Status QUOtes – 20151031

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Do today what others won’t so you can do tomorrow what others can’t.” — Jerry Rice

“It doesn’t matter if you can quote the bible if you live as though you never opened it.” — David Alan Campbell

“A pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.” — Bennett Cerf originally published this post

Pickleball is Growing F…A…S…T

Two new countries have been formally recognized through their pickleball associations as members of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) community.

The UK Pickleball Association and the French Pickleball Association join the USA, Canada, Spain and India as members of the IFP.

If you want to read more about this, visit Jennifer Lucore’s website where she has Part 1 of an article about the International Pickleball Tournament 2015.

There is a quick, entertaining video showing some scenes from the tournament in Spain.

Of course those of us who have taken to the sport don’t have to be told that pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA and perhaps the worldand FUN!

STATUS QUOtes — 20151030

“What is forgiven is usually well remembered.” — Louis Dudek

“To play it safe is not to play.” — Robert Altman

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” — Che Guevara

“I don’t know how to act my age. I’ve never been this age before.” — Unknown originally published this post

STATUS QUOtes — 20151029

“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” — Dudley Field Malone

“Nothing happens until something moves.” — Albert Einstein

“Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.” — Don Marquis

“If you’re not familiar with it, a college degree is a thing that we tell our kids to buy with money they don’t have, in hopes that it will help them make money they might earn, which will give them the ability to pay back the money they spent in order to make the money they’re paying it back with.” — Matt Walsh originally published this post

Showy Queen’s Wreath – October, 2015

Readers of JBRish know that we do quite a bit of gardening in our Sonoran Desert home. One of the showiest plants we have is our Queen’s Wreath (Antigonon leptopus). This is an easy-to-care-for vine that asks little more than enough water and fertilization with a standard blooming plant variety enhancer.

While the plant blooms through much of the growing season, it reaches a full flush at one point which is generally late summer or early fall. It is a stunner. Below is a picture of our coral Queen’s Wreath that we have covering an arched trellis.

Read more about the Queen’s Wreath here:


Stunning Coral Queen's Wreath originally published this post

STATUS QUOtes — 20151028

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” — Alan Saporta

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” — David Allen

“Ethics is knowing what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” — Potter Stewart

“…My style is directly related to my limitations.” — Billy Joel originally published this post

Pickleball: How to Warm Up

Pickleball — Standard Warm Up with Mark Renneson

The lack of a standardized warm up causes confusion for many pickleball players. It also prevents people from effectively preparing to play the game. Here is a quick demo of what a standard warm up could look like. Each players warms up groundstrokes, volleys, overheads and dinks in under two minutes.

Approximate List of Strokes Suggested based on video:

  • 6 – 10 dinks each back and forth alternating between forehand and backhand
  • Move back to mid–court and practice ground strokes 5-6 each alternating to forehand and backhand
  • Player 1 moves to the net to catch some volleys from half court ground strokes 7 – 8
  • Player 1 receives lobs to practice overhead smash – 5-6
  • Player 2 moves to the net to catch some volleys from half court ground strokes 7 – 8
  • Player 2 receives lobs to practice overhead smash – 5-6


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*This information is being presented with permission from the author, Mark Renneson. Mark is a 5.0 pickleball player, coach and advocate. He is the founder of Third Shot Sports which provides first-class tennis and pickleball training. He lives in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. You can reach him at

Thanks to Mark and Third Shot Sports for allowing this to be presented on

STATUS QUOtes — 20151027

“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.” — Henry James

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” — Madonna

“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.” — Charles Darwin

“A balanced meal is whatever stays on the spoon en route to a baby’s mouth.” — Kathy Lette originally published this post

Video – Photoshop Crop Tool: Not Just for Cropping!

I have been following Blake Rudis* and EverydayHDR for a little more than six weeks and I am glad that I did. Let me share one of EverydayHDR’s most recent videos that has enlightened me. Photoshop users know about crop tools and perhaps quite a bit about the Photoshop crop tool, but I did not understand how many options are available for this one tool in Photoshop.

If you use Photoshop, I think you will learn at least one thing, and probably more, about the crop tool after watching this video. Take less than fifteen minutes of your time to check it out.


*Blake Rudis is creator of the EverydayHDR website which I encourage you to visit. How many experts in a given field do you know who are willing to share their hard-earned knowledge for free? Not many, yet Blake does just that!

While visiting his website, take advantage of the opportunity to subscribe to his newsletter to get new tips and ideas each week. You will be glad that you did!

When I first found Blake’s site, I spent a long looking at the various components and found many that were of interest to me and some that I hope to return to at a later date.

Here are some interesting places to visit on the EverydayHDR website:

EverydayHDR website

EverydayHDR blog (I don’t miss one post)

Subscribe to Blake Rudis’s Newsletter (scroll down until you see the red arrows and the green Sign Me Up! button.)

Free Photoshop (and other) Tutorials (scroll down to select the videos you would like to watch)

STATUS QUOtes — 20151026

“Ignoring the signs is a good way to end up at the wrong destination.” — Unknown

“…The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” — Annie Dillard

“Close some doors not because of pride incapacity or arrogance but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.” — Paulo Coelho

“If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.” — Jerry Seinfeld originally published this post