Beach Walk Reflections

It’s my great pleasure to announce a new blog by Frank. His previous blog,  A Frank Angle, where he announced his new blog on October 13, was a fave of mine. His new blog, Beach Walk Reflections premiers on October 20, 2020. (20/20/20?… Is that on purpose?) Here’s an early sneak peek at one of his upcoming posts.

Image by MustangJoe from Pixabay

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Ever think about seeds? They seem so simple at a glance – even on closer examination. We typically think of a hard, thin outer shell with a softer inside.

On the other hand, this seemingly plain object is the beginning of something new – something beautiful – something useful – a green plant that can be as simple as grass or are grand as a large tree.

Earth’s annual regeneration of seeds for release (many in the fall) – possibly covered by winter snows – yet ready for renewal in the spring so the cycle can repeat – all this with its goal of perpetuating the species.

I think of the farmer preparing the land before planting the seeds. Whether scattering the seeds randomly or planting them in straight rows with distinct spacing, time delivers something that belongs to all of us – bountiful crops and flowers.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

As I walk, trees are sparse – only found on the grounds of some condominiums – although they are naturally found a short distance away from this beach. I think about a forest. Somewhere in that forest’s history, there was a time of one tree – the first tree. One tree that came from a seed. From that one tree came other trees – each coming from a seed.

I think about the sizes and shapes of seeds – from the tiniest orchid seed to a type of coconut containing the largest seed – shapes as squares, oblong, angular, triangles, round, egg-shaped, bean-shaped, kidney-shaped, discs, and spheres. Some seeds with lines and ridges – others perfectly smooth – plus in a variety of colors, and some even speckled.

A seed has three components – an outer protective coat, the embryo for growing into a new plant, and the food source giving the embryo and young plant its initial food source for growth – all aspects for increasing a chance for survival.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Ever notice how leaves sprout early from a seed? Yes, leaves for producing food for the youthful, growing plant because the initial food source is small.

Seeds hold the potential to produce something new because they contain hope and promise for something new. But not all plants use seeds for reproduction. For instance, mosses or ferns do not  – but seed plants are the ones that dominate the plant world.

This causes me to think about our fertility – that is, the seeds within us. The promises that we hold that can produce a bountiful yield.

Interesting that the sperm of human males are called seeds, but in the plant world, seeds are something produced after the sperm fertilizes the egg.

Seeds are mobile, so they must have adaptations to move them around – a method of dispersal. Some have wings to be carried by the wind. Some have barbs, burrs, or hooks to attach to fur, feathers, or even human clothing to be dropped elsewhere. Some are buoyant so moving water can transport them. Others are surrounded by fleshy fruit that will be eaten, therefore the seeds can be exposed and deposited elsewhere for potential growth.

Image by Ortrun Lenz from Pixaby

I remember the large oak trees at my previous home. Each producing a bountiful supply of acorns – but not the same number each year. Each acorn with a coat, an embryo, and food supply. Each acorn is the potential for a new oak tree. However, all those acorns from one tree – a culinary feast for squirrels preparing for winter – so I wonder how many of all those acorns will yield their acorns in time.

Seeds are that structure we plant in fertile soil and associate with terms as vigor, viability, dormancy, and germination. Seeds are also a source for food, oils, cooking ingredients, flavorings, jewelry, and even deadly poisons.

Besides a simple design yielding a complex adult, the seed is also a useful metaphor.

People are hidden seeds waiting to become viable vessels of knowledge. Because every seed has the potential for a significant result, seeds are a symbol for the potential that is in each of us for a positive future – a power of hope and possibility. Teachers hope to plant a seed in students – a seed that develops over time into something valued by others and society – their role in cultivating humanity.

Seeds are the ideas coming to us from thinking. The something that initiated a thought process that leads to personal action for improving life. The seeds of discovery lie in the knowledge of determination through the human spirit.

I think about how each of us has a bright side and a dark side – the good seeds and the bad seeds. Seeds are a symbol for laying the groundwork for future development as planting the seed – but some use planting the seed for promoting negative feelings or a downfall.

Religions rely on the seeds of faith while politics prefers manipulating the seeds for selfishness.

A heart contains seeds of love that are waiting to sprout a new life with that special someone.

I think about how entrepreneurs use “seed money” for starting a new business. I also remember during my youth using “bird feed” or “chicken feed” as a term for a small amount of anything – something paltry or minuscule in amount.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Seeds – that simple, interesting, incredible, and successful biological design found in nature that plays a large role in human life. I don’t recall what triggered thinking about seeds on this day, but it has been an interesting mental journey and exercise as I walk. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Although the first post goes up on the 20th, the blog is up to follow at: https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com

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** Note – Frank sent me the video for this post. I selected the pics for this post from  pixaby.com. Hopefully, Frank will like what I chose. **

Girl with Guitar

This was a challenge to shoot.

It had been raining off and on, this day. From how dry the cement was under the white car, I figured the person must work at Long and McQuade.

I hung around anyway. Eventually, the red car moved.

Did my best without a direct on shot.

 

Here’s my fave girl with a guitar. I always thought this song was titled Mermaid Cafe. I also just realized, Joni plays a dulcimer in this song. Oh well!

