Moments Photography by Sandy: Blog https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog en-us (C) Moments Photography by Sandy (Moments Photography by Sandy) Sun, 24 Jan 2021 02:11:00 GMT Sun, 24 Jan 2021 02:11:00 GMT https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/img/s/v-12/u611640909-o109626404-50.jpg Moments Photography by Sandy: Blog https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog 120 90 Who Are You? https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2021/1/who-are-you

If you answer the question, "Who are you?" most people would begin listing words that describe what they do.  Like I might say that I was a teacher, photographer, photo artist, musician, singer, mother, Christian, sister, wife, friend, neighbor, etc.  But I have become aware that those are only temporary "hats" that you wear as you exist and interact with life.  Who you are lies much deeper in the essence of your being.  We are all spirit or soul at our essence.  Some healers who work with energy say that they have felt this essence and it takes their breath away every time.  The magnificence that is at your core comes from the spark of God that you are a piece of.  Everyone is.  And everything is.  We weren't taught that in school!  This is something that you find for yourself when you find a way to love all of yourself.  Love is the way.  "Love takes you.  Love keeps you.  Love never leaves you at all.  It's a journey called home and once you find it you're never alone.  Love stays with you forever and from now on." -Lizzy Pearl. And that is who you are. You are love.  The more you love yourself, the more love shows up for you.  "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." - Beatles

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) I Am inner self know thyself love who are you who you are https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2021/1/who-are-you Sun, 24 Jan 2021 02:10:35 GMT
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Put a lock on it and throw away the key, forget the combination or bolt it.  But the truth will still prevail.  In the world of light and love that honors and stays in constant contact with the Creator, God, Source, or All That Is will prevail.  If in doubt put the power in your hands by using prayer for your intentions.  Or be at peace with these words from Jesus, "Do not concern yourself with the folly in the world.  It is more important for you, as a light worker to expand your energy out.  Focus on the good.  Focus on the light.  Be the calm in the storm.  Pull strength from me for I am your strength and your redeemer.  It is good to be outside on a daily basis.  Mother Earth and its inhabitants are healing in their essence as you are but your mind takes you far from its center off and on during the day.  I remind you to know how you breathe.  Focus on that breath when you need to calm the body so in turn it can calm the mind.  I am with you always.  You are part of me and I am part of you."

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) All That Is be at peace be the light Creator God Jesus speaks mindfulness stay connected https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2021/1/put-a-lock-on-it Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:36:58 GMT
And ON This Day https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2021/1/and-on-this-day
Tony YardleyTony Yardleymusician, guitar teacher, friend

And on this day we place the final date for this man, my music mentor and friend, Tony Yardley.  We had a lot of music lessons in the "dash": Tony Yardley 1952 - 2021.  He was patient and kind and otherwise when he needed to be.  I would not be where I am in my musical journey without him and I have no idea where to go now.  I would look online for some of the music to learn but he would always and I do mean always have a better way of doing it.  He could hear the difference.  He could find it on the guitar.  When he composed music on other instruments like the piano, he had to find it first on the guitar.  I am just the opposite.  I hear a melody and go to the piano.  I then have to write it down and transpose to the guitar.  And then I would play it for Tony.  Many times he liked it as is.  So there is always that hope that I learned enough to sustain my journey.  And then there were those times that he suggested a different chord or strumming pattern.  If I didn't use it exactly as he gave it to me it was because his suggestion inspired more. Sometimes at guitar lessons I would not be ready to add on to what I was already working on. .I would ask him to play for me.  He might be working on something he was recording at his home studio or he would have a tune he wanted me to hear or he might pull something up on his handy ipad that was hooked up to speakers.  Tony was always ready with a story to tell. In the nearly thirty years I was his student, we never ran out of things to talk about.  I'm going to have to find new ways. He is in love and grace. Until then...

Here's a URL to a song on Tony's You Tube.  Highlight it, copy and paste it into your browser.  This is one of my favorites.  He has a few singles listed if you click on the link below the song - "Tony Yardley - Topic" it will also give you the two CD's in full version.  Go listen to his genius playing music with his friends.  You'll be glad you did.  Even if you don't like every tune as I do, you will recognize his superb ability to play guitar and compositions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4zZp065YMY



 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) music music lessons music mentor Tony Yardley https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2021/1/and-on-this-day Mon, 04 Jan 2021 15:42:04 GMT
Dragons in the Skies https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/12/dragons-in-the-skies

Dragons fly in the rainbow sky.  Dragonflies and damselflies ride the skies darting here and there with quick speed and precision.  On this day the sky was full of them.  It appeared as it they had shown up just for me as a multitude of them gathered above, below, around and flying through the patio where I was standing.  I claimed Disney Princess status when asked, "Did these dragonflies show up for you?".  I stood in gracious awe with a smile a mile wide.  Fly my precious dragons and damsels! It is mating season.  It's time to make more of you for me to view next fall.  Florida is my favorite place to be in October. If you like to see these helicopter insects buzzing around as I do, go to the water in the southern lands of the United States. All along these coastal waters they fly.  I have seen them sparingly in the area during other months.  In October, especially during the third week is a great time to be at the beach and see this insect I claim as a spirit animal.  When you see a dragonfly, be reminded to see through the illusions of life.  They symbolize change, transformation, adaptability and self-realization.  If you are reflecting on life, the change that happens is a mental and emotional maturity looking to understand the deeper meaning of life.  Learning to stay in the moment you are in and learning to relish life as it is playing out is a simple, powerful way to live.  Live in the now.  Be who you are.  Live. Learn. Love. Laugh. 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) damselflies dragonflies dragons life illusions live in the moment october skies rainbow skies https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/12/dragons-in-the-skies Sat, 19 Dec 2020 16:32:02 GMT
Dog's Best Friend https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/12/dogs-best-friend

Meet Nyx.  She's full of love, as most dogs are.  She can also communicate.  She responds to commands as well.  And she can smile at you if she like you.  She likes me and I'm in love with her.  Her best friend is pictured above.  Fortunately for Nyx, her person owns his own business and she is able to go everywhere he goes.  And she does. On this day, her person picked up a stick to throw for her. 

Awhile later she brought up her choice for a "stick".  It was so big you had to really wind up to throw it. 

Nyx jumped through the grass in complete ecstasy.  It was such a joy to see. Watch her below in this short nine second video.

And when it's time to go home, she rides in style.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) best friends chase a stick dog love dogs love your dog https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/12/dogs-best-friend Sat, 12 Dec 2020 15:23:15 GMT
Take My Hand and I'll Hold Yours https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/11/take-my-hand-and-ill-hold-yours

Hands holding hands is a simple act of connection.  And yet this simple act also involves a complex combination of sending and receiving.  The left hand receives energy and the right hand sends energy.  How awesome is it that when you hold another's hand, one hand is naturally sending while the other receives?  Pictured is a couple that performed the ceremony of holy matrimony.  They begin again.  After being married to others and being alone, these two reunited as friends.  They were friends who hung out as couples when they were married to others.  Each spent time caring for an ailing spouse, endured time alone and recognized how lovely it felt to be around each other.  So after a courtship that began at the beginning of this year, we now have more love pouring into the end of the year.  And 2020 can use all the love you can throw at it.  Send love.  Receive love.  Hold hands.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) begin again courtship friends with benefits love endures marriage young at any age https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/11/take-my-hand-and-ill-hold-yours Mon, 30 Nov 2020 23:41:38 GMT
Communication Takes More Than Two https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/11/communication-takes-more-than-two Cloud #10Cloud #10

Communication...we all do it, right?  Okay we all try to communicate but without feedback from the other person, how we can know for sure if the message we intended to send made it clearly to the receiver?  One of the sayings I grew up with is by Alan Greenspan, (according to the internet,) I only ever heard my Dad to say it: "I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant."  Reread that until it sinks in.  It brings to light an awareness that the receiver of information could have understood the words differently than what the sender meant for the message.  There are ways to clarify if you have the awareness to know when you have made assumptions or if you're good at asking questions, that is a good strategy as well. 

One way to check the information is called mirroring.  You say back to the person exactly word for word what they said to you.  Or you can say back to the person what you thought they said.  The first one is helpful to use when you really don't understand the message.  Somehow saying the same words gives you some insight.  The second one is something I use a lot. You begin by saying,  "What I hear you saying is..."  Then it is helpful to ask, "Am I understanding?  Can you tell me more?"  I have a tendency not  to ask questions but I'm learning how important that skill is for comprehension and understanding.  I'm working on trying to be "more curious".  I just get an idea and go with it.  That would be called an assumption.  I do it a lot.  

To be a good receiver you have to do more than just listen.  In being a good receiver, you are listening to understand.  You might give the sender a statement that helps them to know that you can make logical sense about what they said.  This is the validation step.  If you cannot honestly relate to what the person is saying, ask for more information.  Then make a statement telling them how it makes sense to you.  Say something like, "I understand why you felt ____ because of _____.  That makes sense to me." 

The next thing you can do to help when trying to communicate is to empathize.  This one seems to come the easiest especially when someone is talking about something that brings an emotion you are familiar with.  You are focused on the feeling part of the experience.  You might say,  "I know it felt like _____." And you could take the conversation into a similar experience about yourself.  Then maybe follow up the story with a question, "Is that how it was for you?  

Seven Covey in "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" says to seek first to understand before being understood.  If we became conscious about this and kept it in the forefront of our minds when having a conversation, I think more people would feel validated.  Being understood goes a log way for emotional stability.  Sometimes you have to give that stability to yourself if you aren't being understood but hopefully you can become a good sender and a good receiver.  

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) communication empathy mirroring questions sender and receiver validation https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/11/communication-takes-more-than-two Tue, 24 Nov 2020 22:59:13 GMT
Love is a Rose with Thorns https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/10/love-is-a-rose-with-thorns "Love is a rose but you better not pick it.  Only grows when it's on the vine." - Neil Young's lyrics for a song. The lyric is another way of saying this by the Mysitc Osho, "If you love a flower don't pick it.  Because if you pick it, it dies and ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower let it be. Love is not about possession.  Love is about appreciation." It takes courage and strength to endure some journeys of love.  And to love again when you have loved and lost is understanding the wisdom of the ages as the journey that has no end towards its never ending goal of loving and being love.  As a sceptic you may scoff and wander away only to return to love yourself if no other.  We are all on this journey of learning.  And learning to love our self and others.   For the life with no love has the making of a sad story.  The answer is always love. 

In the late 1980's letters from Albert Einstein written to his daughter, Lieseri Einstein decades earlier were donated.  She was instructed to withhold them until humanity had grown enough in love and life to be able to understand that love is the most powerful energy that exists. He writes, "When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.  I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.  There is an extremely powerful force that science has not found a formal explanation to.  It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and had not yet been identified by us.  This universal force is LOVE.  When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force.  Love is light, that enlightens those who give and receive it.  Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others.  Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness.  Love unfolds and reveals.  For love we live and die.  Love is God and God is Love.  This force explains everything and gives meaning to life.  This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.  To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation.  If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.  After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy.  If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.  Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the plant.  However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.  When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieseri, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life."

 Albert Einstein was able to find the math for the relativity of time and he would be proud to know that a scientist has found the formula for what he describes above.  On Gaia TV, Nassim Haramein, a scientist has a a series called "Quantum Revolution".  In one episode he explains the use of the "black box" that science used in their equations before black holes were discovered in the 1990's.  He continues to elaborate about the separate pieces that physics focuses on.  Haramein was looking for a way to pull all of physics together.  It is not just a theory.  Although his work was not yet published at the time of the video recording for his show, he has the math for a unified force of origin for the universe.  This math proves what Einstein explained above that there is a universal source of energy that emanates and penetrates everything and anything.  It proves the existence of a "Source" energy. This energy, call it what you will, is of pure love and creation that enables all to exist.  Everything emanates from the Source and in time returns to the same Source.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) Creator God God grow growth healing love love is a rose Love is God Love is Gravity Love is Light Love is Power mystics pain rose science Source Source energy thorns https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/10/love-is-a-rose-with-thorns Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:00:52 GMT
Getting Ahead of a Bad Reputation https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/10/getting-ahead-of-a-bad-reputation Getting Ahead of a Bad ReputationGetting Ahead of a Bad Reputation

And so "they say" this and that but is it really true?  There is true and there is truth.  True is subjective.  It can be true for you and not be true for someone else.  For example I may say that beets are good.  That is true for me.  I do like them baked to a crisp and as chips.  It was not true for my mother.  She hated beets and so for her: beets are terrible was a true statement.  However, truth is something that is universal.  "Cause and effect" is a universal truth.  In this physical realm there is a cause and because of it, there is an effect.  Because you do something, anything, someone somewhere has the potential to judge you.  And if they judge you, then talk about this to someone else, and it affects that person causing the effect of tarnishing your reputation, then the energy of cause and effect is moving.  If you hear something enough times you might take it as truth but is it?  Let's take dragons for a topic.  They show up in stories from different cultures.  Some stories have dragons guarding treasures of gold.  Some depict dragons as spiritual guardians of the treasured human.  I could speak this as a truth.  Is it true? Is it not true. Is there any truth to dragons or would you have them just be legends?

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Dining Out 2020 https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/9/dining-out-2020 Dining out 2020...

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) circles circles of life dining out 2020 reflection https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/9/dining-out-2020 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:45:21 GMT
Kansas: Land of Ahhs Revisited https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/9/kansas-land-of-ahhs-revisited

In this composite Mom is taking a current picture in 2015 of the house she grew up in. Her Mom is sitting on the steps of the sepia toned house (a natural color, taken in the 1920's). I am 18 mo. on a trike in front of the same house as I knew it, with the screened in porch. The other picture of me on a bike was taken last week. Shhh, the sunflowers weren't in KS but from down the road in AL (you don't have to know that). The tree is still my favorite as it has a natural spiral of limbs taking you all the way up.  I climbed that tree nearly every day when we spent a year in Kansas while my Dad was in Vietnam for the war.  I didn't grow up in Kansas except for that year and few other years.  My folks grew up in Kansas, met and married in this small town.  But Dad went in the Army, so I grew up everywhere I went.  I have spent more years in Alabama than anywhere, but if you aren't born in the South, they will tell you "you aren't from here."  That's one perspective.  I claim this place.  I appreciate all places.  Kansas will always have a piece of my heart too as I traveled there nearly every year and still have family there. 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) climb trees family hometown Kansas land of ahhs past and present small town sunflowers where you grew up https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/9/kansas-land-of-ahhs-revisited Thu, 03 Sep 2020 23:34:55 GMT
Expect Us https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/8/expect-us Expect us.  We exist. There is truth to myths.  It doesn't even take a belief system.  It is dependent on frequency and energy.  It may thrill you to know that all the myths and legends have some truth.  Plato gives us the information to figure out that Atlantis existed but the common person thinks it is a myth.  Thinking doesn't make it so or make it an untruth.  Everything is energy.  Match the energy and frequency and there you are.  Your thoughts and feelings can shape your life.  

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) create your world fairy shape your life thoughts and emotions unicorns https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/8/expect-us Mon, 31 Aug 2020 23:34:49 GMT
Illuminate With Love https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/8/illuminate-with-love

Illuminate with love.  Lighten up your life, your thoughts, your walk, your talk, your feelings and sense of being.   Live righteously and love everyone.  Love doesn't mean you approve of their choices.  Love means that the feelings you have are to want the best for them.  And why wouldn't you?  We are all connected.  The more love, the more each of us has the support needed to raise ourselves to a higher standard.  Our mistakes are our opportunities for learning and improvement.  Love the journey.  And love your own self through all of this and love others through their struggles as well.  Do this and you will build up around you an aura of light and love.

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The heart knows.  It does.  We want to think but the heart doesn't.  It feels.  And it just knows some things.  I was not taught by others how to decipher the heart but I did learn some about how it works.  I learned to lean into feelings and be aware how people, places and decisions felt.  I was taught to write the pros and cons prior to a large decision.  This is a logical and well thought out approach.  It is an accepted practice.  I don't dismiss it.  I just know that there is also the way of the heart.  The heart uses the right side of the brain.  It bypasses the Ego (edge God out), who's sole purpose is to protect you - think flight and flight.  And it likes to spin out your thinking with anything that has an emotional charge.  So maybe you've heard "Follow Your Heart".  I interpret that to mean feelings.  How do you feel about what you are doing, where you are going, or who you make a part of your life?  If your mind isn't sure what that even means, think about things you do that make time disappear.  You are so involved with what you are doing that you don't notice time passing.  These are the times when you are involved in the game of life with your whole self: body, mind and heart.  Your heart is actually more powerful than your mind.  What?  I know!  Let that Ego wrap itself around those words.  But it's true.  Science can even confirm it.  Greg Braden, an author, and scientist can give weave science, spirituality and the Bible for how the heart works gives facts and experiments to confirm this.  In in the videos, "The Language of the Divine Matrix"  he tells how the Bible was edited by Constantine.  In the editing of the Bible the sentences that gave power to the people were edited out.  It is the power of the heart feeling the prayer and feeling the result of the request as if it is already received that gives strength to everything.  Wherever your attention goes, grows.  So if your prayer is about something you lack then you are reinforcing the lack in your life.  If your prayer feels the gratitude for receiving then you will receive more.  More feeling is more better.  I'm not saying all feelings are good. I'm just saying that what you feel is important and carries information.  Some say "it's a gut feeling."  Close enough.  Sometimes you just have a feeling and you know, even if you don't know how you know.  Learn about yourself.  Begin the journey of trusting your feelings.  You don't have to understand to begin the journey.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) Bible edits feeling follow your heart gut feelings heart knowing https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/8/the-heart-knows Mon, 17 Aug 2020 00:58:58 GMT
I Am Love LIght https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/7/i-am-love-light Until That One TimeUntil That One TimeBlossom & Spread Your Wings
Song: "Until That One Time"
You cannot extinguish the darkness by looking at it.  Trust the process.  The darkness needs to rise so it can be acknowledged and healed.  Keep shinning your light. Light shines all the more when it is up against the dark.  Do not lose faith when the road darkens.  Rest when you are weary.  Keep following your heart.  Know that the best is yet to come.

