The color that is equal parts of red and blue, yet it doesn’t exist. Not on the spectrum anyway. I used this color for my last novel “Magenta Fleurs.” Why? Because it is between red as in arteries and blue as in veins. I determined this to be the state of existing, not dead and barely alive. You can see this color perfectly on dead animal muscle, or just after a deer has been killed. What do you think? I think you should read my novel and find out. Cover credit to Adrian Pasarin.


Burning River

Red, purplish in color is the description for this beautifully named color of spring. Do you agree? One has to see fuchsia to know fuchsia. Here is the lily with its bell shaped petals and everlasting strength when cut. Apparently, it has some mythical sentiments from long ago. One can only imagine. Somewhere I read it means a rebirth, so that’s good for me. Pic by Google images



I took pictures at a beautiful winery in Georgia when I was out to lunch with friends. Blue symbolizes what my novel is all about, titled “Into the Vines.” Vines is due out January 2015, and it is an epic story of tragedy and loss, filled with promise and longing for family, with unbelievable feats of heroism. More to come. Pic by Kim


Ocean Poem

The beach at night is simply a whole different world with its cool sands and stillness after a busy day of worshipers. The beauty of the night is felt with the constant soft waves from an endless ocean awakening our spirituality to go on. Pic by Kim


Writer, Poet

Beautiful and bold colors sailing through the clouds. 1903 by Odilon Redon (1840-1903). Pic from Wikimedia




Recently, I visited a couple museums in Atlanta, Georgia. Without giving away all the details, as you should go there for yourself; here is just a glimpse!

The Atlanta History Museum contains many beautiful, authentic exhibits where one can truly learn about the South. They allowed me take pictures as I told them I would put these on my blog. The Smith Family Farm and Swan House stand behind the Museum, all set in a gorgeous green forest of old trees and creeks.

Tullie Smith

This is how Georgians lived in the 1860’s. Farming, blacksmith, chicken coups and weaving; not to mention the kitchen was separated from the house. I’m sure that was in case of fires!

Tullie Smith House

You can walk through the museum and learn about the Civil War. Here is a few photos …

Wagons in war

A wagon in the war used for carrying supplies and I suppose the wounded and dead which were brought home.

Atlanta History Museum

ANGUISH for sure, for all at that time. The widow left behind was on her own to make do with what was left. This is definitely portrayed by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind.

The Confederate Flag

This flag is from the Confederacy, the South.  I remember seeing it hang on poles down south until it was banned, I believe in the eighties or nineties. This display is not meant to make anyone feel bad or cause prejudice, it is history.

Civil War

The ending! Each of these pictures today I edited on my Ipad with the assortment of tones, colors, cropping, etc. This one I decided to make black and white, very simply, the whole Civil War gives me the chills.

Death Tally in Civil War

I bet you didn’t remember how many people died, during four years of anguish and fighting in our own country. They battled on year after year for four years and one thing I am willing to bet on is that most people know the beginning lines of Lincoln’s speech.


The Swan House is lovely, second time there. The Hunger Games movie was filmed on the property and we recognized the front balcony from the movie. So that was cool.

I’ll be doing a post on The Margaret Mitchell House as this was so intriguing learning about her life. She is the author of Gone With The Wind. The lady who took us through, knew everything and it almost felt as if she were right in the room with us!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Memorial Weekend! In honor of all the soldiers who fought for freedom and lost their lives, bless you all!!

Soldiers Honored on Memeorial Day

By Kim Troike

All pictures are mine and the last one(flag and soldiers) is from Google Images.

Gone With the Wind

Margaret Mitchell Museum


One Response to “PICKLES”

  1. Lulu August 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    My favorite time in history, I am looking forward to read more!


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