Tag: photography

Can a photo be sacred?

“Take a photo of us,” said Jem. She was sitting beside Henry (not their real names). Jem was his new friend, hoping to pick up some extra cash by throwing in with an experienced panhandler. As usual, I was walking with a camera slung around my neck. I always give Henry some change so stopped to chat. Photos as intrusion… Read more →

Dementia book review and giveaway

Watch this space to win a free copy of Peter Maeck’s book. The giveaway starts September 12th, the same day Peter Maeck’s guest post appears here.) As did Peter Maeck, I railed against dementia and viewed its ravages as a personal affront. Maeck lost his father to it. I lost my mother. The raging changes nothing. This book might. I… Read more →

Non-artist’s path to creating a children’s book

Yes, I’ve been completely absent here. It’s this children’s book series that’s been gnawing at my mind for a long time. I’ve been waiting for talent to strike or for my bank account to finally fatten enough for me to hire an illustrator. Neither happened. No miracle walked in the door. So I just got busy. Writing and photography are… Read more →

Photos, fountain pen, all aging

Why I review books

  From the moment I cracked the code of words on a page at four, through the years of reading under the covers, with a flashlight (oblivious to the telltale light shining through), I have always devoured books. Devoured them as if going even one day without book in hand would slide me into some perilous abyss. But I never… Read more →

Happy dances and free e-cards

Sharing photos on Facebook makes me do a happy dance. I love taking my camera for a walk, then popping the photos onto my computer and seeing if I snapped any magic or captured any stories. Some of them make me grateful it’s so easy to delete digital photos. Others sit me down and say, “Let me tell you a… Read more →

You, me, and the rest of the planet

We humans are pretty egocentric. We generally view ourselves as Earth’s top dogs. Hmmm, maybe I should change that to top creatures, out of deference for our canine pals. At any rate, a lot of us have bought into the idea that although we may be responsible for looking after the planet, we are, nevertheless, the apex species. I can… Read more →

A love note to you

On any given day, we have only 1440 minutes and a lot of demands for them. Each day, we need many of those minutes for working, cooking, dressing, cleaning, eating, parenting, pet feeding, commuting, exercising, talking with friends and family, answering emails and calls, or whatever else our daily habits require. That leaves a limited number of minutes for peripheral… Read more →

Which cover works best?

A little while ago, I ordered a few print copies of my forthcoming book, Cloud Talk. It is a gathering of some of my Turtle Talk stories and photos. In this first collection, clouds are the storytellers. They travel. They play with friends. They pull tricks on each other and the people below. The book is family friendly. Parents and… Read more →

Nature, Art and Lightroom

Lightroom has been a game changer for me. I have used Photoshop for years and still use it daily, but Adobe’s Lightroom does things not part of the flagship software. I can create books with it and upload them to Blurb or create a PDF for use elsewhere. That is a big bonus. Lightroom also makes it easy to post… Read more →

Kelowna Autumn

We don’t have as many deciduous trees here as our eastern cousins have, but those that do change do so with style. I took these photos along the waterfront in downtown Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

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