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Shine https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/7/shine You are love.  It is your birthright.  You are also light, which is the energy contained within the body.  So shine your light.  If you're not feeling it, then surround yourself with others that shine and reflect theirs.  Their light will fill you and in time you can pass it on to others who need your light.  Shine and share your love.  Give your love away and it will grow.  Love and light are essential for growth.  The darkness may come near but darkness only makes the light appear brighter.  Light is meant to shine.  Shine all that you have.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) be love be the light light love shine shine your light https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/7/shine Mon, 20 Jul 2020 21:31:20 GMT
Moments Photography by Sandy in the News https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/6/moments-photography-by-sandy-in-the-news Photo by Paul Lipham Photo of Sandy by husband, Paul Lipham

Author and News Journalist, Sherry Kughn calls on the phone.  I don't always have my phone on me and evidently she doesn't either.  So after a short phone chase we agreed on a time to talk.  Sherry had seen a portrait I made of a friend of hers and checked out my website.  The following article is retyped from the image above and a reflection of our time in conversation together.  She glimpsed my soul for it thrives in these current moments of my life, full of time I use to create my heart's desires.  The picture of me chosen for this article shows me in a shirt with the words "Dream" (larger images shown below the article below.)

 

"Saks Resident Enjoys Various Hobbies" by Sherry Kughn, The News Journal; May 24, 2020.  Recently, Saks resident, Sandy Gates worked outdoors scraping rust from a metal table and then painting it a John Deere green.  After completing the project, she plans to paint chairs the color of Bordeaux, a reddish, blackish purple.  Gates is particular about colors because of her interest in graphic arts and photography.  She also has a strong interest in music.  She sings, plays stringed instruments and writes songs.

Gates taught elementary school for years, serving at times also as a Reading Coach.  After retirement, she became more interested in digital photography and learned through self-study.  After experimenting with the equipment she purchased, she open "Moments Photography by Sandy."

Her work includes traditional photography, but her photographs have a rather inspirational quality that comes from the extra time she spends with the subjects.  When a customer calls for an appointment, she schedules enough time to become acquainted with him or her.  Only then is she able to depict a special aspect of her subjects' innermost being.

Sometimes her work emphasizes a ray of bright light.  In one shot, light from above surrounds a woman.  Sometimes, the subjects's expression of excitement or happiness shines through.   In some photographs, Gates's work imparts a feeling of contentment, such as when a baby naps on a ruffled bedspread.  Gates shoots not only photographs of people but also outdoor scenes and still life.  At times, she combines the elements of photography with her interest in graphic arts.

Gates stays abreast in the development of technology, software and photography.

"Nowadays, camera phones are incredible" she said.  "At first, I spent time learn their limitation.  It was hard to get, into focus, someone who was moving; and it was hard to shoot into the sun.  But now, cell phones can do those things."

Gates's music interest began as a child.  When her father, an officer and soldier, went to Vietnam, she moved near her grandmother, who had a piano.  She taught herself to play.  Afterward, as a young teenager, she fell in love with the sound of the acoustic guitar and singing groups popular back then, such as the Beatles.  Gates learned to play a ukulele and when she was 31 years old, she took guitar lessons from local musician, Tony Yardley.  Her singing and composing grew out of that experience.

"I have a pretty good range for singing," she said.  'My voice is deep, but I can get up to the soprano range if I need to."

Gates created the name Lizzy Pearl for her performances, several of which are on YouTube.  She enjoys performing in several local venues, and she also enjoys all of her various hobbies.

Photo by Linda Williams Image of Sandy by fellow photographer, Linda Williams

Below is an image of a wall in Birmingham, AL with graphics added.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) do what you love freeze time love photo moments moments photography moments photography by sandy photography photoshop fun picture a day https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/6/moments-photography-by-sandy-in-the-news Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:32:21 GMT
Sun Days https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/6/sun-days

Sun, sun, sun ... what would we do without the Sun?  Not much, I'm thinking.  It's the center of this Galaxy.  It's been appreciated and celebrated for eons.  This week the Sun which represents the Father gets eclipsed by the Moon, representing the Mother on June 21st, 2020.  The current distorted energies of power, greed and control of the masculine in turn have affected and suppressed emotional expression, nurturing and intuitive energies of the feminine.  But the shift for balance is here. The masculine is being covered up by a solar eclipse on Father's Day!  These intuitive feelings that grace the feminine spirit so strongly also exist in the masculine.  We all share the same energies in different degrees.  Shifting the acceptance of these innate abilities as a way of being and thinking instead of the strong reliance on logic will serve humanity to heighten their awareness to the subtle, caring energies that will allow all to thrive on the abundance that the Earth has to give instead of a reigning few.  These emotions have been coming up and demanding to be healed since the moon was eclipsed two weeks ago.  You can see the collective consciousness playing out in the streets all around the world.  This will continue to demand attention in an effort to birth a new way and come full circle with another lunar eclipse in two more weeks.  Go within.  Spend time alone or in nature.  Embrace all that is you and brought you to this place and time.  Acknowledge and be thankful for those "worst moments" that helped you to better times.  These are the sacred events that have helped to develop your spirit, your resilience, your need to change, whatever it was for you. And you needed to allow yourself the opportunity to grow whether you grew or not was your choice.  The glory of choice.  The birth of yourself over and over again to the best version of yourself, or not - still a choice.  It's interesting that the word resilience has the word silence in it with an extra "I".  Could it be that in the silence you find the way to get to that extra "I"?  Tesla said that is where he found his answers.  Thomas Edison used to take "short naps" (meditation, I'm thinking) to find his next inspiration.  You are eclipsing the distractions of the day and your thoughts when you go to the place of silence and stillness within.  This place is your spirit.  You can't live without it.  Yes, you can ignore it and claim it doesn't exist but that doesn't change the truth.  For some it takes a great act of illness or an accident before the spirit is found or a new direction more suited to your spirit.  The accidents and illness change you like the rhythms of nature change what is around us.  The rhythm of change that is constant.  It's the act of eclipsing ourselves and allowing a reset.  Breathe.  Slow your roll and give yourself the chance to grow.  Allow the feelings and memories to come and go.  Detach from them.  They are not here, not now.  Look at them like you might look at the Sun or Moon.  See them for what they are.  Find the beauty.  Get outside and feel your way in a different way.  Then you'll know that even though an eclipse brings the darkness, (we don't get to see the eclipse in this part of the world) coming out on the other side is like a new day. It's like a new chance or a birth of some kind.  Rejoice in the newness.  Be you.  Soak up the Sun and bathe in the shine of the Moon.  You can heal and have it all and so can everyone else.  We can all share the Sun, the Moon, the Earth, Justice, Love, Peace, Joy, Trust and Harmony.  None of this is new, they are all as old as the Sun.  But we can have a new day under the Sun with our new selves in new ways that accept, support and encourage each other.  WE can have something new under the Sun.  It's going to take ALL of us.  Maybe it starts small but the start is the important part. And the continuous change an important component.  WE will all be better for the change.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) breathe change emotional expression emotions grow lunar eclipse new under the Sun resilience sacred events silence solar eclipse us we https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/6/sun-days Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:53:25 GMT
Through the Darkness to the Light https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/6/through-the-darkness-to-the-light  

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It may seen dark, but the absence of the light is a necessary part". (Jason Mraz, 93 Million Miles) Out of the darkness and into the light are the many horrors that need to be fully seen to change.  After feeling the uncomfortable and giving names to these feelings we can lesson their hold on us so we can work to be rid of them.  Keeping the focus on the solution is how we move forward.  Moving forward is the goal.  Keeping the focus on what we want brings it closer to existence. The fight perpetuates the problem like the War on Drugs.  You can't fight for peace, you must be it.  If we want equality for all then what do we do?  How do we put the focus on making sure that all people are treated with respect?  First, we must be respectful of our own self.  Then we make sure we are respectful and honorable to others, all others.  And that is certainly the message I heard when I read about Jesus.  I've always thought that skin color was a test to this principle of goodness.  But that is easy for me because I was raised to treat others fairly and to not judge someone by their material possessions, job, social status, or looks.  Many others were not taught these ways of being.  I am a caucasian woman who retired from teaching because of prejudice and lack of morals in the ruling establishment.  We have those same problems throughout the world.  We also have caring people who would have equality and justice for all.  I think there are more of us than there are of them.  Perhaps the congregation of peaceful people can make a change.  It has in the past.  There are many inequalities, race is only one.  It will take a conscious effort to focus on what we want for our world.  I want a world where everyone can have the basic needs met without having to work an entire lifetime to get them: shelter, food, water, clothing, and a pursuit of happiness.  It can happen.  The masses have to one by one be committed to the ideal that those in power adhere to the very laws that are put on us.  And these laws also support the community of the earth, not its possession by a few to extort for gains.  If we are all in this together then together we can make it happen. We keep our focus on the light, even if it can't be seen with our own eyes, we know it exists.  Even though we can't see our way out of this darkness, we can still move towards doing our own part to lesson the suffering of ourselves and others.  We can continue to put our thoughts on the solution, seeing all others as brothers and sisters.  It's not just words, they are your brothers and sisters, act accordingly.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) brothers and sisters envision focus on the solution into the light moving forward out of the darkness see the solution https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/6/through-the-darkness-to-the-light Tue, 09 Jun 2020 17:34:58 GMT
Hang Out https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/6/hang-out

The recognizable Moon hangs in the sky.  Usually it hangs out with Venus.  And Venus is there in the lower right. Between the two is Mercury.  Mercury generally hangs out closely with the Sun so we rarely see it in the night sky.  On this night, May 24, 2020 it looks nearly equal distance from the Moon and Venus.  You had to be intentional to see it on this night.  Even though we were poised and ready with binoculars, you had to hang out long enough to get your eyes adjusted to the fading light and you needed to know where to look. But after you see it, you almost can't "not see it".  Maybe its because you know its there so you just relax into waiting for it to reveal itself to you.  Life is like that: it's important who you hang out with because you will be seen in the light of those you are with, you can relax in the knowing that something exists even when your eyes can't confirm it directly and look around to see the simple beauty that is always with you.  It is the mind that creates the misery of time constraints, and judgements, so just feel yourself into the moment, relax, and find the beauty in your surroundings.  If it's not there, move to where it is and take only the people who enhance the experience.  -Samsung Note 9 image, propped on the arm of a chair for stability; edited to for light and contrast

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) look up mercury Mercury at night moon night sky sky watching the night sky venus https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/6/hang-out Sat, 06 Jun 2020 11:05:45 GMT
The Light Is Falling https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/5/the-light-is-falling Feel the Sun.  The Light is falling.  It's bright.  Maybe it's hidden behind the trees or clouds.  It just is.  There's nothing else like the Sun.  Scrunch your eyes so you won't hurt them and barely peek at the sun as I did lying in a hammock on May 3rd after a World Wide Meditation (that occurs every Sunday, CST: 7:11 am, 10:11 am, 1:11 pm Meditate any way you choose for 30 min.)  I could see colors of teal, purple, pinks, greens, and blues unlike any colors I'm used to seeing when I face the Sun.  My phone camera captured them in the two images below. They are untouched by Photoshop.  The beauty is exquisite.  The feeling .... you decide.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) changing light light falls look into the light orbs prism sunbeams sunlight https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/5/the-light-is-falling Wed, 06 May 2020 19:25:44 GMT
The Star That is You https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/4/the-star-that-is-you

The star that is you is always with you.  You are never alone.  It does feel that way if you live in your head.  So don't just live in your head.  Get back into your body by looking at your body.  Look at your hands.  Really look at them.  You might even do something simple with them.  Notice as much as you can about the movement in the body.  And breathe with the intention of paying attention to the air flowing in and out.  Again, breathe in.  Breathe out.  It is in noticing your body that your mind will become calm.  If it tells you anything.  Just notice it.  You don't need your mind to tell you how you feel.  Just feel.  Where is the energy in your body?  Take a breath and imagine that the air is coming up from the Earth under your feet.  Follow the breath to your waist.  Then with noise like you're trying to cough something up, continue the release of the air.  Imagine the air flowing up from the waist up through your chest, into your head and out the top of your head.  Then reverse the flow.  Inhale a breath from the top of the head to the waist with noise and then without sound from the waist down to the Earth.  This is a way to pull in your essence. Your star or spirit essence.  I first learned of this breath and practiced it in groups of five.  A full breath is from the Earth back down to the Earth.  I was making a long drive and practiced this breathing several times during the day.  At the end of the long day of driving I didn't have the usual fatigue and my body adjusted without the usual symptoms.  So I continue practicing this kind of breath every day.  Try it.  And when you are ready to add on look up Mula Banda.  It uses this breath with constriction of muscles which adds more health practices for the body.  

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) breath breathe get in your body get out of your head health practices intention mula banda https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/4/the-star-that-is-you Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:13:13 GMT
Be Free to Be https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/3/be-free-to-be

What if: we all felt the same thing?  Let's say we take 30 minutes and feel what it is like to be free.  To be free to love life as a compassionate being.  To be free to create.  To be free of disease.  To be free of financial restrictions.  To be.  Feel it.  Visualize light entering your body, circulating and healing inside yourself.  Expand it outward like the light that you are, into the room.  Now feel this light fill up your house, surrounding area, county, state, country, continent, and around the world.  Don't stop, continue to radiate this light.  Push the darkness, negativity and disease into the purple flame above your light to transmute it, transform it, and transcend it off the planet.  Join the multitudes as we do just that...Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Feeling is the prayer.  Your heart is five thousand times stronger than your brain, allow this area of your body to be the center point. C.S.T. 9 P.M., adjust for your area and tell your people.  We are one.  WE can and must act line one to create this.  Additionally Sunday 10 A.M., 1:11 P.M. (Sunday every week, also 7:11 A.M.) #ourlightsunite

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) be free be the change be the light feel light like minded meditate meditation new earth our lights unite power of meditation power of prayer to be https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/3/be-free-to-be Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:16:30 GMT
Four S words https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/3/four-s-words

4S words: sun, sorry, scary, sensible.  The sun gives me the sensation of hope and a bright attitude unless there is too much and then it wears me down and I feel like I cannot move or I’ll become exceedingly exhausted.  Sorry can soothe me if you care to be connected to my weariness and empathize that you want me to feel better.  Or sorry can mean that I’m sorry or too miserable to amount to anything at this time. This can be scary, if I’m looking at this present moment as if it will continue in all the moments that follow.  Being scared like this can be a motivation to do things differently if I choose to.  This fear has its place in helping to make decisions.  But fear as a tactic for making someone damaged so that they will need you is not acceptable and will cost your Spirit for this lifetime or the next one.  So let’s use our senses to be sensible. Will this fear or being scared help in this situation of social distancing?  If the fear keeps you distant from others, then yes it has done its job.  If being scared is your new normal, then no it has taken over your senses and is not allowing other feelings and sensations to monitor a balance. Sensible is helpful for the decision making that is currently before us.  Use this word to make sense of your reality.  What do you sense in your body?  Are you identifying the feelings?  If not, then these feelings can control you or others who observe these feelings in you can use them to their advantage.  Sense your feelings, identify them, make conscious choices by being mindful of what feelings you have and what the body tells you in forms of tension, pain, or unnecessary hunger for example. Sensible denotes too the process of making a decision that is practical, useful when implemented and with wisdom, likely to be of benefit to you as self and you as a collective.  Be sensible in this virus situation, that can make you feel scared, and sorry among many other feelings and get out in the Sun to feel its nourishing rays while you connect to the Earth and all the living beings, creatures, elementals and elements. Your thoughts create.  Be mindful.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) decisions feelings listen to your body mindful scary sensible sorry sun sunshine thoughts create virus https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/3/four-s-words Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:04:12 GMT
An Object and Its Shadow https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/3/an-object-and-its-shadow

 Oh, so the light falls upon you and then what do you see?  A shadow forms behind you.  Now the question arises, "Will the shadow become bigger than you or will you rise into the light so the shadow diminishes as you go?"  That is the ultimate question and the answer is how you decide to live your life.  Not that it won't change.  Just like the sun as it moves across the sky casts its light creating shadows that change throughout the day, so you can live more or less in the light with the choices you make.  Your shadow will change throughout your life.  Each person has a shadow cycle or issues or learning to be done in their life time.  Be patient with yourself.  Be firm.  Be gentle.  Be who you need to be so that you can learn your lessons and give the best version of yourself to the world.  Being yourself as you know it in each moment of now is really the best you can do.  If you think you can do better, then do it.  But don't be too hard on yourself if you made decisions that you can now see from a different perspective.  Know that you did the best that you could for that moment.  And if, it really wasn't your best, then know this and work to do better.  That's the job of your shadow - to show you a part of yourself that is the part of you that reveals itself depending on how you are living in the light.  

