Life’s Treasures and Memories


 “Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind

Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine

Quiet thoughts come floating down And settle softly to the ground

Like golden autumn leaves around my feet I touched them and they

burst apart with sweet memories Sweet memories” … Elvis Presley


I found some long burieGwynn and camerad treasures. WHO IS THIS PERSON?   Could this REALLY be me, LONG ago?


I took a photography class and I LOVED black and white photos… remember black and white film?  Yup, there was such a thing!  So I went out into the world attempting to capture nature and life. Life comes in a variety of ways!  Look what I FOUND!!

This part of my life jumped right out at me.

Matt sticking out tongue


Other parts of life peeked out at me while hiding in plain-sight!

Matt hiding in tree



Ah –HA!!  There he is!  Spying on me!  He says, “You CAN’T find me!”





Duchess hopes I don’t see her, so she can sneak off to the neighbor’s yard… I caught her!!  😉


Then there is life that is subtle and watches you when you aren’t looking; then it sneaks right up on you!


Life can take you by surprise and be a whirlwind!







OR… throw you for a curve!

Seattle Center ride








Ever find yourself going in circles?

Canada World Fair 1

Life can even be so crazy we don’t know which direction we are going or even if we are going to find our way through the mess.

World Fair 2






But THEN we have a normal day, so we can relax to enjoy the serenity and beauty in the world.







Other days we wonder WHAT the future will bring.









Life definitely IS a journey so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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27 Responses to Life’s Treasures and Memories

  1. Charlie says:

    Those are beautiful pictures. Nice job!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks for commenting Charlie! I am SO trying to figure out how to set-up my blog so it notifies YOU of my posts, and notifies ME of when you have commented. Oh yes, hopefully it tells you when I have replied. It is GREAT hearing from you again. Merry Christmas

  2. Tina Peterson says:

    I love your take on the Ferris wheels. I bet you enjoyed catching all the angles at that park! Thanks for sharing !

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Tina. One set of pictures was from the Seattle’s Center and the other set of pictures was from the Canadian World’s Fair in Vancouver, years ago. I received notification of your comment. Did you receive notification that I responded to you… I HOPE!?

  3. Tina Peterson says:

    Hi Gwynn, I didn’t receive a notice that you’d commented but I had forgotten to mark “notify me”! I’ve marked both boxes now, so we’ll see if it works. There was a pop-up that asked if I wanted to follow your blog but it covered the comment section when I was using our iPad. Here it looks like that pop-up is hidden behind your story page. Oh technology!!

  4. Susan Scott says:

    Well done for fixing it Gwynn! So pleased to be able to comment on this excellent post. Loved the photos – and the text – you capture well the roller coaster ride that we’re on. As long as we remember to enjoy the beauty in nature and in friendships and family, to pause sometimes and have a bit of alone time, to take the hiccups in our stride, then life is worth living to the full!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Now, I am HOPING that when I respond… if you have checked the boxes on my blog, that you will receive notice that I actually responded. I would be SO thrilled!!

      Yes, life is crazy. Now, I can’t believe my son was that young and small. Maybe I’ll start carrying my camera with me. It might give me some encouragement for writing. Plus, I DO SO LOVE the beauty in nature, if only I can learn to capture it. Learning to take our life in stride is an interesting project… like your climbing the mountain… quite an obstacle however, you were successful. I’m sure that was a mighty lesson. Hopefully, you took time to enjoy the nature and scenery surrounding you on that climb. I’ll bet you appreciate life far more for having that experience.

      Now, Thank You for being such a wonderful friend. I do have two or three posts before this one that I don’t believe that you have seen, besides my Story Behind the Story. Thank you for introducing me to Gulara. She is a LOVELY lady!

      • Susan Scott says:

        received dear Gwynn! And thank you for your lovely message. I can’t help thinking about ‘catching the moment’ with yr camera in nature. Sometimes its better really to just enjoy it – but keep the camera handy!!!

        I actually thought the tongue-pulling photo was you 🙂

        I’ll check out previous posts that I clearly missed – not even a roo notification? Or did I miss that?

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          I had placed my posts on Facebook, but Facebook does that crazy thing of NOT using the current title or picture. So now that I have a proper place to register for my posts, that everyone will in fact receive notification when I DO post. Plus, I’m hoping people hear when I respond too.

          It definitely is not fun posting on my blog and receiving no comments.

          Hehehe… I DO stick my tongue out. Maybe that is where Matt learned to do it! 😉

          Again, I am SO delighted that you are out there! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  5. pat garcia says:

    These are pictures that make a person think and I like them very much. Sometimes we don’t see the changes that have been made around us. It is what has been captured in photos that we realize that we have move on and beyond where we were.
    Excellent photos and I especially loved the tags or thoughts that you wrote beside each picture. Very encouraging words.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Sadly, it is hard for me to take pictures of pictures so they are not as clear as I would like. I do laugh every time I look at my son’s picture of him sticking his tongue out at me… but that is life too… crazy! Also, I have you to thank for this post. Our conversation made me start thinking. Actually, the post The Magical Pen is due to our conversation too. Maybe I’ll be good and start carrying my camera around. I should take a picture of downtown Poulsbo all decorated for Christmas. I SOOOO wish you a very Magical and Merry Christmas!

