Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

Mar
23

Have you ever taken a photo focusing on one thing and after downloading it found something else in the photo that you didn’t expect.  Such was the case in the photo below.

HOUSE IN A RIM

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I was shooting at a Columbus Day parade last year when a line of antique yellow cabs came along.  I noticed later this house reflected in the wheel of one of the cabs and stretched along the black wheel cover.  The original photo is below.

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For those of you who are antique car buffs, here is the complete car below.

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Mar
20

TAGGED “K”  -  KINDNESS

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When I first started my blog I wanted to feature the photos I took of life as seen through the lens of my camera.  Those photos would show the good, bad and the ugly side of life.  In past posts I’ve shown you the beauty in God’s creation. The wonders of nature.  The diversity of people and cultures.  The violence killing of our children.  The protest in our streets for change.  The homeless.  The abandoned houses in our cities.  And the end of life in a funeral’s procession.

The simple act of kindness is another matter.  It is a state of being “unruffled and  unflappable.”   Kindness is a behavior that flows from love.  It is, therefore, behavior that is gentle, pure and totally rooted in good and for the good of another person.  Kindness refers to loving behavior that is mellow and gentle.

Kindness is a manner of speaking and acting.  It is an attitude, a quality of behavior that stands firm without forcing others to their knees.

When I sought out advice from a wise old minister about what do you do when you are in doubt, he said “DO THE KIND THING”.  A principle that has served me well so far in life and hopefully as well in the future.  We cannot always control the circumstances in our lives, but we can control our actions towards them.

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So I end this post with a slide show of my favor color for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color Purple.

THE COLOR PURPLE

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Mar
17

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“There are times when … the mountains feel too high to climb … We find ourselves pressing  forward only through the strength of unexplained determination.”  

Sloan Rawlins

Taming The Invisible Dragon, written by Sloan Rawlins, is a fascinating, well written, and inspiring spiritual transformational journey to healing, happiness and self-realization.

Her journey from its’ beginning became a crossroad between the person she had been and the person she wanted to be.  It was her “great escape from self-imposed bondage and the breaking dawn of liberation.”

She writes that “There are millions of people in transition today.  They are in the process of self-discovery and spiritual transformation.”  I am personally on that same path and her book, filled with personally acquired wisdom, has helped me to stay on my own course and tame the invisible dragon within me. Her writing helps us to set “our inner guidance system in a new direction.” Understanding “free will” is one of the patterns to that success.

The exercises she teaches helps us to take back personal power through understanding self-responsibility, forgiveness and accountability.

“At the center of your being

you have the answer;

you know who you are

and you know what you want.”

–Lao Tzu

This is not another self-help book full of theory and guidelines, but a humble personal testimony of struggles that we each may encounter in one form or another. It is the honest, self-exposed journey of a overcomer.

I have experienced some of her struggles and find them useful in taming the invisible dragon within me.  I agree with her, that the journey is not quick or easy, but a life long process with its’ own ups and downs.

I was glad to find a person who was able to articulate things and feeling in a way I could never do with such clarity. She assures the reader they are not alone in their transformational journey and there is “magnificent  light on the other side of what they are currently experiencing.”

Some of you may know that I lost my brother back in December.  What you don’t know, is that he actually died on October 31, 2013 and his live in girlfriend left instructions that no one in his family was to be told of his death until after she died on December 19th.  Both deaths were due to long-term illnesses.   His we knew about, hers we didn’t.

The way I found out was when the police from another state called me on the night of the 19th and informed me of her death.  All traces of my brother’s existence in their home had been removed and the police knew nothing about him. It was then, through some investigation, that I found out about his death.

Unanswered questions has haunted me for the last few months.  Reading Sloan’s book helped me to get back on the path of self-inventory and accountability.  Not assigning blame to anyone is the key to forgiveness and healing.  Reading her book helped me process and get through a very trying time.  I had to wear a mask in order to cover up the hurt I was living through. Removing the mask was my step towards recovery.

Thank you Sloan Rawlins for your honest and inspiring words of encouragement that inspires us to become a better person as we travel this journey and stay on course towards authentic happiness.

I give this book five stars.  It is a must read for those who have the desire and determination to heal their wounds, to change their thoughts, and to create better tomorrows.

I hope you will click on the book below to order and read for yourself.

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(Click on book to order)

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 “Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become your character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

The quotes used in this post were taken from Taming The Invisible Dragon.

You can also follow Sloan’s blog here.

Not experienced in writing a review, I hope this one was helpful to you.

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Mar
16

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“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

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This post is the beginning to some wonderful things I’ve learned over the past few weeks.  I hope you will return to hear more.

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Mar
15

 PHIPPS CONSERVATORY

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BOTANICAL GARDENS

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Mar
15

INSIDE A CLASSIC CAR

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Mar
13

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YOU CAUGHT ME!

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Mar
12

TWO COLORS

FIRE BLOOM

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HUES

SHADES OF GRAY

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“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”

Pablo Picasso

Visit Cee’s Photography for more entries to this weeks Fun Foto Challenge.

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Mar
11


CHEERLEADERS IN FLIGHT

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When I attend my grandchildren’s football games, I often switch my photo to the sports mode because I don’t have time to change my settings to capture fast-moving action.  Using the sports mode increases my odds of bringing home what that one brief moment felt like. I find that especially true when photographing my grandson in action on the football field.

Although not football images in this case, the photos I have chosen fit the theme, jump, that I have included for this post.

EAGLE MASCOT PUMPING UP THE CROWD

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Mar
10

WATER PRESSURE

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The fountain at Point State Park is a fun gathering place for families and tourist.  It’s a fun place to sunbathe, dangle your feet in the water, meet up with friends, or simply relax.

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The fountain has two powerful 250-horsepower pumps that drive the column of water into the air, creating a jet two feet in diameter and capable of 200 feet in height.

A third 250-horsepower pump can join the other two to create a wider but lower column of water.

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The three pumps together force a total of 6,000 gallons of water per minute into the air, a pressure roughly equivalent to that of nearly 2,000 home water spigots turned on at full tilt.

The circular basin of the fountain, 200 feet in diameter, collects the 73,000 gallons in the system for recirculation.

Three subordinate peacock-tail pumps of 75-horsepower each, individually push 1,000 gallons of water per minute to create a fan design about the main column.  Information taken from Wikipedia.

An interesting note of trivia is that The Fountain at The Point does not draw its’ water from the three rivers, but from a little known fourth river that flows underneath the fountain.  Read more here.

I took these photos just after the fountain was refurbished and reopened last year.

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