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It wasn't so long ago that open flame was how we lit and heated our homes. It's easy for us, in our technologically-driven sense of superiority over the basic elements of life, to forget that we're barely three generations removed from the turning point in history when electricity became commonly available.
Now, of course, we're useless without our Alternating Current fix, but that's a whole other area of discussion.
These days, we light candles to celebrate, to remember, and to set a certain tone. We may flip a switch to keep the cold outside world at bay, but we still find magic in the soft, flickering glow of a candle.
Your turn: Please share a caption for this image. Enter as often as you wish and don't hesitate to bug your in-laws for an idea or two. For all I know, they still remember using candles to study, or whatever else they did back in the Dark Ages. What would they call this image?
About last week's photo of a bunch of bananas: You never know when I'll pull a fruity photo out of my hat. Thanks to my aunt for loaning me the bananas. And thanks to Sage for penning the brilliant, The making of a republic. Lots of great honorable menschens this week:
- Robin: "Monkey business" and "Yellow slick road."
- Frankie; "And with the softening of this fruit, we shed the peels of our lives."
- Lissa: "Global A-peel" (which also wins the groaner of the week!)
- Marisa: "They call me mellow yellow."
- Melissa: "Little. Yellow. Tasty."
- Kismet. "Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas."
I once read a book entitled, "A World Lit Only By Fire." Good stuff. As for a caption, how about:
The March Of Time.
For increasing numbers of candles on the cake.
Cheers from Michele.
"This little light of mine....I'm gonna' let it shine..."
My Friends Flicker.
Unpaid electric bill.
What Thomas Edison used to illuminate his workshop.
(and for those of us who try to fit too much into our days and nights..)
What burning a candle at one end looks like.
"Flames of Faith and Hope"
Hey Carmi ~
Thanks for the menschenries :).
For this week? Hmmmm...
Just add cake.
It only takes a spark to keep the fire burning....
Light of my life
Make a wish
turn on your heart light
light a little prayer
light my fire
Michelle sent me......but I would've found your light all on my own.
have a wonderful illuminating week Carmi.
melting one icicle at a time.....
Ahhhhhh, Carmi! I just thought of another one I've used before for a very different picture; but it fits here, too...just PLEASE don't ban me or think I'm awful.
Put your hands over your children's eyes....
(I so wish I knew how to make a teeny-tiny font in comments to I could sneak this in....)
(running and hiding...NOW!!!
"Energy crisis solved as successor to energy saving bulb unveiled"
(maybe my first thought of "Energy crisis solved ! Let's go retro" was snappier ;-)
PS Don't worry about that typo - and many thanks for the immediate admission :-) I'd never have noticed ;-)
Back w/a few more...
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
Michele sent me back to read the other's captions, Carmi. You got some good ones.
(Okay, a few more to keep up with Robin...though I'm NOT going to try and compete with that...um...shield-your-eyes suggestion.)
"Queue the lights..."
Private Disco Inferno
You light up my world
Candles with no wind
Ummm happy birthday to you
come on baby light my fire
- my first though is the not original "better to light a candle than to curse the darkness"
- If you try to hide these lights under a bushel, I hope you have the fire department on speed-dial!
- Baruch ata adonai...
- the blessing of candles
I am not that poetic.
Looks like alien cone heads to me.
Beam me up Scotty?
... and there WAS light.
I'd like to teach the world to sing
Keep the home fires burning
Friday Night Lights.
How do you decide to light the house?
By the process of illumination!
Together we can illuminate a cavern. But even one can light the way.
peep show: you can look but you can't touch
Jesus is the Light
Make a Wish
I'm not good at this but how about
"The Light Will Always Guide You".
"The Flicker of Time".
Candle not in the wind
ANOTHER goddamn birthday!?
Burn baby burn!
Waxing eloquent (that's more like a meta-caption)
Candle in the window
Post tech light bulbs
It was a dark and stormy night. One heart stopping crack and the whole house fell into darkness except for Tarquin's birthday candles on the cake!
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