Monday, September 29, 2014

octobers, my favorite | WEEKLY QUOTE


Hello October. "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L. M. Montgomery, Anne Of Green Gables

What's your favorite tradition, activity, sighting, smell, etc of Autumn? 

Here's just a few of mine:

big sweaters | hot cocoa | autumnal color everything | apples | tall socks | boots | hiking | the smell of winter approaching | fall break | thanksgiving | rosy cheeks | adventures | finger-less gloves | loads of hot tea | a plethora of good books | writing; journaling, noting, thinkings | and the very epitome of breathing in and being still.

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, September 22, 2014

happiness lies in | WEEKLY QUOTE


"I have found that most people are about as happy as they make their minds up to be."
-Abraham Lincoln

So let's not let our circumstances keep us from putting our best foot forward! When you think about it, dear reader, our joy is not in our circumstances but in the hope of He who is greater. And it is found in the courage to say to life, "do your worst".

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Saturday, September 20, 2014

of the creative writing - a mystery, an english class, and ... pears?


So I'm taking a rather exciting English class this semester. I've already done the required English 111 and 112, and come this fall semester it was time to choose a 200-level course. When I looked through the course list, only one particular class stuck out to me: Mystery in Literature and Film. Can I just say, splendid! My cup of tea n' all that. However it is an online class (because my schedule wouldn't allow otherwise), which puts a damper on things a little; just a little though.

For this class, the introduction assignment consisted of posting in a discussion forum a little letter introducing myself and a snippet of a mystery that had to take place somewhere I was familiar with (hometown, workplace, college, etc). 

This evening, although a tad bit nervous as to the outcome of such on-the-spot writing, I buckled-down and wrote a short snippet of mystery taking place at an old church of my childhood. I'm also using this piece, since it just happens to mention pears, for Rachel Heffington's Chatterbox this month.

I do hope you enjoy n' all that. Comments and criticisms are highly encouraged, as I know without a doubt this piece can use a lot of work.

There, at the back of my mind, a thought nagged endlessly, like a splinter in my hand trying to work its way to the surface. What was it? My mind raced. Something was unfamiliar about the churchyard where I stood. 
As I closed my eyes to think, all my childhood memories came flooding back. Of the many times I’d played red-rover in that patch of dewy green grass, or the secrets that were whispered behind that great oak tree, or the games of duck duck goose and tag played on that circle of rocks. Of filling bucketfuls of acorns as they dropped from the sky like raindrops, or the rhythm of those almost-ripe pears dancing in the wind as they hung from the small orchard of pear trees guarding one side of the churchyard. 
And yet, something stood out to me as not being quite right…but what? I closed my eyes again and breathed deeply. The smell of the fresh mulch that filled the flower beds to the left and right of the front doors to the sanctuary, and the all too familiar smell of Hemlock filled my nostrils…but wait, that’s it! There was another smell that mingled with the other familiar smells…something…putrescent. I opened my eyes again, and took two large steps to where I smelt the stench coming from. I saw the black eyed Susans and the velvety violets sleeping under the moon's light, and the…wait, there was something else hiding beneath the flowers. It was...no, it couldn't be! Three fingers gently stuck out of the fresh mulch…Murder!

I can't say I am particularly proud of this piece or anything, but I gave it a try. If you have a minute, I'd greatly enjoy hearing any thoughts you might have. I don't profess to be a grand writer or anything, but I do like to dabble a little in the mystery and historical fiction genres. 

Cheerio!
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, September 15, 2014

betwixt summer and autumn - a photo-journal of sorts



A little bit of a photo-journal of sorts,
depicting the sunny days and cool evenings
of the time between the end of summer
and the beginning of autumn.

ordeal or an adventure? | WEEKLY QUOTE


Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.

So when you are given a difficult situation, simply turn it in to an adventure.

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Thursday, September 11, 2014

13 Years Later, Where Do We Stand? - Remembering 9/11


It seems even the sky mourns for America this morning.

To all those who fought for freedom, 
to all our military men and woman;
to those who volunteered their time, their lives,
to the families and friends who lost loved ones;
those who paid the sacrifice in life or death,
I salute you.

Thirteen years ago, we came under attack from terrorists determined to break the will and spirit of the American people. They did not succeed.

Thousands of Americans lost their lives on that terrible morning, and we will never forget what they did, all that they went through, and all that they go through for the United States of America today. And I am honored to remember them this day, for it is in their names that we, as a nation, continue to pursue the cause of freedom.



To close, I am honored to be an America; proud, right and true, of that fact. And I will do what it takes, before God, to uphold her founding documents, to ensure justice and liberty for all, to fight for freedom and peace in this hurting country, and to fight to the last against anyone who wants to harm her. 


Let never forget today, nor the thousands we lost. 
May God bless America; and truly, may America bless God!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, September 8, 2014

Instagram Muses - inspiration, autumn approaching, and some darn good books

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Hi. Well if you didn't know already, I've caved and gotten an Instagram account. And my word, it's a blast! I've had so much fun taking artistic pictures of everyday life happenings, and seeing little glimpses into the lives of some of my friends.

In light of this, I'm going to periodically post Instagram Muses on my blog as a photo collage of the highlights of different weeks (in photo format, obviously).

Here are a few thoughts on the above photos:
photos // (L to R)

1. ever needing to remind ourselves that each and every day truly matters
3. what i'm reading. surprised by joy (c.s. lewis), one of my favorite, favorite books
4. also reading g.k. chesterton's fabulous complete father brown series (includes 5 books). if you haven't tried reading chesterton, please, please do!
5. my succulent finally has a home in a vintage jasmine tea can. makes me so happy
6. he found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.” - j.r.r. tolkien, the fellowship of the ring | autumn can't come soon enough
7. mused ship i painted on the outside of my journal. i would be content painting ships for the rest of my life
8. i cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." ― nathaniel hawthorne, the american notebooks [notebook, Oct. 10, 1842] | the last of the summer days, for autumn is nearly here. i'm really excited for autumn, if you can't tell
9. crazy sisters, we are. shot from a going-away party for my sister two weeks ago. she's moving 5 some states away from me, and i'm going to miss her an awful lot
10. regram of my weekly quote from last week. such a wonderful quote: "it's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.- ernest k. gann
11. it poured a few days ago, and my family's dog Indy was being a bit grumpy on not being able to go outside
12. got my 4 wisdom teeth out friday morning, still recovering from it as we speak. this is a shot of me a few hours after i got them out...all chipmunk chubby and whatnot

Well that's a few little muses from the last week and a half, or so. Hope you enjoyed a few, more personal, glimpses into my life. 

What's this past week been like for you? Or an even better question, what's a good book you've been reading lately?

If you're on instagram, I'd love to connect!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

here and now | WEEKLY QUOTE



LIVE IN THE HERE AND NOW.

Just a little reminder to live in the here and now. Let's learn from our mistakes readers, but let's not dwell on the past. 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, September 1, 2014

shore living | WEEKLY QUOTE



"It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living."
- Ernest K. Gann

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography