power in words and pictures


Making a Choice

“How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements — how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!” ~Seneca “Just say no, Susan,” […]

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Framing Life like a Picture

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”~Charles Kettering   Sitting on the branch, the little bird was busy pecking at the sunflower he had pulled from the feeder. Using the surrounding branches to frame him, I was able to draw the eye of the person viewing the photograph directly to the […]

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“It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.” ~Dr. Emmett Brown (Back to the Future III) I started college when I was 18 years old. I had to leave a year and a half later and […]

Can We Be too Free?

“Too much freedom is a dangerous thing. Too much freedom inhibits choice. Constructive narrowness clarifies choice.” ~Walter Darby Bannard Walking along the street, I let our dog pull the retractable leash so he can investigate the smells in the yards. Unlike his shorter leash, this long leash provides freedom. Enabling him to lollygag, to sniff every […]

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Take a Walk

“It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche The ‘Real Feel’ is 38 degrees. The sun is nowhere to be seen, and the wind seems to be whipping in to lower that real feel to freezing. Brr. Still, there is nothing like fresh air. Bundled up, we can get out almost […]

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What Comes First?

“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” ~Greg McKeown   Read the quote again. Take it completely to heart as you ask yourself, ‘Who sets the priorities in my life?” If you are 16, your parents are setting most of those priorities, but you can absolutely exercise your right to speak up and […]

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The Risk of Fear

“In time we hate that which we often fear.”  ― William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra Watching the leaves falling from the trees, I am fascinated with how they change colors at their own pace and fall when their time comes. Eventually, they land on the ground with every other leaf and decompose or get raked into a […]

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Stories that Matter

“When we deny our stories and disengage from tough emotions, they don’t go away; instead, they own us, they define us. Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong…” ~Brene Brown “This is deep,” my friend said and sent a video my way. I watched without sound and […]

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A Little Good News

“One more sad story’s one more than I can stand Just once how I’d like to see the headline say “Not much to print today, can’t find nothin’ bad to say” ~ Rory Michael Bourke, Charlie Black, Tommy Rocco Good Morning! On my walk… The bluebirds were flying between the field and a fence, eating worms […]

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The Permission Slip

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” ― Marcus Aurelius   It will take a few weeks to get the pictures of people lost and wandering in the flooded streets and yards out of my mind. It will take longer for them to get a clear […]

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