I heart Armenia

by Beth Shepherd
( September 3rd, 2014 )

When summer turns to fall, my heart longs for Armenia. I made four trips to Armenia in the fall, and when the air begins to feel crisp and leaves on the trees trim their edges with gold and red, I reminisce: Vines laden with ripe grapes drape trellises outside people’s homes, hills are dry and brown and the mountains feel moodier as clouds start to enshroud their peaks.

As I looked through photographs I took during our visits, pictures with hearts stood out. Here are a few.

Chidlren waving flags

Yerevan Armenia

Heart graffiti Armenia

fruit leather for sale in Armenia

The heart of Republic Square in Yerevan Armenia

Armenian peach pit bowl

heart vernissage yereven armenia

Heart grill on window in Poloz Muckuch in Gyumri

Angel heart at Echmiadzin Armenia

Armenian gorge

Take the road less traveled, Beth

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I feel like dancing

by Beth Shepherd
( August 28th, 2014 )

I feel like dancing
Dancing, dance the night away
I feel like dancing, dancing, aaaah


~Leo Sayer, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing


Dancing girl


Dancing girl 2


Dancing girl 3


Dancing girl 4


Dancing girl 5


Dancing girl 6


Dancing girl 7


Dancing girl 8


Dancing girl 9


Dancing girl 10


Take the road less traveled, Beth

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Hopscotch CD!

by Beth Shepherd
( August 22nd, 2014 )

Hopscotch and art

Attention Seattleites (and visitors to the Emerald City this weekend): Hop on over to the CD (Central District) for the 2nd annual Hopscotch CD event. August 23, 2014 9-6. Between Jackson and Union.

Hopscotch stenciling

2.9 miles of hopscotch fun! Yesterday I watched as the temporary path was laid down by volunteers before the event, using giant stencils and a “chalks” made out of mostly cornstarch, a dash of flour and sugar and bit of food coloring. It lasts 3-4 rains, so I am crossing my fingers Seattle’s lovely dry-weather streak continues.

And—drumroll—if you want to be part of a shot at the attempt to break the world record for most hopscotchers playing at the same time, come to Centerstone (18th and Cherry) at 1:00 p.m. to sign up (record-breaking attempt scheduled for ~2:00). I was there last year and we were just shy the number of attendees needed. Maybe this year?

Hopscotch CD hopping world record attempt

Hopscotching aside, there will be all sorts of neighborhood fun: sidewalk sales, garage sales, games, story time in the park, live music, free gourmet hotdogs! And, after you hopscotch yourself silly, hop over the the after-party carnival sponsored by the CD Association: 4-8 pm featuring the incredible Garfield High School Jazz Band!I hear there will be a beer garden for adults and free ice cream for kids.

Hopscotch CD doing the hop

You can find more details on the Hopscotch CD website: http://www.hopscotchcd.com/. Or join the event on Facebook: Hopscotch CD2.

Hopscotch the road less traveled, Beth

Hopscotch CD route

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