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Levi Moore has been at 22 events

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Lotus Carroll1,776,107Welcome to The Selfie Sunday Project for October 18th. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: Shadows _I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see..._ ~Robert Louis Stevenson Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfie Sunday: http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, October 12th up until Monday morning, October 19th. (Older photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj #selfysunday   #selfiesunday   #selfportraiture   #selfportrait   #shadows  The Selfie Sunday Project: Shadows2015-10-18 03:00:0046  
Lotus Carroll1,776,107This is the Event for our September Self Portrait Challenge: Black & White.  Here is where you enter your ONE Black & White Self Portrait. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST September 30th, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Tips & Inspiration* "Our Monochrome Days" - a gallery of exceptional black and white self portraiture: https://goo.gl/TYRBlQ Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we will also be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/W69Ohj and ask away! We have a category for discussion and questions and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* ~1 Year @118357019708110162087 Business Account http://www.smugmug.com/features (or comped value on current account) ~$150 Gift Certificate (restrictions apply*) for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com  ~@100266938567862344330 Digital Holster 30 http://goo.gl/o469IK ~@101789561086090624750 Gift Code in the amount of $42.95  http://www.capturingcouture.com *Please circle these sponsors* - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes, and also has their image take the place of the current Avatar for The Art of Self Portraiture Community. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* ~Enter Only Your Own Work ~Enter Only ONE Photo ~Only SELF PORTRAITS ~Must adhere to this month's theme. ~Photo Must Be Tasteful/Artistic ~No Graphic Nudity, Violence, Sexual Themes or Otherwise Offensive Content ~Photo Must Be Taken in September 2015 (EXIF data must reflect this) ~Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months ~No More Than 3 Wins Total ~Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact ~Circle Our Prize Sponsors ~No Trickery or Spamming ~We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants ~Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A Participant *_Borrow Lenses Gift certificate codes applicable only to orders placed before their expiratioSeptember Self Portrait Challenge: Black & White2015-09-28 07:00:00112  
Lotus Carroll1,776,107Welcome to The Selfie Sunday Project for September 20th. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: Black & White Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfie Sunday: http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, September 14th up until Monday morning, September 21st. (Older photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun - and invite your friends! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj *PS: The September Self Portrait Challenge is also Black & White, so maybe you'd like to submit your image there, too! Details:* https://goo.gl/O08okA _ #selfysunday   #selfiesunday   #selfportraiture   #selfportrait   #blackandwhite   #monochrome  The Selfie Sunday Project: Black & White2015-09-20 03:00:0060  
Lotus Carroll1,776,107Welcome to The Selfie Sunday Project for September 6th. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: No theme - do whatever you like! Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfie Sunday: http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, August 31st up until Monday morning, September 7th. (Older photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj Thank you to @101517640605056528235 for letting us use her image (from the last event: https://goo.gl/lk0x69) in this week's header! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :) _ #selfysunday   #selfiesunday   #selfportrait   #selfportraiture  The Selfie Sunday Project: No Theme2015-09-06 03:00:0055  
Lotus Carroll1,776,107Welcome to The Selfie Sunday Project for August 23rd. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: Motion Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfie Sunday: http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, August 17th up until Monday morning, August 24th. (Older photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj _ #selfysunday   #selfiesunday   #selfpotraiture   #selfportrait   #motion  Selfie Sunday: Motion2015-08-23 03:00:0048  
Lotus Carroll1,776,107Welcome to The Selfie Sunday Project for Sunday, August 9th. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: No theme this week, so do whatever you like! Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfie Sunday: http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, August 3rd up until Monday morning, August 10th. (Older photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! If you have time, remember to +1 and comment on your favorite images from other participants - spread the love and encouragement! _Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits._ :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj Thank you to @103650703836816496431 for letting us use her image (from the last event: https://goo.gl/tmQqEO) in this week's header! Maybe we'll use yours next time. :) _ #selfysunday   #selfiesunday   #selfportraiture   #selfportrait  Selfie Sunday: No Theme2015-08-09 03:00:0054  
Lotus Carroll1,776,107Welcome to The Selfie Sunday Project for June 28. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: Close-Up Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for "Selfie Sunday": http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, June 22nd up until Monday morning, June 29. (Older photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj _ #selfysunday   #selfiesunday   #selfportraiture   #selfportrait   #photography   #closeup  Selfie Sunday: Close-Up2015-06-28 03:00:0056  
Jeff Smith61,250  Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for Nov. 16, 2014 No theme this week. It's wide open. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken from Nov. 10/14 before the event up until 8:00 AM EDT Monday Nov. 17/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-11-16 03:00:0045  
