Gun safety practices and fun:

Ran some shooting stages last night after work with my colleagues from both stores.
An awesome opportunity to learn techniques in a simulated, safe environment…what fun.

Thank you to Travis for setting it up, and bosses Jesse, Ross and the rest of the crew for their experience and support. These folks are very good at what they do.

Needless to say my experience level is much higher with wood weapons than with a handgun at this time but working on it.

Unrelated, but may be a blog spot down the road on the store site.

We see a fair share of folks that don’t keep their ammunition separated on the range and shoot handgun calibers that look very much the same. This is an example of a 40 cal. shot in a 45 cal. firearm.
The casing will expand from the gases to the size of the chamber and can be a bit of a challenge to remove. Just a good example of finding a way that works for you to keep your ammunition separated for the firearm being used at any given time.

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A prayer to nature:

Thinking of my time in Nagano today for some strange reason.  Maybe it’s the total reverse of  temperature.  Walking the streets in freezing wet snow; the sounds; the kind people; the distance sounds of monks chanting in the monastery.  The small dojo I passed welcoming me to watch from the window?  I like the idea of offering prayer to nature….a written word to feel the rain, heat and snow.

Buddhism: Contributions to the Martial Arts:

LIFE IS SACRED

DISCIPLINE OF THE MIND

MEDITATION

STRONG INFLUENCE

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Tilt your head back and laugh.

“WHEN YOU REALIZE HOW PERFECT EVERYTHING IS YOU WILL TILT YOUR HEAD BACK AND LAUGH AT THE SKY.”

-Buddha-

Workshop in Old Shasta, California

Workshop in Old Shasta, California

 

 


John Joseph Fasulo (1949-2014)

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“EVEN DEATH IS NOT TO BE FEARED BY ONE WHO HAS LIVED WISELY.”

  -Buddha-

Five days ago one of the most talented and wonderful photographers I’ve been blessed to know and call a friend passed.  My heart goes out to his wife, Cecile, and daughter, Maya, and for those that called him friend.

John Joseph Fasulo (1949-2014) 

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Born June 14, 1949 in Cold Spring, NY to the late Anneliese Fasulo (nee Cenker), and John Vincent Fasulo, John Fasulo, loving husband to Cecile Fasulo and beloved father to Maya Fasulo, died May 14, 2014 in Croton, NY.

A lifelong resident of Beacon, NY, John attended South Avenue School and following his graduation from Beacon High School, John attended Goddard College in Vermont. He went on to serve in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed for some time in Rockland, Maine. After the Coast Guard, John studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

John’s principal career was as a broadcast TV cameraman. He spent 25 years in both the field and studio for major TV studios including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, WOR and FOX News. John is also known for his role as a producer and videographer of the Hudson Valley Documentary series “On the River”. John had a real passion for photography and often cited David Plowden as an early influence. His extensive portfolio of black-and-white photography evokes a style reminiscent of Plowden’s. John’s photographs have been published in numerous periodicals and magazines, including National Geographic, Trains, Railroad Illustrated Magazine, Modell Eisenbahn, various rail industry publications, and in past issues of Chronogram, and Hudson Valley Magazine. His photographs have been exhibited in many places including The National Railway Museum in Germany, the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, The National Railroad Museum in Steamtown, PA, and Railroadheritage.org.

He cared deeply about his City of Beacon, and contributed his efforts to the Beacon Sloop Club, the Beacon Historical Society, the Incline Railway Society, and the Hudson River Ice Boat Club. John was a lover of all things railroad, which he picked up from his grandfather “Pop” who worked as a machinist on the New York Central Railroad. He was an avid sailor and skier, and passionate about Beacon history, Mount Beacon, the Hudson River, and of course photography.

John is survived by his daughter Maya Fasulo (12 years old), his wife Cecile Fasulo, and countless friends and family, in the Beacon community and beyond.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 2pm-3pm at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Marlboro, NY. A funeral service will follow at the DiDonato Funeral Home at 3pm on Saturday.

A celebration of John’s life and his passion for photography will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers it was John’s wish that donations would benefit the college education of his daughter Maya. A fund has been established for this purpose (linked below).

www.gofundme.com/98ewyc


The Sky is round:

“You have noticed that everything as Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours….

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.”

-Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator-

Fort McDowell, Arizona POW WOW 2014

Fort McDowell, Arizona POW WOW 2014


The musical thread:

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“Normally, things are viewed in these little segmented boxes. There’s classical, and then there’s jazz; romantic, and then there’s baroque. I find that very dissatisfying. I was trying to find the thread that connects one type of music – one type of musician – to another, and to follow that thread in some kind of natural, evolutionary way.”
-Jerry Lee Lewis-

 


That Eleanor; what a naughty girl?

” I ONCE HAD A ROSE NAMED AFTER ME AND I WAS VERY FLATTERED. BUT I WAS NOT PLEASED TO READ IN THE DESCRIPTION IN THE CATALOGUE: NO GOOD IN BED, BUT FINE UP AGAINST A WALL. “

-Eleanor Roosevelt-

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Design as simple; Design as complicated:

” DESIGN IS THE METHOD OF PUTTING FORM AND CONTENT TOGETHER. DESIGN, JUST AS ART, HAS MULTIPLE DEFINITIONS; THERE IS NO SINGLE DEFINITION. DESIGN CAN BE ART. DESIGN CAN BE AESTHETICS. DESIGN IS SO SIMPLE, THAT’S WHY IT IS SO COMPLICATED. “

-Paul Rand-

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“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.” john madden

” I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT GOD PUT US ON THIS EARTH TO BE ORDINARY.”

-Lou Holtz-

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You can only milk a cow so long, then you’re left holding the pail…..hank aaron

” I MEAN, THERE’S NO POINT IN SITTIN’ AROUND AND CRYIN’ ABOUT SPILT MILK.  GOTTA MOVE ON! “

-Ted Turner-

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Christopher Creek Lodge: The Winter Flow

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” THERE ARE ONLY TWO MISTAKES ONE CAN MAKE ALONG THE ROAD TO TRUTH; NOT GOING ALL THE WAY, AND NOT STARTING. “

-Buddha-

 

 


From a withered tree:

” MAY PEACE BE YOUR GIFT AT CHRISTMAS AND YOUR BLESSING ALL YEAR THROUGH!”

-Author Unknown-

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Seeing countless of live trees just laying piled in bins just made me a bit sad.

“From a withered tree, a flower blooms”

-Buddha-


DESTINY: A PATH TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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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_

HAPPY HOLIDAY
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“BASEBALL IS LIKE CHURCH.  MANY ATTEND FEW UNDERSTAND.”

-Leo Durocher-

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Not your average 1953 Ford work truck:

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YOU MAY BE A REDNECK IF ….YOU HAVE SPENT MORE ON YOUR PICKUP TRUCK THAN ON YOUR EDUCATION. 

_Jeff Foxworthy_

 


Replace Fear with Knowledge:

” FOR ME, THE MARTIAL ARTS IS A SEARCH FOR SOMETHING INSIDE.  IT’S NOT JUST A PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE.”

-Brandon Lee-

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Mission San Xavier del Bac: White Dove of the Desert

” I HAVE NEVER MADE BUT ONE PRAYER TO GOD, A VERY SHORT ONE:  O LORD MAKE MY ENEMIES RIDICULOUS, AND GOD GRANTED IT.”

-Voltaire-

 

 


PHOTOGRAPHY FOR A HUG:

THE CHAIR

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.

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Putting off Living?

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“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.”

_Dale Carnegie_

 

 

 


Just Natures Blessings:

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