Pics taken by Resa – October 8, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The piece is unsigned, but the guitar is a Les Paul

Kool Kats

Hello! I’m your vocalist for the evening, and I am in the Koolest band, ever!

As you can see, the Kool Kats has an upright bass, singer, keyboardist, trumpeter, drummer and accordionist.  

Let’s have a hand for the band!

That’s our manager. Wish he’d quit smoking, but he thinks it’s kool, and he’s a kool kat, too!

Pics taken by Resa – October 8, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The artists:

Rest in Flowers

This garage door art made gasp out loud from its beauty.

Part way through making this post, I heard about the passing of Eddie Van Halen.

So, I dedicate this post to Eddie.

Guitar is my fave instrument. I dated drummers, bass players, keyboardists, horn players and singers. For me, there’s nothing like a hot guitar player.

Rest in Flowers! RIFF, Eddie!

Pics taken by Resa – September 28, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

You can feel his fingers on those strings and on the fret board! He was a true rock guitar artist.

Makes me feel even more honoured to have some of my one-eye art, on Art Guitars custom made & played by Timothy Price from Off Center Not Even

Abstract Art Guitar art – Tumultuous is by Tiffany Arp-Daleo.

❤️ Queen of Hearts ❤️

Holly – House of Heart, this is for you!

A year and a half ago, I went out searching for this mural.

It’s in the area between Queen & King Streets, but I couldn’t find it. There was construction everywhere: demolishment, cranes, scaffolding and I figured, it’s gone!

A couple of weeks ago, I was in in the same area. Construction had evolved. I look down an alley and see this splash of colour.

As I got closer, I thought it’s like Holly.  It’s not just that it’s as pretty as Holly, but it’s the 2 personas, and the blonde and red hair. I draw Holly in 4 characters: Rene Rosso & Princess Blue Holly (both red heads), Art Gowns Model Holly & Boogapony Holly (both shades of blondes).

Then, when I stepped back and looked the entire mural, I realized it was the one I had tried to find, a year & half ago.

There are a lot of elements to this mural, all depicting the rich cultural tapestry, that defines the area.

At the bottom left, as we look at it, there is this neat fairy fiction person. Unfortunately it was tagged. I cleaned it up as much as I could for this presentation.

To the left of the Queen of Hearts are 4 creative types. I have put them in a slideshow, below.

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To celebrate these minor players in the mural, and finding the Queen of Hearts, I chose a song by Queen!

To the right of the Queen of Hearts, are 4 more alternative/creatives. Find them in the slideshow, below.

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To celebrate those characters, I choose a song by Heart. Now we have a complete musical, Finding the Queen of Hearts.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the Queen of Hearts, as much as I have!

Pics taken by Resa – September 14, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Best mural car reflection I ever took!

Fiona Finch & the Pink Valentine

A delightful fanciful tale by: Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

There are many shades of pink, and seemingly Fiona Finch possesses them all, or just about. As a matter of fact, I’ll put myself on the line and say she may end up inventing a yet unknown most perfect shade of pink.

That’s just eccentric, you might say. I say rather, simply eclectic. Which is partly why I am enchanted by this playful, romantic story.

There are many unique people, places and things in Fiona’s life. Like a room adorned with an abundance of adored this and thats; bought, found and gifted, one looks around and marvels at how wonderfully it all comes together to create a rich brocade tapestry.

Of course, in Fiona’s case it doesn’t hurt that there is a great variety of  pinks tying it all together.

So it goes that this  “in the pink” Fiona, is a very popular young lady, who receives many cards on Valentines Day. Red comes to mind when thinking of hearts and valentines. However, when an old pink valentine comes into Fiona’s life, her curiosity is beyond piqued.

Headstrong, the clever Fiona decides to delve into the mystery of the old pink valentine, and a sweet, wonderful escapade is begun.

I won’t give away the adventure, but let me say that this novelette will take you on a bit of a spin, before it all comes together at the end.

I am very impressed with the solid development of the characters. In 5 chapters (and a later) over 56 pages, I came to know them all well, as if I had read a full novel.

The plot is well structured, and though you might think you know what is going to happen, think again! Time’s up at midnight.

This story, from the most imaginative, Teagan, is a fun read for adults, teens and children alike.

My take away from the story is a reminder that if you are drawn to certain things, certain paths in life; follow your heart! That is the way to live life to its fullest.

Click on Teagan’s image of Quellie & Cupid below. It will take you to where you can purchase this novelette, Fiona Finch & the Pink Valentine, on Amazon.

Quack Quack, yes there is a duck in the story. Is it pink you ask? Well, why don’t you read this wonderful Steampunk fable, and find out!

You can also visit Teagan on her blog: Teagan’s Books

“I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene and I write fantasy fiction.  This blog is mostly limited to writing and related topics.  It began in 2012, as part of my “grand experiment” in indie publishing.”

View Teagan’s all of Books on Amazon

 

  • A quick note; the pink street art images are from my collection. Hopefully I used them properly, to enhance the importance of pink!

Buffy Sainte Marie

Found a Bell Box with Buffy Sainte Marie on it.

I know I had this song in another post. It is my favourite Buffy song ever, with outstanding performances by all. It is one of my very fave songs, top 10!

Pics taken by Resa – August – 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: