A Few of My Favorite Things

Sixteen months ago, I wrote my first blog post.  Since then, I’ve met fascinating people, made many friends, and discovered a new form of storytelling.  I’m like the Tortoise, not the Hare–slow and steady. Finally, I get to post for the hundredth time!

Through this blog I share my passion for travel, photography, writing, storytelling, and that which I hold dearest, my family. But if not for you, this blog would not exist.  There is an Armenian folk saying…

Three apples fell from heaven.

One for the teller,

One for the listener,

And one for the one who took it to heart.

Thank you for being here, for reading, for caring enough to follow this blog, and for sharing your thoughts, your stories, your lives with me through your blogs.  To mark this milestone, here are a few of my favorite posts from the past sixteen months.

Sunday Post:  Doors

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward Movement

Oceans (and the Irish Coastline)

Sunrise in Gibraltar

Flowers (are like people)

One Village

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

To Shorten the Road

Reflections (On Life and the Art of Aging)

Where Are We?  Where’s Walter?  And Where is That Fleeting Moment?

Editing Monet’s Garden

All words and images c2013 Naomi Baltuck



  1. Elyse says:

    Congratulations, Naomi! It’s great hanging with you in the ‘sphere!

    1. I am definitely in good company! Thanks for being a part of my world, Elyse.

  2. scillagrace says:

    I’ve already liked ’em all, but I like ’em again! And I love Eli’s drawing!

    1. Thank you, Scilla! It is a little miracle to see him take a pen and create worlds and dimensions on paper. He and Bea are collaborating on a web comic, and I can hardly wait until they post it!

      1. scillagrace says:

        Ooh – keep us posted!

  3. restlessjo says:

    It’s been a privilege, Naomi. Have a wonderful Easter- with your family, of course.

    1. Thank you so much, Jo! I have loved getting to know you. A Happy Easter to you and your family as well!

  4. niasunset says:

    Congratulations dear Naomi, and have a nice Easter, love, nia

    1. Dear Nia,
      I surely will. Thank you for your encouragement, and for sharing your wonderful photographs with me over the last year.

  5. Sarah Raplee says:

    Thank you for brightening my days!

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to brighten mine!

  6. Cara Thereon says:

    Yay! Way to hang in there. Thanks for telling us a story. 🙂

    1. Hi Cara,
      Thanks so much for stopping by, and taking to the time to comment. It is good to hear from you.

  7. Lynne Ayers says:

    Congrats on the milestone post and great idea to list some of your favourites – I enjoyed them all over again 🙂

    1. Hi Lynne,
      We have been following each other for a long time, and I appreciate not only your artistic talents and great travel blog, but your support and encouragement.

  8. Lynne Ayers says:

    Ditto and you are totally welcome, and deserving, Naomi.

  9. pattisj says:

    Congratulations on reaching this 100 post milestone. You have built a strong foundation. It’s always a pleasure to read your posts and travel with you on this journey.

    1. Hey, thanks, Patti! I am grateful to have such a fine traveling companion! Thank you for your generous thoughts.

  10. I love your blog, as well you know 🙂 Whenever I visit you here, I always take away with me a sense of wellbeing. Your photography, combined with such well-chosen words, is such a gift. And you’re a great, great personality who cares so much for your family, which is a great inspiration in such a fractured world. Thank you xox

    1. Dear Sarah,
      I thank you for your ever generous support. The storytelling comes easily to me, but I am in awe of the poet, like yourself, who can paint whole worlds with a few eloquent brushstrokes. Your feet are rooted firmly on this fertile green earth, yet you must have heaven whispering into your ear, because I can hear it in your poetry, whether you are capturing the depth of human emotion or the whimsy of the world in a haiku.

      1. Thank you, dear Naomi. Such sweet and kind words 🙂

  11. frizztext says:

    thank you, Naomi, for sharing your passion for travel, photography, writing, storytelling, commenting!

    1. Hah! Thank you, Frizz, for making me smile, the way you always do!

    1. Thank you, Maggie. I keep plodding along at my own slow pace, and I always get where I’m going………………………………eventually!

      1. Me too… Behind in everything 🙂

  12. adinparadise says:

    I so enjoy your posts, Naomi.They’re full of love, humour, and wit, and always a plaeasure to read. Congrats on your 100th. Love the family portrait. 🙂

    1. Thank you! It comes in very handy, to have an artist in the family!

  13. adinparadise says:

    Corr. pleasure. 😀 My fingers are tripping over themselves tonight.

