Deck The Halls With Skulls and Wait- What?

Photo A.M. Moscoso

When I was in Victoria in November, I went to the Royal BC Museum and there in one of the exhibits was the greatest thing ever- it was a skull.

The exhibit was of a blacksmith’s shop- its dark, you can hear someone striking an anvil and you can hear horses moving around to. It’s my favorite exhibit because unless you do a little exploring it’s easy to miss.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

I was hoping that the Christmas Decorations would be up- and there were some – and they may have had the town decorated for Halloween and someone forgot the skull was there I suppose or maybe they didn’t miss it.

Maybe it was on purpose.

If you’re me, then seeing something like a skull in a dark exhibit hiding away in a corner WILL be the highlight of your Day At The Museum Trip- even if it is the start of the Christmas Season and you were actually looking forward to seeing one of your favorite exhibits decorated for Christmas ( see the fully decorated exhibit on the Royal BC Museum HERE )

Still, I have a feeling that no matter what I do, or what I hang and pin that nothing will be as  wonderful- as delicious and festive as that skull waiting in the dark for the Christmas decorations to go up.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Our Random View Christmas Special Writing Prompt #6

Christmas Special (2017) Writing Prompt #6 – Deck the halls

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Photo A.M. Moscoso


Over the year I took part in and will probably take part again in WordPress’s Weekly  Photo Challenge. For the most part I enjoyed going out and meeting the challenge even if I was only using my phone/camera.

Taking a picture with my phone turned out to be a challenge in itself- using my phone camera is a lot like using my old Kodaks that my parents used to give me for Christmas when I was a kid- remember these?

I got into a debate with a woman about this, she said that the Phone Cameras are just as good as high end cameras that Professional Photographers use and I just had nothing to say to that.

All of that silliness aside, I had fun going out and looking for those pictures- I’ll be the first to say my pictures did look pretty lame next to some of the entries that were taken by people who have real  talent for photography- and trust me the kind of camera I used wasn’t going to make any difference at all.

It didn’t matter though, To me going out and finding those pictures was like writing a story so it was fun, it was an adventure and it’s a great way to see the world around me in a different frame.

Photo A.M. MoscosoFrom My Trip to New Orleans- he walked into the frame and I got a great cemetery picture

Photo A.M. Moscoso- King Tut Exhibit arrives in Seattle WA

Besides, I remember this story about the great Bluesman Robert Johnson.  Johnson was in a diner and one of the staff was telling him he wanted to learn the guitar but all he had was this beat up old guitar and that there was no way he could learn on it.

Johnson asked to take a look at it, maybe he could fix it. So the guy brought it out and Johnson played a bit on it and the guitar and Johnson sounded fantastic.

” Sounds fine to me ” Johnson said.

So I keep that story in mind when I go about learning something and maybe the tools I have to work with aren’t top drawer and I have to make due with what I have- passion and creativity and talent will always find a way to bubble up if you let it.

It’s true for me and I’m sure it’s true for you too.

Here’s a link to the section I keep my Photo Challenge work in. Take a look, try it yourself and I hope my story about Robert Johnson inspires you to enjoy exploring your creativity and finding the means to do it.

My Weekly Photo Challenge Responses are HERE

Photos by A.M. Moscoso HERE

While Waiting For Godot Advent-ure #3

Keeping Young At Art

The Boar’s Head Carol

Sing It With Me Now!

I mean it..I’m waiting…and a one- two–three and four

The boar’s head in hand bring I, (Or: The boar’s head in hand bear I,)
Bedeck’d with bays and rosemary.
And I pray you, my masters, be merry (Or: And I pray you, my masters, merry be)
Quot estis in convivio (Translation: As many as are in the feast)

Caput apri defero (Translation: The boar’s head I bear)
Reddens laudes Domino (Translation: Giving praises to the Lord)

The boar’s head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedeck’d with a gay garland
Let us servire cantico. (Translation: Let us serve with a song)


Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the King of Bliss;
Which on this day to be served is
In Reginensi atrio. (Translation: In the hall of Queen’s [College, Oxford])