Teaching helps you learn

I love teaching others about photography. Especially when I get to see them in their environment and take some photos, too. Today I worked with my friend, Lynda, and her kids, all six of them: four four-legged and two human. Although at times, it seemed like the dogs could be human. When I’m teaching, I believe I learn as much as my students. Today’s lessons? Make sure you have a copy of the instruction manual because not everyone has a camera that you’re familiar with. And, keep your camera bag on the table or it will get peed on. Fortunately, I learned that lesson first.

Documenting a great karate weekend

I think I shot about 5,000 photos last weekend between the KC Challenge karate tournament and the Black Belt Extravaganza. I like the action shots, but my favorites are the moments that happen in between the action, the quiet heartfelt hugs, respectful bows, and smiles, lots and lots of smiles.

Sharing my photos makes me happy. I read somewhere that when you post on social media, every time someone “likes” your post, you get a rush of endorphin as strong as when you work out. I believe it. So I’ll keep sharing if you’ll keep liking and we’ll all have that warm buzz of feeling happy.

Gratitudes with a serving of positivity

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Cupcakes by Margie, sounds like a business, doesn’t it?

Started the morning by writing my list of gratitudes. As I thought about the positivity shared with me by friends who met me for coffee, lunch or dinner (Kebra, Teri, Stacy, Steve and Jerome, Tamra and Christie, to name a few) it struck me that many of my positive connections these days revolve around food. Food is an ice breaker. It helps you start a conversation that may be difficult. By sharing food, it opens our hearts to sharing other things: problems, joys, dreams. And sharing and talking about these things is helpful and healing.

So to everyone who has shared food and drink with me lately, I am grateful for your positivity, encouragement and strength. And, to everyone else? I have a few lunch dates open this week if you want to give me a call!

Happy 79th Birthday at the Lake!

It was a lovely weekend at the lake with friends and family and birthday cheers. We toasted Dad on his birthday and they even shot off fireworks over the bridge to celebrate Mom’s 79th birthday. Tamra and Daniel satisfied their need for speed and Christie cooked up ribs and brats and Margie made cute cupcakes. The sun was warm, the water was cool, the wind was gusty, and we all felt wrapped up in a circle of love. So nice to share special moments with friends.