  14. And I have enjoyed reading your blog. You post wonderful stories and I especially like your photo journals. You have a way of telling a story which I find irresistible. Congratulations, Naomi.

  15. Congratulations on reaching 100!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s been a long time getting here!

  16. Congrats and I hope you continue as I enjoy your blog!

    1. Thank you. I’m hooked, and seem to be able to keep posting at least weekly. I always enjoy yours too!

  17. viveka says:

    Congratulations, Naomi! Always a pleasure to land here … we share the same passions. Please, bring them on.

    1. Thank you! I think we are like-minded, and it has certainly been a pleasure to connect with you in the blogosphere.

      1. viveka says:

        Naomi … goes both ways, pleasure … to have you around.

  18. sue says:

    I so admire your stick-to-it-iveness! Congratulations! 🙂 Your posts are so fun to read and see.

  19. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    So glad to have discovered ‘WBL’ Naomi – you’re always a refreshing face in the crowd of blog posts

    1. Thank you, Laura. That means a lot to me. I am so glad to have discovered you too!

  20. Congratulations on your 100th post! That’s quite an accomplishment, and it sould like you’re enjoying it as much as we (readers) are. Here’s to hundreds more!

    1. Thank you so much! I am very slow at this, both in the writing, and the rate at which I post, but it’s good to know that when I do, there are folks out there who don’t mind taking a minute to read them. That is something I do not take for granted, and which I really appreciate.

  21. 4amWriter says:

    Congrats on your milestone post! And I love that folk saying, too. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much!

  22. ShimonZ says:

    It is always a pleasure to visit your blog, and to listen to your stories. Congratulations on this milestone. Looking forward to many more.

    1. Thank you, Shimon. I feel the same way about your stories, and always look forward to your next post.

  23. tchistorygal says:

    I’m so glad you started blogging. I’m going to go back and read your favorites because I haven’t read all 100 of your posts. The ones I have read are memorable. My two favorites are the story about your aunt and your cooking class with the burning mitt. So fun and so funny, in that order. 🙂 Marsha 🙂 Keep them coming!

    1. Dear Marsha,
      You are so kind! It is always very interesting to me to know which posts appeal to folks, so thank you for taking the time to share that as well. It was a good day when you started to blog. I have enjoyed your posts too, and appreciate the practical information you share about blogging as well.

      1. tchistorygal says:

        Thanks! I agree. Who knows what will be popular, and what won’t. I just write about what I am doing that I think is interesting. It’s always surprising when someone else appreciates it! 🙂

  24. megtraveling says:

    Congrats on your 100th post! The time goes fast doesn’t it?

    1. I tend to go from week to week, with one eye on the Weekly challenges, and the other on the road. It is, as you say, a bit of a surprise to look back in the rear view mirror and see how far I have come. Thanks so much for being a part of the journey, Meg. I have so enjoyed following your journey.

  25. Debra Kristi says:

    16 months! You are amazing. You’ve built up a fantastic platform in that amount of time. Your blog is always such a joy to visit. 🙂

  26. Congratulations on #100, Naomi! You do good work!

    1. Thank you, J.A.! You do too!

  27. Madhu says:

    Congratulations Naomi! I have so enjoyed being part of your journey 🙂

  28. Dear Madhu,
    I have a special spot in my heart for you, as you gave me my first Liebster Award way back when. Not only do you have one of the classiest travel and photography blogs in the blogosphere, but you are such a kind, thoughtful, and gracious person. I can see the good energy you radiate wherever you visit, and that is EVERYWHERE. I think of you as the Good Fairy of the Blogworld. Thank you so much for being a part of my journey; I have truly been honored to be a part of yours.

  29. dearrosie says:

    Hi Naomi,
    I reciprocate the “How nice to meet you” greeting. Congratulations on #100.

    I love the Armenian folk saying.

  30. My Tropical Home says:

    Congratulations Naomi! It’s been a pleasure reading you. Looking forward to more stories and photographs from your life!


  31. Jamie Dedes says:

    Congratulations for sticking with it and what good fortune for us. Well done…

  32. Tina Schell says:

    Love the little saying! Congratulations 🙂

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