Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hills

Photos were taken today – hooray, it has been raining since last night! 

Our city and the neighboring cities are situated on hilly areas. Many homes are built with windows facing the oceans, the lights, the golf court or open area below the hills. The larger the views are, the prices of the homes go higher. All the cities have built to the limit because there is no more desirable open space to build attractive homes.

There has been a controversy since 2012 over the property of The West Coyote Hills. It contains one of the last large open-space areas in north Orange County, California. Parts of it lie within the city limits of La Habra, Buena Park, and La Mirada with most of it sprawling across western Fullerton.

A tract measuring 510 acres (2.1 km2) across the ridge of the hills, owned by Pacific Coast Homes (a land development division of the Chevron Corporation). It is the largest remaining tract of undeveloped land in north Orange County. Chevron had plans to build 760 homes on 179 acres.

With such high demand for housing, these possible 760 homes on the hills will be sold close to $1 million each and be gone in no time. Chevron Corporation will benefit a great deal.

A group called Open Coyote Hills has been leading the support while a group called Friends of Coyote Hills has led the push to preserve the entire site as open space.

The city council has a pro-development majority, which has sided with Chevron and won in Superior Court, but the decision has been appealed. In 2017, State Senator Josh Newman authored Senate Bill 714, which would prevent development. Efforts have been made to buy some or all the land from Chevron, using state funds, donations, or both.

We continue to hope the Coyote Hills will remain to be a park.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hills


Collen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 73: Energy & Knowledge, #SynonymsOnly

The Prompt Words for Collen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 73 are Energy and Knowledge. In this Haibun, I use the synonyms Powerful for Energy and Mind for Knowledge.

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 “This is my life. I can do whatever I want!” I’ve heard this comment and seen people having such mentalities. My heart aches to hear one person’s family is devastated and the members of their extended families are in turmoil due to one member who has made choices to change his life. It prompts me to wonder what goes on in a person’s mind and what experiences lead to one’s conclusion. When someone is about to decide, does he consider the consequences and what it would mean to the loved ones in his family, and the people he knows or doesn’t know? This bewilderment makes me be aware of my ultimate selections.

Mind is powerful

Your choices followed by actions

Have ripple effects

Change people’s current lives

Send them on different paths

~ Miriam Hurdle

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 73: Energy & Knowledge, #SynonymsOnly

Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd

Our family vacation to China and Hong Kong was a memorable trip. When I first made plan for the trip, we had ten people on the list. The travel agency was able to book a private tour with a van and our own driver. Our itinerary included Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Hong Kong. We flew from Los Angeles, U.S. to Beijing, China to start our tour. The travel agency made arrangement for the connecting flights and had local guide/driver pick us up from each city. Several weeks before the trip, three family members were not able to make it. With only seven of us, we thought the travel agency would put us in a large group. It was fortunate that we still could have our private tour.

During this trip, we saw faces everywhere. In this post I only include a few photos of Beijing and two photos of Hong Kong. At the Beijing airport, we were a small crowd with seven of us and a few people around. I love to take scenery photos, but in popular vacation places, it’s hard to take photos without including a crowd.


In fact, Will, my son-in-law’s mom Kathy had never seen a big crowd such as the one she saw in Hong Kong, and she gave us a surprised look! The night life is full of energy in this city!

Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

My husband and I spent last week with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. On Saturday, February 17, we went hiking in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. One area is the Trail of Ten Falls which is a 7-mile loop. This loop is a moderately difficult hike with unpaved trails, some muddy areas, steep sections and an overall elevation change of 800 feet.

The photos included in this post are two Falls. South Fall is a 177 feet waterfall where we could walk behind the Fall underneath a rocky canyon. The Lower South Fall is 93 feet, descending from South Fall with stairs. Walking behind the South Fall reminded me of walking behind the Niagara Fall years ago!

It was a heavy rainy day and we all were soaking wet. The three of them wore hiking boots, so it was easier to walk in the muddy area. I was not prepared to go hiking, and I wore regular running shoes. My shoes were wet and muddy and my toes were almost frozen.




We were in good shapes and found no difficulty with the hike. Mercy gave birth to Autumn four and a half months ago. She has a remarkably fast recovery from the pregnancy and birth.

I was impressed with the spectacular views of the Falls and the mossy forest.


Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

Happy Chinese New Year


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The Year of the Dog is officially here, and Friday marks the start of celebrations for the Chinese New Year. This year, the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, began on Friday, Feb. 16 and lasts through Sunday, Feb. 18.

The festival is centuries old, celebrating the new year according to the Chinese calendar. Each year is associated with a different animal, and 2018 is the Year of the Dog. The dog is one of 12 animals associated with the Chinese New Year and is signifies loyalty.

Most Chinese New Year celebrations involve firework displays, family feasts, visiting temples, and paying respects to one’s ancestors. It’s also a chance for people to prepare for good fortune in the upcoming years.

Wishing You Prosperous!

Weekly Photo Challenge-Sweer and Sweet

I have someone who likes sweet. I also have someone who is sweet. Let me explain.

My husband likes sweet because he has sweet tooth. He likes donuts. The biggest donut he has had was voodoo donut which is bigger than his face. He had it in Portland, OR. He also loves dark chocolate. On Valentine’s Day many years ago, I bought him a 2-pound dark chocolate covered nuts. He finished them in two days. I think eventually he had a problem with his skin. I still buy him dark chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day, but I only buy 1/4 pound. He eats dark chocolate every day. The kind he eats is the 85% cocoa. When we visit Mercy, Will, and Autumn. Lynton brings his dark chocolate so that his daily consumption won’t be interrupted.

I also have someone who is sweet. She is my granddaughter Autumn. She has a sweet personality. She rarely cries except when she is extremely tired or hungry. If we feed her timely and sooth her to sleep, we seldom hear her cry.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sweet

The Story of St. Valentine


I posted this story on Valentine’s Day 2017. Somehow I don’t have a reblog button, so I repost it.

One common story about St. Valentine is that at one point in his life, as the former Bishop of Terni, Narnia, and Amelia, he was under house arrest with Judge Asterius. While discussing religion and faith with the Judge, Valentine pledged the validity of Jesus. The judge immediately put Valentine and his faith to the test.

St. Valentine was presented with the judge’s blind daughter and told to restore her sight. If he succeeded, the judge vowed to do anything for Valentine. Placing his hands onto her eyes, Valentine restored the child’s vision.

Judge Asterius was humbled and obeyed Valentine’s requests. Asterius broke all the idols around his house, fasted for three days and became baptized, along with his family and entire 44 member household. The now faithful judge then freed all of his Christian inmates.

St. Valentine was later arrested again for continuing to try to convert people to Christianity. He was sent to Rome under the emperor Claudius Gothicus (Claudius II). St. Valentine refused to renounce his faith and Christianity and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, 269.

Another variation of the legend of St. Valentine says he refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, was imprisoned and while imprisoned he healed the jailer’s blind daughter. On the day of his execution, he left the girl a note signed, “Your Valentine.”

The romantic nature of Valentine’s Day may have derived during the Middle Ages when it was believed that birds paired couples in mid-February. Although the exact origin of the holiday is not widely agreed upon, it is widely recognized as a day for love, devotion, and romance.

Whoever he was, Valentine did really exist, because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to St. Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint, listing him in the February 14 spot of Roman Martyrology.

Source: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=159