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Welcome! I appreciate you for taking the time to check out my Medium page. Medium is a great medium (pun intended) to share content we want to create rather than assigned work from an employer. However, as content creators, we want to create and interact with a community of fellow writers. We also want to provide followers with updates or any offerings we may be offering.

Rather than get lost searching around the profile, I decided to create (and pinned) this post. The idea is to make it easy for anyone to find what they may be searching for in…


Open Letters

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My Dearest Travel Companion,

I searched for you for a long time. It felt endless and lonely, sometimes impossible. Nothing and no one would meet the high expectations I had for a travel companion. I tried a few, but they always failed. They didn’t have that sense of je ne sais quoi as some people say.

I needed a companion who wouldn’t be afraid to travel near or far, I also needed protection. But then, one day, there you were. I found you during a time when I wasn’t even looking for you. Funny how that works.

I remember the…


Pumpkin Everything (Photo Credit: Diana Lotti)

W&W WRITING PROMPT

There’s a female comedian who has a few Netflix specials that I find hilarious. In one of her shows, she states that women love the fall season due to the clothes, decorations, weather, and of course, “pumpkin everything!” I couldn’t stop laughing when I first saw it because that’s me. I love the fall.

The reason why I remembered the skit was due to the pumpkin field nearby my apartment in Germany. As soon as I saw the sea of orange, my first thought was “Pumpkin everything!”

Our family went on a hike on a Sunday afternoon. We hiked through…


Reaching for the Ground (Photo Credit: Diana Lotti)

Photography

Clouds touching trees, trees touching clouds?

Story and photos by ©Diana Lotti 2021. Photo(s) taken with a Canon Rebel XTi and/or Samsung GalaxyS20+. Canon photos were originally taken in RAW image format with Lightroom used for minor editing and JPEG conversion.

Mary Chang Story Writer created the six-word photo story challenge this summer with many writers and photographers participating. It’s a fun way to get creative and the community has been growing to the point where Mary created the publication. I encourage everyone to join, read, clap, comment, and follow! Find out more about the submission guidelines and layout to participate.

Some of the participants of…


Broken Windows (Photo Credit: Diana Lotti)

PHOTO-A-DAY CHALLENGE

It appears the theme of the past week was food…Italian food. I love everything Italian. I remember the first European country I visited was Italy so long ago. I haven’t been able to visit again, but I know I am due since I threw my penny in the fountain. It should work, right?

The week started with a visit to a new mom-and-pop little Italian store where I bought Sfogliatella and Cannoli. The Sfogliatella is a pastry shaped like a shell with a yummy filling. In this case, I got the classic chocolate filling. It’s crunchy, and it makes a…


Write Here

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As the years have gone by, I initially thought there was a constant battle between the two hemispheres of my brain. I remembered while growing up, the right side of my brain was the predominant force since my creativity always took priority. I involved myself in all things creative, including theatre, music, and crafts. Later on, during my university years, the left side of my brain began to force my creative side, well…to the side. According to research, the left side of the brain is analytical, logical, and detail or fact-oriented.

I always thought that the brain had a dominant…


Trapped (Photo Credit: Diana Lotti)

Photography

Trapped behind bars, innocent or guilty?

Story and photos by ©Diana Lotti 2021. Photo(s) taken with a Canon Rebel XTi and/or Samsung GalaxyS20+. Canon photos were originally taken in RAW image format with Lightroom used for minor editing and JPEG conversion.

Mary Chang Story Writer created the six-word photo story challenge this summer with many writers and photographers participating. It’s a fun way to get creative and the community has been growing to the point where Mary created the publication. I encourage everyone to join, read, clap, comment, and follow! Find out more about the submission guidelines and layout to participate.

Some of the participants of…


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There’s a difference between the verbs to need and the verb to want. When it comes to needing anything, it is because it is essential for one reason or another. For example, we need air to breathe. We need food to eat. We need water to hydrate. Failing to have any of these needs will bring serious consequences to our bodies. When it comes to wanting something; however, it brings up thoughts about a desire, a wish, or even a demand. What we want. And sometimes, we want it now, or yesterday. …


Path (Photo Credit: Diana Lotti)

PHOTOGRAPHY

Moving forward slowly, finding the way.

Story and photos by ©Diana Lotti 2021. Photo(s) taken with a Canon Rebel XTi and/or Samsung GalaxyS20+. Canon photos were originally taken in RAW image format with Lightroom used for minor editing and JPEG conversion.

Mary Chang Story Writer created the six-word photo story challenge this summer with many writers and photographers participating. It’s a fun way to get creative and the community has been growing to the point where Mary created the publication. I encourage everyone to join, read, clap, comment, and follow! Find out more about the submission guidelines and layout to participate.

Some of the participants of…


Chocolate (Photo Credit: Diana Lotti)

PHOTO-A-DAY CHALLENGE

Life in Germany is never dull. Last week, in particular, involved many errands, newly B-Level Deutschkurs, freelancing, and a writing challenge. Why do I do this to myself? I’m not really complaining. On the contrary, I love it when I’m busy.

The week started with a pledge to complete a 30-day writing challenge involving writing prompts.

I wanted to try my hand at writing about topics outside the scope that I write about. It’s been enlightening so far, and I recommend everyone to give it a try.

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