The Thing About Doors

Is a door the way in or the way out?  It depends…are you coming or going?

We find many interesting doors in life.

Sometimes we know just what we need…

Other times the choice is not so clear…

Some doors are lovely…

Others scary…

Some are daunting…

It would be nice if we could sneak a peek…

Some doors are difficult to get to…

Still others can be hard to find…

Or best avoided…

But you never can tell which door…

…will open up onto a new friendship…


…or even lead to a loving family.

Which is why we must not be afraid to step out into the sunshine, or forget to invite someone in out of the cold.

Reach for the doorknob….

…..and see what you can find.

All words and images Copyright 2012 Naomi Baltuck

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  1. Naomi, these doors are marvelous. I love the giant door, and the huge lion handles. I find the second photo of the double green and red striped door (second photo) interesting because the door knocker is on the left. Maybe because I’m right-handed?

  2. I’ve seen a bunch of doors floating around WP in the last few months, but none as diverse or interesting as your doors! I love these doors! This is a wonderful post. Thanks, Naomi.

  3. Beautiful post and beautiful pictures. The initial question makes me think of a scene from Firefly in which a character poses the question, “Is it still her room if she is not in it?” Is the thing imbued with the property we see in it, or do we assign that value to it independent of its actual qualities? I am also reminded of a sillier quote from the play Sideways Stories from Wayside School: “When going down the stairs please stay to the left. When going up the stairs keep right.”

  4. The pictures were terrific, Naomi and I can tell you’ve been collecting doors for ages just so you could make a little homily about courage and stepping forth! It was fantastic:)

    1. I used only a fraction of the photos I have of doors–I just like them, I guess. But the stories write themselves. Thank you for your visit, and for sharing your thoughts.

  5. I love these photos! I have always had a fascination with doors… and windows. You’ve got yourself a wonderful collection. Thank you so much for sharing with us. 🙂

  6. This is the best door post ever, and yes, there’s been a few this past week. I loved them all but your ” Sometimes we know just what we need…” got me right there 🙂

    1. Hi Ella, thank you for that very fine compliment! And thanks for the follow! I visited your blog, and look forward to following you–I really like your style and your voice.

  7. Great photos and commentary. I love them all. I don’t remember the old woman’s shoe trip or photo. I often wonder how much I have stored in my brain to which I no longer can find access.

    (PS Did you happen to hear on NPR that AP guidelines are now accepting the use of the word hopefully to begin a sentence? I just don’t know how to feel about that. It was a usage that Mom abhorred!)

    1. Dear Lee, you were probably too grownup to enjoy it. I remember loving sliding down through the inside of a whale to pop out of its mouth. I believe it was in Canada, perhaps in the Quebec area. I even remember that it was called “Storybook Gardens.”

      So funny! In honor and memory of Mom, I will never employ that usage! I love you, Sis! So nice to hear from you. Con left yesterday and will be back on Friday, as Miriam is going to be in town for the weekend.

  8. Outstanding – how did you know that I have a door fetish? They are such wonderful symbols of energy flow/ life force; beginnings/ endings; opportunities – waiting and lost. Doors are succinct and immensely complicated in their abstraction. The artistry can be as decorative as a Renaissance sculpture or as functionally sleek as Eames chair.

    So cool!

  9. I loved this post. It was so fun to go on your door tour and learn the life’s lesson at the end. I will definitely try to do better at opening new doors.

  10. Loved this post Naomi! What a wonderful journey…..such a story gifted to us in such a way, and with such perfect photos, that allowed each of us to write our own individual story. A ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’!

    1. Hi Terri,
      I just love the idea of this as a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I hope you are well.

  11. Love all your door photos. Terrific philosophical post too. Makes me think about the doors I will face tomorrow and the next day with a smile. 🙂

  12. That is the best ‘door’ post i have read so far! The doors are fabulous enough, but your words are no less. Well done Naomi!

  13. Wonderful theme. Doors–never know what’s behind them but they always take you somewhere new. Risk and comfort encapsulated in a single concept, and yet as you show, each door is distinctive. Love it.

  14. Naomi, since I cannot contact you thru e-mail, I’m jumping in here. Love this post but it’s probably waiting in my inbox which I cannot sent e-mails from right now. If I have to write to Bill GATES, I will about my e-mail conundrum. Thank you for commenting on my post and thinking of trying the tuna salad. I can’t think when I will become tired of it. Between the kidney beans and the OVOO, it so CREAMY. Yum. Hope you like it when you try it but nobody said it’s PERfect for everyone.

  15. hi Naomi – i received an invite for a creative project today, thought this might be interesting for you, too: 100 Days of Summer, it’s about being creative on a daily basis for 100 days and sharing / inspiring each other – starts on 5th July. let me know if you interested, then i send details and send an invite (it’s all free + web-based, some interesting artists / authors / bloggers take part)

    1. Hi Dorothee, thank you for thinking of me–I am very touched by your invitation. I hope I will be creative 100 days in a row, but it will be with the sort of thing that is hard to document. I have to craft a storytelling program and do a performance tour with my family, polish a novel, and keep the blog chugging. I am attending a big writing conference and pitching a novel. I have three sets of relatives coming to visit, so I have to be creative about juggling that too. But I love your blog, the photos and writing, and getting to know you through them. I will eagerly look forward to reading all about your 100 days of creativity.

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      1. You are very welcome! I hope my followers will enjoy your blog as much as I did. I’m fortunate to be able to in June to spend 12 days in Switzerland with a friend on the way to America! Take care!

      2. We love hiking but my wife says she is getting too old. We did the Grand Canyon three times, Poon Hill in Nepal, and a volcano in Bali, all after 50 years of age. Actually Poon Hill in the Himalayan foothills was at age 60! We might do some gentle hiking!

      3. The incredible thing about Switzerland is all the escalators available to take you up to the top. It’s so civilized! You can enjoy a ridge-top walk, and on the top of the mountain there will probably be a little cafe selling Ovaltine to hikers. Have a fun, safe journey.

      4. Thanks for the encouragement! I trust we will have a good time. Celebrating our 44th anniversary there as well as my wife’s 65th birthday!!!

    1. Hi Patricia,
      You are absolutely right! This barber shop wasn’t far from The Spanish Steps in Rome. Thanks so much for the visit, and for taking the time to comment. I had a wander over to your blog and it looks great. Best wishes for your continued success with your writing!

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