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A Prickle Bicycle

lawn guy blue bicycle clinton

 

A bicycle filled with flowers

a beautiful work of art

basket with a bird house

and a metal tag from the start

 

Parked against a tree

slowly becoming part of the land

prickly bushes surrounding it

creating a stand

 

A striking blue frame

filled with colorful flowers to see

a small town decoration

wonderful for me

 

There is much love

shown in this landscape

art is created

a scene to partake

 

Art reflects the culture

of this small town

an expression of joy

from the people around

 

A lovely place to visit

a prickle of love

expressed in bicycle art

something to be proud of 

 

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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The Beautiful Bulb

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The blooming bulb

savoring life in the spring

comes in beautiful colors

sometimes in a ring

 

Deep blue and yellow

coming up from the ground

shining in the morning sun

nourishment from around

 

Such a short time to bloom

then time to sleep

waiting for the next cycle

no time to weep

 

An example to me

to savor every year

live in the moment

listen with my ears

 

Nature is beautiful

nourishing to my soul

savoring morning meditation

before the day grows old

 

Life is a journey

so much beauty to see

this beautiful bloom

a gift for me

 

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A Tour of Old Town Clinton Mississippi

Mississippi has many small cities that surround the capital city of Jackson. One of these small towns is Clinton, Mississippi. Clinton has grown through the years to a thriving city that sports businesses and a local college. The old part of Clinton is near a local college and has been revitalized with small shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

William and I spent the day in the old Clinton downtown area. We parked our truck and began walking the streets taking photographs along the way. This part of Clinton has an art project that contains bicycles. These bicycles were transformed into art and placed on the corners of most of the streets. Different artists contributed to this project and each bicycle has a different message and inspiration.

tin bicycle man clinton march 28 2017

We first encounter a tin man riding his bicycle on a side street filled with trees. The man is bright and has a happy smile as he appears to ride the street. I take several photographs of him as we paused for a moment. Imagining the life that he would lead here makes me smile. It is a quiet street filled with old houses with vibrant plants and trees. There are several people walking and a few people sitting on their porches. It is reminiscent of an earlier era. William and I speak to a few people about this beautiful day.

flamingo bicycle clinton

As we continue to stroll down the next street there is a pink flamingo riding a bicycle in front of a coffee shop. The flamingo has bright colors and looks like he would fit in well in a beach town. He is surrounded by a flower garden that is blooming. I smile, savor the moment, and take a photograph before we move on to the next street.

snoopy bicycle clinton

The streets continue with a display of transformed bicycles that are fun and interesting. My favorite bicycle is a representation of Snoopy looking as if he is flying. Snoopy is one of those characters that radiates happiness. This is a wonderful transformation of a bicycle into art. He sits in front of an old house that looks empty but well-kept.

Clinton is also home to a local college located in the midst of the old part of town. We gained permission to take photographs on the campus. It is the afternoon and the college students are enjoying the outdoors. The students are friendly and give us water on this warm afternoon.

ms college bell tower march

The college has been here for over one hundred years and many old trees and buildings. I take photographs of the bell tower, trees, study areas, and clock tower. There are many old trees that have seen this college grow and change. They stand regal with their beautiful wood. Many of the trees have moss hanging from them.

ms college study area march

The study area is quiet and serene with a bench surrounded by trees. There is a student enjoying the sun and studying this afternoon. There is a group of young men tossing a football nearby. This college is a wonderful place.

We make our way around the quad and leave the college continuing on our tour of old town Clinton. There are more bicycle transformations that we observe on our way back to the truck. One of the bicycles has been transformed into a terra-cotta planter. There are several plants living on this work of art.

Our final stop is a small shop that has a bicycle hanging with a bottle tree beneath it. It is pretty and I stop to take a photograph. This has been a fun adventure into the art scene in this small part of Clinton.

blue bicycle clinton

We find the truck and leave to our next destination. The Clinton Visitor Center is on our way home. We stop and admire the landscape around the center. There are spring flowers in bloom. Next is a field with some trees and a small bridge covering a creek bed. We glance over to see some squirrels enjoying the afternoon. On the path are some brightly painted bird houses. There are no residents in these houses but they are pretty.

The Clinton Visitor Center has a wooden box with books that is marked free library. This is a wonderful concept to encourage literacy. A person can pick out a book and read it. The book then is returned to the library.

free library clinton visitor

William and I return to the truck and make our way home. This has been a wonderful day filled with adventure. We take the Natchez Trace and reflect on the beauty of our  state. Truly Mississippi is a wonderful place to live.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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Mississippi Gulf Coast : The Art of Healing and Remembering Hurricane Katrina

Life is full of challenges that can be damaging to the human soul. Some challenges such as broken relationships and disease are internal. The restoration of the soul may take a long time or there may be a quick resolution. Other life challenges are caused by an external force of nature such as a hurricane. Healing from internal and external forces may be accomplished through art.

