Friday, November 27, 2009

A New Christmas CD To LOVE!

I just received The Bluebird Bells, "Ringing for Peace" CD on Wednesday; hot off the presses from Nashville Tennessee! I couldn't be happier with the music and the use of my image for the cover design. This new release is packed with a wide variety of holiday tunes (18 in all) from "Nashville's New and Undiscovered Talent". Unique renditions of standby favorites coupled with some fresh and exciting compositions will surely help to put you in the holiday spirit. The quality of sound is super and the quantity is limited, so go here to listen to a selection of the music and then go here and order your copy today before they sell out. (They would make great holiday gifts!) A portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to The Wounded Warrior Project. The non-profit organization helps soldiers wounded in combat like one of the Bells' own, Sal Gonzalez, Jr, who lost his leg in Iraq to a bomb explosion. I've got to order more too, because I want to give them out as gifts and my hubby confiscated mine. He has had it in his van ever since. I'm afraid I'll never see it again. At least not until the holidays are long gone!

Friday, November 13, 2009


I think this really makes sense! Bill's got a sane and realistic attitude to the situations and problems we are facing. I hope he is serious about becoming a candidate in 2012!

Bill Cosby's Advice For Fixing Our Economy -


(1). Any use of the phrase: 'Press 1 for English' is immediately banned. English is the official language; speak it or wait outside of our borders until you can.

(2). We will immediately go into a two year isolationist attitude in order to straighten out the greedy big business posture in this country. America will allow NO imports, and we'll do no exports. We will use the ‘Wal-Mart 's’ policy, 'If we ain't got it, you don't need it.' We'll make it here and sell it here!

(3).. When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it coming in here.

(4). All retired military personnel will be required to man one of the many observation towers located on the southern border of the United States (six month tour). They will be under strict orders not to shoot on

(5). Social Security will immediately return to its original state. If you didn't put nuttin' in, you ain't getting nuttin' out. Neither the President nor any other politician will be able to touch it.

(6). Welfare. -- Checks will be handed out on Fridays, at the end of the 40 hour school week, the successful completion of a urinalysis test for drugs, and passing grades.

(7). Professional Athletes --steroids? The FIRST time you check positive you're banned from sports ..... for life.

(8). Crime - We will adopt the Turkish method, i.e., the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more 'life sentences'. If convicted of murder, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for the victim you killed: gun, knife, strangulation, etc.

(9) Only one export of ours will be allowed: wheat; because the world needs to eat. However, a bushel of wheat will be the exact price of a barrel of oil.

(10). All foreign aid, using American taxpayer money, will immediately cease and the saved money will help to pay off the national debt and, ultimately, lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we'll ask The American People if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision as to whether, or not, it's a worthy cause.

11). The Pledge of Allegiance will be said every day at school and every day in Congress.

(12). The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.

My apology is offered if I've stepped on anyone's toes ..... nevertheless......

Sincerely," Bill Cosby

(The photo of Bill Cosby in this post is an image from the Wikimedia Commons.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Capturing Souls

When I saw photos of a friend's beautiful yard late this fall, I knew we had to hurry over before winter's brown coat took over. A young friend of a friend came to our rescue and provided a charming center of interest for our autumn backdrop.
Like in my paintings, I tried to play with the colors, angles and light to portray not only a pleasant design, but a sense of connection to the mood or emotion of the subject.
I'm finding that photography, like my other art, is inevitably a one man show. As with painting, I wear the hats of the designer, director, producer and promoter. Unlike painting however, it's always nice to have an assistant!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fall's Glory Gone With The Wind

Today feels like winter. It's not that cold, but the wind is whipping. Here's some late fall photos taken here at the Sandarosa in the early morning mist last week. I am enjoying the freedom of my new photo editing software. Working on images in an application where everything is reversible can be fun. I've been taking Creative Techs 10 Week Lightroom Course with Steve Laskevitch which has helped me immensely. The learning process is time consuming, but I'm sure the payoffs in enhanced capabilities, management strategies and more efficiency will be well worth the investment.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

An Amazing Art Wolfe Interview and Slideshow

Don't miss this great interview by John Greengo with Art Wolf - produced by Creative Techs.

John Greengo sits down with his good friend and fellow photographer Art Wolfe (Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe) to discuss photography and traveling.