What we see...



Art is a deception that creates real emotions -- a lie that creates a truth. And when you give yourself over to that deception, it becomes magic. TED Talks

I have not always had a close relationship with photos, just the opposite. Smiling children and parents do not give an accurate description of the lives being led. Maybe that is why I prefer the lifestyle style of photography over the family portrait one. People doing what comes naturally while not knowing there is a camera around. To not be aware can be real, sounds strange but believe in power of the photo to tell the story.

These two were gaming their way around a 40 minute wait time at Red Lobster. Their parents were outside. Sensed there is a Story here that may or may not ever be told. I saw this shot long before I fumbled to get the camera out of my purse, hoping they wouldn't look up. They didn't. Happy me.

There have always been and will always be the family portrait that every mother wants. Come hell or high water, you will be dressed, hair combed and most of all, smile. You will smile until you are told, not too. These will be the photos that are posted in the living room and Places you and I would be invited into. I take these photos because that is what it is all about to me. Each to their own, I have some fabulous friends who are portrait and studio artists. Bless you, you are fabulous. Could never do what you do, again.

Off to see more of what I see. The sun is shining and get to see three little ones that have captured my heart and Sometimes, let me into their world. Someday, it will all make sense to them why Nana wants a picture of them doing normal stuff. Someday, is good enough for me...


My natural aperture probably runs at about a 2.8. The background is blurred and focus is mainly on one thing. By contrast, Steve has a good, strong life aperture, at least a 22. Needless to say, I miss what he sees and visa versa. His net is cast wide, he sees all the pot holes, and everything that hides in the trees. Mine is close, near but laser sharp. I find that one thing and won't let go. US spy planes have nothing on me. Do I miss a lot? Of course I do but I am good with what I do get. This just made my day...

PS Yes this is a real photo of someone's iPad email account!

Lent 2014



Sunday night while giving his acceptance speech, Matthew McConaughey said he has three things that he has in his everyday life. Some one to look up to, something to look forward to and someone to run to. The first two were no brainers but the Someone to run to, brought me to tears.
We all have people we love, dearly. We all have plans that we look forward to. Do you have Someone to run to? If we use this one in correctly, we will suffer. Running to a spouse, a job, perhaps a dream. I immediately saw myself running to God. As fast as I could. My go to, my maker. The One who knows me best, loves me most...Today is the start of Lent. Never growing up in church or later, a church that participated, it is a new thing to me. A few close friends have brought me along, Thank you D and A. I tend to keep my Lent choice private, just between Him and me. This morning, I went running to meet Him. Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine...

mentoring...



When Someone asks, to pick your brain, there is a certain satisfaction that comes to mind. Years of learning and experiences is being taken seriously. There is value being assigned to you. It is a time of sharing and mentoring, a giving to each other freely, no strings attached. We should have more of these times in our lives. Many more...

The Tonight Show...



Late night TV is one of the greatest gifts this earth, gives. I have watched The Tonight Show for as long as I can remember. Johnny Carson came into my home every night and no matter what the day had brought, he soothed me with laughter and jokes and it didn't seem like such a cruel world. Then Jay. I moved to Letterman when Conan came on. I never understood that choice but Dave was a new perfect fit. I will now have to watch both until Dave is replaced by a younger man which has to be, right around the corner.

It is a young person's world and Jimmy Fallon was meant to replace Johnny Carson. He brings the best that late night has and it is rooted in the here and now. Friday's Thank You notes, Justin Timberlake as his BFF, it is new yet has that same feel of the old Tonight show days.

Welcome home, Jimmy. Your replacement is already hard at work. in 25 years when you are ready to set sail with Mrs Fallon, Winnie and the twins, he will be ready to take it over and will make you proud but tonight, it is all you, my friend. Enjoy...

comedian or actor...



Comedian or actor.
A comedian wants to be himself, studies himself.
An actor wants to be anyone but himself. Jerry Seinfeld.

I am a so a comedian.

Jerry goes on to ask Howard Stern in the latest CCC if therapy could help him.
Jerry answers, What could I possibly be better at?

I think it says Something about how we take in information. In a TED talk this week, the speaker basically explained that said when we take in information we filter it either through the past, present or future. Those who choose the future, scored higher in IQ test and generally lead better lives. The test given to kids was you can have one marshmallow now, or 2, later. There is no question in my mind, none, that I would have been in the group that said, Now. I had learned even as a kid that when food was offered, you took it. You didn't know when your next meal was coming. Had my experience been different with regular scheduled meals that any kid could count on, things might have been different.

Even if it were not the case, I would always take comedian or actor. I would always, always take the funny Road, no matter where it lead. That is how I am wired, that is how I process and I can't imagine it any other way...

perfect...



What could be better than pizza with a great friend, while Superman looks over us. Nothing. Absolutely Nothing...