BLOG — 2014

Merry Christmas!

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  I wish a very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. May the joy of this holiday season find a way to fill up your hearts. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Christmas Card Revolution & Challenge.  

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Christmas Card Revolution and Challenge

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  Have you guys noticed it too? With each new year, the more meager the holiday cheer? Do you hear it too? The dreadful complaints about having to pull the Christmas tree out of storage, and then decorate it. The annoyance at that ONE radio station that plays holiday music starting from now until Christmas. Double annoyance if your co-worker listens to it ALL DAY LONG. The stores are ALREADY decorated for Christmas - can we get through Thanksgiving first?! Dreading the day you have to deal with the holiday shopping crowds. You all know what I'm talking about. Holidays...

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Rhododendron Black & White Photography

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  Rhododendron black & white photography[/caption]Rhododendron black & white photography from my garden. These flowers are a pretty pink and capture nicely in black & white. The groundcover shows as a nice textured background providing contrast against the flower.  

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Vinca Black & White Photography

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  Vinca black & white photography[/caption]Trying out a new technique for creating black & white photographs in Photoshop. I like it much better than my old way.  Black & white photography creates depth, along with contrast and details to draw you into its simple, yet beautiful world. Love, love, love.  

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Routines Interrupted

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  Wild grass at Buffalo Rock State Park[/caption]  As I read this article from 99U about routines and creativity, it felt very familiar, as I am a creature of habit. My routine is predictable. Mark McGuinness posed a question, "What happens to your creativity if your routine is interrupted?" For me, it deflates. I feel out of sorts, unmotivated, possibly overwhelmed and maybe even a tad bit crabby. I like my routines. They keep me grounded. Earlier this summer, a herniated cervical disk completely interrupted my routine. One morning, I woke up barely able to turn my head with big...

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