Levi Moore1This will be a photowalk to enjoy the charming town of Bramwell, WV and it's immediate surrounding area.Bramwell, WV Photowalk2014-09-20 09:00:004  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 7, 2014 *Theme for this week: What I did last summer* Lets see you selfies from this summer past, what you did on vacation, or just some special place or event where you managed to take a selfy during the 2014 summer. If you didn't capture a selfy during the summer then take one that shows us a highlight or the essence of your summer vacation/holidays. We will accpet photos taken from June 1/14 until the end of this weekend. Thanks to @114435675631396141366  for his action packed selfy in the cover shot. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken from June 1/14 before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Sept. 8/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-09-07 03:00:0059  
Al Chris1Okay, first event.... *I'm hoping I can leave this without a deadline, so you can add an image and info whenever you want.*  We live in all different parts of the world, with vastly different views, be they physical or philosophical. - What view do you want the rest of us to see? - (_optional_) what do you want to tell us about it?My view2013-11-22 09:00:0011  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for November 17/13. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. *No theme for this week* As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. ___________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-11-17 03:00:00148  
Lotus Carroll1,776,107This is the Event for our November 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: Portray An Emotion.  Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait portraying an emotion. Remember to be as creative and expressive as you possibly can. If the viewer can instantly connect with your image emotionally, it's a win. *Your photo must have been captured this month.* This Event remains open until 11:59 CST November 30th, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Tutorial* Need some tips for this challenge? Have no fear! That's why we're here. :) I put together a piece offering some tips for creating emotional self portraits. You can view it here: http://goo.gl/13WBEf *Prizes* 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Camera Strap (if you win, you get to choose from a list that I'll share with you) :) http://www.capturingcouture.com Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 2 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of prizes. 2nd place receives remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. Both winners will be featured in the Challenge Winners Category http://goo.gl/qc7VO of The Art of Self Portraiture Community. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st & 2nd place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Photo Must Be Taken in November 2013 *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A Participant * * * * * * * * * * Viewing this Event, but not a member of The Art of Self Portraiture? If you're interested in exploring creative self portraiture seriously, request to join here: http://goo.gl/M7XTQNovember Self Portrait Challenge: Portray An Emotion2013-11-02 01:00:00188  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for September 22/13. No theme for this week. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, have fun. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-09-22 03:00:00153  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for September 7/13. *Theme* for this week is: *Connections* As always it is up for interpretation. Personal connections, connections to friends and family, connections to your passions or your surroundings. Perhaps making or breaking connections. I really means many things to many people so have fun. Please take some inspiration from +Jake Johnson  who has graciously let us use one of his fantastic selfies as our event cover photo. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, have fun. Any questions, We have 17 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _________________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-09-08 03:00:00146  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for August 25/13. An open week this week so now particular theme. You can certainly take some inspiration for +Jeff Moreau who has graciously let us use one of his fantastic selfies as our event cover photo. Jeff likes to get outside, get wet and get some air most of the time for his selfies. Check out his album here - http://goo.gl/qvFEVg Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, have fun. Any questions, We have 17 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. ___________________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-08-25 03:00:00147  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for May 5/13. Mini Theme this week: *The great outdoors*  Spring as finally sprung and it's time to get out and show us your surroundings in your selfy.  There are 17 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-05-05 03:00:00168  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for April 20/13. *No theme for this week.* But feel free to be inspired by; April Self Portrait Challenge: Selective Color / Textures event link is here - http://goo.gl/2yyYV And this great tutorial from +Tamara Pruessner  Selective Coloring and Textures: Choosing Appropriately Link is here: http://goo.gl/AsgK3 There are 15 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-04-21 03:00:00170  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for February 10/13. *No theme for this week, just an open project.* There are 16 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-02-10 03:00:00251  
Jeff Smith61,250Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for December 16/12. _Please note, there is no theme this week!_ I would like to also welcome everyone to the new Community home of The Selfy Sunday Project, The Art of Self Portraiture. Selfy Sunday will definitely benefit from being part of this great community, co-owned by myself and the lovely +Lotus Carroll  Selfy Sunday will continue on it's bi-weekly schedule and will be the cornerstone event of The Art of the Self Portrait community. There are 17 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  ____________ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2012-12-16 03:00:00224  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,321,183Where are you and what are you doing on December 12, 2012 (tomorrow), and at 12:12:12 if possible (your lunchtime?). SLRs, compact cameras. phone camera, digital or anolog ... Any cameras are welcome! Let's record the day together! *Invite your friends :)* *Share this link with your friends outside Google+:* http://bit.ly/Shoot121212 明日は12/12/12。どこにいて、何をしていますか? この日に撮った写真をシェアしましょう! 12時12分12秒なら、なお素敵(ランチタイムでしょうか!) カメラは一眼、コンデジ、スマホ、何でもオーケーです。みんなでこの日を記録しましょう。 *お友だちもご招待ください!*Shoot 12/12/122012-12-12 04:00:00486  
Isabelle Fortin27,329Whatever your poison of choice is, I am hoping everyone can raise a glass to celebrate Mark Rodriguez's Birthday on Sunday Sept. 23rd. Mark will be away on a trip in wine country so I thought we could all post a photo raising a glass and toasting one of the best people on G+ Cheers !! Raise your Glass to International Godriguez Day ! Happy Birthday Mark :)2012-09-23 05:30:00144  

