for Istanbul Turkey


John Donne
Meditation 17
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

“No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee….”

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this really is the last of the tulips 🙂




“We can learn so much from nature by simply observing how it works through a flower.  The flower knows it is part of nature, we have forgotten that.”  –Thomas Sterner

Quote found at Goodreads

have a peaceful Thursday


stark against the sky…

gray arms reaching out

for life, too late

time has rung the death knell

and decay has long since begun

~TLCrossett 2016


photo taken at Eagle Lake Park, Pinellas County, Florida


then edited within an inch of it’s life, so it could appear here 🙂

identifying with this tree is easy for me, as I live within this aging body of mine, watching as the bloom is off the rose 🙂

~peace to one and all~

© Out Of My Mind Images 2016


In Memoriam


I was thirteen when (my very first niece) Laura was born prematurely.  And died.  At the time her condition was called hyaline membrane disease, today it’s called Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

If she had lived, this coming winter, she would have been 60 years old.

 I miss her even though I never knew her.

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© Out Of My Mind Images 2015

moody person that I am…

I’m down today…washed, wrung,


and hung out to dry in the clouds


I’d been thinking about recycling (as in shredding) some (as in most) of the pages in my notebooks of OOMMIs and today I’ve done it.  Picked out the ones I love best and I’m letting the rest go.  A lot of them have been scanned so it’s not like they’re lost forever…well not unless my current computer dies or my portable hard drive won’t give me access.  You see the mood I’m in…so as I wallow in my sadness…the up side is that I’m making a scrapbook of the saved pages to brighten my life in the years to come.

Another thing I’ve done is to sell my BIG digital camera to my son, so I’m back to using my 2 compact Point and Shoot cameras.  And thankful I am that I have them.

Time to lighten my load (stuff accumulated), thrift stores love to see me coming.

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Joseph Anthony Stefko who left this life way to soon

“Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.”  Dylan Thomas

for Joseph…

yesterday I and hundreds, probably thousands of others, in Pinellas County Florida and beyond, lost a friend

sometimes when he was styling my hair, he and I joked about how when it came time for me to live in a nursing home he would shave my head so I wouldn’t have to sit around with straggly hair

he was a hair stylist, but more, so much more


thank you for the laughter Joseph, I will miss you for the remainder of my life

I send my condolences to your Mom, your family and your friends.