A Forgotten Tree of Yesteryear

I was traveling through the rural community of Dowling, Michigan in my work as a Realtor recently, and paused to take a photo of this tree with its backdrop against the morning sky.  It was not what one could consider to be a living tree any longer, although there does…

Dogs With Hang Time

I thought I would share another of my favorite videos that I ever made today. It is a compilation of dogs jumping in the ultimate ‘Air dog’ competition that I attended some time ago. It was a fund summer event as part of a dog show, and the dogs would…

Hot Air Balloons Make Time Stand Still

The hot air balloons that cross the skies of Battle Creek in the summer months of July each year are part of the joy of living in my town.  A few years ago I attended and filmed a ‘Balloon Illume’ event at the Field of Flight Air Show near the…

Tekonsha, Michigan

Tekonsha, Michigan

Driving through small communities like Tekonsha, Michigan always reminds me of the classic community spirit of America’s past.  This small community boasts it is a ‘Small village with a big Heart’ on its signs as you enter.  The village population has remained in the low 700’s with a slight increase…

Beauty is all around us

Beauty is all around us. It is in the places sometimes you never thought to look.  It can be around the corner, ans surprise you sometimes, such that you forget to notice it.  It is in animals, plants, and art. It is in people, places and things. Beauty has a…

Finding Inspiration in Small Things

Finding inspiration in life sometimes is not easy.  As a writer, I love to look at other people, things around me and events that happen in my life.  Sometimes it the simple, or small things in life that inspire me to write about it.  Although it may not seem like…

Blogging as a Life

In my life as a writer, I would have to say that blogging is something that I love to do as often as I can.  If helps me write daily, even if I do not want to.  It is the exercise of constant writing that allows one to flow thoughts…

Walking Through January

January is a time when the snow leaves you surrounded by a blanket of white.  Footprints across the blanket leaves a trace like soft frosting on cake. Such is the time when walking in January on a cold winter day. Misery is easy, happiness you have to work at.  It…

Say Goodbye to 2012: Take Control of Your Dreams

Whenever I close out a year, I try to reflect on my life and see what I have accomplished in the last year.  I do not try to dwell on the bad things that happened, but instead focus on all the good in my life in the last twelve months. …

Taking in a Sunset

Sometimes when you are driving, you have to reach over for your camera and snap a photo.  I know that is how it goes with me as a photographer.  I love to keep a camera handy, as you never know when life is going to show you something that makes…

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Kissing a Toad, Hoping for a Prince

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I visited Miami, Florida.  On Sunday, my wife and I took time to visit a tourist trap in the Everglades where they took you on a boat ride and then you got to sit in at a small nature show.  As part of the nature show,…

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Living Statue Street Performers

Ever since the first time I visited Disneyland as a kid, I have always been facinated with the living statue street performers.  They have an interesting and creative way of capturing the attention of an audience, and over the years I have witnessed them in Orlando, New York, New Orleans,…