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2017-01-10 16:22:49 (90 comments; 6 reshares; 164 +1s; )Open 

Good morning and welcome to a brand new Today! Just remember that you are capable of dealing with anything you encounter Today, no matter what it is. You have that ability within you, you just have to remember to take a moment and breath. Breath through the issue, move beyond the problem and carry on with your Today. Be well my friends.

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2016-12-30 18:11:53 (73 comments; 15 reshares; 284 +1s; )Open 

As many of us are about to enter into a new year, I'd like you to take this with you. 2016 is over. It's done. It is in our past. We can not change a single thing that happened during it, good or bad. What we can do is learn from it, grow from it and use it to be better versions of ourselves in this new year. 2017 hasn't yet unfolded. It hasn't happened yet. It is our hopeful future. Our lives aren't determined yet. Our good time and bad times, our ups and our downs haven't even begun to play out in our lives. We stand on the division between nothing and nothing. Nothing can be done about yesterday and nothing can be guarantied about tomorrow. As of Today, you have a clean slate. Today is your day, always Today. It's a new beginning every time you wake up in the morning. It's your chance to do better, to be better, to think better and to show better. You have that in you,... more »

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2016-12-30 18:11:53 (73 comments; 15 reshares; 284 +1s; )Open 

As many of us are about to enter into a new year, I'd like you to take this with you. 2016 is over. It's done. It is in our past. We can not change a single thing that happened during it, good or bad. What we can do is learn from it, grow from it and use it to be better versions of ourselves in this new year. 2017 hasn't yet unfolded. It hasn't happened yet. It is our hopeful future. Our lives aren't determined yet. Our good time and bad times, our ups and our downs haven't even begun to play out in our lives. We stand on the division between nothing and nothing. Nothing can be done about yesterday and nothing can be guarantied about tomorrow. As of Today, you have a clean slate. Today is your day, always Today. It's a new beginning every time you wake up in the morning. It's your chance to do better, to be better, to think better and to show better. You have that in you,... more »

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2017-02-16 16:47:49 (79 comments; 9 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

When someone mistreats you it's because there's an issue with them, not with you. But keep in mind that mistreating someone means that there is an issue with you, not with them.

When someone mistreats you it's because there's an issue with them, not with you. But keep in mind that mistreating someone means that there is an issue with you, not with them.___

2017-02-14 19:03:52 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Let's do something different this year. I know this "holiday" means different things to different people and I also know that it can be very difficult to many as well. So on this Valentine's Day here is my hope for everyone who reads this:

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"May the minds of all living beings be filled with the thought of loving-friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, equanimity! May they be generous! May they be gentle! May they be grateful! May they be relaxed! May they be happy and peaceful! May they be healthy! May their hearts become soft! May their words be pleasing to others!

May all that all living beings see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and think help them to cultivate loving-friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, equanimity, generosity and gentleness! May their behavior be friendly and their loving-friendliness be a source of peace and happiness.... more »

Let's do something different this year. I know this "holiday" means different things to different people and I also know that it can be very difficult to many as well. So on this Valentine's Day here is my hope for everyone who reads this:

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"May the minds of all living beings be filled with the thought of loving-friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, equanimity! May they be generous! May they be gentle! May they be grateful! May they be relaxed! May they be happy and peaceful! May they be healthy! May their hearts become soft! May their words be pleasing to others!

May all that all living beings see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and think help them to cultivate loving-friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, equanimity, generosity and gentleness! May their behavior be friendly and their loving-friendliness be a source of peace and happiness. May this behavior help their personalities! May all of them be free from fear, tension, anxiety, worry, and restlessness!

Wherever they go in the world may they meet people with happiness, peace and friendliness. May they be protected in all directions from greed, anger, aversion, hatred, jealousy, and fear!"

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Be well my friends.___

2017-02-13 15:46:30 (53 comments; 6 reshares; 118 +1s; )Open 

Good morning everyone and welcome to a brand new Today. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've failed at something in my lifetime. Thousands? Millions of times? I have no clue. But I can tell you that I haven't let my past failures keep me from reaching my goals and getting to where I'm at Today. And sometimes those failures seemed pretty damn big at the time too. But I looked at the situation, looked at what I did and how it went wrong, and didn't do it that way again. Of course that didn't always lead me to a success, sometimes it lead me to yet another failure. But no matter how many times I failed at something I still kept going until I got what I wanted or I got what I needed. So just keep this in mind Today: You do not fail in life, you simply lean how not to do things. That way you're better able to choose a path that leads to your goal. Be well my friends, and be... more »

Good morning everyone and welcome to a brand new Today. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've failed at something in my lifetime. Thousands? Millions of times? I have no clue. But I can tell you that I haven't let my past failures keep me from reaching my goals and getting to where I'm at Today. And sometimes those failures seemed pretty damn big at the time too. But I looked at the situation, looked at what I did and how it went wrong, and didn't do it that way again. Of course that didn't always lead me to a success, sometimes it lead me to yet another failure. But no matter how many times I failed at something I still kept going until I got what I wanted or I got what I needed. So just keep this in mind Today: You do not fail in life, you simply lean how not to do things. That way you're better able to choose a path that leads to your goal. Be well my friends, and be easy on yourself Today, you're learning this as you go along as well.___

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2017-02-12 23:29:29 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Great hike today. Rain quit and held of just for us it seemed. 

Great hike today. Rain quit and held of just for us it seemed. ___

2017-02-10 20:09:15 (35 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

I'm starting to put serious thought into closing my account down here on G+. The level of interaction on my part has dropped to almost nothing. Photography has taken a back, back seat in my life and as such the need for photographic interaction has all but dried up. It's become more of a chore to post a photo here as well as the other sites that I post to. And of course, because I don't interact with people on here, not very many people interact with me. And I'm not complaining about that, I understand how these things work, I'm just detailing my reasons to leave I think. So, I'll be thinking about it but I'm pretty sure I know the direction I'll be taking.


I'm starting to put serious thought into closing my account down here on G+. The level of interaction on my part has dropped to almost nothing. Photography has taken a back, back seat in my life and as such the need for photographic interaction has all but dried up. It's become more of a chore to post a photo here as well as the other sites that I post to. And of course, because I don't interact with people on here, not very many people interact with me. And I'm not complaining about that, I understand how these things work, I'm just detailing my reasons to leave I think. So, I'll be thinking about it but I'm pretty sure I know the direction I'll be taking.
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2017-02-06 15:16:53 (81 comments; 8 reshares; 188 +1s; )Open 

Good morning everyone and welcome to a new Today! You are Outstanding, did you know that? You are the only person ever born that is 100% you. That makes you a one-of-a-kind, an original, unique in all of time and space. Perfect. Yes, perfect. As in "Perfectly you". You are like no other, and the only person qualified to be you. So, just be You Today and you'll be Perfect. Be well my friends and have a wonderful Today.

