Let’s close the year by celebrating people, places, and objects that endure.

With just a couple of days left in 2016, let’s close the year on a strong note and celebrate our individual and collective fortitude: it may have been a rough year for many of us, but we’re a tough bunch. (I’m talking about humans, but also specifically about bloggers. It takes courage and conviction to put yourself and your thoughts out there, post after post.)


I took the photo above in Ein Gedi, Israel, when I visited the Dead Sea on a recent afternoon. It’s been many years since my last trip there, and I was once again moved by the timeless beauty of the place. I also admired the resourcefulness of the species that thrive there despite the extreme conditions — from cacti and ibexes to people in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan who remain undaunted by both natural and man-made challenges.

This week, share a photo of something that says “resilient” to you. It could be a local landmark that has survived through the decades (or centuries), or a portrait of a person you know who never gives up. You could snap an image of a bed of perennials that never fail to bloom in season, or of a ritual or tradition that you (or people in your community) have successfully preserved. Show us something that has endured.

I look forward to your posts this week, and in future challenges in 2017 — happy new year!

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  1. Resiliency … a thing I see every day in nature. We bought a neglected Homestead over the summer and it was fascinating to see how nature had begun reclaiming what had once been her’s. So happy to have found (and am now following) your blog. I hope you’ll visit us too. Happy new year!

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  2. Resillience is such a beautiful skill perhaps beacuse it is one which takes time to hone (which takes resillien​​c​e in itself) I loved this post, can’t wait to come up an idea for this mini project!


  3. *** Great challenge: Resilient – Happy New Year folks! I’d like to wish you the year of happiness from within.. the joy of life and achievement of goals, which are important to you.. With regards, from Ireland, Swav @PaintingsbySwav


  4. Tough year for all of us……puts it mildly. I’d put a headstone up there for mine but it’s only been there a little while…………Should put a photo of me up instead.


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