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Photo Friday: Solitude

My choice for today's Photo Friday prompt - Solitude - is a picture I took last December from the ferry deck as Peter and I traveled back to Victoria, BC for a reunion with my family over the holidays. ...more

The GoPro 3+ Is Calling My Name but I'm Resisting

There it is again. Taunting me to come a little closer. It is all I can do to keep pushing my shopping cart down the aisle. I want the GoPro 3+ camcorder. I really want it. This is one of the few times when I have to really think about buying a camcorder. The suppression of camera lust for me isn’t easy but the truth can almost set you free. Here are some things to keep in mind before you rush out to snag one. ...more
TriciaNightowlmama Sorry, I hit the unlike gizmo by accident. I totally agree it has other ...more

Photo A Day Challenge - July 1-16, 2014

So it's now mid-month (yes, ALREADY!), which means that it's time for me to gather up and post the first batch of my July Photo A Day Challenge efforts. ...more

Warm & Cozy

Boundless Love in New York City

Great idea and positive social response when the touch is a simple way and a simple sign of friendship.  Photographer Richard Rinaldi sees the beauty of diversity, connections and closeness.  A photographer's vision.  The imagination in flight, the heart in touch with reality,  wanting to symbolize we are all connected. Some people are upset with Rinaldi's suggested closeness, and strangers kissing can do the opposite of creating sacredness of connection; it can imply that intimacy, while we all hunger for it as Rinaldi and many theologians have said, has very little value by the fact that it can be "given" to everyone. Can we kiss everyone without becoming connected? How deep do you want the connection to be?  Can you undo intimacy?  Are you ready for the level of intimacy you choose?A kiss is a different level of connectedness than a touch.  An embrace has spiritual levels.  We must remember that every touch carries a meaning to the heart.Let us see the beauty in this photo.  Let us consider that we are spiritual beings and levels of intimacy must always be carefully considered for the value and meaning.  It must be considered, because a life without both meaning and value, looses an understanding of the sacredness of intimacy.  I for one find many of his images beautiful and inspiring. Inspiration, according to early christian traditional theology, is one thing that ALWAYS leads to healing.Philosophy and art integrated--which is called theology--is a bit more clear to me when I see this CBS video; that philosophy of early christianity (pre institution) that argued that we seek to be inspired, are all called by the elusive Divine to be inspired, and the video reveals what has always had the potential to inspire humanity towards love and healing...the "right" image (i.e.  here we see  tenderness). Tenderness is a manifestation of the "etherial", normally called the Divine or Transcendence into God's warm presence. ...more

Photo Friday: Black and White

There were several pictures I could have used for today's Photo Friday "Black and White" prompt - after all, we are blessed with two gorgeous black and white cats (who happen to be VERY photogenic)! In the end, though, I decided to go a different route and share bit of whimsical poetry, created using a cat-themed (can't get away from the cats!) fridge magnet set we received from some dear friends when we visited Victoria over the holidays. ...more

Mostly Unedited Week in Review - 7/9/14

Last week, I took many more pictures than I did the previous week and we had tons of fun, while still squeezing in house hunting! We're coming along and this week our goal is to view a shortened list of houses from the inside before making any final decisions. Overall, last week was a good week and many of the pictures really didn't even need editing, though they wouldn't have gotten them for this post anyway. So, without further ado, here's our week in review. I hope you enjoy this peek into our lives!Baby Boy danced during lunch one day!...more

How to Make Instagram Photostrips

I am obsessed with Instagram. I just can't get enough of the iPhone app. It's so much fun to take pictures and add fun little filters and effects. I like how it's also a mini-social network. Well, I love the app so much that I didn't want my favorite pictures trapped inside my iPhone for the rest of eternity. Don't they deserve to see the light of day, too?...more
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Photo Friday: Sunlight

I know I've shared this photo before, but hopefully there are at least a few of you who haven't seen it yet - as when I learned that today's Photo Friday prompt was "Sunlight" I knew this was the picture I wanted to share! It's a favourite of mine, made even more so by the fact that I almost missed capturing it. Peter and I were sitting on a bench in the park, and he pointed out how beautiful the sunlight looked at that particular moment. ...more

The Golden Hour

Last night was one of those gorgeous nights.  The kind that makes me want to go off into the middle of the woods somewhere and just wander.Or at least, to the trail by my parents' house that I spent so much of my time at in high-school. After the storm ended - the rain stopped falling and the thunder quieted to a distant rumble - the air surrounding my little town turned almost golden, and there was a softness that I've been looking for all week. ...more