Good morning everyone and welcome to a new Today! You are Outstanding, did you know that? You are the only person ever born that is 100% you. That makes you a one-of-a-kind, an original, unique in all of time and space. Perfect. Yes, perfect. As in "Perfectly you". You are like no other, and the only person qualified to be you. So, just be You Today and you'll be Perfect. Be well my friends and have a wonderful Today.___

2017-02-01 15:34:38 (44 comments; 6 reshares; 156 +1s; )Open 

Good morning everyone and welcome to a new Today. The swelling in my right hand has gone down quite a bit and the pain is much less than it has been so that means I can type again. And since I can, I just wanted to say don't give up on the things that you want. Never give up on them. We may sometimes need to step back and re-evaluate the best way to achieve them, but that's not giving up. That's determining our best solution. I truly believe that every single one of you who reads this can achieve and accomplish what you set out to do. Without a doubt. Be well me friends and keep it up!

Good morning everyone and welcome to a new Today. The swelling in my right hand has gone down quite a bit and the pain is much less than it has been so that means I can type again. And since I can, I just wanted to say don't give up on the things that you want. Never give up on them. We may sometimes need to step back and re-evaluate the best way to achieve them, but that's not giving up. That's determining our best solution. I truly believe that every single one of you who reads this can achieve and accomplish what you set out to do. Without a doubt. Be well me friends and keep it up!___

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2017-01-27 16:20:14 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

My very first#feetupfriday post. 

My very first#feetupfriday post. ___

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2017-01-25 13:04:23 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday

#WordlessOnWednesday___

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2017-01-20 17:48:17 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? " ~Rumi

"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? " ~Rumi___

2017-01-20 17:35:30 (88 comments; 14 reshares; 196 +1s; )Open 

Hello there friends and welcome to a new Today. I wanted to take a moment and encourage you to concentrate on the things in your lives that you can change for the better, and to not worry about or dwell on the things that you can't. Worrying and dwelling rob you of your peace, your health and your well-being both physically and mentally. When we concentrate on things we can't change we often find ourselves frustrated and angry about our own helplessness, which always spills over into other aspects of our lives. Anger or frustration with a friend, a co-worker, our children or even our partner/spouse when normally we would have had none. But by focusing on the things we have the power to improve, we have hope, we have accomplishment and we have peace. We are not helpless to change our own lives, and we are not hopeless who work to make Today meaningful for ourselves and for those around us. Be well... more »

Hello there friends and welcome to a new Today. I wanted to take a moment and encourage you to concentrate on the things in your lives that you can change for the better, and to not worry about or dwell on the things that you can't. Worrying and dwelling rob you of your peace, your health and your well-being both physically and mentally. When we concentrate on things we can't change we often find ourselves frustrated and angry about our own helplessness, which always spills over into other aspects of our lives. Anger or frustration with a friend, a co-worker, our children or even our partner/spouse when normally we would have had none. But by focusing on the things we have the power to improve, we have hope, we have accomplishment and we have peace. We are not helpless to change our own lives, and we are not hopeless who work to make Today meaningful for ourselves and for those around us. Be well and have a good Today.___

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2017-01-19 15:52:24 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

"They always dissappear into the treetops."

"They always dissappear into the treetops."___

2017-01-19 15:37:36 (44 comments; 8 reshares; 163 +1s; )Open 

I posted this three years ago Today. Still so very true.
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"Today is your new friend, your new experience, your new insight, your new tidbit, your new smile, your new laugh, your new experience, your new adventure, your new discovery, your new food, your new drink, your new love, your new position, your new insight, your new favorite location, your new photograph, your new job, your new career, your new idea, your new door, your new town, your new city, your new state, your new country! Today is your New! You just have to decide what new it will be for you."
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Be well my friends, and enjoy your NEW Today!

I posted this three years ago Today. Still so very true.
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"Today is your new friend, your new experience, your new insight, your new tidbit, your new smile, your new laugh, your new experience, your new adventure, your new discovery, your new food, your new drink, your new love, your new position, your new insight, your new favorite location, your new photograph, your new job, your new career, your new idea, your new door, your new town, your new city, your new state, your new country! Today is your New! You just have to decide what new it will be for you."
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Be well my friends, and enjoy your NEW Today!___

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2017-01-18 14:15:38 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday

#WordlessOnWednesday___

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2017-01-17 15:19:31 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

"Of Distant Watwrfalls"

"Of Distant Watwrfalls"___

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2017-01-16 16:06:10 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

A Land Before Time

A Land Before Time___

2017-01-16 16:04:39 (52 comments; 7 reshares; 134 +1s; )Open 

Good morning everyone, welcome to a new Today. The belief that the amount of melanin in a person's epidermis somehow changes scientific fact, which is that there is only one race on this planet, is one of outright ignorance. Human, is the only race of people on earth. One. And this one and only race has been splintered by this ignorance for ages. I, as a light skinned human, want to be happy, safe, fed, loved and satisfied no more and no less than a human with dark skin. In this, the most basic of human needs, we are ALL the same. We are ALL "interconnected" as one people, as one race, as humans. Our epidermis may vary in pigmentation, but what we all truly want at the end of the day doesn't. We are all brothers and sisters. Be well my friends and be kind, compassionate and understanding.

