Surfing This Way


©Surfing This Way by SBDMB (MM)

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Recently I read that a local teen in my area named Micha Cantor, was a Junior Pro surfer for Team USA. At only 15 years old, Micha just returned from competing in Portugal, where they won fifth place internationally. Micha has been surfing since around age five, with his father. His dad quickly saw that he had a love for the sport and his parents have nurtured his passion.

“It takes a lot to qualify for the International World’s Surfing competition, starting with participating in this organization called, “Prime,” and you qualify for USA championships through that program, and then go surf at USA championships and then from there, they pick six surfers for each age division and they picked me this last year,” Micha says. Source

Homeschool is their choice when it comes to his education. As the pull of the sport is time-consuming, this allows him to work around his schedule and pursue his dreams. Of course, as a homeschooling parent myself this is exciting and great to read! I love the doors that homeschool opens because of the ability for your child to fit [it] into their journey, verses working everything else around a long day of traditional school.


Micha’s dream is to be chosen for the 2020 Olympic team. This will be the first time in history that surfing will be part of the Olympic games. Source/Photo



Filed under Beach Life, Homeschool, nature-photography



Anchor in the sea below
Darkness has become your tomb.
Waves above tease you with their playing
Reflecting light dances from the moon.

Anchor in the ocean deep
Coral reefs have become your bed.
Seaweed like a blanket caresses
Swimming fish laugh around your head.

Anchor in the sea below
Water has become your fray.
Once a friend to ship and captain
Lost to rust and to decay.

Anchor in the ocean deep
Sandy floors have become your keeper.
Crustaceans creep among your bones
And surely salt has become your reaper.

©Wreckage by SBDMB (MM)



One Word Photo Challenge: Depth


Filed under nature-photography, poetry



Life is but a vapor
Here then gone

Left behind memories
Unspoken words

Loved ones grieving
Tears of what was

Unfinished dreams
Those will never be

Death is but a vapor
A haunting smoke

©Gone by SBDMB (MM)



Filed under Life Lessons, poetry

Where Love Lives

“Love lives in the humblest of places. It doesn’t matter how big your house is, how nice your car is, how big your bank vault is…it only matters how much your heart can hold.”~Kate McGahan


©Neighboring Hues by SBDMB (MM)


©The Beach House by SBDMB (MM)


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Houses/Barns


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Homeless: Banned From Life

As I drive my car past the third person I’ve seen panhandling on the street today my mind wonders. Over the past few years it seems to me that there has been an increase in the homeless population, or perhaps I’m just more aware. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, an estimated 2.5 to 3.5 million people are homeless. I hope you will take a moment to read this in its entirety…


This is a difficult subject for some and one many would like to ignore it altogether. But, in a nation of wealth such as the United States, it is deplorable to me. As we aide other countries, takes in refugees and rally around so many causes- why are so many in our own “back yard” forgotten? Homelessness effects all ethnicities, does not play favorites, nor does it know race. While protesting against police officers or politicians is common place, why aren’t we coming together for a cause that effects millions across all nationalities? This should be our embarrassment, it is certainly our tragedy!

“According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, in 2012 hate crimes in Florida against people living in the streets more than doubled crimes committed against the homeless in other states. Since 2008, this organization has named Florida three times as the most threatening state for the homeless.

Jerry Jones, National Coalition for the Homeless’ executive director, said that this is because of a “lack of empathy for fellow human beings: the same moral failure that allows our society to tolerate the larger tragedy of homelessness.”

According to HomeAid, more than half of homeless are families with children”  Source


Some states or cities over the years have made it even more difficult for the homeless. Sleeping in public areas, giving food in the streets and other basic needs were banned– prohibiting communities from helping their homeless.

“According to a NLCHP report that surveyed 187 cities between 2011 and 2014, 34 percent had citywide laws banning camping in public. Another 43 percent prohibited sleeping in vehicles, and 53 percent banned sitting or lying down in certain public places. All of these laws criminalize the kind of activities — sitting, resting, sleeping — that are arguably fundamental to human existence.

And they’ve criminalized that behavior in an environment where most cities have far more homeless than shelter beds. In 2014, the federal government estimates, there were about 153,000 unsheltered homeless on the street in the U.S. on any given night.” Source


The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans states that 11 percent of homeless people in the United States are war veterans. This is tragedy at its highest level! Men and women who have gone to war for our freedoms, only to come back and not receive the help that they need. The average ages of these being 18-30.

I could go on with statistics and sorrowful words, but I will leave you with this thought. As we near the holidays, I hope you will consider those in your community that are in need. There are always ways to get involved and help. Do your research (as I always recommend) before donating money- making sure that it is appropriated where you see fit. But, perhaps even consider donating your time to a worthy cause. And, although I don’t advocate giving money to those standing on the street corners, I do recommend giving them a bagged lunch or a bottled water. Keeping non-parishables in your car just for this purpose is my suggestion. Remember, reaching out can make someone’s day, including your own. 



Filed under Life Lessons

Nature’s Beauty

The Hibiscus is my favorite of all flowers. I enjoyed finding these and photographing them. I hope that you enjoy this wonder of nature’s beauty as much as I do!

©Hibiscus by SBDMB (MM)


Tuesday’s Photo Challenge: Nature’s Beauty


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“Sometimes to change a situation you are in requires you to take a giant leap. But, you won’t be able to fly unless you are willing to transform.” ~Suzy Kassem


Many times we are frightened of change. Believing that it is something to be avoided at all costs. The fear of the unknown, at times paralyzes and holds us back from positive advancements in life.

Like the butterfly we are oblivious to the process of change. And as fear takes over we would like to remain wrapped in the cocoon that is dark and safe. How tragic this would be if the butterfly never emerged with its open wings, preparing to take flight. Never to realize that its’ world is about to become open to more possibilities and different points of view.

“Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly.”~Proverb

The thought processes that hold us back with, “What if’s” racing through our minds and imaginations taking hold. Often, seeing the worst possible outcomes. So how can we overcome this worry and self-doubt? Is is truly mind over matter?

It is a choice you make to allow imaginations to run positive or negative. If you can believe the worst than you can also see the best outcome is possible. But, what if no choice you make is wrong? No matter which path you choose, believing this was part of your journey. This perspective can be quite enlightening.

“I can’t lose – regardless of the outcome of the decision I make. The world is a place for opportunity, and I look forward to the opportunities for learning and growing that either pathway gives me.”~Susan Jeffers

Ultimately, it is important not to allow fear to have the power over you. I leave you with this thought, one that is powerful and important to remember.

“The worst part about being afraid of change is that you can end up settling for whatever happens.  It seems less scary that way.  The truth is that this is a far more frightening way to live because you don’t have the feeling of being in control of what happens to you and you live in fear of what might happen.  Having the confidence to take action in the face of fear not only provides you with a sense of control, ultimately it will also provide you with a life full of purpose and joy.  And isn’t that really what we’re all trying to achieve?” ~Catherine Pratt




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