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) decisions know yourself life choices live in the light shadow shadow work https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/3/an-object-and-its-shadow Sat, 21 Mar 2020 01:46:47 GMT
I Choose the LIght https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/2/i-choose-the-light  

 

I choose the light.  Call me a do good-er. Good is good, right?  Parents definitely promote it.  Your peers may not.  You will be criticized no matter what you do.  You need to only do what really matters to you.  Easy, right?  It is easy after you know what matters or who matters to you. Your own matter, as in your body is a good place to start.  Taking care of your body is really important yet not fully embraced as a young person unless you were given a physical challenge that forced you to make adaptations.  My personal struggle is maintaining a body that likes the food I put into it.  I was raised in the 50's.  At that time the establishment provided and encouraged packaged foods, white bread and canned foods.  I didn’t know anything else until I went off to college.  Keep in mind I did not live in the same place as I grew up an Army dependent. To do my body good, finding fresh foods was a game changer.  My body did not like fried foods.  Thankfully I wasn’t born in the south.  My children were but I did my best to cook healthy meals. In the last five years I have learned a lot about cooking fresh foods.  It seemed a large challenge at first as most changes do.  But it really isn't hard.  If fact you cook in less time.  It's the addition of new ingredients like ginger, deactivated nutritional yeast, chia seeds, hemp seeds and herbs that make the meals a combination that takes practice.  Fresh foods will make you feel lighter.  Science has proven that as we age we really don’t need as much food as is encouraged.  It has also been proven that we don’t need to eat meat or dairy if we want a light body free of disease.  After researching food for the past 4 years, I am not quick to take any recommendations from doctors that are emerged into the thinking of the 50’s.  I am encouraged by the movement that is focused on organic gardening, lessening the footprint on Mother Earth, and leaning into a plant based way of eating.  I believe that much of this is because way too many people have allergies and babies that will not tolerate the packaged food that contains so little nourishment causing these young parents to find new ways to take care of their young.  I was the only person I knew growing up that had allergies.  Now everyone is familiar with allergies.  It might surprise you to know that I do not have any allergies.  Let that sink in.  No allergies!  This is due to my change in diet to the lighter choices of plants. I started the journey by trying to find a way to increase my body’s metabolism.  I read and followed the book “Hot Belly Diet” that begins with many account of people reversing their diagnosis of diabetes.  So at the end of the month I felt better than I ever had my whole life.  I was in my fifties.  I continued as a vegetarian for the first year and a half, only eating seafood when I went to the beach twice a year.  In the second year I noticed that eating shrimp brought back the tension in my gut I had lived with my entire life.  So I quit eating meat.  Yes, all meat.  It has brought me a lighter body, a healthier body and an abundance of ease in my body.  My body that keeps me grounded to this planet.  The planet, Earth would be better served if more people lived in the light of knowing that plants, not dead animals are the fuel for our lives.  Look at the pictures of the light emanating from plants.  This is what you are eating.  You are eating light energy.  Eat light.  Be light.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) be the change clean eating eating light feel lighter plant based vegan https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/2/i-choose-the-light Sun, 02 Feb 2020 19:38:25 GMT
Time Flies and Hearts Fly https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/1/time-flies-and-hearts-fly

Time flies and hearts do too!  It's all energy.  You might be used to hearing that the time just flew or got away from you.  I know I've experienced it.  I may have experienced the stirrings of the heart while growing up and not known it.  Now I know that the heart sends messages to you in the form of feelings.  Sometimes you can interpret the feeling to mean something and put words to it.  When the heart flies, it is sending meaningful messages in the same way yet there is no distance that can restrict the dealings of the heart.  It is only in the receiving that we sometimes don't know to allow and thus block the message in full.  You know, those times when you think of someone and learn they were also thinking of you.  Or you feel safe even though the situation may not be in your best interest.  You can pretty much bet, that someone has you in their prayers or has protected you with loving intention. The heart is at the base of the messages we send when we pray.  But it is NOT the words that create the power.  It is the feeling.  Recently a world wide prayer was sent to help extinguish the fires in Australia.  To help me feel the prayer I used words to myself about feeling the rain as it touches my skin.  Smelling the dust as it rises from the dry Earth.  Sensing the relief of the soul and body as it soaks in the gentle drops of water falling from the sky.  And releasing the tension of the body as gratitude washes over you allowing you to rejoice in the answer to the prayer.  This process is what Jesus meant when he said that we were to claim the victory or answer to our prayer as if it has already happened.  The feeling part in the scripture about the faith of a mustard seed that can move a mountain was removed from the Bible when the Gospel of Thomas was removed and the rest of the verse describing that the mind and the heart must marry as one, then... The editing of the Bible was done under the rule of Constantine.  Gregg Braden provides a lot of information in videos if you care to check out the resources he has put on the internet.  He was a scientist that searched to prove what Mistics trust is given to them in their heart.  

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) allow Bible edits energy energy work faith feeling Gospel of Thomas gratitude Greg Braden heart centered heart flies heart speaks mustard seed power of prayer prayer sensing time flies https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2020/1/time-flies-and-hearts-fly Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:14:57 GMT
Life is a Beach https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/10/life-is-a-beach Life at the beach is my favorite.  I find myself taking deep breaths.  Sigh. There is something about the sound of the ocean, the energy in the air, and the vision of the water as it continuously touches the land with a variety of strokes.  I know the science behind the ions and it certainly resonates with me.  I like the way it feels.  I like the feeling of anticipating a swim in the ocean.  I love the bouyancy of salt.  Swimming in the ocean gives me the feeling of vastness and freedom.  After pushing the water around all you have to do is lean into surface tension with arms and legs spread to rest gloriously looking at the blue that surrounds you.  Life is a beach.  It is warm sand between my toes.  It's the resistance of pushing the sand beneath you so you can make your way to the water.  Going to the beach is not just for vacation time.  I spend time in my mind every day going to the beach.  And when my physical body gets to go there too, it's all the better.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beach bouyancy deep breaths life is salf life salt water sand swimming vacation https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/10/life-is-a-beach Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:56:51 GMT
Through and Into https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/10/through-and-into

When the opportunity arises and your choice is to go through and into - what do you do?  You can think it through.  That is what I was taught to do.  It's one strategy.  One that uses the left side of the brain, the part of the brain that is logical.  It can think about the pros and cons of a situation.  This will help you to know what you want.  Or sometimes you figure out what you don't want and that is a way to go towards what you do want.  That is the purpose of darkness in your life, weither that be a situation, a person, or an object.  When you use your thinking to discern that you don't want whatever it is, that thinking leads you to go for what you do want.  There is also another approach.  You can go into.  Into what?  Go into how it feels.  Physically feel into the words, the situation, the opportunity.  How does it resonate with your body when you think?  Feeling is an indication that the heart is sending you messages.  These messages aren't as clear cut as words but given time and practice you'll learn to have confidence in going with a feeling instead of a master plan designed in the mind.  This way of being uses the right brain.  It is our source for creativity.  To honor this means of knowledge is to venture on a path less understood by the masses.  However, those who have embraced the feelings and innate guidance that is available to everyone have found this knowing surpasses understanding at times only to be fully understood after taking this leap into the faith within.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) feel into guidance making decisions portal think it through https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/10/through-and-into Thu, 03 Oct 2019 11:21:50 GMT
Flowers of the Sun - Sunflowers https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/9/flowers-of-the-sun---sunflowers Let me introduce you to this year's portraits of the Ladies of the Sun, flowers known as Sunflowers.  Maybe it's the yellow that brings such joy to my face when I see them.  Maybe it's a root connection to the state of Kansas that embraces these beautiful plants to my heart.  Perhaps the delicate nature of the petals and the way they expand the Sun'ts light is what draws me to them.  All in all they do all of these things.

The watercolor picture was done by Lillian Grimes, an artist and neighbor of my grandmother. in Chanute, KS.  She also painted.  I  have a painting of a cactus in bloom by L.Grimes, passed down through the years to adorn the wall of the spare bedroom.

They map the Sun.  From the early glimpse of light to the fading rays that bring the evening, the sunflowers follow the path of the sun across the skies with their faces affixed to the face of the sun.  Ladies of the Sun grace our lives for just a little while in the days of summer.  And in the winter the seeds give nourishment to the birds, as I put them inside after the petals have fallen and the birds have munched on a few here and there before I get them collected.  And I save some seeds to plant for I love to see these flowers of the Sun in my own yard each year.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) Chanute KS Ladies of the Sun plant flowers sunflowers https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/9/flowers-of-the-sun---sunflowers Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:46:17 GMT
The Path Ahead https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/7/the-path-ahead  

The path ahead is always filled with choices.  You walk in the light.  Sometimes it gets dark.  You are always the light.  If you cannot feel your own light, be near one whom you can reflect their light.  Get in tune with your own energy.  The Universe has energy.  The Earth has energy.  You have energy.  Everything is energy.  Energy flows in waves like light does.  Your path isn't straight either.  There are curves, turns and ups and downs.  I wish you blessings on your path. 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) be the light choices path https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/7/the-path-ahead Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:31:28 GMT
Allow the Stars and My Love To Guide You https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/6/allow-the-stars-and-my-love-to-guide-you

 

 

I was painting the inside of my 17' Sanibel Sailboat when the news came.  Painting is always a big project and a big deal but it is also a way for me to be Zen.  When I paint, I just paint.  I had already put on a primer coat equipped with the mask for my protection.  And I painted an ocean blue on top on this primer.  Mom was on the phone.  I had expected good news from her doctor's visit.  But no, it was not what I had expected.  Her cancer numbers plummeted when she added lemon water, chlorella with cilanto and reduced the intake of sugar.  We brought them down from 1400 to 300 in only a month.  This report was to be a celebration of freedom.  Alas, the number was 4777.  So, we knew that 777 is God's number for completion.  The number 4 I had to look up and it is for Angels.  So I took the news as best as I knew how.  I got off the phone.  I cried.  I went back to painting.  And in the stillness of of my mind while painting I heard the words: Allow the stars and my love to guide you.  This gave me a calm in the middle of my dread.  I know there is no death and that I would be the one to help her transition.  So I painted this inside my boat with some stars.  Then later I called her back to tell her the silver lining.  Since she knew her time was limited, she could plan every thing.  That was a nice gift.  And she did.  There was no probating the will after Mom's passing.  All the paperwork was in place.  All the hard work and savings that she and Dad worked for went to their off spring.  They left us with an even greater gift of love.  Love, the greatest force of all.  Love paints us with strength, confidence and a calmness that lives on and beyond the stars.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) allow allow the stars greatest force guidance guide you love https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/6/allow-the-stars-and-my-love-to-guide-you Tue, 25 Jun 2019 02:03:27 GMT
Reimagined Time Frame https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/6/reimagined-time-frame Reimagined Time Frame

Time, so what is it?  We see what the passage of time does to plants, growing children, etc.  We talk about it a lot.  People who think too much about times that have passed are not seen as healthy, if it keeps them from living in the now.  As in right now, this only moment is all there is really.  You could miss it though if your thoughts aren't calm or focused on what is going on around you.  If your eyes are looking at your phone which is showing you other things to think about, your thoughts are probably not there in the room, they are in the phone.  Ok, but isn't that also true for someone who is reading a book?  Books are said to "take you places".  I'm not against either one.  I actually like both. I do think to myself, "Is this worth spending time on?"  I don't watch TV much because I don't think it's worth my time.  Time, that precious thing we have, we give but we cannot get and hold onto.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) in the now spending time time time reimagined https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/6/reimagined-time-frame Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:31:31 GMT
The Creative Flow https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/6/the-creative-flow OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Which came first the creation or creativity? It is said that creativity exists but it has to find you working.  So here I am in the midst of expanding my creative flow within many areas of my life.  I love music.  I love photography.  I love having a garden.  I love learning.  I research how food impacts the body.  I study Spanish.  I meditate.  I'm a seamstress.  I recently put t-posts in the ground and put up a fence around my garden to keep out dogs and rabbits.  And I write songs.  I paint, but not pictures, just paint stuff like closet doors.  That's pretty Zen.  Not the ooh, ahh kind of painting but it does create a new look for the doors I painted and the rooms they are in.  I think it's important to allow yourself to make or create something.  Some people do it with food.  Some people don't spend any time alone or in silence.  Both of these factors help the energy flow of creativity.  Ideas come to me when it's quiet enough to hear them slip in.  Or in the early morning when I am waking from sleep I get ideas.  The shower is a good place for creativity as well.  Anything you put your focus on will expand.  Sometimes you just have to start and not be in too much of a hurry so you can get ideas along the way while you are creating.  I do that a lot when I am playing with Photo Shop. I enjoy the unexpected, random, out of the blue type ideas.  They lead me down into projects and in places I didn't expect.  Everyone can be creative.  It takes intent, practice and focus and consistency.

 

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Just Dance https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/5/just-dance

Bang Images of Birmingham, AL, manipulated by Moments Photography

What if life is just a dance?  Your choices are your steps.  Time revels your next options.  So you choose, you make steps and this is your dance.  This is your life.  How does it feel?  Have you allowed yourself to make choices that give you more freedom from fear?  Is fear over you or do you step into it anyway?  Choices, all of life is choices.  Here is my song about how I learned to navigate life with an acquired technique for using my spirit guides.

Life’s Just A Dance ©Sandy Gates, Aug., Sept. 2017

You tell yourself stories

I do that too

The seemingly, random ones

Often ring true

 

 

So many thoughts with    

A round trip ticket

I found the gentle, quiet ones

Mean more than them

    Life’s just a dance

               Steps in time with choices

               Life’s just a dance.

    With your guides, it’s guidance.

    Life’s your chance, to dance

    Learn your own dance

Testing the words

Is discernment

The truth can be learned

In how and what’s been heard

 

Like when I think of someone

And it’s just a preview

Or say I have a feeling

And I’ve learned to follow through    

    Life’s just a dance

               Steps in time with choices

               Life’s just a dance.

    With your guides, it’s guidance.

    Life’s your chance, to dance

    Learn your own dance

                                             If it feels right, it’s light.  Just dance.

                                             If it feels light, it’s right. Just dance

                                             Life’s a dance.  It’s just a dance, Just dance (2x)

Every moment has power

To lean in or away

From the spirit within

You do it each and every day.

 

If you listen with your head

It’s “no” too many times

When you learn to trust your gut

You begin to feel what’s right

   Life’s just a dance

               Steps in time with choices

               Life’s just a dance.

    With your guides, it’s guidance.

    Life’s your chance, to dance

    Learn your own dance

                                             If it feels right, it’s light.  Just dance.

                                             If it feels light, it’s right. Just dance

                                             Life’s a dance.  It’s just a dance, Come dance (2x)

 

 

 

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I Am Home https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/4/i-am-home

       Hopefully the words  of the song below will speak to you as is.  If not, listen to the music by looking up Lizzy Pear_singer Sandy on You Tube (not today, April 29th because I haven't taken the time to learn my recording software but soon.)  I will post a link below when I do!

 

 

"Love Is The Way Home" (c) by Sandy Gates

Home is        a warm, cozy feeling       like you belong

It's sharing, caring, giving      life purpose

It’s not a place or          house of your own.

 

Love is       a never ending, growing force        which makes us strong

It’s how we clothe spirit          that’s within us

A light on a path           all of our own

 

               Love is born to be given away

               Love is how it all began one day

               Love is the way

               Love is the way home

                             

I know that         everything I have         is nothing

Compared to how I give          and how I receive,

Only love remains          when I am gone

            

  Chorus

       When you need love

                              Be love. Give it away.

                              When you need love.

                              Give your love away.

               Chorus

Verse 3

               Chorus

 


 

 

 

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Music From the Moon Contest https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/3/music-from-the-moon-contest Apollo 11 - 50 year anniversary
Blog post: Music From The Moon Contest
March 24, 2019

"Teammates Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and many, many others, hidden figures and math..."

This image is a composition of many elements.  It takes the many even though we sometimes only celebrate the few.  Working together, each using their strengths for a common goal enabled the United States NASA program to put mankind on the moon, complete the mission and return the participants to safety.  It has been many decades since this happened.


Celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 space mission: the URLs below are for two songs I have entered into a contest - Music from the Moon.  The contest is out of Huntsville, AL and open to all eligible participants at the web site: https://www.listenlocalhsv.com  The final video is for educational and entertainment purposes.  It is an animated video of the "A Race Into Space" with the audio accompaniment.
 

Six songs will be selected by popularity and additionally two more. If you like my work and care enough to support my aspirations to win some recording time, please listen and press the thumbs up for me under the You Tube video to give me a vote.  You can do this for each of the following two song videos. Thank-you so very much for your time, consideration and vote!

I am a singer, songwriter, musician and the photographer/owner of Moments Photography for this web site.  I sing using the name Lizzy Pearl and my You Tube Channel is Lizzy Pearl_singer Sandy.  Lizzy Pearl Music graciously requests your time to have a listen and hopes for your vote! If you have any comments or questions please send me an email to lizzypearlmusic@gmail.com

Let curiosity and a bit a music take you away... links appear under the pictures.

Song in blog post: Music For the Moon Contest
March 24, 2019

"A Race Into Space" is a history lesson of the Apollo 11 mission.           

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=567I7vVw4Kw
 

 

Music For The Moon Contest - song link included
March 24, 2019

"Go to the Moon" is a love song to the astronaut.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysJwEJrgG9E
 

 

Below is the educational/entertainment version of the "A Race Into Space" song for your enjoyment.  It is not a part of the contest.

 

"A Race Into Space"


Thank-you!  Thank-you! Thank-you!

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Like a Summer Storm https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/3/like-a-summer-storm Summer StormSummer StormSings in the Skies
Song" Summer Storm

"Summer Storm" (c) Co-write Sandy Gates and Dave Verespie, professionally recorded, vocals: dannirimusic

He’s like a summer storm

Always takes me by surprise

Raises hell, then he’s gone

Without a wave or good-bye

 

Love you straight to Tulsa

By that time it starts to show

Good feeling fading

That’s when you’ll know

               He’s a flooding plain, like a hurricane

               Always leaving me in pain

                              Is there a piece of land in Texas

                              That has never felt the rain?

