Author Archives: Mary Strong-Spaid

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.

One Pink Wildflower

Surrounded by jealous weeds, a pink wildflower danced in the warm sunlight for one glorious day before vanishing from sight. Unfortunately— in the darkness of the night, ‘something’ ate this flower and the buds below, leaving nothing behind but a … Continue reading

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Cat Warmth and Wisdom

Cat wisdom knows exactly where to find warmth and comfort on cold December days. Look! The wise cat knows exactly how to quickly transform an inexpensive insulated shopping bag into a comfortable bed— (just don’t sit on the zipper). Actually— … Continue reading

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Autumn Pampas Grass Magic

Summer green has been replaced with Autumn’s sunlit leaves sparkling gold and red colors evoking visions of magic everywhere. Like the changing leaves at the end of October, Halloween celebrations give us the opportunity to boldly imagine and create new … Continue reading

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Grasshopper Camouflage

Standing motionless surrounded by old brown grass baking in the sun, how did you notice me and my perfect grasshopper summer camouflage? ~ms I saw the grasshopper from a distance, in spite of its clever camouflage,  because its long legs … Continue reading

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Virginia to Texas through Hail and High Water

Illuminated by lightning striking darkness followed by thunder, a wet toad shivers drips falling on the threshold of an unknown door. When wild winds blow and rain falls sideways, normal vanishes and new directions appear.   ~ms Considering everything that I … Continue reading

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Disco Disaster

Back in 1989, a friend took me to a night club called Studebaker’s, where there was loud music, swirling disco lights, and wandering eyes searching for the perfect date. I didn’t like it there. Two years later, in an English … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Wrapped in Memories

Oh please, don’t be sad! I was thinking about you and I was going to call, but I accidentally spent the entire day wrapped in memories. You see—I was going through boxes of  ‘paper clutter’ and throwing things out, because … Continue reading

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Winter’s Shroud Descending

Birds quickly flew away through barren earthbound trees, in hopes of escaping the coming winter storm. One crow remained behind like a cold grim reaper staring down from above at foolish souls below. And then the snow appeared carried on … Continue reading

Posted in Nature, Photo Essay, photography, Poetry, Snow, Storms, Winter | Tagged , , | 22 Comments

WordPress Worldwide Family

At midnight, 2015 faded away as a freshly pressed new year chimed in and took its place. Hard to believe it’s 2016! It’s been 4 years since I joined WordPress. I remember, before starting anything, I took the time to … Continue reading

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Car Creativity Unleashed

Rather difficult to explain parked on the edge of extreme… car creativity unleashed! In the summer of 2013, I saw this unique vehicle parked in a rest area on I-95 (south of Fredericksburg and north of Richmond, Virginia). I don’t … Continue reading

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My Furry Writer’s Block

Oh no! My ability to type and string words together is currently squished beneath a furry writer’s block. Look! I don’t see any letters and numbers are hidden too, but my little writer’s block is purring warm and happy, I … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves Shapeshifting

While I was looking down into water filled with leaves, an old tree with hallowed eyes opened wide its wooden mouth and whispered gently— Why are you so sad? In cyclic transformations nothing ever dies! See the autumn leaves shapeshifting … Continue reading

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Chicken Selfies

If chickens had cell phones with cameras they could take chicken selfies. Wouldn’t that be fun? They could even choose to spend their free time chicken photobombing on the run! But alas! What if some chickens think that others who … Continue reading

Posted in birds, Children's stories, Nature, photography, Poetry | Tagged , , | 63 Comments

Seasons at Celebrate Virginia – Beautiful Apartments

Years ago, it was hard to find an apartment with a washer and dryer, much less a dishwasher. Constantly collecting quarters and wasting hours at the laundromat was no fun. Thank goodness thing have changed! Now the newer apartments include … Continue reading

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Early Morning Virginia Beach

Sunrise awakens early morning on Virginia Beach. A beautiful sight! Diamonds of early sunlight drip onto blue water dancing a summer delight. Anticipating a busy summer day— trucks begin raking sand. After the raking, a solitary man walks along the … Continue reading

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Thought Dreams Nature

Thought dreams nature into beautiful images of its reflection. With mindful meditation on nature through art my spirit recalls the mystical beginning and ending of all.    ~ms

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Dishpan and Buckets

Underneath a tree little Buddha me sitting in a dishpan filled with water. Joy floats easily into an open mind. I laughed when the words “joy floats easily” fell out of my fingers and splashed onto the computer keyboard. Strangely … Continue reading

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Real and Ethereal

The real and ethereal merge into one thought when winter acquiesces to the warmth of spring and sunlight slowly melts into dark shadows.   ~ms I have not written anything since December (I sincerely hope that I was missed). The winter … Continue reading

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Voice—The Sound of a Soul

Things have gone horribly wrong. I suppose this happens to everyone at some point in life (and sometimes more than once or twice), but knowing that doesn’t make these bad times any easier. Blindsided by a layoff with no advance … Continue reading

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Leaf Litter Lament

A decaying leaf, image of mortality faded and riddled with holes, hanging in a tree with mouth wide open singing a bitter chant– The Leaf Litter Lament: Ungrateful humans! Why do you complain as you rake, blow, and mow, mulch, … Continue reading

Posted in Autumn, Nature, Photo Essay, photography, Poetry, Trees | Tagged , | 33 Comments

Sunset Stories in Silhouettes

When day meets night on the edge of time, sunset stories speak in dark silhouettes. Standing in shadows cast by the fading sun, the man with his hand suspended in air appeared to be telling the age-old story of the … Continue reading

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Singing Darkness into Light

Between watching the depressing nightly news and worrying about the “suspicious nodule” that I apparently have on my right lung, I could not sleep at all last night. To pass the time, I decided to search for a piano recording … Continue reading

Posted in Hawaii, Music, photography, Singing, Technology | Tagged , , | 70 Comments

Dueling Storm Clouds

Loud thunder rumbles within dark storm clouds dueling over the last piece of summer blue sky.    ~ms When I looked out of my kitchen window and saw two dark clouds arguing with each other, I immediately grabbed my camera and … Continue reading

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The Dragonfly Rests

Two pairs of transparent wings sparkling in the sun like stained glass windows reflecting the morning light— the dragonfly rests.     ~ms Standing on water’s edge, I thought I could easily take photos of a few dragonflies. Wrong answer! An … Continue reading

Posted in photography, Poetry, Summer | Tagged | 74 Comments

Where Earth and Shadows Play

A cool respite beneath tall trees where earth and shadows play, leaves refreshed by raindrops light on soft breezes sway.    ~ms *** In the last photo–do you see the wooden tree creature that appears to be carrying something  into the … Continue reading

Posted in Photo Essay, photography, Poetry, Summer, Trees | Tagged | 44 Comments