Good morning everyone, welcome to a new Today. The belief that the amount of melanin in a person's epidermis somehow changes scientific fact, which is that there is only one race on this planet, is one of outright ignorance. Human, is the only race of people on earth. One. And this one and only race has been splintered by this ignorance for ages. I, as a light skinned human, want to be happy, safe, fed, loved and satisfied no more and no less than a human with dark skin. In this, the most basic of human needs, we are ALL the same. We are ALL "interconnected" as one people, as one race, as humans. Our epidermis may vary in pigmentation, but what we all truly want at the end of the day doesn't. We are all brothers and sisters. Be well my friends and be kind, compassionate and understanding.___

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2017-01-11 17:48:23 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday

#WordlessOnWednesday___

2017-01-10 16:22:49 (90 comments; 6 reshares; 164 +1s; )Open 

Good morning and welcome to a brand new Today! Just remember that you are capable of dealing with anything you encounter Today, no matter what it is. You have that ability within you, you just have to remember to take a moment and breath. Breath through the issue, move beyond the problem and carry on with your Today. Be well my friends.

Good morning and welcome to a brand new Today! Just remember that you are capable of dealing with anything you encounter Today, no matter what it is. You have that ability within you, you just have to remember to take a moment and breath. Breath through the issue, move beyond the problem and carry on with your Today. Be well my friends.___

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2017-01-09 15:49:46 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~Rumi

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~Rumi___

2017-01-09 15:33:10 (46 comments; 6 reshares; 163 +1s; )Open 

Gooood morning and welcome to a new Today! UGH, it's Monday again! Back to work. Back to the grind. Back to HELL! lol Or, another day to see a loved one. Another day to watch it rain or snow, or to see the sun. Another day to laugh, to love, to LIVE! Another day to learn. Another day to teach. Another day to explore. Another day to share. Another day to just beeeee. A gift given, especially one you're not owed, should never be looked down on. You opened your eyes and accepted it, now make it meaningful while you have the ability. Be well my friends and have an outstanding Today.

Gooood morning and welcome to a new Today! UGH, it's Monday again! Back to work. Back to the grind. Back to HELL! lol Or, another day to see a loved one. Another day to watch it rain or snow, or to see the sun. Another day to laugh, to love, to LIVE! Another day to learn. Another day to teach. Another day to explore. Another day to share. Another day to just beeeee. A gift given, especially one you're not owed, should never be looked down on. You opened your eyes and accepted it, now make it meaningful while you have the ability. Be well my friends and have an outstanding Today.___

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2017-01-06 17:08:03 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

"Upon this rock..."

"Upon this rock..."___

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2017-01-05 16:57:34 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

"In Amongst the Eaons"

"In Amongst the Eaons"___

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2017-01-04 13:38:58 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday

#WordlessOnWednesday___

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2017-01-03 15:44:28 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

“I said: What about my eyes?
He said: Keep them on the road.

I said: What about my passion?
He said: Keep it burning.

I said: What about my heart?
He said: Tell me what you hold inside it?

I said: Pain and sorrow.
He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~Rumi

“I said: What about my eyes?
He said: Keep them on the road.

I said: What about my passion?
He said: Keep it burning.

I said: What about my heart?
He said: Tell me what you hold inside it?

I said: Pain and sorrow.
He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~Rumi___

2017-01-03 15:16:08 (46 comments; 7 reshares; 225 +1s; )Open 

Good morning and welcome to a new Today. It may feel like this Today is stacked against you, like it's conspiring to make it a hell of a day. Try to remember to take a moment, breath in, breath out and smile. Smile at the issues. Smile at your problems. Smile at the people who are being difficult, or rude, or angry. They all are a test and a teacher. They are part of the gift of a new Today. And they all will cease to be an issue for you. They will pass. So breath, smile and be patient. Make your Today how you want it to be. Be well my friends, it will get better.

Good morning and welcome to a new Today. It may feel like this Today is stacked against you, like it's conspiring to make it a hell of a day. Try to remember to take a moment, breath in, breath out and smile. Smile at the issues. Smile at your problems. Smile at the people who are being difficult, or rude, or angry. They all are a test and a teacher. They are part of the gift of a new Today. And they all will cease to be an issue for you. They will pass. So breath, smile and be patient. Make your Today how you want it to be. Be well my friends, it will get better.___

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2017-01-02 15:47:18 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

“People want you to be happy.
Don't keep serving them your pain!

If you could untie your wings
and free your soul of jealousy,

you and everyone around you
would fly up like doves.” ~Rumi

“People want you to be happy.
Don't keep serving them your pain!

If you could untie your wings
and free your soul of jealousy,

you and everyone around you
would fly up like doves.” ~Rumi___

2017-01-02 15:31:54 (42 comments; 4 reshares; 136 +1s; )Open 

Good morning and welcome to a new Today! A Today that happens to be in the new year of 2017. How incredible is that that we've been gifted this new Today in this new year?! I don't know about you but there almost seems to be a palpable energy connected to those numbers, 2017! I truly hope that each and every one of you have a meaningful new year and a meaningful Today. As we make this transition let's use it to bring kindness, compassion and understanding more into our own lives and then by extension into the lives of those around us. And that, in my opinion, we can never have enough of. Be well my friends, and do unto others...

