Category: <span>Creative</span>

Sue & Kelsie, Karen & Linda, Kris decided to play. Never too late to send your photos!



The little people in the Bailey household built a snowman.

Beth got 40 inches! She is shoveling and shoveling some more!

Erin is driving to VT- and watching people sled down snow covered hillsides.




Delaney and Kelsie have asked to do a December Photo Challenge- they even sent the list…



So- on December 1- get your camera’s ready and begin shooting, then send your photos to me or load them up on the page for the day.









This year I am going to attempt to take 365 photos-1 a day. I got a new camera and I want to learn to use it. I also love taking pictures. I know many in our family take photos- some are very good at it- join in…and everyone has a camera- some have SLR’s (Farley get it out of the box), some point and shoot (Sue- you just got a great one) and everyone has a cell phone (Kevin & Kristy- you just did this with Silvie)- use what you have. Can’t do everyday- take one a week- just share when you can (or send to me and I’ll share).

you can do a monthly list:


you can do a yearly list:


You can just walk out the door and snap a shot.

Or do like Catherine Ryan Hyde in “365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World.”

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Catherine’s #DailyGratitude practice evolved from the simple act of finding something to be grateful for every day and sharing it with others. Now, Catherine has compiled a year’s worth of her favorite awe-inspiring and life-affirming moments in 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE, a heartfelt tribute to the beauty of our world and to the joyful act of giving thanks.

This is more of what inspired me- I bought a journal:

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It has a new page every day. I plan to write my Daily Gratitude and take a photograph and put it in the journal- nothing fancy- I’ll print it out on the printer.

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

You have nothing to lose but everything to gain…


Let’s photograph…this is always fun!


Creative Photos

Kris & I are starting a new e-course (May 3, 2015) from Oprah (Kris & I took 2 with Brene Brown- “The Gifts of Imperfection”). This one is called “Thrive” with Arianna Huffington using her book of the same title. I can’t wait!

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Last month I finished my project in my bedroom (pictures on the walls of the family). I had two small frames I put the nieces and nephews in. Here is the one with Silvie’s picture…then I received her birth announcement in the mail…Good taste!




I got this book for Christmas (I try to get one photo book at Christmas)’s cool!

Recently published in book form, Common Ground tells the story of two families, the Cagwins and the Grabenhofers, who inhabit the same land at different times. Harlow and Jean Cagwin work hard to farm the land and raise Angus cattle for beef, but eventually have to leave when Harlow’s health fails. The Grabenhofers are one of many families occupying the bland suburban subdivision created after the Cagwins sell the land to a developer.

Strazzante had never intended to do a before-and-after essay, but found the project evolving after a chance meeting with resident Amanda Grabenhofer. Still, it wasn’t until he took a picture of the Grabenhofers’ sons horsing around with a rope on their lawn that Common Ground really took off. Something about the image reminded Strazzante of one he’d taken of Harlow Cagwin wrestling with his dog. He opened up Photoshop and laid the images side-by-side as a diptych, and a lightbulb went off: he began to see all kinds of echoes and correspondences between other images.


The resulting diptychs are delightful and surprising, showing the passage of time and the marks humans leave on the earth, and confounding our expectations about both rural bliss and suburban anomie.








Kelsie’s “new” movie.


Linda’s “new” ornament to commemorate the purchase of our RV this year!



Join us- this is fun (Sue, Kelsie and I- just take a quick picture with your cell phone).