To Sunsets and New Beginnings

I usually have a difficult time determining whether a picture I’m looking at is showing either a sunrise or a sunset.  Without being able to tell whether the sun is closer to east or west, I tend to be a little biased towards sunset, since I’m more of a “night owl,” and enjoy more sunsets…

Restarts, Crashes, and Falls

  If you woke up in the Atlanta area this morning, you were treated to snow flurries, frigid temperatures and a sense of optimism.  Not every New Years Day is this cold in Georgia, but we can always count on the sense of optimism that comes with a clean slate.  New determination when it comes…

Baggage

I can’t remember her name, but I can still see her face. After class she walked up to me and said, “I’m so glad you asked that question.  I was wondering the same thing, but was afraid to ask.” The weight came off my shoulders, as baggage was lifted away. If you’ve traveled on an…

Tangible Signs

Feelings of doubt have a way of surfacing during the quiet times – during the still of night, or times when we allow our minds to wander a bit. And as expected, doubt appears during the times when we need it the least. It seems that during the times when we’re working towards tackling life’s…

Uncharted

Stories of persistence need to be told, not only for the sake of the one telling them, but also for those  who need to hear them. Why is it that we’re so interested in hearing about the person who gets knocked down three times, and gets up four? The stories give us examples of people…

Entering the Fast Lane

Rush hour traffic in the Atlanta area sometimes reminds me of navigating through some of life’s challenges. A traffic accident here or there, mixed in with road widening, and drivers who seem to be at the wrong place at the wrong time – slow drivers in the fast lane, and fast drivers in the slow…

Scars

It wasn’t until I grew older, and perhaps a little wiser, that I began to appreciate the beauty and importance of scars. Like many, I used to think that scars were to be hidden, and seldom talked about. What I have come to learn though the years, is that behind every scar there is at…

Digging Deeper

There was a time when I worked for a company that provided heavy construction equipment to a nation that, while it wanted to build, was not able to do so at a pace we were accustomed to. America is still building and moving at a slow pace. As is the case in all economic downturns,…

Dessert First!

Today we learned that my daughter was awarded Honorable Mention in a Countywide Photography Exhibition! Needless to say, we are super proud of her! News like this calls for going out to dinner! So, where else could everyone get exactly what they want to eat? Golden Corral! My son and I get to eat all…

Prepare for the Journey

Cold winds have arrived across Georgia, reminding me that we that Winter is here – and that another season will come. We’re nearing the end of 2012 – looking forward to a new year, filled with new opportunities. Many will say goodbye to 2012 with a sense of “good riddance!” Maybe it was challenging year…

A Message I Proudly Carry

My daughter took the time to put a message together for her friends at the bus stop, on the first day of school. She printed them, put them into individual envelopes and handed them out. Lillie forgot the messages originally, so she ran back home to get them. I’m thankful that she had one left…

Honoring Achievement

There are a few details I will remember from the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London – brilliant humor mixed into the show, and constant reminders of how much has been given to the world by Great Britain’s great artists. During the Opening Ceremony, I found myself working on some projects and looking up from…