Smiles? In the middle of things?

About the blog title:
My family and neighbors of origin nicknamed me “Smiles” before I cut my first tooth.  Perhaps they hoped that name would influence my behavior as I grew.  And perhaps it influenced their behavior, because I survived rambunctious toddlerhood and the following rambunctious years.  Yep, usually “in the middle of things”.   

Anyway, the nickname stuck.  When I call, some folks still know me by that name.  And “Smiles” now appears as my pen name, artist’s signature and photographer’s signature on this and that. 

Family and friends tell me that very early on my mother taught me the names of the wild flowers in our hills — Yellow Bells, Blue Bells, Salt and Pepper and the rest.  My delight continues in God”s wild (and not so wild) things, including mountains, seas, skies, garden flowers and other wonders.  Also continues my inherited urge to show and tell.   For examplle, these Yellow Bells, were shot (years ago) with the camera at ground level and me on my belly in the mud of a mountain clearing.

During my young years, being “in the middle of things” often involved skiing, and hiking or riding horseback on the deer trails of Rock Creek and Naches River canyons of the Washington Cascade Range.  Through the subsequent half-century or so the “things” I’ve been “in the middle of” are changing, of course. For example:  lately, I might be found in more sedentary activities — like trying to keep Khol from blowing his wet breath on my lens.  (Read Mary’s WWfarmgirl blog and you’ll see that, of her three Arabians, Khol is the one most often “in the middle of things.”) 

PLEASE NOTE that I’ve moved my blogging efforts from the Blogspot platform to WordPress.  WP seems to have a few more bells and whistles, and daughter, Mary, is helping me get started.  Hopefully I’ll procastinate less here. I do enjoy chatting with you all, but often am in the middle of so many things that I don’t know where to start.  Mary says there’s a name for that, but we won’t go there — except to admit that this page was first published a day or two ago, and I’ve been tinkering with it ever since!.  So please tell me what you think.

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PHOTO CREDIT for the header at top of this page goes to my son, Steve.  He and his family were aboard a ferry among the San Juan Islands one blue sky day last December, and Mt. Baker was shining.  Here’s the uncropped image.  It is included, not because it applies to the post topic, but because I really really like snowy mountains and this splendid photo. 

Look for your own smiles wherever you are in the middle of things.


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6 Responses to Smiles? In the middle of things?

  1. Congratulations on your first blog post. Love the picture of Cricket 🙂

    • Smiles says:

      Thanks Mary! Congrats on getting me started. And for keeping your own smile while in the middle of teaching this old dog some blogging tricks. Oh, re your comment on Cricket’s pic: While tinkering, I deleted that from my first blog. Saving that for a story on her next. Love you!! 🙂

  2. Norma Randall Monks says:

    First time on your blog. Love your writing. BTW always loved your name, Smiles, and glad you are using it. I can identify with “in the middle of things” as that seems to be the story of my life!

    • Smiles says:

      Thanks Norma! Yep, you were always “in the middle of things” when you, your mom, little fat Jay and soon-to-arrive-Ronnie visited us on Rock Creek. You were the very cute T-T and I was the bratty, older T-cousin. I could blog a whole page about that visit. Did I ever tell you the ‘Blue Racer’ story’? It’s already written the way I remember Mom telling it. The main thing is — keep finding those “smiles”. 🙂

  3. Chuck Gregg says:

    Wonderful blog, your natural happiness and zest for life shine through your words and photographs.

    • Smiles says:

      Thank you Chuck! How wonderful to hear from you! I haven’t seen you since you were a lively little boy… unless possibly as a teen visiting here with Dave and Betty! So long ago! I’m just surprised and delighted. And kind words like yours will keep me blogging! 🙂 BTW, how did you find my blog?

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