Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
What a wonderful quote! Perhaps, as we enter this holiday season, we can all remember this quote and "pay it forward". Think how much better the world would be if everyone did that. So, the next time you buy a cup of coffee or an ice cream, buy one for the next person in line too. You can be sure, it'll brighten their day. After all, isn't that what it's all about?
And now, for a little photo tip - Soft light and interesting subjects are two of the ingredients of a good photo, & I was lucky enough to get both of them in this shot. We were driving down the road on our way back to our motel in West Yellowstone, Mt. when we saw these elk standing next to the river. I had the camera on my lap and was able to fire off a couple of shots before they left. Unfortunately it was dark enough that I had to really crank up my ISO. This caused the original photo to be way too noisy. Since I couldn't remove a lot of the noise, I used a Topaz filter to turn the photo into an artsy image. It's fun to see what you can create in PhotoShop or with third-party plug-ins, such as Topaz. So, when you have some time, open an image in PhotoShop and see what you can create.
We all encounter difficult situations as we go through life. The important thing is how we handle them, how we over-come obstacles & how we climb over emotional mountains. So, next time you are faced with a difficult situation, remember these words & this picture of ancient cedar trees. They've encountered years of physical stress and turmoil and still stand straight and tall. I hope that as you go through life, you'll find the inner strength to be like these cedar trees and emerge from difficult situations stronger and wiser for the experience.
This picture, which was modified somewhat with a Topaz filter, was taken at Cedar Grove Park in Montana. It is a beautiful place covered with ancient cedar trees. Vegetation is growing all over the forest floor, giving it a dream-like atmosphere. Trying to photograph the trees, however, was difficult due to the contrasty light pouring through the canopy. I took pictures at various settings and then merged them to get the best exposure possible. I hope you enjoy it.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I hope that on this Thanksgiving day you will look inside yourself and see the power that is within you . . . the power you need to succeed and the power to make a difference.
Happy Thanksgiving! May this day be blessed for you and your family.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I hope your day is a joyous one.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Words of Wisdom from Personal Development -
No doesn't mean no --- it simply means not yet!
Only you decide if you can or can't.
Speak out loud every day, "I can and I am!"
What good advice! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something, because only you can decide that. Don't let anyone squelch your dreams, for they are within your grasp. All it takes is time, hard work and determination. Of course, a little luck thrown in doesn't hurt. What is luck, though, where does it come from and how do we get it? A friend of mine says that, when someone tells him he's lucky, his response is, "The harder I work, the luckier I get". So, work hard and never give up on yourself or on your dreams.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Yes to all of the above.
Is hope that gut feeling that it's worth holding out and hanging on for just a little bit longer?
Is hope the core of the human condition?
Can you have hope without faith and humility and wonder?
Just the thought that there's something bigger, something truer, something totally surprising out there waiting for us is . . .
What would you be without hope growing deep in your bones, thriving in every inch of you?
What does it take to hope?
From the little book I Hope You Dance
So, remember, whatever you do, whatever the circumstances are, have hope. It'll help get you through the day.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Unfortunately, though, wild animals aren't the only predators we encounter in today's complex society. We also have human predators who cause much more damage than our animal friends. These individuals don't just kill, or injure others, in order to exist. They make their living, and get their kicks, from preying on other people. Unlike animals, they are not following their instincts in order to survive. They intentionally cause pain to others, for no reason other than cruelty. There's no question here. As far as I'm concerned, these people need to be locked up and the key thrown away. Perhaps if we could solve this problem, we'd have more resources to devote to the intelligent management of our eco-systems, the development of environmentally-friendly energy and other issues which will impact everyone and everything living on this planet for generations to come.
Sorry for the soapbox. I guess I'm just on a roll this morning. Perhaps this will give you something to think about, though, as you go through your day. If we merely read about these issues, but don't do anything about them & don't get involved, the solutions will never come. It's up to us, to all of us, to make the changes necessary that will create a better world for our children, our grandchildren and their grandchildren. :<)