Skywatch Friday: Magic

From July 29, 2011
“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
— Roald Dahl

[My Topsail photos are hard for me to look at right now.  Leaving broke my heart.  I had the opportunity to stay, but it would have been at the expense of being without my daughter for a while and of making very little money.  More and better might have been around the corner (and, as it turns out, they were), but I couldn't risk losing my favorite person and my ability to support her for my own shot at paradise.  Perhaps I could have had both if only I had taken the leap--as I would have years ago, before another life (lives; we can't forget Clyde) depended on me.  Life is full of hard decisions.  I wonder if a second chance will ever come my way.  I live in hope.  It's all I have.]

Skywatch Friday

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  1. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Life is made up of hard choices. You did what was right for you and your daughter. And where there's one choice, there will be others! I believe that.

    Stunning shot.

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  2. Sorry to hear about hard times for you! Hope everything will be better soon! And yes, I do think there are second opportunities! Let's hope yours will soon happen.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and wonderful shot;o)

    ¤ Have a nice and happy day ¤

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  3. I beleive in magic and second chances are even better than magic and they definitely happen. Hang on to those photos. Something even better will happen.

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  4. Well, you certainly made my day! I tried to get photos of the moon last night but the cloud cover kept ruining the shot when it appeared. . . and the last two days, the noon was orangish because of the wildfires they say. Thanks for sharing your view!

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  5. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Beautiful shot!

    I hope you do get your second chance. I too, have had to make hard decisions and sometimes I wish I could have a "do-over". Sometimes God says, no.

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  6. Where there's a will, there is a way Sandy. You will find a way to make this work. Of course you can't abandon your daughter but there must be another solution so that you can all be happy. I hope you find it and soon. Life flies by and before we know it, the choices aren't what they had been.

    Take care, sending a big hug and good vibes. G

    LOVE your header btw.

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  7. I hate these kinds of choices. Feels like I've made a lot of them lately. Hoping you get all the second chances you need and with much less difficult choices behind them.

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  8. You'll get another chance, Sandy. I'm sure of it.

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  9. I'm praying you will. I was at Wrightsville and chose to leave for certain reasons. No regrets, but it was hard. David was 8 and it was best for him to be here.

    I continually hope for another chance :) You just never know.

    The serenity the ocean gives me is like no other...

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  10. Some of the decisions we have to make are not only hard, but painful many times. You did what you felt was the right thing at the time. I continue to hold good thoughts that another and even better chance will find you! Awesome capture and a glorious way to end a day -- anytime, anywhere!

    Sylvia

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  11. This is just fantastic!

    SWF

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  12. Hi, do not spend to much time to think too much of a second chance - it will come naturally....

    Wonderful Photo

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  13. So sorry Sandy. I know how much you love Topsoil. But I sense another chance will come, at a suitable time unobstructed by responsibilities. Waitin is so hard. God knows how much I hate learning patience.

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  14. A stunning sunset shot. Beautiful.

    I hope that one day you will get your hearts desire.

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  15. A gorgeous firey sky. There are always second chances.

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  16. What a beautiful capture! The sun is nestled in a heart shaped silhouette!

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  17. A glorious sky. I'm sure it's full of promises.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  18. I rooting for your third, fourth, hundredth chance at paradise. Your gesture to wait--hopefully will be rewarded in time.
    Beautiful photo too.
    Take care, Sandy.

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  19. A beautiful glow in your sky! Choices sometimes are so difficult! And then we may be left wondering whether the right one was made! But if a choice is made for a good reason involving others' welfare as well as your own, then the choice is right for now! It is the selfish decision that sets dark problems in motion!

    Namaste

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  20. Anonymous7:22 PM

    You know, there's always somewhere upon earth a corner where the sun does shine. Believe me. It will be so over there with you in hours just a few.

    Please have you all a good Friday.

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  21. `I used the word magic in my SWF post too but you need it more today!

    I am sending you mine (and I'd send you all 10 cups of coffee if I could) .

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  22. If something is meant to happen it will. All is as it should be, even when it hurts. And there will always be 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances. God knows I am living on extra chances. Life can be a do-over. ;-)

    Beautiful shot, Sandy.

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  23. That's a gorgeous shot Sandy. I'm sorry it has been so hard. In your place I wouldn't have been able to risk it if it meant being apart from my daughter either. The time when they're home is so short as it is. My daughter hasn't lived near me since she went off to college in 2003, except for a few months between undergrad and law school when she worked and lived here. I'm glad I had her with me until she went off to college.

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  24. Magical shot.
    Do not worry, everything will be fine.

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  25. Choices were a lot easier when it was just me. With others, choices get harder, lots harder. I've learned though that if something is meant to happen a second chance will appear that is often better than the first opportunity.

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  26. Dear Sandy,

    My former handle was Bonnie Bonsai as a matter of clarification. Much as I delight in the mystical beauty of your magical moonlight, I am also drawn to the personal touch of your story behind it. What a marvelous woman and mother you are! Sorry for being inactive in the blogworld. I have many stories untold but my brain is not up to it. Meanwhile, am busy getting ready to visit my homeland for the first time in 23 years!
    I'll try popping in when I get the chance. Our second chance lies in the hands of the good Lord. If it doesn't happen now, trust me, it will come in His own appointed time! Take care and I wish you the very best in life.

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  27. Beautiful sky! Keep the dream alive, help your daughter make here own way into the adult world, and let your spirit take you where you want to be.

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  28. Really magic that sun in the red sky! Very fine image, Sandy.

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  29. Sandy, Magic is definitely what your photo has. There is always another opportunity right around the corner--yours is waiting. I wish you the very best. Mickie :)

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  30. I stand with you in hope and prayer!!
    Hugging you
    SueAnn

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  31. The universe is set up for your happiness. One door closes, another opens. Sometimes it is about acceptance, and for sure the universe knows best. Trust everything works out for the best. If not now, perhaps later...

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  32. there's always another time, that's what retirement is for...

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  33. There will be more opportunities I am sure. All the best!

    A great picture.

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  34. So pretty.

    Please come see my Skywatch

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  35. Thinking of you my friend - may you have the strength to go forward my friend.
    Lovely shot.

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  36. Beautiful skywatch shot, Sandy! the colors and the sun are stunning. I believe you can make anything happen if you really want it bad enough.

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  37. I'm sorry you are feeling disappointed Sandy...sometimes life gives us hard choices, sometimes life is just hard...and then we remember the blessings, like being with your daughter and having photo memories of a place that gives you joy.

    gentle steps

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  38. A magical shot for sure! You made a difficult decision but I'm sure you will find rewards because of it in the future. Perhaps time is the essential factor.

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  39. Life is simply like that Sandy...more often we're torn between so many significant and important things in life...but we should move on...:)

    A touching write Sandy!

    I love the photo too! I missed taking my own shots for SWF!

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  40. Wonderful photography.

    Regards and best wishes

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  41. i believe in magic, and i don't stop hoping. keep the fire burning!

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  42. Whether a sunrise or a sunset... I find it so amazing to see the sun partly hidden... and forming silhouettes of the objects or life in front of it...

    Pixellicious Photos

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