Art expresses who we are as individuals. For many people internal life challenges may be healed through music, writing, or painting. Art is like a magnet that expresses our innermost thoughts and feelings. In many ways art will imitate the journey of our lives.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a beautiful nature scene. There are beaches filled with birds and people. Each enjoying the abundance of sunshine, sand and water. The Mississippi beaches feature restaurants, picnic areas, and water vehicles for rent. There are piers where people can fish. Fishermen can be seen early in the morning walking to their favorite spot.  Beautiful sunrises and sunsets may be enjoyed from many spots along the coastline.

The beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is expressed in music venues, art museums, and paintings. All is well today but more than ten years ago a devastating hurricane came ashore that changed the journey of life for people and nature.

Hurricanes are a frightening force in nature. The force of the wind and water causes much damage and pain to all things involved. Hurricane Katrina caused devastation and death along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The tranquil and comfortable lives of people were devastated in a few days. People fled to the north to escape the dangerous gulf surges, tornadoes, and winds. Upon return to the south the land mass between Louisiana and Alabama would never be the same.

After the hurricane people came back to a desolate environment. The homes and businesses of the Mississippi Gulf Coast were either destroyed or heavily damaged. The once beautiful beaches were covered in rubble from buildings. The forces of the gulf water surge destroyed the natural environment.

There would also be death surrounding the survivors. Some people refused to leave their homes and died in the rising waters. There was great despair in many parts of this area.

Hope began to rise in the destruction as Mississippi Gulf Coast residents returned to rebuild. The work was hard and the days were long but the people were persistent. Over eleven years have past and the Mississippi Gulf Coast has recovered and is growing once more.

During the rebuilding years many artists have used the devastation and rebuilding process as inspiration. There are paintings, sculptures, and music to reflect the healing of the times. This artwork is displayed in many venues. There are museums reflecting the culture of the people.

The healing of this devastation has taken years to accomplish. In the mist of the destruction some artists have taken some creative steps to create beauty out of the devastation on the scenic highway 90.

Prior to Hurricane Katrina the median along highway 90 in Mississippi was filled with live oak trees. These beautiful trees were tall and commanding along the coastline. For many years these trees stood as a reminder that nature once stood guard against the storms. These live oak trees also served as a postcard to years past.

Some artists decided to create sculptures out of the dead oak trees now scattered along highway 90. Taking chain saws these artists created art out of the devastation. The sculptures now replace the oak trees in the median of highway 90.

Each day people traveling highway 90 look upon the beauty of these sculptures. The sculptures are a postcard to the past and present. They are a reminder of how new life can spring from extreme devastation.

turtle sculpture may 2

Many of the sculptures use the subject of marine life. Several of the sculptures have pelicans and other coastal birds as subjects. Each appears to tell the story of nature along these coast lines.

The beaches and gulf waters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been repaired. The coastal birds and marine life are wonderful to observe and photograph. The old pier posts are filled with pelicans and other birds. It fills the soul with a sense of peace observing these birds splashing in the water and enjoying the day on the pier post.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast if an example of how life changes have a positive influence on the soul. The art that is exhibited in the museums, highway 90, small shops, and in music venues shows the spirit of renewal after a time of devastation. Truly it is a lesson for all of us. It is well within the soul.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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Sunshine on the Sidewalk

chalk art clinton

Sun shining on a sidewalk

so beautiful to see

expressing happiness

for all to see

 

The colors are bright

pink, yellow, and blue

sparkling joy from a child

with the chalk he drew

 

God gave us a gift

joy to each other

expressions of art

kindness to one another

 

Sunshine is spread

in many ways

a smile is contagious

to everyone each day

 

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Collaboration: A Dream of Living in the Moment

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast has the most beautiful birds. These coastal birds live a life of luxury in the coastal waters. There is abundant food and few predators to interrupt the lives of the birds. The collaboration the coastal birds have with the environment is a wonderful thing to observe. It is a beautiful afternoon to have a picnic and relax on the beach.

Jess and I find an area that has some picnic tables and set up for our picnic. The coastal birds are opportunistic and will quickly grab any bits of food that fall to the ground. After a wonderful lunch of sandwiches, baked beans, and potato salad we clean up the picnic area and move to the beach.

sea oat ms gulf coast may 9

The sand is white and the skies are blue with a light breeze blowing off the water as we set up the blanket, chairs, and umbrella. There is a cooler filled with cold drinks sitting between us as we begin to relax.

My eyes and mind wander to the pelicans and other birds sitting on the remains of the old pier. I marvel at how relaxed these coastal birds seem to be. The birds are comfortable in their environment and are just living in the moment.

coastal bird ms gulf coast may 9

Living in the moment is a wonderful thought to ponder. What would happen if I just lived my life in the moment? Would the world end? Closing my eyes this living life in the moment begins to take shape.

There would no more hectic schedules to follow. Living in the moment would allow me to just go with the flow. I could just enjoy what was going on in that moment. There would be no more rushing to get from one place to another.

Living in the moment would allow me to experience my senses more. The fresh smell of the air after a morning rain. The loving touch of my husband’s hand as we take our morning walk. The fresh taste of the first garden tomato of the season. The sound of laughter in my house.

