Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

This week’s smile


Trent, over on Trent’s World, hosts a weekly blog post that collects smiles from bloggers all over the world. This week his featured smile is the bees that survived the Notre Dame fire.

And he wonders what all of us have found to smile about lately.

I did plenty of smiling this week, given the first part of the week I spent in Florida, walking beaches and exploring parks, and especially hanging with good people and wonderful dogs.

Hi mama!

And of course I flew home on Wednesday to my husband and my Katie-girl. Lots to smile about there too.

Then last night I attended a community orchestra concert in a small town about an hour from here.

A fun evening.

On the early evening drive over to the venue the sky was filled with big beautiful blue bottomed clouds. I wished I had my camera and time to find a place to stop.

I had neither.

The concert was fun, and it was good to see an almost full house to support a community orchestra. There were some really talented people playing, and you could tell they were having a great time.

Pretty amazing!

After it was over I emerged from the high school to see the clouds were thinning, but still in evidence. And they were turning purple and pink.

The barns were glowing.

With only my phone to capture the beauty and in a community I didn’t know I set out trying to find an open field with a place to pull over before all the light was gone.

Everything was beautiful.

I got a few good shots, and that, in combination with the evening’s music, made me smile.

What made you smile this week?

The last glow of a great evening.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

13 thoughts on “This week’s smile

  1. About 99.9% of my cloud, sunset, sky photos are from my phone, not my camera. Maybe someday I will carry it every where, but not now… Looks like Katie was smiling to see you too 🙂

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    • The cameras on the phones are so good now. In certain situations I know the camera phone will get as good or better a shot than the big camera. And my husband uses nothing but his phone now and his shots are as good as mine…at least as posted on FB.

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      • My phone camera does pretty well with wide angle, but most of my real camera shots are telephoto. I once took a photo of a strange snake to see if it was poison or not. I’m glad not, since I had to get the phone about 3 inches from it for it to fill the entire screen 😉


  2. Bees!?! Poor creatures, never occurred to me to worry about the basilica ‘s bees.

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  3. Those glowing barns are gorgeous, as is the Princess’s smile. It never fails to amaze me how GOOD camera phones are these days. Who wants to tote a heavy, expensive camera all the time when our phones are so handy?! (Not that I’d turn one down if it was offered to me, ha!)

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    • Oh I SO wished I had my camera with a longer lens. But the phone did great, and there wasn’t really anywhere to get off the road and do anything more complicated. I think the glowing barn shot was through my windshield with me stopped on the road because no one was behind me.


  4. You had a lot to smile about! Lovely photos.
    I commented on Trent’s page. I not only smiled about the bees, but marveled about them living, the golden cross in the midst of rubble in a shaft of light, and no lives lost.

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  5. so the fabulous background photo is of evening, not dawn as I had assumed from your name…


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