• My Life in Black and White: Day 7 – Appreciate


    I have a lot of great things in my life, especially this guy right here. One of the secrets to maintaining a happy life and a happy marriage is to appreciate what you have around you and appreciate the one you’re with. Every day. Remember all the reasons you chose this person to spend forever with. (more…)

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 6 – Go Blank


    I had a stare down with a squirrel. That’s about as philosophical as I’m going to get today. Sometimes it’s good to just go blank, you know?

    It’s been stupid hot in Southern California, which meant my entire news week consisted of stories about weather. Friday, at least, took us to the beach–dog beach in Huntington to be precise. (more…)

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 5 – Small Moments


    It’s bathtime, one of my favorite times of the day, a chance to soak and relax and reflect–or to fall asleep, which I often do, waking up cold with water-crinkled fingers. Even so, it’s a daily ritual I love.

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 4 – Grit


    Grit. It’s the thing that keeps you going despite setbacks and frustrations. Even before my current shoulder challenge, my boss and I frequently discussed the characteristics of grit. We have similar philosophies on the topic, and lately, our talks have helped me through some of the difficulties regarding the new way I have to approach work, so I found it particularly bizarre that an Instagram ad came up in my feed for Best Self (a success journal), and a blog post entitled “5 Ways to Build Grit.”   Crazy timing, huh?

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 3 – Attitude Matters


    I took this iPhone photo on Monday, while prepping for my news day, but didn’t post because an abundance of outside garbage seriously twisted my attitude into Debbie-Downer-Doldrums. (more…)

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day Two – Slow Down


    There’s something soothing about late afternoon, watching clothes blow on the line, and while yes, there are things I should be doing–unfinished projects (hello skirt two-years in the making), life planning, food prep, novel reworking, and kitchen floor cleaning–sometimes it’s best to sit back on a Sunday and simply watch clothes blow on the line. (more…)

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day One – Mindfulness


    Let’s talk about being mindful. But first a word about My Life in Black and White

    I’m stupid about challenges. I really like them–the whole having a plan to execute, a daily assignment. A Facebook friend posted a seven-day “My Life in Black and White” challenge, and of course, anything involving photography gets my blood pumping, so here I go, my modification of the challenge, making my own rules to serve me best–by adding in an element of self-reflection. (more…)

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  • Dogwood 2017 – Old Things I Love


    February 25, 2017 – Howdy! If you’ve been following along, you know in 2016 I participated in the Dogwood 52 Week Photo Challenge, one photo a week on an assigned topic, and since I’m a writer, I added the additional challenge of writing a weekly blog post about the image made. Whew. This year, I’m giving myself a break. Although I’m participating in the Dogwood 2017 Advanced 52 Week Photo challenge, I’m going to focus my writing on what matters… my novels.

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  • Week 52: Self Portrait #2


    December 26, 2016 – Yep. Here we are. The final image of the Dogwood 52 Week photo challenge. We started with a Self Portrait. We’re ending with a Self Portrait. Narcissistic or not, Self Portraits serve a purpose: One, we can experiment photographically without annoying another person–and two, sometimes when you’re in an interesting situation, including yourself gives the photo context and meaning in the future–and frankly, I prefer seeing a person in a scene rather than just the scene. (more…)

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  • Week 51: Artistic Art


    December 20, 2016 – Weekend before last my pal Cindy and I went to a wet-plate collodion photography workshop. What is wet-plate you ask? Instead of shooting on a negative and processing the film, you make the image directly on a collodion-and-silver-nitrate-coated piece of tin or glass. Yep. Good old tin types. Afterward, I kicked myself for not shooting the process with my DSLR for this week’s Artistic Art, but then realized the image itself a piece of art.  (more…)

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