52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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26. Masked (follow up to Week 52)

“A smile is the universal welcome.”  ~ Max Eastman ~

When I had to catch up on my blog to complete the 2014-2015 52 Week Photo Challenge by August 1 before the next one was to begin, a friend at work asked what themes remained.  Among others, I told her masked.  Next time I looked over at her, this is how she was looking at me.  Hahahaha!!  Completing the 52 themes this week, I didn’t need this one after all – but thank you, Suzanne, for helping me out!  Quite funny, but don’t quit your day job!  Seriously, don’t – I’d miss our fun!

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44. Someone Working (Week 52)

“Government is the people’s business and every man, woman and child becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid.”  ~ Ronald Reagan ~

“Our tax dollars at work” is evident in Sarasota.  Revenue from a penny surtax approved by voters in 2007 has enabled Sarasota County to complete capital improvement projects without raising property taxes.  This sales tax is collected from year-round residents, seasonal residents, and tourists.

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The infrastructure tax  is a one-cent sales tax that funds many capital improvement projects for Sarasota County to make it a better place to live, work, and visit.  Aside from road improvements, past projects have included street tree landscaping, the new North Port Police station, North Port High School, new fire stations, bike trails, waterway improvements, and improvements to the Venice pier parking lot.
The penny was first approved by voters in 1989.  An extension was approved by voters in 1999.  In 2007 Sarasota County voters were swayed again to approve a 15-year renewal of the 1 percent sales tax.  Sarasota County Commissioners agreed to dedicate 50% of the revenues for transportation projects.
I took this photo from my car east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.  The purpose of the Bee Ridge Road Project is to widen the road from two lanes to four.  The project includes sidewalks, bike trails, street lighting, landscaped medians, and four roundabouts.
This is in my neighborhood, so I am having to endure the trials of road construction now as I travel to and from work five days a week.  And should I mention that I travel north on I-75 to University Parkway each day to get to work?  Locals know that the I-75 / University Parkway Interchange Road Project is to begin August 3rd.  Oh joy!


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43. Solitary (Week 51)

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” ~ Chinese Proverb ~

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My husband Greg’s favorite thing to do is to go fishing. This can be a solitary sport. As for me, when I go with him, I read while he fishes. To each his own solitude!

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3. Backlit (Week 50)

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.

  Don’t miss so many of them. “ ~ Jo Walton ~

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My granddaughter Sara loves to go to the beach any chance she gets. She loves the sand, the waves, the sun. And when we called to see if she could join us for a late afternoon at Siesta Beach, I knew she’d say yes!  We had some fun with the sunset here.

 

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5. Butterflies and/or Bees (Week 49)

One tiny butterfly shows what it means

To have enduring courage and dignity,

So that even when the wind takes it in an unknown direction,

it flies, staying strong, staying brave.

One tiny butterfly lifts itself up

With the light deep inside its soul,

Rising on wings of hope for a safe and renewing journey…

You’re like that butterfly, brave and beautiful.

I know your courageous spirit will carry you through this

just like it has carried you so many times before.

And I also know I’m here for you,

To offer friendship and comfort and support,

So you’ll soon have all the strength you need

To soar once more.

~ Katherine Stano ~

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This was a card that my friend Beverly had given to her sister when they first found out that she was battling cancer. From that point on, butterflies have always been significant for her.  Her sister lost her battle and Beverly allowed me to re-print this.


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46. Still Life (Week 48)

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  ~ CS Lewis ~

A few years ago my mother was asked by a friend at her church if she would like to take art lessons.  She said “I can’t draw a line” and her friend said yes you can.  So three ladies paid another friend $15 each week to teach them how to draw.  They would take turns at each other’s house.  Each hostess was to provide wine and crackers.  Mom was 78 when she started and she enjoyed this for four years until her hands and eyes began to fail her.

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This Christmas scene was her first piece.

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She made Easter cards from these flowers.

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The lessons varied from flowers, to birds, a simple scene and a young boy.  Here is some more of her work.

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48. Sun Flare (Week 47)

“Your husband called – He said buy anything you want.”  ~ amusing sign I’ve found in dressing rooms ~

Gazing up through the skylight in The Mall at University Town Center, I was lucky to catch this sun flare for my blog.

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