Author Archives: Claudia

About Claudia

Hi!! My name is Claudia. Blogging is sort of a creative/therapeutic activity for me. I blog about being a wife, mother, student, caseworker, and simply being human through photography, words, music, and blog challenges. Mental illness has also been part of my life, so you'll sometimes find mental health and psychology in my posts. I've dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. And my husband has bipolar disorder. My hope is that I may show readers that it is possible for people to live positive, productive lives despite mental illness, challenges, or frustrations.


Busy, busy, busy, and more busy… As you may have guessed, I’ve been busy.    I plan to come back to the WordPress blog sometime in the near future. For now, I’m focused on family, school, and work and getting enough sleep to function.  

Friday Night Lights

This past Friday, my son had his first high school marching band performance at his school’s first varsity football game of the school year.  And as a proud parent, I took dozens of photos with my camera.   While there, the full moon lit up the skies along with the stadium lights.

Street Light

Street Light

This past Friday, I saw this sunset bursting through the clouds. Another source of light, the street lamp, made it’s way into the picture. I prefer the natural light.

Rushing Waves

waves rush, unsettle

the sandy shores of grounding–

time unsettles time…

Part of the Haiku My Heart weekly challenge. This short poem is my little expression of what’s on my mind.

Abstract Sky

 On a lunch break, this cluster of clouds caught my attention. Reminds me of an abstract painting. 

Spring is Near

This past week as I left work and walked to my car, I looked at this tree.  I’ve seen it before, and I like the branch pattern. But something new caught my attention.  Look closely.  You see the little white flowers starting to grow?  Reminds me of our own lives.  We’re sometimes so bombarded by stresses that sometimes we lose sight of the small positives that signal some grand positives and we feel like giving up. Don’t forget to look a little closer. Yay! Spring is near! 

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”

-Robert H. Schuller

Sunset Street

2015/01/img_0071.jpgThis is my in-law’s inner-city Houston neighborhood street close to sunset. The neighborhood is close to 80 years old. Me and my family visit my husband’s elderly parents, at least, every Sunday afternoon. It’s often a sad trip because my once active mother-in-law is unable to walk, is ill, and needs extra care. My father-in-law is still physically strong and able to care for her and is stubborn about letting anyone else help. Which, in a way, I think is a beautiful thing. They have been married for more than 40 years. Our visits make them happy and give us a chance to lend a hand where its needed and wanted. As we left one Sunday, a few weeks ago, I saw this view and snapped a picture of their sunset street. Photo taken using iPhone 6.

Posted for Cee’s Which Way Photography Challenge.


I spotted this little critter on the morning of New Year’s Day near my front porch. Despite my passing by it and unloading groceries from my car, it calmly remained there for a long while. I was able to finish unloading and go inside and grab my camera. With everything going on around it, it’s amazing how this wasp is able to balance on a single blade of grass. I guess it had a sense of when to hang on and when to let go.


“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”

Happy New Year!


“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce


Sign of the Times


I found this no smoking sign unusual. I’ve never seen one mention e-cigarettes. I took the photo with my iPhone while I waited at a doctor’s office. The walls were boring and bare except for this sign and a television, and I thought the original photo was also boring. I edited the photo using a Retrolux filter on the Snapseed App to give it a more interesting look. Below is the original photo.

This post is part of Lens and Pens by Sally’s Weekly Phoneography Challenge.


Merry Christmas!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/31f/27572072/files/2014/12/img_0024.jpg Linus quotes the angels on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.



Abstraction of tree branches on a downtown Houston street. Photo taken using iPhone. Part of Lens and Pens by Sally’s Weekly Phoneography Challenge.


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