Photo 365 #292

Today’s picture is another of my accidental photos.  Snapped as I was struggling to cram my phone into the appropriate pocket of my purse this morning, there’s something abstract about it that I quite like, despite the grainy quality.

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Meanwhile, I’m still trying to figure out how in the heck I opened my camera app without touching my screen…

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Photo 365 #291: Memorial Edition

DSC_0236My hometown does something pretty special for Memorial Day every year.  In addition to putting out the usual rows of flags along the lanes, they also put out smaller flags next to all the veterans’ graves.  But on top of that, they put up white crosses with the names of local veterans and the wars in which they served.

I spent some time out in the cemetery a few years ago photographing some of the crosses.  I knew we’d sent many people to war over the years, but I was surprised to find out just how far back some of the veterans had served.  For instance, we have a veteran from the War of 1812.  Iowa wasn’t even a state in 1812!

We have a veteran of the Civil War, too, and of course there are plenty of veterans from both World Wars, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.  Someday, there will be other crosses from the current conflict to join them – I can’t count how many of my classmates joined the service after 9/11.

I’m proud to be from a place where veterans are accorded such respect.  They certainly deserve it – without those who would fight and die for our freedoms, we would be a much different country than we are today.

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Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Tour, day two!

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Do you fall in this camp?  I know I do.  My books, though, were free on Amazon or Smashwords when I downloaded them.  Whatever you might think of Amazon and their business practices, at least they don’t fill your device’s OS with crap.

If you’d like to learn more about ebook piracy, check out our website.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Today’s free book is…

Photo 365 #290

So yesterday was busy.  Like, crazy busy.  I didn’t get done anything I wanted to in terms of writing, but I did get my latest rhubarb harvest out of my fridge, so there’s that.  I made two huge pots of rhubarb sauce, which I now have to get out of my fridge and into some freezer bags, and I started putting together a strawberry rhubarb pie, but stopped short of getting the pie assembled and baked.  I thought perhaps I’d do that today, since it was meant for tonight, but between a wicked headache and supper plans going awry, it hasn’t happened.

At least, not yet.

I haven’t accomplished anything at all today except…

It’s day one of the Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy tour!

2018 piracy

That’s a pretty startling statistic, isn’t it?

The purpose of the Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy blog tour is pretty self-explanatory, really.  We’re a group of like-minded individuals working to raise awareness of book piracy and its effects, and we’re giving away a load of free books – and a $20 Amazon gift card – in the process!

Info + free books + a chance to win $20 = one great time!  To enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, click here!

Today’s free books are…

Photo 365 #289

I’ve been cleaning and chopping and cooking and freezing and washing all day long and I am exhausted.

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I’m so tired I can’t even come up with a decent caption for this lovely picture of dandelion seeds preparing for flight, like a dream upon the wind.

Here’s hoping tomorrow is more restful.

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Photo Friday time!

In honor of Memorial Day on Monday, today’s throwback photo is from a Memorial Day service four years ago.

All gave some.  Some gave all.  Some stood through for the red, white and blue, and some had to fall.  And if you ever think of me, think of all your liberties and recall some gave all. Photo by Kay Kauffman

All gave some. Some gave all. Some stood through for the red, white and blue, and some had to fall. And if you ever think of me, think of all your liberties and recall some gave all.
Photo by Kay Kauffman

Have a great weekend, folks, and don’t forget to remember those who went before.

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Photo 365 #288

Cricket sat down to keep Buddy company this morning on our way to the car. I tried to snap a picture quick, but he got up and moved before I could get my phone out of my purse.

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Luckily, Buddy wouldn’t leave him alone, so he sat back down and I was able to capture this shot. I’m not sure which I love more, the look on Buddy’s face or Thumper sticking up between the two. (Thumper goes everywhere with us lately.)

Happy Friday, everybody! 🙂

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Photo 365 #287

I find the prettiest little scenes in my yard.  Last year it was a couple of tree roots sticking up out of the ground, and this year it’s a stick and a flower:

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There is beauty everywhere, even under a half-dead pine tree, if only we take the time to look.

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