Janice Hall Heck

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Archive for the month “September, 2014”

Cee’s Which Way? Puzzled? Peaceful?

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Which way? What?  I am still puzzling over this one! (At the pier in Venice, Italy)



Which way? Janice Heck photo

Which Way? When to go? Too many choices.

Janice Heck photo. Grounds for Sculpture

A mangled directional sign? Art?

Janice Heck photo. Peaceful gardens. Grounds for Sculpture, NJ

This garden beckons to me. “Come this way. It is peaceful here.” (Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Night Falling in Ocean City, NJ

Daily Post. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Night falling in Ocean City, NJ  Janice Heck, photo

Night falling in Ocean City, NJ. Janice Heck Photo

Monkey Personality Test. Which Monkey Are You?

The San Diego Zoo keepers have posted pictures of the monkeys in their care, along with descriptions of each monkey’s personality.

Which monkey is your match?

San Diego Zoo. Photo by Janice Heck

Loretta, Team Boss. San Diego Zoo


Lana, The Director, San Diego Zoo. Janice Heck photo

Lana, The Director. San Diego Zoo


Makasi, The Negotiator. San Diego Zoo. Janice Heck photo

Makasi, The Negotiator. San Diego Zoo


Kalli, The Teenager. San Diego Zoo. Janice Heck photo

Kalli, The Teenager. San Diego Zoo


Mshumba, The Wolverine. San Diego Zoo

Mchumba, The Wolverine. San Diego Zoo

Kesi, The Princess   San Diego Zoo

Kesi, The Princess. San Diego Zoo


Erin, Tough Guy. San Diego Zoo

Erin, Tough Guy. San Diego Zoo

Mali, Little MIss. San Diego Zoo. Janice Heck photo

Mali, Little Miss. San Diego Zoo

So, which monkey are you?

The Monkeys. San Diego Zoo. Janice Heck photo

The Monkeys. San Diego Zoo.

Wait. We have one more. But this one looks a bit more like a chimp.

San Diego Zoo. Janice Heck photo

Jan: Photographer, Writer, Blogger. Intelligent. Charming. Witty. Adventurous. Independent. Need I say more?

Your Turn:

Which monkey are you? Let me know in the comments box.


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Words That Make My Heart Go Boom — Part 2

Another great collection of quotes from E. Check her blog, A Sign of Life: Seeking forward motion one sign of life at a time.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Contrasting Yellow and Blue

Cee’s Photo Challenge: Contrasting Colors

Here’s a yellow and blue cat that I found in a ceramics shop in Hong Kong. I just couldn’t pass him up, and he now sits atop my Chinese red cabinet. See him above in my blog masthead photo?


Another yellow cat! This one is from a peasant painting I purchased in Hong Kong.


A kitty I found in San Gimignano, Italy.

A kitty I found in San Gimignano, Italy.

Yellow butterfly on a butterfly bush

Yellow butterfly on a butterfly bush in my backyard

Cee’s Fun Foto: Town with a Sense of Humor

Cee’s Fun Foto: Contrasting Colors

Ocean City, NJ is a town with a sense of humor. It invited artists to fancy up those dull green, obnoxious, electrical boxes around town. Have a look:


Janice Heck photo. Ocean City, NJ

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Lingering Look at Windows #37: Winterthur, DE, 9/11/14

Photo challenge: Lingering Look at Windows, Week 37

Windows at Winterthur, home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), six miles NW of Wilmington, DE, overlook spacious gardens. The impressive eagle spreads his wings, a fitting tribute to today, September 11, 2014, when our thoughts return to the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City.

Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont house, Winterthur, DE  Janice Heck photo

Henry du Pont’s home of 175 rooms, now a museum, houses extensive exhibits of early American furniture, paintings, textiles, needlework, ceramics, glass, and costumes. Dining room tables, set for company, feature beautiful displays of seasonal flowers and fine china.  On a daily basis, Henry du Pont chose the china settings himself to match the fresh flowers available in the garden. Of course, flowers used in the dining rooms could not be used anywhere else in the house that day. The same was true for the china. It could not be used twice in the same day, so numerous full sets of china had to be available.  A log of number of guests, menus, flowers, and china settings ensured that duplication would not occur.

A walk through this house is a walk through another time and lifestyle. Well worth a visit. The gardens surrounding the house are breathtaking with color and variety. We visited in May, at the height of the season for white, pink, coral, and red azaleas; white, pink, and lavender rhododendrons; and white magnolias. Exquisite beauty.

The current major exhibit at the museum, Costumes of Downton Abbey, runs through January 4, 2015.

Costumes of Downton Abbey Photo credit: Winterthur.

Costumes of Downton Abbey
Photo credit: Winterthur.

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Nurturing Thurs – Another Shot

Great advice!

"On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea"


If you have not gotten it right yet —
Take another shot!!
Be kind to yourself:
GET OUT OF YOUR WAY and Continue Clicking!!
❤ ❤ ❤


Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Inside the Mind of Isadora
Tea and Paper
Carol Carlisle
Jacqueline King
Pocket Perspectives
Meg Evans
Hope* the Happy Hugger
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes

 Welcome our newest participant:
Michelle of Hope* the Happy Hugger


What is Nurturing Thursday, you ask?

In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?

Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above…

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Never forget.

Russel Ray Photos



Eagle and United States flag

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Wordless Wednesday: Childhood Wonder

Wordless Wednesday

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