The Store Window

The streets in one of my favorite walkabout areas, a business and professional community called the Oil Center, are lined with upscale cafes and shops. I never know what or who I might see while roaming the landscaped sidewalks. Celebrities often visit too and and don’t hesitate to greet common folk like me!

storefront window…

smiling through the glass

familiar faces

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Marilyn, Elvis and Elvira!

Waking the Lion

Waking the Lion

‘9/11”. What American over the age of twenty-something doesn’t remember this horrific day from some personal perspective? This question is on my mind this morning as I watch our Presidents memorial address at the Pentagon. Through time’s haze, I recall the radio news flashes while I was at my desk reviewing a set of construction drawings, and the simultaneous office buzz rising quickly to a crescendo!

at my office…
wife’s urgent phone call
19 years ago

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I remember the shock, the horror, and the patriotic indignation sweeping through my fellow employees as someone turns on a small black/white portable TV with ‘rabbit ears’ and we see the ‘snowy’ live feed of the first Twin Tower in flame…then another plane appears on the screen.

A Quiet Place

Seeking a bit of quiet solitude on a hot August day, I walk along the wooden walkway winding through the Lake Martin cypress preserve. It is mid-day in the swamp and the shade, breeze, and singing cicadas easily lull me into an inner peace, making it so easy to commune with God and nature in this timeless place; only a swirl in the water (a fish or maybe an alligator), a heron’s call, or the cicadas keep me in the present. It is a lazy and relaxing afternoon…many photo opportunities too. Thank you, Lord.

a flowery scent
wafts in the summer breeze…
turtles sun on a log

(c) Al Gallia 2019
Water Hyacinth