power in words and pictures


Composing Life’s Picture

“The subject here is not at all clear. There is too much going on and the viewer is not being directed where to look. It’s easy, with interesting subjects like this, to try and include too much…” ~Darlene Hildebrandt The picture was actually very nice, but it was very busy, and I couldn’t decide where […]

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Mask on? Self Care 101

“In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask toward you….If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your own mask first, and then assist the other person.” ~a portion of Airlines Preflight Instructions […]

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2016, The Year We Became Better!

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ― Ernest Hemingway Everywhere we turn, there seems to be a demand that we be better than everyone else.  If you want a promotion, be better than your co-workers, if you want first chair in the […]

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Appreciating their presence

This was originally posted in December 2014.  Thought it worth sharing for the holidays. “I wear the chain I forged in life….I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” ― Jacob Marley’s ghost; Charles Dickens, […]

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The Simplicity of Enough

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” ― Isaac Newton The clothes pile up on the bed or the chair, waiting to be put back on hangers, but set aside until a choice can be made.  So many shirts, slacks, skirts, blouses, and jackets from which to choose.  Oh, what to wear? […]

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Things Fall Apart to Come Together

‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes. ~Henry David Thoreau The picture of a man standing in front of a huge pile of rubble caught my attention.  He was in Oklahoma and the rubble was clearly what was once his home, destroyed in a tornado.  What a sense of despair he must have felt, yet he […]

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Right Here. Right Now.

“If you want to get something done, ask a busy person.” Benjamin Franklin “What is the biggest obstacle facing the family right now? It is over-commitment; time pressure. There is nothing that will destroy family life more insidiously than hectic schedules and busy lives…”  James Dobson   Is my to-do list ready for tomorrow?  Is […]

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