Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

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Photo credit: William Lesko


Travel Theme: Illuminated

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Have a great weekend!

The King of Cool’s Legacy Lives On

7th Annual FOSM poster _1

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show 2014

by Lizett Bond

“Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel…”

“Like a clock whose hands are sweeping…”

Chino Hills, CA–Save the dates of June 6 & 7, 2014, for your own extraordinary affair as The 7th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show celebrates “The Thomas Crown Affair”. The soiree will commence Friday, June 6, at the beautiful 200-acre campus of The Boys Republic of Chino Hills, California.

Thomas Crown and Catherine Banning may not be in attendance, however, the original 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow two-door sedan and 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spyder used in the film will make their cinematic presence felt throughout the entire event. Friday night’s celebration will feature elegant dining on the grass, with a repast prepared and served in sophisticated style by students of the Boys Republic.

The gathering, emceed by automotive author and expert, Matt Stone, will include a silent auction, a memorabilia display and a high-spirited live auction. Once again, famed automotive artist, Nicholas Hunziker, has created an original work of art capturing the King of Cool as the suave Thomas Crown.

“We are also excited to have the involvement of Bruce Meyers, creator of the legendary Meyers Manx, the dune buggy that became an icon of pop culture,” said Ron Harris, co-chair of the event, with Chad McQueen.

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show has experienced steady growth and increasing popularity witnessed by the array of more than 300 classic cars and nearly 100 motorcycles at the 2013 show.  Approximately 5,000 attendees perused the grounds, enjoying up close and personal views of collectible cars and motorcycles.

Last year’s event donated approximately $210,000 to the Boys Republic, established in 1907 as a private, non-profit community for at-risk teens. Alumnus Steve McQueen attended from 1947-49 and credited the school with pointing him on the path to success. McQueen never forgot and was a frequent visitor, even after he became a Hollywood star and legend. The McQueen family continues that involvement.

The car and motorcycle show will take place Saturday, June 7th. Pre-registration will be open online at the website after January 1, 2014. Due to space limitations, pre-registered vehicles will have first priority in display placement.

All proceeds will benefit the Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills,

For further information on making plans for your affair with Thomas Crown, visit  www.stevermcqueencarshow.com

Let them eat rainbow cake

Wishing everyone a year of sweet, colorful surprises in 2014!

Rainbow cake

Baked by my children to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Thank you Lauren and Nick! xoxo

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year–Ralph  Waldo Emerson

Macro-ish Monday: 12.23.13

2013-12-23_07-53-36_HDRaDeep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.–Theodore Roethke

Contemplating a gift of amaryllis bulbs provides a moment of respite from the holiday hustle and bustle. This trio will bloom with brilliant red flowers in mid-February.

Enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, my friends!

And thank you so much for taking the time to visit with me : )

See you all again in 2014.



Always My Brother

Found, a cherished poem written by my daughter at age 12 (she’s 26 now)–upon the birth of her brother (he’s now a teenager). Reading it again reminded me to be grateful for all the stars that grace our life, ever more so during this season of light:

Estrella Polar / North Star

Estrella Polar / North Star (Photo credit: Carlos Solana Contreras)

Always My Brother

by Lauren Lesko Zane

You are small

You are young

You are so innocent

You are my brother

I see your face

A little nose

Your eyes squeezed shut

My little brother

My heart glows

A little boy

A dream come true

My baby brother

I feel your cheek

I touch your hand

As you sleep

My Sweet Brother

I am ecstatic

A little star

I love you always

You are my brother

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo, Judy

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough,  and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a  friend.–Melodie Beattie


Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

A simple pencil sketch of canned soup and spaghetti takes on multiple layers with Paper Artist phone app.





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