Gulls

White feathered creatures
soaring over the sea’s edge
flowing with the wind.

 

Thanks for taking the time to drop by. Your feedback is appreciated because I am working on a book of my collection of micro-stories and poems. 

Check out the visual version here.

 

All Dressed Up

 “Who needs a Mountie? I’m Batman!” Check out my latest picture essay on Steller. I titled it “All Dressed Up,” and I think you will enjoy seeing how far people will go to get to Comic Con. https://steller.co/s/5GRt6Wz3htH

 

California Winter

 Winters along the coast of Southern California can get mildly cold (it was freezing this morning though) and a little more than barely wet (especially during this drought.) The winter swells keep the surfers and photographers fully engaged.

That is part of my perspective on Winter because I spend time in the water trying to catch waves and take pictures whenever I’m close to sand, rocks, and ocean.  Although this part of the world only gets two seasons: warm-and-dry and cool-and-not-as-dry, I still appreciate the latter as much as the warmer one. Looking to stay engaged with winter all winter long.

The Mission at San Juan Capistrano

 I went on a field trip with my daughter’s class to Mission San Juan Capistrano. It is a beautiful place in a beautiful city. I know beneath the beauty are stories of struggle and pain mostly told by those who had no voice.

See the visual essay on Steller.

Thinking About The Holidays

 It is very easy to use the holidays as a bookmark in your personal history. Getting together with family and friends at the end of the year usually means there are times to reflect. Reflection time can turn negative quickly with thoughts like, “I still don’t have money,” or “I thought I’d own a house by now,” or “I’m still single,” and “I should be further along in life.” The list of disappointments can go on and on. I am not against setting and measuring personal goals, but in many cases, if not most, deadlining those goals at the end of the calendar year can be a set up for failure. This is the part where I put the bullet-pointed list of a few reminders for healthy approaches to life.

  • First, some things are beyond your control. It is how your respond to life’s moments that set you on the right course.
  • Also, make sure how you define success and “getting further along in life” is connected to other people’s lives. Your personal victories should be victories for others too.
  • Lastly, think as big picture as you can. Knowing your place and some eternal truths in this infinite universe helps shape healthy perspective.

Don’t allow the holidays to keep you in the pit of any disappointments or not fully-fulfilled dreams. If you don’t believe in calling, destiny, and that life is full of second chances then this is the time you adjust your approach. 2,000 years ago, there was a prophet in Israel who prophesied that their King would come and rescue them. Yeah, it took 700 years for that to happen, but it happened. When it happened a whole bunch of people missed it because their idea of how their “turnaround” was supposed to happen was off. Your “turnaround” is here. Don’t miss it.

The Paths We Take


“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own,
and you know what you know.
And you are the only one who’ll decide where you’ll go.”~Dr. Seuss

How could you not love Dr. Seuss? I found this picture as I cleaned out my photo library on my phone. When I saw it, I went into “deep thoughts” mode.  Here are a few of my thoughts on the paths we choose in life:

  • Regardless of your theology, you are never alone. Why even try to do life by yourself? It is way more interesting to walk this journey with others.
  • Have a destination, even though many of you know it really is about the journey and not the destination.
  • With a destination in mind, walk with purpose in every step. They count whether they were wasted or not and you can’t take them back.
  • There is no shame in changing course at any of point of the journey if you realize you are going the wrong way.
  • Don’t avoid paths just because they are too challenging or risk pain. No pain. No gain.
  • Enjoy it.

I am sure that is just a fraction of the list, but my attention span is limited at the moment. What would you add to the list?