Mother and child enjoy the day “Happy Together” on school steps

“Me and you and you and me
 No matter how they tossed the dice, it had to be
 The only one for me is you and you for me
 So happy together”    —Turtles – Happy Together Lyrics | MetroLyrics

In the summertime when the weather is sunny and warm the number one song for many parents might be “Happy Together” by the band The Turtles

Out for a walk with your mom on such a day meant for adventure and discovery creates memories of excitement and helps bond them together.

An ice cream treat after such an idyllic afternoon helps seal the deal!

Many decisions require thought Others rely on your gut reactions


“You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.” – Ingrid Bergman

Would you trust any gut decision you would make in this situation?  

Many times in life we are forced to make an on-the-spot decision that will affect our future well-being. The amount of data we have to mentally process is at times drastically reduced to a mere glance, feeling, sound or emotion. The content of this picture has been visually distorted to provide a type of mental after image we would carry around with us after physically experiencing the scenario. Would you decide to live in this residence basing your future well-being on this one mental snippet?

Many times in life we are afforded the opportunity to mull over, discuss and re examine a future decision that could positively or negatively affect our lives or the lives of our significant others. We can rationally assess the pros and the cons of the matter and then base our future actions on the outcome of this well thought decision making process.

Other times were are not as fortunate and are not really afforded the luxury of thinking things through. An on-the-spot decision  must be made and done so immediately. No time for reflection. An unusual bsuiness opportunity, the trip of a lifetime, saying yes to that potentially special someone. This calls for a gut decision on our parts and we have to live with the results of that decision.

In the above scenario you are looking for a new apartment and have made an appointment with the on site property manager to view a few suites. As your car enters the lot and you wend your way towards the rental office you notice this eye sore carelessly dumped right alongside a nearby recycling bin. A posted sign with large bold faced type nerby instructs tenants not to dump their furniture in this area.

Would you follow your inital gut reaction and forget about the appointment due to your visual disgust or would you keep the scheduled appointment, view the available rental properties, take a grand tour of the facilities and then make an informed decision based upon your chatting with the property representative and the brochures you were offered?

In this situation I should tell you that this was the end of the month and that vacating tenants usually flaunt the posted rules of appropriate behavior and decorum. This is usually a well maintained, litter free area.

The grounds on this rental site are well maintained; it is a secure property; the monthly rental rate is competitive ; it is a neighborhood community setting. You would miss out on this if you cut and ran due to your inital gut decision.

There are no right or wrong ways to deal with the many and varied situations we all are confronted with in life. To base all your decisions on one game plan could cost you dearly in lost opportunities for happiness, financial security or personal well being. A balanced, flexible approach might be well worth cultivating for yourself.


Standing by the side of the road Every nuance of her wait exposed



  There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”   Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


Sometimes a static photographic setting harbors a series of consequences that a photographer did not expect or even anticipate. This  was one of those unusual moments that helps a budding photographer develop patience, anticipation and poise. The name of the game is “wait for it”.

My main floor living quarters faces a somewhat private roadway that leads to  a cul-de-sac. Street traffic ( automotive and pedestrian) flow past my suite everyday.Whenever the unusual happens on either the cemented sidewalk or paved street I am there with my trusty camera ready and willing to record the event for posterity.

One afternoon last week as I was reading and sipping my second cup of coffee for the day I noticed this woman standing on the curb searching for something or someone to appear. She had been standing there for over twenty minutes before things started to happen . 

She appeared to have glued herself to that curb and planted her feet solidly on that one spot not daring to move. This intrigued me and so I decided to quit reading my book, grab my camera and proceed to photograph whatever the afternoon would reveal about the situation.

About thirty minutes later the total story line revealed itself. It was worth the wait and I did eventually finish my cold cup of cold coffee .

People as well as fixed objects are able to remain stationary and not move for long periods of time if the occasion calls for it. The real magic to photography lies in the drama of the moment and capturing that unique experience in your camera’s viewfinder.

Last summer ride before school Youngsters prepare to hit road



“Sometimes you just have to jump in a mud puddle because it’s there. Never get so old that you forget about having fun.” Tom Giaquinto, Be A Good Human      


Neighborhood youngsters make final adjustments to their bicycles and prepare to enjoy an afternoon ride the weekend before school is scheduled to start. The day was sunny, the weather warm and welcoming and the desire to hit the road and feel the wind on their faces irresistible. The summer weather was agreeable a good majority of the time this past season. Today was special because they knew that next week school bells and wooden desks would once again place them in the halls of learning. It was a fun summer!