                              I swear that’s where I’m going

                              To forget his name.

Gonna find that place

Ain’t never seen me cry

Dig my toes into the dirt

And watch that sun rise.

    He’s a flooding plain, like a hurricane

               Always leaving me in pain

                              Is there a piece of land in Texas

                              That has never felt the rain?

                              I swear that’s where I’m going

                              To forget his name.

                                             Instrumental

 

                              Is there a piece of land in Texas

                              That has never felt the rain?

                              I swear that’s where I’m going

                              To forget his name.

                              And if that summer storm should come

                              I will still be brave

                              On my piece of land in Texas

                              That has never felt the rain

 

                              Is there a piece of land in Texas?

                              I swear that’s where I’m going to.

You Tube link:

https://youtu.be/ey2LI-rrxuc
 

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All Those Kisses https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/2/all-those-kisses KissesKissesI Offer Mine to You
Song: Kisses

"Kisses" is one of my first co-songwriting songs. My songs are written under my name, Sandy Gates.  They are performed under the name, Lizzy Pearl.  Michael Jones, the co-author had some beautiful chords going up the neck of the guitar.  And he sang something about Kisses and you won't give them to me.  I had heard this short interlude on several different occasions in between songs at jam sessions.  One day he said to me, "Sandy, why don't you take this and make it into a song."  And so I did.  I turned the lyrics around to make it an offer: Kisses, I offer mine to you.  This became the premise and the lyrics speak about the beauty of allowing yourself to become vulnerable which is a bold and courageous risk we all take when we offer our kisses and love to another.  It is interesting to note that when I emailed Michael about the song, he didn't know that I had developed the verses and chorus already.  He gave me the additional information that he wanted the song to be about two people who were attracted to each other but had not taken the steps to confirm this attraction.  That is exactly what I had written about.  I didn't get the chord structure as he played it for the verses, so that will just have to be put in another song.  Below is the link to the YouTube upload.  It has the same image as above with some audio of me on acoustic guitar and vocals, recorded in 2014.

link: https://youtu.be/fhazAU55LiE

"Kisses" (c) by Sandy Gates and Michael Jones

Kisses, ahh those kissess

We can make it

Be real, don’t fake it

I’ll be here.

Let’s surrender to love

               Kisses, ahh those kisses, I offer mine to you

               Kisses, all those kisses, caressing you, with truth

       I long for your touch

                              Reel with desires

                              As seen in my mind

                              A play of faith, hope and fire

              Kisses, ahh those kisses, I offer mine to you

               Kisses, all those kisses, caressing you with truth

                               I know a place

                              Where we can go

                              Just you and me

                              We’ll be alone (with)

    Kisses, ahh those kisses, I offer all to you

               Kisses, all those kisses, caressing you with truth

We can make it

Be real, don’t fake it

I’ll be here.

Let’s surrender to love.

 

 

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Build a Wall of Music https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/2/build-a-wall-of-music Music, Dance and Knighted SteedMusic, Dance and Knighted Steed

Build a wall of music

To soothe the primal beats of beasts inside.

Make it etheric to connect with the skies

And as solid as the tides.

May it bring peace to all

Unifying our purpose to support lives. -Lizzy Pearl

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Celestial Steed https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/1/celestial-steed Everything Changes, Changes, ChangesEverything Changes, Changes, ChangesThrough the Mind's Eye
Song: Everything Changes, Changes, Changes

Celestial Steed with wings of flight and with all your might, deliver unto us, the willing, blessings from on high.  Shower the gifts of truth, knowledge, love, trust, compassion and joy upon all open hearts that we may bask in the glorious feelings that emanate from the Central Sun and further beyond.  Bestow upon this magnificent animal of service strength for the completion of this task and upon its rider the integration and embodiment needed to sustain the mortal precipice for using these feelings as a proactive, evolving species into daily practice with all beings.

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Free to Fly https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/1/wings-to-fly Lord Lift Me UpLord Lift Me UpBelieve You Can
Song: Lord Lift Me Up

She learned that when she lived like she was loved, she became free.  Free to be exactly who she was always meant to be.  Free to release all the love and joy that lived within her realms of dreaming.  For once she also loved herself, it was easy to love life and have compassion for all of life.  Thoughts for the kingdom of animals, and plants are now revered and a growing respect for the elementals of fire, earth, air and water. grows within.  And along with the wings that come with every dream, she finds that the present moment encompasses all possibilities.

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Pink Light of Love https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/1/pink-light-of-love Love is the Way HomeLove is the Way HomePink is Love
Song: Love is the Way Home
Pink light of love comes to Earth.  Breathe in its essence.  It is not bound by conditions.  You do not earn the love.  It just is. You cannot lose this love for it is constant and unconditional. Feel also the goodness of the pearlescent light which contains all colors.  Be healed with the giving and receiving of the green light replenishing and balancing life.  Embrace the violet light of transition, transformation and transmutation so that all your experiences are profoundly moving.  And bathe in the purple light for wisdom and spirituality. Awaken to this resonance within, transcend judgement and negativity. This awareness and release will allow more space for the light to come in as there is no void in the universe. You can choose what fills you up.  Choose love.

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Through You https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2019/1/through-you Through YouThrough You

Through you comes the day.  When we realize that our thoughts, perceptions, persona and beliefs bring us our day we quit being victims.  We begin to embrace the powerful creator that we are and how our statements of "I am" command the body and mind to act.  It is this marriage of thoughts, feelings and emotions that make a powerful triangle of energy.  Thoughts emanate from the mind, feelings from the heart and the combination of the two make emotions.  Thinking about our feelings is what makes them emotions.  Feelings are neither good nor bad until we quantify them with thinking and evaluate finally making a summation that yes, that feeling was good to me or no, it was not a good feeling.  The heart just feels.  It accepts the feeling as it is.  The mind defines the feeling into the categories, thus making it an emotion.  In combination, you are all of these and this is the recipe for your light that you bring to the world.  

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Seeing With Your Eyes Closed https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/12/seeing-with-your-eyes-closed Honor Love's TruthHonor Love's TruthSeeing with the Heart
Song: Honor Love's Truth
Seeing with your eyes closed is an innate ability.  And although you are born with this knowing it is more commonly seen as coincidence when you "know" something that you can't be sure why you know it.  It is also called intuition. There are ways to cultivate this knowing.  It helps if you are able to meditate.  But if you have "monkey mind" that jumps around from one subject to another, you really should consider some exercises to regain your power of the mind.  One simple exercise is to place a candle on a table in front of you.  Stare at the flame.  Just be an observer.: looking only, no thoughts about the flame.  When any thoughts come to you, acknowledge the thoughts and send them away with gentle statements as if talking to a small child.  You might only be able to get a small window of time, (as small as seconds) when you are not thinking.  Rejoice in any amount of time you get.  The time will increase with practice.  After you have looked at the flame, do one more thing before you go back to other activities in your day.  Close your eyes, and place the palms of your hands over the eyes.  In your mind's eye the flame will be created or it may only appear as a point of light.  Again just observe it.  Sometimes it moves and flickers but just keep looking for it.  It can disappear but if you remain calm, it will sometimes come back.  Make a practice of doing this a few times a week and you will begin to see progress.  This practice will help you to calm your mind.  It will help you to then be able to meditate.  And meditation helps not only the mind but the connection of mind to body.  The book "30 Day Yoga Meditation Plan" by Richard Hittleman is a completely illustrated day-by-day plan for experiencing the benefits of meditation.  In addition, you can also learn to calm the mind using the body by practicing Yoga.  If you are a self study I would recommend another Richard Hittleman book, "Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan".  That is where the candle exercise was introduced to me.  The author had a T.V. show in the 70's which cultivated my curiosity and prompted me to buy the book, but I did not retain a daily practice until twenty years later in the 90's. I have now learned that when you can visualize a rose you can ask yourself questions and the way the rose looks and "acts" helps to reveal answers. I'll write more about this in a later post. 

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Japanese Weeping Cherry Tree https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/10/japanese-weeping-cherry-tree Pretty in pink is definitely this tree, the Japanese Weeping Cherry Tree.  And what I beautiful tree it was!  I have loved this tree for the 23 years it adorned my front yard.  This image was taken three years ago.  It has not bloomed much over the last few years and I worried that it wasn't getting the sun and water it need because it grew near a Water Oak tree planted at the same time, 3 years before I moved in.  The larger tree was trimmed back but it didn't help.  This summer the leaves turned brown and I knew it had lost its life force. I mourn the loss of this life.  I shall miss its seasonal beauty and unique shape.  I have many memories of the bright spring light shinning through its lovely colors. And I have these images and many more with my daughters in their prom dresses.  I shall focus on the good.  Although the sadness of its passing is still in my heart.

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A Destination Is Never a Place https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/9/a-destination-is-never-a-place Dream MakerDream Maker

A destination is never a place, just a new way of seeing things.  You think you have arrived, especially when you are using Google maps and after a time of driving to an address put into the app on your phone the voice says, "Your destination is on the right (or left).  And so you see it for the first time or any number of times only to see it differently depending on the thoughts and focus in your head at the time.  Depending on the thoughts you have in your head at the time - here is your sign, the grand announcement of what makes "a destination".  Your mind is that great determiner of how you perceive and interpret.  And there you are!  Your thinking takes you to where you are.  What you think about and how you think determines your destination - so here you are!

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Picture the Family Tree https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/9/picture-the-family-tree Picture her Family TreePicture her Family Tree And baby makes three.  Two anxious girls are awaiting the arrival of this baby boy, as we all are.  He will change the family tree, as all children and partners and adopted friends into family do.  Everything changes but new life is a particular time to pause and wonder.  You wonder about the child.  You wonder about yourself.  A state of wonder can feel like a state of gratitude as long as you keep fear behind you.  Mary Morressey talks about fear and says that it travels with you through life.  You get to be the one who tells fear where its place is.  You can recognize it for what it is and deal with it, or you can let it lead.  Something else she says that resonates with me is this: You can design your life or you can live it by default.  Being conscious of your choices helps you to design life. Writing down your dreams, ideas, and fears so you can observe your thinking and release or change the perspective of your thinking is also a powerful way to design your life.  So here you are living your life and then here comes this moment when you are adding in another life and wonder fills you up. What design will this new life play in our lives?  Soon we will get the beginning of understanding, of sorts.  This baby is already commanding attention while awaiting birth.  Mom, pictured here is doing a great job of balancing all the demands on her time and attention also awaiting birth.  With each heart there is a chance for more love in this world.  We are hoping and thinking the best for this "new picture" on the family tree.

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Take a Break and Make a Break https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/9/take-a-break-and-make-a-break Take a break from whatever you choose.  Make this break into anything you choose.  Put the power into your own hands by making choices that will grow you, empower you and by doing this you have given not only to yourself but this renewed self is a gift to the world. When I was given a break in my wrist, I was definitely forced to take a break from everything that required two hands.  Some things in life can be done with one hand but not photography or playing guitar.  And when your body needs to heal something like this it is not a good idea to do anything very physical like walking far or yoga. So I took the break in my wrist to allow me time to assess my core values and build a new life making sure that values are first and distractions are mindfully dismissed.

 

The new life put healing this wrist as first priority.  And now after 3 months, it is still at the forefront of each day.  This image was taken of the computer at the doctor's office. It shows the hardware souvenir that I obtained within hours of falling and consequently knocking the wrist off of the bones in my arm.  I was in Nashville, TN (a five hour drive from home) having fun with friends and only leaning on the Rolling Stones tongue exhibit when I slid down the tongue and my wrist made contact with the cement.  Although it was not apparent on Google maps, there was a trauma center only a few miles away and an ER doctor that specialized in wrists was on duty this Wednesday afternoon.  The coincidence of all that has not escaped me.

I have waited all these months before posting anything about this mishap.  I am back playing music, although recording my CDs is still indefinitely postponed. I am able to make pictures with my new Nikon.  And although not entirely healed I do notice each week the small victories of regained strength and mobility.  But I am still on break from what was my life.  Now my daily focus is to do activities that exercise the wrist specifically followed by a nutritious diet and usually a nap.  And as you might have guessed that takes up the majority of my day.  I know a lot of people would love that as a routine.  I am truly grateful that my teacher retirement is in place and I can actually maintain this lifestyle as needed.  I enjoy working out.  I like getting stronger and eventually I will also be able to enjoy more time adding in my other interests.  Until then...steady on.

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Your Voice is Uniquely Yours https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/8/your-voice-is-uniquely-yours  

Your voice is uniquely yours.  It's a vibration. Your vibration. Sometimes being not like anyone else is okay.  You stand out from the crowd.  Maybe you need to stand out.  You definitely are meant to be uniquely you.  No one else can affirm or confirm any questions you have about yourself.  They can only give their opinion of you given from their perspective in life. 

Day 349Day 349

 

Take time to center yourself by breathing in your nose and out your mouth.  Do this until you feel your body relax.  Then ask yourself any question you need an answer.  Be still.  Be quiet.  Be observant to learn and feel the knowing in your own body or in what you see and feel to get your answer.  Sometimes you know the answer even if you can't explain how you know.  Really you don't have to explain to anyone.  This is your life.  You make the way.  Take it one step at a time.  Be the best you know how to be.  When you know better, you'll do better.  When you speak, remember to choose your words. All words have power. You have the power.  You are the only you in this world. The more you love yourself and allow your unique essence to shine, the better the world will be. 

 

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Passing From this Life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/7/passing-from-this-life If I could write you a letter it would tell you in words what I hope to covey from my heart.  I'm hoping that you already know.  I'm thinking that you felt it too.  And feelings are mostly what we have with animals.  Star, the canine in the image was a dog that lived with a friend of mine.  She touched my heart in ways I"m not sure I have the words to command expression in a letter, but I would want her to know that I felt her love.  She has a tender spot in my collection of memories. I hope she is there when I pass over to the other side after my journey here.  She passed over on the Rainbow Bridge earlier this year and I knew it before my friend called.  We are all connected and she was as special to me as my own dogs.

If I Could Write You a LetterIf I Could Write You a Letter

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) dogs love passing over rainbow bridge https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/7/passing-from-this-life Sat, 28 Jul 2018 13:10:29 GMT
Living in the Clouds https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/6/living-in-the-clouds       The definition for skyscraper is a building of many stories.  Now, define stories.  My first thought is that in every one of these many buildings are people and all those people have their own story.  That is not the literal meaning for "a building of many stories". But it fits.  Maybe the definition would be better explained if it was a building of many layers, or flights of stairs (no, that brings other images to mind as well), or many floors, walls and ceilings.  And there are so many buildings in this image!

     The image was taken from the highest building in Chicago as the sun was setting in the west.  The light from the sun on the west/east bound streets creates a dimension against the shaded north/south bound streets. This altered version includes graphics, filters, masks and text to add visual complexity and a whimsical edge for the oh, so many stories included within.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) chicago city life skyscraper stories https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/6/living-in-the-clouds Tue, 26 Jun 2018 22:22:12 GMT
WIngs to Fly https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/5/wings-to-fly Wings to fly only implies flight.  I love the thought of flying.  I imagine what things look like from above.  And if I do get to see a map of an area I'm going to visit using the satellite view, I'm really good at navigating within that space on the ground.  We did a lot of traveling when I was a child.  My Dad was in the Army until I was in my 20's.  Because I lived 800 miles from where my folks lived when they retired, my children learned to travel as well.  We also took trips over 5 hours away from home every summer to vacation with friends.  At the time I was a school teacher so I getting time off was a given.  The road trips gave us time to spend just doing nothing but riding and talking or just riding.  Back then music was the only addition.  No cell phones, no DVD players, no hand held devices were available to distract us from learning our own minds.  I enjoyed the time spent.  But sometimes I wanted the option to fly home.  After everything was said and done and I missed sleeping in my own bed, flight would have been an welcome option. Until That One TimeUntil That One TimeBlossom & Spread Your Wings
Song: "Until That One Time"

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) car rides past times talking to mom travel wings to fly https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/5/wings-to-fly Mon, 14 May 2018 16:09:37 GMT
Walking Along with Spirit https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/3/walking-along-with-spirit You only have to ask.  Ask whom? Well, so here it is, without reference to any published study that I know of, but true none the less: every person on this journey here are on Earth has at least two spiritual guides. So just ask. Ask your guides to guide you.  And then be sure to say, "Thank-you."  It's really that simple.  A journal is powerful too.  I recently found a journal entry from quite a few years ago that was written to my guides, angels, guardians or whatever name you choose. It was written like a letter.  And I wrote the words in my head for the response as well.  Yes, it is an awkward experience and I didn't repeat it which isn't to say that it won't go well for your attempts.  I know there is much power in writing.  Many books are written in just this way of be-ing that enables you to write what you "think".  Wayne Dyer wrote all his books while in this flow of communication.  I have found that it can just as easily be done in my head. I have also begun the practice of saying out loud, "Is there anything else I need to know?"  This is especially helpful before leaving the house.  It's pretty awesome most of the time.  If this concept is a new one for you...
Life's Just a DanceLife's Just a DanceWalking Along with Spirit
Song: Life's Just a Dance

try it> cONSIDER the concept of your own spiritual self.  Ask for guidance and you will receive it.  Be observant.  The messages come sometimes as feelings.  Or you might glance somewhere in the room, so wonder what is there that you might need.  Words of course are the easiest reminders, and sometimes they only come once.  So act on them.  Or notice what difference it made if you didn't.  Don't beat yourself up with any phrase that has the word "should" in it.  Live.  Learn. (the "typo" errors, ie: no period available and random capital letters - yes, spirit loves to mess with my electronics...) Love. And enjoy this mysterious journey we call life.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) guidance guides know yourself life's journey love spirit talk walking with spirit https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/3/walking-along-with-spirit Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:05:31 GMT
Photo ARTist https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/2/photo-artist The images below were created with a theme in mind.  I am learning by doing.  Most of my Photoshop and camera skills are self-taught.  My first image using my new skills is in the previous blog post about Lizzy Pearl.  Below are the next two images I have made while taking an online class called "The Photo Artistic Life" by Sebastian Michaels. More on all that at a later date.  I have truly enjoyed learning new techniques and leaning into the curve of leaning for creating a composition, which is still in the self-discovery stages.

