” I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT GOD PUT US ON THIS EARTH TO BE ORDINARY.”
” THERE ARE ONLY TWO MISTAKES ONE CAN MAKE ALONG THE ROAD TO TRUTH; NOT GOING ALL THE WAY, AND NOT STARTING. “
” MAY PEACE BE YOUR GIFT AT CHRISTMAS AND YOUR BLESSING ALL YEAR THROUGH!”
Seeing countless of live trees just laying piled in bins just made me a bit sad.
With the Holiday’s just around the corner I just wanted to wish you all good health and a very Happy New Year.
Truly a time of reflection and reconnection with family and friends.
A former colleague and good friend reminded me of a a phrase I would toss out from time-to-time to staff just to get folks thinking in a new direction. I certainly don’t come by words easy and this was passed along to me in a pile of hand-outs at the Poynter Institute.
As I remember it noted the author as being “unknown”, sad that some of the most meaningful words and images are from those “unknown”.
Maybe that in itself is a lesson to be humble.
Over the years I have seen many versions but this seems to come close to what I most believe.
“WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS; THEY BECOME WORDS. WATCH YOUR WORDS; THEY BECOME ACTIONS. WATCH YOUR ACTIONS; THEY BECOME HABIT. WATCH YOUR HABITS; THEY BECOME CHARACTER. WATCH YOUR CHARACTER; IT BECOMES YOUR DESTINY.” -Lao Tzu-
Success: Do something that really makes you happy.
_Golden Dragon Fortune Cookie_
“BASEBALL IS LIKE CHURCH. MANY ATTEND FEW UNDERSTAND.”
-Leo Durocher-Continue reading
YOU MAY BE A REDNECK IF ….YOU HAVE SPENT MORE ON YOUR PICKUP TRUCK THAN ON YOUR EDUCATION.
” FOR ME, THE MARTIAL ARTS IS A SEARCH FOR SOMETHING INSIDE. IT’S NOT JUST A PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE.”
” I HAVE NEVER MADE BUT ONE PRAYER TO GOD, A VERY SHORT ONE: O LORD MAKE MY ENEMIES RIDICULOUS, AND GOD GRANTED IT.”
In one way or another photography has been a very large part of my life or my career since the early 1970′s…yes I have been very fortunate.
I do however have a keen knowledge that the art of photography will pale and become dull at the point you make it your avenue of income.
I’ve worked with photographers who felt they were larger than the work they produced. I’ve worked with photographers that just never understood what their work means to those they photograph. I worked with photographers who really got it…and used the craft to help those in need and bring understanding to those around us.
The deepest emotion can come in the shape of a chair.
I’m happiest when I can produce work for hugs.
“ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HUMAN NATURE IS THAT ALL OF US TEND TO PUT OFF LIVING. WE ALL DREAMING OF SOME MAGICAL ROSE GARDEN OVER THE HORIZON INSTEAD OF ENJOYING THE ROSES THAT ARE BLOOMING OUTSIDE OUR WINDOWS TODAY.”
A DESERT IS A PLACE WITHOUT EXPECTATION.
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If living in the Phoenix area don’t pass up an opportunity to take a self-defense class from Sensei Julie. She has a very rich background that includes years of using these techniques in the street and teaches from a reality-based program that although serious in nature she and her students have fun learning together.
For more information on her program visit:
No Place for Old Men:
The F-150 made the slight turn off Ghost Town Road leaving the comfort of gravel for the soft dirt. Just off to the left a few hundred yards you can see the outline of the Congress Cemetery not to be confused with the Old Historic Congress Pioneer Cemetery which is found about a half mile around the bend; tucked tight to the hillside.
“Be prepared as there are several children’s graves. They’re the toughest.” rang the words from the woman who ran the little antique store down the road on Hwy 89.
She was right, one where a toy cowboy pistol had been placed on the small one foot by two foot plot, the plastic handle now bone-white from the Arizona sun.
Almost noon the wind was soft and cool giving a visitor time to dream of life back in 1884 Congress after the first gold discovery. The cemetery followed in 1887, a reminder of a tough way of life and early death.
It is said the mine produced just over eight million in gold into the mid-1930’s. For the most part overshadowed by the gold strikes in California it was said that the mine was visited by Grover Cleveland, the US President of the time because of it’s consistent offering of wealth.
Another tiny wood marker beat by the weather; just tall splinters held vertical by dirt and rock. The wind is warmer and the dust is kicking up as I close the metal gate. I’m only reminded of the old saying that “God protects fools and children.”…I’m guessing surly miners too.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.
Born November 14, 2012 our first Grandchild.
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
- Elizabeth Stone -