Welcome to Thursday Doors! This is a weekly challenge for people who love doors and architecture to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos, drawings, or other images or stories from around the world. If you’d like to join us, simply create your own Thursday Doors post each (or any) week and then share a link to your post in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). If you like, you can add our badge to your post.
Last week, I announced the First Annual Thursday Doors Writing Challenge. Hopefully, many of the door lovers assembled here will designate a door that can be used for inspiration for the writers among our collective followers and visitors. I am designating two doors, shown below. One of these is from the archives, and one is new.
I need to make a change to the schedule, one I hope you like. This cycle, i.e. today through Saturday at noon, is the time to designate a door. You may designate a new door or a door from your archives. That remains as announced last week. However, the Writing Challenge begins today and continues through noon on Saturday, May 29th. So, if you see a door today and are so inspired that you dash off a poem, compose a song, or begin writing that novel whose characters have been nagging you – let yourself go. Your story can be fiction or non-fiction, short or long, whatever you want to write.
When you write your story, leave a link on any of my Thursday Doors posts between now and May 27th. I will keep track of the entries. The entire list will be shared in a special version of the Sunday Recap on May 30th. Between now and then, I will try to promote your contribution as I do the weekly doors posts.
My first door is from the archives and from my personal history. It’s actually a scene featuring two doors located in the Commons of the Cathedral of Learning. This gothic cathedral sits on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, and it is the building in which I attended graduate school. While the classrooms were ordinary, for the most part, the three floors surrounding the Commons offered remarkable places to study. If it helps in your writing, the original post can be found here.
My second “door” is a little whimsical. More of an unwanted opening than a door, this hole in the cover of The Editor’s firewood rack is functioning as a door for what we think is a pregnant grey squirrel, or perhaps a new mom-squirrel.
The doors in today’s gallery are from the town of Glastonbury, Connecticut. The company I worked for before retiring was located in Glastonbury. It’s one of Connecticut’s oldest communities, founded in 1693. There are many old and stately homes along the original main streets of this town. In recent weeks, I have had the opportunity to visit some friends at my old employer, and I gathered these photos while driving around.
I hope you enjoy these doors and I really hope you will join the writing challenge, as a photographer, author or both.
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