Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #108 – Sanctuary

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The Lens-Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Xenia.

There’s a world where I can go and tell my secrets to
In my room, in my room
In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears
In my room, in my room

Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday

Now it’s dark and I’m alone
But I won’t be afraid
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room

–In My Room by The Beach Boys, written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher

SANCTUARY! Or should that be a whispered word, like


Those of us fortunate to have a room have spent a lot of time in it these past months. This too shall pass, I trust. (Extended self-isolation, that is.) Occasional self-isolation is a good thing, in my opinion.

Amongst other things, I find sanctuary in a room with books.

Following is a former mountain sanctuary. If dog is at peace, it is a good place.

A loft, with a once-coveted handmade ladder, in a much former mountain getaway, was a place of comfort:

My current repository of some favorite books and objet, including 12+ years of Lapham’s Quarterly, follows. (The Summer issue, normally published mid-June, will be distributed late August. Subject: Epidemics. Perfect for sanctuary.)

Sanctuary during COVID-19 (as in 2019, though it’s pretty much a 2020 pandemic, and I hope we don’t add to the numerology) has included two tv viewings of the 2016 musical Hamilton in movie form. Lapham’s Quarterly published a booklet on Hamilton that year. I admire his cursive:

As some of you know, sanctuary has included the eye strain involved with solving jigsaw puzzles. Those completed include:

This eighth puzzle ‘broke the camel’s back’ as they say, and nearly required an optometrist’s visit. I’m in puzzle rehab now, and deign to pursue any further jigsawing for an indefinite time.

Stay safe, be well. Find your sanctuary, and be kind to one another. 😷 👏 👍

Kudos to the tireless leaders of the weekly Lens-Artists challenge.

General Weekly Challenge info, subject to change:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

46 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #108 – Sanctuary

  1. A beautiful post John and I especially love your reading den and your idea that ‘if a dog is at peace, it is a good place’. Thank you so much for sharing! 🤗

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  2. Why am I not surprised that your sanctuary is your roomful of books and Lapham’s Quarterlies John?! It looks cozy and a perfect place for uber-puzzling! And the pup is the icing on the cake!

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  3. You certainly have a well-equipped sanctuary for covering your pastimes, and your reference to the Beach Boys song is apropos, for sure. My wife and I enjoy Ravensburger puzzles (as you may recall from earlier comments), but our latest challenge, a 2000-piece winter scene, is over two weeks in process, and we are still not 50-percent done.

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  4. Thanks, John, for sharing your personal places of sanctuary and what you do in them. We, too, have watched the movie version of Hamilton — and loved it! Bert is the puzzle worker in the family, and he’s just finished one at the beach with the help of others staying with us. Perhaps the quarantine has netted us some good experiences even though I hope a vaccine is on its way . . . soon.

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  5. I like your idea of sanctuary, John, with plenty of books and puzzles. We are still struggling with our 2000 piece jigsaw and my husband has threatened to buy our daughter a 5000 piece one in retribution (if they make them that large.)

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  6. I agree with you that your reading room is your sanctuary, John. A friend has a big house with a little room behind the laundry room. It was built as a maid’s room. They never had a maid. She decorated and set it up as her reading, sewing, and quiet room. That is her sanctuary.
    We’re on our third puzzle. By the 10th one, we may take an indefinite break also.

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  7. Your sanctuary feels like a very quiet and comfortable haven. Good -luck on the puzzle rehab. I haven’t done any puzzles during this Covid-time of isolation, but I do understand how addictive and also frustrating they can be from past experience. I remember even framing one with birch bark in my younger days..Cold turkey a few years ago and my rehab has been a success. Ha ha! 🙂

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  8. John, what lovely pictures of your former and now current sanctuaries. (And, I love the handmade ladder, it has such style and character!😊). The subjects of your many puzzles are interesting – especially the steam engine! I haven’t put a puzzle together in years but sure I will be, sooner or later. I remember it being fun and challenging.

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  9. I’m enjoying this post that I missed when you first published. We, too, work puzzles — especially at the beach in the summer — and we’ve enjoyed the film version of Hamilton. Your happy places look to be comforting and filled with things you treasure, things that give you much pleasure. I enjoyed this post!

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