If I Could Sing My ThoughtsIf I Could Sing My Thoughts

I designed this for the NSAI, National Songwriting Association International facebook page that I manage for my local area chapter.

The image below is my collage of how I see myself as an Artist.

Self portrait of the artist in Me.Self portrait of the artist in Me.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) angels animal totems artist collage flowers are my favorite guidance my life on land and water sailing songwriting trust wonder https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/2/photo-artist Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:15:00 GMT
Set the Stage for Lizzy Pearl https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/2/set-the-stage-for-lizzy-pearl      To set the sage for something means that 'conditions have been made right for something to happen".  Whenever you see anyone on stage you have to know that there was much time and practice to get to that moment.  Sometimes it is just attributed to talent.  But even talent has to be used to prosper.  I was raised with the thinking, "If you don't use it, you'll lose it." And I would add that these gifts are given for a reason and when you engage in them, you are blessed with feelings that come from nowhere else.  Below is the sage name that I have newly adopted for my performances.  Given that my original songs are inspired from thoughts often times beyond my own "thinking".  I piece them together into rhyme, rhythm and tones.  Words and thoughts can come when I ask for guidance and at random times.  These songs convey the messages given to me through life's experiences.  The intent is to provide healing and help to others wanting to piece together the meaning of life with a compassion for this journey and all its inhabitants.  I perform alone.  This gives me the freedom to change the tuning of my guitar to that of healing.  This frequency 432Hz is also called the "scientific tuning".  It is mathematically attuned to the frequency of the earth which is 8Hz, making it "a harmonic intonation of nature."  ( https://attunedvibrations.com/432hz-healing/   - link to more information) .  It would benefit us all to make this change as the accepted frequency of 440Hz is disharmonic, while the 432Hz is considered a symphony.  The song "Imagine" was recorded at this frequency.   All together, all in peace and harmony with each other and nature is a wonderful thought.  "You may say that I'm a dreamer but I not the only one." John Lennon, with the Plastic Ono Band

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) 432 hz harmonic frequency imagine life's lessons lizzy pearl love stage name talent https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/2/set-the-stage-for-lizzy-pearl Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:37:00 GMT
Adaptability, Not Intelligence, Not Strength https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/2/adaptability-not-intelligence-not-strength If adaptability supersedes intelligence and strength, then change is to be embraced. So, change is good. So, change is good? Hum,  I only changed one thing in that sentence - the end point.  And my, oh my what an impact of a change that made.  With a period change is seen as good. We even make a celebration to announce some of these changes.  Perhaps it's the birth of a child, a graduation of schooling or maybe a new place to live, some fresh food or some cut flowers for the table.  My Dad said that change was one of the two things you could always count on.  The other was death.  And death really is just change as well.  But that is one of the hard changes.  Even when the logic in your brain can remind you that it is inevitably a change we all must experience. Sometimes we struggle with the day to day acceptance of another's death until we do finally accept and the suffering ends.  It doesn't mean we don't miss the person, it only means that we embrace the changing days of life.  So life is really changing all the time.  I like learning so I embrace change with as much grace as I can.  And no, grace is not my forte, but I try.  I know that there is a zone of discomfort when you are learning.  It's proven in research.  So if you are to grow and change you will get uncomfortable.  Growth is outside of the comfort zone.  You can't skip over this part.  You can complain about it, but it only slows the process.  You want to get through it?  Then get to it!  It takes courage to make some changes. Choose the changes that your heart "tells" you to and release the changes that happen out of no control of your own.  And relax into this mysterious journey that we call life.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) adaptability be the change beauty change change is good death learning life is a journey love mind over matter https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/2/adaptability-not-intelligence-not-strength Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:49:21 GMT
A Journal or Two or Three https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/1/a-journal-or-two-or-three A journal is a daily record.  I have been successful with journals I use to record interesting thoughts while reading a book.  My favorite journal is suggested in a book "Ageless Goddess".  In the journal you write a brag, a gratitude and a desire.  That's an easy, feel good kind of journal.  But, what I need to journal is food.  That not only means I am doing it on a daily basis, and I am doing it all day long, but I also need to break down the information into smaller specifics like the macros and calories.  Why?  My why is not only the release of excess body fat but also to rebuild an immune system that was compromised by diet.  I didn't know any better and now I do want to know.  My parents didn't know any better.  They were marketed to by businesses, namely the meat and dairy that had business in mind NOT the health of the people.  This massive marketing and processing of food by a number of other companies has compromised many digestive systems and created allergies and diseases for the masses.  But there is hope.  I am continuing a way of eating introduced to me in the book "Hot Belly Diet".  They must have picked the title to interest people who like to diet.  It is a diet but unlike any I have ever seen.  It's easy to follow. The first half of the book explains that this diet is Ayurvedic medicine which is based on the premise "Let food be thy medicine."  I have never felt better and had such an appreciation for nourishing my body with food.  By changing my diet I have cured most of my food allergies. But I need to take it further in order to lose weight according to the results from my body fat test http://www.bodyfattest.com/ by the business Get Tanked.  I got in a tank of warm water to determine my body fat ratio.  She talked to me about the amount of calories I eat.  No, I don't eat as many as she recommended.  And after years and years of watching not only what I eat but how much I am eating, I'm at a loss for eating that much!  So my first strategy was to decorate a journal so I would at least enjoy looking at it as it will be sitting out as a reminder in some prominent place.  The second strategy is to just journal what I normally eat for awhile.  I plan to analyze it on Sunday.  Then I'll make a strategy for increasing my calories with healthy choices.

Yes, there is more than one journal.  The one on the left is for food (artwork cut out from a Mary Engelbreit calendar).  In hopes of helping others I adopted the theme "share".  Many people have diabetes.  Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar in "The Hot Belly Diet" has documentation that eating a plant based diet with meat added on occasion can cure this condition.  It is a much different way of eating but in many ways it is more simple.  You just can't fast food it!  The additional journal on the right is for helping me to track my habits for other goals that I am working towards to see how the daily, weekly, monthly practice is working for me.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beat cancer brene brown cure allergies cure diabetes dare greatly food as medicine goals healthy habits hot belly diet journal mary engelbreit calendars plant based still life tea time https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2018/1/a-journal-or-two-or-three Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:12:14 GMT
Life as a Wrapped Package https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/12/life-as-a-wrapped-package Life is a gift.  And you as a person is the package.  I think each person determines what the packaging of this gift is like by how they act.  Some people appear to be like baking soda and vinegar in an overflowing bottle of continuous out spilling of a mess kind of package.  Others are tightly taped up, relatively perfect and appearing untouched by the world, never really showing what is inside.  I'd like to think that my package is somewhere between these two, but more like a Christmas present.  It's wrapped in paper that is imperfectly taped to cover perfectly all that can only be seen if I allow myself to be given.  You look at the package guessing what's inside but not really knowing until it is open.  And even then, it takes time to truly appreciate what's in the package.  Life is like that too.  Life is given to us and we look at it like a package thinking about what we might want it to be on the inside.  Sometimes there is a feeling of anticipation.  Sometimes we might be thinking about what we need to give back.  Always I hope that the unfolding brings what you want, need or don't know you need so that you can become more fully you as the layers of your packaging changes with time.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) christmas package gift life life is a gift opening package still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/12/life-as-a-wrapped-package Tue, 26 Dec 2017 21:06:40 GMT
Inspire Means In Spirit https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/12/inspire-means-in-spirit To be inspired is to be "breathed into" or "communicated by divine or supernatural power" (Online Etymology Dictionary).  Although I don't have the direct reference for the the title of this blog, I know I found it online as well while searching for meaning and direction of thoughts and songwriting.  Logically it stands to reason, as well.  Within this vessel called a body is the eternal soul and a living spirit.  If you have learned discernment for the thoughts that run through, spirit or divine communication is happening.  It's always a quiet voice.  On this occasion it spoke with gentle prodding to try darker images.  Below is the result.  I used techniques learned from reading the photography books by Bryan Peterson.   One such skill is to take the light reading to the side of the sun and ignore the camera's meter after you reposition.  I set the speed on 250 to freeze action, the aperature was f32 so that I could stay at the low ISO 200.  The low ISO and f32 allowed for the depth in color.  With my finger freezing the focus just to the side of the sun I moved slightly to the right pushing the shutter down as the sun came into view while also closing my eye.  When you shoot into the sun it is important to protect your vision by squinting and/ or closing your eye when the sun comes in view of the lens.  Note the sacred geometry in the snowflakes to the right.  You might think it is the sunbeam, and they might be. I cropped the first image to show that the typical green dots from a sunbeam on the left.  The last image was cropped to show the rainbow around two of the geometric shapes and one that is completely a rainbow of light. I hope this inspires your awe and compassion as you journey along life's trails.

This image has a better composition.  It's like looking down a rabbit hole of light.

The new order of light.  Everything's going to turn out alright.  Choose the light.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beauty bryan peterson compassion discernment in spirit inspiration inspire listen love quiet voice https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/12/inspire-means-in-spirit Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:41:24 GMT
Celebrating Snow https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/12/celebrating-snow In the south, where I live, snow is cause for celebration.  So what do we do when it snows? We stay home. Schools are cancelled. Work will send people home because if it sticks to the roads, no one will get home. We don't have the infrastructure to deal with snow on the roads. We don't have snow often enough to need it.    I love it because we get to play and then it goes away.

This day's snow was especially fun because it was a wet snow. The perfect snow for making snow persons: one snowman and one snowwoman. 

In the south, women dress their finest on special occasions.  Today was that day. With buttons for eyes (make-up implied), a guitar pick for her nose and of course, pearls.   She is a southern woman of snow.

You can see the ice mixed with snow.  That is usually how we get snow.  It is rain first and then it turns to snow.  And that is why it is really important to stay home.  The rain makes for black ice under the white stuff.  Even for drivers like myself who have experience driving in the snow, this snow gives you little to scrunch.  And truly, there aren't many things in life that can't take a one day later arrival date.  No matter what it is, stop, take a break, play in the snow and resume whatever it is ... tomorrow.

So here I am, with umbrella in hand to protect my camera (image by guest photographer, Jennifer Caulder) taking the pictures that follow this one.

And then there are the dogs...from white to brown!  Good thing I made them a place to stay warm and dry. (See my post entitled Working with Wood).  I can't bring them inside yet because they are both rescued dogs.  One is too shy.  One is too wild.  Having been with me now for 10 months, we have made large progress and I do enjoy their company.  But my goodness, they have fun running the fence but what a mess this is!

 

 

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) celebration playing in snow snow snowman snowwoman south southern style https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/12/celebrating-snow Sat, 09 Dec 2017 02:08:55 GMT
Working with Wood https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/11/working-with-wood Inflexible is the first word that comes to mind when I think of working with wood.  If your building a structure, which has consumed my time, that inflexibility is what gives your building strength.  You want to put up a wall and it stays up.  But in order for this to endure over time, another concept of square is extremely important.  Not only will your door or window not open and close easily if not built on a square but over time the structure will become lopsided due to the effects of gravity.  Now this might not be as evident if the structure only has posts and a few walls as the beginning space of my latest learning experience.  I've been visualizing this lean-to as a shed for years.  And fortunately it is close enough to square to work.  I'm told it's only an eighth of an inch off.  Good enough for me so I began.

Working with Wood - for blog post Nov 2017

This image looks like a clean start.  Oh, but the work that happened before this image took many days.  All the items collected within had to be moved into the yard and placed under tarps. The carpet that was put upon the ground to deter plant growth was removed.  Dirt and rocks were added to fill in low lying spots, and compacted.  And at this point a frame of cement pavers and wood have been place to begin the process of making a cement floor.  The floor consisted of 22 fifty pounds bags of quick cement dumped over some fencing I secured to the ground with stakes during the fourth week in October.  It is now three weeks later.  I'd love to have a complete "after picture" but that is not possible.  I did reach my goal and made an area for my two dogs and a cat to hang out and be dry and warm.  I needed this in place before Thanksgiving.  It is ready for them.  

This image is the same view as above.  When it is complete there will be a hanging barn door in the middle.

West facing.  The lawn mower goes in and out these doors.

East facing side of the She Shed.

This is a look inside the left door.  On the far end is the dog door.  I had to put an old chair under it because it was up so high.  The blue pillow is on a pallet that was raised so one dog could sleep up high.  It also provides a space for a dog to get under it as one likes to do when there is a thunder storm.  An additional pallet is on the floor with a cushion. Along with the dog house that is outside there are 4 places to sleep for the two dogs.  On the top shelf is a place for the cat.  I made shelves up high so he could walk around and not have to hang out with the dogs.

Here is a picture of the doors made for two thirds of the walls and one picture with part of the framing that had to be made. The man pictured is my neighbor whose experience, helping hand and tools were invaluable!  And the mess in the yard.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) building dogs kitty condo she shed https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/11/working-with-wood Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:59:02 GMT
When Less is More https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/11/when-less-is-more Oddly enough when you add the word less to a word it can mean more.  Maybe it's the two negatives make a positive rule. Like this: add less to limit and you have limitless.  I love the possibilities of limitless.  When I look up on a clear, dark night, I can feel the lack of limits.  Or when looking at the horizon of the ocean, my limits are less.  Limitless is how many two-year-old children act.  They do whatever fuels their brain.  Jump off a couch?  Sure.  Run full speed.  No reason not to.  But as adults, we put many limits on ourselves.  Some are taught. I hear people ask me my age when I tell them I'm working on recording my music.  Or, gee that's nice, what are you going to do with it?  Huh?! Well, I'm not going to answer that directly.  We will just see how it all evolves.  American Songwriter, the magazine sent me a t-shirt when I subscribed that has printed on it: Don't Let the Music Die In You.  I took it literally.  And have been working my way towards that end for awhile.  

Day 59Day 59Music is my love.

This image of me is by my good friend and professional photographer, Linda Williams taken at the Recovery Shack.  It's a place where much music has been made over the years.  Music is limitless.  Consider the many types, Consider the fact that there are only 7 notes.  No limits - limitless and countless makings of music with only seven notes.  Who would think?  And really that's all it comes down to is thinking.  If you think and follow through, you too can be limitless.  Or mostly so, I have found some limits, not with learning music but in building with wood.  I actually found that I had limits.  You can learn a lot about yourself when you hit a limit.  I learned to walk away and come back with a different plan.  Sometimes the plan is to have someone else do it.  That works too.  

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Pearls or Cowboy Boots https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/11/pearls-or-cowboy-boots Pearls or Cowboy boots is a statement not a question.  Those two items were my go to items when I needed to be reminded that being positive in the midst of all that was going on was the best option.  So I would wear pearls to work.  Or I would wear my boots.  And sometimes I wore both. It didn't matter what else I was wearing.  I personally think pearls go with everything.  Just like the image below of this precious "pumpkin".

 

I have my reasons of course. Boots just feel strong.  I like the way they sound when I walk.  They make me feel like I can do any kind of work and do it well.  Peals are the epitome of something beautiful that was created over time by being an irritant.  Just that small piece of sand that developed into a lovely object.  And when I wear them I remember that these life events that might strain my nerves, will turn out okay if I remember to have a good attitude and "take the high road."  And I did take this road less traveled.  To get a good mental picture you need to know that I was a school teacher for twenty-six years.  I always got long looks when I adorned my chosen objects but that didn't concern me much.  What was important was how I acted and these two items helped me to stay on track.  In fact I stayed on track so much so that someone gave me a sail boat.  I named the boat Lizzy Pearl. (And later I adopted this as my stage name for my original music - fun, huh?)

 

Lizzy is short for Elizabeth, my favorite name (although I didn't use this to name my daughters) and in honor of the lizard I found on the boat after I got her home.  It took me over a year to clean up the boat and recondition the wood, make new cushion covers, get new lines... you get the idea.  But she is ship worthy and she is mine and it was a gift.  After all those daily irritations, I got a boat. A sail boat was a gift from someone who worked with my husband.  A boat?  How incredible!  I felt like it was my payback for doing the right thing all those many years. A sail boat that I can enjoy.  Wow!  I learned to sail as a young woman of 14 years.  And I spent many summers on a friend's sail boat while my girls were growing up.  Now I have my own boat to share with those same friends.  And that means I get to be on the water.  What beautiful thoughts!

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) aggravation boots cowgirl karma pearls https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/11/pearls-or-cowboy-boots Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:15:00 GMT
Eat Your Oats https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/10/eat-your-oats Nay, is only what horses say.  "So eat your oats!" I say.  I'll admit that I'm not fond of the sugary oatmeal packages that are so convenient.  It wasn't until I discovered the Steel Cut Oats that I became fond of oats.  Now, I eat them every day and who knew that oats were so packed with good stuff enough to call it a SUPER food?  I did not.  And if you did not, too, read on.  The links below have the information about oats. 

