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A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever1 a cover SOUND OF SILENCE
The irony of this time of year is that it is supposed to be a time of joy and peace, and spiritual awareness. but it’s very easy to get stressed out by the annual orgy of materialism we call the holiday season.

You can feel better if you take a few minutes to meditate on this, perhaps some thoughts will arise about how to scale back the consumerist aspects of Christmas. Remember, hugs are good. also chocolate. But let’s try not to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.

About meditation. What is the result of a good meditation session? It is a way to find your way back to that emotional space you have felt before, after a very good day. A place of awareness, acceptance, appreciation.   meditation helps make every day a good day.

I  humbly suggest this book as a gift for yourself, a visual venture into moments of inner peace, awareness of everyday miracles in spite of headaches and heartaches, remember your essence is as sacred as anyone’s; you are capable of love.

Eventually, your body will fail, you will return to the void from whence you came, but today, give thanks for small blessings, for bread, and butter, and beer and beauty.

It is good to give and to receive.




I am no nature photographer, but I still love the out-of-doors (or inside the screen doors). While sipping coffee on the veranda, I was happy to see Mr. Hummingbird swoop in for a snack.  Shooting through screen really degrades an image — but if you are outside anywhere near the little birdy — it is birdy be gone. My solution was to put the camera on a tripod just outside the screen door, attach a remote cable and wait. I let the Nikon D610 and the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm do the heavy lifting of auto-focus and exposure while I sipped coffee and pressed the remote.

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So you have a DSLR and you want to make pictures of birdies?  Ummm — best be prepared to spend a bundle on a 500mm lens and/or get a new Zen sense of patience. On a recent visit to Clarksville Missouri we watched as the “birders” watched and waited and waited and waited for the wild eagles, which winter near the Mississippi River, to entertain them. Of course, if you aren’t picky, you can get your avian snaps at the zoo or — where I got this close-up — at the World Bird Sanctuary.
World Bird Sanctuary