Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Although I’m afraid of heights, it doesn’t stop me from going to high places. It’s worth the risk considering the reward. Aside from the splendid view of surrounding areas, it can be an uplifting experience (no pun intended).

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Visiting the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil most definitely fits the bill. It’s located 2,300 feet above sea level atop the Corcovado mountain and takes about 30 minutes to reach by train.

The landmark statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro where it has become a cultural icon and matter of pride. It’s 98 feet tall with its outstretched arms extending up to 92 feet wide. Standing on a 26 feet pedestal, it weighs 635 metric tons. It’s currently listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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March 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm 10 comments

The Landmark

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 17 March 2017

Jennifer Pendergast

Photo Credit: Jennifer Pendergast

“What’s that?” I asked grandpa as we were walking in the park enjoying the sun.

“What does it look to you?”

“It’s a big wheel.”

“You’re right. Always remember to trust your instinct.”

He continued that it was a hangover from the time of the giants long before politicians took over and made a mess of everything.

Fast forward twenty years. I was in the same park with my six-year-old daughter when she pointed at the familiar landmark.

“What can that be?”

“What do you think?”

“It’s a giant clock.”

“Sweetheart, you’re so smart. You must have taken after me.”

March 15, 2017 at 3:35 pm 38 comments

Wordless Wednesday: A Gray Swan

A Gray Swan

Location: Parque de Pena, Sintra, Portugal

March 13, 2017 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish

Wishing Wall

Location: Sultaniye Mahallesi, Selçuk, Izmir, Turkey
A wishing wall can be found near the House of the Virgin Mary where it’s said she spent the last days of her earthly life. According to tradition, you tie a piece of your cloth for every wish you make and when the wish is granted you come back and untie the cloth.

Popular among Catholic and Muslim devotees, the House of Mary sits on top of Mt. Koressos about five miles from the ancient ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. It was discovered in 1881 based on the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), a Bavarian nun who was beatified on October 3, 2004 by Pope John Paul II.

Although several Popes had visited it in the past, the Roman Catholic Church has never officially declared its authenticity as the house of the Virgin Mary and Mother of Jesus.

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March 10, 2017 at 10:47 am 4 comments

Courage Under Fire

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 10 March 2017

Shaktiki Sharma

Photo Credit: Shaktiki Sharma

Jason dreamed of taking Sara to the prom, but he was too timid to ask. If only he knew the feeling was mutual.

Jason found Sara about to enter the library and looking at the beautiful bug resting by the entrance.

“Sara, may I ask you something?”


“I… I…”

Before Jason could finish, Connor cut him off.

“Sara,” Connor said without hesitation, “will you be my prom date?”

Sara glanced at Jason expecting a reaction. But there was none.

“Sure,” she replied.

As Sara and Connor went inside, Jason smashed the bug into pieces before it could fly away.

March 8, 2017 at 3:56 pm 48 comments

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