Monthly Archives: April 2016

Art on a Wall (#1 in a series)



This wall is part of my art series,

please check the others out.

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The hills are rolling with

grassy green, shadows of

trees creating natural patterns.

There is a wall with beautiful colors

painted by OWU art students to

create rainbows, flashes and points

of multiple reflections of nature:

~ Like a floral bouquet,

~ Same as those in beach balls,

~ Umbrellas displayed in an urn,

~ Enhancing feathers of a peacock,

~ Resembling around the world fruits,

~ Multiple costumed children in parade.


What do you think of when

a vast palatte of colors

presents itself to YOU?

The spring trees over the bridge to OWU are in bloom!



The little stream that eventually leads

to the Olentangy River has had ducks,

geese, a turtle and a few frogs over

the ten years I have lived next door

in my locked or “gated” apartment

building. My grandies like to take

bread crumbs to feed the fowl.

They chased squirrels as toddlers

and often talk to the various birds.

I have a bench in a sheltered place

on campus where I lie down and

read a book. When my kids call

and need me, they know where to

find me. My backyard is tended by

a whole squadron of greenkeepers,

who wear red and black for the college

colors and are cheerful and apologize

Sometimes as they pass me with~

weed whackers

riding lawn mowers

and large bush trimmers.

I thought of

Mary, Mary

Quite contrary

How does your garden grow?

I feel my places of refuge once

most university staff and students

take off in May, there is barely a

skeleton crew of die hard students,

with a handful of professors and

graduate assistants to interrupt my

Tranquil moments.

I saw a family and resisted taking

photos of them all looking down

while they circled the Labyrinth

which I pass by on my way to

read a book on “my bench.”


Where do you like to

“hang out?”

Thursday’s Doors ~ April 28, 2016



Looking straight at the doors,

you see three white dormers,

five windows on the main brick

building which has two side wings.

Three steps lead to the doors with

black rod iron railing which

frames the small cement porch.

Attractive lamps on either side of

the double white doors. There are

vertical windows on both sides, too.

The symmetry is appealing as well

as the cement arch connecting doors.

There are many other doors and
interesting places to be seen on
Norm Frampton’s Thursday’s Doors:

Thursday’s Doors ~ April 28, 2016: Mowry Alumni Center



The white flowering trees add to

warm and welcoming feelings

for the Mowry Alumni Center

on Ohio Wesleyan University campus.

Plenty of benches mainly in black,

scattered red benches to compliment

the OWU red and black team colors.

This Thursday’s Doors was brought
to you thanks to the original blog
host, Norm Frampton. Other door
links may be found at:

Flowering trees “Out of the shadows”



I hope you remember the ‘shadowy

silhouettes in black’ of these two

trees, where branches were

beautifully intersecting. . .

Now, you won’t have

a scary picture of

the trees which

“guard” on both

sides of my




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Photo by



a positive “spin”

on natural scenery

found in an



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There are dividing words,


There are combining or joining words,


I feel compelled that I was about to

express these words on another’s

post. It may be wrong but I have to

express these on my own post in

reaction to someone’s thoughts on~


by Robin O. Cochran

“Being ‘One’ with nature,

means you love and feel content

among trees, plants, weeds, flowers. . .

Nature’s company is enough at times.

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I was wondering if I looked at the

history of ‘One’ and I pondered upon

‘Loving One’s neighbors as yourself’


‘Being One nation under God.’

Maybe ‘One’ seems unrealistic,

as you suggested in rejecting concept.

Your saying~ ‘Maybe we should

focus on our differences,’

I must reply~

‘Emphasizing how

we aren’t the same,

has NEVER worked!

“We are all One”

in my mind.

Bringing people together was

what drew millions of people to

this place where I still embrace

the concept of a ‘melting pot.’

A response to an unnamed blog,

which sounded reasonable

to a certain degree:

If we admit we are

all different we may

have a better chance

of understanding each other.

In my mind and other’s, this

thought breaks down and

separates people into groups

of “Us” and “Them.”

I must reject this concept

whole-heartedly and

continue to embrace


You may express

anything you wish

here or on your

blog but I will

believe in

MLK, Jr,

Malcolm X

and Nelson Mandela:

Together we will overcome differences.

Thank you for time you took reading.

Peace be with you.”


Hello Spring, Squirrel!



Squirrel has a red bud in his paws.

He held steady for his photo,

Looking curiously out at us,

Deciding we were safe and “tame.”


Original thoughts by Robin,
photo taken by Felicia,
my youngest daughter.

A “shout out” to my creative friend,

whose imaginary and real friends

include rainbow unicorn and squirrels.

He is Evil Squirrel.

Find his original cartoons,

photographs and music at:

Celebrating natural wonders

to all those squirrel lovers!

Building Castles in the Air



The distant purple clouds,

Rolling and billowing were

hard to capture,

~ Like lassoing wild horses,

~ Like rounding up  toddlers

or children at playgrounds,

~ Like catching the so-called

“most eligible bachelor in town,”

~ Like those silly greased pig

contests where everyone ends

up empty-handed.

The dreamy clouds looked like

snow capped mountains,

where overlook paths

display beautiful,

faraway vistas,

Only in my


Photograph taken
by reocochran,
April, 2016.

Building castles
in the air may have
come from the book,
“Walden,” (1854) by
Henry David Thoreau.

Not too long later,
you may find a chapter
in Louisa May Alcott’s
book, “Little Women,”
published in 1870.