Science and Oats

Power of Positivity

Below the image is my recipe for Granola.  I love granola.  I don't love to pay the price at the store (and it's usually too sweet for my tastes) and this recipe will give you a tried and true formula that you can add or subtract from to make it anyway you might like.  On the cell phone is my recipe for Power Bars that have oatmeal.  You can find the recipe for that in my blog post from June 17, 2016 using this link:

Power Bar Recipe 

Granola

18 oz. old fashioned rolled oats; to make chunks: grind 2 cups into a flour using a Nutribullet or food processer

1 cup  dried fruit, any combination or selection 

1/4 c. chia seeds

1/4 c. sunflower seeds

1/2 c. chopped walnuts or nut of choice

1/2 tsp. cinnamon (boosts the metabolism, not enough to flavor it much; add more if you want a stronger taste)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 c. honey or half of a 1/3 cup of agave

1T - 3Tbs. coconut oil; If you want to have some granola chunks, double the oil and see the baking instructions below to NOT stir

1 tsp vanilla extract; Use the liquid, and add it to the coconut oil after it a cooled a bit or the powder to the dry ingredients

On the stove in a small sauce pan watch the coconut oil as it melts.  Take the pan off the stove as soon as it melts.  Add the honey or agave, and the vanilla extract if using the liquid.  You can put small dried fruit like raisins in the pan to plump up - optional, makes them so yummy.

In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, fruit, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts of choice, cinnamon and salt.  Add the liquid from the sauce pan to the dry ingredients little by little stirring until well mixed.

Place all of this in a cookie sheet with sides.  

Bake at 275 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Stir and rotate the pan at 15 minutes if you want a flaky granola. 

Only rotate the pan if you want flaky granola with chunks. Stir only after it cools.

Put granola in glass jars to maintain freshness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) granola healthy eating healthy habits oats recipe superfoods vegan https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/10/eat-your-oats Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:14:15 GMT
A Beast of a Beauty https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/6/a-beast-of-a-beauty A beast of a beauty sounds like a judgment of a title.  But what does it mean? These days beast means that the girl is strong. In this case, strong and attractive.  Or would it imply that there is meanness packed into an image deemed pleasing to look upon?  Either one might ring with some truth dependent upon the thoughts and actions of the person.  We like to make comparisons and judgments.  Our brains like patterns.  Most everyone has some idea or opinion about what a female should or could act like and look like. This idea or belief system is learned.  We can continue the passed down ideas or we find a different way to think about what we are being taught.  I remember being taught to be modest and quiet.  Both were not easy for me.  I was taught to be giving.  I was always good at being sweet and still have a tendency to be ruled by the heart giving others thoughtful attention.  And yet, I was also taught that whatever I put my mind to, I could do.  Dad always said, "IF you think you can't, you're right, you can't. IF you think you can, you're right, you can."  You give it your all and you can call yourself a beast.  It's not a matter of perfection.  It's a matter of giving all of what you have, to the moment at hand.  Being in the moment and giving of yourself is beautiful.  Being in that place of trust where you can be vulnerable and show all that is you, is not for every moment nor every person.   It is for those people who have earned the trust to see all of you.  You are writing your own story. You aren't perfect.  You aren't meant to be. But if you own your story of light and darkness, "you get to write the ending" (Daring Greatly, Brene Brown) It's what makes you who you are at a given moment in time. To use your mind AND your heart is what makes a balanced woman.   The image says, "As one thinketh in his heart so is he."    When you put it all together, the heart is the beast. Your heart speaks in feelings and knowings.  The mind gives you words. Your thoughts become your actions and just as often, your actions become your thoughts.  You make your choices.  And your choices make you: beauty or beast, beauty and the beast, or beast of a beauty are some of the choices. 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) a actions beast beauty centered choices heart of https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/6/a-beast-of-a-beauty Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:33:35 GMT
Men Soldier On https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/3/men-soldier-on

To soldier on means "to continue or persist, despite adversity or difficulty" by definition from Webster's Dictionary.  And many men do this.  We have this cultural expectation that at some point in a male's life the release of emotions is not thought of as "manly".  Men must armor themselves with a facade so as not to appear weak or afraid.  Feelings of sadness, worry, and grief, the "dark arts" are covered up.  Like the rusty, chained suit of armor found attached to an abandoned building along the back roads, it remains unmovable.  So like this "soldier" it rusts and remains unnoticed only to weigh down the individual all the more as it weathers over time.

Chained by the "unrelenting message: Do not be perceived as weak." (Daring Greatly by Brene Brown - this whole article comes from my interpretation and rewriting of her work on "How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.")  We want to see our men as knights in shinning armor riding high on horses of noble lineage.  Really?  Do we really want our boys, teenagers, men, and or partners hiding away the feelings of their heart so we can live in a world romanticized in books and movies?  Or do we want to share in the stories that dwell within the human like the living book that they each are?  

To share these stores we all must dare to be seen.  We dare to reveal the person within that has emotions.  These emotions are ever changing.  In order to be seen, we must dare to be vulnerable.  This type of courage shows less fear than hiding behind the mask of "being a man about it".  This sharing and "owning our story" is not granted to all who would listen, as the cultural norms still exist.  This book within needs only to open with another who's trust has been earned while living life in the small moments, as trust is earned over time.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) amor cultural norms daring greatly emotions healthy habits mask for feelings owning your story trust https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/3/men-soldier-on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:44:55 GMT
A Murder of Crows https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/3/a-murder-of-crows Some sights make me stop and just watch.  On this particular day I saw this extremely large gathering of black birds.  I can't say that they were crows but knowing that a group of crows is called a murder, I fancy that's what this is.  

A murder of crows, a gaggle of geese. a congress of baboons all describe a group of animals.  We human animals have a tendency to gather in groups.  We are hard-wired for connections.  And getting together is what we humans do.  Sometimes these gatherings revel in a "Control Drama" of the Ego which reveals that many people are still living in the most primitive flight or fight syndrome.  With birds it's easy to observe. In the human animal the responses have more names for "the fight".  According to Deepak Chopra these names are intimidation, confrontation, argument, indifference, stubbornness, and manipulation ("How To Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want" by Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra).  Carlos Castaneda says that there are only three types of people in this control drama life.  The people are nice, nasty or indifferent. If you don't want to live this way, you have to pull yourself away from "the good opinion of others".

If you want to go beyond these types of responses, you need to understand that you can create a space between the stimulus and the response.  I first learned about this with Stephen Covey in his book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".  He called using this space "pro-active" and described it as choosing your response instead of responding instantly.  Wayne Dyer calls this space "the witness".  You look at the situation with the eyes of an observer.  Deepak Chopra goes on to explain it as a way of looking without making labels, not judging it as good or bad, don't put any value on it or analyze it.

It's a practice that takes you away from the EGO (described as "Edging God Out" in the book "Lead Like Jesus").  Anything that isn't driven by the ego, is lead by the spirit.  That makes this a spiritual practice that gets easier to do when you practice.  Once you know there is another option, then you have to practice it to make it the default way of acting or reacting to any situation.  Practicing Yoga or any physical activity where you are involved in the movement of your body and focusing on your breathing and activity will help your mind learn to slow down.  Slowing or calming the mind is getting you to a place where you can observe, or witness what is going on, giving you the chance to really be in control of yourself.

Remind yourself:  I choose ease.  I choose peace.  I choose joy.  (Lesson from "Your Spacious Self" by Stephanie Bennett Vogt

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) control drama healthy habits spacious self witness https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/3/a-murder-of-crows Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:56:45 GMT
Blowing In the Wind https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/2/blowing-in-the-wind

Bob Dylan wrote, "...Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind"

Blowin' in the wind, he says.  Use that blowing wind, I say, because within the quiet of the mind, a voice guides.  When thoughts come up, observe them as if it is a movie or cartoon.  Don't judge them as good or bad.  Don't decide if you should have them or not not.  Look at them.  Feel them in their entirety. And then you can let them go.  Letting Go is like blowing in the wind.  Once you are able to let go of these events that come up, more will come up to be released.  Let them go, too.  They need to go.  They don't serve you anymore.  Only what is in your best interest in your highest level of love and light can stay.  (For more detailed information see the book of the same title: Letting Go by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.d

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) emotions healthy habits letting go picture a day https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/2/blowing-in-the-wind Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:44:23 GMT
Cornbread Dressing https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2017/1/cornbread-dressing Cornbread Dressing was a new food for me when I came to the South in the 1980's.  My favorite meal of the year has always been Thanksgiving for the turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry salad and pumpkin pie. The last two listed were made by my Grandma Jester and nobody makes it any better, unless they are using her recipe.  The recipe and a fortitude to follow it makes all the difference in the world, come tasting time.  So I asked my man how he makes cornbread dressing.  All the dressing I had ever had with Thanksgiving faded away when I tasted cornbread dressing. First you'll need the recipe for cornbread in an earlier blog post:

http://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/12/cornbread-comforts

 

Thankfully you won't be using all of the two pans of cornbread to make the dressing.  There will be just enough for dinner the night you make the cornbread. You can actually make the cornbread the night before you make the cornbread dressing. So make two pans of cornbread then read on....

Ingredients: onion, celery, butter, cream of chicken/celery/or mushroom soup (only 1 can, choose), 1 egg, and 1 tsp. fresh sage (really, get some fresh sage for this cornbread). 2 pans of cornbread, 9"x13" pan

Saute the 2 stalks of celery cut into small pieces and cook in the pan with butter until they soften a bit.  Then add in the diced onions and cook until the onions become transparent. Remove from the heat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl crumble up one and a half pans of cornbread (you get half of one pan for dinner.  So be sure you have your vegetables on low simmer while you are making the cornbread dressing mixture).  Add in the cream of soup of your choice, 1 egg (already beaten), 1 tsp. sage, a bit of salt and pepper.  Mix it but not too much.  It should be a liquid like texture.

Cook until brown, 30-45 min.

It's relatively simple to make.  It tastes fancy.  It's so delicious. 

 

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Cornbread Comforts https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/12/cornbread-comforts  

It is said that a recipe starts with a list of ingredients.  I would not agree.  A recipe starts with a yummy thought of eating something that brings pleasure to the senses.   Anyway. that's how it starts in my world.  I think about the yummyness (I know this is a made up word.  It doesn't look right if I change the y to an i, so forgive me) of cornbread and how it comforts my senses.  It gives the sense that time is forever the "now feeling" of being in a warm kitchen with the smells of corn and vegetables lingering as they are slowly absorbed from my nose to my gut.  If you know what I mean, you are more than ready for the list of ingredients below and a few words for the how to part...

As seen you'll need an iron skillet smothered in vegetable shortening.  Yes, you can still buy this at the store, (Crisco makes it) in the south anyway. 

In a bowl, put 2 cups of White Lily: Enriched White Cornmeal Mix, Self-Rising.  The recipe is on the side of the package (except the part under the first picture, which is a southern secret).  You can substitute but don't complain if your cornbread doesn't look like the last picture. The package does say "Crisco Original No-Stick Cooking Spray." No doubt someone paid them to put it there.  See note in parenthesis for recommendations by this "Army Brat" that found the best tasting cornbread makers to get this yum written down. You will also need 1 egg, 1/4 c. vegetable oil, and 1 1/2 c. Buttermilk.  Buttermilk makes the best bread.  Milk is a second best, because it's better than no cornbread.  But Buttermilk really does make the best bread.

Stir all the ingredients with a fork.  Allow the mixture to be somewhat lumpy. Pour this into the iron skillet.  There is a debate if you need to put the iron skillet in the oven while it preheats or pour the batter into a cold skillet.  Both methods work well.  I prefer the heated pan because I love the thin crusted edge it makes all around the bottom of the bread.

Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minuets, give or take 5-10 minutes.  And oh, that does look like a good beginning for some cornbread.  I just might have to make some more after writing and viewing this post. Shear yum.  The peas are from the garden and are cooking while the bread cooks.  Below, the bread is cut so you can view the bottom of the bread on the left and the piece to the right is how the top side of the bread looks.  How the bread tastes is left for you to describe after you make some of your own.  Within the next week I promise to extend this blog with another post using this cornbread recipe as the start to cornbread dressing.  I have always loved dressing for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  But, I had no idea how much more I would love dressing when I moved south and had cornbread dressing.  It's not hard to make once you can make cornbread.  And it is beyond good to eat. (Keep your eye out for some fresh Sage to use in the next recipe of cornbread dressing.)

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Pumpkin Faces https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/10/pumpkin-faces Sand art

Faces make a statement.  There was a time when I carried a pumpkin face on the clipboard I carried every where while on the job.  It was there to remind me that I needed to wear a "pumpkin" face with a smile.  Not like the one in the image, although I felt inside more like what it looks like. 

 

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Supersized is Not Super https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/10/supersized-is-not-super Supersized chair in Dr office. We sat comfortably together.

It's kinda like adding just a little more changes it.  And it does.  It's called super size for that reason I suppose.  Supersize this meal and you may as well supersize everything else to go with it.  The chair above is a size bigger.  It is definitely super sized.  My daughter and I could both sit in the chair easily.  Although we are wearing smiles in the picture, it is not a laughing matter.  These chairs were found in the doctor's office for sleep disorders (although I have also seen the size difference in the public restrooms lately).  That being a circle story: weight can interfere with sleep and lack of sleep can increase your weight.  How about we just super size the word super by adding the letter "p", then it will be supper and that would explain the extra size!?

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) healthy habits super sized https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/10/supersized-is-not-super Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:30:00 GMT
Four Plus Three Equal Seven And Peaceful Easy Feelings https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/four-plus-three-equal-seven-and-peaceful-easy-feelings Breath is the process of life.  And it is in the very process of breathing with intention that can be used to change everything.  It's simple and profound: Breathe in four counts.  Hold this breath for 3 counts.  Exhale for 7 counts.  Repeat.  

This simple act of controlled breathing changes how your body lives, operates and feels. It will calm the body, senses, nerves, emotions, blood pressure and more.  Make it a daily practice.  You'll certainly notice immediate results if you do this under duress or at the next meeting while someone else is exhibiting stress. Change your body with breath.  Change your life by your own design. Breathe.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) breath breathing techniques healthy habits life is breath stress reducer https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/four-plus-three-equal-seven-and-peaceful-easy-feelings Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:41:33 GMT
Dragonflies Extraordinaire https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/dragonflies-extraordinaire Dragonflies frequent my life.  They remind me that life is magical, to see through the illusion of life and remember that this is a spiritual journey.  Focus on your spirit as it is lived through the experiences of the body.  Live happy and healthy.  Be joyful and grateful.  These habits will help your spirit soar like the dragonfly.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) dragonfly dreams healthy habits love picture a day spiritual journey https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/dragonflies-extraordinaire Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:57:23 GMT
Dream on a Wing https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/dream-on-a-wing Dreams are personal.  It's yours.  You don't need approval.  Just belief, you need to believe.  You don't even have to tell your dream.  At some point when you are strong you can choose to share it.  It doesn't matter what "they say".  I have found that when I focus on my own energy and deliver my dream of sharing my music in a manner that satisfies my own feelings, others feel it too. 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) believe in yourself: dreams feathers on a wing still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/8/dream-on-a-wing Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:45:00 GMT
Be a Fork https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/be-a-fork In a world where so many people seem to prefer being spoon fed their health by trusting all doctors, I am a fork.  I am mostly interested in making myself feel fine.  I ask questions. I notice how my body responds.  Most doctors are also trying to make me feel better, but they don't want to talk about the decision.  Their strength lies in a prognosis and prescription.  It took me getting recurrent sinus problems and being shot repeatedly with steroids to begin my journey of choice.  This was "back in the day' before the internet.  It wasn't easy to find information, never mind I was teaching school and raising two children. So to make a visit to the library in hopes of finding such information really wasn't on "the list".  And I really didn't need research or a specialist degree to recognize that I gained 6 pounds every time this scenario played out.  

When I mentioned my weight gain and steroid association to the doctors, I was corrected, ridiculed, ignored and even tricked.  I had learned enough to pick out shots that had a steroid by the name.  Even though I told them not to give me a steroid, they did.  How did I know?  Oh, the symptoms were easy to pick out.  I couldn't sleep (mind you I went because I was sick, so this detail is miserable enough), and I gained more weight.  There was an alternative medicine doctor in town who allowed me to look up the name and yes, it did have a steroid in it.  I called the office and told them to destroy my records as I wouldn't be needing their services any more.  

Flash forward, and we find that it is now common knowledge to gain weight from steroids.  I have finally been able to verbalize the difference between going to the doctor and the practice of healing the body.  A doctor may give you something to treat the symptoms that you express.  You may heal or you may just cover up the symptoms.  That doesn't make the doctor a healer.  A doctor treats the symptoms.  To heal you may need to use nutrition and or change your life style.  

