My summer reading arrived

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If you have written a book, 

I have an autumn vacation 

so don’t despair. . .

I’ll be ordering more

books to read!

This group is going to be read

and one has had a review,

so it will be re-read 

out loud to my 

sweet Mom.

Lake Erie

is my summer 

destination on the

West side, circling 

Huntington Beach,

Bay Village, Ohio,

then heading out to 

North Ridgeville,

spending time with my artist 

brother, Randy. No Rich and

Susan, since they’ll be in France

and I am their pet sitter and 

“lounger extroadinaire!”

I will wear sunscreen, 

tinted sunglasses 

with high UV 400.

I’ll be ready and eager 

to read a sampling of my

dear blogging friends!

Here are the books in

alphabetical order by title:

* “Doll God,” poetry written 

by Luanne Castle.

http://www.luannecastle.com

“Getting to Mr. Right,”

by Carol Balawyder.

http://carolbalawyder.com

“Orion’s Gift,”

by Anneli Purchase.

http://wordsfromanneli.com

“Second Chance Romance,”

by Jill Weatherholt.

http://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com

“The Right Wrong Man,”

by Pamela S. Wight.

http://roughwighting.net

“The Unraveling of Lady Fury,”

by Shehanne Moore.

“The Viking and the Courtesan,”

by Shehanne Moore.

http://shehannemoore.wordpress.com

Painted sunset sky

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This was taken by me while

standing in my son James’

and wife Trista’s backyard.

Cool, damp grass upon

bare feet. Each sound clear 

of mosquito buzzing, dog 

barking as ball thrown to her

and last songs for the evening

sung by birds and parents (who

still read books and) sing lullabies.

Wishing one of your dreams or

hopes come true this summer.

~ reocochran, 6/16/17.

An award with gracious giver, Danica

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https://danicapiche.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/liebster-award.jpg?w=584

Thank you, merci beaucoup!

Muchas gracias and more.

My friend, Danica Piche

has nominated me for

the Liebster Award.

It has been ages

and moons ago,

when I last 

received a

Nomination.

There are supposed to be

rules and form to my acceptance.

I am supposed to ask 11 questions 

for the nominees to answer

and I may use them to 

answer myself. ๐Ÿฆ

~ Tell us your name and where you 

live please!

๐Ÿฆ Robin E. O. Cochran

Delaware, Ohio

~ Where do you like to write?

๐Ÿฆ On a sofa or bed lounging.

~ How do you start a blog post?

๐Ÿฆ Honestly, I used to write about

news, music, subjects while now 

I see things which I like and

use their image to inspire me.

~ What’s your favorite book or

author of books?

๐Ÿฆ My favorite books are about 

Thomas Paine: “To Spit Against

the Wind” and King Arthur:

“The Once and Future King.”

~ Is there a special treat or goal

which motivates you to write?

๐Ÿฆ I usually drink coffee and

nibble or spoon a food item,

donut, cookie, ice cream. . .

~ Is it quiet or music or no specific 

noise preferred?

๐Ÿฆ If it is a natural photograph,

then I like music but if it is

Thursday’s Doors or needs

research to complete it;

Silence is golden!

~ Do you like a certain genre or

style of writing (or free form)?

I am used to writing essays

but enjoy freeform best

(ramblings, musings).

~ When did you feel you became

a writer? 

๐Ÿฆ I used to take a journal for two 

weeks of Girl Scout camping. I

would doodle, try to sketch

and write thoughts down.

I shared this with my Dad

when I got back home.

~ Are you more of an artist, crafter,

photographer, cook or ?

๐Ÿฆ Art and photography are my

favorite forms of creativity.

~ Where was your favorite place 

to be in your life?

๐Ÿฆ I think beaches, grew up on

Lake Erie, visited my grandparents

in Clearwater, Florida.

~ Who is/was your hero or heroine?

๐Ÿฆ John Glenn and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Nominate 11 willing participants,

who will answer those questions.

Along with my sharing 11 

unknown facts you may 

never have heard

about me.

I combined 

this component

into my new questions

and used ๐Ÿฆ denoting my

answers to best of my ability.
Here is ๐Ÿต Danica’s blog ๐Ÿ’ฎ:

http://danicapiche.com

Thanks, Danica!

The link directly to her award

nomination post is before I started

my description of the rules.

