Photographing Fireworks-Dare to be Different

When I first fell in love with photography all over again a few years ago…like most people, I was eager to take pictures of anything and everything.  So when the 4th of July rolled around that first summer after purchasing my DSLR camera, I was anxious to see what I could capture at the fireworks show. One learns early on there are some basic ‘text book’ settings to use...

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#RVroadTripWithDave

Dave Scheatzle is my father-in-law.  Known him for a good number of years now.  I’ve told a number of people in recent years that Dave was quite instrumental in nudging me back in to my photography shortly after Caralyn graduated from high school in 2006.  One of the best moves I’ve made in recent years. Got an email from him and Brenda a month or two...

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I’m Not a Food-Diet Evangelist…but

I have nothing to sell nor a product to promote. Call it a short testimonial story about something I experienced this summer that has truly amazed me. For the past 15 years or so, my weight has fluctuated on the average of 20 pounds.  I’d hit 205…get frustrated with tight fitting clothes and not feeling great and then try the Atkins/Low Carb…or counting...

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The Final Flock; Last Day Thoughts

(Pictures above are the last group of kiddos I will teach in public school) It’s difficult to try and sum up 20+ years of a teaching career in a few short paragraphs. So I won’t attempt it.  But I can’t just walk out of my classroom for the final time without some commentary reflecting just a couple of thoughts. I moved up here to NE Texas in 1989 with...

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Making No Bones About It – My Last Good Friday Quiz

Tomorrow is Good Friday. We will be out of school and so once again (and for my final time, I might add) I decided to test a group of Middle school students on a holiday-related event. Years ago, I started doing this…asking a group of about ninety  6/7th grade students this question:  “According to bible historians, why were the bones of Jesus never...

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And That’s The Way It Is…or Was It?

So I have my own take on the Brian Williams story. The very fact that the vessel who is simply there to report the news has become the news speaks to a deeper issue. I think many would agree that a peculiar phenomena is manifest today when someone’s face appears on our beloved TV sets. Whether it is for 15 seconds or 15 years, a certain mantle of ‘celebrity-ism’ is cast...

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