The body wants to heal and can be a powerful machine, given support.  It really is your choice.  Doctors are not trained in nutrition to support the body to heal.  Most are classically trained to diagnose and treat.  It is what it is.  You can't know what you don't know.  So it's not the doctor's fault they don't know nutrition.  They didn't have time to go find the research on nutrition while studying what they were told to study.  I have to say that in my newest research to help my mother heal from cancer, I am finding that these studies do exist and there are doctors who have learned about healing.  Some date back to the 1940's.  If your interested in how nutrition can help you, watch these movies on Netflix, "Food Matters" and "Forks Over Knives".  Next week I'll be taking one more step towards my own healing by following the "Hot Belly Diet", a book using Ayurveda  medicine.  The "medicine" is food.  This way of eating will reset my metabolism and help heal the digestion problems that have caused a thyroid issue.  It can also turn back diabetes.  Both illnesses caused by the digestion system.  The doctor could give me a way to manage the body symptoms.  Or I can choose to change my diet, modify life patterns and cure the problem.  Again, choice.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beat cancer body heals diabetes doctors treat heal yourself healthy habits nutrition still life thyroid issues https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/be-a-fork Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Simple as a Daisy https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/simple-as-a-daisy Simple as a daisy.  A daisy is not really simple.  It is actually two flowers in one.  The white that encircles the cluster of yellow, each technically a flower of its own.  Well, that's not really complicated, but it's not really simple.  Yet it does have a pleasing simplicity in its design.  I like daisies.  They are in every part of the world except Antarctica.  I found these daisies in someone's front yard and made myself at home one day to photograph.  Some days you just have to make a picture and that's the priority.  I even put some daisies on the jean jacket.  Yes, I found some time to visit and make pretties with thread.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beauty daisy life imitates nature still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/simple-as-a-daisy Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:07:18 GMT
Light Changes Everything https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/7/light-changes-everything   Love changes everything.  Light changes everything.  Love is from the light.  Light breaks up the dark.  Love breaks out of the heart and heals the mind with feelings, not words.  Light shines and the appearance reveals differences.  Differences can be good.  It's not as if one is better or worse on a continuum .  Observe. Reflect. Accept. Be light.  This world is full of light.  You are given the choice to choose light or not.  Light is the opposite of heavy.  We can all live in light, love, peace and harmony.  It is all of the light.  It feels good.  I'm there.  I hope you'll join this tribe.

 

Different levels of light - different, that's all.  Embrace differences.  Take home what you need.  Allow others the same.  It's really that simple.

 

 

 

Silence stops the noise.

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Lemons Love Life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/lemons-love-life

Sometimes when you are in the midst of turmoil in a life changing experiences, a breakthrough like the sun parts the fog, and appears.  This appearance came in an email that explained the benefits of lemons.  Lemons, the fruit fashioned in color like the sun is a killer of cancer and thus dons the title “Lemons Love Life”.  It’s a small package of large impact.  Here are the facts as I know them:

 

 In the morning, put lemons in warm water to drink before breakfast.  This will hydrate your body and flush out toxins.  It increases digestion and liver functions.  It regulates blood pressure and bowel movement.  It battles inflammation, reduces joint pains and fights cancer by keeping the body alkaline.  Whew – and so much more… Here's a link to more information from David Wolfe's website.

http://www.davidwolfe.com/20-incredible-things-that-happen-when-adding-warm-lemon-water-to-your-morning-routine/

Additionally, you can add lemons throughout the day.  Especially if you are in a battle with cancer, the simple process below may be just what your body needs to get healthy again.  Lemons are alllegedly 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy.  

 

During the day, you can add lemons in cooking and drinking.  I got this information in an email from the website: The Hearty Soul.  If you subscribe to theheartysoul.com,  you’ll receive a download with even more information about lemon, garlic, honey and how to use them for healing properties.  Here is the website.  I’ll summarize it below.

http://theheartysoul.com/why-you-should-freeze-lemons/?t=NSM

Take lemons, wash them and cut them in half to get the seeds out.  Then freeze them.  You then take them from the freezer to grind them up with the peeling intact.  Put this ground up lemon in ice cube trays to freeze for use later. I added a little water to the blender to make it easier to grind up.  The ice cube trays pictured are flexible and are smaller than regular ice cube trays.  That is good because the flavor is more intense than just a squeezed lemon, so you don't need much.   I put one in water and let it melt.  Then I added ice to make a cool, refreshing beverage.  If I didn't eat the lemon along the way I could make another 24 oz. container of water and still have the lemon taste.  Goodness and Good-bye to toxins and cancer!  

If your taste buds prefer a lighter version, try infusing water with lemon slices and letting it set for 3 hours.  This makes a drink that replaces electrolytes (#11 in article below). Check out the recipes in the article listed below and the science behind the healthy habit of lemons.  And remember to also drink plain water as noted in the negative side effects at the end of the article (really, it's not bad...just keep in mind your choices.)

https://www.jenreviews.com/lemon-water/

Photography inspired by an online class with 

http://kimklassen.com/

 

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beat cancer healthy habits lemons still life tea time https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/lemons-love-life Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:17:29 GMT
Mom's Kitchen and a Recipe for Power Bars https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/moms-kitchen-and-a-recipe

Mom's kitchen and a recipe, begins this journey of compiling, mixing and baking.  This is Carol's kitchen, designed by her and my Dad, the engineer.  Among the new modern machines like blenders, pull out drawers and gadgets, lie the remnants of times past.   There are milk bottles that used to be collected off the back porch. The towel is cross-stitched "Carol's Kitchen", by my mother. The recipe box and bowl in the image are from her mother.  Great Grandma's sifter sits on the shelf, as does the butter churn.  My task at hand is to meld the old, ie: natural ingredients with the new, ie: protein powers, quinoa, and chia seeds in a way that is really not new at all.  It just takes time.  And our priorities for using time have shifted away from baking to buying.  I'm finding that so many of the new ways of eating have not served us well.  As my body has aged, it is less likely to tolerate certain foods namely: almonds, soy, milk, sugar and eggs.  This limits my ability to purchase packaged foods.  However, with Pinterest to the rescue and a bit of persistence and determination, I have made a refined recipe to my liking.  Each time I make it I change the fruit or nuts so I have never lost interest in making or eating these Power Bars for breakfast.  I present the most recent edition of my recipe below and a picture of how I brought that recipe from my home (on Google Drive), 800 miles away to make it in Mom's kitchen.

 

 

 

 

Power Bars by Sandy Gates, adapted from Camilla @powerhungry.com

1/4 c. quinoa into 1 cup of water: bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and cook on the stove for 12 minutes

While the quinoa cooks combine the items below into a large bowl:

1/3 c. chopped nuts, choose any you like.  I use walnuts, and/or pecans

1/3 c. more nuts, same or different

1/4 c. rolled or steel oats

1/4 c. protein power, your choice.  I use pea protein, vanilla (some brands have sugar, so check ingredients)

1/4 c. coconut flour, unsweetened

1/4 c. chia seeds *see note below

By the time you have put all the ingredients in a bowl, the quinoa should be cooked.  Turn off the heat.  To this pot on the stove add:

2 Tbs. coconut oil

1/2 tsp. salt

(* you can add the chia seeds to the quinoa mixture if you like a dough like power bar; I really like to do this.)

Optional: add raisins and let them plump up before you cool down the mixture with the milk below.

1 c. unsweetened milk, I like coconut or hemp; after the milk is added, (almond milk is fine here for those who want/can) it will be cooled enough to add the following ingredients that are heat sensitive and can be damaged by high heat.  A little warmth is okay.

2 Tbs. raw honey, or agave if you want to keep the recipe all plant based

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

Other options: dates, cocoa bits; etc.

350 degree oven, 20-25 minutes; After cool, cut into 10 bars

Bars will keep 4 days at room temp., 1-2 week in refrigerator, 4 months in freezer.  I usually keep a few out to each fresh.  I then put the cut bars on an aluminum pie pan and put them directly in the freezer for awhile. I take them off the pie pan and put them into a plastic bag.  Now that they are individually frozen I can take them out as needed.  I keep one bar in the refrigerator in a container, ready to eat for breakfast.  In the morning I put the power bar in the toaster oven.  I then replace the container in the refrigerator with one from the freezer.  By the next morning it is ready to be eaten.  And the circle continues.  Yum.

To save time, make a double batch, using a 9x13" pan.  This makes 20 bars.

Photography composition inspired by Kim Klaussen.com online photography class.

Macros: protein 11.61, fat 18.2 (walnuts = 10 of the 18), carbs. 26.97, calories 357.9

 

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beat cancer healthy habits kitchen mom power bars recipe still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/moms-kitchen-and-a-recipe Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:00 GMT
LGBTQ Official Flower https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/lgbt-official-flower  

There is so much talk these days about LGBTQ, in part and as a whole.  I'm glad that this talking is in the mainstream.  We need to talk.  Talking is the only way that differences in thinking can be recognized, expressed and potentially understood.  Along those lines, there is a difference in thinking about the flowering plant clover, that I would recommend to represent a parallel analogy and suggest as the official flower.

 

The clover is a beautiful flower to some, to others it is considered a nuisance and should be eradicated by any number of methods.  Like these LGBTQ individuals that live with and among us, the leaves of the clover blend in well with the grass and travels under and over the existing foliage. Sometimes you don’t even notice the clover until it blooms.  These blooms come in different colors like purple, red and white.  Red clover is medicinal having healing properties for the blood.  I drank it for nearly a year after being bitten by a brown recluse spider to cleanse the blood and organs from the hidden poison from this bite, but that is another story for another blog post.  My point is that like this group of people, they are among us.  They always have been.  Perhaps you've only noticed now because of the bold "flowers" that have risen in society, unwilling to be ignored.  These “flowers” as people have learned to love themselves just as they are and now are willing to embrace this within the culture. 

As flowers in nature, clover are picked by children and given to loved ones.  The leaves and stems make a beautiful crown or headdress for creative play. Endless time can be spent looking for that special leaf, unlike the others, called the four leaf clover.  And like its close cousin, the mistaken dandelion, an herb with healing properties for all its parts, which when allowed to bloom, mature and go to seed, the flower is used to make a wish.  The child blows the seeds and they are sent into the field with the potential of manifesting something wanted.  Imagine the correlation, these special people, these four leaf clovers, which have matured and now claim their place openly with mostly the simple wish of love.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beauty clover lgbt love official flower unity https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/6/lgbt-official-flower Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:15:00 GMT
Three on a Chair https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/three-on-a-chair Have props - can move...gather some props and a chair.  You can go anywhere.  Or don't go anywhere and leave the chair right where it is.  You'll need some light, a side light is nice.  Here's one of the chair.  And then I start making all kinds of combinations.  So I start, I ramble and eventually, I clean up.

 

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) picture a day props still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/three-on-a-chair Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:54:06 GMT
Eggs and Chickens https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/eggs-and-chickens So first we have eggs.  Like seeds, it is said that there lies the potential for an entire forest in one seed.  Now, let's go back to the egg.  Which came first may never be answered.  But while listening to Deepok Chopra, he said the the word for yogi, yoga, and yolk come from the same root, meaning the unification of body, mind, soul, spirit and environment.  Maybe egg is too simplified of a word to contain a yolk.  It definitely sounds more important than the word chicken.  I don't know.  I have no final answer.

Eggs for Sale

Eggs and chicken wire

I am so thrilled when animals will get close to me.  

Mother Hen? No, fake eggs, shhh

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) chickens eggs still life which came first https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/eggs-and-chickens Sun, 29 May 2016 03:14:36 GMT
To Post Production or Not To https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/to-post-production-or-not-to Post production to digital photography is what the dark room was for film.  Only it's so much easier to access and play with.  The process is endless.  Below are two images.  The first has some post production for maximizing what you can do to match what you see with your eyes.  Cameras cannot capture all that you see without a bit of adjustment.  It is all in the digital image.  But you have to pull out and push back areas to create the balance you are looking for.  The second image uses a preset designed by KimKlassen.com.  

A weed? I think not.

Preset from KimKlassen.com

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/to-post-production-or-not-to Sat, 28 May 2016 03:03:07 GMT
Art of Pumpkin https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/art-of-pumpkin I was obsessed with pumpkins last fall.  After trying for 5 years to get pumpkins to grow, I finally had one!  The seeds were acquired from my husband's Uncle Forest.  He was known for years and miles around for his large, edible pumpkins.  I wanted to keep the seeds and tradition alive.  So I tried.  And I tried.  And then I put some in little cups to watch and water and baby along.  It worked! The beautiful little seeds sprouted just in time to go on vacation with me.  Yes, I took them with me.  I knew I was going to be gone a week.  It was worth it.  I eventually learned the meaning of jumping for joy.  In reality, I had given up on getting any pumpkins.  After I put them in the garden and vines grew and grew. but that is all.  I looked for a pumpkin to grow, and I looked and looked and looked.  I finally quit looking.  One day I caught a glimpse of the green ball growing and jumped up clapping my hands before I had time to think.  Eventually I had a 33.3 lb pumpkin.  It was large.  It was beautiful.  And this year I'm going to do it all over again.

These pumpkins are store bought and arranged to imitate art - paintings.

Still life imitates art of still life or vice versa?!

Here's a glimpse of my pumpkin...

33.3 lb pumpkin - I was a farmer for Halloween so I could put it in a radio flyer and show it off!

Inspired by KimKlassen.com class called "Be Still" for still life photography.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) art imitating life growing pumpkins healthy habits still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/art-of-pumpkin Sat, 28 May 2016 02:53:55 GMT
Change to Stay the Same https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/change-to-stay-the-same I made a change.  It helped me to know that I still haven't changed.  Sometimes it's just alright to like the same thing over and over.  You like it every time, like my Aunt's potatoes and noodles.  I know, potatoes and noodles, really?  Strange, it's one of those things I changed.  Ok, I'll try it.  I liked it.  Now, I love it.  We call those foods, comfort foods.  Food can bring comfort.  Flowers always bring comfort and joy, with less calories.  But if I'm going for it all.  Make it roses and cheesecake and time to photograph it first.

Mother's Day roses bloom every year, just in time...and cheesecake.

Never tried still life? Check out KimKlassen.com 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beauty comfort foods still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/change-to-stay-the-same Sat, 28 May 2016 02:31:53 GMT
Bread of Life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/bread-of-life Bread is life.  To be more precise, it was life.  Bread that sustains life has nutrients.  It has fiber.  The taste generates a natural saliva upon entering the mouth.  That is not what is on the shelf in most stores.  But there is hope.  Artisan Bread is worthy.  It takes us back to the state of natural wellness that food is meant to be.  No preservatives, no additives are needed.  A pleasure for the mouth and its travels through the body.  

Let us break bread together.

The image below has very little post production.  The image that follows uses a preset designed by KimKlassen.com.  She also offers online classes.

I want a slice of life, shown here.

A feel as Pavlov's dogs...

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) bread bread of life healthy habits still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/bread-of-life Fri, 27 May 2016 13:16:43 GMT
Gather, Drop, Arrange and Shoot https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/gather-drop-arrange-and-shoot A collection of found objects and stuff.

Gather, drop, arrange and shoot pictures.  In the age of digital photography what a joy it is that you aren't limited to only a few clicks.  Now we can take as many pictures as we want.  Back in the film days, I was limited to my cash flow.  Today I can look and see in an instant the image in the camera.  Back then, I had to take notes to match with images.  It might be weeks or months before I finished a roll of film and had it developed.  Above is a collection of mostly found objects while walking the neighborhood.  Below is a simple placement of a leaf on an antique chair.  Both have a mood and a place and time to be my preference.

Leaves in fall

(Check out KimKlaussen.com for photography prompts, textures, presets, online classes and more.)

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) leaves in fall still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/gather-drop-arrange-and-shoot Fri, 27 May 2016 03:16:43 GMT
Pumpkins and Pie, Oh My! https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/pumpkins-and-pie-oh-my Oh my, I love pumpkin pie.  I've loved it all my life.  I didn't know how excited I would be to grow a pumpkin and make it into a pie.  

Here's my 33.3 lb. pumpkin...

Homemade pumpkin

And here is a gem: my grandmother's pumpkin pie recipe.  I actually made this pumpkin pie with honey.  It was quite good.

Grandma Jester's recipe.

"Southern Living" fall magazine for 2015 had a recipes for their pumpkin cookbook.  I now have a new favorite and it's a surprise: pumpkin lasagna.  I used spinach instead of kale, and it is now a family keeper.

(Organic - photo prompt for KimKlassen.com, "Be Still" online class.)

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) lasagna pumpkin pie pumpkins still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/pumpkins-and-pie-oh-my Fri, 27 May 2016 02:48:47 GMT
Still Life - Family Portraits https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/still-life---family-portraits P.Holley wanted to live by the sea. Now in free floating the seas, she is a mermaid.

Life changes.  Everything is life changes.  Changes are the constant in life.  I know these things, but in the knowing I am still shaken sometimes.  My Seoul mate, whom I met in Seoul, Korea is now just that - a soul.  Her body left this Earth last May.  She had many more things on her bucket list.  Many of those things involved travel.  Her many friends have continued the journey of her body by traveling to far places and far flinging her ashes.  I was one of those friends.  We went to the beach. We finally went to the beach.  It was a most magical time.  A hawk flew with me to the water.  Pelicans put on a show of synchronicity that I was able to record on video.  It was an overcast day, so we had the place to ourselves.  Just her and my best friend of many decades and I were walking the beach.  Some of her now rests beneath the white sands, and some of her resides in places the ocean has taken her. 

(Image inspired by "Be Still" class by KimKlassen.com)

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) Seoul mates ashes still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/still-life---family-portraits Fri, 27 May 2016 01:54:56 GMT
I Like Tea and Roses https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/i-like-tea-and-roses Apple Rose for tea time.

Milk and cookies? (Milk and Cookies is the photo prompt for the image making class: KimKlassen.com) Not today, today I would like to have some tea with my apple rose muffin. Ummm, yum!

You slice apples as thinly as possible and sprinkle with cinnimon.  The using store bought croissant dough, you roll the apple slices and put them into a muffin tin.  When I return home, I'll find the exact details and print them here.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) apple rose still life tea time https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/i-like-tea-and-roses Fri, 27 May 2016 01:33:50 GMT
Using Prompts as Inspiration https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/using-prompts-as-inspiration Kim Klassen dot com (http://kimklassen.com/) is a website that has been my "go to" for inspiration.  Her ability to make images that generate emotions I like to revisit keep me coming back.  Currently I am trying to finish up a project I signed up for in December of 2014.  I planned to spend the year of 2015 learning new ways to play with images in post production and develop a style for "still life".  My plans were averted for personal and family priorities.  Again I sit on the couch 800 miles away from home, because my home is not the priority for the next few weeks.  I hope that this is the first of many posts over the next five days, as that is all the time left for my session with Kim Klassen and her "Be Still" class.  Her online class includes prompts, inspirational posts, informative videos, and lovely textures and presets.  She is still teaching and I encourage you to check out her style, that inspired mine.