Here’s my list of fine new 

(to me) fellow bloggers:

1. Brett at:

http://www.OCanadaBlog.com

2. Rosaliene at:

http://rosalienebacchus.blog

3. Donna at:

http://retirementreflections.com

4. Ann at:

http://www.annfields.com

5. 

http://smartvegrecipe.wordpress.com

6. Sifar at:

http://mybrokenwords.wordpress.com

7. Deepika at:

http://happy08wordpress.wordpress.com

8. Sunil at:

http://bikeclimbrunswimrunyoga.wordpress.com

9. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital at:

http://www.enchantingminds.net

10. Elsie at:

http://ramblingsofawriter.com

11. Renxkyoko Iglesias at:

http://megaworthit.com

12. Jodi at:

http://lifeinbetween.me

You may give your own creative

questions and choose your 

own way of answering,

which is like a combination

deal, a smorgasbord choice.

Danica explains the word,

“Liebster” on her blog!

It is fascinating information.

Please stop by any or all of

new fellow members of my 

“family of bloggers.”

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Thursday’s Doors ~ close up of Veritas

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The etched glass design has

three panes, little beaded look,

etched glass panels like square in

the middle. It appears as an artistic

reminder of the past, but uncertain

this is truly antique. I trust you 

will inform me, as some have

wandered in door sample

departments of home

improvement stores.

I like the full image

since it really has

what some may

call “curb appeal.”

This Thursday’s Doors

is a part of a community

of door photo collector’s.

Who knows what you may 

discover on Norm Frampton’s

blog where links will take you to

more doors than you ever saw!

It may lead you to join his

door collecting “gang.”

Check out:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com

Have a great ending of your week!

Thursday’s Doors ~ Veritas Restaurant

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A restaurant with small plates,

shared with others, known 

in Spanish as “tapas.”

Veritas stands for 

Truth in Latin.

Truly a kind man and

Host, Norm Frampton

invites you to visit his blog

and check out blue frogs which

link to world of Thursday’s Doors:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com

Happy door visiting and 

please stay in touch!

Weeds, 4. Roadside rest

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Weary of the numerous cars, 

traveling both directions.

Wishing for a stream,

cool and shady from

the day’s hot, sticky

weather and bustle.

Leaning on the rail of

fencing to prevent snow 

in other seasons from drifting.

Listening to birds in far off woods, 

their familiar calls and songs.

Swooping from tall trees,

from branches to limbs

sending peaceful vibes.

Breathing the aroma of

fields, flowers, weeds.

Singing a message to all.

Slow your pace and 

follow the way

back to simple

moments

in time.

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Country road thoughts by Robin,

Serene photograph also by her.

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Additional words for a Sunday

given by Frederick Buechner:

“Faith is better understood as a verb

than as a noun, as a process than as

a possession. It is an on-again-

off-again rather than 

once-and-for-all.

Faith is not being sure 

where you’re going, 

but going anyway.

A journey without maps.

As theologian Paul Tillich said,

” ‘Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith;

It is an element of faith.’ “

Thursday’s Doors ~ Janes’ House, closer view

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My grandies call this a “mansion”

where they picture candlelabra,

thanks to, “Beauty and the Beast”

well-liked character, “Lumiere.”

They think “fancy” places

have flowers in vases and they

ponder aloud, “Every big house

must have a back twisty stairs

and front door leading to a huge

staircase with place to hold onto.”

“Do you mean a stair railing?” I ask.

Shrugging shoulders and, “Can’t 

you answer this?” Incredulous

looks on grandchildren’s faces.

They are picturing Belle 

descending this staircase.

Another detail they add, as I 

open all windows and park

in the barn’s driveway ~

“Wait! Do they have a guard?”

Hmmm. . . hoping not, as I

don’t see any signs of dogs

nor guard house. I walk over a

richly thick carpet of grass and

love the idea of this house being here

so long ago. Something to preserve

history and the small town of

Delaware, Ohio’s roots from

“Stratford on the Whetstone.”

(A milling community built 

along the Whetstone tributary

of the Olentangy River.)

I particularly like the “balcony” with

a rod iron railing above the formal

white door. There’s something

so warm and welcoming in the

brick, whitewashed and worn.

It manages to allow passers-by

 to feel a sense of coziness. Some

imagining the open curtained

windows showing friendliness,

with multiple children’s noses

pressed to windowpanes.

We talked about the fireplace 

and how important this would be

in the olden days to warm the house.

Also, wondering how soon they had

indoor plumbing. . . I introduced

their minds to chamber pots. 

No shuddering displayed; 

just curious questions, adding,

“Hendrix is potty training!”

Hope you found this

mansion, displaying some

fascinating historical features

found in the Federal period,

to  be “charming.”

Is this an example of 

your dream house?

I could see this as a destination

beautiful bed and breakfast.

Here’s a blogger,

Norm Frampton,

who had the graciousness 

to allow door enthusiasts 

to gather around,

attaching their links to his blog:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com

Come visit my area and I will 

assure you of many more 

interesting doors and

history “galore!”