Why Photography?


Curve billed Thrasher in the Wind
Photo by Jeff Ross

“When I am camera in hand, visiting beautiful places, photographing beautiful things, telling beautiful stories, I am filled with gratitude, joy, happiness, faith, compassion, love, purpose, optimism, empathy, and awe.”

Read the rest of this inspirational post at the link below:

The Reason I Still Love Photography
by Scott Bourne

STATUS QUOtes — 20150831

“Many conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.” — Margaret Millar

“Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.” — Neil Gaiman

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” — Billy Wilder

“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” — P.G. Wodehouse


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Thinking Out of the Box – A Seth Godin Example

We are creatures of habit and past experience. When we go to the market to purchase an item, we can anticipate that any given category of item will be packaged in a particular manner.

Eggs will most likely be in the familiar egg cartons made of styrofoam or cardboard. Milk will be in a plastic bottle or plasticized cardboard container. Bread will most likely be in a plastic bag, etc.

Every once in a while, though, someone breaks the mold and presents a “better idea.” They are “thinking outside the box” or in this case, outside of the package.

Seth Godin is an author known across the world for his innovative ideas, thinking outside the box on a regular basis and explaining to others how they can become better at whatever it is they are trying to do in life.

I read Seth’s Blog on a regular basis and, I encourage you to read it as well. I am sure you will find a number of things that are interesting.

On August 28, Mr. Godin posted “The strawberry conundrum” which caught my eye because it seems to hold lessons for us yet, at its core, it is a very simple idea.

Here is The Strawberry Conundrum as it appeared on Seth Godin’s blog:

“Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top?

If you do, you’ll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom.

Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy.

Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they’ll get over it.

A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier.

Hype might not be your best option.”

STATUS QUOtes — 20150830

“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” — Doug Floyd

“We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.” — Eric Hoffer

“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.” — Robert Brault

“The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but it still has to be mowed.” — Anonymous


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PL8ATUDES – August 29, 2015


We continue our series of personalized (vanity) license plates in Arizona. To maintain individual privacy, we try to show as little information about particular cars as possible as long as we can reveal the license plate.

NOTE – License plate photos may have been archived for quite some time. The years indicated on the registration stickers DO NOT necessarily reflect the current status of any given plate!

We hope you enjoy these PL8ATUDES!


Ill Be Back


No Going Back

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STATUS QUOtes — 20150829

“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.” — Bobby Knight

“There is always time for another last minute.” — Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.” — Oscar Wilde

“The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.” — Thomas H. Huxley


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Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows – Avenoir

NOTE – If you are new to the “Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows,” read the quote at the bottom this post then watch the video.

Avenoir – The Desire To See Memories In Advance

via The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Do you like moods? Perhaps the question would be better phrased: “Do you like videos that provoke or elicit particular emotions?” The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is intriguing because John Koenig, creator, presents a word that is obscure or completely invented and then connects it to a stylized video to further enhance the definition of that word. As Koenig indicates on his website (linked below), “Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.”

STATUS QUOtes — 20150828

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine

“Impatience asks for the impossible, wants to reach the goal without the means of getting there.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” — Mary Kay Ash

“What I need is a lawyer who specializes in the law of the jungle.” — Ashleigh Brilliant


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STATUS QUOtes — 20150827

“If you are riding a high horse, there is no way to get off of it gracefully.” — Anonymous

“Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.” — Ndo Qubein

“We can never know what might have been but what is to come is another matter entirely.” — C. S. Lewis

“My toughest fight was with my first wife.” — Muhammad Ali


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