One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

Each month, one of the hosts picks four words for us to interpret through photographs of what we see around us in our daily lives.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.

This month’s words, selected by Colleen, are: gratitude, fun, blue and home.

Gratitude: One Community: November

I am thankful to have a partner who was willing to pick up and move back across the country, just a few months after having gone through the same topsy turvy ordeal. It hasn’t been the best few months since arriving in the Grand Canyon State.  But here we are, in my state. My hometown. With my work blossoming. It takes a kind, patient soul to be willing to even try this. I’m lucky he is by my side.

And Arizona, you really are home. The culture — from fast, idiot drivers that make me feel like I’ve found my chosen people — to salsa, coming on the side with just about any meal, to our “chilly” 70 degree days: I love you.


One Community: November

These didn’t seem like costumes, even though there was a rodeo taking place nearby. These women had dirt on their boots, and creases around their eyes from many days spent outside. They are western beauties. (And yes, that is a gun on her hip. Welcome to the wild west.)


One Community: November

Handpainted Mexican tile wall. Frida would approve.


One Community: November

One Community: November

One Community: November

The last guy is “The Arizona Duuuude: Arizona’s #1 Fan.” He gave me a card, and is available for parties. You’re welcome.


{Forgive me for being technologically behind, but I can’t get the link up language to work on my site. If you care to play, please visit my tech savvy friend, Sarah, for details.!}