Good morning and welcome to a new Today! A Today that happens to be in the new year of 2017. How incredible is that that we've been gifted this new Today in this new year?! I don't know about you but there almost seems to be a palpable energy connected to those numbers, 2017! I truly hope that each and every one of you have a meaningful new year and a meaningful Today. As we make this transition let's use it to bring kindness, compassion and understanding more into our own lives and then by extension into the lives of those around us. And that, in my opinion, we can never have enough of. Be well my friends, and do unto others...___

2016-12-30 18:11:53 (73 comments; 15 reshares; 284 +1s; )Open 

As many of us are about to enter into a new year, I'd like you to take this with you. 2016 is over. It's done. It is in our past. We can not change a single thing that happened during it, good or bad. What we can do is learn from it, grow from it and use it to be better versions of ourselves in this new year. 2017 hasn't yet unfolded. It hasn't happened yet. It is our hopeful future. Our lives aren't determined yet. Our good time and bad times, our ups and our downs haven't even begun to play out in our lives. We stand on the division between nothing and nothing. Nothing can be done about yesterday and nothing can be guarantied about tomorrow. As of Today, you have a clean slate. Today is your day, always Today. It's a new beginning every time you wake up in the morning. It's your chance to do better, to be better, to think better and to show better. You have that in you,... more »

As many of us are about to enter into a new year, I'd like you to take this with you. 2016 is over. It's done. It is in our past. We can not change a single thing that happened during it, good or bad. What we can do is learn from it, grow from it and use it to be better versions of ourselves in this new year. 2017 hasn't yet unfolded. It hasn't happened yet. It is our hopeful future. Our lives aren't determined yet. Our good time and bad times, our ups and our downs haven't even begun to play out in our lives. We stand on the division between nothing and nothing. Nothing can be done about yesterday and nothing can be guarantied about tomorrow. As of Today, you have a clean slate. Today is your day, always Today. It's a new beginning every time you wake up in the morning. It's your chance to do better, to be better, to think better and to show better. You have that in you, every Today you get you have that in you. You are Now. 2016 no longer matters and 2017 doesn't matter yet. Don't be scared, don't be worried, don't be excited, don't be impatient. Be Today. Be better than yesterday. And you'll be outstanding! I love and believe in you all. Be well.___

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2016-12-30 13:56:21 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

December ~ And last but certainly not least, December. Now I know the month isn't over. And I know that I've taken other photos that could maybe compete with this one. But this particular photo seems to resonate with me for some reason. This was the first time we'd been to this location and it was made even more memorable because of the additional company we'd had along the way. So that's it, 12 months of my favorite photos I've taken in 2016. Have a happy Today and be well.

December ~ And last but certainly not least, December. Now I know the month isn't over. And I know that I've taken other photos that could maybe compete with this one. But this particular photo seems to resonate with me for some reason. This was the first time we'd been to this location and it was made even more memorable because of the additional company we'd had along the way. So that's it, 12 months of my favorite photos I've taken in 2016. Have a happy Today and be well.___

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2016-12-29 15:36:14 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

“It's your road, and yours alone.
others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.” ~Rumi

“It's your road, and yours alone.
others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.” ~Rumi___

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2016-12-28 15:17:40 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday

#WordlessOnWednesday___

2016-12-28 04:46:29 (55 comments; 8 reshares; 188 +1s; )Open 

2016 is just a number. Who died was just natural occurrence. But your happiness, contentment and achievements are your own responsibility. Don't be the person who blames numbers and nature, be the person who takes responsibility for their own lives and actions. If you're not happy with your life this year, then effect change to make 2017 one you will be happy with. That power is your's, no one else's. Own your outcome!

2016 is just a number. Who died was just natural occurrence. But your happiness, contentment and achievements are your own responsibility. Don't be the person who blames numbers and nature, be the person who takes responsibility for their own lives and actions. If you're not happy with your life this year, then effect change to make 2017 one you will be happy with. That power is your's, no one else's. Own your outcome!___

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2016-12-27 20:36:26 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

October ~ The colors this year in southern West Virginia were outstanding and we had some great weather. One of the more exciting days was when I was able to lead a hike in a local state park for the non-profit I volunteer for. We had about 20 people show up and enjoy the trail, the temps, the creek and the company. As a bonus, after the hike we went to a local brewery for a tour and tasting. This photo was from that very hike.

October ~ The colors this year in southern West Virginia were outstanding and we had some great weather. One of the more exciting days was when I was able to lead a hike in a local state park for the non-profit I volunteer for. We had about 20 people show up and enjoy the trail, the temps, the creek and the company. As a bonus, after the hike we went to a local brewery for a tour and tasting. This photo was from that very hike.___

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2016-12-26 16:03:36 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

September ~ I truly do like just about any blooming plant I can find here in West Virginia. To think about it, I don't think I've ever found one that I didn't like. And this prickly beauty is no exception. The light hitting it when I found it was quite lovely and helped to make it really stand out I think.

September ~ I truly do like just about any blooming plant I can find here in West Virginia. To think about it, I don't think I've ever found one that I didn't like. And this prickly beauty is no exception. The light hitting it when I found it was quite lovely and helped to make it really stand out I think.___

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2016-12-25 23:09:38 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 87 +1s; )Open 

Being active, seeing and experiencing the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, adventuring, meeting new people in parking lots, talking history, smelling the creek as it rushes past you, making both photographs AND memories, planning future adventures, making discoveries. This is what life is about to me.

Being active, seeing and experiencing the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, adventuring, meeting new people in parking lots, talking history, smelling the creek as it rushes past you, making both photographs AND memories, planning future adventures, making discoveries. This is what life is about to me.___

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2016-12-24 16:18:20 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

The world around us is full of wonder and beauty. All we need do is take the time and be present in it.

The world around us is full of wonder and beauty. All we need do is take the time and be present in it.___

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2016-12-23 15:12:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

August ~ What's this, a second sunset?!? Yup! Two months in a row even. This one was taken on the banks of the New River at Camp Brookside after the girls and I had finished leading a photo walk on the island. I'd decided to end here at the river's edge in hopes we'd have a decent sunset, and to my absolute joy we did. This was the scene everyone was treated to for the grand finale of our walk. In my humble opinion, I'd say it was a grand one indeed.

August ~ What's this, a second sunset?!? Yup! Two months in a row even. This one was taken on the banks of the New River at Camp Brookside after the girls and I had finished leading a photo walk on the island. I'd decided to end here at the river's edge in hopes we'd have a decent sunset, and to my absolute joy we did. This was the scene everyone was treated to for the grand finale of our walk. In my humble opinion, I'd say it was a grand one indeed.___

2016-12-22 20:27:08 (59 comments; 4 reshares; 167 +1s; )Open 

I keep seeing all of these posts and comments on how shitty 2016 was, and I couldn't DISAGREE more. 2016 was one of the most outstanding years I can remember. The things I was able to do, the places I was able to go and the people I had the great pleasure of meeting, not to mention a TON of new friendships made. 2016 was outstanding because I decided that every day I was going to make it meaningful for myself and for someone else. That I was going to be a better me than I was the day before. But mainly, 2016 was an outstanding year because I decided it was going to be. Sure, a lot of shit happened to me this year. But that's life, that's just what happens. You roll with the bullshit that happens, you pick yourself back up and you keep going with a smile on your face. Because it could be worse, it cold always be worse. You could have not gotten any of the chances you did this year, at all. So... more »

I keep seeing all of these posts and comments on how shitty 2016 was, and I couldn't DISAGREE more. 2016 was one of the most outstanding years I can remember. The things I was able to do, the places I was able to go and the people I had the great pleasure of meeting, not to mention a TON of new friendships made. 2016 was outstanding because I decided that every day I was going to make it meaningful for myself and for someone else. That I was going to be a better me than I was the day before. But mainly, 2016 was an outstanding year because I decided it was going to be. Sure, a lot of shit happened to me this year. But that's life, that's just what happens. You roll with the bullshit that happens, you pick yourself back up and you keep going with a smile on your face. Because it could be worse, it cold always be worse. You could have not gotten any of the chances you did this year, at all. So 2017 will be exactly what you and I choose it to be, shitty or outstanding. Circumstances and events aren't going to determine how it turns out, how we decide to look at it will...and has for this year as well. Be well and be happy in this year and the next.___

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2016-12-22 16:33:16 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.” ~ Rumi

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.” ~ Rumi___

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2016-12-21 14:52:55 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

July ~ Oh sunsets, how beautiful they can be. This was the first real sunset I'd shot post wheelchair and boy was is a super special time. Along with the girls, I had the great fortune to shoot it with a photographer friend from out of state. We'd taken her on a tour of a few highlights in the area all day long and ended here at Beauty Mountain. In addition to that, I got to meet a direct descendant of the original land owned for the land we were standing on and an outstanding coal mining pioneer for the region. So ya, good times!

July ~ Oh sunsets, how beautiful they can be. This was the first real sunset I'd shot post wheelchair and boy was is a super special time. Along with the girls, I had the great fortune to shoot it with a photographer friend from out of state. We'd taken her on a tour of a few highlights in the area all day long and ended here at Beauty Mountain. In addition to that, I got to meet a direct descendant of the original land owned for the land we were standing on and an outstanding coal mining pioneer for the region. So ya, good times!___

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2016-12-20 23:31:15 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

~Beauty's Vanishing Point

~Beauty's Vanishing Point___

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2016-12-20 15:29:20 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

June ~ Finding a new-to-you flower is always exciting to Rene and I and this little beauty was no exception. Called a "Deptford Pink", it was found out on a trail here in Beckley, WV. As I mentioned previously, wildflower hunting is something Rene and I both enjoy. Though admittedly, she's much better with identifying the flowers and remembering their names. I just mainly like shooting them. 

June ~ Finding a new-to-you flower is always exciting to Rene and I and this little beauty was no exception. Called a "Deptford Pink", it was found out on a trail here in Beckley, WV. As I mentioned previously, wildflower hunting is something Rene and I both enjoy. Though admittedly, she's much better with identifying the flowers and remembering their names. I just mainly like shooting them. ___

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2016-12-19 15:40:42 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

May ~ One of the things that I absolutely love to photograph is the annual blooming of the rhododendrons at Grandview in the New River Gorge. They have long rows of the bush lined up so people can just walk along and enjoy them. But it's difficult to get an original photo of something so popular and well documented, I had to think "outside of the box" so to speak. I'm quite happy with the results of this outside of the box photo.

May ~ One of the things that I absolutely love to photograph is the annual blooming of the rhododendrons at Grandview in the New River Gorge. They have long rows of the bush lined up so people can just walk along and enjoy them. But it's difficult to get an original photo of something so popular and well documented, I had to think "outside of the box" so to speak. I'm quite happy with the results of this outside of the box photo.___

2016-12-19 14:59:32 (66 comments; 8 reshares; 228 +1s; )Open 

Gooooood morning everyone and welcome to a brand new Today!!! Look at you, you got another chance at life. Congratulations! Now the question is, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to whine and moan because it's a certain day of the week? Or are you going to see it as what it is, a gift? Are you going to whine and moan because you were given an outstanding gift? One you had no guaranty of even getting. One that other people didn't get. Or are you going to see all of the possibilities you've just been handed with this one extra chance at life? Today is a boundless well of potential just waiting to be drawn from by you. What will you choose for your Today? Be well my friends.

Gooooood morning everyone and welcome to a brand new Today!!! Look at you, you got another chance at life. Congratulations! Now the question is, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to whine and moan because it's a certain day of the week? Or are you going to see it as what it is, a gift? Are you going to whine and moan because you were given an outstanding gift? One you had no guaranty of even getting. One that other people didn't get. Or are you going to see all of the possibilities you've just been handed with this one extra chance at life? Today is a boundless well of potential just waiting to be drawn from by you. What will you choose for your Today? Be well my friends.___

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2016-12-16 16:23:54 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

April ~ Oh April, tiss wildflower season and it is wonderful. Honestly I've forgotten where I took this photo, I suppose I could go back to the others I took that day and see if I can figure it out. Probably. But the where is unimportant really, it was the with whom that matters the most. The girls; my wifey and the girl-child. Even when I was in the wheelchair wildflower hunting was something we could all do together. One of the few outdoor recreations, really. And we've held on to that activity for a few years now. Happily, it doesn't look like it'll end any time soon. 

April ~ Oh April, tiss wildflower season and it is wonderful. Honestly I've forgotten where I took this photo, I suppose I could go back to the others I took that day and see if I can figure it out. Probably. But the where is unimportant really, it was the with whom that matters the most. The girls; my wifey and the girl-child. Even when I was in the wheelchair wildflower hunting was something we could all do together. One of the few outdoor recreations, really. And we've held on to that activity for a few years now. Happily, it doesn't look like it'll end any time soon. ___

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2016-12-15 16:18:35 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

March ~ Obviously my favorite for the month of March, this photo may very well be in the running for my top favorite photograph of 2016. I'd recently downloaded the free Nik suite and had been experimenting with it on various other photos. So by the time I'd taken this photo I had a basic grasp of what the software could do. The end result, for me, was exactly how I had envisioned it in my mind's eye. It can be argued by, I'm sure, that the level of processing is a bit over the top. But since it's my photo and my final product, the level of processing is simply, perfect.

March ~ Obviously my favorite for the month of March, this photo may very well be in the running for my top favorite photograph of 2016. I'd recently downloaded the free Nik suite and had been experimenting with it on various other photos. So by the time I'd taken this photo I had a basic grasp of what the software could do. The end result, for me, was exactly how I had envisioned it in my mind's eye. It can be argued by, I'm sure, that the level of processing is a bit over the top. But since it's my photo and my final product, the level of processing is simply, perfect.___

2016-12-15 16:06:20 (66 comments; 5 reshares; 169 +1s; )Open 

Good morning everyone and welcome to a brand new Today! We are, human beings. We are ALL, human beings. There is no "your kind" or "my kind". There is no "your people" and "my people". Because we are Human Kind, we are Human People. I don't want to be hungry or hurt or freezing or homeless any more than a person on the other side of the planet does. We are all the same people because we all want the same things for ourselves and for those we love and care for. We are all connected, we are all the same, we are all equal because we are all Human. We can ALL work to ensure that Humans are not divided against one another, that one Human is not weighted differently than any other Human, that all being equal ARE indeed thought of and treated equally. Again, it's easier said than done, and it sometimes seems like it's more difficult for some than for others. But... more »

Good morning everyone and welcome to a brand new Today! We are, human beings. We are ALL, human beings. There is no "your kind" or "my kind". There is no "your people" and "my people". Because we are Human Kind, we are Human People. I don't want to be hungry or hurt or freezing or homeless any more than a person on the other side of the planet does. We are all the same people because we all want the same things for ourselves and for those we love and care for. We are all connected, we are all the same, we are all equal because we are all Human. We can ALL work to ensure that Humans are not divided against one another, that one Human is not weighted differently than any other Human, that all being equal ARE indeed thought of and treated equally. Again, it's easier said than done, and it sometimes seems like it's more difficult for some than for others. But equal Kindness, Compassion AND Understanding for and too every Human being is something worth striving for no matter the level of difficulty. Be well my friends.___

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2016-12-14 14:33:31 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

February ~ Here's a scene taken while out on our 100 mile challenge for the NRG. It was one of those perfect winter days where the snow had melted and the temps had warmed up into the low 40s and the sun was shining. To get this view you have to hike the Cave Trail at Grandview, which isn't a difficult trail at all, nor very long. But I think it's just not traveled to it's end very often. So glad we did that day.

February ~ Here's a scene taken while out on our 100 mile challenge for the NRG. It was one of those perfect winter days where the snow had melted and the temps had warmed up into the low 40s and the sun was shining. To get this view you have to hike the Cave Trail at Grandview, which isn't a difficult trail at all, nor very long. But I think it's just not traveled to it's end very often. So glad we did that day.___

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2016-12-13 17:52:20 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Since I really don't have any new material to post right now, I might as well start posting my favorites from 2016.
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January ~ This was a photo from a 52 week project I started at the beginning of the year that I never finished. Between training for the 10 walk and trying to finish the 100 mile challenge for the NRG I just didn't make time for the project. Fortunately, however, I plan on starting up next year where I left off this year and hopefully finishing this project. I'd also like to see it put into it's own book once it's done. I really like this concept.

Since I really don't have any new material to post right now, I might as well start posting my favorites from 2016.
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January ~ This was a photo from a 52 week project I started at the beginning of the year that I never finished. Between training for the 10 walk and trying to finish the 100 mile challenge for the NRG I just didn't make time for the project. Fortunately, however, I plan on starting up next year where I left off this year and hopefully finishing this project. I'd also like to see it put into it's own book once it's done. I really like this concept.___

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