Photog Dude

There’s a shopping center where I live that has the coolest sculptures, all made from sheet metal. Every now and then I go visit my favorite one, whom I have nicknamed “Photog Dude.”  What else could I call him? I mean, really, he’s all duded up in a hat and bow tie and never takes…

Give Yourself a Break for the Holidays

The holiday season can be so joyous and yet produce some real (but unnecessary) stress. Don’t let your holidays be ruined by nerve-racking experiences. Here’s some inspirational insights to help you keep your stress to a minimum this year. Ask yourself if your expectations are realistic. Are you going to be getting together with family…

Dog Lovers: Mastering the Art of the Canine Walk

You love your dog and want to spend more time with him, but the minute you try to take him for a walk, he becomes unmanageable.  Sound familiar? Let’s face it, no human wants to be dragged down the street by their four-legged friend. Below are the steps that you need to take to get…

An Open Letter to Those Who Judge Others

Today my post is about being careful with your thoughts, words and actions. And it’s about judgment.  I’m referring to the people who accuse another of something awful, then becoming a self-appointed judge and jury and finding them guilty before even bothering to find out if it’s true. None of us are perfect. We’re all…

Unconditional Forgiveness is the Great Healer

(This post is re-blogged from John Smallman’s blog – November 20, 2011) As the days pass and the intensified divine energies enveloping the planet are experienced by ever greater numbers of you, the urgency of your intent to awaken also intensifies. Many, who previously had dismissed spiritual ideas and beliefs as the mindless longings of…

Seven Ways to Minimize Weight Gain While Quitting Smoking

As an ex-smoker myself, I know that giving up cigarettes is one of the best things you can do for your body, but the fear of putting on weight may hold you back. While a few extra pounds are actually healthier than puffing away, here are some ways to minimize weight gain when you quit…

Thanksgiving Eve

It seems very strange to me to be sitting here at my computer on the eve of Thanksgiving. Normally I would be knee-deep in preparations for tomorrow’s meal. Normally I’d be looking forward to family members coming for Thanksgiving, which would include my brother, Mike and his wife. But not this year. This year we…

Selecting a Good Setting for Your Photography

Any good photographer realizes that a good picture requires three things: a smart photographer, a great setting, and a suitable camera. And since only one of the three categories can produce a good photograph, it’s up to the photographer to find the right setting for the picture. 1. Is your photograph scenic or just a…

Complimentary Sunset

Being a visual person, I learn best by seeing something. Hearing is great and I’m grateful that I can hear. All well and good but seeing – well, that’s a gift that I feel more gratitude for more and more every day. Especially now, when the energies around and upon Earth seem to be intensifying….

God’s Sense of Humor

Sometimes something comes along that just resonates with you, right?  Well, that happened to me today when I got an email from a friend in southern California. She knows I love taking pictures and always manages to find some pretty cool ones from other photographers to send to me. Wish I could take credit for…

Use Your Brain, Not Insulin, to Control Your Diabetes

Because I was told at one point that I was “Pre-Diabetic,” I thought it might be helpful to pass on some of this information since Diabetes seems to be gaining ground in many countries around the world. The word Diabetes strikes uncertainty and fear in anybody.  Once you have been diagnosed, you start thinking about…

Five Photography Tips for Everyday People

Anyone who can operate a simple digital camera is capable of taking wonderful pictures. Photography doesn’t have to be done by a professional to be considered great. Step One: Find a spot with multiple sources of shade and natural lighting, such as a grove of trees or even buildings. Trees make a great backdrop for…