East Meets West – North Meets South (Lens-Artist Photo Challenge 2-12-2023) 🎵Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas 🎵

Good Morning Readers,

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge this week is hosted by Amy @The World is a Book. She invites us to explore East Meets West or North Meets South.

The first post I read for this challenge was from Doona @Wind Kisses as she talked about going from New England to the Southwest in the US. One of her quotes stopped me right in my tracks. I sat back and read a little slower, while I also reflected.

Here is Donna’s quote:

“Livelihood, legacy, and tradition are passed down wherever you live. Sometimes it looks a little different, and our clothing might speak a different wisdom, but the result is the same. Carry on…..”

Carry on?

Yes, carry on.

Then I had the opening line from a Kansas song playing in my mind: “Carry on my wayward son. For there’ll be peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest. Don’t you cry no more.” (drums – then music….) 

Here is the song on Youtube

The idea to Carry On has been a theme for me this week.

For example, I just posted Restless Jo’s Interview (here) where she shared about her major move from the UK to the luxurious Algarve. She shared about adapting to change, with her life AND with her blog, and then carrying on in a way that suited her. 

Another example was when a card came from our former Colorado neighbor (Dan H.). His wife, Kathy, died in January 2020 and his unexpected February Christmas letter showed us that he is still carrying on. Then, my mother is visiting Canada this month, which is her first trip there since the pandemic closed the borders – and so this also reminded me that the world is carrying on.

Anyhow, I am exploring Amy’s theme of East Meets West or North Meets South with a beach/water theme and with my “carry on” connection.

This first image brings back memories of our family “carrying on” and doing our best to stay stable in 2002 when we moved to Northern California and had major change.

During the first year in Northern Cal, while it was thrilling in so many ways and It might have been my favorite place for making the most like-minded friends, it was not home for us. We realized within the first year that it was the WRONG COAST.  So much of our family lives up and down the east coast or in the midwest of the US. I will never forget the talk we had when we decided we were fish in the wrong fishbowl.

In the above photo, the lighting could be better, but I love that shot because my boys were at such a fun age. The photo also highlights the rocky and beautiful west coast beach. The Pacific Ocean has a power and vibe all its own.

The next photos remind me that the east coast (Atlantic Ocean) always feels milder than the west coast (Pacific Ocean).

The gulf coast in he US is also very mild compared to the west coast.

In 2004, my husband played guitar at a wedding in Destin, Florida. I went with him and on one hand, it was fun to tag along. On the other hand, the trip had some snobby people to cope with. So at first I did not fully appreciate the beauty of the Emerald Coast. It was not until my step-daughter and her family moved to that area when I really saw the beauty of the green water and sugar-white sand. 

The Emerald Coast is also called the playground for the US midwest because it is an easy drive south for them. 

There is another Priorhouse Interview coming soon, with Linda Schaub, who carries on with life by walking a lot in Michigan. Linda shares incredible original photos from her walking adventures and I smile every time she shows photos from Lake Erie because I grew up swimming in Lake Erie. I never realized that Buffalo shared a shoreline with the Detroit area.  

Did you know that Lake Erie’s shoreline touches the most US states as it runs along Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The Lake Erie shoreline also reaches Ontario, Canada and while growing up, our annual summer trips to Sherkston Beach in Ontario were a special part of my life. Below is a 2019 image of the dining hall at Sherkston, but it looked NOTHING like this during the 1980s. 

During the 1980s, going north to Canada meant we would (at some point) have Tim Horton’s coffee and then it also meant our US money would be worth more (that always felt good).

Later, as a young adult, I firmly dropped my anchor in Denver, Colorado. I initially loved it so much and I had so much peace and contentment there (laid my weary head to rest and then started a family). I planned on living in Colorado for the rest of my life.  Oh I will never forget the joy I felt when I arrived in Colorado. There was a little rust on the I-70 highway bridge, which reminded me of Buffalo. The vibrant blue skies reminded me of my many Florida years. The people were like family and the mountains “seemed to come out of the sky” and hug me.  However, after eight+ years there, my spouse and I eagerly left Colorado to be closer to family (a family member was ill)  and we wanted some change. I also see now that CO was maybe too land-locked for us.

I think once you move a lot, your roots always feel a sense of being transplanted and your former place of residence is no longer what it was when you lived there (that old quote about how it can feel like a foreign country).

Since that first major move back in 2000, we have had a lot of practice developing grit to carry on as we learned how to feel at home in new places. It truly has not always been easy but we learned how to laugh and find joy in the midst of varying circumstances. And as Donna noted, “Sometimes it looks a little different, and our clothing might speak a different wisdom, but the result is the same. Carry on…” 

Yes, Carry on.

While we were carrying on throughout the recent pandemic years, because Florida was SO OPEN for business (thanks to Ron DeSantis) – we had some seriously amazing trips to Florida. I have shared about Florida trips before – and will likely share about more again later – but Florida is a special state and offers diverse options for traveling.  

This photo shows the view from our rental apartment window on one of the most special trips of my life in September 2020.


I did not intend to share a beach theme for today’s post, but I guess “water” has truly helped me carry on.  Here in Virginia, we have enjoyed the beauty of the James River, although the quality of the water in the good ol’ James River is questionable. I guess it used to be worse in the 1950s and has come a long way. Below is a photo of the James from the footbridge. 

That beautiful “Carry On” song from Kansas (here) continues to play in my mind so I thought I would end with a snippet of their lyrics.