  6. Love the post and the blog layout, Gwynn. So happy to see everything is back to normal. Love the pictures of you — treasures indeed. I look at old pictures of mine and fell a smile tag at my lips. So nice to have the ability to enjoy moments like these from the past. Thank you for sharing.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Silvia, thank you for your comments AND for being my “crash test dummy!” This post was so much fun finding the memories from the past… except trying to photograph, photographs! I still laugh at my son sticking his tongue at me! Hopefully, you receive notification that I’m responding to you! Thank you, Thank you!!

  7. Gulara says:

    This is such a brilliant post, Gwynn, I tried to comment on this before my holiday, but the website didn’t let me, even after several attempts. I loved the photos and the vibe it created.
    Happy New Year, Gwynn. Wishing you many blessings and much joy and creativity in 2016. Thank you for being such an amazing ally and supporter to me in 2015, and for your contribution to the series on my blog.
    I look forward to connecting in the new year!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Gulara, I have been playing with my site in the attempts to make it more proactive, but I also receive many Spam attacks on my site, so I think that is why you could not respond. I’m delighted that you kept trying. Happy New Year!

      I have enjoyed reading your posts as you have valuable information for your readers. I too appreciate your comments and support. I’m still in shock that you accepted my post on your blog. I hope your Christmas was Merry and I wish you a bright and delightful New Year! See you in the New Year!

  8. Ashen says:

    Thanks Gwynn. I love your site, and your way of thinking, and will return.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh Ashen, Thank You for stopping by to visit and comment. I so enjoyed your post this morning. Sadly, I don’t post regularly, unless I take on the 2016 April Blogger’s Challenge again. I’m enjoying other’s blogs to see if I can find “food for thought.” I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  9. Arlee Bird says:

    I’m a fan of B&W photography. It can be so expressive and create imagery that color can’t do. Shadows and light. Some neat photos in this post.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Arlee for stopping by AND commenting. These pictures were taken EONS ago. As I mentioned, me and technology don’t do well together sometimes, especially when it comes to taking a picture OF a picture. But I LOVE patterns and if you were looking at the actual picture the imagery of the branches of the trees are intriguing… at least to me. I had some fun shots. I only wish my technical capabilities were FAR better. Thanks!!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Well, Arlee I think I mentioned I’m a Techno-idiot. I am following your blog now, as of a few minutes ago, but I could NOT figure out how to comment. I don’t have a Google account.

      I was dying of curiosity. I lived in Hermosa, Redondo, and Long Beach for nearly 17 years, but am initially from the NW. I’m back in Poulsbo. What part of L.A. are you in?

      • Arlee Bird says:

        It took me a while to get the hang of commenting on WordPress blogs as well. I opened up a WP account and that took care of most of the problems. I haven’t had a WP commenting issue in I can’t remember how long. As I said on FB sometimes it takes persistence as well as experimentation. Too bad the different platforms are more friendly to cross-commenting. I’ve griped in the past how a lot of WP bloggers never reciprocate comments on my blog. I know it can be done though since I do have a lot of WP bloggers who do comment on my site. Maybe you should ask around in the WP community how others handle this issue.

        And don’t feel bad. I’m a dummy when it comes to technical stuff. A lot of trial and error for me. Sometimes I can Google my problem and find pretty good answers that way.

        I live in East L.A.–Pico Rivera to be precise. It just north of Downey and west of Whittier. I guess I’m something like 15 miles or so north of Long Beach. This used to be a not so great area, but has improved immensely since I moved here. Not that I had anything to do with that, but the city government has made a great effort in turning this community into a highly livable place.

        Arlee Bird
        A to Z Challenge Co-host
        Tossing It Out

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          Thanks Arlee for your patience. Hopefully, I’ll figure out how to comment on your blog. One other issue I worry about is the fact that I can’t afford to pay to join a variety of platforms. Maybe that is a non-issue. I’ll go explore and see what mischief I can create for myself. Again. Thanks for your patience and suggestions. This is SO frustrating to me. Gwynn

          • Arlee Bird says:

            I think most blog platforms are free to join–I’ve never paid for any and I never would. I do understand the frustration. My first couple of years of blogging encountered many frustrating obstacles, but once they were overcome it was done with and I felt pretty good about accomplishing another thing in my life that had previously befuddled me.

            Good luck!

            Arlee Bird
            A to Z Challenge Co-host
            Tossing It Out

          • Gwynn Rogers says:

            I never use Gmail. I’ll have to see if I can remember my sign-in name and password. I’ll bet that would simplify my blogging life. Have fun keeping up with everyone’s blogs. Thanks again!! Gwynn

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