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Day 129 of 365: When others hurt us.


Day 129: When someone is hurtful. Have you ever had someone hurt your feelings or make you feel less than human? I have. It does not feel good. There are those out there who you think love you and would never say hurtful things, but they do.

It is especially hurtful when you assume this person loves you unconditionally and they don’t.¬† You know what happens when we assume! I have to keep my sights on those that truly love me and love me unconditionally. No matter what you choose to do with your life, it should be your choice, and no one else’s.

Instead there are those who think they know better than you. They think they know what is good for your life and they continually beat you over the head with it. They bait you and bait you until you are about to break. You count to ten, take the high road and don’t take the bait.

Passing judgment on others is never a good thing. There will always be those people who will sling arrows, you just have to know that God is there for you and those people will be judged in due time. As the old adage says, what goes around comes around.

I am sharing an inspiring sentiment from, “People will hurt you, God will heal you. People will humiliate you, God will magnify you. People will judge you, God will justify you. Have faith.

I am going to end with a Bible verse from Philippians 4:6, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

I am going to the gym to work out some of my frustrations, rather than punching a wall. All kidding aside, keep the faith!

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Photo Assay

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As a photographer I continually do assaying of objects before I decide how to capture¬† ¬† and frame the image with my camera. I am constantly examining things with my eyes and my camera lens in order to find it’s most beautiful side! This plant photograph, for example, is called salsify or goat’s beard and it has always fascinated me. It’s shape is beautiful and it’s seed pods are so delicate and transparent!Daily Prompt: Assay

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I don’t really have a good opinion about this word, lecture. I remember ALL the hours in high school and college that I spent listening to long and boring lectures on various topics. My least favorite topics were history and physics. Now I wish, in the area of history, that I would have paid more attention to the lectures. As an adult I find history to be fascinating, especially now, in the way that it is made interesting. One example is on the History Channel. On a funny note, on the Comedy Channel, I especially like the show, “Drunk History.” If only our teachers could have taught history in this manner, which we know would not be possible or appropriate for young minds! Interesting to ponder however!via Daily Prompt: Lecture

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Day 82 of 365: Who do you LOVE?


Day 82: Who do you LOVE? I immediately think of the song by George Thorogood back in 1978, not the one by hip-hop artist YG. For those of you that have been reading my blog I am not a millennial and don’t always keep up with the latest music! Music is such a huge part of our lives isn’t it?

Now to the burning question, who do you love? When I think of my answer, I think of my God, my husband, my 4 kids, and my parents. My love for them is constant and true. When you love someone SO much that their absence would nearly tear your heart out! Now that is LOVE!!! A love that is unconditional, vulnerable and untempered!

My husband and I have been married for 34 years and we have been through many peaks and valleys, ups and downs and LOVE has survived it all! We have survived many moves, some good, some bad for various reasons. Now that we are in the “autumn” of our lives we are settling down, no more wander lust. We are empty nesters who are lovingly anticipating grandchildren. No hurries by any means! We are ready to give love to our kid’s kids. Everything happens in its own time, as we all know.

I ask you now, WHO DO YOU LOVE?

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Day 81 of 365: Do Something for Yourself


Day 81: Do something for yourself today! Hope you all enjoyed the “big game” last night! So happy the Eagles won! I almost always root for the underdog though. Glad the Patriots got dethroned! I am sure I am not the only one that is glad!

Since I ate too much junk food last night and might have had one too many beers, I really feel I NEED to do something healthy for myself today.

My goal is to do something good for myself today. I made this decision when I stepped on the scale and saw “the number,” it was not pretty! I am a member of a great little gym down the road and I am going to have a heckuva “sweat fest!”

There are so many benefits to rigorous exercise:

  • Increased metabolism
  • Improved mood
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased energy
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Good for your bones
  • Improves brain health
  • Improves memory

Well I better go off to the gym. Go out and do something for yourself today!


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Day 80: My BUCKET List

Bucket List

Day 80: My BUCKET List!

  • Go to Ireland with my camera and shoot a “butt load of photographs”
  • Go to a Nebraska Cornhusker football game in Lincoln with my sisters
  • Return to Magens Bay at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for a week with my camera
  • Take a long photo taking drive on Route 66
  • Go to all of the National Parks in Utah, to take photos of arches, etc.
  • Meet my Healey relatives in Ireland
  • Visit an Ansel Adams landscape photography gallery
  • Beluga whale watching, Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage, Alaska
  • Enjoy the beaches along the Oregon coast
  • Enjoy the beaches along the North Carolina coast

This was so fun to compile! What are some of your BUCKET list items???

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Day 79 of 365: 8 Elements of Good Composition

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Day 79: 8 Elements of good composition:

  • Rule of thirds.
  • Rule of odds, photograph things in odd numbers.
  • Leading lines.
  • Symmetry, make components of image look symmetrical.
  • Geometry, geometrical patterns ie., triangles, squares and circles.
  • Shallow depth of field (wider aperture) portraits, background out of focus.
  • Frame within a frame shot.
  • Close crop the image.
  • Use of texture in the image.

Hope this is helpful in getting great composition in your shots!!! Get shootin’ !!!

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Day 78 of 365: 10 Things I am Grateful For


Day 78: 10 Things I am Grateful For! I thought it was time to acknowledge some things and people that I am grateful for! 1. Grateful that God is in this journey with me. 2. Grateful for all my friends and you know who you are. 3. Grateful for my spouse, who has been with me through thick and thin. 4. Grateful for my Mom and Dad for raising me to be a humble and polite person. 5. Grateful for my 4 absolutely amazing kids and their significant others. 6. Grateful for the opportunity to do what I love! 7. Grateful to live in such a beautiful state with beautiful people. 8. Grateful for my fellow bloggers. 9. Grateful for the kind people that have given me opportunities to grow my business. 10. Grateful for my older self and how I have been able to adapt to career changes!!! P.S. Don’t tell my husband that he is #3 and my friends are #2. I am just too lazy to change the order! Ha Ha Ha!