Monday, November 20, 2017

What good friends do

“We sometimes choose the most locked up, dark versions of our story. But what a good friend does is turn on the lights, open the window, and remind us that there are a whole lot of ways to tell the same story.” ~Shauna Niequist

For Debus / Cindy La Ferle

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Using what we have

"Today is a new day that has been handed to you for shaping. You have the tools, now get out there and create a masterpiece.”  ~Steve Maraboli

Vintage culinary equipment / Cindy La Ferle

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Being good for something

"Do not be too moral. You might cheat yourself out of much life. Aim high above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something." ~Henry David Thoreau

Maples at Meininger Park / Cindy La Ferle

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall boots

"My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud." ~Henry Rollins

Cindy La Ferle

Among the many delightful things that make me happy in the fall are great boots -- lots of great boots. For me, boots aren't just essential footwear; they're works of art. If you've been following my posts for a while, you know that I love to photograph boots as much as I love to wear them.

Cindy La Ferle
I've been collecting all sorts of boots for years -- hiking boots, gardening boots, riding boots, suburban cowgirl boots, snow boots, walking-the-dog boots, and more. 

Aside from the fact that they provide warmth and protection from the elements, boots empower the wearer. Consider the pop hit, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin,'" written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded by Nancy Sinatra in 1966.*  When Nancy wore her boots, she kicked butt. (Lately that song's been playing in my mind continuously. Maybe I'm riled up from watching too much cable news.)

Of course, guys love boots too. Right before he moved from Michigan to Texas, an old college buddy told me that he planned to shop for a pair of "shit-kickers" as soon as he got off the plane in Dallas. 

Whether they evoke romantic images of cowboys or mutineers, boots have their own mythology. With or without high heels, they make you feel taller, more confident, more resilient, more badass. When you're wearing a favorite pair, you feel as if you can accomplish anything. And you're telling the world that you won't put up with just anything. Are you ready boots? Start walkin'. ~CL

*Click here to view a vintage video of Nancy Sinatra's hit. Yes, it's a hoot.

Cindy La Ferle

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Looking for the light

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. Above all, I believe that love is stronger than death.” ~Robert Fulghum

This is for you, Jean / Cindy La Ferle

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Embracing our contradictions

"I won't apologize for my contradictions. A photograph doesn't apologize for the blacks and the whites, the hundreds of grays. In the end, they make the picture." ~ M.H. Clark, Today, Tomorrow & Every Day

Vintage cameras / Cindy La Ferle

Monday, November 13, 2017

Support and friendship

"Each day brings us new opportunities — to be there for others or bring a little light into someone's day. Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.” ~Roy T. BennettThe Light in the Heart

An autumn bouquet from Kathy & Jim / Cindy La Ferle