me and my dog playing in the snow. He smiles…

It snows and we play!

It snows and we play!

One more: Water in motion going over the falls!

The beauty found in a waterfall!

The beauty found in a waterfall!

There you have it! These are my views of motion! Have a fabulous weekend and be well!

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It is time once again for a story to be told for the Friday Fictioneers flash fiction challenge! The rules indicate that you write a complete story using 100 words or less. Your story must go along with the subject in the photo prompt provided. Here is the photo and my story entitled “An Unlikely Observation.”

Observed - Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

Observed – Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

It was a clear night, the air was crisp, and the stars twinkled. Each astronomer had their scopes focused on a new nebula forming in the Trimidean sector of Orion. All at once, each astronomer heard a buzzing sound. In a flash, they were in a room with grey creatures eating pizza, drinking wine and listening to music.

The greys raised their glasses to the astronomers. Just as quickly as they arrived, they were back on the ground on the road that led to the observatories. They looked at one another. No one would believe what each had just observed!

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I would like to thank Rochelle for hosting this challenge and also to Douglas MacIlroy for the photo that inspired my story!

To you dear reader, I am blessed that you have stopped by for a quick read! I hope that you have a wonderful day. Be well! ^..^

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In the evenings, as my husband and I sit outside enjoying an icy beverage, we watch the birds at our feeders. We have an amazing array of birds. We have a good chuckle as we watch the pigeons try to get good footing on the narrow ledges of the feeders. Enjoy these photos of the band tailed pigeon! If you click on the photos you will see greater detail of these birds!

Here is the band tailed pigeon.

Band Tail Pigeon

Band Tail Pigeon

These birds made their appearance here about two years ago. Their numbers keep growing! They are a large bird. Their distinctive features include the half moon shape on the neck.

Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?

Notice the band on the tail…

All a flutter!

All a flutter!

They constantly monitor their surroundings.

What was that?

What was that?

They share the bird feeder with the local black birds.

Incoming and outgoing!

Incoming and outgoing!

They do not fight with other when it comes to feeding, but they do a bit of pushing and shoving as this last photo shows!

Get out of my way!

Get out of my way!

Why do we not see baby pigeons? The reason is that the babies do not leave the nest until they are full grown!

Well, thanks for dropping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I hope that you return tomorrow! Be well… ^..^

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Thank you for coming back for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Opening the refrigerator door I find that I have 4 chicken leg and thighs to cook for dinner tonight. And, I have left over fresh Shiitake mushrooms, some carrots, ginger, garlic and artichoke hearts. What can I do with these as my ingredients? Maybe add a bit of white wine, fresh cracked pepper and a bit of sea salt? EVOO? How about heading into the kitchen to help me create a new dish!

Main Ingredients

Main Ingredients

Ingredients
4 chicken leg and thigh combination
1 – 12 oz. pack of frozen artichoke hearts
1/2# shiitake mushrooms, quartered
1/2# peeled baby carrots
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1″ piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 glugs of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 cup dry white wine
sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper

So, this is what I have to work with. Grabbing a 9 x 13 glass baking dish, I spray it with a bit of non-stick spray. Then I fit in the 4 pieces of chicken.

Legs with thighs go into a glass baking dish

Legs with thighs go into a glass baking dish

Taking the rest of the ingredients I put them into a large mixing bowl and mix it up with my hands. For the salt and pepper, a couple of twists on your salt mill, and 4 twists of the pepper mill should do! Mix this in. Next, I pour this over the chicken…

A mixture of veges top the chicken

A mixture of veges top the chicken

With this ready, I turn on the oven to 350 degrees. I lean down and smell the dish. This will be good! When the oven is hot, I put the pan into the oven. Let’s let this bake for 30 minutes.

Taking the pan from the oven, I move the chicken pieces so that they now rest on the vegetables. This will allow the chicken skin to brown, and the vegetables will caramelize below.

Move the chicken so that it sits on the veges

Move the chicken so that it sits on the veges

I think that another 30 minutes shall do it. So I set the timer. When the bell goes off, I am rewarded with amazing aromas and this lovely pan of cooked chicken!

It's done!

It’s done!

I serve this up.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

The flavors on this dish are amazing! Feel free to add cooked rice as a side if you like! This dish will serve 4. Total time to prep and cook: About one and a half hours. We are only two here, and the leftovers were even better!

Stay tuned for the next edition of Tasty Tuesday! If you try this dish, let me know how you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today and remember: Be well! ^..^

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I was working on a post for tomorrow and accidentally hit the publish button rather than save…Pardon the hiccup and stay tuned for tomorrow’s Tasty Tuesday post!

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It is Monday which is the day that I devote to the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge. The rules for this challenge are to write a story that goes with the photo and that one uses the opening line provided. The word limit is between 100-150 not including the opening line, which is in bold italicized letters. Here is the photo and my story!

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“They followed the buffaloes and their babies along the trail heading into the woods.” The group was in Yellowstone listening to a park ranger.

“Back in the day, Native American tribes revered them. They only took what they needed,” he said. “Sadly, as folks migrated to this continent, they over hunted the buffalo, dropping their numbers from millions to a little over 1,000 by 1899. Conservation efforts have increased the population of buffalo to 500,000. Most are not true wild buffalo. They are a crossbreed of cattle and buffalo.”

“Here in Yellowstone, we have approximately 5,000 wild buffalo. These herbivores travel in groups led by the female. Babies are born in the spring and they nurse for eight months. By one year, they are full grown and independent. The adult males weigh in at 2,000 pounds; the females are 1,000 pounds.”

“Mommy,” said little Peter tugging at his mother’s sleeve, “can we bring one home?”

“No dear. We have to admire them here in their home.”

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Mondays Finish the Story

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Have an amazing Monday and be well… ^..^

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