The concern many folks express these days about retaining a youthful, wrinkle free appearance and staying young forever is met with enthusiasm by those cosmetic and skin care companies more than eager to offer their anxious customers the panacea of  eternal life and well being.

The real secret to remaining young and alert is to refresh, nourish and maintain your childlike curiosity about life in general and experience each day as unique and wonderful no matter how bad an outlook your family friends, politicians or even co workers my pass your way. They arent you. 

Face creams, lotions , potions and notions will cost you a bundle of money with minimal results. But harvesting a positive inner attitude and looking forward to each day will at least psychologically slow down the aging process that fretting over everything offers you.

Many times teachers reap the real benefits of this search for youth quest. Each year a new batch of young minds are regimented into their classrooms and provide not a challenge to overcome but an opportunity to share and celebrate in their students potential learning experiences. 

Staying forever young in a mere physical sense deprives you of a certain comaraderie that the aging process naturally bequeaths to us all. Peter Pan finally understood the curse of remaining forever young. His anxiety cuased him udue worry and stress. He might have remained young outwardly but inwardly he was beyond senility.

Keep yourself mentally young and vibrant by developing new talents and abilities you once wished you had investigated. You’re never to old to learn, discover and appreciate who you still may become. Carpe Diem. Enjoy the search.

Challenge in the summer breeze Balloons angle to not get caught


“Being forgiven is like having all the worst bits of yourself stuffed into a balloon and then having that balloon set free.”   Shannon Wiersbitzky, What Flowers Remember      


Changing your perspective on a subject often time helps to produce a more interesting story line. The three desperado balloons in the opening shot of this photo montage could have provided enough fodder for a story line to be generated.

Waiting patiently for circumstances to unfold and situations to develop is well worth your time as a photographer or a storyteller. The balloons were snuggling tightly in the bushes for a short time before the groundskeeper happened upon the scene. The rest as you can see is history!

Windows 10 is a sneaky platform Sue Microsoft for damages– yes

  thPITMFDG6“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Desmond Tutu

Donald Trump and the program developers at Microsoft Corporation share a common minded set: they are powerful, influential, possess large caches of money to fund a promotional blitz and are basically bullies.

The latter’s  subtle but strong-armed public relations campaign involves the introduction of the Windows 10 platform gently foisted upon an unsuspecting public at times not that computer literate but ready to trust a well-known family product flown under the Microsoft banner.

Their latest product is a free download if you qualify to receive it. The home user may be entitled to receive the “free” product or else if you are registered with Microsoft you will be advised to rite to them to reserve your free product. Continue reading

An old man and his broken string Wayward kite eludes novice flyer

Kurt Vonnegut

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.”
Kurt Vonnegut

The  man above (Paul) struggling to gather up his loose bits of string after a kiting disaster this past weekend reminds me of Santiago the main character in Ernest Hemmingway’s , “The old man and the sea” who in the novella  came so close to catching the elusive marlin despite his every valiant effort to succeed.

In this situation loosely re titled, “the old man and the string” the gentleman in question planned his afternoon outing for about one hour before launching his kite.

“The wind picked up nicely and the weather not too warm…a pleasant afternoon to go about doing such an activity” he told me.

This was his “very first attempt” at kite flying. “I noticed the children in the school yard flying their kites and I wanted to try that for myself” he said.

His intent and attempt to fly were honorable but the wind became so strong that the string anchoring the kite broke and landed it in a nearby tree after which an updraft sent it crashing to the ground not in the school yard but on a public street.

He said he ran to where the kite finally landed but its balsa frame was broken beyond repair.

“The wood holding it together was shattered and the plastic material was ripped apart making it unable to fly” he said.

When I first noticed him along the side of the road gathering his string I did not see his kite. He told me that he threw it in a nearby trash bin and was now salvaging the string that was scattered higgledy-piggledy about the street and adjacent lawns.

Was this unfortunate incident going to dissuade him from tying to fly a kite in the future? “No way” he said and added that he “now knows what not to do when flying a kite alone.” 

“Kite flying is a team sport and you really do need a co pilot there to help you out of a jam” he said.

He told me that he is looking forward to the next sunny day to once again try his hand at the sport.