When traveling living in the moment would free me from the organization of the trip. I could relax and enjoy the new sights and sounds of the environment. No more worrying if the sunscreen was in the suitcase or if the food in the cooler would remain cold throughout the day. There would be peace and a sense of excitement.

In my new passion of blogging and writing the words would flow onto the screen without worry of commas and spelling errors. Living in the moment would allow me to freely express my thoughts. The blogging topics would just appear in my mind without effort.

Living in the moment would help me to truly recognize the needs of the people in my life and also when I volunteer. At times it is difficult to know the needs of people. My brain will tell one thing is needed and the other person has something else entirely in mind. Living in the moment would allow me to just listen and learn.

The art of living life in the moment would bring me new adventures. This would allow the life around me to take on new meaning. There would be no more schedules to follow or plans to go awry. There would suddenly be a story to be heard in the things surrounding me.

Living in the moment would enable me to listen to the sounds of silence. To really hear what was going on in the world surrounding me. The songs of the birds would be louder and the words more clearly heard. The delicate sounds of nature and my breathing would be more clearly heard and understood.

My mind  returns to the present and tries to comprehend how to collaborate my senses with this new dream. Do I dare try to live in the moment or return to my current way of life? Collaboration can be a difficult thing.

The comfort of the organized life is appealing and hard to change after all these years. Trying something new is a frightening but exciting thought. People able to live in the moment are something that I have always admired.

The sun is setting as Jess and I pack up our things from the beach and head to the truck. It has been a wonderful day and we take one last look at the beach and the birds as we leave. I take a second to just live in the moment and absorb the last sights and smells of the day. Life is wonderful and it is well within my soul.

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An evening at the Mississippi Museum of Art

The Mississippi Museum of Art is a wonderful place filled with many beautiful sculptures, paintings, and other works of art. During some months of the year there are special exhibits from artists all over the world. These exhibits range from contemporary works of art to paintings from the Renaissance. Each month the museum holds an outdoor event. This month the museum featured a band and a movie.

Jess and I packed our chairs with a snack and headed to the museum. The Mississippi Museum of Art has a large outdoor space filled with a grass lawn, patio area, and gardens. After picking a spot to watch the people and movie, I headed to the gardens with my camera.

The gardens are filled with paths separated by a large concrete entrance area. I headed to the garden section that has areas dedicated to the memory of loved ones of museum sponsors. This garden is filled with various colors of flowers and some grasses. It is a well-kept area and filled with visitors.

white flowers at ms art museum april 20

My favorite flowers in the memorial area are the foxgloves. The beauty of the colors in the flowers stands out among the green grass. I take several photos of the foxgloves on the path. These flowers stand in their full colorful glory.

foxgloves ms museum of art april 23

The next garden section is across the concrete area that is very well planned and groomed. There is a sculpture that welcomes visitors through this part of the garden. It has vibrant colors that shine in the afternoon sun. The path going through this garden has flowers and trees on each side. The various plants are a feast for the eyes and the fragrance from the flowers pleasant to the nose.

sculpture ms art museum april 23

I stop and take pictures of several flowers. There are some beautiful white flowers on a hedge along the back fence. These flowers are surrounded by trees and are across from a bed of tall green plants. There are other people with cameras taking pictures along the path. One is a young couple having engagement pictures taken by a photographer. The scene through the path is serene and tranquil.

It is time to return to our spot on the grass to snack and watch the people. There is an eclectic group of people in the crowd. Many of them have stopped at the food truck parked on the street. The smell of food from this truck is enticing and it is hard not to walk over to try some tasty treats.

The museum has a restaurant and a patio with tables for outdoor dining. This area is full with waiters bringing a variety of dishes to the tables. Most of the people in this section are dressed formally and have come directly from their jobs. All is calm and relaxing as the people dine listening to the band.

The museum has a small water feature with water spurting into the flat area like small geysers. There are several children playing in the water having an exciting time. It is fun to see their smiles. The museum encourages people to bring their families to this event.

water feature ms museum of art april 23

This month the band is playing contemporary music and the crowd is filled with young people. There are a variety of fashion styles in the crowd. Many of the people have dyed their hair to match the outfits they are wearing. Others have come wearing the costumes from the movie to be played. I admire the diversity in the crowd and how well they interact with each other.

There are many dogs in the audience as well.  They are content to walk and observe the crowds. The dogs sit with their owners during the movie and are extremely quiet.

After the sun has set it is time for the movie to begin. The movie is one of the most recent from the Star Wars series. Several members of the audience remark how the outdoor theater is a better place to watch the movie. This is a popular fairly new release that is free at this event. The audience is in love with the characters and visual effects of the film.  It is a good movie much like the old ones from the seventies and early eighties.

The movie has ended and it is time to return home. As Jess and I pack our things and move toward the truck I admire how a group of diverse people can enjoy dinner and a movie together. It has been a wonderful evening filled with conversions, food, a movie and flowers.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce