Friday, July 15, 2011


A visit to the woods in the summer…

…is an opportunity to see the forest at its best.  
Even though the swarms of mosquitoes 
seemed to have been cross-breeding with piranhas.

It’s also a chance to photograph usual things…

 …like pussytoes.

Other unusual things such as…

…remarkable garb worn…

 …while learning the finer points of retrieving and folding the flag and…

 …an innovative use for…

 …tire inner tubes can be found at a place like a girls’ summer camp.

 Another less bizarre but very noteworthy activity 
was the tying of small quilts to be given to children 
in the pediatric ward at the hospital.

 Most of these young ladies were veteran campers 
so when we were invited to share their evening meal 
of foil dinners cooked over the coals…

 …we were glad to accept.  The main course of hamburger patty, 
sliced Idaho potatoes, carrots and onions was delicious.

 So was the fresh fruit.  Dessert was a cup of dirt.  
A Cup of Dirt is made by filling a paper cup with instant chocolate pudding 
and topping it with crumbs from crushed Oreos.  
A gummy worm is added as a garnish.

How many gummy worms can you eat at once?

 After-dinner entertainment was an array of fun skits.

 I’m sure you recognize the folk tale about 
the mouse pulling the thorn from the lion’s paw.

 There were stories…

 …and dancing…

…and more dancing.

Mosquitoes find moving targets more difficult to hit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Samples of my artsy photography and others' philosophy about being artsy:
Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing. Margaret Chittenden
Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal.  Igor Stravinsky

Good artists copy; great artists steal.  Pablo Picasso

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.  T.S. Elliot

A great artist is able to transform what he as received so significantly that it appears that he has produced something that did not exist before.  Ged Byrne

Every child is an artist.  The problems is how to remain and artist once we grow up.  Pablo Picasso

There is nothing new under the sun.  Proverbs 3:11

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. Albert Einstein

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Most of us enjoy making, creating, crafting, building, constructing.  It's in our nature.  Even if we follow another's design, what we make is original to us. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Quotes and thoughts and things in my note book.

Click on the "stuff Ive learned"  label at the end of the post
if you really want to read earlier similar posts.

1.  Bad decisions make good stories.
2.  Straws make it taste better, frames make it look better.
3.  Determination is the feeling you get just before you
     try to do something incredibly stupid.  (see #1)
4.  The only difference between a toilet that needs its handle jiggled
     and a peaceful fountain is perspective.
5.  That which does not kill me does not always make me stronger.  
      Sometimes it just postpones the inevitable and prolongs the misery.
6.  It's a good idea to go the the bathroom before doing frightening things.
7.  An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure.

8.  Where do you find a twenty-pound cat?

Right where you left him.