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"Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know
On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean
I set a course for winds of fortune, but I hear the voices say

Carry on my wayward son
For there'll be peace when you are DONE
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more"
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55 thoughts on “East Meets West – North Meets South (Lens-Artist Photo Challenge 2-12-2023) 🎵Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas 🎵

    1. Thanks so much Dan – and I keep thinking about that photo of yours that shows the street layers – reminds me How we can be someone for so long and not know what is right under our feet!
      Thanks for the comment


    1. John
      Thanks for sharing and that CSN&Y song is beautiful and really related to my post!
      It was a little sad to think about it being played at your funeral / but like you said / not for a long while!
      And it is good to have plans in place!
      Oh and I really like how that song breaks down at the two/minute marks “lovvvvve is coming to us all…..”
      I thought of “cool change” in part of this post – and there are sure some great old smooth songs to enjoy

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  1. Your boys are lovely in those early years. I hadn’t realised you’d moved around so much, Yvette. East to west and a fair bit of middle too. I imagined the west coast warmer than the east, with images of sunny So Cal, but I got that wrong. I hope you’re where you need to be right now, but if not, I’m sure you’ll carry on.

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    1. Hi Jo- next month it is our 20 year anniversary in Richmond Virginia and it has had some perks.
      And yes – with the grace of God we carry on knowing He leads and guides
      And it was pretty cool how your interview related to the LAPC theme this week!
      Thanks again for doing that with me

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  2. What an enjoyable post, Yvette! I enjoyed learning more about your journey through life. I used to think Colorado was the place I’d like to live but that didn’t work out and I wouldn’t want to live there now. I did chuckle over that song because it’s the theme song of “Supernatural”, one of the series my family has always enjoyed. It’s a mix of suspense (fighting evil things of all sorts) and just enough humor to keep you from getting completely freaked out. 🙂

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    1. Hi Janet! Thanks for sharing about the series – for some reason I think if you with the “Stranger Things” show and would like to check it out sometime – and the Supernatural show sounds interesting too!

      I appreciate the feedback on this post and we had the chance to go move Colorado a few times and it never felt right. But I know it is still heaven for many folks ! “Rocky Mountain High”
      And I am glad you are content with where you are – oh and it is so cool how a few of the posts this week had so much in common – fun theme !!


  3. This is such a beautiful post Yvette. You’ve enjoyed an incredible journey and your images are beautiful. Life is all about carrying on, doing what you need to do and find joy in every day.

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  4. That song brought back some memories from yesteryear! But the “carry on” theme also reminded me of another song by Jordan St. Cyr called Weary Traveler. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen!
    Loved your photography! Your photos always make me smile. The family pics on the water are so precious!
    Keep strong and “Carry on,” my friend!


    1. Hello Renee – I know Weary Traveler because our local station has overplayed it – hahah
      and another song they overplayed around the same time was Jeremy Camp’s “Getting Started” – I di not really like the song at first but a special part was that song made it into
      a dream – the part that goes
      “He loves you He loves He loves you” – and that is a pretty powerful part of the song – whew


        1. exactly – and so now I like that song even more.
          oh and the “weary traveler” song also has a great message to carry on!


  5. I know what you mean about the Atlantic looking calmer than the Pacific but it really isn’t – I moved a lot when I was young but now it seems way too overwhelming.


  6. Now I am singing with you, too. I love that song . Amazing to hear of your story through moves. It really does define us, and nudges our character in to where it needs to be. I have often thought of places I didn’t particular care about living and yet, those were the places that helped me realize why. Thank you for the shout out. I do love the song.


  7. Carry on….yes, it is a perfect way to sum up the way we go through life with its highs and lows. A beautiful post, Yvette. I loved your interview with Jo, too. Finding the right place to live has been on our minds, too. We’re working on it!

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    1. Hi Patti, I sometimes think of you and how you “sold it all and moved” and how freeing that must have been
      and we have been in the same house for 20 years now so we did have the chance to drop roots and feel that mode too.
      Life is filled with “trade offs” and each path has pros and cons.
      and I know you live this and know it well

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      1. Yes, very true. Very freeing. And yes, there are pros and cons. At times, we try to imagine our ideal new home and the new kitchen! I miss feeling rooted at times. Twenty years in a place you love is terrific too!

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  8. I love how you carry on from coast to coast Yvette, taking the best parts of each place as you continue to grow and travel, sharing your gifts in pictures and writing. It is commendable. It’s good to know what pond you are meant to be in and return to as we continue to grow which changes. I love that picture of your boys and your family as well. I’m carrying on until your next interview my friend. 💞


  9. This post brought back many memories, Yvette. I have visited the James River while vacationing with my family as a child in Virginia. Each year, we would spend two weeks in Virginia on my mother’s aunt’s farm. Later each summer my mother’s parents rented a cottage on the shore of Lake Erie. Also. I moved from New York to Seattle and discovered that the Pacific was indeed the wrong coast. Carry on is something I have done.


  10. That is quite a move going from one coastline to the other – whew! I have only moved once and that was from Oakville, Ontario to Michigan in 1966 and I think you know I am still a Canadian citizen. California sure is pretty and I guess if I had my druthers I’d live there rather than Florida … but they both are beautiful and idyllic places to live. Michigan with its Great Lakes is famous for its waterways and known as the Great Lakes State. I am glad I bring a hint of nostalgia of you remembering Lake Erie and the beaches and happy memories. I am happy I finally made it to the beach last year after seeing so many “beachy ” pics in your posts and promising you I would do so. Thank you for the little preview of our upcoming interview Yvette.


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