Prompts: Laundry Time, Cuppa, Quiet Corner, Nature's Bounty

Laundry Day

Cuppa tea and honey - yes, please.

My quiet, creative corner of the world.

Pink eyed, Purple Hull peas - Nature's Bounty

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) inspirations laundry prompts quiet spaces still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2016/5/using-prompts-as-inspiration Fri, 27 May 2016 01:06:43 GMT
Nature's Way https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/12/natures-way Nature has a way of doing that encompases all of us, like it or not.  Again we hear the media tell us that the "El Nino" is the reason for the change in weather.  I'm hoping others are recognizing that what we are being told doesn't match what our picture window and inner self show us.  Nature is.  And I love to look at it in all its states of changes.  I can walk the same path repeatedly and notice differences all the time.  Many times I bring home various gatherings of objects from nature and manmade to create a new still life or adornment.  Precious stones?  Possibly not, but precious none the less to me.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) El Nino changes nature still life stones https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/12/natures-way Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:35:29 GMT
Holidays the Write Way https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/12/holidays-the-write-way Write On... the power of writing is still that...powerful!

Racing through the Merry Christmas and Happy New Year the write way: "a proven way to slow down is writing down your thoughts and feelings in longhand, on paper. The ritual is an effective way for you to analyze situations creatively and to stay centered during difficult times. 'The beauty of writing is that it allows you to capture your creative thoughts,' says Richard Quis, co-author of "Thinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief." - Ted Spiker, AARP Dec. 2015/Jan 2016

Ride OnWrite On - every day

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) centered slow down write thoughts https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/12/holidays-the-write-way Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:15:01 GMT
Still Life and Real Life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/still-life-and-real-life After a mandatory "sit and reflect" time dictated by my vericose veins in February, I have learned greater balance in my daily activities.  I now plan my day keeping in mind which activities require high energy followed by activities with less movement.  Now after three surgeries and more than 6 months after beginning a class called "Be Still 52" c/o kimklassen.com I have been able to return to this endeaver.  My plan was to work on a class a day.  This idea of being still works well with my new life planning.  I use this class as my "down time".  My hope is to get 4 classes done in a week.  On this day I set up a number of still life ideas to cover several lessons because I am a Global Learner that responds well to knowing the end before I begin.  Below I am enjoying my corner of the world and pausing to enjoy the props.

Activity today: Farmers' Market 

Before the above image - props in place of local honey and green tea, yum.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) balance beat cancer healthy habits real life still life https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/still-life-and-real-life Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:38:04 GMT
Be Still 52 https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/be-still-52 A journey of 52 weeks is a year, no matter when you begin.  I choose to take a year long journey of making images with a focus on creating images that have a calm appeal.  The class is lead by Kim Klassen - visit her website: kimklassen.com to see her transformations of images.  

Below is week 12.  The prompt was pretty pastels and it coincided with the time of year when pastel eggs don the stores.  I, however, am playing catch-up.  More about me in later posts.  Below is an image I entitled "Tea Time".  

 

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) be still 52 image a day picture a day tea time https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/be-still-52 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 01:54:47 GMT
Ebb and Flow of Love https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/ebb-and-flow-of-love I define love as the ability to appreciate something or someone without the expectation of anything in return.  Your essence is love.  Whether you embrace that part of you is much of your journey in life.  How people deal with this love of self and others can be as different as the two images below.  The image is the same but the change made to the exposure of light is the only difference.  May you always live in the light/love or return as soon as possible.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beauty love quote rose https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/ebb-and-flow-of-love Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:13:15 GMT
Dark Mood - Create Balance https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/dark-mood We are human beings.  Anything that ends with -ing usually means there is something happening.  Maybe you are creating, making, sleeping, or any number of activities.  This year I have learned a lot about the first part of the word being.  And it emplies that you don't have to do anything.  It was forced upon me because I had veins in my legs that limited the -ing, so I had to learn to just be.  Now that the veins have been fixed and I'm healing very nicely I can choose my own limitations or not. I am trying to create a balance that keeps the scale from tipping too far in any one direction.  It's a good plan, I think.  And every plan in my life usually comes with a Plan B, more often times than not ends up being the chosen path.  (Below is another approach to the image above, and I rather prefer the softer look.)

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) create balance image a day picture a day https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/dark-mood Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:07:26 GMT
An Apple A Day Keeps the Dr at Bay https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/an-apple-a-day-keeps-the-dr-at-bay What's old is new again.  Just like fashion, many aspects of life seems to "have their day" only to recede into background and then once again come back into the light.  Along with the back to natural trend that is happening in many areas of people's lives, I have also been reunited with a small book I ordered from the Farmers' Almanac called "Apple Cider Vinegar."  It turns out that having some of three items pictured below will help out a lot.  And it tastes like a Granny Smith Apple drink to me. I toast, "To my health," and drink it down.  Here is a list of the benefits:

  1. Every day: I use - 1 T honey (an antioxidant), 3 tsp. ACV, and 1 c. water  I do this twice a day (see #14); book recipe 2 T honey, 2 tsp ACV, glass of water  (I use less honey because honey has so many charbohydrates and I prefer tart to sweet)
  2. Restore energy and combat fatigue and insomnia - 1 c. honey, mix in 2 T of apple cider vinegar.  Store in a wide mouthed jar.  Take a couple of teaspoons before going to bed.  If needed take 1 more tsp a half hour later.
  3. Research by D.C. Jarvis, M.D. "Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health" states that its high potassium content promotes cell, tissue and organism growth. It is also high in other minerals associated with good health - phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, fluorine, and silicon and trace minerals.  The healing power is activated by the apple cider vinegar.
  4. Regulates blood pressure
  5. Compacts plaque and fatty deposits in the blood vessels
  6. Helps strengthens the heart
  7. Healthy digestion
  8. Treatment for food poisoning
  9. Keep the kidneys and bladder functioning properly
  10. Lowers bad cholesterol levels
  11. Stabilizes blood sugar
  12. Controls the appetite
  13. Weight loss (1 1/2 lbs. a week) 
  14. Combat fatigue. To battle fatigue, take the recipe listed in #1 above between meals, (it will also curb your appetite and cravings)
  15. Relieve arthritis by dissolving calcium deposits and flushing harmful toxins and crystals from joints, tissues and organs
  16. Conducive to the proper oxidation of the blood
  17. Kills infectious viruses
  18. Contains chemicals that are valuable cancer fighters
  19. Soothes sunburn and maintains healthy skin
  20. Ends dandruff and prevents itching scalp, dry hair and baldness
  21. Helps sinus, asthma, and flu suffers breathe easier
  22. Relieves sore throats and laryngitis
  23. Prevent and reverse memory loss

Dr. Jarvis recognizes three type of sickness - those caused by bacteria, those by parasite and the "energy diseases".  The energy diseases are caused when the body doesn't know how to shut down.  The diseases caused include high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, allergies, asthma, migraine headaches, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Drinking the apple cider vinegar (ACV) mixture helps the body shift its chemistry from preparing for constant battle, to allowing the body get to the business of building and storing the reserves it may need one day in the future.

Disclaimer, you are an adult and in making any decisions on your own behalf, you are responsible for your choices.  The information above has helped me and is the only reason I share it here.  To bring down my triglycerides I added some oil of garlic to the ACV mixture.  I also included milk thistle and CoQ10 with my daily supplement intake - my numbers came down from 299 to 64 in two months.  So that has me excited and I'll be toasting to my health with ACV from now on!

Day 20Apple Cider Vinegar - Raw - UnfilteredAn apple a day - to cure many of today's energy dis-eases. We do too much for too long and the body needs extra help to recover. This is my new resource.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) Dr Bragg apple cider vinegar beat cancer healthy habits https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/9/an-apple-a-day-keeps-the-dr-at-bay Sat, 05 Sep 2015 21:26:53 GMT
Today and Every Day - I Make Pictures https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/6/today-and-every-day---i-make-pictures In June 2014, I decided to join the image posting community on Instagram.  At the time I thought I would make a picture a day.  After sharing this information, I was met with resistance.  People who love me thought I might once again be adding on to my already full life.  That wasn't as much of a deterant as the privacy invasion you have to allow for the app.  So I wained.  I eased back into posting on Instagram because it was fun and I decided that noone else really had any need for checking in on my phone history - really!  Recently, a fellow photographer tagged me in a facebook post about a person who had done just that: someone made a blog about taking a picture each day.  So I started the next day, May 28th. This time I am making myself accountable by posting on my website in a gallery entitled the same as this blog post.  Here's to the next year... You can click on the "View Gallery" link on the upper right if you'd like to look at the comments I made for each image or if you'd like to view the pictures but don't want to start at Day 1.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) daily image a day picture a day https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/6/today-and-every-day---i-make-pictures Mon, 08 Jun 2015 21:15:44 GMT
Pageants https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/5/pageants

Webster describes the word pageant to mean a mere show or pretense.  It also describes it to be ostentatious, or displaying wealth, knowledge, etc., in a way that is meant to attract attention, admiration, or envy.  Many times the word beauty precedes the word pageant when giving a title to the event.  There is no way this pageantry display can ever show the beauty of the love shown here between two sisters.  They both participated in their first pageant and walked away with the same honors.  The youngest also got an award for the best hair.  She insisted that this trophy should be on her head (it has an image of a tiara).  So her Mom used her finger to keep the prize on her head.  And I used Photoshop to get rid of her finger.  These are my Godchildren.  The pictures were taken in my front yard and the studio pictures were taken on the back porch. (You can view the gallery of pictures by clicking on the image above.)

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) beauty love pageant pageantry sisterly love https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/5/pageants Tue, 05 May 2015 21:51:51 GMT
Celebrations of Milestones https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/4/celebrations-of-milestones Woooh - I'm flying!

Celebrations of life are some of life's treasures.  We make an event to document a moment in time.  It's the end of something and the beginning of something else.  Food, fun and pictures. Done. Really? Yeah - it can be that simple.  (Pictured - Year 1 of this young man's life.  Click on the image to view the gallery of photos.)

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) celebrations life love simple https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/4/celebrations-of-milestones Wed, 29 Apr 2015 03:28:53 GMT
It Is What It Is https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/4/it-is-what-it-is What do you see? There is more to see when you look. And there is always the unseen.

Life is personal.  "Life is not a journey you take alone."  If you are a person and even if you're an animal, life is still about the journey of time here on Earth, for now.  In my experiences I have come to know that there is much more unseen that also intertwines in our lives.  Sometimes these forces are like shadows in the reflection of this picture.  It's a undercurrent of love that helps to propel us.  Sometimes its the opposing force like a propaganda given to us in school, taught to us as if it is a truth.  The food pyramid is my current research project.  I've never agreed with the formula.  My body would give me pains for certain foods so as an adult I have learned to eat other foods and supplement with vitamins.  My mother is now dealing with cancer and I am looking at alternative ways to help her heal.  One documentary film on Netflix called "Forks Over Knives" (there is also a website of the same name) shows evidence that meat, dairy products and eggs (along with other convenience foods and packaging) have taken our "American diet" into a large health crisis.  When the scientists in the film, who had already built a positive reputation tried to bring this knowledge to the masses, the classes were cancelled.  What?  Why?  Well it doesn't take long to ponder the answer.  Even without evidence you might suspect that the food pyramid might have to be reworked.  And at the root of all is the money that would shift when the information in the pyramid shifts.  In fact all the children in schools would also have a different diet.  And we would be healthier and that would cause another shift from money in the health care system back to farmers.  Wow.  Our world as a whole would look very different.  I can hope so.  I see people looking for other ways of living.  I'm looking.  I'm finding essential oils that help me.  I looking for receipes that suit my tastes and my budget.  Jesus said,  "Look and you will find."  And in that thinking, it is always important to know what you are looking for and why.  Because another phrase I live by was given in my studies of Wayne Dyer, "Wherever you attention goes, grows."  Personally I like to focus on what is good.  I like to study and make good even better.  I like to learn.  My personal journey involves a lot of learning.  Presently, with my current health focusing on healing some weak veins, I am also learning how to just be.  Just be a human being.  Not always being a human doing.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) food pyramid forks over knives https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/4/it-is-what-it-is Sun, 05 Apr 2015 02:17:09 GMT
Love Is... https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/3/love-is

Love is... described in poems, dance, songs, words and works of art, just to begin the list.  You are love.  In the song quote above it says, "I say love, it is a flower, and you it's only seed." You are the only one who can do what you do.  If you don't, then it won't be.  Be who you are and be the love that you were made of.  Love and acceptance is such a powerful assurance to fuel yourself.  As you allow yourself this freedom while you continue forward, you subconsciously allow others.  "Self love is a magic key that opens the door to all things, releasing you from limiting beliefs."

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) love https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/3/love-is Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:33:09 GMT
Life Goes On https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/3/life-goes-on Missing You

     Life goes on.  It does.  Lately I've watched much of life with my left leg propped up parallel to gravity.  And it would take something painful to make me live on the couch in slow motion for these days.  My veins needed professional help and I am grateful for the health insurance coverage that allowed me the special attention needed.  Sometimes life doesn't deliver what you want when you want or need it.  Life is like that.  Today's picture is a reflection of what I do when I want to convey feelings.  I write.  I actually write a lot.  Sometimes a phrase goes though my head and I know it's best to write it down.  The song on the paperwork was inspired by one such phrase I saw while rearranging my clutter.  It focuses on those feelings that have a desire that can not be filled, ever.  "It's one of those days: nothing's wrong, nothing's right.  It just feels that way."  With time and editing it now reads: It's one of those days, Nothing's right, nothing's wrong.  It just feels that way since you've been gone.  And I'm missing you...You've turned into starlight." We all know how that feels to want someone who is not here in form.  The song talks about trying to hold water and searching for rainbows on sunny days.  Some days are like that.  With some mindfulness we can control how these feelings impact us.  I like to stay on the sunny side of life.  And If I'm thinking of someone who has passed on, I try to keep my thoughts focused on the wonderful parts of that person that I enjoy having in my memory.  But sometimes there are those times that you just need a little time to say, "I'm missing you." That is my newest song.

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/3/life-goes-on Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:31:47 GMT
Brett Callero, Artist - Workshop: Your Life in 60 Frames https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/2/brett-callero-artist---workshop-my-life-in-60-frames  

Segment your life, simplify the mode of communication, express unilaterally, and limit color choices is your assignment.  You get 60 squares.  So let us first look at some ways that we can communicate in this "simple" manner. Consider the instructions provided with a new purchase, if there are even any given for products these days.  Sure some are written in a number of languages, but let's consider the ones with only pictures:  pictures of ideas or concepts.  Pictures can be icons, if that is what you are representing. Brett Callero, the instructor for this workshop, is an artist, DJ and Professor at Savannah College of Art and Design.  He continues to break down the mode of communication into icons, indexes and symbols.  An icon resembles something, an index links its meaning by directing, and the symbol has meaning related to it from some experience and without this relation, there is no logical meaning.  And logically speaking that's what college does, it breaks down what we might assume is a whole, into smaller parts.  Brett's art is like that too.  He can take a part or take apart something, put it into a different context and because of this, the meaning changes.  And as is with art, your own perceptions and feelings become changed or revealed by reference.  Who is to say?  Who is not to say?  That is the beauty of art.  You can like it or not like it.  It is still art.

The image below was stolen via tablet screenshot from brettcallero.com a site with a continuous slideshow of his work.  

Screenshot of artist, Brett Callero's website. The image is used for a blog post.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/2/brett-callero-artist---workshop-my-life-in-60-frames Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:55:29 GMT
Just Breathe https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/2/just-breathe Breathe in: I love you Breather out: Thank-you

Breath is essential for life.  Sometimes that's all you need to do.  That sounds easy enough but it isn't always easy.  I have found that controlling breath can control how you feel.  When you slow yourself down and "just breathe" you can calm everything in your mind and your body.  Listen to the rhythm of air as it enters and leaves your body.  Just doing that will change you.  Simple, right? It is with practice.

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2015/2/just-breathe Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:17:53 GMT
The Journey of 16 years... https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2013/12/the-journey-of-16-years Music by Sahne Cooley "Dreams & Aspirations"

 

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2013/12/the-journey-of-16-years Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:24:45 GMT
Love love & love photography https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2013/10/love-love-love-photography L <3 V e Light writing, or "sparklers in the night" can be a fun and unpredictable experience for all involved.  The idea for making letters instead of just the usual sparkler shake and run came from the four ladies you see pictured here.  It takes coordination to move your hands and not  the rest of your body, but it is only for 3.1 seconds.  So as you can see, it turns out well and this was the first try.  The picture below has the same META data except the seconds were increased to 6 seconds.  There are note worthy differences in the two photos.  Pick your preference and have fun!  Be sure to have a flame throwing lighter in the hands of a responsible adult.  Small flame lighters tend to give blisters to the adults using them.  META Description: Nikon D90  f/25 3.1 ISO 500 +5 exposure compensation Speedlight SB-900

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(Moments Photography by Sandy) light painting https://momentsphotographybysandy.com/blog/2013/10/love-love-love-photography Sun, 13 Oct 2013 02:25:19 GMT